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Rita Gloria Ethyl Blanchard | March 28, 1933 - June 04, 2020

Rita Gloria Blanchard (nee Wood) passed peacefully on June 4th at Hillside Village, Salmon Arm at the age of 87. Born March 28, 1933 in Merritt BC. She and first husband Art Clarkston raised 5 children in Merritt, where Rita enjoyed gardening, and sewing for her children. She loved the Nicola Valley area and its abundant nature. She met her second husband Cyr in 1966. Cyr was in the mining industry and Rita followed him to various mining jobs around the province, eventually settling in Revelstoke. Cyr continued to travel to work and Rita spent time with her beloved pets and her many friends in the community, including those at the Kingdom Hall. Cyr later established Ram Rock Drilling and Blasting and Rita assisted in running the business. During this time Rita and Cyr reached out and cared for Cyr’s nephews who had lost both of their parents (Armando, Derek, Alain, and Edwin Blanchard). Rita was predeceased by her parents Larry and Audrey Wood, stepfather Bob Mercer, brother Larry Wood J r, grandson Cale Clarkston, and her loving husband Cyr. She is survived by her children Garry Clarkston (Brenda), Jane Robinson (Orville), Randy Clarkston (Debbie), Kim Clarkston (Maria), Kal Clarkston, her Blanchard nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff at Hillside Village and her good friend Heather for their loving care. A celebration of Rita’s life will take place at a later date.
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Gilles Roy | August 27, 1933 - May 26, 2020

The family of Gilles Roy sadly announce the passing of their Dad at his residence in Salmon Arm on May 26, 2020 Gilles is survived by his 6 children, Reg, Randy, Janice, Ken, Greg and Jason, and his siblings Gerry, Frances, Mona, Jeannette and Rene, as well as his 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Ghiselaine who passed away June 30, 2011. Dad’s easy-going manner, smile, sense of humor, along with his sincere interest in others will be sadly missed by all that knew him. And of course, his love of Tim Horton’s coffee is legendary. Even in the face of death, Dad took comfort in the hope of the Bible’s resurrection promise. (John 5:28) Until then. https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/good-news-from-god/what-hope-for-the-dead/
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Keith Bennett | February 13, 1940 - May 24, 2020

We are sad to announce the passing of Keith Bennett, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Veteran, and Volunteer. He passed peacefully with family at his side at home on Sunday, May 24 at the age of 80, after a resolute battle with cancer. He will forever live in the hearts of those that knew him, most profoundly his wife of 61 years, Lillian, children Alice and Keith (Lisa), grandchildren Feydra, Clarke, Sarah and Charlie, and his Nova Scotia siblings; sister Kaye and brothers Paul and Lee as well as numerous and beloved nieces and nephews across Canada. Keith (Poppa to us all) will also be missed by his constant 4-legged canine companions Abby and Ollie. Keith was born in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia on February 13, 1940, eldest son to Stewart and Florence Bennett. As soon as he was eligible, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and he attended flight training in Centralia ON followed by CFB Moose Jaw SK where he met the love of his life, Lillian. After a whirlwind courtship, the teenagers were married in 1958. Keith and Lillian welcomed daughter Alice in 1961, and son Keith in 1964. His Air Force postings took him all over Canada. In 1964, Keith transitioned to the Artillery Division of the Army and served in Canada and West Germany until 1968. The family then relocated to Abbotsford, BC where he received his helicopter training, and enjoyed a rewarding career as a helicopter pilot for Okanagan Helicopters and Canadian Helicopters. He rose within the industry as one of the most respected, experienced (over 20,000 flight hours) and knowledgeable members of his field, teaching and mentoring countless young pilots over the years. After years of flying in Canada (most often in the Arctic), his career evolved internationally, and he (often accompanied by Lillian) spent many happy months working in India, Thailand, Morocco, Brunei, The Philippines, Argentina, and Ecuador to name a few. Keith characteristically liked to keep his hands and mind busy. Over the past 50 years, he dedicated himself to perfecting his skills in a variety of increasingly challenging hobbies; fly-tying, petit point needlework, classical guitar, woodworking and wood-turning. He was a perfectionist in everything he did, and we are all lucky to be able to cherish the lovingly hand-made treasures he left behind. Keith retired from flying in 1999, and after a little time off, taking on a role as a ground-school instructor. In 2000, he found a new passion as a volunteer for the Provincial Emergency Program in the Fraser Valley in various roles with CASARA (Civil Air Search and Rescue Association). After relocating to Salmon Arm in 2005, Keith and Lillian continued their involvement with the Central Zone division of CASARA, Keith eventually being appointed as Central Zone Commander and later as Secretary. He found his roles within the organization fulfilling and rewarding, and retired officially from his 20-year volunteer role last year due to his health. Lillian would like to thank Dr. Kirkman, Dr. Main, and the dedicated staff of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for their caring and compassion. There will be no formal service at this time, but a “Fly-In” from the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP Air) and a tribute formation “Fly-By” by the Snowflake Flying Club on Wednesday, June 3 will take place at the Salmon Arm Airport and above the city. Donations can be made in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or to PEP Air CASARA (Search and Rescue). We will miss his toothy grin and his rambling jokes and puns that went over our heads. We will miss his wise advice and enthusiasm. We have learned from his perfectionism and sense of order. We are better now because of his sensible approach to his life and his death. We have peace in the remembrance of a lovely and gentle man in a plaid shirt.
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Mary Elizabeth Harrington | April 11, 1928 - May 20, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Harrington passed away peacefully on May 20, 2020. Born in Vancouver, BC on April 11, 1928, one of five children of the Rev. Victor H. and Margaret Pattie Sansum. Mary was predeceased by her sisters Margaret (Allen) Booth, Joan (Tom) Richards and her brothers John (Jean) and Victor (Angelica) also predeceased by her first husband Robert Phipps and in 1990 by her husband David Harrington. She is survived by her daughter Patricia Phipps of Kelowna BC, stepdaughters Clare MacFarland and Becky Harrington and their families. Also surviving are her Nephew Don Booth (Carol), great nieces Kim Booth and son Zachary, Deborah (Scott) Churko and their daughters Allison and Lauren; Heather (Kyle) Osachoff and their daughter Kaylie. Her Niece Barbara (Iain) MacLeod and great niece Mairi (John) Albiston and their children Alistair, Ishbel, Harriet and Eleanor all of Glasgow Scotland; Her great nephew Alastair and son Iain of Los Angeles California. Great niece Judith English and great nephew Jay Sansum; Cousin Marion Torp (Garry) and their sons Norman and Michael. She is also survived by a large extended family. Mary attended schools in Salmon Arm and graduated from Kitsilano High school in Vancouver and then went onto Sprott-Shaw Business College. Her work life was varied and interesting. The last thirteen years before retiring in 1988 were with the Ministry of Agriculture in Salmon Arm where she enjoyed working with the farming community and 4-H program. She enjoyed her workmates over the years, her neighbours at Andover Terrace and friends at St. Johns Anglican Church. She participated in the Okanagan Historical Society and SABNES. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Haney Heritage Park or a charity of your choice.
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Roy Phillip Bechthold | October 21, 1941 - May 19, 2020

Roy Bechthold, a lifelong resident of Golden, B.C., passed away peacefully on May 19th at his home due to heart failure. Roy was in his 78th year. When Roy was born his parents, Richard (Dick) Bechthold and Gerda Hedberg were homesteaders in the Moberly area. Roy’s grandparents, Nels and Edla Hedberg were among the first homesteaders in Moberly settling in the area in 1913. Roy was the only child of Dick and Gerda. Roy spent his early childhood years in Moberly and his fondness of the mountains and the pioneer lifestyle was a lifelong passion. When Roy was about 12 yrs old the family moved into town so he would be close to school. Roy married Bernice Shewaga from Revelstoke in 1961 and the young couple settled in Nicholson, a few miles south of Golden. Roy and Bernice had three sons, Rick, Robin and Jason. For most of his career of 30 years, Roy was an equipment operator for the highways department. Over his lifetime Roy had varied hobbies and interests, including trapping, fishing, berry picking, shooting muzzle loader rifles, knife making, dark room photography, wedding and nature photography, woodworking, ridding quads and computer publishing. Roy was self-taught and he seemed to master most endeavours he embraced. Roy was a history buff, and he was most fond of western Canadian, local and family histories. For a short time he worked for the Golden Museum when the museum was starting up. Roy also enjoyed the poetry of Robert Service and he mastered the reciting of some of Service’s most famous works. Roy leaves behind his wife Bernice of 59 years, his sons Rick (Ina), Robin, Jason (Bonnie), grandsons Rem (Tania), Ron (Mai), Kent, Dustin, granddaughter Sammi (Matt) and four great-grandsons. A private family funeral service was held at the Hindman Bower Funeral Home in Golden, BC on Saturday, May 23, 2020. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Golden Museum in memory of Roy.
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Mavis Deidre Heid | October 18, 1951 - May 15, 2020

Mavis Deidre Heid passed away peacefully surrounded by family following a brief illness on May 15, 2020 at the age of 68 years old. Mavis is survived by her loving husband and best friend of almost 40 years, Helmut Heid. Mavis is also survived by 3 children Michael Heid (Terra Lee) Vancouver Island, Christopher Heid (Stefanie; grandchildren Sienna and Freddie) of Regensburg, Germany and Tyson Heid (Ellen; grandchildren Carter and Isaac) of Spruce Grove, AB, and her 4 brothers Trevor (Lilly), Steve (Helle), Wayne (Barb), and Roger. Mavis was a dedicated and loving mother, wife, sister and friend. Mavis took pride in raising her 3 sons in Kamloops, BC and always prioritized family and its sentiments. She loved traveling and adventures with her husband Helmut, and had recently retired to their dream life in Scotch Creek on the Shuswap Lake. Mavis is honoured for her gentleness and compassionate personality. She taught the simplicity of happiness as being the most important virtue in life. She will be deeply missed by all that were blessed by her gracious presence A celebration of life will be postponed until the current circumstances allow family to reunite to celebrate.
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Robert Bruce "Bob" Henderson | June 11, 1950 - May 14, 2020

On May 14, 2020 Bob passed away peacefully at home with his loving family following a stoic battle with cancer. Bob was born in Golden, BC. He was the oldest of four boys: Gord (Wendy), Wayne (Lori), and Allen, born to Bruce and Jean. Bob’s life was full of what mattered most to him: family, friends, and physical activity. During his high school years, he met his best friend and soul mate, Karen. They enjoyed more than fifty years together. Bob and Karen worked hard to build a strong family. They had five children: Shannon (Chris), Jennifer (Lance), Richard, Tyson, and Amanda (Troy). He enjoyed watching his family grow to include ten grandchildren: Zoey, Elise, Molly, Treyden, Teagan, Heidi, Ryann, Hunter, Ellis and Callie. He often commented on how much he appreciated how different they each were. Bob had an extremely rewarding career as a teacher, where he had a profound impact on youth. He just knew how to connect! In his early teaching years, he taught Physical Education and Mathematics in Fernie and Terrace, BC. He thrived most while teaching at The Senior Alternate Program in Salmon Arm until his retirement in 2009. Throughout his career, he coached a wide range of school and community sports. As a coach he had the ideal combination of athleticism, people skills and competitive drive. Bob was an extremely hard working, capable man. During the summers and into his retirement he worked various physical jobs: carpentry, logging, forestry, lumber mills, and the oil industry. Bob was truly a “jack of all trades”; he believed in doing it himself. Along with Karen, their wonderful friends, and Bob’s brothers and their wives, he enjoyed many motorcycle adventures, sports “leagues”, and social events. Bob was often the facilitator of these activities, which always included games, competition, humour, and a good dose of harassment. Bob loved to tease. Most of all he loved pranks. Bob never believed in following the rules simply for the sake of it. He found the perfect balance between risk-taking and stability. One of Bob’s greatest strengths was his ability to bring people together. He worked hard to keep his family together, to maintain connections with extended family, and to connect with friends and co-workers. So many of us can draw on a piece of ourselves that Bob influenced. What a legacy! Bob was predeceased by his parents, Bruce and Jean, and his son Tyson. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to “St. Paul’s Sinus Centre” through St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Phone: 604-682-8206, Web: www.helpstpauls.com Due to current regulations, a small gathering to honour Bob will be held in the future.
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Viola Mary Stoltzmann | August 03, 1934 - May 13, 2020

On Wednesday May 13th at 10pm, Viola Mary Stoltzmann(nee Bettcher) passed away in Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, B.C. at the age of 85. Viola was born on a farm on August 3 , 1934 in Saskatchewan. As a child she moved to BC with her family. All her life Viola was involved in church life: youth groups, choirs, board member. Viola was an athletic outdoors person enjoying baseball, skiing, hiking fishing, camping, and sailing. She had a successful career with Shell Canada for over 25 years. Viola met and married Manfred Stoltzmann and they resided in New Westminster until their retirement when they moved to Pender Island where they built a beautiful home together. In her retirement Viola sailed, travelled and learned how to paint. She loved being with family and always enjoyed having visitors to Pender. Her life on Pender included many friends who were like family to her. Viola is predeceased by her loving husband, Manfred Stoltzmann, father, Walter Bettcher, mother, Pauline Bettcher, and brother inlaws, Siegfred Kammholz and Edward Wiens. She is survived by her sister Loreen Wiens, brother, Lawrence Fred Bettcher(Lynda), sister-law Vera Mash(Gunter) and sister-in-law, Rita Kammholz. Viola is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends. The family would like to thank the Hillside Village staff for all the care and love they gave Viola. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation.
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Dale James Unger | November 16, 1945 - May 09, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dale James Unger, aged 74 yrs, on May 9, 2020 in Salmon Arm, BC. He is survived by his wife of 52 yrs, Ellen, son Shawn (Winnie) and grandsons James & Richard of Ottawa, ON, sister Ann Day & family, Aunt Ardena Zinger and family, brother-in-laws Ed (Marilyn) Nattass and Tom (Loretta) Nattrass as well as nieces, nephews, his cousins in England and friends across Canada. He was predeceased by his parents Jim & Val Unger. Dale was born on November 16, 1945 in Plymouth, England and came to Castor, Alberta, Canada when he was 11 months old. He then moved north to Fort St. John, BC with his family. In 1953, they moved to Hay River, NWT and he subsequently completed high school in Yellowknife, NWT. He had many good memories of his life in the territories. He moved to Edmonton and met Ellen and they were married in 1968. Dale worked in several different careers throughout BC and Alberta and his training as an electrician took him back to his beloved NWT working in Baffin Island (where he developed a hobby of watching polar bears). In 1992, they relocated to Yellowknife for 4 years where he was the manager for Standard Electric Ltd. He enjoyed the outdoor life including boating, snowmobiling and a fly-in fishing adventure. He was also an avid curler, learning to “hurry hard” at a young age. They retired to Salmon Arm in 2006. In retirement, they enjoyed travelling to USA, England, France, the Carribean and a cross Canada camping trip in 2013. Dale always had a great sense of humour and enjoyed playing pranks. He was a good conversationalist and could and would talk to anyone. He was very fond of music including Western, Classical and Rock and Roll. He enjoyed playing and coaching a variety of sports. Later in life, he enjoyed watching his grandson play hockey. Dale will be sorely missed but will always be in our hearts. Due to the covid-19 there will be no service at this time. A family service will be held in Strome, AB later this summer. Memorial donations can be made to the organizations where Dale volunteered; Salmon Arm Curling Club, Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.
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Chuck Swartz | January 21, 1945 - May 08, 2020

Charles (Chuck) B. Swartz born Jan 21,1945 in Vancouver B.C., passed away peacefully with family by his side on May 8,2020 in Salmon Arm B.C. Chuck and his wife Sandra have lived in the Grindrod area for over 40 years, where they ran the general store in the 80"s . Chuck was an outdoorsman who loved to fish, snowmobile, camp, play ball and spend time at the river with his beloved dogs. After retiring from softball Chuck became the Predators #1 fan. Chuck was a devoted family man survived by his wife of 54yrs , son Brad (Jody) Swartz, daughter Stephanie (Todd) Richards, grandchildren Teneill Richards, Conner Richards (Brooke) ,Carson Richards (Paige) and Charlie Swartz, Great grandson Sawyer Richards, sister-in-law Wendy Wishinski (Clayton), brother-in-law Michael Poitras, cousins, nieces, and nephew. Celebration of life to be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the SPCA in memory of Chuck would be appreciated.
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