Delbert Earle Wetherill, also known as Del Wetherill
(1935 – 2010)
Del was born in the Pouce Coupe hospital on February 17, 1935, to Bert and May Wetherill. The first few years of his life he lived in Lone Prairie, and then the family moved to Groundbirch, BC. After completing high school he bought land of his own in Groundbirch where he remained until passing. Del married Vern Rumbles and was with her until her passing. In 1963 he meet Gloria McQueen and they were married on May 16, 1964. They were together until his passing on January 20, 2010.
Del and Gloria had two children, John and Molly which were the pride of his life.
Del love sports. He played hard ball and coached fast ball while he live in Mackenzie where he moved in 1969 to find work. While there Del enjoyed curling and hockey. In 1977 the family moved back to Groundbirch so Del could go back to farming and raise his children on the farm and away from the city life. No matter how bad the Toronto Maple Leafs did he was always on their side for he was a diehard fan.
Del had many jobs in his life, but farming was the one he loved the best. He especially enjoyed the Morgan horses that he raised. He never wanted to sell any of the horses, they all had a place.
Then the grandchildren came along Melvina, Kendra, Macee, Josef, Nikita, and Joao. It is a good thing that he wore snap up shirts, because he was so proud that he would have popped off all the buttons on his shirts.
Del also enjoyed music and could just listen to a song and then play the tune. He could not read any music but if he heard it, he would be able to play the song on whatever instrument he had at that time. The first instrument that he learnt to play was the button accordion while he had remadic fever as a child. Del enjoyed the mandolin the most in the ladder years for you would find him playing a song for his grandchildren.
Del would sooner fix or make something then buy a new part for the machinery. Del kept everything because it just might come in handy one day.
Delbert was preceded by his Father, Mother, brothers and sisters.
Del leaves to morn his wife, son, daughter, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The loved ones he left behind will miss him greatly.
A Memorial service was held for Del on January 25, 2010 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Pastor Lee Stephenson officiated. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Del by donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4.
Charles Julius Nousek
1973 - 2010
Charles Nousek, known to most as Chuck Nousek, was born to Janis and Brian Nousek on September 17, 1973 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He has two older siblings, Veronica and Brian. He lived the majority of his life around the Chetwynd and Moberly Lake area. He went to school there for most of his life and then worked there with many people as well.
In October of 2004 he met his soon-to-be wife, Arlene Sipe and a year later they welcomed their beautiful baby daughter Amelia into this world. In July of 2006 they were married. As most people experience, life had a lot of ups and downs, but they were very much in love and enjoyed being parents.
In February of 2008 they moved to Lethbridge, AB where Chuck worked at a number of different places before doctors put him on medical leave in November 2009. He spent most of his time at home with Amelia looking after things there.
On January 5, 2010 he went home to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
A Funeral Service was held for Chuck on January 12, 2010 at the Baptist Church in Chetwynd, British Columbia. Pastor Bill Evans officiated. A family interment followed the service at the Tuscola Mountain Cemetery in Chetwynd, British Columbia.
Gerald Henry Beilman aka Jerry Beilman
1950 - 2010
Jerry passed away peacefully at home on Thursday January 14th with Leslie by his side. This was one of Jerry’s last wishes.
Jerry was one of 6 children born to Mary and Henry Beilman. He was born in Dawson Creek on Oct 6, 1950. Jerry’s roots were deep in this community. He truly loved Dawson Creek and the people who live here.
Jerry loved life and tried hard to live it to the fullest! He was always such a fun person to be around and loved making people laugh. Jerry was a man’s man, strong in so many ways, yet sensitive and genuine in other ways. He was usually the first one to offer assistance in a time of need and loved to help people.
Jerry was a dedicated family man and loved taking care of his family, and protecting them….. He was extremely proud of his three beautiful daughters Terri, Rae and Kristi. He wanted the absolute best for them. Jerry taught the girls how to be independent and strong. He also taught them to be free spirits and to love and enjoy life.
Jerry had four beautiful grandchildren Alexa, Kaiya, Cash and Ava. He was such a proud Grandpa….. He loved his grandchildren very much and got to spend quality time with them all: they made him smile.
Jerry had a true passion for the outdoors and was always up for an adventure. He loved sports and was a competitive athlete. Any sports he played in were played with intensity and passion. One of Jerry’s passions was playing for the Dawson Creek Old-timers Hockey team. He played with them for over twenty years. Well, being competitive is one thing but I didn’t think he was so serious he would beat us all to Heaven.
Jerry loved to entertain! Whether it was at the lake or in his home, everyone was always welcome….. You never left hungry or thirsty and usually had a sore stomach from laughing…..
Jerry and Leslie both loved to travel. Jerry would spend countless hours on the computer planning and researching their next trip….. Jerry’s motto was “Live your life now; don’t wait for retirement because retirement may never come!” As you know, Jerry was able to retire early and continued to travel and enjoyed every minute of it.
In the past couple summers, Jerry was the proud captain of their new pontoon boat. You would hear the horn honk at the beach and everyone would come a running….. Jerry just loved taking everyone for an afternoon or evening cruise. He would play his old time music and wanted everyone to have a great time.
Jerry’s strong will and determination allowed him to have one last summer at the lake doing everything he loved. He had lots of quality time with his family, friends and especially his grand children.
Let’s all keep Jerry’s spirit alive. Please share your memories with one another and have a good laugh. Jerry would absolutely love it.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on January 19, 2010 at the Alliance Church in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Pastor Will Moffat officiated.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Jerry by donation to the "Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation - Cancer Care Unit".
1910 - 2010
It was a fitting end to a life well lived. On the night of March 26, Dad went to sleep as was his routine around 11 pm, he did not wake to see the new day.
He was 99 years and 8 months. Dad was born near Havelock, Ontario on July 28, 1910 to Bessie Jane and Ernie Spinks. He was the eldest of 6 children. He was especially fond of his little brother, Freddie who died at the age of 8 in 1920. Even 80 years later he still had tears in his eyes whenever he spoke of Freddie. Dad survived all of his siblings.
His earliest memory was of his mother hitching up their horses to the wagon and taking him on a visit to a lady friend. He was only three. The woman had two boys who chased Dad with a snake in hand, scaring the daylights out of him - the result, a lifelong hatred of snakes. Later, he remembered hearing his Dad tell Grandma that Canada was at war, this was 1914.
His memories included his first sight of an automobile, and an airplane, he remembered the day that the family home became electrified and the first time he heard the radio. Living in the early years of the twentieth century must have been a magical time for a young boy.
He was a very bright boy in school. He skipped two grades and at the age of 13 he finished grade 10. At this time, his mother pulled him out of school to help with the little family dairy. He never really forgave that as he loved school and learning. Indeed, until well into his nineties he was still pursuing knowledge. I used to love hearing him recount the stories of his boyhood and especially about some of the high-jinxed things he and his friend got up to.
In 1928 or 29, he went to the Niagara Falls area to work on the well and canal upgrading project. He was joined by his father and they worked on the canal for 2 seasons. Just a few years ago he and I went to see the canal and renew and acquaintanceship with a friend from those days. In 1936, he ventured out to the West Coast to seek employment. As was the practice during those dark days of the Great Depression, Dad like so many young men got to the coast by illegally ‘riding the rods’ – free passage in box cars. Cheap but frightening as the rail road companies employed brutal measures to stop the men. He was caught once by the RCMP near Kamloops so he told the officers that his cousin lived in Kamloops and they told him to walk the remaining distance. Well, he did walk to the other side of town where he hopped on a boxcar and rode the west of the way to Vancouver. During his journey westward, he worked on a threshing crew near Lacombe, Alberta. My favorite story of that era was the time when to avoid the railway cops, he hid in the floor of the box car surrounded by a bunch of sheep going to market. He loved Vancouver and vowed to move back there one day.
Although he tried to volunteer for the army during the war years, he was rejected because of his bad feet (thanks Dad for those genes) . He took a job in the Dehaviland plant near Toronto and worked on the Mosquito Project for the duration of the war. The mosquito was a fighter plane made of wood and cloth and his job was to set up the instruments before the planes went to Europe.
He met and married our mom in 1943; they met in June and Married in September.
I was born in October of 1944 and Don came along in 1946. He used to make my mother so mad because he would take me to the neighborhood store and buy chocolate ice cream cones and return home with a rather messy kid who’s cloths mom had to scrub.
After the war, Dad was a mechanic at the GM dealership. He eventually was the service manager of the biggest dealership in Toronto.
Everyone who knew Dad knew how much he loved sports. He was in the stands of Maple Leaf Gardens when it was a brand new rink. He loved especially loved baseball and took his dad to see Jackie Robinson play ball the year before the Dodgers took him up to the majors.
Before he and mom married, they had agreed that at some point they would move to Vancouver and we did in 1954. This was not an easy decision as it meant leaving all family behind.
After a year in Burnaby, they bought an unfinished house in Surrey. As a family, we finished the interior and it stayed as the family home until 1976, when they moved to Dawson Creek, so they could be near to the grandkids, Sam and Sara.
For the last 20 years of his working life he had a very successful career in real estate.
When they moved to Dawson Creek the Senior Citizens’ Association had just begun building their new hall so Dad joined the building crew. He was really proud of the hall and participated in some of the many activities that became a big part of his life.
In 1977 our family tree was expanded when his last grandchild, Shannon was born; Mom and Dad where a major part of her early life as she stayed with them when I was at work.
After 43 years of marriage we lost our mom. Dad often said the smartest thing he ever did was marry her.
Dad loved to travel and his memory of trips around North America, Australia, and Britain were remarkably detailed. At the age of 89 he toured Britain on a guided tour and then left the tour and traveled by himself on the railroad system to the home area of his father, Norfolk and specifically the town of Swaffen. This fulfilled another lifelong dream.
When at the age of 96, it became apparent that he would need the services of a care facility, he first moved into the facility at Pouce and then to Rotary Manor. He really liked it at the Manor and often said what a wonderful and beautiful place it was.
Our family will forever be grateful to the outstanding caregivers at both facilities.
As did our grandfather on my birthday, Dad passed away on the birthday of his oldest great grandson, James. The circle of life continues.
A funeral service was held for Roy on April 6, 2010 followed by an interment at the Dawson Creek City Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Roy may be made by way of donation to the ‘Salvation Army’ 1436 – 104 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2J8 or the ‘Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation’ 11100 – 13 Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8.
Kenneth Jason Craigdallie
January 23, 1972 - March 20, 2010
Ken, also known as Jason, was born January 23, 1972 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. He was the third child of Bob and Theresa Craigdallie, brother to Thomas, Laura, and Heather.
Ken spent his early years in Cambell River before moving with the family to the Dawson Creek area in August of 1978. Eventually, in 1979 the family established a farm in Gundy, Alberta. Ken attended Pouce Coupe and Canalta Elementary before settling at Tate Creek Elementary for the remainder of his early schooling. He graduated from South Peace Secondary School in 1990. His son, Kenneth Layne, was born March 6, 1995 and was an immense source of love and pride.
Throughout the years Ken worked in some of the toughest and most demanding professions including roofing, carpentry, and landscaping. He worked on some of the most prestigious and beautiful golf courses in British Columbia and Alberta. His strong work ethic earned him praise wherever he went.
Ken lived in Grand Prairie, Vancouver, Dawson Creek, and Logan Lake, before eventually settling in Kamloops. He was an avid reader, loved sun tanning, horseback riding, movies, and landscaping. Ken’s gentle and kind nature touched the hearts of all he met. He will be fondly missed by family, neighbours, and friends.
Ken passed away on March 20, 2010 in Kamloops, British Columbia at 38 years of age.
Survived by his son, Kenneth Layne Klimack; parents Bob and Theresa Craigdallie; siblings Thomas Craigdallie, Laura Isley, and Heather Craigdallie; nieces Tyla and Serena Isley; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of Ken`s life occurred on March 27th, 2010 in Dawson Creek. Donations in Ken`s memory can be made to the Trust for (Ken`s son) Kenneth Layne Klimack c/o the Royal Bank of Canada, account # 05949-003-513-698-1.
Doreen May Esau
Doreen Mae Esau was born in Meadow Lake, Sask. on November 27, 1931. She went to be with her Saviour on Friday, March 26, 2010 at the age of 78. She was predeceased by her parents, Harvey and Dora Tallman; step-mother, Monica Tallman; sisters, Joyce Bauer and Shirley Ramponi; son, Larry Esau; grandsons, Travis and Adon Thiessen. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Esau; son, Elvern and his wife Kathy Esau; son, Bradley and his wife Lynn Esau; daughter, Donalda Esau; daughter Dolores and her husband Walter Enns; daughter, Darlene and her husband James Thiessen; daughter, Kathleen and her husband Scott Willms; 34 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Audrey; as well as many friends and neighbors.
Doreen was the second daughter of Harvey and Dora Tallman. They lived on a farm in St. Cyr, just east of Meadow Lake. Doreen had many fond memories of her childhood. When she was 16, she attended Bible School for two years. During this time she met Ken Esau. They were married on her eighteenth birthday in Meadow Lake, SK on November 27, 1949.
They moved to BC, in 1952, where they homesteaded in Clayhurst. During the winters they moved to the bush to operate their sawmill. Doreen spent countless hours feeding men, while tending to her 2 boys. Summers were spent clearing land by hand and working at improving their farm.
Doreen and Ken’s family expanded with the arrival of four girls. Doreen spent many hours teaching them the basics of housekeeping, baking, cooking and sewing. She was so proud of each one of them and loved being involved in graduations, weddings and baby showers. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was involved in each of their lives. She was living at home in Clayhurst until one week before the Lord took her home to be with Him in Paradise.
Doreen was an extraordinary example to each one of us. Her dedication to the Lord, to serving others and putting others above herself is a hard example to follow. She never complained about anything, was a very hard worker and tried her best in everything she did. Her faith in God gave her a peace that sustained her throughout her life. She was able to embrace the bad times as well as the good, of which there were many: the times that she would laugh until she cried; the times she would spend just enjoying the birds that came to her feeders; or, the times she would go out to enjoy the spring sunshine on her four wheeler. Doreen’s life was characterized by a quiet confidence, love and grace that came from her Heavenly Father. She has left a legacy of a life filled with laughter and tears, and more love than can be measured. Doreen, you are loved so much, and will be missed.
A graveside service will be held on April 1, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Clayhurst Cemetery, Clayhurst,British Columbia followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm at the Alliance Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Doreen, may be made by donation to: ‘The Gospel for Asia’245 King St. E. Stoney Creek, ONL8G 1L9 or ‘The Samaritan’s Purse’ 20 Hopewell Way NE Calgary, Alberta T3J 5H5.