Downie, Robert Wayne
Jul 3, 1946 - Aug 16, 2014
Wayne Robert Downie of Kamloops, British Columbia passed away suddenly on August 16, 2014. He was 68 years of age. Wayne was born in Sarnia, Ontario to parents Joseph and Rosabelle (nee Thompson). He is survived by long time love Shirley Baynes of Barriere, BC, brothers Rick of Barriere, BC, Gary of Ontario, Ray of Ont., sisters Debbie and Rosemary of Ont., daughter Daralynn of Fort St. John, BC, son Eddie of Ont., step children Rodney Potts of Barriere, BC, Billy Ault of Barriere, BC, Stacy Baynes of Barriere, BC, Derick Locke of Kamloops, BC, Crystal Ault of Barriere, BC, grandchildren Tashina, Dominic, Damien Ault of Barriere, BC. Wayne was a general contractor in the construction industry. He was a “Jack of all trades.” He enjoyed travelling and was a family man. Wayne worked hard at spoiling all the grandkids. Wayne would help anyone in need, he loved to joke around just to make you smile. Shirley was the woman that kept his mother alive in his heart. He will be missed by his many friends.
Jones, Robert John
Apr 28, 1943 - Jul 30, 2014
Surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness Robert Jones of Clearwater, BC, passed away peacefully at Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital on July 30, 2014. He was 71 years of age. Born in Portland, Oregon on April 28, 1943, Robert was predeceased by his wife Gloria Jones, his father Millard T. Jones, and his mother Maybelle Jones. He is survived by his children Rhonda England (Mike England) of Clearwater BC, Yvonne Pendree of Surrey BC, George Jones of Surrey BC, Charlene DeMings (Daniel) of Kamloops BC, Tony Kuczynski (Joanne) of Brampton, Ontario, Audra Heath (Rex) of Thompson, MB; by his grandchildren Dustin DeMings, Lisa Elliott, Kyle Pendree, Kirk O Brien, Logan Bennett, Brandyn Bennett, Kyla England, Michael England, Colin Jones, Justin Jones, Tara Jones, Jeremy Jones, Alexa Kuczynski, Jeffery Wonnick, Brent Harding, Robert Harding; and by his great grandchildren Jayda DeMings, Rhianna Elliott, Samuel Elliott, Lilyannaa England, Brady England, Kaiya Pendree, Taylor Wonnick, Brody Wonnick, Wyatt Jones, Cyrus Jones and Mila Jones.
Robert grew up in Portland, Oregon and upon graduation he spent many years in service to the United States Navy, in which he did a tour of duty in Vietnam. In 1965 he met and married the love of his life Gloria Sanderson. He then moved to Canada with her and they began raising their six children. Robert worked hard to provide for his large family at many types of employment such as auto mechanics, home construction, and property management. He was an avid auto enthusiast. Robert’s hobbies included travel, camping, fishing and playing poker on poker nights with his buddies. He loved reading, and watching his space channel. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will also be missed by his many nephews and nieces.
A funeral service for Robert Jones will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Avalon Funeral Home, 13288 108th Avenue, Surrey, BC. Visitation will take place the evening before, August 8th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Aug 17, 1939 - Oct 12, 2012
Allen McWatters was born in Milden, SK, on August 17, 1939. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House in Kamloops, BC, on October 12, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. Allen was predeceased by his parents, and his sister Diane. He is survived by his wife Gloria, four daughters, Brenda, Lillian, Sharon and Cathy. He will be missed by his three grandchildren, David, 17 years, Justin, 13 years and Stacey, 14 years, as well as his brother Henry.
Allen enjoyed fishing and looking after the animals on the farm. Allen also found time to take part in the Black Powder events in the area.
A Memorial service was held for Allen on May 7, 2013 at the Squam Bay Hall in the spring of 2013. Donations in Allen’s memory may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9, or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, #200-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC, V5G 4K6.
Houben, Antoon Tony
Mar 26, 1928 - Aug 10, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father, Antoon Houben, on August 10, 2012. He was born on March 26, 1928 in Heerlen, Limburg, the Netherlands. He was the second youngest of 12 children. He is predeceased by his wife Ruth; both his parents; his brothers Jan, Scra, Sjef, Piet, Harry, and Leo; and sisters Mia and Dienje. He is survived by his sisters Lieske, Nelly and Jo; his sons, Antoon, Wim and Robert (Loretta); and his daughters Merina Matthew (Fred), Sylvia Boyd (Gary), and Margaret Houben. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Leah May Lynn (Kevin), Tammy Lynn Leavitt (Ethan), Donna Lee Pidgeon (Daniel), Jared Monds (Laura), Matthew John Robert Houben, and Ruth Elizabeth Akefa Azu (Sam); as well as nine great grand children. Tony grew up in Heerlen, Limburg, the Netherlands where he worked at the family bicycle and electric shop. He was an active scout before, during and after the war, and indeed, was involved in scouting right up to the end, being an active member of the 28th Baden-Powell Guild in Kamloops. As a scouter he received several awards, including the medal of merit and the bar to the medal of merit. He met his wife Ruth, square-dancing at the Hexeberg. They were married on May 17, 1950 and emigrated to Canada in 1952, coming straight over to B.C. where they remained. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2000, with all their children around them. The following year Ruth passed away. Tony worked as a millwright for many years before he retired, working at a variety of mills, from Alcan in Kitimat, to Fraser Mills in New Westminster. He was a hard worker, but still found time to do things with his children. He enjoyed going for long drives with all of us packed in the car, and would often find the most unlikely of roads to explore. He moved to Barriere in 1994 with his wife, Ruth and son, Wim. He loved it here in Barriere and enjoyed the small town life, making many friends. Tony had a great sense of humour and liked teasing and joking with those he met. Often, when asked how he felt, he would respond “very carefully, I don’t want to get my face slapped”, or if asked how he was doing, he’d reply with a grin: “without”. He will be greatly missed by all his family. The service will be on August 25, at St. George’s Catholic Church, 5024 Barriere Town Road, at 11 a.m. The reception will be shortly after the service, at 1 p.m. at the Barriere Senior’s Centre, 4433 Barriere Town Road. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to donate to Scouts Canada or any scout group in their area.
Wilson, Rose Marie Marie
Nov 23, 1927 - Jun 21, 2014
Born on November 23, 1927 in Vancouver and left us to go to a better place on June 21, 2014. Forest View Place in Clearwater is where she resided for the last days of her journey home. The staff did an exceptional job in caring for her when she let them. By this, we mean that Auntie Marie was a fiercely independent woman with a clear opinion and she always spoke with a sense of authority which boded nothing but respect and yielding. Strong and Bold are two words that describe her well! A great lady.
Her husband, William “Bill” aka “Uncle Bill” Wilson predeceased her years prior.
Her father was Dick James who resided in Vancouver, until his passing. He was originally from Manitoba and Auntie Marie’s mother was Elsie Welch. Dick’s spouse was Alice James and Elsie’s spouse she did not know. Auntie Marie had a brother by the name of Frank James who is deceased and a step sister by the name of Pat Fenner who currently resides in Burnaby. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In Marie’s younger days, she and Bill were married and decided to take up residence just south of Little Fort on a farm just off the Yellowhead Highway. She remained there even after the passing of her late husband, until failing health forced her to leave.
During their later years on the farm she and Bill invited Brenda Wilson and her husband to come live on the farm. Soon after, along came the first born, Tyler, then, Kaitlin, the next youngest one. Both children have since grown up. Tyler, continues to live there today.
Auntie Marie was very much involved in the local community of Little Fort. Among the many activities with which she busied herself, she was one of the founding women - with Leonna Woodward, Blanch Hansen and Nora Belchem -of the Little Fort Women’s Institute in 1961. As well, she was involved in supporting the activities of the local Brownie and Girl Guide groups. Marie also spent several seasons working at one of the fishing camps in the area, Nehalliston Fishing Camp. Furthermore, she and Bill raised Hereford cattle on the farm and, as such, spent time each year to make sure the cattle were being brought to and from their respective rangelands throughout the seasons. Hence, “trucking cattle”, “herding them”, and “cow camps” was a way of life for Auntie Marie. A life she would never have changed for another.
“Thanks Auntie Marie and Uncle Bill for letting me board my horse, Prince there all those years and to be fortunate enough to experience working a farm. Some of my greatest memories.” (Linda Rowan)
At her request, Auntie Marie was cremated. To celebrate and remember Auntie Marie, a burial will take place at Little Fort cemetery at 11 am on Saturday, July 19, 2014. All are welcome to join in coffee and snacks at the Little Fort Hall after the service. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com
Thank you to all of the staff at Forest View Place, along with those that dropped by for a visit to keep Auntie Marie company. Special thanks to Gladys Rowan for not only bringing Auntie Marie back home where she belongs but most importantly, honouring her and all her wishes. Your selflessness, it is heartfelt!
Passey, Sharon (nee Lum)
Apr 14, 1942 - Jul 27, 2014
Sharon Passey passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, on July 27, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. She was 72 years of age. Born in Vancouver, BC, on April 14, 1942, Sharon is survived by her common-law spouse, Bill Frezell; mother-in-law Lilian Passey; brother Mike Lum; sister Suzanne; son John (Chelsea); daughter Caron; grandchildren Brandon, Charli, Cassidi, Cayci, Madison, Brady; great grandchildren Isabell and Emily; and by many family and friends. Sharon was predeceased by her father, George Lum; husband, Charles Passey; grandson, Jeremy Fontaine; father-in-law Blair Passey, and by her foster parents, John and Edith Forrest.
Sharon had an interesting career as an exotic mushroom buyer. She especially enjoyed the company of her family and friends, as well as fishing, and travelling around looking for marketable mushrooms. During her lifetime, Sharon was involved with Alanon, AA, the Food Bank, and the Mormon Church.
A Memorial Service for Sharon Passey will take place at the Lions’ Hall in Barriere at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Donations in Sharon’s memory to the Food Bank, the Red Cross or to the BC Cancer Society would be appreciated. Services entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater and Barriere, BC, 250-674-3030 and 250-672-1999.