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Steven Derrick Jolly | December 06, 1963 - April 27, 2020

With deep sadness we announce Steven’s passing April 27th at Bastion Place. He has been in poor health since October 1986. Having suffered sever brain damage from meningitis. Predeceased by his dad; Derrick, survived by his mum Anita, brother Martyn and “sister” in law Nona, relatives in England, and good friends; Marina, Tod, Jennifer and John. We would like to offer our many thanks to Dr. Marr, Dr. Newell, Dr Wood, Dr. Jones for their care of Steven for the past 33 years. We can’t say enough about all the staff in every department at the hospital and Bastion Place, we thank you everyone. The nursing staff at Bastion Place are the best, your care, love and friendship made his life so much better, thank you. I would like to thank Martyn and Nona, your devotion and kindness to Steven goes above and beyond, you have been with him every step of the way. We are so lucky to have you. I love you all, Mum.
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Ralph Redman Hobbins | May 21, 1948 - April 26, 2020

Ralph was born on May 21,1948 in Kamloops B.C and passed away April 26 in Vernon with Jennifer at his side. After Ralph graduated from high school, he joined the B.C Forest Service and from there went to work in the forest industry. In 1980 he decided to go to university and he graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1984. While he was at SFU he met his future wife Jennifer. They married in 1985 and had many great adventures together over the next 35 years. Ralph had a great love of the outdoors so many adventures involved camping in out of the way places regardless of the weather. Ralph will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and his encouraging words. He was a good man. Ralph leaves behind his wife Jennifer, his dogs Rosie and Max and many good friends in B.C and Washington State. Gatherings will be in Kamloops and Orting WA when conditions permit.
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Hugo Otto Reutlinger | January 20, 1939 - April 23, 2020

On April 23, Hugo passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior while at home with his family by his side. Hugo was born to Ella and Hans Reutlinger in Prince Albert Saskatchewan on January 20, 1939, and grew up close by in Middle Lake on the family farm. In 1959, Hugo joined the RCAF, where he trained as an aeronautical electrician for three years before being honourably discharged. In 1963 he returned to school at LCBI in Outlook Sk. to complete his Grade 12. While at LCBI, Hugo met the love of his life, Marlaine, and married her shortly after in 1964. In 1974, Hugo moved his family from Saskatchewan to Salmon Arm B.C., where he was employed as Dispatcher at Salmon Arm Readi-Mix for 35 years until his retirement in 2008. Hugo was known and loved by those in the local construction industry as the “polite voice” on the other end of the telephone line. After his retirement, Hugo’s passion was his involvement with the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners. Hugo faithfully travelled to the Gleaner plant at Lavington twice a week, taking many other committed volunteers with him, until his failing health eventually forced him to stay home. Hugo is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlaine, and four children, Darcy (Sandi), Carey (Tracy), Jodi (Kelvin) and Nikki (Jeff); his 13 Grandchildren, Brendan, Shelby, Alyssa, Joel, Quinn, Ella, Jesse, Kelsey, Kaitlin, Ryan, Tanner, Connor, and Paige; and great-grandchild Evy (the true joy of his last two years). Hugo is also survived by his brothers Konrad (Sylvia), John (Fidelis), Wally (Sherlane) and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners. By E-transfer to novgleaners@gmail.com; by cheque to 4405 – 29th Street, Vernon V1T 5B7; Canada Helps donations can be done on website www.novgleaners.org. A family graveside service will be held in Middle Lake Saskatchewan at a later date.
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Jordan Hansen | February 19, 1994 - April 22, 2020

Jordan was born and spent his childhood in Calgary. He loved playing hockey, soccer, enjoyed fishing, back country ATVing, snowboarding, skateboarding, hunting, golfing, boating, camping and campfires. When Jordan was around 20 years of age, he moved to BC where he was employed in the sheet metal industry and was a second year apprentice. Jordan had the biggest heart and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. We take comfort in knowing that his heart has been donated to someone in need. Jordan is survived by his parents, Daryle and Shelley, 2 sisters, Melissa and Carleen and her husband William, nieces, Hannah and Paige, nephew, Lukas, grandmother Diane, papa Dave and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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Diane Shirley Toth | September 11, 1948 - April 21, 2020

Diane was born September 11, 1948 in Winnipeg, MB and passed away on April 21, 2020 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm. She is predeceased by her loving husband Jerry Toth. Diane is survived by; sister, Sandy Miller (Dennis), step daughter; Cindy Mussato and step grand daughter; Shavanna Mussato Ward. Diane felt strongly about secondary education. She began her career teaching at high school and community college levels. She retired from the BC Ministry of Health. Amongst her many interests she enjoyed gardening, live theatre and reading. She will be remembered for her willingness to help anyone and for her love of strawberries and cherries. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
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Allan Robert "Al" Mountain | September 09, 1958 - April 21, 2020

In loving memory. We mourn the loss of a strong and gentle man. An amazing husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Al loved the outdoors whether he was gardening, camping, fishing, boating, riding on the razor side by side or driving his '49 Ford pickup truck. Al is survived by his wife Lori, his 2 children Vicki (Clifton) and Christopher, his grandsons (Liam, Deklan, and Kaeden), 2 brothers Wayne (Barb) and Larry (Julie), 1 sister Pat, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when the family is informed it safe to do so. May you Rest in Peace. This is not goodbye, it's see you later.
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Gail Ayotte | January 22, 1942 - April 20, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Gail, an inspirational mother, wife, nana, sister, aunt, and friend. Survived by husband Brian, children Justin (Cindy), Jeremy (Maggie), Stephany (Dorrian), Margaux (Peter) and grandchildren Frankie, Kate, Matthew, Ashley, Isla, Cameron, and Bronwen. Gail began life in Winnipeg, the eldest child of Bud and Erna Harbottle, sister of Susan (Hudson), John and Bill. She met Brian at medical school (University of Manitoba, Class of 1965), they were married in 1966. Following time in Montreal and San Francisco, Gail and Brian returned to Winnipeg where Gail worked as a kidney specialist and researcher at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. She treasured the summers at their remote cabin on Middle Island in Lake of the Woods. In 1980 the family moved to Salmon Arm BC, where Gail embraced farm life. Through her curiosity, intelligence, and compassion, she allowed the land and animals to teach her and her family the meaning and gratitude that only comes from an honest life, connected to the things that nourish us. Gail returned to medicine as a Geriatrician at Bastion Place. She approached this work full of devotion and dedication to her patients, their lives and personal stories. Gail and Brian eventually retired to the Larch Hills where they built an off-grid home, tended less lawn and more lavender. Gail continued to weave and create gifts for her grandchildren, she grew closer to the natural changing of seasons in the Larch Hills. Gail’s kindness, wit, and spark made for so many treasured friendships. From a life in medicine to farming sheep, trips to France, and gardens of lavender, she followed her instincts for beauty and gave those around her the courage to follow theirs. We will gather to share stories and memories of Gail this fall or next summer when permitted. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations in memory of our beloved Gail to: Shuswap Hospital Foundation Breast Health and Diagnostics www.shuswaphospitalfoundation.org
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Ruby Jeanette McKay | September 15, 1931 - April 18, 2020

The family of Ruby McKay wishes to announce the passing of their Mother and Grandmother. Ruby passed away peacefully at home on the ranch on April 18th 2020. Ruby loved to travel and did so frequently. Her favourite pastime was tending to her flower gardens and was always delighted to share with her family, friends and neighbours; all were invited “to take the tour”. She is survived by her loving daughter Judy Tompson, son John (Bev) Tompson, her grandchildren; Meaghan Tompson, Cassie (Josh) Henry and Cali Tompson. A celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.
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Peter Harry "Pete" DeBoer | January 14, 1933 - April 15, 2020

Pete DeBoer Pete’s journey began January 14, 1933 with his parents Henry and Anna DeBoer. He grew up in Richmond, BC, with his siblings Mary, Joyce and Ed. Peter Harry DeBoer, 87, passed away in Enderby, BC April 15, 2020. His loving partner and best friend, Rene Knight, spent 22 years together, creating a warm and welcoming home. For many years Pete and Rene billeted hockey players and work exchange couples and maintained continuing relationships with many of them. They both enjoyed raising exotic birds, gardening and attending hockey, baseball and rodeos. Pete is survived by five children and their spouses: Patrick DeBoer (Karen), Mike DeBoer (Anneliese), Deborah Boucher (Claude), Cheryl DeBoer, and Dannie DeBoer (Judy), as well as 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mary Negrin, Ed DeBoer and many nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Pete were his parents Henry and Anna DeBoer, his son ‘Rocky’ Daryl Jay DeBoer and his sister Joyce Stevens. Pete was a long-time resident of Grandview Bench, near Salmon Arm, where he and his wife Helen raised their family on a dairy farm developed from what was virtually a raw land homestead, purchased in 1963. He was a skilled and passionate farmer with an exceptional work ethic, which he passed on to all his children. He loved his cows, dogs and birds. He was passionate about playing and coaching hockey and baseball. The fun times where never forgotten; the family enjoyed many Sunday beach days, swimming and waterskiing, as well as skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling on the farm. Pete’s great storytelling and sense of humour will truly be missed by all his family and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when the family is informed it is safe to do so.
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Alec Cooper | May 27, 1952 - April 15, 2020

Alec was born May 27, 1952 in Vancouver, BC. Predeceased by his father Gordon and mother Grace. Survived by his brother Gary (Linda) his children Jennifer & Gordon. Alec grew up in South Vancouver and attended John Oliver Secondary graduating in 1970 he moved on to UBC obtaining a degree in Education. From there his first teaching job was in Terrace, BC. After 10 years he moved to Australia and taught for 3 years. When he came back to Canada he taught at various locations including Calgary, Hope and Surrey. Taking early retirement he moved to the North Shuswap residing in Tappen until his death. He passed away April 15th, 2020 due to complications of diabetes.
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