DOREEN DELORES STROMQUIST
On December 20, 1932 twin girls were born in the Pouce Coupe Hospital. Doreen was one of those girls. Other than four years in Eastern Canada and a couple of years in Alberta, Doreen lived her entire life in the Dawson Creek area. Doreen and Gordie enjoyed taking the odd trip, but Doreen was always ready to get back home.
Doreen went to school in Shearerdale, Rolla and Dawson Creek. She attended Notre Dame Business College and after graduation started her bookkeeping career. She worked at the St. Joseph Hospital and Provincial Government in Pouce Coupe for a time, and then went to spend six months with her Aunt and Uncle in New York. She couldn’t stay any longer than six months in NY so moved to Toronto, where she worked for the Ontario Provincial Government.
In 1960 she and Jeff returned to Dawson Creek and stayed with her Mom and Dad, while she worked for Dawson Universal Sales.
It was during this time that Gordie was working with Percy Bumstead in the Arctic. The job was finished and Gordie and Percy were slowly making their way down the Alaska Hwy. They stopped at Allan’s in Fort St John. Allan had company,his mother, sister Doreen and Jeff. Need I say any more!
Doreen was a loving wife, for over 50 years, I’m sure some days were more loving than others. Like Gordie said, “we’ve been tormenting each other for over 50 yrs. and it’s going to be tough without her” Doreen told the nurses “Marlene and I are the luckiest women, we got the two best guys ever”. So I think that says it all.
Doreen and Gordie lived in Alberta for a couple years, moving back to Dawson Creek when Greg was about a year old. Doreen went back to work at Dawson Universal Sales as a bookkeeper until just before Barbara was born. She took a hiatus from work until Barbara was in Grade 2. She worked for several small companies before she started at Gear-O-Rama. She worked for them about twelve years, before she retired. Doreen and Gordie enjoyed taking the odd trip, but Doreen was always ready to get back home.
Along with her bookkeeping career she also had her volunteering career. She held many positions with different clubs and organizations over the years. Doreen, didn’t just take the kids and drop them off, she became involved. When the kids were in Sunday school she volunteered at the church, Nawican Friendship Centre kindergarten, she rode the bus for two years, gathering kids up along the way, to get them to class. Cubs, she became a leader. Barbara played baseball for 15 years – Doreen was assistant coach. Jeff and Greg played minor hockey, Doreen was with minor hockey for 12-14 years – staying long after the boys were finished playing.
She always had a bag of money and raffle tickets. Raising money for some organization. You would think she’d slow down after the “nest” was empty. No, that’s when she really got busy. She had senior citizen functions that needed attention. That’s why she drove a van; she needed room to gather her friends. There was teas, bazaars, dinner theatre trips and lets not forget the BINGO. Oh how she loved Bingo. She took the job of Bingo calling seriously, but she didn’t’ want to loose out on the chance of winning 50 cents, so she played as she called. That way she had the best of both worlds.
As a mother, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one. She could get pretty upset with her lot, but when they needed her, she was there. Always willing to go the extra mile to help out. As a grandmother, she was the best. Each grandchild was special in his or her own right. We know whom she thought was the most handsome, but we’ll never know who she thought was the most beautiful. If she had a favorite, she wasn’t telling.
Doreen was a sister to 10 siblings. She maintained contact with all of them and their families over the years. Because of distance she had a closer contact with some. No matter how far away they lived, they always knew Doreen was their sister and an Aunt to their children. She did her best to attend all the important functions. Family ties were important. As an Aunt, Doreen was there – graduations, marriages, divorces, the birth of your children, the birth of your grand children. If it was important to you, it was important to Doreen.
Doreen was a stickler for details. If introduced to Doreen she wanted the whole picture. Once she got the information she could take you through generations. She was better than any history book, when it came to the Dawson Creek area. When Dr. Ashwell stopped in to give his condolences, he commented on the fact that most of Dawson Creek had been through the room to visit Doreen.
Helen said the one thing that she remembers is being about six years old and having to feed the twins their porridge in the morning. They sat side by side in a twin highchair and it wasn’t Helen’s favorite job.
When Doreen lived in Toronto, she sent a 45 record of Conway Twitty to Shirley. Doreen ‘s roommate, Loretta, had brought Conway Twitty home and he had given Doreen the record, so she sent it to her little sister. Loretta later went on to marry Dick Clark – of America Bandstand fame, and Doreen had a wedding picture of them, which is kind of unique.
Growing up, getting to spend time with my Grandma Doreen are some of my favorite memories. My Grandma Doreen had such a sweet spirit and has always made me feel loved and cherished. She was so kind and thoughtful of those around her. I was always so excited when my grandparents made the long drive to come and visit, or when I got to spend a few weeks at their home during the summer. I remember painting rocks and building gingerbread houses with her or just simple conversation. I just loved being with her. My Grandma will forever hold a special place in my heart. I will miss her very much but I know one day I will see her again.
As I have reflected on my Mom’s life my heart has been impacted in many ways. Mom never missed an opportunity to express her love in tangible, thoughtful ways. Such as sticking loonies to all our children’s birthday cards, or spending months to create an album or a gift. As a young boy playing sports, I remember many times be awakened at 5 or 6 am to go to a hockey practice, the car would be warmed up (-30) and away we would go. Mom supported all of us and always wanted the best for us kids. As Debra and I began to build a family of our own Mom and Dad became such an important part of our children’s lives as well. I will carry my Mom’s thoughtfulness and generosity in my heart for the rest of my life. I am grateful and honored to share one of the last weeks of her life with her. She passed on with dignity and honor. I Love You Mom!
What I remember most about Grandma is that she loved to be right and didn’t like being beat at crib.
Doreen loved playing crib. Her dad had won a trophy at the legion in the ‘70’s and Doreen wanted to win that trophy too. She accomplished her goal in 2010 and won the Tony Loroff Memorial Crib tournament. She was very proud of that accomplishment.
Doreen also had quite a personal relationship with Jack, Victor, Phyllis and Nicky, every week day morning at 11 AM. “The Young and the Restless”
She loved getting company, but not at 11 am on a weekday.
Gordie wanted me to tell a story about a young policeman and me. Shortly after Jack and I moved up to Dawson Creek, I got stopped downtown. Got a strip torn off me, I think for not having a BC license, I’m not even sure anymore what it was over. Anyway I went crying back to Doreen. Down to the police station she went and talked to the Staff Sargent – not to long after that the young officer was up to the house to apologize. Doreen shook her finger at me and told me to stand up for myself in the future. You don’t let anyone talk to you like that.
When Doreen asked me to do her eulogy, I said, “Boy, you’d better help me write this story!” She just smiled and patted my arm.
It’s difficult to summarize a life in just a few words. Life is kind of like a playground. You can swing by yourself or invite everyone into the sandbox. Doreen has had a lot of people in her sandbox. Mind you, she was no push over! If you knocked down her sand castle you’d probably get a little sand in your eyes. But she was always there to help clean out your eyes and be your friend again, if you’d let her.
In Doreen’s own words she said, “ I had a long life, and a good life, so what more could anyone ask”.
Survived by her husband Gordon, sons Jeff (Sylviann), Greg (Debra), daughter Barbara. Grandchildren Mandy, Mitchell, Courtney, Karly and Sydney. Sisters; Helen Bumstead and Shirley (Harvey) Anderson. Brothers; Jim (Mary) McMaster, Stan (Erna) McMaster, Ted (Jiggs) McMaster, Sister-in-laws; Bernice McMaster, Doreen Lawrence, Anne (Bert) Gagne, Sylvia (Warren) Studley. Brother-in-laws; Jack (Marlene) Stromquist, Ray Bryce and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Predeceased by her parents, Mac and Evelyn McMaster, brothers Earl, Allan, and Gerald, sisters Jean Bumstead and twin Delma Thomson. Sister-in-laws Bernice McMaster and Clara Bryce. Brother-in-laws Percy Bumstead, Ross Bumstead and Ken Thomson.
1924 ~ 2012
In Loving Memory Of Hector Horace Campbell
Born June 02, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Passed away May 23, 2012 in Pouce Coupe, B.C.
We knew him as a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, brother, a war hero, a musician, a friend. He was special to all of us in some way. He inspired us not only in what he said but also in what he did. When he was a young man he joined the Navy to fight for his country as his father had done. When he came home he married his sweetheart and together they built a home and raised their son. Hector was a real man in every sense of the word. He was hard and tough on the outside, but soft and generous with his friends and family. We are lucky to have known him and are going to miss him very much.
On the day of his fifth birthday his family got off the train in Fairview, Alta. His father had arrived in the Peace Country a year earlier and built their home near Gage and was there to meet them. The tales of their life from then on occupied many entertaining hours and even a small book he wrote.
From that time on he only left the Peace when he joined the Navy and after that to work in the trucking industry and pipeline work throughout Alta, and B.C. settling in Fort St. John in 1957.
By 1965 he built a road that today bears his name and moved his family to their new residence at mile 58 onto a hobby farm we all grew to love.
While growing up we always seemed to have music in our lives and retirement gave Hector time to learn his fiddle playing which brought him great joy. He entered talent contests, jam sessions, and played every chance he got. His great joy was playing at the Seniors Home as they enjoyed his music as much as he did.
Hector was widowed in August 2006 with the passing of his wife and partner Jeannie after 50+ years together. Near the end of 2006 Hector had a stroke but he never gave up and his will to enjoy life was inspiring.
For 82 of his 87 years he lived the life he enjoyed, with many good friends, laughter, and music. Though sadly he is gone to us he is with so many of his good friends and family that left earlier. I hope he will be so busy saying hello and that he is not sad he didn't have time to say goodbye.
He was pre-deceased by his brother Donald and sister Shirley.
Hector is survived by his son Dale (Faye) Campbell
Loving Grandchildren he always bragged about:
Kelly Campbell (Dean Bently)
Heidi Campbell (Todd Johnson)
Great-grandchildren he adored
Melia, Jeffery and Holly
His brother, Ken from Fairview Alta, and his sisters Marion, May, Doreen, Alice and Vivian all residing in the lower mainland of B.C.
A celebration of life service was held on Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Fort St. John Royal Canadian Legion. Inurnment followed in the Woodlawn cemetery, Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Memorial arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd.
1939 ~ 2012
Norma Landiak was born on August 30, 1938 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Albert and Ivy Fellers. She is one of fifteen children. Norma is predeceased by her husband Steve Landiak; her parents, and 11 brothers and sisters.
Norma will be lovingly missed by her daughter Alexandra (Bruce) Keech, her grandchildren Aunja Marshall, Braxton (Angela) Keech, great-grandchildren Saharra, Hunter and Pierce Marshall, and Commander Keech, sister Virginia Moe, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Norma passed away on May 16, 2012 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Norma was cremated and a memorial social gathering will be held on June 30, 2012 at Norma’s home in Fellers Heights, BC from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Norma may be made to the 'South Peace Palliative Care Society', 816 103rd Avenue, Dawson Creek British Columbia, V1G 2G1.
Robert William Belfour
Robert was best known to friends and neighbours as “Bob”. Robert was a resident of Dawson Creek since 1953.
He passed away in Dawson Creek at age 77.
Robert was born in Rose Valley Saskatchewan on Dec 11, 1934. He was the 7th child of parents - George and Jessie Belfour.
Robert and Eleanor were married on Nov 12, 1954 in Dawson Creek. Two years later their daughter Theresa was born in 1956; and then a second daughter – Linda was born in 1959.
They later adopted a son in 1961 named Clifford.
To his daughters, he was the rock of strength that they could turn to for advice and guidance on many subjects. To his neighbors, Bob was always willing to help out or give a hand when asked.
To his wife of 57 years, he could be trying at times, but the companionship was something that they both cherished.
Robert was best known for his sense of humor and for being a terrific tease.
He worked as a plumber and pipefitter for the majority of his working career, as well as farming,
and running an Eavestroughing Company.
He liked Cowboy poetry, and attending auction sales, not just for the sales but for socializing as well. He enjoyed music very much when he went to dances with his wife. His time was usually taken up with splitting wood, planting oats, haying,
repairing his machinery, clearing pasture
or relaxing on the couch watching the news.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Jessie Belfour; Brother George; sisters: Fannie, Julia, and Shirley.
Robert will be forever cherished by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor; and daughters Theresa Christman; Linda (Ross) Hayward, grandchildren Jason (Caren) Christman; Robert (Cheryl) Hayward; Adam (Kassie) Hayward; Colleen (Thomas) Burke; Great-grandchildren Chelsea, Liam, Caelyn, Keegan, Brea and Brooklynn.
At Robert’s request, no Funeral Services will be held. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cancer Unit at Dawson Creek and District Hospital.
Funeral arrangement under the direction of ‘Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium.’