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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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Stephanie "Stevie" Duchman | March 17, 1928 - September 01, 2020

Our beloved wife, mother, G-Mom, bubba, grandma, sister, in-law and dear friend Stephanie “Stevie” Duchman passed away at Mount Cartier Court on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at the age of 92 years. A Private Family Graveside Service was held at Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke where Stevie’s cremated remains were interred in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Revelstoke and District Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2421, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0, earmarked for Mount Cartier Court. Stevie was born in Revelstoke, B.C. on March 17, 1928 and was a lifelong resident. She enjoyed bowling, knitting, camping and fishing. Stevie had a great love for her garden, especially her flowers. She was known as “Mrs. Doolittle” for her love of all animals – wild and domestic. Stevie had a wonderful smile that everyone knew and will remember her by. Family was most important to Stevie. Stevie was predeceased by her husband Paul in 1995; brothers Bill and Danny and sisters Elsie and Ann. She is survived by four children: Fred (Daranee) of Golden, Sharon (Archie) of Enderby, Debbie (Warren) of Revelstoke and Deanna (Jim) of Kamloops; seven grandchildren: Jennifer, Wade, Randy (Elaine), Amanda, Kelcy (Mike), Lauren (Kellan) and Cole (Kelsea); six great grandchildren: Micah, Jacob, Leah, Katie, Sara, Maisie, Jack and Luke; sister-in-law Marris Gawiuik of Revelstoke; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews as well as her grand pets: Lucy, Bella, Penny, Ripley, Josie, Yoda, Obie, Cashew, Leo and Bear. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Molder, Ann Marie Gill, Dr. Kate McCarroll and all the staff of Mount Cartier Court for their wonderful care of Stevie while a resident. In the garden of life, Mom, you’re the most beautiful flower of all!
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Annie Keating | August 20, 1934 - July 27, 2020

Annie Henrietta Keating passed away at Mount Cartier Court on Monday, July 27th, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Annie was born in Liverpool, UK on August 20, 1934 to William and Ruby Sullivan. At the start of the Second World War Annie was evacuated to a town in the countryside away from the threat of bombing attacks. She was taken in by John and Elizabeth Hatton and raised with their six children. Following the end of the war Annie attempted a return to her family in Liverpool but shortly after was officially adopted by John and Elizabeth and took on the Hatton name. Her college course was cut short after the death of John Hatton and Annie returned home to help support the family. She worked as a shop assistant/window dresser in a local department store. Later Annie gained a position as a live-in cook/housekeeper for a Doctor’s family in Birmingham. In 1958 she took a job as a cook for a private school. It was there that Annie met and then married Jim Keating in March 1961. In May of that year Jim and Annie moved to Canada and settled in Toronto. Annie continued her skills working as a cook on a local farm. Their daughter Karen was born in April, 1962. In 2010 Annie moved to Revelstoke to be closer to her daughter Karen. She has spent the past two years living in Mount Cartier Court amongst newly acquired friends. Annie was predeceased by her parents, siblings and daughter Karen. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in England.
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Shirley Quiring | July 25, 1944 - August 19, 2020

Shirley Florence Quiring passed away peacefully at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Wednesday August 19 with her son Vern, daughter-in-law Lorraine and niece Tammie by her side. There will be no formal funeral service by Shirley’s own request, but her cremated remains were interred in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. Shirley was born on July 25, 1944 in Revelstoke, B.C. and lived in numerous places before returning to her hometown November 2019. She loved playing darts and horseshoes, bowling, crocheting, gardening and playing Bingo. Shirley was a social butterfly and lived a full life. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2015; sister Violet in 2015; sister Eleanor in 2017; nephew Noah in 2018 and stepsons Jack and Gerry Quiring. She is survived by her son Vernon (Lorraine) McKinley of Edmonton; step children: Barb, Brenda, Wayne and Randy; 13 grandchildren; bountiful great grandchildren; brother Harold (Bink); sister Jane and brother-in-law Ernie, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Deschner, Dr. Batchelor, Dr. Kate McCarroll and all the nurses on acute care at Queen Victoria Hospital for the special care given to Shirley.
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Norma Hodgson | July 22, 1921 - August 26, 2020

On August 26, 2020, at age 99, our mother, Norma, passed on after a life well lived. She joins our father, Harry, who died in 2005. Her four children, Lynne, Kent, Dave (Bonnie) and Rick (Janet), ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren remain to reminisce about all the good times and her Christmas in July. Norma spent her childhood on the family dairy farm outside Oakville within sight of Lake Ontario with three sisters (Lois, Shirley and Audrey) and brother (Ford). One of her teenage years was spent sick in bed. Yes, she got out of doing chores. At the beginning of WWII, determined to leave home, she went to join the Army. They turned her down. Their loss. So, she walked down the street and enlisted in the Womens' Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Starting as a photographer, and then Corporal, then promoted to Wife, and then to Mother of Four, she served with the RCAF for eight postings in three provinces until our father retired in 1971. He was a Warrant Officer. Their retirement moved them to a beautiful lake in the cottage country of Ontario. In 2004, they escaped to province number four, British Columbia, to be with the western branch of their family. She kept up with the eastern crew through Facebook and through EMail. She had checked in on them the night before her passing. Her entire family in B.C., Alberta and Ontario would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff at Mount Cartier Court in Revelstoke for the loving and professional care of Mom over the years and through recent difficult and hazardous times. Doctor Veale will stand out in our memory as a friend and a doctor. Many thanks, Francine, for the walks and window visits. They were a bright spot in her days. Her family will be celebrating our parents' lives next year with the interment of their ashes and a memorial in a small heritage churchyard on 12 Mile Lake in the cottage country of Ontario. Then stories will be told, tears will be shed and laughter will be shared. There may even be a silent glass or two raised and drained in thought and prayer. We miss you Mom and Dad.
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Alexander James "Alec" Carr | March 12, 1938 - August 16, 2020

Alexander James “Alec” Carr passed away at Mount Cartier Court Extended Care, Revelstoke on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the age of 82 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Alec’s own request. Alec was born in Revelstoke, B.C. on March 12, 1938 and had been a lifelong resident. He was an active member of the Old Timers Hockey league. Alec enjoyed playing baseball, solitaire and cribbage. He especially loved to socialize with his friends. Alec is survived by his partner Lia Robb of Revelstoke; son Brian (Kim) Carr of the United Kingdom; grandson Seth; cousin Jackie (John) of Castlegar; step-sister Darlene Todoruk of Vancouver Island; sister Joyce Windel of Saanich; sister Marg (Ed) Kushner of Trail; good friends Ken & Diane Stephanishin of Campbell River; brother-in-law Frank Kluytmans; granddaughter Lindy (Rob) Silano of Revelstoke; granddaughter Abril as well as many good friends.
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