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Duane Schneider | September 26, 1949 - November 28, 2019

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Walter David Brooks | September 08, 1952 - November 28, 2019

We regret to announce the passing of Walter David Brooks on Thursday, November 28th. David was born in North Vancouver on September 8, 1952. At the time of his passing, David was 67 years old. David grew up in North Vancouver. He married Colleen May Cooper in 1981 and lived in Fort Langley for 12 years before moving to Armstrong and then Enderby. David was a sanitary engineer and a chinchilla rancher for over 30 years until his retirement in 2017. He was very well known in the community. David and Colleen were members of the Enderby Lion’s Club for many years. David especially loved the Enderby Garden Club and the Salmon Arm Square Dancing Club. David is survived by his loving wife Colleen (married 38 years), his brother John Brooks in Vernon, his sister April Fox, his uncles Philip and Rex Brooks and numerous cousins who reside at the coast. There will be a memorial service to honor David’s memory in the spring of 2020.
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Pauline Symchuk | July 12, 1921 - November 28, 2019

It is with great sadness and sorrow that our family announces the passing of Pauline Symchuk in Salmon Arm, BC on November 28, 2019, at the age of 98. Pauline Symchuk was born on July 12, 1921 to Annie and Michael (Mike) Klym of Lowland, Manitoba Canada. Pauline is predeceased by her parents Annie and Michael Klym. Being one of 6 siblings, she is predeceased by her brothers; Harry, John, Bill and Andrew (Klym), as well as by her husband Paul Symchuk and son Ernie James. Survived by brother Mike Klym and children; Carol, Val, Sheila, Brian (Christine) and Livia. Grandchildren; Lesley, Michael, Shawnne, Nina May, and Gregory. Great grandchildren, Alexander, Jasper, Ryan and Kaydance. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pauline was one awesome, strong, courageous, beautiful survivor who always did the best she could. Pauline was born in Lowland Manitoba, was a prairie girl at heart spending many years farming and then in the early 1960’s moved with husband and young family to the beautiful Shuswap and Sicamous, BC. Pauline spent many years in the laundry and housekeeping industry. Over the years she greatly enjoyed bowling, gardening, baking (awesome pies!), needlework and loved ice cream. She also loved road trips and air travel (Mexico, Ukraine and Italy-Vatican). Pauline was also a member of the church choir at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She also volunteered with the church catering and Meals on Wheels. She was even chosen as an adopted Gramma by a local student. Pauline spent her last few years at The Good Samaritan Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, BC. We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers and staff at Hillside Village for their compassionate care. Pauline loved her family very much and her memory will be cherished forever. Pauline will be missed by all. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Sicamous, BC on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 am. Interment to be in Lowland, Manitoba, Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10 am.
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Robert Buffie | February 05, 1942 - November 27, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Bob passed peacefully November 27, 2019 in Shuswap Lake Hospital. Bob suffered from numerous health issues including Parkinson’s. He is at peace now. Left to mourn is his wife of 54 years, Linda; daughters Denise Buffie and Leanna Smeaton (Cory); grandchildren Jake, Logan, Corsen, Liam, Shayne, and Lindsey; sister Peggy Ditomaso (Nick); and brothers Ron Buffie and Arthur Buffie (Myrna). Bob is predeceased by his brother Ed Buffie. Memorial will be held at Bowers Funeral Home on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00pm. Thank you to Dr. Guy DeWet for the care provided and also to the 2nd floor nursing staff at SLGH.
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Morley Jasman | January 13, 1931 - November 24, 2019

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Alice van Beest | August 12, 1934 - November 18, 2019

With sadness, we announce Alice passed away unexpectedly at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, BC surrounded by love from her daughter and family and exceptional nurse Alex, who went above and beyond. Alice was born August 12, 1934 in Enschede, Holland, Netherlands. In 1953 Alice moved to Canada to join the love of her life, William “Bill” van Beest in their Canadian adventures. In 1960 Alice and Bill moved to a beautiful home in Blind Bay, BC to raise their daughter Diana. During that time, Alice worked for Shuswap Bakery and was also a matron at the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment for female inmates. When Alice and Bill retired, they started taking trips down south to Blythe, California to soak in the sunshine in the winter months. After Bill passed away in 1998, Alice moved into Salmon Arm to a home with a beautiful view of Shuswap Lake. Alice was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, great grandma and friend. Her quiet courage, strong spirit and creativity will be carried forward through everyone that was blessed to know her. Alice is predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Bill van Beest 1998 and survived by her daughter, Diana(Gord) Mackintosh, Salmon Arm, BC, two grandchildren, Michele(Orin) of Kamloops, BC, Ryan(Stephanie) and one beautiful great grandchild Olivia, Salmon Arm, BC. She was extremely proud to become a great grandmother. As to Alice’s request there will be no formal service. Thank you to all the wonderful nurses, her longtime doctors, Dr. Lourens and Dr. Howatt, Dr. Weicker, Dr. Currie and staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for all their support and kindness during this time. The family would also like to extend a big thank you to staff and residents at Piccadilly Terrace for their kindness and support during her stay there. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Shuswap Lake General Hospital in memory of Alice van Beest.
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Louise Hodgins | August 12, 1931 - November 17, 2019

Louise Hodgins passed away peacefully, at the age of 88, on November 17, 2019, at home with her family by her side. Louise is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jim; her children, Bob, Barry (Lauraine), Connie (Del), Tony (Karen), Jamie (Steve), 31 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and her brother Tino. Louise was predeceased by her daughter Brenda (1977), her son Alan (2017), her sister Lena (2017) A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 3:30-5:30pm at Little Mountain Field House (all welcome) - 250 30th Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC. V1E 1J5
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William Gaw | June 25, 1951 - November 13, 2019

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William Metz | July 06, 1929 - November 06, 2019

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of William (Bill) Hugh Metz. Bill passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on November 6, 2019 in Salmon Arm, B.C. at 90 years of age. He is survived by his partner Marg Nelson, son Gary, daughter-in-law Donna, daughters Cheryl and Joanne, son-in-law Gary Chilibeck, as well as his grandchildren, Laura (Todd), Emily (Erin), Julia (Rob), Michael, Katie, Ian and Grae, and great-grandchildren Caleb, Tristan, Patrick, Devon and Eli. Bill was pre-deceased by his wife Stella, daughter Wendy and son Rick. Bill was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on July 6th, 1929. As a teenager, he began his career working for the CP Railway as a telegraph delivery boy in Moose Jaw and continued to work in various jobs with CPR and CP Telecommunications in Nelson, Cranbrook, Duncan, Vancouver and Victoria. Bill retired in 1986 and moved, with his wife Stella, to Sorrento. He eventually settled in Salmon Arm. Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a talented athlete and over the years he played various sports including hockey, bowling, golf, pool and curling. Bill was an avid fisherman who loved to spend time on the water. He was actively involved with his children’s hockey, soccer and football teams as they were growing up. Bill loved spending time with his family and friends whenever he had the opportunity. We would especially like to thank Dr. Bonthuys for his wonderful care and attention to Dad over the years and to the Palliative Care team who were so wonderful during Dad's final few days. Bill will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him!
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Mona Olson | August 07, 1932 - November 12, 2019

Mona Joan Olson (Thurston), age 87, of Gleneden, BC, passed away on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 surrounded by her family. Born in Gull Lake, SK Aug 7, 1932, her family moved to Gleneden in June 1946. She married John Olson Nov 10, 1951.They had two girls (Joanne & Luella). June 12, 1957, they moved to Palling, BC, where they farmed for 13 years. September 1969, they moved back to Gleneden. Mona always had a big garden and lots of flowers. Mona was well known, respected and deeply involved in community functions. She was predeceased by three brothers (Cliff, Pat, Ken) and two sisters (Bonnie, Linda). She is survived by husband (of 68 yrs) John; sister Berniece Tucken, sisters in-law Lyn Thurston, Sharon Thurston & Doreen Olson; daughters Joanne (Ernie), Luella (Dave); grandchildren Sherry (Shane), Jim (Kyla), Byron, Greg; great-grandson Vincent and many nieces & nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Laura Hepburn, Dr. Bell, the nurses & staff at Bastion Place, for all the care they gave to Mona. As per Mona's wishes, her ashes will be spread in Palling, BC at a later date. No memorial service by request.
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