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Francesco "Frank" Bafaro | July 28, 1935 - February 14, 2020

Francesco “Frank” Bafaro passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at the age of 84 years. Prayers will be recited from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Wednesday evening, February 19th at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday morning, February 20th at 10:30 a.m. with Father Cecil Nunez celebrant. Pallbearers are Luigi Fuscando, Mike Bafaro, Ethan Driscoll, Peter Iaccino, Benito Iaccino, and Josef Kollman. Interment will follow in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of B.C., 600 – 890 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 1J9, in memory of Frank. Frank was born in Spezzano, Piccolo, Cosenza, Italy on July 28, 1935 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1953. Frank was a member of the Revelstoke Vintage Car Club and the Italian Canadian Club. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. Frank enjoyed soccer and foraging for mushrooms, picking huckleberries and making wine. He was a great gardener and enjoyed his seasonal activities. Frank was very supportive of his family and proud of all “our” endeavours. Frank was predeceased by his parents Michele and Amalia and two sisters: Rosetta and Tonina. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gilda of Revelstoke; three children: Michele (Katherine) Bafaro of Vancouver, Ornella (Lee) Humphreys of Revelstoke and Richard (Kirsten) Bafaro of Vancouver; two grandchildren: Julian Bafaro of Vancouver and Sophia Humphreys of Revelstoke; his brother Cesar Bafaro of Revelstoke as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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Doreen Hewko | September 25, 1929 - February 06, 2020

Doreen Lucille Hewko passed away at Surrey Memorial Hospital on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the age of 90 years. A Memorial Service will take place in Revelstoke in June, 2020 with further details to be announced. Doreen was born in Revelstoke, at Queen Victoria Hospital, on September 25, 1929 to Reno and Betty Desimone. She was a stay at home mom and raised four children always ensuring that their stomachs were full of wonderful meals. Doreen delighted in the “Art of Cooking” collecting many cookbooks and recipes for both savory meals and desserts. She enjoyed many summers with her family and friends at the TP Tent and Trailer Park in Sicamous. Doreen enjoyed walking, swimming, reading, knitting and crocheting. She loved a game of cards, Bingo and bowling. Doreen was very active with the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Ladies of Revelstoke baking apple pies and volunteering at the Christmas Bazaar and Tea. Doreen enjoyed traveling through the United States with her husband after their children were grown. She loved getting together with her friends for lunch or a road trip to Vernon. Later in life Doreen lived at Moberly Manor where she was nicknamed the “social butterfly” because of her enthusiasm for activities and interaction with others. This past year the decision was made, with help from friends and medical staff, for Doreen to move to the lower mainland so her son Warren and his wife Jackie could care for her. She moved into Evergreen Baptist Care Home in White Rock, B.C. There Doreen met new people; including a Revelstoke woman that soon became a close friend. Doreen was predeceased by her parents Reno and Betty Desimone, her husband Steve Hewko, son Ken Hewko, daughters; Kathy Ann Hewko and Arlene Boyle, brother Jack Desimone and sister-in-law Ann Desimone. She is survived by her son Warren (Jackie) Hewko of Surrey, B.C.; five grandchildren: Jennifer Speed of Langley, B.C., Heather Boyle of Saskatoon, SK., Lesley (Ken) Renaud of Windsor, ON., Steven Hewko of Delta, B.C. and Michael Hewko (Jamie Humbird) of Quesnel, B.C; ten great grandchildren: Maverick, Tristen, Caleb, Alice, Parker, Ash, Lief, Kennedy, Karlie and Kaleb; her son-in-law Dennis Boyle of Saskatoon, SK. as well as a few nieces, cousins and good friends.
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Miriam Claire Chancellor | July 02, 1928 - February 03, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Miriam Claire Chancellor on February 3, 2020. Miriam passed away peaceful in her home in Salmon Arm, BC. She is survived by her son Keith Chancellor, grandchildren Chelsey and David, by her eldest daughter Cynthia Willey (Delbert), grandson Ryan, and by her youngest daughter Vanessa Stevens (Bryce), granddaughter Taylor Anne. Miriam was born in Chelmsford England in 1928 and immigrated to Canada shortly after World War II. She met and married Reverend Victor David Chancellor (deceased) in Vancouver BC. They served the Lord in different Anglican parishes throughout BC before moving to Swaziland, Africa for seven years. Miriam and family returned to Canada in 1972, eventually settling in Revelstoke, BC where they owned and operated the Lamplighter Motel and Campground. Miriam was an animal lover and spent the next 25 years working for the Shuswap Vet clinic in Revelstoke. After the passing of her late husband in 1989, Miriam moved to Salmon Arm. Miriam was devoted to her faith and served in the Anglican parishes of St. Peter’s in Revelstoke and St. John’s in Salmon Arm. She was loved by all. Always humble and modest, “the meek shall inherit the Earth”. The family wishes to thank in particular, Dr. Malinowski for her dedicated, kind and attentive care, and the caring members and staff of Mt. Ida Mews. A celebration of Miriam’s life will be held later in the spring, time and place TBA.
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Shizuko "Suzie" Tamura | December 25, 1920 - February 02, 2020

It is with great sadness, the family of Shizuko (Suzie) Tamura would like to announce her passing on the morning of Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 at Mount Cartier Court in Revelstoke, B.C. at the age of 99 years. A Buddhist Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at Brandon Bowers Funeral Home at 301 Mackenzie Avenue, Revelstoke, with Reverend Yasuhiro Miyakawa of Kelowna officiating. Following the interment at Mountain View Cemetery, there will be a reception held at the Revelstoke Senior's Centre, 603 Connaught Avenue, Revelstoke, B.C. The family wishes in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be offered to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of B.C., 4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9, in memory of Shizuko Tamura. Shizuko was born in Steveston, B.C. on December 25, 1920 to her parents Hideo and Toyoshige Tamura. Shizuko returned to Japan after the death of her mother and baby brother to be raised by family. She returned to Canada and married her husband Hideho. At this time World War Two erupted and people of Japanese descent were placed in Internment Camps. Shizuko was placed at Hastings Park and she gave birth to her first child in Vancouver. Her new family was then placed in the Tashme Internment Camp between Hope and Princeton, B.C., where she gave birth to her second child. After the war ended Shizuko and her husband and children returned to Japan in August of 1946. She had two more children there. Shizuko and her family had the opportunity to move back to Canada. She moved to Revelstoke in 1958 with her husband Hideho and their four children. She worked many jobs until she gained full-time employment at the old Queen Victoria Hospital, located on First Street. When the present Queen Victoria Hospital was opened in 1971 Shizuko worked in the kitchen until she retired in 1985. She was known as Suzie to her friends, Grandma to her grandchildren and Bachan to her great and great-great-grandchildren and all of her friends. Suzie always had a smile on her face, and when she laughed, she laughed with her whole body. Suzie loved her family immensely and she was often seen proudly pushing a stroller around town with a great grandchild or two. She liked gardening and was famous for her dill pickles and superb jams. Suzie was an extremely accomplished seamstress. She had attended a seamstress school in her younger years, and she sewed clothes for herself and her family. Her granddaughters loved and will always remember all the lovely dresses she had made for them through the years. She loved to knit and crochet and had knitted many socks, scarves and sweaters for her family and friends. Suzie enjoyed karaoke with the Japanese community and sang at many karaoke gatherings in other communities as well. Suzie liked bowling, huckleberry, dandelion and mushroom picking. One of Suzie’s passions was Bingo. Suzie loved playing Bingo. She also enjoyed her visits out of town so she could venture into a Casino on occasion. At a very young age Shizuko was predeceased by her baby brother Yoshikazu and her mother Hideo in 1924. Her father Toyoshige Tamura passed in 1979, her son-in-law Mitsuo Kimura in 1988, her son Yutaka Tamura in 1997, her husband Hideho Tamura in 1998, and recently her grandson-in-law Jim Freberg in 2018. She is survived by her daughter June Kimura of Prince Rupert, daughter Akiko Szekely of Golden, son Jimmy Tamura of Revelstoke; grandchildren: Susan Freberg of Revelstoke, Wendy (Mike) Fitzpatrick of Calgary, Alberta, Sheila Szekely (Dan) of Coquitlam, Richard Szekely (Letitia) of Golden, and Karen (Brian) Kimura of Prince Rupert; great grandchildren: Kristina Freberg of Surrey, Vanessa Freberg (Yan) of Revelstoke, Michael (Meg) Freberg of Terrace, Porshia (Brennon) Schultz of Armstrong, Toshiro Szekely of Salmon Arm, Jessica Freberg (Brayton) of Calgary, Alberta, Rylie and Kelsen Miller of Prince Rupert, Chelsea and Kailey Fitzpatrick of Calgary, Alberta; great-great grandchildren: Aedan and Kylar Freberg-Hickie of Revelstoke and Lucia and Lark Schultz of Armstrong. Our family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Jarmula, Dr. Wild, Dr. Kate McCarroll and Nurse Practitioner Ann-Marie Gill for their attentiveness, compassion and guidance in the care of Suzie. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the nurses and care aides at Mount Cartier Court for the care Suzie received. Thank you to all our friends and extended family for your love, compassion, kind words and support at such a sad time. We would like to thank Gary and Chrissie Sulz and Krista Manuel at Brandon Bowers Funeral Home for your help and guidance with all the funeral arrangements. Your compassion and professionalism is very much appreciated at this time of our loss.
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Gordon Peressini | August 08, 1932 - January 28, 2020

Gordon Norman Peressini, with family at his side, passed away peacefully in Queen Victoria Hospital on January 28, 2020. Gord was born in Revelstoke on August 8, 1932 and was a life-long Revelstoke resident. An avid swimmer and hockey player in his youth, he transitioned to Senior’s Hockey where he had the opportunity to travel with the team to Scotland and the U.S. to represent the “Alpine City”. On retirement from Canadian Pacific Railway, where he was employed in various positions within the Customer Service Centre, Gord developed a passion for golf and spent many hours on the course with his band of buddies. Gord also kept a strict schedule between rounds of golf and could be found at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. at McDonalds with coffee in hand, discussing the events of the day with the gathered crowd of senior gentlemen. Gord was predeceased by his parents, Dante (Mike) and Jenny Peressini and is survived by Delfina, his wife of 62 years; daughters Patti (Jim) and Janice; brother Raymond (Sharon) Peressini; his aunt Babs Defoe; brother-in-law Jack van Goor; sister-in-law Jean Williamson and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to express thanks to friends and extended family for their love and support during this sad time. Also, sincere thanks and appreciation to Drs. Chris MacDonald, Cam Molder, Bret Batchelor, the Acute Care Nurses and the Home Care Nurses for their professionalism, compassion, guidance and care. A Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke on Wednesday afternoon, February 5th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. A Drop-In Reception will follow at the Selkirk Gardens Common Room from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Gord’s name.
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Donna Inkster | August 24, 1931 - January 22, 2020

Donna Kathleen Inkster passed away at Mount Cartier Court, Revelstoke on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at the age of 88 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Donna’s own request. Donna was born in Huntsville, Ontario on August 24, 1931 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1973. As a young lady Donna loved the time she spent as a telephone operator with her mother working at her dad's company in Huntsville Ontario. Donna spent many years moving around Canada with her husband and family from one construction job to another. After moving to Revelstoke they bought and operated the Revel Inn grocery store and Mount Begbie Motel for 6 years. She was then partner and bookkeeper for East End Auto Body and Columbia Towing. Donna especially enjoyed helping with the Shriners Bingo and traveling. Donna’s kids and grand children were an important part of her life. Donna was predeceased by her husband Kip in 2001. She is survived by her four children: Michael (Elaine) of Abbotsford, Crystal (Peter) Davis of Nakusp, Andrew (Kathy) of Revelstoke and Scott of Revelstoke: seven grandchildren; Jeff (Lyn), Michelle (Mike), Brianne, Drew (Chris), Shaina, Dylan and Lenelle; three great grandchildren; Maddac, Ferris, Maddison and her sister-in-law Doris Inkster of Michigan, USA. The family would like to thank Dr. Brown and all the staff at Cartier Court for their care and kindness to Donna.
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Dorothy "Peaches" Caponero | May 14, 1939 - January 21, 2020

Dorothy Ella “Peaches” Caponero passed away at Mount Cartier Court on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the age of 80 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Dorothy’s own request. Dorothy was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan on May 14, 1939 and had been a resident of Revelstoke for the past 30 years. She was an avid 25-year member of the Black Powder Shooting Club. Dorothy was a great gardener and flower arranger. She enjoyed baking and playing the spoons. Dorothy loved to sing and was a wonderful singer. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Larry Caponero, her older sister Anne Liefke and her older brother Alf Fester. She is survived by her son Mike (Trish) Chabot of Coldstream; granddaughter Tori Chabot; her twin sister Doris Grant of Kelowna and a her very special niece Leanne Busslinger of Vernon.
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Melanie Melnyk | November 25, 1957 - January 20, 2020

With her head on my shoulder Melanie passed into the presence of our Lord the night of January 20, 2020. It was the most profound and peaceful event I (Bob) have ever experienced and will never forget. Her wish to remain at home to the end was honoured for which I am grateful. Melanie was born to Bill and Teresa Leach in Hagersville Ont. Nov 25, 1957, the youngest of three girls. She is survived by her devoted husband Bob, loving daughter Jodie (Tyrel) Graham, grandchildren Cyprus and Savannah who’s love for their “Nanny” goes beyond words. An estranged daughter Leisja and grandsons Riley and Kaeden. Sisters Heather (Al) Weber, niece Christy, nephew Grant and families. Ruth Ann (Bruce) Petrie nephew Joey, brother- in-law Bill (Debbie)Melnyk and sister-in-law Maureen (Russel) Taylor nephew Jack. Melanie's faith in God and where she was going brought strength and comfort to us through her almost 5-year journey. We enjoyed many endearing and enjoyable times with family and friends. Not every day was a good day and on those days we sheltered in God’s arms, knowing He would sustain us. We embraced and treasured the good times giving thanks. Every day was a choice of how we would face it. We chose to do “life” normal just like most everyone else. Melanie always put her concern for others ahead of her own needs sometimes to her detriment. She was my lifelong compass for the other point of view, giving me a picture I did not always see. For that I will be eternally grateful. Melanie loved life. She enjoyed camping, kayaking and hot dog roasts with family. She also loved her yard, adventures with Jodie and her kids, taking pictures and being home. Her Church family (Baptist) was very important to her and her willingness to serve was paramount. She was very involved in decorating and wanted the church to be appealing and welcoming to all who came. Her love of worship and attention to detail made her a valued member of our worship team. I had the privilege of playing alongside of her for close to 20 years. Melanie was everyone’s biggest supporter and showed us love in action in everything she did. She will be greatly missed, but please let her life be an example of truly living, by loving God, remembering to play no matter your age, and not holding hard feelings for anyone; rather, loving with everything you are. The family would like to thank Dr. Macleod, the lab techs at Queen Victoria Hospital; doctor’s Hardy, Rankin and Cunningham at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the amazing team at the Cancer center in Vernon. You are an amazing team who work in such a surreal environment always on your game who treat people with compassion and respect. Also thank you to Melanie’s friends who upheld her in prayer and supported her on this long journey. Melanie was a strong supporter of children in need. For those who would like to donate in memory of her Compassion Canada PO Box 5591 PS B CSC London Ontario N6A 9Z9 was her favorite charity. There will be a celebration of life in the spring date to be announced.
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Anne Kocherkewych | December 20, 1948 - January 05, 2020

Anne Marie Kocherkewych passed away at St. Paul’s General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., on January 5, 2020 at the age of 72 years. A funeral service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 510 MacKenzie Ave, Revelstoke, on January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Father Andrzej Wasylinko of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kamloops will Officiate. Reception and interment to follow. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Home for Mercy Ozorowych of Holy Eucharist Cathedral 408 5th Avenue, New Westminster, B.C., V3L 1S2 C: 604-704-5889 Anne’s numerous world travels included several trips to Ukraine. Her bucket list included living in Ukraine and volunteering at the orphanage. She loved travelling, children and animals.
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Domenic Marcoffio | December 05, 1934 - January 03, 2020

Domenic Marcoffio passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 with his loving wife by his side, at the age of 85 years. Prayers will be recited from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Tuesday evening, January 14th at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday morning, January 15th at 10:30 a.m. with Father Cecil Nunez celebrant. Pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus. Burial will follow in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. Domenic was born in Sepino, Italy on December 5, 1934 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1972, moving here after living in Field for 22 years. He was a Yard Foreman for C.P. Rail for many years. Domenic was a hard-working man who enjoyed gardening, going for walks, being with his family, and the occasional game of bocce. Domenic was predeceased by his parents and his brother. He is survived by his wife Annette of Revelstoke; two children: Joe (Melissa) of Revelstoke and Lucia (Brad) of Calgary; five grandchildren: Rhoda, Max, Ben, Kristiane and Nathan; one sister Christina (Nunzio) of Hartford, Connecticut as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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