Edith Mary Florence Neumann
Edith Mary Florence Neumann, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, passed away on March 23, 2003 at 84 years of age. Edith was born in Birtle, Manitoba on March 22, 1919 to Charles and Helen Spicer.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 pm on March 26, 2003 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Reverend Alexis Saunders officiated. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe.
Edith married Harold Neumann on February 14, 1946 and together they raised two children, Carolyne and Charlie.
Edith was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Helen and sisters, Dorothy Kenward and Blanche Spicer.
Edith will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband, Harold Neumann; children, Carolyne (Staryl) McBride and Charlie (Brenda) Neumann; grandchildren, Byron and Tarance Neumann, and brother-in-law, Hans Neumann.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Richard Noel McInnis
Richard Noel McInnis was born in Dawson Creek, B.C. on January 13th, 1945 to George and Nellie McInnis, he was the youngest of nine children.
Richard grew up in the Arras district where he and his brothers and sisters had to create their own entertainment, which they managed to do quite well.
Richard along with his brothers and friends spent many hours down at the Kiskatinaw River fishing, swimming, and racing frogs down stream.
Richard learned to enjoy hunting and fishing at an early age and enjoyed both for many years.
Richard had a talent for practical jokes and throughout his life used that talent to keep everybody on their toes. If he wanted to show you how to put a wedge in a hammer handle you better step back. If Kirshy were here he’d vouch for that!
Richard attended Deveraux Elementary School and from there went to Central Junior High here in Dawson Creek.
Richard left school after grade 10 and decided to step out into the work world. He worked on the highways operating heavy equipment and then on to the Bennett Dam project in Hudson’s Hope. Even while working out of town Richard always managed to find time to spend with his friends and his brothers. They enjoyed going to country-dances where they didn’t dance much but always had a lot of fun, to go to a dance with Richard in attendance was never dull.
It was about this time that Richard met Amber Abel and they started to spend time together. Richard and Amber married on August 16th, 1968 and they had three beautiful daughters, Marvilee was the first-born and a few years later came Richell and Danyell.
Richard went to work at McCoy Brothers in Dawson Creek in 1968, where he developed his talent of frame straightening, and mechanical repairs. He left McCoy’s in 1979 and went back to work in the bush operating equipment and then running a gravel crusher.
He hired on at United Spring and Brake in the fall of 1984 after Jack told him that his tools were there to stay. Richard stayed at United Spring until the spring of 1997 when his failing health forced him to work on a more part time basis.
Richard did everything based on one premise, Do it right or don’t do it at all.
He always worked hard but was never too busy to show somebody how things worked or how to do something, he took a lot of pride in what he did.
Even at his busiest moment he always had something comical to say or a prank to pull.
Life around the shop with Richard was always entertaining.
Richard loved his family deeply and was very proud of them. He wasn’t the sort to say it much, but you could see it in his eyes, or hear it in his voice.
When the girls were young he loved to cuddle with them and watch Stampede Wrestling. He would make up songs to sing to the girls like “Mocking Bird”. Richard even taught the girls the finer points of cooking, like fried egg sandwiches.
Richard passed on to his children a wonderful sense of humor a strong sense of independence and a lighthearted way of looking at things around them. Richard was a small man with a big heart and a strong sense of himself. “I’ll decide,” he would say, and that would be the end of it.
As his daughters grew older he always tried to help them out with everything from fixing a vehicle to a bit of cash, nor would he ever say no to a friend in need, if there was any way he could help out he would.
Richard had one constant companion wherever he went “Little Man” the female dog was always at his side or on the truck seat next to him.
Richard was blessed in the last few years with four wonderful grandchildren Bradly, Lexi, Brennon and Taylor. Richard always enjoyed having them around and never tired of entertaining them.
As Richard’s health failed he was fortunate to have Jane Courtney with him at home and wonderful friends like Jack Cornish and Leroy Sandness who kept a constant watch over Richard and did whatever needed to be done.
We will all miss Richard in our own way and as Richard would say “Picture That”
Richard was predeceased by his brother Arthur in 1967 and his mother Nellie in 1982.
He is survived by his daughters Marvilee (Kris) Knox, Richell (Rick) Schwartz, Danyell (Oleh) Dutka, his grandchildren Bradly, Lexi, Brennon and Taylor, his brothers Charlie (Barb) McInnis, Leonard McInnis, Roy McInnis, Neil (Darlene) McInnis, Dale (Donna) McInnis, sisters Florence McCurdy, Dorothy (Erwin) Hollingshead, and his special friend Jane Courtney.
A funeral service was held on Thursday March 20th, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Bev Dunsmore officiated cremation followed interment will be at a later date.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Virgie Rose Moore
Virgie Rose Moore was born on April 20th, 1922 in Prince George, B.C. she passed away on March 4th, 2003 in Fort St John, B.C. at the age of 80 years.
A memorial service was held on Monday March 10th, at 2:00 p.m. from the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort St John, Capt. Jim Coggles officiated interment followed on Tuesday March 11th, 2003 in the Dawson Creek, City Cemetery.
Virgie was a former resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. but had resided in Fort St. John for the past 35 years.
She was strong willed, and a woman who spoke her mind, independent and hard working.
Virgie loved people and liked to socialize. She enjoyed dancing, playing her accordion and singing. She was a great cook and liked to knit. Virgie loved animals especially little dogs and cats.
Although Virgie did not attend church regularly she had her beliefs and her faith in God brought her comfort. Virgie chose the hymns for her service (Old Rugged Cross, and Sweet By and By).
She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Virgie was predeceased by, her Father (Dan) and her Mother (Myrtle), Two infant children (Mary and David), Two grandchildren (Sandra and Ronald), Two brothers (Jim and Jack) and her sister (Gladys).
She is survived by her 4 children, Edith Lamarsh (and husband Duane), Bruce Davis (and wife Rose), Dan Moore (and wife Val), Wayne Lamarsh (and wife Charity).
Six grandchildren: Michele, Eddy, Cheryl, Jackson, Stirling and Ronald.
Seven great grandchildren and her brother Frank Bruce.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
James Boyd O’Dwyer, long time resident of Dawson Creek, BC passed away on February 28, 2003 at 74 years of age. A funeral service was held on March 5, 2003 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek. Reverend Gary Henderson of the Rolla Baptist Church officiated.
Jim, also known as Gus, was born to Phillip James “Doc” and Nellie O’Dwyer on January 24, 1929 in Vulcan, Alberta. His two sisters and mother died when he was five years old. Doc raised Jim as an only child. Doc instilled into Jim a love for horses, a passion that Jim passed down to his own family.
At age 17, this tall, handsome young man met the love of his life, Correne Neville. They were married on March 29, 1948 in Vulcan, Alberta and spent the next 55 years together.
Two years later Joann was born and the family moved on to Calgary, where Jim drove bus for Greyhound and held other driving positions. Their family continued to expand as Terry, Rick, Lahny, & Mike, were born.
In 1964, the family moved to Dawson Creek where Jim got a job driving for H.M. Trimble & sons (Trimac). He was later promoted to manager of the branch. In 1965, their 6th child, Tracy, was welcomed into the family.
During his time in Dawson, Jim owned and operated various businesses including Jimmie’s groceries, a water truck company and the Shell gas station on Alaska Avenue. He drove truck for Rempel Trail and hauled mail for many years. He also owned one of the first logging trucks hired on with Louisiana Pacific.
In 1971, the O’Dwyers moved to their first farm on the Rolla road. Jim pursued his love for horses and chuckwagons. He started flat racing horses at the rodeos, advanced to pony chuckwagons and then on to thoroughbred chuckwagons, winning many trophies and titles.
Jim made a lot of friends in the racing circuit. His trademark was his blue wagon with painted white diamonds down the sides. He took great pride in his sport and always looked good with a big smile on his face. He had custom shiny satin shirts sewn for him and his holder, harness polished, horses curried and combed for every race.
In 1976, the family made the move to the farm west of Rolla where he most recently resided. When he finally retired from truck driving, he purchased some cattle and continued to race. When arthritis got the best of him he gave up driving and took up the role of head judge of the chuckwagons. Even when he was no longer able to get around very well, his love for rodeo continued. He would drive his pickup into the infield to watch the chucks round the track.
With Correne at his side, they were able to annually enjoy the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton. They were also able to attend the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, which was a gift from their kids for their 50 wedding anniversary.
In his most recent years, he always had a shiny new pickup and his dog, Ringo, at his side.
Jim had a great sense of humor. Family gatherings were always filled with laughter around the kitchen table with Jim seated in the head chair. Jim’s sense of humor is portrayed in the nicknames he lovingly gave his kids. He knew them as Snooks, Butch, Zeke, Don-Don, Petee, and Ludnick. Correne became known as Maisey and Jim as Gus.
Jim died peacefully on February 28, 2003 with his family at his side. His wife, his family and his friends will sadly miss him.
He is survived by his wife Correne; his children, Joann Havener, Terry (Betty) O’Dwyer, Rick (Lynn) O’Dwyer, Lahny Carberry, Mike O’Dwyer (Kim Maillet) and Tracy (Wayne) Isaak; his grandchildren, Bill Hollingshead, Jodi (Darren) Cecchini, Tyler O’Dwyer, Rick and Jason Bergeron, Trevor, Jenny and Kim O’Dwyer, Leah and Kaylea Carberry, Clayton Desjarlais, Tanner and Lance Isaak, and his great granddaughter, Shaelyn Cecchini.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Edsel Adams, better known as “Ed” Adams, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away on February 13, 2003 at 75 years of age.
A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on February 17, 2003 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek.
Eulogy read by Garth DesChamps:
Edsel was born August 21, 1927 in Ponteix, Saskatchewan, where his parents farmed until 1944. In that year they moved to the Peace Country and took up farming in the South Dawson Area.
Here in Dawson Creek, Ed helped his father during the growing season and drove truck for Northern Freightways in the winter. (It was also rumoured that Ed had a short stint as a car salesman about this time. Ed claimed that he was waiting for the 2nd Edsel that Ford would build!)
Ed’s work as a trucker meant that he racked up many miles on the Hart and Alaska Highways; but it was on the Edmonton run that he found his “Pot of Gold” Roni. They were married on October 15, 1955.
Ed continued to truck and farm until 1958, when he took over his father’s farm. In the early 1960’s, Ed’s stepchildren joined the family on the farm. Ed farmed in South Dawson until 1971, when he and Roni undertook the operation of the Travel Lodge Motel and Restaurant.
In 1981, Ed and Roni sold the Motel and joined the snow bird migration to Mesa, Arizona. For twenty years they traveled every winter to their beloved trailer park at the Mesa Regal RV Resort. During the summers of the following twelve years, they would return to Dawson where Roni cooked at the golf course and Ed ran the city campground. In later years, they summered in Vernon, taking trips to visit family and friends.
Ed was a gentle, good natured man, with an easy manner and welcoming smile. His friendly charm was always present at social gatherings where he had the unique gift of starting debates. As easily as Ed could provoke debate; he also loved to analyze.
He loved his family and friends, riding his bicycle, and above all, he loved to farm. If he had any regrets, it was that he gave up working the land.
In 1999, Ed suffered a serious heart attack while in Arizona. This was followed by major surgery which made it necessary for Ed and Roni to return to BC. In 2001, by Ed’s request, they returned to Dawson Creek, as he wanted to be near his family and friends.
As we gather here to celebrate Ed’s life, I think it is appropriate to conclude with Ed’s own words:
When departing his home in the Mesa Regal RV Park for the last time, he was driven down the streets with his neighbours standing on the curbside waiting to wish him good-bye and good luck.
As he passed by each group, Edsel would exclaim:
“She’s been good long ride! She’s been a good long ride!”
Ed was predeceased by his parents, one sister, and three brothers.
He is survived by: his wife, Roni; sisters, Veda Meier and Joyce (Carl) Torio; step-children, Yvonne (Andy) Patton, Garth (June) DesChamps, Ivan (Cathy) DesChamps, Doug (Elaine) Simpson and Garnette Stubley (Eric Wilson); as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.