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Morgan Lawrenson | July 13, 1964 - July 04, 2020

Morgan Vernon Lawrenson passed away at Burnaby Hospital on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at the age of 55 years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the B.C. Cancer Agency, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4E6, in memory of Morgan. Morgan was born in Lancaster, England on July 13, 1964 and lived and worked in Revelstoke for many years. He enjoyed his work and loved to build things for family and friends. Morgan also loved to travel. Morgan was predeceased by his mother Rosemary. He is survived by two children: Kayleigh Franklin (Kelly Klein) of Revelstoke and Owen Lawrenson of Burnaby; his father Peter of Sunderland, Ontario; brother Bill of Toronto; two sisters: Erica of Ontario and Gwenn of Toronto; his children’s mother, Christine Franklin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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Michael "Mike" Fowlie | June 19, 1961 - June 17, 2020

It is with heart-wrenching sadness that the family of Michael ‘Mike’ James Fowlie announce his tragic passing. Mike was born in Everett Washington on June 19th, 1961 to David & Violet Fowlie and raised in Revelstoke B.C. Mike grew up with two brothers, David Fowlie Jr, Rod Fowlie and his little sister Darlene Fowlie. From a young age Mike loved fishing, wildlife and dirt bikes. Mike also had a passion for flying small airplanes. Mike spent many years a part of local ball groups and coaching his kids in hockey. Mike recently got back into skiing and shared that passion with his grandson. Mike worked many years in the bush, falling trees, in camp, at Downie Street Sawmill and RMR. Mike was a hard worker. He liked to do things right the first time. He was dedicated and loved to keep busy. Mike met the love of his life Lisa in high school. They married and had three boys Michael (Becky) Fowlie, Matthew (Jesse) Fowlie, Taylor and Hannah Fowlie and Myles (Nikki) Fowlie. Mike was a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle and a friend but most of all...he was papa. Mike had two grandchildren Taylor & Hannah that he loved unconditionally and they him. Mike spent a lot of his time with his dog Rudy, many days dipping hooks in the water, walking their favorite trails and grabbing cheeseburgers from Mackers. Mike was predeceased by his father David Fowlie Sr. He is survived by his loving wife Lisa Fowlie, his children, grandchildren, his mom, siblings and numerous other friends and family. Mike was a friend to all he met. Wherever he went, people were greeted with that warm mischievous smile of his. There was nothing that couldn’t be solved by one of his big bear hugs and a talk with dad...and boy was he a talker. When Mike was around, people smiled a little bigger, laughed a little louder and loved a little harder. Mike will be painfully missed. Mike’s family will hold a private Celebration of Life and live each day with his memory and love kept safely in their hearts. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Community Connections Counselling Services, P.O. Box 2880, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0, or The Revelstoke District Humane Society, P.O. Box 340, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0, in memory of Mike.
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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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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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