Antonio "Tony" Tommasini
August 2, 1916 - March 25, 2009
On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Antonio “Tony” Tommasini passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his home in Pine Grove Lodge, Kamloops.
Tony is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Regina, his children Bruno (Noreen) of Maple Ridge, Lena (George) of Nanaimo, John (Linda) of Surrey, Elda (John), Vito (Karen) and Dave (Cindie) all of Kamloops. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Gina, Erin, Sheldon, Luke, Murray, Nick, Steve, Alex, Anthony, Mark, Brian, Eric, Brandon and Robert and by his great grandchildren Jack and Isla. He also leaves behind the wonderful residents and staff of Pine Grove Lodge, where he has resided for the past six years.
Tony was predeceased by two of his sons in 1954, Vito and Aldo. He was the last surviving sibling of a large Tommasini family.
Born in Treviso Italy, Tony was one of 18 children. He was a veteran of the Italian Army. In 1954 he immigrated to Canada to find work and he ended up in Kamloops, where he got a job with CP Rail. His wife joined him two years later with four small children. He worked with CP Rail for 35 years, retiring in 1979. His retirement years were spent gardening and looking after his grandchildren, whom he cherished.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Grove Lodge for all they have done for our father over the past six years.
Prayers will be recited at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2009 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 635 Tranquille Road.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, March 30, 2009 in Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, with Reverend Father Peter Nguyen, Celebrant. Following the service, Tony will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery.
Donations in Tony’s name may be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia St., Kamloops BC V2C 2T1.
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July 4, 1925 - March 30, 2009
With great sadness we announce the passing of our Mum and Nana, Joan Irene Jessome (nee Vandendriessche) on Monday, March 30/09. Joan was predeceased by her husband Captain Stephen Turner Jessome (1916 – 1991) and special friend Tom Jensen. She will be forever cherished by her children Stephen (Colleen) of Prince George, Michele (Wayne) Wilcox of Calgary, John of Calgary, Toni (Mark) Barrett of Kamloops, grandchildren Holly, Shawn, Anastasia, Averi, Brandie, Justin and Amy. Daughter-in-law Kathy Jessome, sisters Jean (Keith) Gagne, Tracey (Bal) Sary and brother Emile Vandean and their families.
Joan was born in Weyburn, Sask. July 4, 1925. Her family moved to Kamloops in 1940. Joan graduated from Victoria’s St Joseph School of Nursing in 1946 and she returned to Kamloops to work at Royal Inland Hospital and the Tranquille Sanatorium. She married Stephen Turner Jessome June 30, 1951 in Kamloops and resided in several army bases across Canada from Kamloops to Truro, Nova Scotia. In 1967 they moved to Nelson, BC and then to the picturesque Slocan Valley. Joan returned to Kamloops in 1991 to be closer to her family. She was a wonderful mother and nana, a caring nurse, bee keeper, avid gardener and phenomenal quilter.
A memorial mass will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11:00 am Friday, April 3, 2009. Father Derek Cameron, Celebrant.
The family would like to thank the staff at Berwick on the Park and Kellly Voss for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, 201-635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, V2C 2B3.
V.G. “GRANT” McGILL
October 9, 1936 - April 3, 2009
Grant McGill of Kamloops passed away on Friday, April 3, 2009 at the age of 72 years. He is survived by the love of his life, Fay McGill; children Debra (Michael) Craig of Vancouver BC, Robert (Carol) McGill of Kamloops BC, and Carrie (Doug Morton) Labonte of Whitehorse YT; his six favourite girls, granddaughters Erin, Meghan, Amy, Kate, Emma and Gina; sister Kathleen Prichard; many other relatives too numerous to mention; and throughout his life Grant made long-lasting friends who will all miss him.
Predeceased by his brothers Emmett, James and Dalton, and his sisters Norma and Dolores.
Grant was a beloved husband, father, brother, Papa, and uncle who was cherished his large extended family. He was born in Nakusp BC on October 9, 1936 to parents R.L. and Anna McGill. Grant and Fay (nee Nordby) were married in North Vancouver on January 7th, 1956 and spent most of their early years in Dawson Creek, where Grant was actively involved in minor hockey. Grant and Fay moved back to Kamloops in 1978, where Grant worked for Kelly Douglas and Pacific Produce, and was also involved with the Kiwanis Club.
We will miss his sense of humour, his laugh and his generous nature.
The Memorial Service will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive, with Archdeacon Donald Wootten officiating.
If friend’s desire, memorial donations may be made in Grant’s name to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops BC V2E 2S9 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada B.C. Branch 200-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby BC V5G 4K6.
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Curtis Alan Randall
April 7, 1977 - April 18, 2009
It is with great sadness that his family announces the passing of Curtis Alan Randall on Saturday April 18th, 2009 at the age of 32 years. Curtis was born April 7, 1977, living a full life, despite being, affected by Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
Mourned in loss by his Dad, Cliff Randall (Barb Forde) of Revelstoke; Mother, Robyn Hoffman (Rick) of Kelowna and his devoted Sister, Jenn Randall (Jason Joslin) of Kamloops, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins across Canada.
Curtis is sadly predeceased by paternal grandparents, Alan and Josephine Randall of North Bay, Ontario, maternal grandparents, Bob and Marg Kolesnikoff, Kamloops, B.C.
Curtis grew up and graduated in Kamloops, BC proving to everyone that life had no boundaries and that dreams do come true if you have a strong supportive care team! Curtis touched many hearts with his determination and zest for life. His most noteworthy accomplishment was being a gold medal winner and longstanding member of the Canadian Wheel Chair Target Sports Team. Curtis was a Life Member of the Harley Owners Group, Kamloops HOG Chapter and Fraternal Order of Eagles, North Kamloops Aerie. His memory will live on in these associations and his deep family ties.
The family wishes to thank the long list of current and previous care givers who provided care to Curtis on a daily basis, so he could appreciate everything life had to offer.
Viewing will take place Friday April 24th, 2009 from 7-9 pm, and Memorial Service Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 11am at Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Dr., Kamloops B.C. everyone is welcome to attend this casual celebration. Those who so desire, may make memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, 7th Floor, 1401 West Broadway St., Vancouver, B.C., V6H 1H6
Arthur Edmund Drew
January 8, 1932 - May 6, 2009
Arthur Edmund Drew of Kamloops BC passed away on May 6, 2009 at 77 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Elsie Jean Drew, daughter Laurie (Rollie) Poissant of Kamloops, and son Clayton Drew of Kamloops. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Sean Poissant, Brianne Poissant and Heather Oleson; great granddaughter Eva Poissant; brother Frank Drew; and nephew Johny (Norma) Hunter and niece Karen Hunter.
He was predeceased by his sister Alta (Walter) Sigfusson, sister Gereldene (Norm) Renstrom, sister Marion (Red) Hunter, and brother Mel Drew.
Art came to Kamloops and worked as a body shop apprentice and later owned a body shop in Vernon. He became an Insurance Adjuster for U.A.B. and I.A.C. Art started Yellowhead Used Car and Auto Parts and owned it for many years. He sold Yellowhead and then went back to U.A.B. as a manager until he retired in 1991. He and Elsie were then able to travel to Yuma Arizona for 14 years, enjoying happy hours on the deck, sunsets and golf.
The Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive.
Donations in Art’s memory may be made to the Parkinson Society Canada, 316-4211 Yonge St., Toronto ON M2P 2A9.
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Vernon Albert Morrow
May 5, 1945 - May 9, 2009
Vernon was born in Calgary, Alberta, May 05, 1945, and passed away in Kamloops, BC, May 09 2009.
Vernon is survived by his wife Ella and their children Glenn, Clint (Trish), Lynette Scriver, Charlene (Joe) Munday, and grandchildren Alisha, Layne, Brook, Sierra, Caleb, Madison, Kendra, Maiya and Evan.
Vern will be missed by his siblings, Clara (Rodger) Melnyk, Carmel (Fred) Archer, Ruth Ritchey, Ken (Nola) Morrow and their children.
He was predeceased by his brother in-law Herb Ritchey.
Vernon will also be missed by his in-laws who looked upon Vern as a helpful big brother, his Mother-in-law Rhea Delisle; Edward (Christine) Delisle; Denis (Janice) Delisle; Evangeline (Shannon) Studney and their children.
Vern worked for the CNR when he moved from Jasper, Alberta to Kamloops and in 1972 became a Logging Truck Driver.
The important things that Vern enjoyed in his life were fishing and camping with family and friends and country music.
Thanks to all of the Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kamloops, staff at James Western Star, Royal Inland Hospital, Hospice House and our many friends and workmates too numerous to name, for their co-operation during Vern’s short courageous battle with cancer.
Special thanks to the Ron Wallace family for helping Vern to ‘keep-on-logging’ even though he couldn’t do it himself.
It was Vern’s desire that no Memorial Service be held.
Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Brocklehurst Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 260 Leigh Road, Kamloops, BC, V2B 2M1, or to the BC Cancer Society, 111-450 Lansdowne St., Kamloops BC V2C 1Y3.
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