Kevin Edward Vankoughnett was the 5th child born to Vern and Marion on October 31, 1956 in Kingston, Ontario. He was mischievous, curious and full of energy, always the life of the party but also the watch dog, keeping close watch on everyone to make sure nothing would get too out of hand.
The family moved to Vedder Crossing, British Columbia when Kevin was 12 and then to Chilliwack at 15 where he joined Cadets. It was around this time when he started logging with his father, uncle and brother.
In 1974 is when he finally moved to and settled in Dawson Creek. He worked at various jobs including Tremblay Sand and Gravel, Astro Paving, and then found a calling in the tire business where he dedicated 20 years of his life finding himself at Wal-Mart as an Automotive Technician.
A new chapter unfolded in Kevin’s life when he met and married Darlene Dumais, his lifelong companion. He was blessed not only with a wonderful and loving wife but also 2 daughters (Leanne and Angela) and twin boys (Desmond and Darcey) . He accepted fatherhood with on open heart and mind.
Kevin was an avid sportsman, playing on Men’s and Mixed League Slow-Pitch teams, broomball for Ro-Mac Renegades, the Tupper Timberjacks and Tom’s Lake Pioneers, who nicknamed him Trapper. He was also involved with the Dawson Creek Dart Club, and in the most recent years played in the Pouce Coupe Legion Dart Club. And if that didn’t keep him busy enough, he also enjoyed bowling on occasions.
He loved the outdoors. He loved to camp, fish and especially hunt. Hunting was his passion, all the great stories and friends that he made were a part of his legacy.
Kevin would provide support when required or lend a hand when needed, from fixing things that were broken or staying up all night with a sick grandchild to make them more comfortable. He expressed his love and appreciation by helping with a problem or providing such support. He was not a man of many words but had a big heart. He is a testament of how one person can touch so many other people in a positive way.
Kevin was a very friendly sociable person. He enjoyed the company of family, friends, co-workers and people he met through his sports activities. Anyone who knew him was touched by his compassion is some way, shape or form.
Kevin is survived by his wife Darlene Vankoughnett, children: Leeann (Gary) Girard, Angela (Iven) Davidson, Desmond (Toni) Dumais and Darcey Dumais; grandchildren: Adrien, Quinton, Brenden, Kayden, Taryn, Lyric, Rhaynel, Ayla, Lilly and Nahneya, parents Marion and Vern Vankoughnett, mother in-law Vivian Dumais; siblings: Sandra (Ross) Francis, Keith (Donna) Vankoughnett, Gail (Dave) McRoberts, Doris (Dave) Goulet, Sylvia (Reg) Oman, Terry Vankoughnett and Hubert (Charlene) Vankoughnett.
A funeral service was held on September 12, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Reverend Marilyn Carroll. Interment was held in the Brookside Cemetery.
Beverley Roland 1931-2008
Beverley Dean Roland (nee Brown) was born October 5, 1931 in Vulcan AB, to Wayne Benjamin Brown and Zella Myrtle Brown. She passed away September 17, 2008 in Fort St John hospital at the age of 76. Bev was second oldest in a family of six children and is survived by her sister Genevieve, brothers Bill and Dale.
Bev grew up in Dawson Creek, attending school at South Peace Secondary. As a teenager she worked at the Vogue theatre in the ticket office as well as the Rexall Corner Drug store and Dawson Creek Co-op before getting married.
Bev first met Cliff Roland when she was in grade 5. When Bev was in grade 12, they started going together and became engaged. They married on October 27, 1951.
After they married, they moved to Edmonton where they had their first child Mike later moving back to Dawson Creek where they had their second child Terry. Sometime after, the family moved and lived along the Alaska Highway during which time Cliff and Bev had three more children, Todd, Shane and Gary. Finally in 1967 they moved their family to Chetwynd where many of the family still reside. Cliff passed away after a brief illness in February 1988, in Prince George Hospital.
Some of Bev’s favorite pass times in her many years included:
- watching her grandchildren play hockey;
- coffee time with her friends…Florence Corcoran, Teresa Bernard, Peg Stubberfield, Marion Lillico, Marion Hoover, Eileen Bertleson and many more.
- curling and bonspieling with Cliff – she has boxes of trophies they won over the years they curled.
Bev was a loving, caring and generous person who was always willing to help others. Shopping trips into town took a while as she would always stop and chat with old friends she would run into.
We are going to miss her more than words can say….she formed the keystone, the heart and soul of our family.
Excerpt from poem by Lindsay:
We’ve lived, and loved and laughed,
Not realizing how quickly the time has passed.
Instead of grieving and thinking of all the sad times to come
We remember all you did for us, glad to have you as a Grandmom.
So we all pray to God that he keep you safe in his arms.
So we may see you again one day protected from harm.
Good bye Grandma we love you.
Remembered by Mike, Terry, Todd, Shane and Gary and their spouses and children.
A memorial service was held on September 22, 2008 at the Chetwynd Fellowship Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Bill Evans.
William Ron Sidoruk
Bill Sidoruk was born on April 11, 1937 near Spirit River, Alberta. He was one of seven children born to John & Barbara Sidoruk. He was the eldest son.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother Peter, and sisters: Ann Kozuback, Nettie Stensland, and Marie Sidoruk.
Bill moved to Victoria to work as a mechanic while he was working there he met Norma Eileen Dean. They married in 1968. They had one son Peter.
Bill came to Fort Nelson to work with his brother at Keen Industries. He also worked away in Tumbler Ridge.
He would always have a smile. He loved people. He had a BIG heart. He was a very kind, and generous person.
His Greatest love, and light of his life was his son Peter (Melanie), grandchildren: Geordan and Chelsea. Who will miss him dearly.
Also, Left to mourn him is his sister Ollie (Al), brother Ed (Marlene) and nephews: Rick, Rory, Craig, and nieces: Patty, Tammy, and Lori-Ann.
Until we meet again. Rest in Peace.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on September 24, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Inurnment was held in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery
James Douglas Patchett
December 12, 1928 – September 18, 2008
Jimmy Patchett passed away Sept 18,2008 in Dawson Creek British Columbia, three months shy of his 80th birthday.
Jimmy was born to Arthur and Sara Patchett in Merrit, British Columbia on December 12, 1928. Jimmy was the youngest of eight children.
After spending the first 12 years in Merrit the family moved to Quesnel. Jimmy started his career in the family business A.L Patchett and Sons. In 1957 he met Loretta Lust and in 1958 they were married. They then started their family of four children. Jimmy went on to start his own business North Caribou Transport, and then Airport Auto Wreckers. Raising the family until their early teens Jimmy decided he needed a change and came home to announce he was moving the family to Dawson Creek where he was going to run a gas station, that was short lived and he then joined Borek Construction and Farms and stayed there until he retired.
Jimmy had incredible work ethics and was very loyal to the things and people he believed in and never judged any one. Being a dedicated family man he kept in touch with all his family no matter where they were. If the kids ever needed any advice he always came through even if it was a lecture or two and was often heard saying life is what you make it.
Few people knew that Jimmy had a talent for singing and dancing both the voice and feet were very smooth, he often sang a few songs to his children and grandchildren. He loved hockey and the only team for him was the Vancouver Canucks, whether they won or lost he never jumped to another team. His favourite hobby had to be his investments in bingo and would always bring a smile to his face, especially the night he won the big pot amounting just over 20 thousand dollars. The other main hobby for Jimmy was playing Mexican train dominos with family and friends. If any one was willing to play he was defiantly ready any time of the day or night.
On January 18,2008 Jimmy celebrated 50 years of marriage with his wife Loretta at a special get together with family and close friends.
Jimmy leaves behind his unconditional love for his wife Loretta, sons Danny, Shane (Susan) Patchett, daughters Joanne (Dennis) Frank, Dawn Veres (Glen Schultz), grandchildren, Christina, Shawna, Stephanie, Christina, Jourdain, Justin, and Alexandra, great grandchildren: Zachariah, Gabrielle, Hailey, Lunden and Kyra, sisters: Bernice Petty, Ruth Coleman and Jean McMillan.
A Memorial Service was held on September 25, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron.
Alexander Charles Shields
Known by many as Sandy
Alexander Charles Shields was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on May 23, 1941 and moved to Toronto, Ontario with his family at age 4. When Sandy was in Grade school he had his own paper route and when he was in high school he enjoyed playing hockey.
While working at Cominico Mine in Kimberly, B.C., he took his apprenticeship training and became a heavy duty mining mechanic. Later he moved to Tumbler Ridge to work for Quintette Coal where he met Carmella.
Sandy really enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and the great outdoors. He enjoyed Nascar Racing which he shared with his friend Ray and his brothers in-law.
Sandy had a real dry sense of humor, one time Carmella said she was going to run to the store and sandy looked at her and said ”Why not take the car, it’s a long way to run”.
He was a gentle and soft spoken man and would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it.
In later years Sandy enjoyed doing carpentry work. There are many people who owe their decks, sheds and additions to Sandy and his hammer. For example Randy Thompson, Sharon Walkington, Loreen and Vivian Bentrued, Loretta and many more.
I’m sure that each of them has stories they could tell of Sandy and his antics, while doing the work. It is said that he would build a shed for someone and he would leave the last nail for someone else to hammer in just so he could hear the owner say, ‘Sandy you always start something but never finish it, Right Randy.
He said every summer that people would flock to him, I said “waddya mean?”, “yes” he said “they love the Sandy Beach”. So I would always call him Sandy Beach.
Sandy will be fondly remembered and missed by his wife Carmella, children Andria and Morgan, grandchildren Justin, Andrew, Charlie and Leah. He will be sorely missed by all his many friends and those whose lives he touched.
A memorial service was held on November 15, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Peggy Bergeron.
Ralph Esmond Atkinson
1932 – 2008
Ralph was born April 19, 1932, in Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Moved to Dawson Creek with his parents in 1943 where his family began Dawson Creek Industries. Ralph started apprenticing as a machinist under his father and uncle at the age of 16. When Ralph wasn’t working he could be found at Harry Morrow Ball Park, the arena or the bowling alley. And this is how our “CHAMPION” was born. When the name Ralph Atkinson was mentioned around the sports celebrities, the first sport which comes to mind is bowling. In 1950, at the age of 18, Ralph was the youngest to capture the Western Canada Men’s Singles; Funny Grandpa always said “I would have won the Canadian Championship if the West would have met the East. Seven years later he won the Western and Canadian Men’s singles title. In taking the Western Canadian Championship for the second time Ralph chalked up the third highest score in the thirteen year history of the event and topped all bowlers with a score of 408 on his 25th Birthday.
Ralph first met Doreen at the Vogue Movie theatre and then married Feb 8, 1958. They had three children Joanne, Robbie and Michelle. Ralph and Doreen enjoyed their time with their children whether it is at a variety of sporting events or sitting around the table playing cards.
Now, Ralph’s life wasn’t without pressure and that pressure came on Friday nights. Ralphs 3 children knew that if a bowler got six strikes in a row he won a 6 pack of pop. Not only did Joanne Rob and Michelle wait anxiously for their pop they all expected a bag of potato chips. If you’ve ever bowled you know 6 strikes in a row isn’t easy. The kids wonder now did he always get 6 strikes or did he buy the pop, because they were never disappointed. We always knew Ralph was a great bowler, but what we didn’t know was that there was another sport he was even better at; Uncle Ken, Ralph’s brother, told us that he was a phenomenal hockey player. And we thought he only like to watch it on TV. His dedication to the Toronto Maple Leafs will live on in his son and Grandson. He must have been a dedicated Leafs fan because the leafs haven’t won the cup since 1967. Maybe next year hey Grandpa.
Ralph loved his family, he loved his sports and he loved his work. People have often said Ralph was one of the best machinists in Dawson Creek. His nick name was the “BIG LATHE”. In the mid 90’s Ralph retired from DC Industries where he worked for 48 years.
Ralph will be greatly missed by all, including his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother, sister in laws, brother in laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ralph was at home with his 3 children and Rob’s wife Jody, at his side. We told our dad to go and be with our mother and tell her we love her and we will miss them greatly, he passed away very peacefully and will be joining his wife Doreen, who passed away Sept 16, 2008.
Letter from the Grandkids:
Dear Grandpa, all the grandchildren want to thank you for leaving us with such fond memories of you. Your kind eyes and gentle way we will keep with us always. We love you Grandpa.
You will always be my oldest Best Friend.
A Memorial service was held on November 12, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Inurnment of the urn followed the service in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium.