Margaret Rose Beesley 1934 — 2019

Margaret Rose Beesley

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Rose Beesley on Oct 7, 2019 at the age of 85. Margaret was born in Edmonton Alberta on Feb 10, 1934 to Edna and David Spink.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Barry McLeod Beesley, her sister-in-law Blythe Spink and her brother-in-law Robert Beesley.

She will be lovingly remembered by sons Doug of Edmonton, Kevin (Debbie) of Kamloops and Daughter Kathryn (Pete) of Kamloops. Margaret was a huge part of her grandson’s lives, she spent countless hours transporting, watching and being involved with all their activities.  Nicholas and Michael Fidanza as well as Robert and Jacob Beesley. Margaret is also survived by her brother David Spink of Ponoka Alberta, sister-in-law Gail Beesley of Regina Saskatchewan, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Margaret was a graduate of Mount Royal College, she taught administration in Marengo Saskatchewan as well as an Instructor, Chairperson and founding faculty member in the days of Cariboo College (UCC) now TRU. Margaret was an active member of Mount Paul United Church as well as in the choir.

Margaret was a very Loud and Proud Kamloops Blazer’s Season Ticket holder  and Booster Club Member for over 30 years. Margaret loved Hockey and spent many winter road trips around BC and Alberta watching her grandson’s play the game she loved.

Margaret and Barry were avid travelers and enjoyed many years seeing the world together.

A Special thank you to the caring staff of Ponderosa and especially to the Pinegrove Extended care staff. Your hard work and dedicated care are greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will take place on October 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.

No flowers by request. If you wish, donations gratefully accepted for a charity of your choice in the memory of Margaret Beesley.


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Edward James (Jim) Allen 1952 — 2019

Edward James (Jim) Allen

December 31, 1952 – September 30, 2019

Jim passed away peacefully at Kamloops Hospice after a short battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Robert and Marlene Allen, and sister Kimberly Veitch. Survived by his daughter Chelsea Allen (Bill Shelley), sister Karen Chamberlain (Dale), nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephew.

Jim loved his family. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and having a cold beer.

At Jim’s request a celebration of life will be held at the Westsyder Pub, Saturday October 5th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Come join us for a drink in his memory.

Donations to the Kamloops Hospice Association are greatly appreciated.


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Dalbert Barry Lister 1930 — 2019

Dalbert Barry Lister

June 1, 1930 – September 21, 2019

Barry was born in Bredenbury Saskatchewan and moved to Kamloops in his early teens.  At age 89, he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Barry is survived by his wife; Bev of Kamloops; his son, Gary (Susan) of Cultus Lake, and (adopted son) Terry (Lori) of Airdrie Alberta, his sister June Mattiatzi of Coquitlam; his grandchildren Mallory, Alexa and Evan, and all their children. He is predeceased by his parents Elma and William and sons Kenneth and Ted.

In his late teens, Barry joined the Canadian army and was a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and served in the Korea War.  In 1950, the 2nd Battalion of the PPCLI was created within the regiment to be a component of the Canadian Army Special Force and the first Canadian infantry unit to take part in the Korean War.

After he returned from Korea, he met Bev in 1953 and within three days he proposed to her, and they were married 6 weeks later, and this year on August 3, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Barry had many friends in Kamloops as he had lived there most of his life.   He was an avid skier and later in life he took up golf, and it became his passion.  His family and friends will always remember him hitting the links whenever he got the chance.

At his request, Barry asked that there be no formal service and the family would like to thank the staff of Pine Grove Senior Living for all the care they provided Barry during the last couple of years.




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(Alfred) Byron Hammond 1949 — 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of (Alfred) Byron Hammond at his home in Logan Lake, BC, on September 5, 2019.

Byron was born in Zeballos, British Columbia. As the eldest child in a military family, he travelled and lived all over Canada, eventually settling back in BC. He worked for 32 years at Highland Valley Copper and retired in 2010.

Byron spent the first years of his retirement enjoying fishing, camping and rounds of golf with friends.

In his later years he was content to visit with his younger brother and best friend Doug – quite often dropping by to see their ‘little brother’ Wayne, to give him the news of the day. Byron was a devoted son and visited his mom regularly at Kamloops Senior Village until she passed in December of 2018.

Byron was a true character. He was very kind hearted and generous and will be sadly missed by his brothers Douglas Hammond and Wayne Hammond (Marianne), his nieces Erika Hammond and Kirsten Hammond, as well as numerous extended family members and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00pm on October 3, 2019, at Hillside Cemetery in Kamloops, BC.

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Ursula Boeker 1925 — 2019

Ursula Boeker

Ursula Anna Pauline Boeker, “Mrs Ferdie” slipped away peacefully, hands together, on September 12, 2019 in Kamloops. Born in Hamburg on December 23, 1925, Ursula’s first eight years was a time of meager provisions, lost financial stability and night to night radical combative political chaos, Ursula was destined to be a survivor.


Ursula was daughter number 3 of 4 Marga, Irma and Gerda. Baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, the family was stable and had a loving home. Attending technical school Ursula learnt bookkeeping, shorthand and office management. That lead to a job at Katco Tabak, a story in itself.


On March 25, 1948, Ursula married Ferdie Boeker, starting a family with the birth of Lutz on July 20, 1950. Being young and adventurous, Ursula lived the classic immigrant story with a suitcase full of hope and ambition and Lutzie in hand, arrived in Halifax pier 21 on January 29, 1954. After taking a six day train trip, arrived in Telkwa in bush at camp, where an unshaven Ferdie was a faller for Fritz Pfeifer Logging. For a day in shock, Ursula never took off her coat wondering where she was and why she was here. It wasn’t long before the warm personalities emerged like Fritz, Pat Michel, Henry Anderson, Scalehorn and others made it feel like home. At camp, Ursula worked as a bullcook and match maker for Fritz, finding Renate. Saturdays were time to go into Smithers and do some shopping at the Parquette and visiting new friends Luise and Horst Kratz. A time for play for Lutzie with Jeanette and Irene. Highlight of the week was a Hamburger Deluxe at Hegy’s Café followed by a matinee at the Roi Theatre in Smithers, Life was good.


During breakup, Ferdie began some contracting of Home Building like for Fritz, Giglberger Farm House and Alcan Spillway. This emerged into the “Big Break” when George Heffernan of Skeena Building Supplies took note and inspired Ferdie to go into business for himself. In 1961, Ferdie and Ursula established Ferdie’s Building Supplies in Burns Lake with a $60,000 loan which thrived until sold in 1995.


Ursula’s friendships were often based around playing bridge, whist, skat and cribbage. She was a great sport and the main purpose wasn’t winning but being together. Ursula did crossword puzzles most of her life, always in pen, rarely a missed word or scratch out. She had an amazing memory for historical dates and peoples birthdays. She was always organized in her home and with business affairs. She tried to be philosophical and positive during the most trying times. Ursula lived well and against all odds, beating cancer in 1968, a 50 year survivor. Ursula is survived by sister, Gerda Irving of Olds, AB, son Vero, daughter in-law Brenda, grandson Chris and granddaughter Hannah. She was predeceased by her husband Ferdie, son Lutz and grandson Lutz F. Boeker. Thanks to all the wonderful, compassionate help in the last few years at the Royal Inland Hospital and Overlander Extended Care.

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