Robert Max Bogula 1932 — 2020

Robert Max Bogula

Robert Max Bogula of Logan Lake passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 87 years of age. He is survived by his daughters Anne (Rob) Parrish of Robert’s Creek, Lynn (Paul) Good of Maple Ridge and Leslie (Peter) Bogula LaVigne of Red Deer; grandchildren Alex (Charlie), Brad, Kevin Parrish, and Spencer and Allie Good.

Bob was born in Montreal in 1932, raised his family with ex-wife Francoise in Vancouver, and spent happy retirement years in Logan Lake. He was involved in many community organizations and loved to spend time with his friends hunting, fishing, ATVing and socializing.

The family wishes to acknowledge his very dear friends Linda Dennison, Dave Crack and Les McDonell for their extraordinary love and great care. A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held in Logan Lake at a date yet to be decided.

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Wayne Gilroy 1943 — 2020

Wayne Gilroy

May 31, 1943 – December 21, 2019

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Charles “Wayne” Gilroy on December 21, 2019 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House where he was surrounded by family and close friends.

Wayne was born on May 31, 1943 in Red Deer, Alberta and spent much of his early years hopscotching all over B.C.  His young adult years were spent mainly in Chilliwack, Merritt and Vancouver where he met his wife Carol.  They eventually settled in Kamloops where they raised their 2 children, Richard and Michelle.

Wayne spent his early working life as a heavy duty mechanic and later moved into equipment sales working at Interior Diesel, Ritchie Brothers and finally taking a leap to become a founding partner of Woodland Equipment. 

Wayne was a very hard worker and truly valued the relationships he had with his customers and the companies he represented.

Predeceased by his parents John and Marie Gilroy, Wayne is survived by his wife of 52 years Carol, his son Richard Gilroy (Kristy) and daughter Michelle Grice (Tom).

He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Logan & Jackson Gilroy and Carter, Paige & McKenna Grice.

Wayne had an unforgettable personality and a unique sense of humour that will forever be remembered by his friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House or the Canadian Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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Adelene Desjardin 1917 — 2019

Adelene Desjardin

It is with great sadness that the family of Adelene Desjardin announces her passing on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the age of 102.  Adelene was born in Hanna, Alberta on May 24, 1917, to parents Alexander and Maude Furgason.  Adelene’s siblings were:  Maisie , Hattie, Ruth, Mabel, Alvin, Albert and Gail.  Eventually they moved to British Columbia and settled in Falkland. In 1931, Adelene reigned as the first May Queen of the Falkland Stampede.  She was only 14 years old at the time.  Falkland, is where Adelene met the love of her life, Bill Desjardin and they were married in 1936.  They then moved to Kamloops where they had their three daughters, Karen, Darlene, and Merle.  Adelene also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  Adelene volunteered her time with different places.  One of them was at the Ladies Auxiliary Thrift Shop downtown. Thursdays, she would be at Safeway helping customers with their shopping. Adelene loved calling the squares at the square dances, while the Old Time Fiddlers played. On Wednesday nights Adelene helped with Bingo at Thrupp Manor, and she helped out with The Cattle Drive in Kamloops. A Funeral Service in memory of Adelene will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 pm,  in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive. Reception to follow.

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Dwayne Michael Feist 1956 — 2019

Dwayne Michael Feist

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dwayne Michael Feist of Kamloops on December 26, 2019 at the Kamloops Hospice.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ben and Grace Feist. Dwayne is survived by his daughter, Alana Feist and son, Jeremiah Reid (Meghan), and 6 beautiful Grandchildren. Also left to mourn is brother, Dale Feist (Wendy), sisters, Debbie Hunnisett (Barry), Darlene Toombs and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Dwayne was born on April 3, 1956 in Regina, Saskatchewan. As the youngest sibling, Dwayne was naturally mischievous, keeping us on our toes until his final days. Dwayne loved a good laugh and never knew when to stop making them, he always seemed to have a joke for every situation, even when they weren’t appropriate! He accepted his illness with humor and grace which left us all proud but not surprised.

Those of us that knew Dwayne knew he was an avid Raiders football fan who loved a cold Budweiser, a room temperature Budweiser, Sunday night football and Monday night football.

Dwayne was a caregiver to both his parents until their own deaths. We thank you for that, little brother.

His humor and kindness was infectious and he will live on in our hearts, minds, thoughts and laughs forever.

A service will be determined at later date by family. However, well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Budweiser can and drink it in his honor. And remember to live life to the fullest and laugh, laugh and laugh some more.

To all the staff at Kamloops Hospice, we send you a heartfelt thank you. You are the most wonderful, caring group of people. Thank you for all the love and support you gave our brother and family. We greatly appreciate it.

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William ‘Bill’ John Abley 1947 — 2019

William ‘Bill’ John Abley

Your Guiding Hand On My Shoulder Will Remain With Me Forever

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our father William ‘Bill’ John Abley on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the age of 72.  Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, leader, mentor, and friend.  He will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his diligence, optimism and tireless devotion to everything he undertook. Bill loved to tell a good story and his sense of humor engaged all who listened.

Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Lilian (Hughes) Abley and his loving wife, Gwen (Angell) Abley.  He is survived by his three children: Bill (Nicole) Abley of Prince George, Jayne (Michael) Latta of Kamloops, Andrew (Lisa) Abley of Kamloops and his brothers Alun (Alison) Abley of Chetwynd, Wales and Stephen Abley of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Christopher, Nicholas and Julia (Prince George), Isaac and Hannah (Kamloops) and Kenzie (Kamloops). Bill also leaves behind sister-in-laws, Gail Muliner-Ovington and Linda Angell, brother-in-law, Silvano ‘Tony’ Anthony Muliner, nieces, Brenda Muliner (Dmytro) and Tegan Abley and nephew Nathan Abley.

Bill was born in Nottingham, England on August 9, 1947 and spent the first 10 years of his life in Llandudno, Wales where he developed his love for European “football.” When he was 10 years old, Bill’s family immigrated to Canada, and settled in Kelowna, BC. This was where he developed his love for football (both the CFL and the NFL) and hockey.

In the summer of 1964, Bill met his future bride, Gwen Angell.  They married on August 24, 1968 and they shared a deep and abiding love until Gwen’s passing in 2017.

Bill started his working life with a career in banking. He worked at the Royal Bank branches in communities all over BC, eventually becoming a bank manager in Kitimat BC.

Bill’s true passion was working with children and in 1976, he became a teacher with the Kamloops-Thompson School District 73. His gift for leadership took him into administration when he became the Vice-Principal of Aberdeen Elementary in 1987.  Over the years he served as the president of the Kamloops Thompson Principals/Vice Principals Association (KTPVPA) as well as a member on the board of the BC Principals Vice Principals Association. In 2013, Bill finished his career as Principal of both Dufferin Elementary and Savona Elementary and was named a lifetime honorary member of the KTPVPA for his contributions and outstanding service.  Bill will be remembered as a tireless advocate for his students and a dedicated mentor to his colleagues.

But, Bill was not content with an idle retirement and became a marriage commissioner in 2014, marrying hundreds of couples.

In addition to his career as an educator, Bill was a founding member and at one time even the president of the Kamloops Heritage Railway. He was instrumental in getting the Spirit of Kamloops, Engine 2141, out of the park and back on the rails.

Bill’s faith was a cornerstone of his life. He was a founding member of the Kamloops Alliance Church and spent many weekends teaching Sunday School and serving the Lord through his leadership with the Stockade Christian boys club.

Bill was devoted to his grandchildren and he created a myriad of family traditions with them. From the annual boat races and “Kick the Can” at the Shuswap cabin to the full contact games of “Spoons”, Bill was a creative and fun-loving grandfather who simply adored spending time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered for the wisdom he bestowed and the joy he sparked.

The Funeral Service to honour his life will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3, 2020 in the Kamloops Alliance Church, 200 Leigh Rd, Kamloops BC, with Pastor Andrew Picklyk officiating.

Bill’s family would like to thank the nurses, care aids and other staff of the Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops who took exemplary care of Bill in the last years of his life. A special thank-you to Nadine, Kyla and Lyndsey who were so loving with his care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Terry Fox Foundation.

 

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