Robert John (Jack) Vyse
1933 ~ 2012
Memories of Jack Vyse
Jack and I have been friends for a long time. We started school together at the old Landry School with Miss Henderson as our teacher. Jack excelled in all subjects, he was a good athlete and could run the long distance races well. Jack and I always competed together in the three legged races and usually won. As a ball player Jack could play any position.
We continued school together at Landry. In grade nine, in the Old Camp School we walked uptown to the new South Peace for Industrial Arts where Jack also excelled in the wood working area. The only part of South Peace built at the time was the south wing and because this was the last class of the day for us sometimes we’d cruise, instead of walking, with Mel Hogg, Cliff Washington, Jack and I in Mel’s old Essex. There were only two cars at school in those days so this was really great.
In the fall we often didn’t start school right away because we would be working on the threshing outfits. Jack drove a team on the bundle wagon. One fall in particular the weather was bad and we threshed into December with teams and sleighs and the temperature dropped to -20 below.
You could always count on Jack in his quiet determined way. He inherited his Mom’s tenacity and together with his Dad’s quiet determination Jack stuck by what he believed. He was so honest and dependable.
In February of 1943 many rural people were in Dawson Creek enjoying a nice warm spring day when history was made. Jack along with his parents were in town that day when the Livery Stable, west of the Dawson Hotel, caught fire, people rushed to see the fire and were not aware that a carload of dynamite and caps were stored within the barn. As a result of the explosion that followed Jack ended up across the street from where he had been standing. This explosion was so intense that it broke windows in Pouce Coupe and twisted some buildings in Dawson Creek.
The only building left standing on the entire block was the old Dawson Co-op store. Jack and his family luckily escaped injury in this record making event.
Jack and I hunted together, when we were young, and he was an excellent shot and appreciated good fire arms. On occasion we tried to swim in Saskatoon Creek. We didn’t really swim but cooled off anyway.
Jack was an avid supporter of the local gun shows and participated in all the local shows. Many friendships developed here where Jack and Gladys were regulars. Jack will be missed at the show this April.
Jack was a pillar in various agriculture organizations. What he believed in was what he bargained for. He was in the BC Farmers Union, the National Farmers Union and recently a member of the South Peace Land Owners Association where the organization worked for safety and fairness for all.
Jack will be missed by all who knew and appreciated him. Our community was a great place to live and grow in because of people like Jack
by Bert Veiner
A Funeral service was held Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jack, may be made by donation to the
‘Cross Cancer Institute’
1156 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1Z2
Filip Simlik resident of Peace River Haven and former resident of Farmington, B.C. passed away January 23,2003 at age 96 years.
Filip was cremated, and by request, no funeral service was held.
He was born in Lipov, Czechoslovakia on August 15, 1902, the seventh child of Tomas and Maria Simlik.
Filip's early years were spent in Lipov with his family and during those years he apprenticed and worked as a harness maker.
In May 1929 he immigrated to Canada to join his brother Joe. In 1930 Filip and Joe came to Bessborough where they filed on adjoining homesteads. Filip later bought two quarters of land in Farmington, two miles north of his homestead. Filip spent 68 years on the farm until moving to Peace River Haven in November 1998.
Filip enjoyed music and liked to sing and in his younger years he loved to dance.
Filip was predeceased by his parents Tomas and Maria; his brothers Tomas, Frank, John, Josef, Kliment, Anton and sister, Anna.
He will be remembered by his nephew, Ed Simlik and family of Bessborough and nephews in Michigan,USA.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
William Ralph Watson
William Ralph Watson, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on December 28, 2002 at 88 years of age. A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on January 6, 2003 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Reverend Brent Neumann officiated.
Eulogy read by Brian Gudmundson:
William Ralph Watson was born to Dr. & Mrs. Archibald Watson on March 8th, 1914 in Edson, AB.
He lost his mother, Mabel, in April 1915 and together with his sister Elizabeth, brother Bob and Father went to Wainwright AB to live with his Grandmother Watson. While there, his father opened a Maternity Hospital, the first hospital in Wainwright.
When his father returned from Overseas where he had served with the Medical Corps in WWI, he brought with him his new bride, Rosa, and her daughter, Daphne Phillips. Taking the two boys with them, they settled on a farm at Rolla. His father then opened a Red Cross Hospital at Pouce Coupe. Their home was mainly in Pouce Coupe, later moving to Dawson Creek where they finally settled.
My sister, Nina, and I enjoyed holidays with Grannie & Uncle Bill on the farm at Rolla and also at their cottage on Moberly Lake. Holidays at Moberly Lake were also enjoyed by our younger sister, Annette who has fond memories of her holidays with Uncle Bill & Grannie. Later on, Uncle Bill joined us for several summers at the Gudmundson family cottage at Lac La Nonne. Great fun - especially watching Bill sitting in a chair busy whirling his hair and enjoying the activities around him.
Bill brought his motorboat and later his canoe for everyone's enjoyment. Oh, by the way, it is still being used by my grandchildren...great gifts just keep on giving. Uncle Bill took great pride motoring all visiting relatives and friends around the Dawson Creek area, showing the great country he lived in and loved so dearly. He loved to show us the farm at Rolla, the hillside where his father is buried, the cabin on Moberly Lake, and the Bennett Dam which he referred to as the “Wacky Bennett Dam”.
Bill was always willing to help others and enjoyed chauffeuring Grannie and her friends to their bridge games, Church meetings and on various errands.
On moving to the Rotary Manor, Bill enjoyed providing assistance wherever and whenever possible and both staff and residents appreciated his help. Bill was the longest resident, living there for 24 years.
In 1994, Bill met Heather at the Rotary Manor and it soon blossomed into a romance. They were married in May 1995. They enjoyed bus holidays and a cruise. Days were spent reminiscing about their families and enjoying pictures taken on various excursions, listening to classical music, as well as many walks, until Bill had to use a wheelchair.
Bill was predeceased by his mother, Mabel Watson in April 1915, his father Archibald Watson in October 1936, his brother, Robert, in 1972, sister, Elizabeth in 2000, step-mother, Rosa Watson, and step-sister, Daphne Phillips.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Heather; his nieces, Jonina Holtsbaum and Annette Johnston and by myself, Brian Gudmundson, his nephew. Bill was the last of the Watson family line. He will be missed by the many people whose lives were touched by his kind heart, willingness to lend a hand and positive outlook.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Alex Zeebeck, passed away at the Dawson Creek & District Hospital on September 27, 2002 after a short bout with leukemia. A memorial service was held at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at the Lamplighters Activity Centre in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. Following the service, Alex’s cremated remains were placed beside his wife, Ellen, at the Fort Nelson Cemetery.
He was born in Wayne Alberta, on September 15, 1928, the son of Jame Dizvoe and Anne Mirich.
Alex worked along the Alaska Highway as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator for Doug Busat, Westcoast, and Doug Gordon, including a stint at the Grant’s Highland Glen, at Muncho Lake, before moving to Fort Nelson where he was a contractor. He and his second wife, Ellen, played an active part in the community until her death.
Upon his retirement, Alex purchased a home in Pouce Coupe, BC.
Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his brother, Dave Mirich; daughter, Dale (Gerry Zieglar), grand-daughters, Kendra and Tobi, great-grand-daughters, Milisa and Leah; son, Brian Zeebeck (Evelyn), grand-daughter Allanah, grandson, Dustin, and long time special friend, Betty Gawley.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Walton Lorne Holden
Walton Lorne Holden, long time resident of Dawson Creek, passed away on October 16, 2002 at the age of 95 years. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm on October 20,2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, with Peggy Bergeron officiating. Cremation followed.
Walt was born in 1907 in Benito, Manitoba. The Holden family traveled west to Soda Creek, BC in the hopes of buying a ranch but finding nothing suitable, Grandpa Holden and Randolph went on ahead to Peace River. There they bought saddle horses and found the Clear Hills area. They found a lot of green grass and open prairies, just what Grandpa Holden had in mind for his family. Grandpa and Grandma with 8 children in tow, went to Clear Hills. Here all the boys took up homesteads. Walt was the sixth child in a family of ten children.
When the Second World War started, Walt went to Dawson Creek, and worked with and for the American Army, building the Alaska Highway. At the end of the war, Walt decided to stay and make his home in Dawson Creek. Some time in the 1950's
he started his own trucking firm, Holden Trucking. When the contracts slowed down he continued driving trucks for various firms until his retirement.
Walt loved to debate politics with his children and their friends and in all his years he never missed voting in an election. Walt was an avid reader and was particularly fond of Louis Lamour's western adventures and enjoyed history novels. He instilled his love of reading to his children and grandchildren and would regale them with nursery rhymes, children's stories and poems.
Walt loved his garden and took great pleasure in planting new seeds and watching them grow. Even in later years he wanted to cut his own lawn. He was a very independent man. He insisted he could clean the eavestroughs and trim trees, until the family put their foot down and insisted he let someone else do the job!
In later years, Walt loved going for drives out in the country and visiting friends and family. He especially enjoyed his time out at Moberly Lake and at Randy's property on Bear Mountain.
Walt was an honest and loyal husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved life and he clearly loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all.
Walt is survived by his wife Marie Holden, and children Allan (Carol) Holden, Don (Darlene) Holden, Judy Holden Jex, Randy (Sharon) Holden, Debbie (Len)
Lever and Holly Holden (Brian Paulson) . His grandchildren, Brent (Patty) Holden, Kelly (Catalina) Holden, Janet (Eric) McCormack, Dione (Calvin) Siegrist, Denise (Dana) Dow, Dea-Marie Holden, Kara, Ryan, Kayla and Shanay Holden, Wayde (Lori) Lever, Rorie (Gino) Mazzuca and Garlyn Pyzda. Great-grandchildren, Brett Holden, Ryan Holden, Finnigan McCormack, Drew Siegrist, Jyvanie and Dryden Dow and Sarah Mazzuca, as well as two sisters Louise Erlandson and Edna Thompson.
Walt was predeceased by his parents, Clara and Edwin Holden; brothers, Austin, Randolph, Ivor and Ford; sisters Vi, Olive and Hattie; his son, Darren and son-in-law, Doug Jex.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Walt to the S.P.C.A., 637-114th Ave, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3A1.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.