Gary Cooper 1938 — 2019

Gary Cooper

Thomas Garrick “Gary” Cooper of Kamloops passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 80 years of age. He is survived by his children, Glenn (Joanne) of Revelstoke, Grant (Shelley) of Vernon, Michelle (Chris) of Brentwood Bay and Jason of Kamloops; grandchildren Ryan (Tammie), Crystal (Steve), Preston, Hillary, Alex, Elaina and Gemma; great grandchildren Blake, Ashton and Hayden; siblings Mel, Wayne and Lynne, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Ronald and Mildred Cooper, sister Stephanie, and brother Ron.

Dad’s involvement with Cooper’s Foods, the Blazers Hockey Club and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops, gave Dad many fond memories.

We love you Dad, Grampa and Brother.

We will miss you, but our treasured memories will be with us forever.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to all who cared for Dad during his short illness, Dr. Jason O’Connell, the Nurses at Royal Inland Hospital, Interior Health, and the Nurses and Care Aides at Trinity Hospice.

The Memorial Mass will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2826 Bank Rd., Kamloops. Monsignor Jerry Desmond, Celebrant.

Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to the Autism Society of British Columbia or the BC Cancer Foundation. Flowers graciously  declined.

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Andrew Cowie Quirie 1928 — 2019

Andrew Cowie Quirie

Andy passed away peacefully at the Overlander Extended Care Hospital on the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2019, in his 92 year.  He spent his final hours surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his son, Gordon (Ceri), daughter, Barbara White (Don), grand children, Beth & Amanda Quirie, Brianna & Nicholas White and great grandchildren, Thomas & Jackson.  His beloved twin sister, Violet, and brother, Robert, who both live in Scotland.  Many nieces and nephews in Canada and Scotland.  He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Marguerite in 2002.

Andy was born in Scotland on March 10, 1928. He was the youngest of 11 children, arriving 15 minutes after his twin sister, Violet.  He immigrated to Canada at the age of 21 in April 1949.  He spent his first 3 years in Milton, ON working on a dairy farm then he began his journey westward where he eventually began his 34 year career as a carman for the Canadian National Railway (CNR).  It took him from Winnipeg, MB to Port Coquitlam, BC to McBride, BC, Prince George, BC and then to Smithers, BC where he met the love of his life, Marguerite Erickson.  They were married on April 8, 1961 and then in March 1965 they moved to Kamloops, BC where they raised their family and he has remained for the last 54 years.

Andy was active in his community as a Big Brother for over 21 years, an Akela for the 1st Brocklehurst Cub Pack for 15 years, an Odd Fellow for many years and an active participant in St. Georges Anglican Church.  In 1999 he received the distinguished service award from the city of Kamloops for his years of volunteer work in the community.  He was also a very proud Scot and was an active member of the Kamloops Caledonian Society and Scottish Country Dance club for many years.

One of Andy’s greatest passions was singing!  He sang everywhere he went.  He was an active member of his church choir and was asked by many people to sing at weddings and funerals or special occasions.  He loved his garden and enjoyed curling in the winter.  He was a huge dog lover and was loved by 4 special dogs throughout his life in Canada – Blackie, Mitzie, Cheekie and Kailie.  He also loved to talk!  He would talk to anyone, anywhere about anything!

He will be deeply missed and forever loved by his family and friends but we are confident that he is so much happier in heaven with his beloved wife and his wonderful Saviour, Jesus.  After many years of suffering through the challenges of dementia he is now the very best version of the wonderful man God created him to be, and we are so thankful!

We want to express our deepest appreciation to the caregivers at the Overlander Extended Care Hospital who have cared for our dad so wonderfully over the past year, and especially over the final few days of his life.  Also, to Dr. Chip Bantock who has been such a wonderful Dr. to him for well over 30 years.  A special thank you to Pastor Isabel Healy-Morrow who has been a true pastor to dad for the past 15 years.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Georges Anglican Church, 308 Royal Ave., Kamloops, BC.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations could be sent to St. Georges Anglican Church, Alzheimer Society of Kamloops or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kamloops.

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Eric Alfred Bresser 1961 — 2019

Eric Alfred Bresser

It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of our brother, Eric Bresser, who fought a long and hard battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his brother Ken and survived by his two sisters, Diamond and Debbie, and two daughters. Eric was extremely strong willed and a perfectionist, who enjoyed trucking alongside his brother, fishing, and gardening. He taught us many things and stood by the saying, “If you’re going to do it, do it right or don’t do it at all.” We all live by this motto in his memory. We love you Eric. May you be at peace. There will be a family gathering at a later date.

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Allan Fred Morgenthaler 1937 — 2019

Allan Fred Morgenthaler

Allan Fred Morgenthaler was born in Kamloops on July 29, 1937. He passed away peacefully at Kamloops Hospice House on Friday, April 5, 2019. Allan is survived by his wife of 59 years Caroline, his son Lyle, daughter in-law Marja, grandson Alexander, and also by his brothers Jake and Dennis and sister Rose (Len) Steinke, as well as many relatives, friends and in-laws.

Allan had a unique sense of humour and always loved to make people smile and laugh. He enjoyed all of his coffee buddies, both at the Dunes Golf Club and at Timmies on the North Shore.

He had a long career with the Ministry of Highways before he became ill with kidney disease. He fought the good fight, and for the past six years he was taking dialysis treatment at the North Shore Unit. He very much appreciated the care extended to him by the staff at the unit, the Handi- Dart staff and drivers, and all other caregivers.

There will be no funeral by request but a Celebration of his life will take place at his home later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kamloops Kidney Foundation, if so desired.

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Pat (nee Rennie) Comeau 1940 — 2019

Pat (nee Rennie) Comeau

Mom passed away peacefully on March 21, 2019 at the age of 79 with her family by her side, after a sudden and unexpected illness.

She is survived by her son Don Lacey and wife Connie, grandsons Taylor Quinn and Garrett, great-grandchildren Viola and Alo, granddaughter Lacey Gerbrandt, very close sister Norma Wheeler and nieces and nephew Sandy, Sheryl and Brad and step-daughter Michelle Comeau. Pat was predeceased by her son Doug in 1983 and husband Len in 2016.

Pat was born January 27, 1940 and raised in New Westminster by her parents Jack and Irene Rennie. Whenever the Rennie’s family and friends gathered there was always a sing along around the piano. Mom also learned to play and over the years if someone with a guitar showed up – the party just became all the better.

Pat, first husband Frank and boys moved to Loon Lake in 1969 and owned and operated the Wildwood Fishing Resort. Over the following twelve years most of the clientele became annual summer friends due to the excellent experience mom provided, although she did tire of being asked “when are they going to bite?”

After selling the resort the family relocated to Kamloops where Pat worked for the Ministry of Agriculture. Mom loved her job and her “office family”, the many field staff and the customers who wandered in daily with pieces of plants or bugs in jars.

Mom met Len in 1989 and moved to Lee Creek on the Shuswap and were married in Hawaii on Valentines Day in 1991. They were truly a perfect match as they both loved being out on the boat, socializing with friends and travel. Mom was affectionately known as the “cruise queen” and they enjoyed many Caribbean cruises, Panama Canal and Alaska trips as well as many winter weeks basking on the shores of Maui. They relocated to Chase in 2001 and became an active part of the community. Mom and Len had many years of mutual love, caring and support until his passing in 2016.

Mom relocated to Kamloops and lived independently and close by in a home she loved at West Pines, with her new buddy Gulliver the cat. She always had a soft spot for animals. We were very blessed to live near mom and enjoyed daily visits, Sunday dinners and regular outings.

Thank you to all of her long-time and new friends who came to visit and make her days brighter, she truly treasured you all.

Mom suffered for many years with crippling arthritis, but never let that slow her down nor did she ever complain much about it. She never passed up an opportunity to socialize and loved any opportunity to get “all gussied up” (as her dad would say) and always brought a special energy to any event with her humour and laughter. Pat truly was a classy woman that will be missed by many.

Mom we will miss you so much.

Mom and family are sincerely thankful to the many support staff that helped her during her 30 years of rheumatoid arthritis and the wonderful staff at RIH that were so compassionate during her periodic visits and kept her comfortable as she passed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on June 8, 2019 at the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive. Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the RIH Foundation.

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