Garry Hugh Robertson
Garry Robertson a long time resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away at his home on July 22nd, 2002 at the age of 52 years. A Funeral service was held on Friday July 26th, at 11:00 a.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Fr. Chris Lynch officiated. Cremation followed and interment will be at a later date.
Garry was a great brother, uncle, and friend to many people and was well known in the community.
Garry grew up in Bessborough and lived in Dawson Creek area all of his life. He moved to Rolla three years ago and he loved the community.
Garry was a pipeliner and also worked construction across Canada, he became ill, and realized he would have to get into a new line of work. He took a couple of computer courses and finished with diplomas.
Garry had a great sense of humor which would take us all into fits of laughter.
Garry and Sheldon were driving to the farm, when they got there Gloria realized there were flames coming out from under the truck, she ran outside waving her arms to tell them that the truck was on fire. Sheldon said to Garry “she must really love you.”
Garry said “Yeah, I think she does.”
Once they got closer Gloria told them about the flames and to get out of the truck, Garry said “Don’t worry, it has been like that all the way from town, I couldn’t wait to see you.”
Needless to say the truck never burned.
In Garry’s journey throughout his life, he made many life time friends. He was very sick at times but he never stopped smiling or joking.
Garry the journey you are taking now, you leave behind loved family and friends.
Go in peace and harmony.
Garry was predeceased by his father Hugh Robertson, his mother Charlotte Robertson, his brother Wayne Robertson, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.
Florence Anna Campbell
CAMPBELL, Florence Anna ? passed away peacefully in McIntosh Lodge, Chilliwack, BC on July 17, 2002 at the age of 88 years, 9 months. Florence was born near Dauphin, Man Oct. 26, 1913, the youngest daughter of William and Anna (Shmitt) Nicodemus.
She moved with her parents and brothers Herb and Bill to the Peace River Country in 1930. There she met and married Albert Campbell in 1934. They homesteaded first in the Devereaux area (Arras) west of Dawson Creek, and then farmed north east of Rolla, BC. They moved into Dawson Creek in 1947 (where Al barbered for many years). They lived in Penticton for about seven very enjoyable years, and then resided in Chilliwack, BC since 1975.
Flo and Al moved into McIntosh Lodge in Sept. 2001. Al passed away Dec. 8, 2001. From that time on Flo underwent treatments for cancer. She suffered quietly, but courageously. She was an inspiration to us all. She was grateful for the loving care of the staff at the Lodge.
In her daily life Flo lived quietly, devoting herself to her husband and family. She enjoyed activities with her church, especially in Penticton where she made good friends. She enjoyed singing in the choir, and played in a Handbell choir. She enjoyed activities with a senior’s Assoc. in Chilliwack. In her youth she loved to play baseball, playing for the “Rolla” Ladies Baseball team for many years. She always remained a fan of the sport. She loved camping and travelling, and always had open home for her family, friends and strangers. Her teapot was always on and no one ever left hungry. We will always remember the smell of home made bread, pies and goodies.
Florence had always wanted to be a nurse; she took care of her six children through all their childhood ills. She cared for her mother-in-law until her death at age 99 in 1965. As a family we are grateful for her loving care. We were privileged to return the favour.
Florence was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Flo was predeceased by her parents. Her brothers and sisters; Charles, Ralph, Ada Whitmore, Katherine Dahl, Mabel Fraser and Bill Nicodemus; also by an infant son Glen, grandson Peter, son-in-law Ken Steers, and by Al, her husband of 67 years.
She is survived by one brother, Herb (Elsie) Nicodemus of Pouce Coupe, BC, by special nephew Earl (Joanne) Nicodemus and family of Venezuela, by Shirley Campbell and many nieces and nephews.
Flo is survived by six children: Ellen and Ruben Mantler (Prince George), Ina and Gordon Johnson (La Glace, AB.), Cathy and Gerhard Meyer (Islay, AB), Garth and Adrienne Campbell (Chilliwack), Nora Steers (New Westminster), Terry and Winston Kimber (Boston Bar); also by 17 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 20, 2002. Rev. Don Enns officiating.
The family would like to thank the staff at McIntosh Lodge and to Dr. Ho. Special thanks to Daisy Ann for her love and support.
She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Donations would be gratefully accepted to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Chilliwack Hospice Society.
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Stanley Edward Vyse
Stan Vyse passed away on July 16, 2002 with his family by his side. The former Royal Canadian Navy veteran who served his country in WW II lost his final battle with cancer.
Stan spent most of his life in the Peace Country, having moved with his family from Rosalind, Alberta when he was 3. His parents, Alfred and Bessie built a homestead in the Carpio district and the family later moved to Landry. Stan worked on the construction of the Alaska Highway when he was 15 years old and enlisted in the navy when he was 16. He served in the North Atlantic on the corvette HMCS Fennel. Following the war, Stan returned to Dawson Creek, where he resided until moving to Kamloops in 1988.
Loved by his family, respected by all who knew him, Stan was a remarkable man. His strong will and love for life gave him the power to heal and come back from what some doctors believed to be insurmountable injuries in 1964.
Although the injuries continued to plague him for his entire life, he kept fighting and accomplished more than most others.
Stan’s children and grandchildren provided him with much joy and happiness, as he did for them. He and his wife, Phyllis shared more than 50 years together.
The family cherishes the memories of Moberly Lake, moose hunting, Grandpa’s garden, treasure hunts, stories on Grandpa’s knee, and Sunday suppers. We remember the love he shared, the lessons he taught and strength he exhibited.
Stan will always be loved and admired by his wife, Phyllis; son, Dennis (Gayle); daughter, Sandi Lloyd (Brian); grandchildren, Dan Herman, Scott and Lindsay Vyse and Randy and Sylvie Lloyd; and great granddaughter, Carley. He was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Herman. He also leaves behind his brothers Clifford and Jack and his many friends.
It was Stan’s wish not to have a funeral. Expressions of sympathy can be made by way of donation to the Kamloops Long Blades Speed Skating Club, 391 Tuxford Drive, Kamloops, BC V2E 2N7.
Stan will be sadly missed, but his spirit lives on in his family.
James Bailey Henderson
James Bailey Henderson, originally of North Rolla, passed away Thursday, July 18 after a valiant fight with cancer at the age of 66 years.
A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 23rd, at 3:00 p.m. from St. Marks Anglican Church, Rev. Alexis Saunders officiated.
"Big Jim" was the son of "Joe" Henderson, who homesteaded in the North Rolla area in 1919. His mother, Eunice Bates was one of the first schoolteachers in that area.
Jim graduated from high school in Dawson Creek in 1954, after which time he joined the Canadian Air Force. He served for three years and became an airframe mechanic before leaving the service to return to the family farm in North Rolla.
While the focus of his working life was the family farm, Jim supplemented his income by working in the oil patch, both as a rig worker and with a water hauling business. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to a variety of other business ventures including a petroleum bulk plant, an agricultural feed store, and a successful sheep grazing partnership with the South Peace Colony.
Jim was a doer. He strongly believed in doing whatever he could to help his community and country, and was always involved in community organizations. Prior to selling the family farm in 1981 and moving to another farm closer to Dawson Creek, Jim was an active member of the Rolla Elks. While president of the Rolla Ratepayers, he pushed for a Rolla sewage treatment facility and the building of the Rolla Hall.
Jim was very interested in politics. He served as a delegate for the Conservative Party and eventually ran as a director for the United Grain Growers. He was a board member of the Pouce Coupe Community Hospital, and was president of the B.C. Sheep breeders. At the time of his death, Jim was the vice-president of the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers.
Over the years, Jim was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and an active supporter of the local 4-H community, as well as minor hockey, the Mile "0" Figure Skating Club, and more.
Jim served as a past master of the Masonic order and was at one time district deputy. He enjoyed being a clown with the Shriners, and thrived on the fellowship of all the organizations in which he was involved.
Despite his robust stature, Big Jim had the ability to fit in anywhere. Whether you were a VIP, or a person down on your luck, Jim treated everyone as equal. Few who met him will forget his broad smile (and girth), his outgoing personality and his boisterous laugh.
Big Jim is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Gail, son Ian, daughters Kelly (Cole) and Shannon (Delawsky), two grandchildren Sam and Amanda, niece Tonya Eby and nephew James Eby.
Cremation arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Kenneth Benjamin Miller
Ken Miller, resident of Rotary Village, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on July 18, 2002 at 78 years of age. A memorial service was held at 11:00 am on July 23, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Ken’s niece, Margaret Hunder, led the singing of The Old Rugged Cross. Following the service, Ken’s cremated remains were interred in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium.
Ken was born in Pouce Coupe, BC, on September 7, 1923; the first son of Ben and Dorothy Miller of the Lake View District. He attended the West Saskatoon School (Kilkerran) for the first 4 or 5 years of his education. Later on, when the Lake View School was built, he attended school there.
He joined the RCAF in 1943, where he became an air frame mechanic. He was in the air force for 5 years. After he was discharged, he had saved enough money to buy his first quarter of land for $1200.00.
Ken had been on the farm in Lake View for over 50 years. He lived with his parents until they both had passed away, and he continued to live in the same home until moving to Rotary Village in 1988, where he resided until his passing.
He liked listening to radio, especially NHL hockey games, his favorite team was the Toronto Maple Leafs, in later years he enjoyed watching hockey on TV. Ken also enjoyed the Dawson Creek Public Library, putting puzzles together, socializing at Rotary Village, and visiting friends and neighbours who were in the hospital. In the last 10 or 12 years, he was a diabetic, and so he had to watch the sugar content, and amount in the food he ate.
Ken leaves to mourn: his brother, Gordon (Shirley) Miller; niece, Margaret (Leonard) Hunder; of Dawson Creek, BC; nephew, Donald Miller, of Prince George, BC; cousins, Bruce and Esther Book of Loreburn, SK.; David and Valerie Seltenrich of Rimbey, AB; as well as many old friends from school days.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Alfred George Tonner
My Dad, My Hero
Alfie passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home with his family at his side. He leaves his only child Helen and her husband Conrad Van Oord; grandsons Chris (Curtis) Scott and David (Marcella); brother Charles; sisters Margaret, Martha and Helen; nieces and nephews from Scotland; good friend Ginnie Searle and family and last but not least, his wee dog Puffer.
Born in Scotland, he married the love of his life Elizabeth Jenkin, in 1950 and had a daughter, Helen. The three immigrated to Canada when Alfie worked as a civilian with the RCAF in Churchill, D.E.W., The Bird, Northern Ontario and Dawson. In 1969, the family moved to Hudson’s Hope to work for BC Hydro at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam.
In 1979, Alfie lost his love and my Mum “Betty,” but his love for Hudson’s Hope and the people there kept him there even after he retired from BC Hydro in 1985. He belonged to the Legion and the Lions Club.
My dad lived a good life and had a peaceful, dignified death. A celebration of life was held at the Lions Hall in Hudson’s Hope. A mass and memorial will be held in Scotland in September.
Ernest John Ryan
Ernest John Ryan was born on August 22nd, 1942 at Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He passed away on July 13th, 2002 in Dawson Creek, B.C. at the age of 59 years. Ernest was predeceased by his wife Patricia in 1998, and his father Abram (Abe) Ryan in 1973. He is survived by his sons, Lee (Yvonne), of Fort Nelson, B.C. and Darrin of Vernon, B.C.his daughter, Connie (Jim Lockyer) of Whitbourne, NF. Grandchildren; Robyn, Karly, Nikita, Tanner, Danica, Chayla, and Kendra, also his loving mother Mary Ryan of Mt. Pearl, NF. Brother Frank (Eunice), of St. John’s, NF and his sister Lena (Derrick Blundon), of Mt. Pearl, NF. his mother and father-in-law, Reg and Florence Didham, of Whitbourne, NF. Brother-in-laws, Don Didham, of Edmonton, Alberta,. Alphonsus Didham (Betty) of Whitbourne, NF. Also numerous nieces and nephews, and other family and friends in Newfoundland, Scotland, and Dawson Creek. Ernest resided in Dawson Creek, for the past nine years. He loved children, was hard working, and was a very kind man.
A memorial service was held on Saturday July 20th, 2002, in Whitbourne, Newfoundland.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Robert Rex Kohnke
Robert Rex Kohnke, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on July 11, 2002 in Fort St. John, at 74 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on July 17, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, with Reverend Judy Hare officiating. Bob was cremated and his cremated remains are to be interred in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium at a later date.
Eulogy read by Lynette Tremblay: Robert Rex Kohnke, commonly known as ŒBob‚, ŒDad‚ or ŒGrandpa‚, was born on February 16th, 1928, in Opheim, Montana; the youngest of six children to Henry and Nellie Kohnke.
At a young age, he moved with his family to Elbow Saskatchewan, where he grew up on the family ranch. The family later moved to the Okanagan where his parents eventually retired.
Bob joined the U.S. Army and served there for a short period of time. When he left the army, he returned to the Okanagan with his wife, Daisy Jean, and daughter, Victoria, who was born on June 24, 1949 at the army base station hospital in Fort Ord, California. They were later divorced and Jean returned to California with their daughter Vicky. Vicky grew up in California, she married, and had two children, Ben and Jeanie, who still reside in Fresno, California.
Bob stayed in the Okanagan and he began working on bridge construction. In 1950, he was working in Penticton and went out for a meal in a cafe where a pretty young waitress overcharged him for his meal by $1.00. That is how he met Amy Marie Hallock, shortly after, Bob asked her out for a date. Three years later, they were married on August 10th, 1953. They built a home in Burnaby where they lived during the off seasons of bridge construction.
Bob and Amy had a small trailer so that she could pack up and move her whole home within 2 hours. Their family began when Bob was working on the floating bridge in Kelowna. Amy had a baby boy, Kevin Dean, born on May 2nd, 1957. When Bob, Amy and Kevin were in Taylor, where Bob had come to work on the Railway bridge, he fell in love with and bought a 1/2 section of undeveloped land at mile 27 on the Alaska Highway, where he hoped to some day build a ranch.
In 1958, Bob, Amy and Kevin returned to Taylor where Bob began work on the Peace River Bridge. When the job was completed, they returned to Burnaby and on September 22nd of 1960, the family was complete with the arrival of their daughter Terri Lynn.
Now with two children, Amy was no longer able to pack up her home within 2 hours, and moving at a moment‚s notice had lost some of its appeal, now that the family was larger. It was decided that they would move to Taylor and begin working towards building the ranch. Bob started the ranch from scratch clearing and raising cereal crops, during the winter months he worked out to supplement the family farm income.
Many of Bob's relatives and friends came north looking for work during the construction of the Bennett Dam. Bob and Amy's place had an empty granary that served as a bunk house, and the guys always knew there was a place to stay and a home cooked meal to be had. Bob and Amy never quite knew how many would show up, so Bob would go out to the bunk house in the morning to count heads so he could let Amy know how many would be coming in for breakfast. Over the years, Amy never knew who or how many would be at the table; even if you were a salesman, if you were at Bob's place at meal time, he would always invite you in for a meal.
The ranch evolved over the years, with the addition of goats, sheep, horses and finally cattle. Bob's cattle were his pride and joy, his helping hand was his cow dog, Kim. Three years ago Bob had a severe heart attack and had to retire from the ranch. Bob, Amy and Kim all moved to town to spend the winter months and wait for spring to return to the ranch. Bob enjoyed visiting the neighbours, touring the ranch on his four-wheeler and fishing in the dug out.
Bob loved to visit, joke and tell stories with family and friends and brag about his grandchildren, Travis, Randi, Lynette and Cole. His sense of humour will be remembered by those who knew him well. He was always saving a funny story or joke from his reading sources...the Western Producer, The Cattleman's magazine or the Farm Grain News... to share with someone.
Bob was pre-deceased by his parents, Henry, and Nellie Kohnke; brothers, Ed, Jim, and Bud Kohnke, and a daughter, Victoria.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Amy; children, Kevin (Liz) Kohnke, and Terri (Rene) Tremblay; grandchildren, Travis, Randi, Lynette, Cole, Ben (Dawn), and Jeanie; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Luke; sisters, Daisy Osland, and Winnie Allen.
Funeral Services were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, British Columbia.