Donald “Don” Henry George Scheffler 1957 — 2019

Donald “Don” Henry George Scheffler

Donald “Don” Henry George Scheffler, suddenly passed away at home on Saturday, August 3rd 2019. Predeceased by his father Otto, July 6, 2011, and his brother Wes, April 18, 2016. Survived by his wife Debbie of 38 years, his son Jonas and his two daughters Zoe and Arabella; his son Justin and his wife Megan and their son Lucas; his son Jayden and his wife Kim and their sons Camron and Logan; and his daughter Janine. He is also survived by his mother Joan Scheffler and brothers David, Kelvin, and Tim and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and biological mother Shirley Jurgens.

Don was born in Kelowna on July 14, 1957, grew up in Williams Lake, met his wife in Calgary, and settled in Kamloops, where he raised his family. He was a self-employed trucker where his first priority was to provide for his family. Don loved camping and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Don’s Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.

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Mable Florence McAuliffe (nee Henderson) 1921 — 2019

Mable Florence McAuliffe (nee Henderson)

Mable McAuliffe, a self-described restless, gypsy spirit, was always on the look-out for a new home and a new adventure. Mable died in Royal Inland Hospital on July 28, 2019, finally at peace and ready to begin her new journey.

Mable was born in Kamloops on October 29, 1921, the fifth child in a family of 11 children. In 1930, the Hendersons moved from Pleasant Street to a farm at upper Louis Creek, where Whitecroft Village now stands. Mable recounted many years of school shenanigans, fun, and laughter with families and friends from nearby farms. She also recalled the hardships and the backbreaking work of farming in the thirties. Mable was an avid target shooter in her younger years. She loved to dance, sing, travel, and go on camping trips and picnics. Mable was a true-blue, honest, and loyal wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She loved family above all else. Mable was known for her sense of humour, her fierce independence, and her dogged determination. She often wore a sly grin as though she knew something that no-one else knew.

Mable was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, George, her grandson, Garth, and her great-grandson, Tyler.

Mable is survived by her son, Glenn McAuliffe (Vi), and two daughters, Sharon Bergstrand (Eric) and Georgina Flower, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family extends its deep gratitude to Dr. Kanwal Brar for his extraordinary compassion, care, and understanding during Mable’s last stay at RIH. Moreover, we thank the caring nurses on Five North who offered Mable warmth and comfort during her transition.

Family and friends will gather at the Heffley Creek Hall, 6995 Old Highway 5, Kamloops, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., to celebrate Mable’s long life and her indomitable spirit.


We love you granny pants…fly high and we will see you on the other side!


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Ronald “Smiley” Barry Salter 1935 — 2019

Ronald “Smiley” Barry Salter of Kamloops (formerly Winnipeg) passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 83 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Mary-Ann Salter, children Doug Salter of Winfield, BC, Jim Salter of Winnipeg, MB, Barry (Tanya) Salter of Kamloops, BC and Glenda (Dan) Gauthier of Morinville, AB, grandchildren Sherri-Lea, Jordan and adopted grandson Jordan Olson, and his granddogs, Axel and Chloe.  He was predeceased by Bill “Knobby” and Mary Salter, his brothers Billy, Bobby, Jerry and Glenn Salter.

Ron was a leader and served the community in many ways. He was an Artillery Gunner in the Canadian Armed Forces and served in Germany from 1953 to 1955. He served as a  mailman with Canada post for 19 years and worked for over 22 years in Courier Delivery. Ron dedicated himself to 50 years of service with the Royal Canadian Legion, holding various positions, including President, 1st Vice President, Sgt-at-Arms, Service Officer,  Poppy Chairman, Honours, Awards and Membership. He volunteered with Army Cadets for 32 years and was an active member of the Kamloops White Cane Club since 2009.

Ron was known for being Elvis Presley‘s biggest fan. He always had a smile and a joke to tell. He loved singing terribly and he shared a running joke with his granddaughter regarding their love of cows.  Ron had the ability to connect with everyone he met, always leaving a lasting impression. Ron was an extremely hard-working man, with an impeccable memory, that loved life and his family to the fullest.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Jason O’Connell. Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Kamloops White Cane Club, care of Linda Hall 250-376-4900.

Ron’s Celebration of Life will take place at 2 PM on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Chances Event Room , 1250 Halston Ave.,  Kamloops BC.

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Lawrence “Tex” Edward Herman Benson 1950 — 2019

Lawrence “Tex” Edward Herman Benson

We are sad to announce the passing of Lawrence “Tex” Edward Herman Benson of Knutsford, B.C. who passed away on July 20th, 2019 at the age of 68.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Lilly Billy-Benson and his children Lee (Sherry), Jamie and Megan (John) and his special gifts, his grandchildren Emily, Jade, Jordan and Adaline.  He is also survived by his sister Shirley Ballum of Prince George, B.C. and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Marjorie (Billie) Benson.  Tex was born in Quesnel, B.C. and lived in Williams Lake and 140 Mile House until he moved to Kamloops in the early 80’s which he then called home.  Tex worked in a variety of professions, most recently as a truck driver, but also included railway worker, sawmill worker, taxi driver, bike shop assistant, ranch hand and construction.

Tex started riding motorcycles at an early age and often shared with others that he would be able to ride from Williams Lake to Kamloops and only see one other motorcycle.  This life style he chose brought him many close relationships with lots of wonderful people which brought him great joy in his life.

Lawrence was a young boy at the age of 4 years old when he and his Dad and Mon would come up from the south to visit in Prince George and his sister would snatch him up to spend some time with her “Little Tex” before they would head out to his Aunt’s ranch to ride his little black pony, Smokey.

Lawrence spent some time in Army Cadets and attended many horse racing meets with his very successful jockey Dad and his Mom.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Kamloops Funeral Home,  285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops,. B.C. to gather together and honour the life of Tex Benson.  There will be a Memorial Ride to follow for anyone who wishes to attend.

We would like to send special thanks to the Kamloops Cancer Clinic and various other departments of the Royal Inland Hospital and those who have supported us.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Kamloops Cancer Clinic at Royal Inland Hospital.

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Richard “John” Maidment 1940 — 2019

Richard “John” Maidment

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Richard “John” Maidment on July 17, 2019 at 78 years of age.

John is survived by his son Tony (Brenda) Maidment and by his granddaughters Kennedie (Chris) and Mikaela (Tristan) all of Kamloops. John also leaves behind his brothers David (Shirley) of England, Peter (Marilyn) of Barriere and his sister Pauline (Eric) Cooper of Kelowna. Along with nieces and nephews in Canada and England.

John was predeceased by his son Paul Maidment in 1981 and by his parents Ron and Cicely Maidment.

John emigrated from England to British Columbia to work on the W.A.C. Bennett Dam in Hudson Hope. Dad then proceeded to receive his Heavy Duty Mechanics Certificate with Finning Tractor and moved around BC until settling in Kamloops in 1979. He worked for Kam-Trac Selvage before starting his own company Four “M” Mechanical Services, where he worked in BC and parts of Alberta before retiring to his property in Kamloops. Dad was an avid Nascar enthusiast, driving to many races in the US. Dad also enjoyed tinkering on many projects around his yard, always having something on the go.

The Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Dr., with Pastor Don Maione officiating. Burial will take place at 10:00 am on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Hillside Cemetery, 750 Notre Dame Drive.

We would love to give special thanks to the ICU at Royal Inland Hospital for their care and compassion and to dad’s neighbor, Jerry, for always being there for him.

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