It is with great sadness that the family of Melvin Harold Harbak, born on August 15, 1956, announces his passing on January 1, 2024. He is survived by his loving mother, Patricia; partner, Shellie; daughters, Tennille (John) and Tasha (Jay); grandchildren, Rhiley, Breanna, Katarina, Haley, Kohen, and Mya; great-granddaughter, Raelynn; siblings, Carol, Elaine (Jim), Sheryl (Calvin), and Stan (Rayma); and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Mel was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn; sister, Shirley; and brother-in-law, Larry.

Mel loved spending his time with loved ones. He always enjoyed dancing and would lighten up the room with his swift moves and crazy wool socks. He brought smiles and laughter and left lasting impressions wherever he went. He will be greatly missed but will live in our hearts forever.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life later this year.

“Dad, may your rhythm never fade,
and your spirit forever keep us dancing!”

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rino Antonio Piva of Kamloops B.C. on February 5th, 2024 at 90 years of age.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dina Piva, children Mario Piva (Cindy), Laura Piva-Babcock (James Babcock), Dennis Piva (Amber). He was nonno to his grandchildren Kailyn Kozub (Derek), Lindsay Piva (Reid Plasterer), Tiana Heichert (Eric), Alana Babcock (Graham Scott), Claire Babcock, Alex Piva and Joey Piva. More recently, he became a “bisnonno” to great-grandson Myles Kozub. Also surviving him are his brother Loris Piva, nephews Rob (Cheryl), Dino (Leanne) and his siblings in Italy Giuseppe Piva and Carmela Piva and nephew and nieces, Mauro, Cristina, Rosanna and Lucia. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Angelo and Irma Piva.

Born on September 17, 1933 in Crocetta del Montello, Nogare, Treviso, Italy he was the oldest of four children. As a child he loved to work on the small family farm and insisted his mom set the alarm clock so he could be up with the adults when they went to work in the fields. Always pragmatic, in 1952 at the age of 18 he decided to venture to Canada knowing that the family farm that he loved was too small to sustain him and his immediate and extended family in post-World War II Italy. He sailed to Halifax and took a train across Canada to Kamloops where he lived and worked for 13 months on his Uncle Joe Piva’s ranch in Pinantan. He then worked on pipelines and at sawmills in the interior often living in camps. He joked that he went to the “University of Savona” because, despite having a minimal formal education, he learned a lot from his work and living experiences in his 20’s.

In 1958, he returned to Italy for a few months to visit his family and met his future wife, Dina. After a year of writing letters, she too took that courageous trip to Canada and they were married in the fall of 1960. Eventually they purchased the Vendome Rooms where Dina looked after the rooming house and the kids while he continued to work as a labourer. Rino was a lifetime member of the Colombo Lodge and would help Dina when she was cooking for the banquets by lifting and pouring out the large copper pots of pasta.

He grew a bountiful vegetable garden and enjoyed the outdoors. He loved nothing more than fishing the many lakes around Kamloops with Mario, Dennis and James or with his Italian fishing buddies. The most special days were when they “brought the frying pan” and enjoyed the catch on the ice or at the lakeshore and washed the meal down with homemade wine.

Summer Sundays at the picnic at Mount Lolo were always a highlight for him where families gathered to play bocce, tell jokes, bbq over a woodfire and end the day singing folk songs from the old country. Although most of his family were thousands of miles away, he and Dina built a family of friends in Canada.

In his retirement years when he wasn’t gardening or fishing he could be seen riding his bike along the Rivers Trail – remarkably, something he did until he was almost 90. He was an avid reader, particularly of current affairs, and would spend many hours on the couch reading MacLeans or The Economist, broadening his world view and building upon his “University of Savona” education.

He was funny, authentic, practical, and straightforward to the very end and will be deeply missed by his family who loved him very much.

Monsignor Jerry Desmond will celebrate the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (635 Tranquille Road, Kamloops BC) on Saturday, February 10th at 11 a.m. Reception to follow at the Parish Centre.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

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Dwight Douglas Davies, a cherished resident of Kamloops, BC, passed away on the morning of Sunday, January 25, 2024, at the age of 34.

Known for his compassionate nature, Dwight consistently prioritized the well-being of others before his own. His artistic talents shone brightly in his metal and woodwork creations, which he crafted with great pride and joy. Dwight’s love for animals was evident in his interaction with them, particularly cats and dogs with whom he shared many affectionate moments.

Dwight is survived by his father, Lance Davies, his mother, Terry Davies, and his sister, Carla Jones (Jason Jones). His extended family, including several aunts, uncles, and cousins, also mourn his loss.

A Memorial Service to honour Dwight’s life will be held at 11:00am on February 8, 2024, at the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive. If you are unable to attend, the Service will be live streamed from the PIN is 1966

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Kamloops Food Bank or the Kamloops SPCA, reflecting Dwight’s lifelong commitment to caring for others and his love for animals.


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In Loving Memory of Isabelle Francine Burnock

Isabelle Francine Burnock, born on November 8, 1955, in France, embarked on a transformative journey to Canada at a tender age alongside her mother and brother.

In the quaint city of Kamloops, Isabelle crossed paths with her soulmate, Paul, whom she lovingly wedded. Their intertwined lives were rich with shared moments until fate parted them with Paul’s passing.

Isabelle dedicated nearly three decades of her life to the laundry department of a local hotel, leaving an indelible mark through her unwavering commitment. Beyond her professional endeavors, Isabelle was distinguished by her larger-than-life personality and an unparalleled generosity that touched the hearts of everyone she encountered. Her absence leaves a void that will be acutely felt by the many close friends she leaves behind.

In the face of a brave battle with cancer over the past three years, Isabelle sought solace in the teachings of the Bible. Her steadfast faith illuminated her path, offering a source of comfort as she looked forward to the promise of resurrection and the prospect of eternal life on a paradise earth, where she yearned to reunite with her beloved husband, Paul.

Isabelle’s legacy is not merely a recollection of the years she spent with us but a testament to the enduring impact of a life lived with grace, generosity, and an unwavering spirit. May her memory be a source of solace and inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

In addition to Isabelle’s legacy, the family mourns the recent loss of her father, Joe Warman, in Kamloops. She is survived by her mother, Georgie Warman , her brother Johnny Warman , and her sister Joanne Walker, who currently resides in the USA. Together, they share cherished memories of a life well-lived, and their love for Isabelle will endure as a comforting bond in the face of grief.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the six south unit at Royal Inland Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion during Isabelle’s battle with cancer.

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In loving memory ~

We sadly announce the passing of Glenn McAuliffe on January 7, 2024, in Kamloops at the Royal Inland Hospital. Glenn was born February 5, 1942 in Kamloops, the only son of George and Mable McAuliffe.

Glenn is survived by his long-time partner, Viola; children, Ron (Deb), Heather (Pierre), Paula (Mike) and Gregg (Terisa); grandchildren, Taryn, Darci, Ryen and Kyla; great-grandchildren, Ivy and Brooke; sisters, Sharon (Eric) and Georgina; and many cousins.

Glenn lived most of his life in Kamloops and was well known in the community as a friendly letter carrier and supervisor for many years with Canada Post. Glenn enjoyed a variety of skills and interests throughout his life; he was very talented and always keen to learn something new. Glenn played hockey, fast ball, and slow pitch; he coached minor hockey; and volunteered with Kamloops Search and Rescue. Glenn was an avid outdoorsman and liked to hunt and fish the ocean, the big rivers in northern BC and the lakes in Saskatchewan. After he retired, Glenn was a hunting guide in the East Kootenay for several seasons. He was a passionate gardener and he made the best dill pickles one could ever be lucky enough to taste. At one time in his life, Glenn took on bee keeping as a hobby and extracted hundreds of pounds of honey from his hives. He really enjoyed music and was an excellent dancer. Glenn loved to sing old tunes as he strummed his guitar during jam sessions. One of Glenn’s greatest strengths was his infectious humour and his fun-loving ways. He was a good friend to many, loyal and caring, and he could put people at ease very quickly. We miss Glenn’s outgoing personality, his sense of fun, and his great stories. May he rest in peace!

Glenn’s family plans to hold an outdoor celebration of his life at his home in Pritchard at a later date.

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