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Wenlock, John E. Sunday, 01 Feb 2015
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
May 9, 1929 – February 1, 2015
Born May 9, 1929 in Chu Chua, B.C., passed away peacefully at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops on February 1, 2015. Survived by his loving wife Helen, and children: John Greg Wenlock (Lynda), Jerry Wenlock, and Suzanne; Aunt Caroline Fortier and Uncle Allen Williams, Langdon family – Lea, Howard, Gail, Terry, Bruce; grandchildren: Jayne, Johanna, and John Wenlock, numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. Predeceased by his parents: Jack Wenlock and Josephine (Pina) (Fortier) Wenlock, first wife Bertha Matthew, sister Judy Malachowski, brother Harold Wenlock and son James (Jimbo) Wenlock
John was fluent in Secwepemcstin and knew the history of Chu Chua; a very talented musician and could play any instrument and sing and yodel (sounded just like Hank Williams Sr. and other great musicians) – worked with BC Forestry Services at the Baldy Lookout and the Adams Lake Lumber Sawmill at Chase. He grew up in Chu Chua at the old farmhouse and later on moved to Chase. One of his favourite pastimes was watching TV, especially the Young and Restless to see what they were up to.
While working at the lookout a grizzly bear came one day and tried to get into the cabin and John hit it on the head with a frying pan and it ran away.
No services upon request. A celebration of life and cremains burial will be held later in the Spring.
Ewashina, Leonard Monday, 19 Jan 2015
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leonard Ewashina on January 19, 2015.  He was born in Kamloops on August 19, 1931. 
Len was predeceased by his wife Helen Ewashina on Dec 1, 2014, first wife May (Stone) in 1955, his two sisters (Annie and Ora) and brother Mike. 
He is survived by his children Wink (Shelley) Ewashina, Ralph (Jo-Anne) Ewashina, Penny (Shawn) MacLeod,  Coralea (Bill) Towler, Brenda Shevolup, and Wendy (Richard) Wenham.
Len had 14 grandchildren, eight great grand-children, many nieces and nephews, and many good friends, particularly Bob Hart, a long-time friend of nearly 45 years, who visited him regularly right up to the end. 
Len grew up in the North Thompson Area and started logging at 17 years old, where shortly after he bought his first logging truck.  Many old-timers referred to him as ‘Sonny’, and he was also known as the ‘North Thompson Hippy’ for his many years logging in Blue River.
He was an incredibly hard worker and risk-taker, being the first logger to switch from short logs to long logs, hauling from Blue River to Heffley Creek (Balco).
Len trained many young loggers and gave them their first chance in the bush. Even after his retirement, he still spent countless hours working in the bush or on his property at Genier Lake, helping Wink, building his airstrip or pushing new roads until dark.
Len had an old-fashioned level of trust; his handshake was golden, and he always said that the only thing you take to your grave is your name. Len built 100’s of roads in his life and he has gone on to build his last road to meet up with Helen.
As requested by Lenny, there will be no service.  The family will have a gathering in the summer to honour both Len and Helen.
If anyone should so desire, donations may be made to Barriere Legion 242, where Len was a member for many years. 
Paige, June Elizabeth Monday, 12 Jan 2015
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
June Elizabeth, born in Kamloops on January 31, 1939, to Vin and Sarah Harton, passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Kamloops on January 12, 2015.
Growing up in Kamloops, Junie spent her days romping with friends, cousins and neighbours, enjoying her school days and many weekend fishing trips, camping with her family. In her teens June began working outside her home, proud to earn her own income. June was a quick study; through the years, her attention to detail, work ethic, and desire to help whenever she could was appreciated by her employers, co-workers and workers she assisted, particularly her years of employment in the office of Fadear Creek Lumber, Balco, and Tolko.
In 1956, June started dating Heffley Creek boy Wally Paige. They never looked back and on August 31, 1957, June married her best friend Wally. Joining hands, they began a life filled with enduring friendships, excellent adventures and many a dance, song and get-together. Over the years June and Wally, with their loyal dogs by their side spent countless hours camping and fishing, enjoying the quiet and beauty of local lakes, happy to share their campfire with lifelong friends and new friends made that day.
Together they were wonderful parents and grandparents to their three children, four grandchildren and those who lived in their home over the years. They showed love and guidance and were always able to accept change as they watched their family grow and blossom. Everyone was welcome at Wally and June’s; they opened their home and hearts and helped many in need. During the past 20 years, June and Wally worked together managing Riva Ridge Mobile Home Park; they worked side by side, supporting each other and tenants of the park.
June liked people and people liked her – she was keen to be part of her neighbourhood while living in Brocklehurst, Barriere, Valemount, Slocan and back again in Barriere. She added color and style with her eye for gardening and landscaping and friendship and fun with backyard summer barbecues, Christmas Carolling, Super Bowl and Grey Cup parties, Halloween goodie bags, and watching a good storm come in. June made the best potato salad, Chicken Cacciatore and Chili.
In recent years and up to last week, June so looked forward to her daily visit to uptown Barriere. She was never too busy to stop and chat along the way, keeping up on the “goings on”. She was pleased to shop local and support her community. She kept the radio tuned to The Bear, Barriere’s local radio station; she thoroughly enjoyed taking time to sit and listen in.
June Elizabeth had the most beautiful handwriting; she was funny, witty and a joy to be with; she was feisty, an independent thinker and a very good listener; she was kind and loving. She was so loved and will be so missed.
June was a devoted wife for 57 years to the love of her life Wally and a proud and loving mother and mother-in-law to daughter Loranne and husband Dan, son Dwayne and wife Linda, and daughter Kathy and husband Pat. Nana spoiled her four grandchildren, Lindsay (Matt), Justin (Rochelle), Clayton and Zoe, whom she adored more than anything else on earth.
June is also survived by older brother Ken (Audrey) and younger brother Pat, lifelong best friends Garry and Doris Hogg, her large extended family and many other dear friends. Auntie June is also lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. June was predeceased by her parents Vin and Sarah Harton.
A celebration for June will be held later in the year, when the flowers will be at their best.
June’s family is so grateful for the extraordinary kindness and compassion shown by staff at RIH, our Nurse Erin, and Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in June’s name to Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999. Condolences may be sent to the family at
May the leprechauns be near you to spread luck along your way and
May all the Irish Angels smile upon you.
Canaday, Karen Lynn Saturday, 10 Jan 2015
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Born in Jasper, Alberta March 30, 1958.
She was taken too soon after a short battle with cancer on January 10, 2015.
She was a caring mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend who was loved by many.
Survived by dad Lawerence of Whitehorse, Yukon, step mother Rose; sisters Linda (Gerry) of Quesnel and Terri (Ivan) of Crofton, daughter Angela, son Tyler, Grandson Bailey, granddaughters Kloey and Peyton, brother Wayne (Debbie) of Vanderhoof, and special friends Wayne, Patti and Dave.
We will be having a Celebration of Life in March 2015.
She was passionate about life and will be missed everyday and loved forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Children’s Hospital.
Online condolences may be offered at
Lodge, Brian Knowles Wednesday, 07 Jan 2015
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Brian Knowles Lodge was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, on April 2, 1930, to William and Margery Lodge. He lived in Barriere, B.C., for 48 years, and passed away peacefully in Kamloops, B.C., on January 7, 2015.
Brian is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marion, his son Dean (Cathy) from Omaha, Nebraska, daughter Louise from Cairo, Egypt, granddaughter Alexa, and Molly his beloved puppy. Honourable mention to the adopted daughters Gwen, Stacey and Melody.
He was predeceased by his parents Margery and William of Winfield, B.C., in-laws Aline and Lawrence of Winfield, B.C., and brother David “Spud” of Kelowna, B.C.
Brian worked for the Canadian Air Force (1950’s), as well as B.C. Forestry (1960 - 1988), Gilbert Smith (1988-1996) and happily retired in 1996.
He was also an Industrial First Aid Instructor and Barriere Minor Softball League Coach.
Brian belonged to many groups: Royal Canadian Legion 40+ years, Boy Scout Leader, lifetime member of Barriere Curling Club and Chinook Cove Golf Club.
If you wanted to know about a lake or an area in the North Thompson, Pop had a map for it. He hunted, fished, hiked and logged this area for over 50 years.
During his 20 years of retirement, he and Marion kept a well manicured yard and an abundant garden. It would be common to see him on his hands and knees clipping the grass; he had it down to an art. He loved the outdoors, had a contagious smile and was known for his easygoing, friendly personality.
On behalf of the family we would like to thank Overlander staff at Blueberry Lane, and North Thompson Funeral Services for their care and compassion given to Brian.
 At the request of Brian’s family there will be no service at this time. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Donations may be made in memory of Brian to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Box 277, Station M, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C 5K6.
Ewashina (Bowers), Helen Caroline Monday, 01 Dec 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
July 26, 1927 – December 1, 2014
Helen Ewashina is dead.
That is the obituary Helen wanted, but the sentimental members of the family feel we must add some details. Helen was born in Kamloops and spent her whole life in the interior of B.C. She died in Kamloops, days after a diagnosis of cancer.
She will be sorely missed by her husband of 57 years, Len, her sons: Wink(Shelley), and Ralph(Jo-Anne); daughters Coralea Towler(Bill), Brenda Shevolup, Wendy Wenham(Richard), and Penny McLeod(Shawn); 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews; and some very old friends.
She was pre-deceased by her first husband Stoney Watson, her parents Frederick and Hannah Bowers, brothers, George, Doug, and Art as well as her sister, Cora Inskip.
Many people remember the first time they met Helen; she rarely missed an opportunity to shock! Although she could be caustic, she was very supportive of the people and causes she believed in.
Helen loved summer, her garden and the birds she fed, and she managed to maintain her tan throughout the winter without ever leaving Genier Lake. Also, she hated to have family and friends on the road in the winter, so there will be no event to remember her until next summer.
If you wish to do something in her memory, wait awhile, and then visit Len. Or, perhaps make a donation to the Barriere Food Bank
Wagstaff, Arthur (Slim) Frederick Thursday, 13 Nov 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
January 4 1937 to November 13 2014
After a lengthy battle with cancer, Art Wagstaff passed away on November 13, 2014.
Art was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. When he was four years old, his family moved to a farm in Rolling Hills, Alberta.
After the farm was sold he spent a brief stint working in construction in Edmonton and then joined the Air Force. He was honourably discharged on the 21st of February, 1960. He then worked as a microwave technician in Kamloops, Elliston, Newfoundland, Edmonton and several locations throughout B.C., eventually returning to Kamloops and working for BC Tel until he moved his family to Chu Chua and became a farmer/rancher for 20 years. Following the sale of the farm in 1991 he worked as a real estate agent until he retired in 1994.
Art is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fran, son Rick (Marie), daughter Anita and grandchildren Mallory and Marston. He will be fondly remembered by his good friends Ken, Karen and Kassie Gilbert, Linda McMahon as well as his many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life is planned to take place at North Lake in the spring/summer.
Bush, Albert Edward Monday, 11 Aug 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
September 13, 1934 – August 11, 2014
With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our father Al Bush on August 11th, 2014.
He was surrounded by his family and extended family. He passed after a courageous battle with cancer.
Al is survived by his wife, June, of 58 years, Albert Jr., {Tanya}, daughter {Patricia}, daughter Helen, Charlie {Cheryl}, Sig {Nicole}, grandchildren, Tasha {Adam}, Brandon, Marshall, Ryan, Sara, Liam, Evan, Kyle, great grandchildren, Cameron and Kieren, sisters Joyce and Betty.
Al was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. When he was 12 years old he moved to Vancouver with his uncle Charlie Whiteman. He later went into the forest industry, engineering, road building etc.
His greatest love was fishing and camping with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed gardening cooking and many other interests. For many years he quietly helped many people along the way and especially young people. He was also known as one of the paper boys in Kamloops, who walked the streets with his dog “Sadie” delivering papers.
The family would like to thank our dearest friends the Clare family for their support.
We would also like to thank the Community for touching our fathers heart with their kindness and generosity.
A gathering for a Celebration of Life for Al, will be held at1:30 pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, at Desert Gardens Senior Centre, 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops,
In lieu of flowers, donations to New Life Mission, Kamloops, Canadian Cancer Society or an organization of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm, 250 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Al’s obituary at
Passey (nee Lum) , Sharon Faith Sunday, 27 Jul 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Sharon Passey passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, on July 27, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. She was 72 years of age. Born in Vancouver, BC, on April 14, 1942, Sharon is survived by her common-law spouse, Bill Frezell; mother-in-law Lilian Passey; brother Mike Lum; sister Suzanne; son John (Chelsea); daughter Caron; grandchildren Brandon, Charli, Cassidi, Cayci, Madison, Brady; great grandchildren Isabell and Emily; and by many family and friends. Sharon was predeceased by her father, George Lum; husband, Charles Passey; grandson, Jeremy Fontaine; father-in-law Blair Passey, and by her foster parents, John and Edith Forrest.
Sharon had an interesting career as an exotic mushroom buyer. She especially enjoyed the company of her family and friends, as well as fishing, and travelling around looking for marketable mushrooms. During her lifetime, Sharon was involved with Alanon, AA, the Food Bank, and the Mormon Church.
A Memorial Service for Sharon Passey will take place at the Lions’ Hall in Barriere at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Donations in Sharon’s memory to the Food Bank, the Red Cross or to the BC Cancer Society would be appreciated. Services entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater and Barriere, BC, 250-674-3030 and 250-672-1999.
Brown, Dale Franklin Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
December 12, 1935 – July 16, 2014
Dale Franklin Brown of Barriere, British Columbia, passed away after a lengthy illness, at his home on July 16, 2014. He was 78 years of age.
Dale was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to parents Raymond and Cecelia (nee Caza).
Dale is survived by his son Keith (Butch Brown), five daughters, Jo-Anne Massicotte (Leonard), Roxanne Taylor (Dan), Diane Brown (Darrel), Rae-Anne Dickie (Jim), Lianne Hamblin (Brent). Nine grandchildren,15 great grandchildren, brother Wendall Brown (Jaunita), sister Donna Primrose, brother in law Maynard Miller (Carole), sister in law Clarece Dyson. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as by his many friends.
Dale was predeceased by his wife, the love of his life Lylet, and his parents Raymond and Cecelia Brown.
After all the facts Dale has gone fishing. He is a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Private family burial will be held at the Barriere Memorial Cemetery.
Celebration of Life for family and friends will follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the lower part of the Barriere Legion Branch #242.
Donations in Memory of Dale Brown can be made to the Barriere Hospice Society, Box 201, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0.
Condolences may be sent to the family via Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 1-250-672-1999.
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