Harold Irwin Pomeroy
1943 - 2009
Irwin Pomeroy, resident of Fort St. John, BC, passed away on September 14, 2009 in his 65 year. Irwin was born in Fort St John and owned his own landscaping business.
A Memorial service was held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the, Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom, Pomeroy Hotel,
Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Irwin may be made by way of donation to the
"Fort St. John Hospital Foundation "
#6 - 9711 - 101 Avenue, Fort St. John, B.C., V1J 1J2
Gordon Earl Cox
1937 - 2009
Was more commonly known as “Gordie” to friends and family. A resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia for 44 years, he was born on May 13th, 1937, on a farm, close to Daysville, Saskatchewan. Gordie’s parents were Olive and Earl Cox, also former residents of Dawson Creek. Gordon was the 4th child of seven.
Gordie grew up on a farm but spent a lot of time in Maidstone and Lash burn, Saskatchewan. He attended Key Worth School in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. He was animated, humorous, friendly, diplomatic, patient and not a bad fisherman. Gordie loved life, fishing, farming, swimming and team roping. Meeting his friends at Lee’s Restaurant, the Travel Lodge, or the Voyager for coffee was a great pleasure.
Being born into a loving Christian family did not guarantee a life without trials or trouble; but somehow with the twinkle in his eye he received a lot of favour and would get away with pranks that most would not get away with. Gordie asked Jesus to save him when he was 10 years old. He tried his best to live in fairness and honesty, doing justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with his God. He re-committed his life to Christ and made peace with his Maker at the end.
At various times throughout his life, he was a firefighter in Vermillion, Alberta, a partner in Vermillion Plumbing & Heating, president and member of the Northern B.C. Construction Association, dealing with the Union, fighting the Union. Livestock and machinery auctions and of course helping manage the Dawson Creek Kodiaks Junior Hockey Club were all continuing interests.
His greatest efforts seemed to be saved for Dorsey Dean Gordy, (now Doris Cox) his wife of 50 years. This past weekend they were to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. “Gordie tried his best to stay strong” for the event.
Gordie is predeceased by his older sister Iris, and his Mom and Dad and friends.
He is survived by Doris his wife and best friend, Lee & Penny Fortier, his daughter and best son in law, Warren and Maryanne Cox his son and best daughter in law, who though they lived far away, were spoken of as though they were right there. Grandchildren: Amber, Bree, Kyle, Skyler, Anna, Paige, Jacob, Seth and Ben. Great Grandchildren: Mela, April, Journey and Owen. Brothers and Sisters: Don, Dell, Elaine, Marilyn, Betty and their families.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Gordon by way of donation to: “Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation” (Chemo room project) 11100-13th Street Dawson Creek British Columbia, V1G 4T1 or “The Canadian Diabetes Association” PO Box 2361 Dawson Creek British Columbia V1G 4T9
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at the Alliance Church in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Pastor Gary Henderson officiated and interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Rosella Annette Nelson
Rosella Annette Nelson, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and former resident of Winfield, British Columbia passed away on August 26,2009 at Peace River Haven in Pouce Coupe at 97 years of age.
Annette was born on April 3, 1918 in Bainville, Montana to Oscar and Clarinda L’Arrrivee. She was the sixth of eight children. When she was five years old, the family moved to Arborfield, in northern Saskatchewan. Annette spent the next twenty-five years in Arborfield . She met and married Elmer Salibury, then moved to Carrot River, Saskatchewan.
Annette could speak French fluently as well as read and write it. She was an avid gardener and believed in preserving what was grown. She made superb pickles, not to mention the canning, juicing, and freezing, as well as fruit roll-ups and other fruit done in the dehydrator.
At various times in her life she was a cook in a restaurant, a ticketed log scaler, an Amway sales representative, and a cannery worker in the Okanagan.
Her hobbies included crocheting and tramping in the hills searching for rocks that could be cut and polished, and always on the lookout for “the special one”. One of her great passions was working on the family tree. She spent countless hours doing research, writing letters and copying documents.
Annette had a special talent when it came to garage sales, whether she was selling or buying. She loved antiques and other collectibles, and at one point had over 1,000 pieces.
For more than 40 years Annette lived in Winfield, British Columbia. She met and married Ray Nelson and they had over 20 wonderful years together. Annette and Ray took trips across Canada, and visited the homestead where Annette was born. They made a wonderful team, and shared so many interests. They spent time visiting with their many friends and sharing the abundance of produce from their garden. When Ray passed away in 1997, Annette decided to move to Dawson Creek, British Columbia to be closer to be closer to her son Oscar.
Annette was predeceased by husband Ray Nelson; son Willy Salisbury; daughter Evelyn Anderson and three sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her daughter Dorothy (Larry) Stefanyk; her son Oscar (Faye) Salisbury; her brother Edmour (Jean) L’Arrivee; her sister Lillian Trudeau and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia on Friday, September 11, 2009. Pastor Gary Henderson officiated.
1928 - 2009
Alice Cornia Hingley was born in Avonlea, Saskatchewan on September 15, 1928 to Annie and Titus Cornia. She was their second child, her sister Mary was older and her brothers Johnny and George were younger. The Cornia family moved to Okla, Saskatchewan in 32/33 where they farmed, raising cattle, pigs, chickens and grain. The farming was done with horses in those days, resulting in lots of hard work for everyone involved.
Alice attended Lodi school, when she could get there through the snow and cold of winter. In summer the Lodi kids walked to school on corduroy roads – these were logs laid over the swamps so the kids would not sink into the sloughs.
Children grew up early, learning the value of good hard work. Alice went to work in harvest time for Steve Wrobletski in Kuroki, Saskatchewan, along with her sister Mary and future sister-in-law Doll. They did whatever chores needed doing, working for $20.00 a month. There were no windows to do, no vacuuming and no computers, just plain hard work without any luxuries. Berry picking was an important part of their work. Cranberries and other berries were canned for winter food.
On February 13, 1951, Alice married Joe Hingley in Lintlaw, Saskatchewan. Faye, Jerry and Jack were all born in Saskatchewan. Joe and Alice moved to Bonanza, Alberta in March, 1957. The family was complete when Darren was born in 1963 in Dawson Creek, BC.
Joe and Alice farmed in Bonanza for many years – more hard work! They cleared the land and picked those “bloody” roots by hand. It was backbreaking work. Alice loved to burn root piles. In fact, Alice loved to burn anything that would burn without setting the canyon on fire. She was a bit of a firebug.
Music was an important part of the Hingley family’s life. Alice and Joe played for many wedding dances and other socials in Saskatchewan and in the Dawson Creek and Bonanza areas. Along with Norman Nickel and Albert Cameron, they even played for Mel Marshall’s barn dance. Their music was always toe-tapping-good and much appreciated.
Alice loved gardening and always grew an excellent vegetable garden every year. She canned fruit to no end. Alice took great pride in her flowers as well and loved their bright colors. She was also an excellent cook. If you were at her house for a visit, you could not leave without eating a big meal. Her cabbage rolls and perogies were a favorite. Matching them will probably never happen. Each child’s birthday celebration was cause for a huge meal.
In the days before fences, the chickens used to drive Alice crazy. They would dust and scratch in her garden and flowers. No matter how often she chased them away, they would come right back. Alice being very resourceful solved this problem by having a bucket full of hard clay lumps sitting on the step. When she spotted the foreigners in her garden, she would let fly with a lump. She knocked the rooster out cold one day, not to mention bruising quite a few others. An unsuspecting and definitely stupid hen came right into the house one day, so Alice caught it, and marked it with a big “X”. Where do you think that chicken ended up?
Alice was a great shot, sort of a “shoot from the hip” kind of hunter. Once she shot a hawk that was after her chickens without even aiming, just up with the gun and it was history. Now that was one lucky shot!
Alice loved a good laugh, visits from anyone family or friends, card games and most of all was devoted to her family. She was a good woman. Since February, Alice’s health failed her, forcing her to spend long stints in hospital in Dawson Creek. Previously, Alice had not been sick often, so she found this time very hard to take. It was early on Friday morning August 28, that Alice lost her final battle.
Her parents Annie and Titus and her brothers Johnny and George predeceased Alice, as well as her brothers-in-law Dick Ashdown and Tom Hingley.
Surviving Alice is her loving husband Joe of 58 years. She was a dear mother to her children Faye McKechnie, Jerry (Barb) Hingley, Jack (Jodi) Hingley, and Darren (Cindy) Hingley, loving grandmother to James (Arliss) McKechnie, Harley (Carrie) McKechnie, Wendy (Spencer) Onychuk, Melanie Hingley, Warren (Sasha) Hingley, Janelle Hingley, Jeremy Hingley, Paige Hingley, Sara Steinke, Mitchell Steinke and Jackson Steinke, and a loving great-grandmother to Haley, Landon, Brendan, Macy, Julia and Kayde, sister Mary (Si) Lalonde, and sisters-in-law Connie Ashdown and Doll (Charlie) Ashdown, brother-in-law Fred Hingley, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alice was a wonderful wife and mother and all who knew her will greatly miss her. The following is a quote from Mother Teresa that sums up Alice’s life:
“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing.”
“It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.”
Rest in Peace Alice, you have certainly earned it.
A funeral service was held on September 1, 2009 at the Bonanza Community Hall, officiated by Pastor Dave Brisbin. Interment followed in the Hillhaven Cemetery, Bonanza, Alberta.
Fredrick (Fred) Louis Youb
1927 - 2009
Fred was born at Ankerton Alberta, September 26, 1927. He is the second eldest sibling in a family of six. He was raised on a farm at Donalda Alberta by his parents Edith and Louis Youb. The prairie drought forced the family to sell their farm and relocate at Bluffton, west of Rimbey, Alberta. This is where he met his wife Robbie. They were married March 28, 1948. Fred and Robbie came north to homestead in the Birch Hills at Belloy Alberta. In 1952 Fred painted the first Peace River Bridge Fred and Robbie loved the north so decided to stay here. Over the years Fred worked for Willison Frieghton, Walt Hall, Joe Kosick and Tompkins Contracting. Fred played ball for Dawson Creek Canucks during the time he lived in Dawson Creek. They moved to farm in Progress and the quarter section they bought was raw land. Fred brought a cat down and cleared the trees while Robbie’s job was to burn the windrows. They bought a house in town and Gordon Calder moved it to the farm. Farming, raising cattle and driving school bus was his livelihood. Fred drove school bus for 23 years and at retirement received a new saddle for his years of dedication. Over the years Fred was active in the gymkhana club, Appaloosa club, the Community club and the Kiskatinaw fall fair. Fred was able to spend time after retiring with his horses in fact showing and pulling horses at local fairs was Fred’s passion.
Robbie and Fred had four children; Darlene, Doreen, Randy, and Dale. Fred was predeceased by; his parents Louis and Edith, his sisters Betty and Tresa, as well as his brother Bud. He leaves behind to mourn; his wife Robbie, Daughters Darlene and Doreen (Carl), sons Randy (Kim) and Dale. Also his grandchildren; Shannon (Sara), Sheldon (Tanya), Shaun (Nicole), Karen (Mike), Danny (Allana), Robbie, Lynn, Jody, Brendon, Jolene, Meagan, and Bailee, his great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Jenna, Kylie, James, Ethan, Marley, Kyla and Abbagail, Fred’s brother Ken (Cindy) Youb and his sister Evelyn (Gordon) Lamb as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, August 29 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia and was officiated by Pastor Lee Stephenson.
Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Fred may by way of a donation to the
"Canadian Diabetes Association" or the
"Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation"
Terry Lee Pratt
1979 - 2009
Shawn and Cheryl Pratt welcomed their second son Terry Lee Pratt on March 29, 1979 in the Fort St. John Hospital. He was born 2 years after his brother Jamie and all through life Terry and Jamie were inseparable.
Terry attended Taylor Elementary School and was the youngest member of a Taylor group jokingly referred to as the “Taylor Mafia”. Terry’s interest and love for sports started at the tender age of two and stayed with him throughout his school years. He was one of the players in the first teams of Taylor’s current Hockey League but found that it just wasn’t his forte. Junior high school years were spent at Doc Kearney and High school at North Peace.
He wanted to be a truck driver “just like his dad” from the time he got his first toy truck. Terry also learned a lot by trying to keep up with his big brother Jamie, beginning with a two wheel motor bike and moving onto the old green Chevy. When Travis became part of the family Terry learned what it was like to be a big brother.
Terry was a professional truck driver who throughout his career worked for Flint, Gas Link, Cheyenne, Jeff Wilms, Glen Hunter, Jimmy Gordon, Glen Fox, Nels Ostero and Oscar.
Terry wasn’t much for the paperwork side of life – when he opened his first chequing account and found out the bank was going to take money out every time he wrote a cheque he wanted no part of it –“ they could have their cheques back”!
Terry knew his Mom and Dad would always be there for him (in fact right next door.) Whenever he got a hungering for a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup he could count on Mom’s cooking even though she knew she would be teased for spoiling her “little boy”.
Terry was also known as Yeller Hair (by his dad), Tee Wee (his mom), TP, Ter, Big Ter, Ter Bear, Terrance, and Tweedy Bean (his Granny Jackson) .
Terry loved his dog Jazzy and brought home many stray dogs and cats that he found wandered in the street and even rescued from the bush when he was hauling logs.
Terry, along with his brother Jamie, reciprocated his parent’s love and generosity by being there when Mom and Dad needed help with the water truck, the Snack Shack and anything and everything else. A recent rescue mission had Terry trading off a trip up the Pine (on a very hot day) for a SOS call when Mom and Dad’s old GMC started to stutter and just quit them in the middle of town.
Terry was and will always be the heart of the humor that kept his family and friends laughing, most times til the tears rolled. Terry let us know how much he loved us with his words, his actions and his hugs, and his hugs, and hugs.
Terry we never imagined you would be leaving us this soon but we want to thank-you for the gift of happy, fun loving memories you gave us to help ease the sorrow in our hearts.
Your Mom and Dad Love you for being you.
Your brother Jamie loves you for being you.
Jazzy loves you and misses my buddy my pal.
Terry We Love You.
As Terry would say, “ Bom Chick Wah Wah”.
Terry was preceded by his Big Mom Pratt, Nanny & Grampa Jackson, his Uncle Rovton all whom he
A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Taylor Hall, Taylor, B.C. at 2:00 pm.
Expression of sympathy may be made by way of a donation to the:
9311-81 Ave, Fort St John, B.C. V1J 6P6 or
637-114 Ave, Dawson Creek, B.C. V1G 3A1.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium Ltd.