November 1, 1960 - April 21, 2009
After a courageous six year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy, Shirley H. Schmidt of Kamloops BC peacefully went to be with the Lord Jesus at home on April 20, 2009. She will be deeply missed by her husband, LaMont, the love of her life for nearly 50 years; their three daughters Glenda, Denise and Janell; sons in-law; and eight grandchildren.
Shirley was born to Henry and Susie Smit on November 24, 1942 in Lynden, Washington. She loved the Lord Jesus. Her greatest desire and achievement was being a good wife, mother and grandmother. She served the Lord her entire life and loved her family very deeply. She enjoyed baking, decorating at Christmas time, and packing “shoe boxes” for needy kids with her grandchildren during the holidays. Shirley loved caring for others and putting them first. Shirley was especially loved by her grandchildren, with whom she created many wonderful memories in the kitchen, around the table at family meals, or playing games during family visits.
The family would like to thank Dr. Takahashi and Dr. Bantock for their kind and compassionate care; Di Penner, Joelle Remillard, and Melissa McRae for their loving care, generous time, and friendship.
The Memorial Service will take place at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 23, 2009 in the Kamloops Alliance Church, 233 Fortune Drive.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shaohannah's Hope at www.showhope.org.
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William "Bill" L. Graham
November 18, 1921 - April 25, 2009
William “Bill” L. Graham of Kamloops passed away on April 25th, 2009 at the age of 87 years.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Jean Graham and son Scott (Kathline) Graham of Nakusp. He also leaves to cherish his memory a grandchild Leslie Graham as well as his sister Mildred Radies of Kamloops.
He was predeceased by his sister Catherine.
Bill was the first born to John Henry and Catherine Graham in the original Kamloops Hospital. Bill spent all of his life in Kamloops, except four years with the 17th Field Regiment in WWII. Bill’s adult life was spent working with electric power, the first few years at the BC Electric Steam Plant and then as a machine operator for BC Hydro. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He dearly loved the family cabin at Shuswap Lake.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff at Pine Grove Extended Care Centre.
Friends and family who wish to say goodbye to Bill are welcome at the family home on Wednesday, April, 29th at 2:00 P.M.
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PAUL ST. HILAIR
November 30, 1929 – April 2, 2009
Paul was born November 30, 1929 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and he passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on Thursday April 2, 2009. Growing up as an independent spirit in Courval, SK, Paul earned his keep from an early age by running a trapline at age 8. He left home at age 15 to make his fortune in the world.
Paul was true adventurer. Throughout the 1950s his travels and work took him across the prairies, northern Alberta and BC as a cat skinner and equipment operator; through North America driving heavy equipment; and into South America, becoming a citizen of Venezuela. He helped to develop that country’s infrastructure building roads and airports. He regaled his daughter and friends with many stories of his adventures and about construction work in the jungle.
In the 1960’s, while working on the Alaska Highway, Paul met Marie in Watson Lake, the love of his life and wife of 41 years. They were married in Kelowna on May 10, 1965 and after working and living on Vancouver Island, they settled in Prince George. In keeping with his entrepreneurial nature he ran a successful truck parts business, Chilcotin Re-Builders, until his retirement to Kamloops in 1997.
Paul loved people, and spoke five languages with charm and wit, teaching Spanish for several years. His charismatic nature and beautiful singing voice will be remembered by many. He had a deep love and respect for animals and nature, and was an avid Kamloops Wildlife Park enthusiast. His generosity was much appreciated by many charities.
His youthful exuberance and enthusiasm for life was cut short by illness. Paul was predeceased by his father, mother, and two sisters; saddest of all, his beloved wife Marie in 2006. He will be missed greatly by his only child, devoted daughter Diane, son-in-law Sean Laidley, and much adored grandson Ethan of Sidney, BC; brother Ed of Edmonton, AB; loving nieces and nephews; and, numerous friends around the world.
Our heartfelt appreciation is extended to the caring nurses of Royal Jubilee Hospital – 3 Center Block and RP2, and for the generosity and help of family, friends and neighbours. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Kamloops Wildlife Park or charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
A Celebration of Paul’s life will be held, Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops, BC, with Pastor Don Tyler officiating.
April 8, 1924- April 30, 2009
Rose Bachynski passed away peacefully at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops BC on April 30th, 2009 at the age of 85 years.
Rose was predeceased by her son Blaine in August 2005, as well as 4 sisters Mary, Betty, Dolly and Pat. Rose is survived by her two daughters, Priscilla (Alvar) Nelson of McLure BC and Daphne Lester of Kamloops BC and sister Helen (Nick) Turik of Vernon BC. Her 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren were a source of pride and enjoyment in her retirement years.
Rose was born in Nelson BC on April 8, 1924 and grew up and lived the first part of her life in the West Kootenay area. From there she moved to Calgary in the late 70’s and called that home for the next 20 years. Upon her retirement she moved to Kamloops to be closer to her family.
Rose touched the lives of many people and all have been blessed by her warm and compassionate heart and loving smiles.
God has you in his keeping Mom, but we have you in our hearts.
The Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, May 4, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel (285 Fortune Drive) where the family would like to share memories of Rose.
Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery.
In memory of Rose, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 203-635 Victoria St., Kamloops BC V2C 2B3.
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Sheila "Paddy" Watson/Harrigan
March 20, 1935 - May 1, 2009
Sheila “Paddy” (White) Watson/Harrigan passed peacefully at the age of 74 on May 1, 2009 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in Kamloops BC.
Sheila, “Paddy” as she was affectionately known by her family, was born in Booterstown, Dublin Ireland on March 20th, 1935 to Mary Helen (Sullivan) White and Norman Joseph Schofield White. Her family later moved to # 11 Tenenure Rd, Dublin where she lived until she married William Richard “Dick” Park Watson of Dargaville, New Zealand on January 6, 1959. Dick and Paddy met in the late fall of 1958, when she was modeling and he was on a vacation. Together they returned, via steam ship, to Richard’s Dairy farm and orchard in New Zealand to raise four children together. Unfortunately, Dick passed away suddenly on February 7th, 1966, and Paddy moved to Whangarei, New Zealand with her very young family. During her time of mourning, Paddy returned to Ireland for a short visit. In Ireland she met Mr. & Mrs. Lonsdale of Lethbridge, AB, who invited her back for a visit during her return trip to New Zealand. During this “summer of 1967” visit to Alberta; Paddy was introduced to Roy Elliot Harrigan of Medicine Hat, Alberta. They courted, became engaged, and in September, she returned to New Zealand for her four children. Paddy and the children arrived in Canada on November 11, 1967. Roy and Paddy were married on November 25, 1967, in Maple Creek, Sk. They lived in Medicine Hat and were blessed with two more healthy sons. In 1974 the family moved to Roy’s ranch in Maple Creek. In November of 1976 Paddy separated from Roy. The following November 1977 she was divorced, and she moved to Vancouver, BC, where she resided until her move to Kamloops, in 2001.
Paddy will be missed by her children, grandchildren and great grandson: Steven Watson (Sheryl) and their son Ryan, all of Medicine Hat, their daughter Shauna and her son Troy of Edmonton, AB; Marie O’Shea(Michael) and their daughter Meagan, all of Medicine Hat and their daughter Kealey of Edmonton, AB; Geoffrey Watson (Melanie) and their daughters Gemmel and Jewelisa and son Evan, all of Irvine, AB; Jillian Christy (William) and their daughter Jade all of Medicine Hat; Kevin Harrigan (Kathy) with son Garrett, and daughters Seltic and Allison all of Maple Creek, SK. She will also be dearly missed by her brothers: Diarmuid White (Monica) of Rush, Ireland; Edric White (Monica) of Maynooth, Ireland; John White (Ida) of Swords, Ireland; Alexander White (Anna) of Monktown, Ireland; and sisters: Margaret Rice (Predeceased John) of Shercock, Ireland and Grainne Clune/ (predeceased Joe/Iggy) of Galway, Ireland; and her numerous nieces, nephews and many friends and acquaintances.
Paddy was predeceased by her parents: Mary White (1973) and Norman White (1977) of Ireland; her first husband Dick Watson (Feb 5, 1966) of New Zealand; and her youngest son Donald Roy Harrigan (Oct 28, 1988) of Maple Creek, SK.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 11 am, in St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 238 – 2nd Ave NE, Medicine Hat, AB.
On Saturday, May 9th Paddy will return, within the care of her youngest brother Alex, to her beloved Ireland, where her family will hold a service and burial in Merlin Park, Galway Ireland.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to: the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr. South, Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9; or the Canadian Cancer Society.
ROBIN KEITH BLAIR
April 29, 1956 - May 12, 2009
Robin Keith Blair of Kamloops BC passed away suddenly on May 12, 2009 at 53 years of age. He leaves his wife Eileen Hammond, son Chris Bourassa, daughter Dannielle (Greg) Michiel, daughter Lisa Blair, and granddaughters Ashley and Brooke Michiel.
He was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Marjori Blair.
Rob was born in Kamloops, grew up on a farm in Heffley Creek and attended school in Barriere. His interests included riding his motorcycle, fishing in the great outdoors and golfing. Rob was a mechanic for twenty years in Kamloops.
Precious are the memories he leaves behind.
The Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive.
In memory of Rob, donations may be made to charity of your choice.
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