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Lloyd Keates | November 29, 1959 - May 26, 2020

After a courageous and extended battle with cancer, Raymond “Lloyd” Keates was released peacefully from his illness on May 26, 2020 at the age of 60 years old. Lloyd will be forever remembered by his beloved wife and best friend, Melody Keates, mother Ursula Keates, mother-in-law Ethel Bell, three children Jeany Keates (Chris) of Winnipeg, Diana Bostock (Chris) of Revelstoke, Kevin Keates (Rose) of Victoria, grandchildren Cooper, Daisy, Cora, Jacob, Henry, Oscar, and Molly. He also leaves to mourn siblings Barry (Sharon) Keates of Revelstoke, Glenn (Carol-Ann) Leidloff of Armstrong, Marina (Fred) Dunn of Agassiz, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family. Lloyd was pre-deceased by mothers Jean Beasley & Lorraine Carey, father Cyril Keates, and father-in-law Gordon Bell. Lloyd was born (1959) and raised in Revelstoke, BC. Lloyd faced significant challenges during his childhood years, including the loss of his first mom when he was 9 years old (1968), followed by an eye accident the subsequent year. While in the hospital for his eye in Boston, he was visited by Bobby Orr, and following this visit, became a lifelong fan of the Bruins. Shortly after his father remarried, Lloyd’s second mom passed away (1971). Lloyd overcame these challenges through his love of sports and friendship, being involved in hockey, baseball, curling, soccer, water skiing, golfing and bowling. He attended a number of provincial-level competitions in highschool for various sports. Lloyd was also known for receiving many sports awards at RSS. Lloyd first met Melody in 1978, and they married in 1979. Lloyd was working at Cooper's at the time and remained there for his 36-year career. Lloyd was a hands-on dad with their 3 children, and enjoyed taking them to the lake, water-skiing, camping, and coaching them in sports. Through his role as assistant manager at Cooper's, Lloyd trained and mentored many young employees over the years, and he was known as always being respectful and caring, and passionate about his work. He knew the names of nearly everyone who walked through the store doors to shop. Lloyd loved Revelstoke, and his wife always jokes that Lloyd could have worked for the Chamber of Commerce in an advertising role to promote Revelstoke. Lloyd remained active in sports for most of his life. He was known as “Coach Kleats” for the Cooper's baseball team and was a member of the Revelstoke Curling Club, playing in many bonspiels over the years. Lloyd loved watching sports, keeping up on stats and talking about his Bruins. Lloyd enjoyed camping, fishing, and golfing, especially with his friends. He and Melody were happy taking trips with friends abroad for vacations, or in their camper through the BC interior. They also enjoyed their trips to Newfoundland to visit Lloyd's extended family. Being a Grandpa was Lloyd's best role. Lloyd loved his 7 grandchildren dearly, encouraging and spending time with them through sports, camping, boating, fishing, huckleberry picking and relaxing. His family appreciated that the things in life that Lloyd cherished, were things he could share with others, including his house, boat, camper, food, and his time. He was an excellent cook, and even in his final days, he was planning what his family would have for supper. He was known as being extremely devoted to his wife, kids, grandkids, and friends, and will be dearly missed by all who had the wonderful pleasure of knowing him. A virtual celebration was held during Lloyd’s final days with family and friends sharing over 2 hours of memories and stories. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Lloyd’s name towards a Memorial Bench located in Revelstoke where it can be enjoyed by all. Donations can be sent directly to The City of Revelstoke, P.O. Box 170, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0 earmarked for Lloyd Keates’ bench. The Keates Family would like to thank Dr. Haines, as well as the many nurses in Vernon and Revelstoke who cared for Lloyd over the past 6 years.
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Bill Belding | May 12, 1931 - May 24, 2020

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William (Bill) John Belding at Mt Cartier Court Extended Care, Revelstoke on Sunday May 24th, 2020 at the age of 89. Bill was born on May 12, 1931 to Russell and Glenna Belding of Salmon Arm B.C. Bill grew up in the beautiful Shuswap area spending all his summers at his grandparent’s cabin with his siblings. At the age of 16 Bill moved to Revelstoke B.C where he began a lifetime career with Canadian Pacific Railway on August 25,1947. Bill met Rita in Revelstoke and they were married on July 18, 1950. Shortly after that they moved to Cranbrook BC and together, they raised three children: Bruce, Brian and Janice. Bill was local chairman and a long-standing member of the Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers Division 563 up until he retired from CP Rail on March 1, 1990. After retirement, Bill and his family spent many years and made lots of lifelong friendships at his summer home on Lake Koocanusa. Rita passed away in the fall of 2002 after celebrating 52 years marriage. Bill belonged to many organizations throughout the community of Cranbrook. Bill enjoyed curling, swimming and spending time with his family. Bill later met his second wife Betty. They were married in 2005 and they shared 13 years of marriage untill her sudden passing in 2019. Family meant the world to Bill; he will be truly missed by all who loved and knew him. Bill was predeceased by his first wife Rita, son Brian, second wife Betty and his brother Fred. Bill is survived his children Bruce and Janice; grandchildren; Jennifer (Sean), Sarah, Bart, Chad (Sherry), Josh (Shawna), Krystle (Ken); great grandchildren: Matthew, Veronica, Keenen, Taylor, Kaitlyn and Jenaya; sister Joy (Earl), and brother Russ (Mary), as well as sister in-law June, daughter in-law Maureen, stepdaughters Pam, Bev, Jo-Anne and their families and many nieces and nephews. Bill’s family wish to express special “Thanks & Appreciation” to all the amazing care aides, nurses, doctors & staff at Mount Cartier Court for their kindness, compassion & exceptional care of Bill during his stay with them. There will be no service at Bill’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to The Alzheimer Society of B.C., 300-828 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1E2, or The B.C. Cancer Foundation, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 5L3.
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Louisa Eccher | October 19, 1969 - May 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Louisa on May 22, 2020 at 51 years of age. She spent most of her life in Revelstoke where she touched many people’s hearts. She was a kind, generous person, always putting others first. She enjoyed cooking, writing, drawing and loved to colour. Most of all she loved giving momma her weekly pedicures. She was Momma’s baby girl. Life wasn’t always easy for Louisa and she was not without her struggles. She gave it her all and would simply say “Go with the flow.” Louisa was predeceased by her daddy Albino in 2017. She leaves behind to mourn her Momma Natalia, brother Natale of Golden, B.C., sister Mary and Rick. She will be truly missed. She is now our angel. Rest easy Louisa. We love you. Ciao Bella.
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Tara Ballantyne | August 09, 1981 - May 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that on May 13, 2020 in Revelstoke B.C., we lost a beautiful soul; Tara Lee Ballantyne. Tara lived 38 joyful years. She was born in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on August 9, 1981. When Tara was young, she moved to Nakusp B.C. and then to Revelstoke where she helped raise two amazing boys and touched the lives of so many people. Tara will be fondly remembered by her two sons; Barrie Rueban McLean Ballantyne and Tyler Lee McLean Ballantyne, her fiancé and life partner; Benjaman Ife, her sons’ father Guy McLean, mother Patricia Ballantyne, stepfather Rueban Greger, father Eugene McNeal and her siblings; Autumn, Jennifer, Chelsea, Jeb, Kylie and Kodi as well as so many more family members and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life on June 12, 2020 for immediate family and closest friends.
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Edith "Babs" Defoe | August 12, 1923 - May 13, 2020

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Edith Elizabeth (Babs) Defoe at Mt. Cartier Court Extended Care, Revelstoke, on Wednesday May 13th., 2020 at the age of 96 years. Babs was a life-long resident, born on August 12, 1923 to a Revelstoke pioneer family, Edith May (Abrahamson) & James William Bell. Her great grandfather, Otto Abrahamson, a contractor & former Mayor, was instrumental in constructing many well- known buildings in Revelstoke including the original Queen Victoria Hospital, the Revelstoke Golf Course Clubhouse, the Selkirk Hotel, now part of the Regent Hotel & many other local landmarks. Babs was predeceased by her loving husband “Joey”, her brother Dr. William Bell & his wife Lois of Victoria B.C., as well as many other dearest family members. Babs is survived by her three devoted daughters: Darlene Defoe of Revelstoke, Debbie (Doug) of Kelowna, Lois (Mark) McKay of Revelstoke: three grandchildren, Darren, Carley (Adam) and Mathew (April): three great grandchildren, Isabella, Harper, & Gracie, & numerous nieces & nephews. Mom was an outstanding homemaker & loved being in the kitchen baking & preparing meals for her family & friends. She always said” if you cook with love it will always taste delicious” & it did.! She also was an accomplished seamstress, avid reader, music lover, & a brilliant crossword solver. Above all Mom’s greatest joy was her family for whom she could never do enough for. Mom’s outlook on life was inspiring! We were so blessed to have a mother who embraced each day with optimism, patience, encouragement, grace & pure love in her heart! “Thank You Mom”, you will be dearly missed, lovingly remembered & cherished always! The family wish to express special “Thanks & Appreciation” to all the amazing care aides, nurses, doctors & staff at The Cottages, for their kindness, compassion & exceptional care of Mom during her stay with them. She greatly appreciated each and every one of you as did we! A private family graveside service was held at Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke.
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Sophie Salva | May 04, 1932 - May 14, 2020

Sophie Mary Salva (Saviki) passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020. She was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 4th, 1932. She was predeceased in the 1960’s by her parents Michael and Julia Saviki, her husband Paul in 2011 and their only daughter Carolyn (Lyn) in 2018, who had resided in Ontario for many years. Sophie is survived by her son-in-law Paul Avon of Ontario, her sister-in-law Margaret Warner and nephew Gordon Warner of Kamloops. Also survived by cousin Paul Sawicki and family of Toronto, Ontario and numerous cousins of Paul’s Kondi side of the family and her very good friend Beverly Jean Owen, who has been like a second daughter. Sophie moved from Golden, B.C. to Revelstoke in 1944 and completed High School here, graduating in 1949, working at the Bank of Commerce for a year and married Paul in 1950. They spent one year in Smithers where Paul did his first year of teaching. They moved back to Revelstoke in 1951 where Carolyn was born and Sophie continued studying and obtained her Certified General Accountant’s designation and worked in the accounting field until retiring in 1991. She was a life member of the Revelstoke Golf Club after serving as treasurer for 11 years. With Paul retiring in 1986 and Sophie in 1991, they enjoyed travelling with wonderful trips to the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and many tours of the U.S. There will be no service at Sophie’s request and in remembrance, if you wish, you may donate to the charity of your choice.
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John Smith | August 24, 1967 - May 06, 2020

It is with much love and many tears and memories that the family of John Bruce Smith sadly announce his passing away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Revelstoke, BC. at the age of 52. Born in Scarborough Ontario, he was the son of Marlo Margaret Smith and late John David Smith. John was a hard-working roofer for most of his life and enjoyed his profession. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his dogs (Matai, Tatao, Kaitoa) and cats (Baxter and MooMoo). John was predeceased by his sister Wendy Bates of Oshawa, Ontario. He will be sorely missed by his mother, Marlo Smith of Morewood, Ontario; sisters, Debbie Courneyea of Morewood, Ontario, Barbara Smith (Sonny Trudel) of Udora, Ontario; nephew, Justin Bates (Cheryl) of Port Hope, Ontario, and nieces, Marli Bates of Fort St. John, BC, Riley and Mackenzie Allen of Udora, Ontario; great niece Blair Bates of Port Hope, Ontario and his long time, best friend and confidant Lavone Calay, of Revelstoke. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C., #4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9, in memory of John.
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Constance "Connie" Lavallee | February 08, 1940 - April 29, 2020

A loving mother and wife, and friend to many, Connie Lavallee passed away in Revelstoke on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020. Born in Vancouver (February 8, 1940), Connie married her neighbourhood sweetheart, Bernard Lavallee, in December 1960 and they moved to Revelstoke in 1963, where they raised their two children. Even with the distance of modern lives, Connie fostered close relationships with her son, Philip (Calgary), and daughter and son-in-law, Loraine and Barry (Prince George). Connie’s connection to Vancouver always remained strong because of her relationship to family, especially her two Aunts, May Cameron and Doris Hoag. A sense of adventure and interest in culture permeated Connie’s life. As a homemaker, she loved entertaining and cooked delicious and exotic dishes from around the world. In her home, she created a cultural mosaic as a home-stay host to English-language students from Japan, Korea, Europe, Mexico and South America. Cultivating a wonderful sense of community among her students, she enhanced their lives and they hers. She travelled as much as she could, including visiting past students, but would have done much more if her health had permitted. Connie was a skilled and creative interior designer. In 1982 she went to Vancouver to attend design school. She had a passion for re-designing houses and creating beautiful and functional living spaces. When she returned to Revelstoke, she worked as a realtor, a job that she loved because of the contact with people and the lovely sense of community in Revelstoke, and she set herself to re-designing her new and final home on Front Street. Connie’s last big challenge was living with a rare degenerative neurological disease that took her vision, balance and motor control, but not her mind. She made many friends in Revelstoke and valued them warmly, but special mention must be made of those who were so close to her as her health declined: Josie Woodman, Else and Gordie Landers, Gwyn and Geoff Battersby, Virginia and Robin Brooks-Hill, and Ruby Cameron. It truly takes a village to care for a person and Connie and Bernard have been greatly supported by homecare workers, quite notably, Chris Froehlich and caring neighbours, including Jeff and Lisa and Cal and Holly. A special thank you to nurses at the Queen Victoria Hospital for their exceptional care and support in Connie’s final days. Observing the social-gathering restrictions, a service with family only was held on May 5th.
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Ralph Falbo | January 28, 1943 - April 29, 2020

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Ralph Falbo, our loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Ralph passed away peacefully in Revelstoke, B.C. on April 29, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Revelstoke, B.C. on January 28, 1943 to Carmen and Philomena Falbo. Ralph was predeceased by his twin brother, Thomas, his mother Philomena and his father Carmen. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; two daughters: Michele Wood (Jeff) and Tracey Peluso (Rico); his four grandchildren: Derek Wood (Kelsey), Jaclyn Wood (Aaron), Dillan Peluso and Alyssa Peluso (Daryn); his three sisters: Rosemarie Davies (Jim), Phyllis Twa (Tim) and Patricia Rollheiser (Rolly); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Joan and Mike Martiniuk and Karen and Fred Olsson and his numerous extended family members and friends. Ralph married Patricia on June 6, 1964 and had a loving marriage for 56 years. He was very well respected throughout his life, whether it was with his service with the provincial government or with his many involvements within the community. At the age of 5 he started playing hockey and skiing. He was a very accomplished skier and was instrumental in starting the Nancy Green Ski League in the Okanagan region. He was a coach as well as an organizer for many years. Ralph was thrilled to be able to ski at Revelstoke Mountain Resort up until this past season. Ralph also enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping and travelling. His family always came first and his grandchildren were his pride and joy to his last day. A special thank you to Dr. Hunt and all the other wonderful doctors and nurses at the Queen Victoria Hospital for their exceptional care and support at this time.
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Dennis "Denny" Geidt | June 02, 1934 - April 14, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend Dennis Geidt. Denny passed away on April 14, 2020 at Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke, BC. He was 85 years old. Denny was born on June 2, 1934 in Comox, BC. He was the middle child of three children, having an older sister, Beverly, and a younger sister, Marjorie. Denny and his sisters were lucky to have been raised so closely with cousins. His parents were a family where 2 Geidt brothers married 2 sisters. Denny’s Aunt and Uncle also had 1 son and 2 daughters. All 6 children were close in age. Denny and his cousin Doug were mischievous boys and the girls Beverly, Marjorie, Doreen and Norma were always close by to pick up the pieces. Denny started an Auto Body apprenticeship in Courtenay, and in 1954 completed his apprenticeship training at the Vancouver Vocational College. For 10 years he worked at Dueck’s Car Dealership in Vancouver. Denny & Sheila married in 1956 and started raising their 2 children Cathy & Brian. They moved to Revelstoke in 1964 where they owned and operated Revelry Billiard Lounge for 23 years. The Pool Hall started out where Conversations Coffee Shop is currently located and in 1974 Denny purchased a house next door to Main Street Café and tore down the house. When the snow was gone in March, with carpenters Joe Stagliano and Tony Bigelo and Labourer John Manson, Denny and the 3 guys worked tirelessly on the new building and reopened the Pool Hall 6 months later in August. This is the building Society Snow & Skate and Legends & Heroes Toys n’ Apparel currently occupy. Revelstoke offered everything Denny loved to do. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying family camping, boating, fishing, hunting and had a passion for skiing. There were many trips as a family back to Vancouver Island where he continued his shenanigans with friends and family! Along the way he always stopped at auto wreckers and car shows, often hauling cars or car parts from one place or another. Over the next 20 years Denny worked at both the Mica & Revelstoke Dams and for other contractors. In 1986 they closed the Pool Hall and opened Country Classic Antiques. Denny transferred his skills from auto body painting to furniture refinishing. He enjoyed working alongside his son Brian for 22 years before retiring in 2008. It is safe to say that his furniture has graced numerous homes in Revelstoke. To tourists, their furniture represented beautiful hand-finished pieces that are scattered across the country. Denny is survived by his wife Sheila, their 2 children, Cathy (Jamie) and Brian (Mary Ellen), 7 grandchildren, Sadie (Brad), Jessa, Jonas, Reilly (Kristina), Madalyn (Terence), Emily (Oliver), and Ian, and 4 great grandchildren, Theo, Owen, Ava, and Zoe. At Denny’s request he was cremated with no service. Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home.
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