William (Bill) Oram 1942 — 2018

William (Bill) Oram

It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Oram announces his passing on December 3, 2018 at the age of 76.

He is survived by the love of his life Jan, his wife and children Shane (Kelly) and Sheri (Ben). Also left to mourn his passing are his loving grandchildren, Amber, Nicholas, and Kenzie Oram, and Carter, Sophie and Izabelle Yarish. Bill also leaves behind his 6 siblings, Pat Larson, Arnie (Margaret) Oram, Arlene Ellison, Mary Laurilla (Ed), Joanne Chapman (John) and Larry (Robyn) Oram, his sister-in-law Maureen McCully (Don) and brother-in-law Gerry (Rhonda) McCully.

Born on October 8, 1942 in Kamloops, Bill was the first son for Margaret and Ron Oram.  After 5 years in Kamloops, the family moved to Chase BC where Bill graduated high school and made lifelong friends. He then attended BCIT and did some travelling before settling in Kamloops where he worked for Woodwards, Ford and Saturn. Bill was known for being honest and caring with his clients and coworkers.Read More & Leave Condolences »

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Carol Margaret McConnell (nee Funk) 1947 — 2018

Carol Margaret McConnell (nee Funk)

Carol Margaret McConnell (nee Funk) of Kamloops, B.C. passed away on November 12, 2018 at 71 years of age with her family by her side. She is survived by her children: Robert of Edmonton, Adele (Martin) of Langley, Yvette (Trevor) of Kamloops and Sean (Shelly) of Kamloops, grandson James (Carrie-Ann) of Calgary, brothers Wayne (Sherry) Funk of Wetaskiwin and Nelson Funk of Wanless, sisters Joan (Rev. Harry) Chuckry of Arborg and Brenda (Erwin) Reinfort of The Pas, uncles William (Nellie) Sandberg and Harold (Ruby) Sandberg and aunt Norma Sandberg, and also, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Also saddened by her sudden passing is all her friends that she made through her life’s journey, and her “fur babies” Persia and Baby.

Carol was predeceased by her parents Charles and Elsie Funk.

Born on May 11, 1947 in The Pas, Manitoba. She spent time growing up in the Manitoba towns of Gillam, Wabowden and The Pas. Later our family moved to Kamloops in the early 1970’s. Mom had worked at several jobs including 27 years at Interior Health until her retirement as a care aid. She enjoyed the many clients she met, and the many friends made during that time. She could always be counted on for her volunteering efforts over the years from helping with minor hockey, K.I.B.T baseball, slo-pitch ball tournaments and meat draws to name just a few. She also a proud member of the Women of the Moose Chapter #915 for over 30 years. Mom enjoyed bowling, playing darts and playing slo-pitch with us kids. She also loved to sing and spent lots of time at jam sessions and karaoke.

                                                                “PETER PUCK!” mother,                                                            this place won’t be the same without your infectious laugh and upbeat personality.                                                             We will all miss you dearly.

A Celebration of Carol’s life will be held in early 2019. Special thanks to Dr. Stolze and the staff at RIH 5 North. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

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Nettie Makortoff 1942 — 2018

Nettie Makortoff

It is with great sadness that the family of Nettie Makortoff announces her passing after a brief hospitalization on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 at the age of 76.
Nettie will be especially missed by the love of her life, Fred, her children Wendy and Harvey (Deanna), her brother Harry (Elsa), sister Marilyn, all her grandchildren (4) and great grandchildren (2).
After many hard working years of caring for her family, she generously volunteered at the RIH Afternoon Auxiliary for 20+ years.
Fred and his family greatly appreciate the hard work and care from the RIH ICU staff. We thank you very much, you were all wonderful.

A Celebration of life will be planned for the Springtime when family is able to travel.
In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate a donation made to The Heart & Stroke foundation in her memory.

You will be forever loved and missed Baba.

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Marie Blanche Bernadette (Bernie) Gardner nee Gauthier 1932 — 2018

Marie Blanche Bernadette (Bernie) Gardner  nee Gauthier

September 21, 1932 – November 22, 2018

The family of Bernie are sorry to announce her passing quietly at Hospice in Kamloops of a heart related condition. With her children in attendance, the Lord offered her his hand and she gracefully slipped away to join her loved ones in heaven. She is survived by her youngest sister Lauretta Gauthier, oldest son Michel (Jann), youngest son Brian (Luz Elena) and daughter Suzan (Harold) as well as four grandsons: Curran, Paul, Fernando and Mateo. She also has one great grandson Cian.

Born in Kimberley during the depression, she was the 13th child in a family of 14. Several years after some of the family moved to the coast, she married Paul Bouthillier and had 3 sons, Michel, Daniel and Brian. Sadly, Paul passed due to a work related injury and shortly after that, she lost her middle son Danny to a brain tumour. With the love and support of some family members, especially the Bouthillier side, she persevered.  She started square dancing where she met her second husband, Tom Gardner and later had her last child, Suzan.

Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the interior of the province to a remote area west of Quesnel called Nazko and lived on a sizeable acreage. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising several different types of livestock and living off the land.

In the early 1990s, Bernie and Tom moved to the outskirts of Quesnel where they lived until Tom’s passing in 2010. After living for a short time in Prince George with Suzan and Harold, she moved to Kamloops to be closer to her son Brian and family as a well as sister Lauretta.

Bernie was passionate about her Catholic Faith and her children. She also enjoyed painting, reading, riding horse-back and the outdoors.


Prayers will be recited at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 29th and the Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, November 30th. Both are to take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 635 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops. Father Paul Simms, Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic School System.

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Barb Maxmute 1947 — 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Barb Maxmute announces her passing after a brief hospitalization, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Barb will be especially missed by her niece Melissa, and nephew Gavin. Barb will also be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Linda Oldfield, mother Rosa and her brother Dennis Keusch.

After a career organizing various offices in London, Ontario. Barb moved to Kamloops where she was an active volunteer for a number of causes and enjoyed the camaraderie of several choral groups. Also a very talented craftsperson, many will especially remember the wonderful ABC books she made for friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the Oakdale Mobile Home Community, 2400 Oakdale Way, in the Cabana, on Saturday December 8th from 1- 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, I know Barb would prefer a donation to the SPCA or an animal welfare charity.

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