William “Bill” Sydney Davies 1943 — 2020

William “Bill” Sydney Davies

William “Bill” Sydney Davies, 76, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 in Kamloops, BC after a short battle with cancer.  Bill was born on December 17, 1943 to Joseph and Gertrude Davies in Toronto, Ontario, the youngest of two children.

Bill worked as a carpenter for his entire career.  Apart from being a carpenter, he was a member of the Thompson Valley Lapidary Club and during his retirement Bill thoroughly enjoyed life spending time on anything which involved working with his hands including wood carving, making jewelry, leatherwork, making beer and wine, sewing handbags for all of his favorite people as well as working in his garden and walking his dog Jake. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia; sister, Mary (Bob) Poulin; daughter, Shelly Davies (Greg); step-son, Brad (Danielle) Finnen; grandchildren, Neil Wiens, Sherilyn (Pat) Lamontagne, TJ Finnen, Vince Finnen, Sarah Davies, Elizabeth Davies; great-granddaughter, Charlie-Mae Wiens.  Bill was preceded in death by his son Erroll Davies.  

In memory of Bill a bench will be placed on his favorite dog walk at Aviation Way in Kamloops, BC.  To all of  his dog walking friends, have a sit, enjoy the view and remember Bill in fondness.

Rest in peace Bill, Dad, Grandpa, Great-grandpa… you will be missed.

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Robert Andrew McClean Hetherington, 1937 — 2020

Robert Andrew McClean Hetherington,

Robert Andrew McClean Hetherington, 83, chose to suddenly leave this earth early in the morning of Thursday, September 24, 2020. Predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Iris Louise Hetherington (nee Taylor), he is survived by his daughters Barbara Diane Hetherington (Don McConnell) of Kamloops, BC and Joanne Leslie Hetherington of Vancouver, BC as well as his brothers Gary (Deidre) and Tom (Ingrid), both of Vancouver, BC and his brother Brian (Alma) of Maple Ridge, BC, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Born in New Westminster on April 5, 1937 to Robert and Pauline Hetherington (nee Krawchuk), Rob often reminisced about his times wreaking havoc on the banks of Burnett Creek and his later experiences as an RCN(R) cadet.
After marrying the love of his life Iris, on June 28, 1957 in New Westminster and lured by the landscape, hunting, fly fishing and a job at Weyerhaeuser, Rob left his job at Lenkurt Electric and moved the family to Kamloops in 1963.
In the 1970’s Rob decided to make a change and became one of the first graduates of the Recreation program at Cariboo College (now TRU). His final presentation in this program was notable for being instrumental in helping persuade City Council to save a struggling “zoo” which is now known as the BC Wildlife Park. Serving on the Board of Directors of the Park for many years, Rob was very proud of his part in its ongoing success and his amazing friendship with the resident Cougar, Camper.
Rob then accepted the position as Facilities Manager for Parks & Recreation in Kamloops and oversaw the operations of all the City’s Arenas. He was always proud of his achievements with the City including increasing support and ice time for the Figure Skating Club and fitting Memorial Arena with a dry floor to lure bigger concert acts to town. He was also one of the driving forces behind the attempted creation of the Management Association at the City of Kamloops. After early retirement in the mid 1980’s, he then turned his energy towards his other passion. As a long-time member of Kamloops Target Sports Association, Rob was tireless in advocating to uphold the right to responsible firearms ownership. As an active advocate & long-time board member of Kamloops Target Sports Association, he and a group of other members began a small fundraising show to raise money to purchase land for a range. He was always very proud of his part in the establishment of this “little gun and antique show” which has now grown to be one of the largest of its kind in Western Canada. Also known as “Rusty Hinges”, Rob was a proud member of SASS, the Single Action Shooting Society (Home of Cowboy Action Shooting) which he loved for the role playing, sense of history, and attending various events in his character for the “Love of the Game”. If you’ve been to the gun show and heard stories from the man in the antique British Army officer’s uniform, well, you’ve met Rob. He was an accomplished raconteur and had a story for any occasion.
Throughout his life, his sense of fairness and doing the right thing was what led him to the decisions he made and the actions he took, sometimes regardless of personal cost. He was a firm believer in Women’s, Worker’s and First Nations’ Rights. Rob’s love of Hunting, Salmon and Fly Fishing also drove his belief in the need to protect our natural environment.
Rob would often say that he was born in the “Right Country – Wrong Time” and he may have been right for many reasons.
After his Lovely Lady Iris passed, last year, Rob wasn’t the same. He wanted to be with her together forever and now he is. Barbara and Joanne would like to thank the Staff at Royal Inland Hospital on 7 North for their care and company during his stay earlier this year and the Kamloops Funeral Home for their assistance. We would also like to thank Loyd Anderson for his ongoing help, support and friendship.
A Celebration of Life will be arranged and announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be appreciated.

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May Elizabeth Laitinen (nee Babcock) 1923 — 2020

May Elizabeth Laitinen (nee Babcock)

May passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the age of 96 in Kamloops, BC.

May’s life (Mom) was devoted to her husband, but always to her children. Her children were her life. Early in life she first lost her husband at age 69. Later her only daughter Linda and her son were killed in an automobile accident. Loyd, her oldest son, lived with her for many years. Murray, her second son, was a school teacher until he retired. May did everything for the boys.

She was the most caring, loving, hardworking Mother

you could ever have.

May loved gardening, cooking and sewing. She worked as a custodian at Royal Inland Hospital and later as a volunteer.

She is survived by her sons, Loyd Laitinen of Kamloops and Murray Laitinen of Surrey, grandson Tim Cornish, two great grandsons, and her brothers, Harold Babcock of Salmon Arm and Victor Babcock of Kamloops. May was predeceased by her husband Chalmer Laitinen, daughter Linda Marie Cornish and grandson Tony Cornish.

The Memorial Service will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020 in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.

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Donna Yvonne Meeley 1957 — 2020

Donna Yvonne Meeley

It is with great sadness that the family of Donna Meeley announce her sudden passing on September 2,2020 at the age of 63 years.

Donna is lovingly remembered by her son Trevor Prociuk, (Edmonton),father Raymond Lestage, siblings, Linda(Dave) Rabidoux & family, Wayne(Shelley)Lestage & family, Rhonda(Murray)  Leonew & family.  Also numerous aunts,uncles & cousins. Her precious felines Chloe and Munchkin will also miss her.

Donna was predeceased by her mother Dorothy Lestage June,2019.

Donna was born and raised in Kamloops. She was a soft spoken, kind and caring person. She loved to tend her flower garden.  Donna was a cook by trade and worked at RIH, Kamloops Curling Club, The Shores and Overlander Extended Care.

Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held October 6, 2020.In lieu of flowers , donations to Nicola Valley Animal Rescue in Merritt would be greatly appreciated.

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Louise Madeline Pratt 1930 — 2020

Louise Madeline Pratt

Louise Madeline Pratt of Kamloops BC passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 89 years of age. She will be remembered by her children Dave (Maureen) Pratt of Kamloops and Chris of Kamloops, grandchildren Kayla and Tyler, and great grandchildren Liam and Rosie. She was predeceased by her husband Arnie in 1995.

Louise was born on November 14, 1930 in Falmouth, NS. She was the youngest of nine sisters and two brothers born to Ralph and Lurana Duncanson. She grew up on a large orchard in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. She married Arnie on January 3, 1953 and moved to Truro, NS where she worked as a stenographer at various schools in the Truro area. The family moved to Kamloops, BC when Arnie transferred there with C.N.  She worked for the school board in Kamloops at many different schools. She had a love of animals, with a special fondness for miniature poodles.

Louise will be missed by all who knew her.

If friends so desire, memorial donations in Louise’s memory may be made to the Kamloops S.P.C.A., in lieu of flowers.

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