Shirley Margaret Tucker
1933 - 2010
Shirley Tucker was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on July 31, 1933. She passed away on December 30, 2010 at Rotary Manor Care Home.
Shirley was the eldest child of Gerald and Maggie Querin. She grew up in Rolla, where she attended school and graduated from South Peace Secondary School in Dawson Creek.
After graduating she was employed by the Lake View Credit Union. She was a secretary at South Peace Secondary School and later employed at Northern Lights College.
In 1953 Shirley married Frank Tucker. They had three children Shirley-Anne, Matt, and Jerry. One of life’s greatest challenges for Shirley and Frank was losing their son Jerry.
Family values were always important to the Querin families and Shirley carried those values with her throughout her life. Her family was everything to her. Her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart.
She loved to entertain and will be remembered for her dinners, coffee parties, popcorn and hot chocolate parties with the grandchildren. Friends were also very important to Shirley and were often included in her entertaining.
Shirley was an accomplished piano player and often played for her friends and family. She spent several years bowling and won many trophies for her efforts. One accomplishment she was especially proud of was the poetry she wrote. There were even a couple of poems she had published, Shirley loved to garden and grow flowers. For years she enlisted her grandchildren’s help entering her flowers at fairs.
She always enjoyed traveling. Her and Frank took a few trips to Las Vegas but most of their traveling was in their holiday trailer locally and in southern Alberta and British Columbia.
In 2002 after 48 years of marriage, Shirley lost Frank. Soon after, she experienced a decline in her health and moved to Pouce Coupe Care Home and eventually Rotary Manor. While residing there Shirley enjoyed the music, grand buddy days, and visits from family and friends. When she felt well enough she also enjoyed the outings, picnics, and gardening. She was President of the Residents Council. She was reacquainted with many old friends, made many new friends with both residents and staff.
She will always be remembered for her love of music, her love of words, sense of humor, strength and her dedication to her family. Her family and friends will sadly miss her strength and courage.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband Frank Tucker, son Jerry Tucker, her parents Gerald and Maggie Querin, and her brother Gerald Querin Jr.
Left to mourn her loss is her daughter Shirley-Anne (Neil Johnston) Bell, her son Matt (Ann) Tucker, her grandchildren Michael (Tanya) Bell, Trisha (Trevor Haney) Bell, Katherine Tucker, Amanda Tucker, her great grandchildren Mattea Bell, Owen Bell, sister Marie Webb, brothers John (Barb) Querin, Joe Querin, and Harold Querin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on January 7, 2011 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia with Reverend Marilyn Carroll officiating. Interment took place in the Brookside Cemetery.
1918 – 2010
Gwendolyn Ruby Cade was born to John and Margaret Cade on July 17, 1918 in Red Deer, Alberta. The family moved to the homestead south of Pouce Coupe, in 1930. Ruby was one of eight children and has one surviving sibling; her youngest brother Ted.
Ruby married Stewart Trail on November 14, 1941. Together they had four daughters; Peggy, Terry, Carol and Celia. Those four girls gave her 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
We used to go and watch the Pouce parade with her at Trembly house, where she lived for twenty years. Ruby had a full life and saw a lot in her 92 years, and her family is going to miss her terribly.
Ruby passed away on December 30, 2010 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 92 years of age.
Ruby was predeceased by her husband Stewart; siblings Grace, Alice, Pearl, May, Tom, and Bill and her daughter Celia. She is survived by her daughters Peggy Rurka, Terry (Harold) Lindballe and Carol Brisson; grandchildren Stewart Rurka, Darryl Rurka, Gloria Roker, Ruby Lindballe, Tom Lindballe, Arthur Brisson, Danielle Desharnais, Dianna Hall, Terina Dyck, Kathy Dewolf, Dale Lindballe, Donna Mann, Lyle Lindballe, Sharon Howe, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren and brother Ted Cade.
A memorial service was held on January 6, 2011 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, with Reverend Marilyn Carroll officiating.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ruby, may be made by donation to the charity of your choice.
Beatrice Velma Cameron (nee Wilson)
1921 ~ 2010
Beatrice Cameron, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away quietly in her sleep, with family at her side, on December 23, 2010 at North Peace Care Centre in Fort St. John, British Columbia. She was 89 years of age. Bea was born in Colgate, Saskatchewan on August 1, 1921 to parents Ray and Laura Wilson (nee Simpson), moved to the Peace River area in 1929, and in 1939 married Alex R. Cameron in Dawson Creek where they farmed and raised five children.
Bea was predeceased by her husband Alex, her son Arthur, her brothers, Floyd, Elgin, Earle, and Jack, sister Marjory and sister Alma Townsend. She leaves to mourn her children, Ken of Red Deer, AB, Connie (Dale) Myers of Slocan, BC, Mary (Ernie) Zimmer of Fort St. John, BC, Judy (Garett) Nicols of Las Vegas, NV, and daughter-in-law Inge Cameron (nee Johannsen) of Dawson Creek, BC, six grandchildren, David Myers, Susan Myers, Larry Zimmer, Bob Zimmer, Lance Nicols and Eroca Nicols and 11 great grandchildren.
Bea loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed many crafts but her favorite was socializing with her many friends, neighbors and family. Her friends are invited to a gathering to honour her life, to be held in June 2011. Her ashes will be buried in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia at a later date. She will be greatly missed by her family and her friends. We love you Grandma.
Rodney Lee Taylor
1964 - 2010
Rodney Lee Taylor was born in Fort St John, British Columbia, on November 3, 1964 to parents Jean and John Taylor. He is a long time resident of Taylor, BC and was raised in the South Taylor area and attended both South and North Taylor Elementary Schools. He also attended Dr Kearney Junior High, and North Peace Secondary School before completing his high school education at Rainbow Lake School.
Rod was the youngest of 16 children and took his duties as a pesky little brother seriously. Kathy remembers when he had a broken arm; he would take the cast off to torment her by poking at her with it. He also took the cast off so he could go swimming in the back channel, then would put it on again before going home so the parents wouldn’t know that he had been swimming.
Rod loved to play sports, especially a good game of hockey, golf or softball. While always competitive at whatever sport being played, Rod took great delight in defeating his family, especially Don on the golf course.
Rod was outgoing, fun loving, always had a joke or a wise crack and had the gift to be able to lighten the mood, and always ready to meet and make new friends.
Rod worked in the automotive industry working at Ford Motors and Kal Tire in Fort St. John and Peace River Ford in Peace River.
Rod is predeceased by his parents Jean and John, brothers Douglas and Robert, grandparents, aunts, uncles and niece Penny. Rod will be missed by his wife Paula, son Brayden, daughters Jennifer (Sam) Van Volkinburgh and Danica, grandsons Adrian and Jaxxson, sisters Joan, Shirley (Jamie), Barbara (George), Pat, Dianne (Gord), Dennice (Gerry), Marlene (Al), and Kathy (Andy), brothers Don (Lorane), Ken (Jan), Dave (Jen), Tom (Gail), and Ted (Di), as well as Paula’s family Ron and Darlene Adam, her two brothers, and three sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Rod passed away in Peace River, Alberta on December 22, 2010 at 46 years of age. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A funeral serivice was held on December 30, 2010 at the Taylor Community Hall, Taylor, British Columbia with Peggy Bergeron officiating. Interment followed in the Peace Valley Cemetery, Taylor, British Columbia.
George Clarence Kunz
1953 - 2010
George Clarence Kunz was born on March 27th, 1953, to Leo and Paula Kunz in Leroy Saskatchewan. George grew up on the family farm as the sixth of nine children and the youngest boy. Amongst his siblings and cousins, George was known as the ‘bear’ when playing adventure games on the farm. In 1962, the family moved to Dawson Creek. George went out to work at a young age working in various lumber camps and mills from Fort Nelson to Mackenzie. In the mid seventies his logging career took him to the North end of the Vancouver Island. It was here where his life took a change. George wasn’t entirely happy with a gal that was working in one of the logging yards, so he fired her and hired Deb Hunter, as she was in need of work before setting off to Australia. This is where the romance of a long distance and long lasting relationship began.
George and Debbie were engaged and married in 1980 and settled back in the Peace country. George always provided his family well, being one of the owner-managers of Kiskatinaw Farms, a heavy duty equipment operator for 15 years at Quintette Coal Ltd, in Tumbler Ridge and was employed with the Peace River Regional District for the past 12 years.
In 1984 George and Deb had their first born Alisha and a year later their second daughter Stephanie was born. George and his family purchased their property in Arras, where they worked the land, raised a small herd of cattle and built their log home in 1994. Their home was always filled with love, laughter and good times with family and friends frequenting and his farewell’s at the front door were often the longest part of his visit. George was an outdoorsman and spent a lot of family time quading, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain packing, and of course more recently found a new passion – Sailing!! George and Deb’s sail boat purchase provided many hours of enjoyment, visiting and relaxation, with the gang at Moberly and all those who shared the winds, waves with them!
George was very proud of his girls and all that they had accomplished – they had learned to live life to its fullest; being happy and true to themselves was what they learnt from their Father! George boosted of his girls always and as recent as this fall he proudly gave Stephanie’s hand in marriage to Travis Johnston in Cuba in November and he was by Alisha’s side when she downed her first deer on the back 40, along with her partner Colin Niemeyer! In 2010 George and Debbie became proud grandparents to their first granddaughter, Abigale – being a Grandpa, was truly a magical experience, one that he forever cherished.
George and Debbie were never far apart, loving and enjoying life together as one! Family was most important to them both – and the strength of these two lives continues to shines throughout the lives of the two Kunz and Hunter families!
George will be truly missed by his loving family and by each of those who’s lives he touched. George passed away unexpectedly on December 9th, 2010 at 57 years of age. A celebration of his Life service was held on December 15th, at the South Peace United Church with Reverend Marilyn Carroll officiating.
George Walter Krass
1962 - 2010
George Krass was born on March 1, 1962 in Edmonton, Alberta. His life didn’t really get going until he and his brother, Harry, moved out with the newlyweds Eleanor Krass and her husband, Rudi Krass, in Comotion Creek.
Harry was born in 1958, and then came Holly in 1960, George in 1962, and the youngest son, Ernst was born in 1966. In 1970 the whole family relocated to Dawson Creek.
George was a well traveled person and spoke French and German besides English. George’s first foreign trip was in high school when he traveled with the Central Junior High French class to England and France. After that, George made a couple trips to Germany to visit and get to know his relatives there. George’s last trip to Germany was during the days of the fall of the Berlin wall and the split of Germany in November 1989.
While in high school, George learned to play the trumpet and was offered the chance to play in a local band headed by Tony Kunzel. However, George decided not to do this, even though his family had purchased and brought over a good trumpet from Germany.
Following high school in Dawson Creek, George worked part time at the Petro Canada tire shop. George also worked on the moving and renovation of the granary that is now known as the Dawson Creek Gallery and Museum.
After this and in the mid 1980s, George attended Okanagan College in Kelowna for two years. His daughter Angie was born on September 11, 1987. George traveled to Kamloops on Christmas Day in order to pick Angie up on Boxing Day and bring her up to Dawson Creek until the New Year.
Over the years, Angela and George traveled over western Canada to places like Burnaby, Vancouver, Sooke, Calgary, etc.
Following a couple of years of education in Kelowna’s Okanagan College, George returned to Dawson Creek and completed his licensed practical nursing certificate through Northern Lights College. But, shortly after that, George began working at the Dawson Creek airport and continued to do so until his passing.
On August 6, 2006, George and Elena were wed on the McDermott Ranch, southwest of High Prairie. What a wonderful summer day; it was perfect. The wedded couple were deeply in love and happy. Sadly, their joy was cut short and many of the dreams that they had were never fulfilled. But, over the four years of wedded bliss, George and Elena had traveled to Edmonton for their honeymoon, Toronto for a summer holiday and for the past two years had made a regular appearance in the Okanagan where his father now lives. This past summer, George and Elena got the chance to experience the Summerland Steam Train ride which they wanted to do for over a year.
While working with the City of Dawson Creek as an equipment operator for over two decades, George also worked with his union in an administrative capacity and was the treasurer for his local upon his passing. After attending a union course this past spring in Naramata, George had just realized that things were going electronic in a big way for the unions and was preparing to learn more about business computing over the next few years.
George passed away suddenly on December 6, 2010 at 48 years of age. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 with Pastor Keith Thompson officiating.
Neil “Bud” Ernest Braden
1954 - 2010
Neil “Bud” Braden passed away suddenly on December 1, 2010 at the age of 56.
Bud was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on May 14, 1954 to parents Vi and Elmer Braden and raised in the Rolla area where he lived and farmed until the late seventies. A career in farming didn’t suit Bud and he found a better opportunity working with the Department of Highways, where he stayed until his death.
Bud married Sue Lipp in 1988 and although the marriage only lasted 15 years, Bud and Sue remained lifelong friends.
Bud was a favorite uncle to his nieces and nephews and had many hours of fun entertaining them with board and video games. They all looked forward to the skidoo rides in the winter and bike rides in the summer.
In his younger years, Bud enjoyed baseball and curling and later took up the challenge of golf. He also looked forward to Happy Hour at Rockwell’s Pub to discuss the daily events with his friends. His greatest passion the last few years was travelling around on his Suzuki scooter. He was fondly called “the big guy on the little scooter” by the people in the Dawson area.
Bud was predeceased by his parents Vi and Elmer Braden. He will be sadly missed by his sisters Gloria Jean (Lester), and Connie (Doug), his nieces and nephews Ed (Penny), Kathy (Kelly), Ron (Sandy), Jody (Al) and Dean.
A celebration of life memorial tea was held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the George Dawson Inn Banquet Room, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Bud, may be made by donation to the ‘British Columbia Heart & Stroke Foundation’ P.O. Box 714, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 4H7.