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Joan Morrison | July 18, 1932 - October 18, 2020

Joan Anita Morrison passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Sunday, October 18th, 2020 at the age of 88 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Joan’s own request. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., 300 – 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2, in memory of Joan. Joan was born in Barbados on July 18, 1932 and had been a resident of Revelstoke for the past two years. During her working career she held many jobs and enjoyed all of them. Joan was a very good homemaker and liked to entertain. She was very upbeat, kind and appreciative. Joan was always grateful for any and all assistance given to her during her life. Joan was predeceased by her husband William in 2006 and several siblings. She is survived by three children: Ara Baez of Revelstoke, Diana Morrison of Radium Hot Springs, and William (Marsha) Morrison of Kamloops; grandchildren: Camelia, Gregory, Brittany and Mitchell; great grandchildren: Khiya, Mia, Aerilyn & Delaney; sister Joyce of Kingston, Ontario; brothers: Ralph (Angela) of New Zealand and David (Roslyn) of Australia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joan’s family would like to give a special thanks to the physicians and hospital staff of Queen Victoria Hospital for the exceptional care given to their mom.
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Kathleen Anklovitch | August 12, 1932 - October 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Kathleen Margaret Anklovitch (Thompson), our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt and friend. Kathleen was born in Revelstoke BC August 12, 1932 passed away surrounded by her family October 12, 2020 at the age of 88 years .Kathleen was born and raised in Revelstoke and was a life-long resident , except the last two months of her life she was moved to Port Alberni to be near family. Kay was predeceased by her husband Victor Melville Armstrong in 1965, her son Victor Bruce Armstrong, parents James and Sarah Thompson, and her brother Jimmy Thompson. Kay is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Stanley Anklovitch of Revelstoke BC, her 2 daughters Sharolynn Armstrong (Dean Doskotch) of Port Alberni BC, Barbara (Tim) Izzard of Kelowna BC; 7 grandchildren Richard Thompson of Fort McMurray, AB, Brandi Thompson of Kelowna BC, Leslie (Chance)Thompson of Kelowna BC ,Kelsea (Richard) Cretain of Calgary AB, Cole Doskotch of Port Alberni BC , Kyra (Angelo) Doskotch of Port Alberni BC, Kraig (Emma) Doskotch of Port Alberni BC; 11 great grandchildren Wyatt, Ava, Avery, Aiden, Grayson, Noah, Ashlyn, Aubrey, Nevaeh, Norah and Nash, as well as numerous other family members and friends. Kays passion in life was camping and fishing with her husband Stan. She loved to go up to Mica and around lake Revelstoke or to the Arrow Lakes to camp and fish. She enjoyed going with her husband and brother to Pender Harbour to fish for Salmon. Another love of Kay’s was bowling. She bowled on a Revelstoke team for many years, and she bowled in the senior’s games. She loved bingo and her and a few close friends went to bingo together at the recreation center, but the senior’s bingo was one of her favourites. Kay enjoyed darts. Her and her husband played darts at the senior’s center. She spent a lot of her time knitting and crocheting. Her husband, kids and grandkids all had Indian sweaters that she made. Kay loved pictures and loved showing her photo albums and pictures to all who came over. Kay loved to make Halloween costumes and dress up. She was a fantastic cook and loved to cook and bake for her family. She would make witches fingers cookies at Halloween and giant Santa Claus cookies at Christmas for her grandchildren .Christmas packages always had baking (skalalis, cookies, canned jams and pickles and of course knitted dish cloths and towels, and always the Giant Santa sugar cookies). She will be missed by all who knew her. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr MacLeod, Ann Marie Gill, Dr Kate McCarroll, and all the staff at Mt Cartier court, as well as all the staff at Echo village for their wonderful care of our mother. We would also like to thank Carroll ,Amy, Pam, Kelly and all the other staff whose names we may have forgotten for the kindness and care you showed our family during this most difficult time. Kay’s cremated remains will be laid to rest at a graveside service in Revelstoke in the spring of 2021
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Beatrice Johnson | October 23, 1926 - October 02, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Beatrice G. Johnson, a long-time resident of Revelstoke, British Columbia, died peacefully on Friday the 2nd of October at the age of 94. Born in 1926 to Harry and Carrie (Grass) Gillies in McAdam, New Brunswick, Beatrice grew up in a large family of ten siblings, including her beloved twin sister, Bernice. She was the last surviving member of her family. Beatrice married the love of her life, Rolfe Johnson in 1946 and together, had seven children. Known for her nurturing disposition, she was lovingly supportive and fiercely protective of her family. She was also a devoted and loving wife for 74 years. She was enthusiastically involved in the community, demonstrated through her role as Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, an active member of the United Church Women, and her skillful pastry making, specifically her delicious pies which were often distributed at various events. Upon moving out West to Revelstoke in 1971, Beatrice sparked an interest in golf and quickly became a steadfast member of the Revelstoke Golf Club. Nicknamed, "straight down the middle Bea" for her signature drive off the tee and accurate short game. Golf became such a significant part of her identity, that she lived and breathed the game both on and off the course. Young in spirit and physically adept, she was able to golf until the age of 90. She loved to laugh. Her sense of humour proved resolute even in the most challenging of times. She was feisty, resilient, and proud. Often referred to as Jane Fonda, Beatrice defied her age. She is predeceased by her parents, siblings, and son Paul. Survived by her husband, Rolfe E. Johnson, children, Lowell Johnson (Yvonne), Darrell Johnson, Karen Maloney (Ken), Jo-Ann Huber (Frank), Dean Johnson (Randine), Brian Johnson (Carrie), twelve grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, great great grandson, and several nieces and nephews. Her family would like to thank Moberly Manor, Queen Victoria Hospital, and Kelowna General Hospital for their outstanding care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Revelstoke District Health Foundation: http://revelstokehealthfoundation.com
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Vera Aura | December 05, 1935 - October 05, 2020

Obituary Notice… Vera Aura It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Vera Aura after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Vera passed peacefully at her home in Revelstoke on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at the age of 84 years with her family by her side In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice, in memory of Vera. Vera was born in Shoreacres, B.C. on December 5th, 1935; shortly thereafter her family moved to Hills, BC. Vera spent her early childhood years living on the family farm milking the cows and chasing the chickens. She also enjoyed fishing the nearby creeks and a good game of scrub (baseball) with her school friends. At the age of sixteen, Vera moved to Trail, B.C. and achieved a certificate in Hairdressing along with a diploma in Accounting. A few years later, Vera moved to Kamloops, B.C. where she met her soon to be husband, Takeshi John Aura. Vera and her husband (Johnny) enjoyed their early years together in Kamloops, bowling and celebrating the birth of their first two children. An opportunity to operate a full-service garage brought them to Revelstoke in 1964. Vera along with her husband owned and operated Johnny’s Service Centre, later to be known as Johnny’s Fishing & Hunting, for over 50 years. Vera loved greeting generations of Revelstoke fisherman with her trademark warm smile and friendly manner. Vera took great pleasures in the simple things in life such as huckleberry picking, mushroom picking, playing card games and sudoku. Despite that warm smile, her competitive side would come to life during a good game of crib! Most importantly, she treasured being around her many friends and family. Vera was honoured with a lifetime membership from the Rod & Gun Club and was an active member of her church group. During her younger years she was also active in sports, gardening and baking; she canned and loved making homemade jam with all the berries she picked. No matter the activity, it was the relationships that Vera cherished most; she loved being around people. Vera was predeceased by her parents, her husband John in 2004, sister Fran and brothers Ely and Edward. She is survived by four children: Jo-Anne (William) Baird of Drumheller, Alberta, Ken (Bernadette) Aura of Kamloops, Ron (Camille) Aura of Salmon Arm and Robert (Julia) Aura of Canmore, Alberta; grandchildren: Pamela (Craig) Nichol, Aaron Baird, Rebecca Baird, John Baird, Stephen (Stephanie) Aura, Jennifer Aura, Kathleen Turner, Rowan Aura, Maya Aura and Elise Aura; great grandchildren: Carys, Eamon, Jude, Emily, Eve, Asher, Maverick and Carson; siblings: Joe (Anne) Perepolkin of Vernon, Alex (Louise) Perepolkin of Hills and Linda (Lloyd) Dennis of Nakusp; in-laws: Kimi Sugiyama of Burnaby, Sets (Terry) Sakaki of Kamloops, Mas (Tosh) Yakura of Vernon, Mary Aura of Kamloops, Mas Aura of Armstrong and Marilyn Aura of Kamloops, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Due to COVID restrictions a private family service will be held at The Revelstoke Baptist Church, however the family invites you to watch via live stream. Please feel free to copy and paste the URL below to access the Funeral Service that was held on Saturday, October 10th at 1:00 p.m. https://vimeo.com/466010498
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Garry "Koobie" Wheaton | December 16, 1952 - October 04, 2020

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Garry James (Koobie) Wheaton, our loving brother and friend to all those lives he touched, on October 4th, 2020. Born in Revelstoke on December 16th, 1952, Garry has been a lifelong resident for 67 years. Garry was a member of the Reserve Army with the Rocky Mountain Rangers in Revelstoke – Active Militia Unit from 1967 to 1970. Recently, Garry was employed by the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and Revelstoke Equipment Rentals which he enjoyed very much and made a lot of good friends. Garry was also employed at Ken Taylor Motors for 22 years and with Parks Canada and CP Rail. Garry was loved by many and always enjoyed a good party, a good fishing trip and a good bbq’d steak with his friends and family. He was a great story teller and had an amazing sense of humour and will be missed by all that knew him. Garry was predeceased by his parents, James Wheaton and Jeanette O’Brien, his grandmother Eileen Bouthillier and his long-time companion Zeena (dog). He is survived by his two sisters, Diane (Jack) O’Brien, Kelowna, Sandra (Gerry) Cowley, Castlegar. Nephews Jason (Dawn) Cowley, Castlegar and James O’Brien (Riley), West Kelowna, nieces Dawn (Derek) Low, Revelstoke and Heather (Kevin)Kruger, Sicamous. Great nieces Raighel Levesque, Ashton and Alysha Kruger and great nephews Devon Levesque, Paden Cowley and Tyler Kruger. There will be no funeral service as requested by Garry, instead a celebration of life will be held by his friends and family at a later date. Diane and Sandra and families wish to thank all those dedicated and caring friends who have supported Koobie and his family through to the end of his journey. Special thank you to Dr. Chris MacDonald, for his compassion, Kelly Beagle, David McGee and Shannon Buhler and the Interior Health team who have been so supportive during his brave fight with lung cancer.
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James "Jim" Colpitts | October 27, 1956 - September 11, 2020

We regret to announce the passing of James Robert Colpitts. Jim passed unexpectedly at his home in Revelstoke, B.C. on September 11, 2020 at the age of 63. Jim was born in Toronto, Ontario, on October 27th, 1956. Jim is survived by his beloved wife Trina (Manning); dear children, Benjamin, Ryan and Hayley, (Hayley Lewis); step-daughter, Melissa (Mike Flieger); step-son, Sean Rodas-Reyes; sister Patricia, (Bob Ferguson); and brother Murray (Mary Ellen). He also leaves behind his much-loved grandchildren Myah, Shayla, Lily, Henry and Noah, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends. He was pre-deceased by his mother June Boland, his father Martin, and his special auntie Betty. Jim started school at Rippleton Road Public School, in Don Mills, Ontario. In 1963, Jim's family moved to Ottawa. There, he developed lifelong friendships with Rob G., Kent, Peter, Willi, and Rob D. They sustained each other through the joys and sorrows of life and shared a passion for the snow, the mountains and skiing. They were more than friends, they were brothers. Jim graduated from Laurentian High School in 1975 and went on to study Engineering at Carleton University. He graduated in 1979 with a degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and wore his steel pinky ring, the symbol of somber responsibility for Canadian engineers, with great pride. Jim married Anna May Gaffney in 1985, in Ottawa, Ontario, where they had three children, Ben, Ryan, and Hayley. He instilled a love of hiking and camping from early on, but really that was just to keep them in shape for ski season. All of Jim’s kids developed the same passion for the mountains and skiing as he had. As the kids grew he was patient and kind through all their challenges and successes. But his kindness extended far beyond his family, to friends and strangers alike. He was a beautiful soul. Trina and Jim were married in 2004, after being friends for many years. They became a team, creating a loving blended family and happy memories along the way. Jim had high expectations for the grandkids: become decent skiers and go to university. He had them on skis by the time they were three. They all knew how important they were. Jim had a long and successful career, primarily in the defence industry. He worked as a mechanical engineer in Montreal and Toronto and then started a 29-year career with General Dynamics, beginning in Ottawa and then moving to Calgary. His personal mandate was always to ensure the success of his company and protect the jobs of his colleagues. He was set to retire on October 30, 2020. It is with heavy hearts, but hearts filled with love, that we say farewell to our Jim. Jim was a fine man, a dad who gave unconditional love, the truest of friends, a loving brother, a dedicated grandfather, a remarkable husband, and truly great human being. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Because of Jim, we know this is true. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jim Colpitts Memorial STEM Fund at everloved.com/life-of/James-colpitts/ Funds will be donated directly to Alison Jamieson Girls’ Academy in Calgary, AB and Elm Street School in Medicine Hat, AB to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programmes.
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Michael Nicholson | May 28, 1959 - September 16, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Mike, who passed away unexpectedly but ever so peacefully, he will be greatly missed. Mike was born in Penticton, B.C. to Murray and Arlyss Nicholson. Growing up in Lytton and Yale for most of his childhood, he spent many summers as a child in Kaleden with his Grandparents, which held a special place in his heart. He eventually moved to Hope where he lived for several years, and around ‘95, Mike settled in Revelstoke, which he had called home for the last 25 years. Dad was a Log Loader Operator for many years, starting in the industry at a young age, he worked for various companies from the Lower Mainland to the Interior (Hope to Revelstoke), and many surrounding areas. He took great pride in his work and was known for being highly skilled at his job. He made many friends along the way and will be so missed by the Logging Community - the friends who were like family to him. Dad loved to be outdoors and enjoyed fishing or spending time around a fire socializing, sharing stories and many laughs. He will be remembered for his quick-witted sense of humour, his social attitude and caring personality. Michael is survived by his brother’s, Robert, Peter, and John. As well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family. He will be forever missed by so many, especially his children, Leah, Mitchell, and Dustin. It will be a hard road without you, Dad, but we know you will be there guiding us along the way… we love you and miss you beyond words. The family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone reaching out during this extremely difficult time. Unfortunately, due to the protocols set for gatherings at this time, a celebration of life will be announced when possible.
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Yvonne Blake | September 07, 1938 - September 05, 2020

Yvonne Marie Blake passed away peacefully at Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at the age of 81 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Yvonne’s own request. Yvonne was born in Revelstoke on September 7, 1938 and had been a life long resident. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and cooking and was a very accomplished baker, a skill she gained from her mother. Known for putting others ahead of herself, she was a kind, generous and loving woman, always happy to help any of her friends or family in need of assistance. Yvonne’s family was most important to her, especially her grandchildren who she was most proud of. Yvonne is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim of Revelstoke; two children: James (Sandy) Blake of Revelstoke and Leslie (Les) Husband of Prince George; four grandchildren: James (Molly) Blake of Revelstoke, Brady Blake of Revelstoke, Michelle (Noah) Giene of Prince George and Brent (Kara) Husband of Prince George; two great grandchildren: Brooklyne Giene and Chloe Giene; brother Barry Camozzi of Kelowna as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family of Yvonne would like to thank the nurses and doctors of Queen Victoria Hospital that cared for her, in particular Drs. Haines and McCarroll.
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Fhead Jones | May 15, 1963 - September 07, 2020

Fhead Jones passed away in Revelstoke on September 7, 2020.
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Penelope Jones | April 23, 1950 - August 13, 2020

We regretfully announce the passing of Penelope Gail (Pennie Banks) Jones in the Burns Lake Hospital on August 13, 2020 at the age of 70 years. Pennie was born April 23, 1950 in Salmon Arm B.C., moved to Revelstoke as an infant and lived there until 1964; then moved to Burns Lake with her parents. She had three children with her first marriage and later got remarried to Ken Jones. They had a blended family of five children. Pennie worked at various jobs in Burns Lake and enjoyed the outdoors. She also belonged to the Burns Lake Search and Rescue group. Pennie got her license as a marriage Commissioner and over the years married over 60 couples. She was an auctioneer and often delegated her family to pitch in and help. Pennie was the auctioneer for Ducks Unlimited when they came to Burns Lake, for a number of years as well. She received many pins and a Bronze Duck with a plaque “Ducks Unlimited” attached. Pennie was diagnosed with MS in the early 1990’s and eventually gave up the auctioneering and the marriage commissioner license in the mid 2000’s. She kept busy although limited. Pennie got to take the Olympic torch when it came to Burns Lake and proudly drove it down the street in her electric wheelchair. She got a puzzle book published “Pennie’s Puzzles” and it did very well. Although in a wheelchair most of the time, she kept her sense of humor. Pennie loved doing crafts and making things out of wood. Toy boxes, painted stools to sit on, and planters among other things. She was always on the move in her wheelchair until her health started to decline in the last couple of months and eventually was in the hospital. Pennie was predeceased by her parents Cecil and Lucy Banks, an infant sister Leona and a nephew Keith. She is survived by her husband Ken, children Curtis Patterson, Cliff (Angie) Patterson, Carren (Randy) Wilson, Dale (Cheryl) Jones and Brian (Joni) Jones. She has seven grandchildren and two great grandsons. Also, her sister Dorothy (Don) Pegues of Revelstoke and brother Doug (Phyllis) Banks of Tofino as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Arrangements were in the care of the Vanderhoof Funeral Parlour.
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