Apr 18, 1955 - Mar 25, 2013
Felix Couturier of East Blackpool, BC, passed away peacefully at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, Clearwater, BC, on March 25, 2013 after a brave fight with a lengthy illness for the past six years. He was 57 years of age. Born Felix Arthur Joseph Henri Couturier in McLennan, Alberta, on April 18, 1955, Felix is survived by his loving wife Heather; children Alison Hunt, Aaron Hunt, Mary Hunt, Jessica Couturier and April Seibel; his father Art Couturier; mother Lauraine Couturier; sister Kathleen Couturier; by his brothers Terry Couturier and Jimmy Dean Couturier; and by numerous grandchildren.
Felix loved music and was a rocking drummer who played in several bands that travelled around Canada and the United States, including American Spice and Boothill Express. He met Heather while playing in Smithers, BC, and that was it: he cut his hair and settled down, marrying Heather in 1988. Felix and Heather have been best friends and full of love for 29 years. Felix continued to play music however, and had a band called the Battle River Boogie Band while he and Heather lived in Williams Lake. He loved his rock ‘n roll loud and fun, and he continued to play and perform music after he and Heather moved to Clearwater. He loved a good jam session and played a wicked “Wipeout.”
Felix also had a passion for old cars. He had a cool ’67 Pontiac Parisienne convertible. He loved to drive it fast (all of his kids inherited his lead foot, it seems). Felix took his grandchildren for rides on his old fire truck, even in the May Day parade for a couple of years.
Felix was a logger, and logging brought him to live in Clearwater. For the last few years Felix drove a taxi. He loved this town and was always willing to help out anyone who needed it. He was a kind and quiet man who was dedicated to his wife and family. Felix will be sadly missed.
A gathering to celebrate the life of Felix Couturier will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in the Banquet Room at the Wells Gray Inn, Clearwater, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com The family is establishing a fund in Felix’s memory to support the music program at Clearwater Senior Secondary School. Cremation arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0, (250) 674-3030.
Nov 10, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Grace Ruth Fennell (nee Gibson)
Nov 10, 1931 – May 12, 2013
On May 12 Grace Ruth Fennell of Chu Chua passed away. Grace is survived by her husband of 56 years Norman (Bud) their six children Norman (Carla), Lorene, Tim (Marg), Kerry (Kim), Evelyn (Mike), Darrell (Colleen) and twelve grand children. She is survived by her brother Albert, brother Don (Sandra), and sister in law Madeline Gibson. She was predeceased by her sister Audrey and brother Ernie.
At the age of 19 Grace began her teaching career at the little red school house in Chu Chua in 1951. She also taught at the Louis Creek, Barriere and Chinook Cove schools. She took nine years off to have her six children before returning to teaching at Barriere Elementary in 1969. She came back to Chu Chua (1974-1984) then taught at Barriere Ridge and Barriere Elementary before retiring in 1987. She continued to substitute when requested at all Barriere schools, Little Fort and at Neqweyqwelsten at Chu Chua. Grace loved teaching, her students, her neighbours and her community. She continued to foster learning by organizing demo days at the Barriere Museum and volunteering to teach life skills at the Barriere High School. Grace was a member of the Barriere Heritage Society and was passionate at preserving local history and heritage. She spent countless hours researching and documenting local family stories for the history book ‘Exploring Our Roots’ published in 2004.
Grace was always very busy and creative right up until the last two weeks of her life. She loved gardening, knitting, crocheting, canning, making furniture, baskets and trellises, organizing family events and looking after her grand children.
Services will be held at the Chu Chua Community Hall at 2:00pm Saturday May 18.
Jul 12, 1962 - Mar 16, 2013
Kendall Fraser of Clearwater, BC, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on March 16, 2013 at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, Clearwater. She was 50 years old. Born in Edmonton, Alberta on July 12, 1962, Kendall attended Clearwater Secondary School. She loved animals and her favourite pastime was spending time with her family and friends. She loved to ride horses. Kendall worked at the Wells Gray Inn for the past couple of years.
Kendall is survived by her father, Robin Brown, step-mother Doris Brown, Kendall’s three sons, Clifford, Leon and Robin Fraser, two daughters-in-law, four grandsons, two sisters and brothers-in-law, and many more family and friends. She was loved by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Kendall’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Wells Gray Inn, Clearwater, BC.
May 25, 1940 - May 12, 2013
Larry “Buck” James Thomas Pendergast of Clearwater, BC, lost his short battle with cancer on May 12, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie, his four children: Don (Kim), Doug (Yvette), Deanna, and Debi, his eight grandchildren: Darci (Wayne), Madison (Cody), Tyler (Claire), Danielle (Andrew), Bobby (Randelin), Conner, Austin, and Robin, his five great-grandchildren: Skye, Izack, Lliam, Jaidan, and Colton, his siblings, Leona, Patricia (Lloyd), Ken (Anita), and Gwen and numerous nephews and nieces. Larry was pre-deceased by his youngest son, Danny, in 1981, his youngest brother, Gregg, in 1998 and his son-in-law, Mike, in 2011.
Larry was born in Innisfail, Alberta on May 25, 1940. He met Bonnie in Creston, BC and they married in 1959. He started working for the Ministry of Forests in the Engineering department in 1970, building roads and bridges. His career required him to live in six different communities before moving to Clearwater in 1982. After retiring in 1997, Larry took up wood-working and built custom furniture and specialty items in mostly cedar and pine.
Larry loved hockey. He spent many years supporting hockey in Mackenzie, Revelstoke, and Clearwater as a player, coach, referee, and fan. Many will remember him either standing down by the glass or in the far corner of the stands of the North Thompson Sportsplex, cheering on all the players and calling out friendly “advice” to the referees.
Larry’s family would like to thank the staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their support and care since April 24. They would also like to thank the Hospice Society for volunteering their time to be with Larry when the family could not since May 7. Donations in lieu of flowers, in memory of Larry can be made to the Clearwater and District Hospice Society, 257D Glen Road, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N2.
Feb 11, 1926 - Apr 19, 2013
Robert (Bob) Lewis Cartwright of Little Fort, BC passed away on the evening of April 19, 2013 while attending Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, in Clearwater, BC. Bob suffered a stroke and passed on peacefully after a short stay in the hospital.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Silver (nee Jim), his four children and six grandchildren: eldest daughter Kim Cartwright, (Little Fort, BC), granddaughters Merrilee and Tullea Bays (Vancouver, BC); daughter Gai Lawson and husband Rob of Bolton, ON; son John and wife Jocelyn, grandson Liam and granddaughter Kate (Kamloops, BC); youngest daughter Anne Cartwright and husband Mike Burrows, grandson Caleb and granddaughter Niomi, (Barriere, BC). Bob is also survived by his twin brother Ernest Cartwright, wife Beverly (Little Fort, BC), eldest brother Laurie Cartwright of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his second eldest brother Joe Cartwright of Vancouver, eldest sister, Marie Savoy (Little Fort, BC) and Agnes Johnson (Vancouver).
Bob (and Ernest) were born on February 11, 1926 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC and spent their formative years around Celista, BC and Shuswap Lake area. They moved to the Little Fort area via Canadian National Rail, Way Freight, in 1943. Bob and Ernest at age 18 started working in the forests on the West Coast of BC as timber fallers, starting with hand tools and moving to chainsaws as technology progressed, of which Bob had very fond memories.
Eventually Bob located permanently to the Little Fort area and eloped with Silver Jim in 1954. In 1955, they purchased ranch property near Little Fort (current residence) and in that same year established a fishing camp, named after their first daughter Janice Kim (Janice Lake Fishing Camp), of which Silver and family operate to this day. Bob was a caring, insightful, fiercely independent individual with an appetite for humour, a love of family and the outdoors. In his time he fell timber, ranched, guide outfitted, operated a fishing camp, raised a family and fostered many friendships, near and far. His loving support, enduring wit and inquisitive nature will be missed, by family and friends, “By the God”.
We would like to thank staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their unwavering support in attending to our father/husband in his time of need, of which we are eternally grateful. The Cartwright family would also like to acknowledge those that came to Bob’s and Silver’s assistance during his final years, enabling Bob to live at home on the Ranch and Fishing Camp as he and Silver desired.
Bob’s wishes are to be cremated with remains interred at Little Fort Cemetery. A memorial will be held to celebrate the life of Robert Lewis Cartwright, Saturday September 14th, 2013 at the Little Fort Community Hall. Bring your dancing shoes and humorous stories. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. Arrangements care of North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999.