Gene Pelletier was born at Turtleford Saskatchewan November 26, 1938 to Theodore and Helen Pelletier.
His grew up on the homestead at Timberlost, near Big River, Saskatchewan. In 1956, at the age of 17, Gene now being the oldest at home, set out with his Dad for Whitehorse, Yukon. After finding jobs and a home, they brought the remainder of the family to Whitehorse. Gene’s parents lived there until their passing.
Gene and Donna declared their love by marriage in December 1974. Donna often had competition for Gene’s love, having to share him with his beloved Dog Casey and his yellow dump truck, which was his prize “Possession”, and his passion for gardening. This year was the first in 30 years that Gene could not have a garden.
Gene was predeceased by his brother Sonny Pelletier. He is survived by his wife Donna of 34 years, daughter Angie, granddaughter Lisa and two great grandsons, siblings: Ben (Lorraine) Pelletier, Bernadine (Morris) Nordine, Marcella (John) Fonos, Delphone Fortier, Cecilia (Floyd) Matthews, Noele Pelletier and Brine Pelletier, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Gene was a “Jack of all Trades” and “A Master to Many”.
He was a great teacher, passing his knowledge on to anyone who wanted to learn.
Gene was a stubborn and strong willed child, a feature that he maintained as he battled his illness. The illness may have weakened his body but it never weakened his passion for life.
Gene will be greatly missed by all.
A memorial Service was held on November 1, 2008 at the Taylor Curling Rink, officiated by Pastor Wally Pohlmann.
William Arlie Wallace "Bill" Esak Jr.
William Esak Jr., better known as Bill, passed away on October 26, 2008 after a lengthy illness. He was 58 years of age. Bill was a longtime resident of Dawson Creek and will be sadly missed by friends and family. Bill was predeceased by his parents Marjorie and William Sr. He is survived by his sister Diana (Lindsay Buck) and brother Andy (Tracey Goulet) .
A memorial service was held on Friday, November 7, 2008 at the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem. Reverend Michael Gladish officiated.
Inurnment was held before the service in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Brandon James Clemen
Brandon James Clemen was born in Fort St. John on July 28, 1986 and he unexpectedly passed away on October 28, 2008. He died doing what he loved to do which was ride motorcycles.
Brandon is survived by mother Jo Ann Clemen (Dave Calder) and father Pat (Pam) Clemen. His siblings, Amanda Clemen, Christopher (Rachel) Clemen, Alicia Clemen and Shane Clemen. Survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was a beloved grandson to Billie Gibb, and recently predeceased Grandpa Ross Gibb.
Brandon was liked by everyone who knew him, and he was a good friend to everyone. He was one of a kind. He was a kind hearted guy that truly loved his family and friends. His smile and little smirks will always be remembered and he will be missed by all who knew him. Budz may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm at the Alliance Church, Fort St. John, British Columbia.Officiated by Pastor Gordon Klassen
Margaret Amundson (Young), resident of Valhalla Centre, passed away at Dawson Creek hospital on October 27, 2008 at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Margaret Helen Amundson was born to Don and Dolly Young in 1943 in Banchory Scotland. She immigrated to Canada along with her mother in 1946 aboard the Queen Mary. They landed in Halifax and took the train across Canada ending up at the town of Pouce Coupe, BC.
Margaret started out in Dawson Creek and moved with her family first to Muncho Lake and then to Fort Nelson. Margaret developed her love for the outdoors during this time and particularly enjoyed fishing with her father. She was also an avid curler and was a member of the Northern BC championship team in 1962.
Margaret and Otto were married in March 1966 and lived at Summit Lake on the Alaska Highway. Margaret took particular pride in her family and home and made each holiday a grand and memorable experience.
In 1971 Margaret and Otto purchased Muncho Lake Outfitters and moved to Muncho Lake on the Alaska Highway. This allowed Margaret to further pursue two of her passions; the mountains and her love of horses. Margaret passed on her love for the outdoors to her children and their friends, spending many hours berry picking, fishing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Many hours were spent with family friends playing whist, picnicking and just enjoying the mountains.
In 1980 they sold the outfitting business and moved to Tupper, BC. Here she established her reputation as a #1 babysitter to many of their neighbors. She always had a warm bed and home cooked meal for anyone that came to visit no matter what time of day or night.
In 1993 they moved to Valhalla Centre where they remained until her time of passing. While here she continued to work on her many arts and crafts projects and began selling them at the Beaverlodge Farmers Market. She was so successful her family dubbed her the “Stitching Granny” and had business cards made for her. She also enjoyed working in the garden and took great pride when she had produced many delicious homemade treats from the harvest. Margaret was very well read and loved to challenge her mind – none could beat her at a game of scrabble.
Her whole life was centered around her family. Her kids, grandkids and many adopted children were her pride and joy. Their pictures displayed on every wall – she followed all their achievements with pride. She spent many hours knitting, crocheting and cross stitching homemade creations that she gave to all of her friends and adopted children.
Margaret will be sadly missed by her husband Otto, daughter Donna (Ian) Dundee, and son David (Colleen) . She is loved deeply by her grandchildren Christopher, Curtis and Josh Dundee, and Parker Amundson. She will also be missed by her sister Lynda (Lee) Courvoisier and brother Don (Marie) Young and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial service was held on October 30, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Eulogy read by Carl Crantz. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Edna Ryan McPhail
It is with great regret and heavy hearts that the family of Edna Ryan McPhail announces her sudden passing at the age of eighty-five.
She was born on October 7, 1923 to Mary Officer Piper and Joseph Albert Piper in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Her family, which included her three sisters and her two brothers, moved several times: first to Calgary, then to Brickline, followed by Lytton, before finally settling in Burnaby.
It was here that she would obtain her normal school certificate, followed closely by her teaching certificate. She soon took a teaching job in Powell River where she joined her brothers, who were working on a dairy farm. There she shared accommodations with a woman named Ruth, who would eventually marry her brother Jim. In 1950, she took a teaching position in Dawson Creek, where she immediately began to embed herself in the community. She met and married Jim McPhail, and soon after gave birth to four children: Sheena, Barry, and twin boys Michael and Patrick.
Over the years she would remain a shining presence in the community, tirelessly trying to change it for the better; she was a leader who was greatly respected and admired by all those around her. She showed us her competitive spirit through curling, and demonstrated her determination and leadership when she almost single-handedly led the campaign to convert Dawson’s last grain elevator into an art gallery.
Although she would face a not inconsiderable amount of tragedy during her life (most notably the loss of her son Barry), she still approached each day with a boundless energy that was a source of both envy and inspiration for everyone around her. In each and every moment of her eighty-five years, we all saw a woman who was always going, trying to be a part of everything around her. Her enormous spirit will be missed by all those who knew her, as we sadly bid farewell to a woman who filled many roles during her life: daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, builder, artist, and leader.
Edna passed away on October 20, 2008. She is survived by her loving husband Jim; her dear siblings Merrie, Betty, Barbara-Jean, and Jim; her devoted children Sheena (Chris), Michael (Jennifer), and Patrick; her adoring grandchildren Edward, Stuart, Rhyan, Rachel, and Roger. She is predeceased by her brother Gordon and son Barry.
A memorial service was held on November 8 from 1:00 to 5:00p.m., at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery which she put so much of herself into. If any of those in possession of Edna’s artwork would be willing to loan any pieces for the service, it would be greatly appreciated.
Dave William Miscavish
Dave was born February 5, 1937 on the family homestead in Palonia Manitoba. His parents- Jessie and Lou Miscavish raised 4 other sons and 2 girls.
Dave’s interests revolved around construction and pipelines, and what a construction man and supervisor. He loved the work and his skills on a dozer was second to none.
In 2000, while on a union pipeline job in Grand Forks, Dave became quite ill. He was diagnosed as having severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since that time Dave has seen a lot of ups and downs concerning his health. Dave passed away in his home on October 20, 2008 from this debilitating disease.
Dave’s brothers John and Joe will be taking Dave’s remains home to Neepawa, Manitoba to be placed in the family plot.
Over the years Dave loved to get out in the wild to hunt moose, deer, bear, and elk. He cherished many of his hunting trophies which he had mounted but most of all loved his Grizzly hide rug.
Dave worked on various jobs throughout the province and everyone enjoyed all of the evening stories that were shared along with the odd toddy. These good times of words and play will be remembered by all. Dave was a loyal member of the I.U.O.E. and was always there to help anyone and support his union and his brothers.
Memorial Service was held on October 27, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Dave by way of a donation to the Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division (Rheumatoid Arthritis) Suite 300, 895 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1L7.
MAYOR CALVIN KRUK
After a very short illness the Lord called home our dearly loved Calvin Anthony Kruk in the early morning of October 19, 2008. He was 42 years old.
Born and raised in Haney, BC (now Maple Ridge) Calvin was a loving and devoted husband to Faith and father to Austin. He will also be mourned by his mother Alida (John) and siblings Corwin (Christina), Gracia (Brian) and Norman (Delwyn) and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Calvin was predeceased by his father Jacob in 1985.
After attending Haney-Pitt Meadows Christian School and graduating from Fraser Valley Christian High School, Calvin went to Columbia Broadcasting School and looked forward to a career in radio. He was employed at CJVB in Powell River for two years before moving to CJDC at Dawson Creek. Calvin resigned from CJDC to work at Picture It and then at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre.
Calvin became a councillor for Dawson Creek City Council in 1999 and his constituents elected him as Mayor in 2005. He was much admired for his honest approach to politics and his vision of a greener world.
We shall treasure our memories of Calvin and want to offer our heart felt appreciation to those who provided food and flowers for the Kruk Family during this time. Our thanks also go to those who donated to the Calvin Kruk Trust Fund for the Performance Arts and Community Centre –a project very close to Calvin’s heart and one of the last he worked on. The beautiful cards, compassionate words and offers of condolence have made a particularly difficult time, less so.
Calvin was an incredible man whose legacy will live on and be felt through his great achievements in Dawson Creek and the Peace Region.
A Celebration of Life service was held on October 25, 2008 at the EnCana Event Centre, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Officiated by Cory Michaels and Reverend John F. Klassen.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Calvin may be made by way of a donation to the Calvin Kruk Performing Arts and Community Centre Trust Fund’ at the Lakeview Credit Union, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Douglas William Vince
Douglas or Doug to most of his friends was born July 20th 1946 in Simcoe Ontario. Doug was the middle child and was preceded by his older brother Allan and followed by his baby brother Wayne. Doug and his brothers had what can only be described as a bumpy start in life, spending time in a number of different foster homes, as their Mother was going through some rough times of her own and was unable to care for her boys the way she wanted to. Despite this difficult start Doug didn’t spend any time feeling sorry for himself, but got on with the job of building a life.
Wayne, recalls when he was six, he and Doug were in several foster homes together, but they had to be separated, so he could learn to speak for himself and handle his own fights. Wayne remembers how tough it was for both the boys and a number of years went by before they were re-united. Alan, meanwhile, was raised by his grandparents in a different part of Ontario, and didn’t really become reacquainted with his brothers until the 1960s. Alan remembers the early days when Doug worked for the Dominion Construction Company in Toronto. There was a time when they both felt they might be wearing their welcome a little thin locally and thought perhaps a trip west would be a good idea. They traded their TV set for a 12 year old Ford, and headed out to Edmonton.
After awhile Doug and Alan decided the party scene was great but wasn’t going to earn them a living, so Alan headed back to Ontario, while Doug stayed in the West, and never looked back.
Like so many people, Doug turned his efforts to a number of different jobs over the years including a stint with CN rail, where he learned his cooking skills, thereby finding one of his true loves, preparing food for hungry crews, something he did with great success for many years. Doug took pride in his chosen field, and was proud of the fact and “if anyone left his kitchen hungry, it was their fault not his!” He was meticulous in his selection of only the freshest meats and vegetables.
Doug took pride in his work and expected the same of others and wasn’t shy about letting someone know when they didn’t measure up.
People who knew Doug know that he held some very strong opinions on a lot of different subjects, and when invited to share those opinions you could rely on him to be very straightforward about his beliefs… what you saw with Doug, was what you got.
Doug passed away on October 16, 2008 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He leaves to mourn his wife Sharon, daughter Tina Vince (Wade Norman), granddaughter Mackenzie, brothers Allen (Sherifa) Vince and Wayne Peters.
A Funeral service was held on October 21, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Cremation followed.