Apr 30, 1917 - Jun 16, 2014
In Loving Memory of John Alvin Foster. John was born on April 30 1917 in Youngstown Alberta.
John's parents marry in 1914. His father John Salisbury Foster works as a brakeman for the railroad. Kindersley to Hannah Alberta, a railway center with round house, telephone, power and dam for steam engine power house. In the summer of 1923 the family travel on railroad passes to Vancouver and arrive at the Ivanhoe Hotel. They share a house on East Hastings Street for the summer with another family returning to Hannah for Christmas. The next summer taking the CN going west to Salem Oregon to visit family, his father buys a used 1923 Chevrolet touring car. They store the car in Blaine and return home to Hannah. The following summer they drive the car from Blain to Hannah.
In 1925 his mother Nina (Davis) raises two dozen turkeys to sell for Christmas. His father buys a one ton Chevrolet truck to haul grain and coal. Another time his father partners with an uncle Art Davis and aunt Joy to raise thorough bred horses. His mother cooks for the big threshing crews during harvest on the homesteads of her brothers and her husband's family farm.
The older Foster family also homestead in Chinook - a 65 mile train trip and then 16 miles by horse to the farm. It has a wind generator dad built from two planks to charge his radio battery - he gets plans from the department of Agriculture. Makes his own battery out of old beer bottles. 45 cells. John scrounges the left over hay to buy a Marconi console radio. He has a passion for radio all his life. And a dog named Buster who pulls him around on his wagon and in his teens walks 3.5 miles to highschool in Kailey because it's a country school.
In the 1920's his family live in 4 houses, spend 10 years in Hannah and 4 years in Nanton. John's grandfather and grandmother Foster farm in the Vulcan area in partnership with his father and Billy Skinks. At the age of 12 contracts rheumatic fever and is sent home to die, the doctor can do nothing. He misses a year of school but is nursed to health by his mother with potato soup made from canned milk and frozen potatoes.
His mother's family the Davis's arrive in covered wagon after a one month journey from Kansas in 1909 after trading property in Kansas for property in Naton Alberta. They have six sons and each homestead 640 acres. Uncles are a large part of Johns life with so many on both sides, farming and share-cropping homesteads.
During John's childhood his father suffers a lengthy illness, the family split up to stay with Uncles and Aunts as his parents visit doctors and the Mayo clinic in the states. John goes with his favorite uncle Ed Davis to BC. Uncle Ed is a single man and they spend time camping at Willow Creek over the summer and on Halloween Day 1934 leave Blairmore Alberta before crossing the Crows' Nest Pass to the Kooteney Lakes Trinity Valley. They check in with the police to travel in BC. They trade some sheep and continue on to Creston and Lumby. The Monashee Mountains to Vernon have a switch back so sharp the vehicle has to back into it to navigate the sharp bend.
Once in Enderby they stay with the Brambles, he and his uncle Ed and Mr. Bramble apply for preemption in Sicamous. The Stump Ranch. Later they stay with the Steppes in Sicamous and after a certain period of time in BC they could go to the Relief Camp on Mara Lake. It was a 9 mile walk to Sicamous and on Sundays off they trudge the distance to visit friends. In late Spring the following year he and his Uncle Ed and Mr. Bramble move into a tent and start to clear the land by hand. That summer (1935) Dad's parents and sisters Carmen and Lucy and brother David move out to Sicamous. In 1938 Dad's father dies in VGH at the age of 50.
The old-timers in Clearwater called him Slim. He was originally called Long Slim while he and a majority of his family were employed at the Britannia Mine in the late 30's early 40's. In his 20's living in Vancouver he scrapes together for an old Indian motorcycle and motors in a club. During the second war he studies to be a welder and works in the shipyards of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
After the shipyards he buys a transport truck to haul and deliver coal to homes in Vancouver with a commercial license, which eventually brings him to Kamloops where a chance meeting with Frank Capostinsky in front of the Highlander Restaurant (his favourite meal there was veal cutlets)results in a good situation hauling lumber from the mill to the planner in Clearwater. He moves to Clearwater permanently in 1945 and hauls lumber for Clearwater Timber Products until his mid 70's when the mill shut down.
He and Colleen Green marry in 1955. They drive down to Mexico for a honeymoon fishing Sierra Mackerel and upon return set up house at the bottom of Steggs Hill where John had a collection of buildings. Here they begin family life. Together they enjoy camping and fishing and community life. During the 60's the family grows larger and eventually a bigger house is built on the same property. In the early 70's the family moves a few minutes away to Glen Eddy where they take up hobby farming and John takes up flying. Flying becomes a fun thing for him and he takes to the air and continues his interest in flying into his early 90's.
On June 16 2014 John passes away suddenly in the wee hours at his home in Clearwater, BC. He has lived alone for the last 10 years. He is survived by his ex-wife Colleen Foster, children Johnny, Lee Ann (Steve Wynnyk), Suzanne (Kevin Henderson), Jason (Lena) and Dana (Steve Ludwig). His grandchildren Celeste Foster-Vallee, Emerson Foster, Astrid Foster-Ludwig, Maximus and Dimitri Foster and Sienna Foster-Henderson.
He is predeceased by his father John Foster at 50, his infant daughter Shelley at 2 days old, his mother Nina at 96, his younger brother David - tragically killed in a car accident leaving behind a wife and 4 young children, his sister Carmen and sister Lucy in the early the 2000's, both remained close to him. He has many cousins and nieces and nephews whose company he enjoyed. John enjoys his memories to the end.
John was a good provider, a pilot and all round monkey-wrencher. He was fiercely independent, lived life the way he wanted and was proud of his independence. 'You're only as old as you want to be' he'd say. The little creatures around the house become his close companions as he lives out the last days of his life. RIP Slim Foster.
A celebration of his life will be held on October 4th 2014 @ 2:00 PM at Glen Eddy. Condolences for the family may be sent to North Thompson Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Clearwater Food Bank or the SPCA.
Ormondy, Kenneth George
Sep 29, 1936 - Jul 23, 2014
Kenneth George Ormondy of Clearwater, British Columbia, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, at his home on July 23, 2014. He was 77 years of age.
Ken was born in Victoria, British Columbia, to parents Kenneth Richard and Beatrice (nee Rabey). He is survived by his loving wife Rose, his sons Russell (Kelly) and Peter (Jocelyn), his daughter Kim, grandchildren Micheal (Sherrelle), Michele (Owen), Devin (Kim), Amanda, Jenna and many great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his sisters Viola (George) and Elizabeth (Lorenzo) as well as his many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Ken was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Beatrice Ormondy, and by his brother-in-law, George.
Ken’s working career started with the CPR as a carman. He then ran his own business in Vancouver as a contractor, doing window cleaning, construction, and building maintenance. He and his family moved to Clearwater in 1976, where he was employed with Clearwater Timber Products. He worked there for 25 years until retirement.
Ken loved playing baseball and he curled with the Clearwater Curling Club for many years. He was an avid card player and had a unique sense of humour – sometimes leaving people wondering “Did he actually say that?” Quite the Joker. Ken was an amazingly loving husband and father and will be very missed by all the lives he has touched.
It was Ken’s wish to have no service at this time. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Ken Ormondy can be made to the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, 640 Park Drive, Clearwater, V0E 1N1, Clearwater & District Hospice Society Unit D, 257 Glen Road, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N2 or to the Canadian Red Cross, 85 Clearwater Station Road, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0.
Jun 12, 1979 - May 24, 2014
Kurtis Genier 34 of Barriere B.C. passed away on Saturday May 24 2014
He is survived by his son Deagan Genier, his Fiance Rachel Baillie, his Mother and Father Donna and Warren Genier, his Brothers David Genier (Tina), Jonathan (Jessica) Genier, his Nieces Geri-Lee Genier, Jorden Genier, Gabriella Genier, his Nephew Anthony Genier as well as Tanya Speer, Leesa Genier and many more special people.
Sep 11, 1935 - Jun 4, 2014
Myrna Palmiere passed away in Clearwater, British Columbia, on June 4, 2014. She was 78 years of age. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, on September 11, 1935, Myrna is survived by her children: Marguerite, Michelle (Ken), Kathy (Peter), Mike (Erika), Pat (Nikki); eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael, son Bill, son-in-law Myles, parents Amelia and Frank, brother Jerry and sister Barb.
“My life has been given meaning through my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends who have been with me and caring for me in my final days.”
A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, Clearwater, BC. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can make a donation to Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 640 Park Drive, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N1. Arrangements entrusted to NorthThompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, telephone 1-877-674-3030. Hugs until we meet again.