Fernie BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Dorothy Durham: nursing, ranching and feminism - The Free PressFriday, June 2, 2017
Thank you to the 2017 recipients for always going the extra mile for your communities, and your province.”Durham has gone many extra miles in the service of her community and its residents.Born in Fernie in 1939, Durham has deep roots in the area. Her nephew Bud Dicken was a prominent local business person, and the local elementary school is named after her aunt Isabella Dicken.“When I was growing up in Fernie, I could walk up and down the streets and tell you who lived in every house,” she said. “We were really more isolated as a community than it is now where there’s tourists and ski people.”Following in her mother’s footsteps, Durham became a nurse and began working at the local hospital.In 1967 she married a rancher and moved to Jaffray where she left an indelible mark on that community. She volunteered for the local 4-H Club, the Sand Creek Seniors, Rural Crime Watch and the Jaffray Community Club.She’s helped organize events such as Jaffray’s Annual Fall Fair, community dinners and the annual Christmas party.A sports enthusiast, she has organized numerous curling bonspiels and has served on the executive of the ladies golf club and was instrumental in founding the local Lady Lions Club and a woman’s curling club.“I said let’s get the wives together and let’s have our Lady Lions Club and of course I’m still in that group,” she said. “We do the lunches for funerals and take some of the pressure off the families in this area and that’s a big thing.”“I guess I’m a feminist,” she added.After settling in Jaffray and starting a family, Durham threw herself into the ranching lifestyle, herding cattle, piling bales of hay and installing irrigation pipes. She became involved in the Waldo Stock BreedersLivestock Association and remains their secretary to this day.She describes her ranching days as some of the hap...
Melvin "Mel" Herman Molle - Humboldt JournalFriday, January 6, 2017
Gold Award” in 1998. In 1991 he was honoured with the Watson Citizen of the Year Award. The Town of Watson named the North End Park Mel Molle Park in 2012. Mel is survived by his son Hal (Yvonne) of Fernie, BC, Tanya and Jody Murdoch and family of Cranbrook, BC, Lisa and Brad Napier and family of Port Coquitlam, BC, daughter Colleen Ditto (Bob) of Calgary, AB, Joe and Caroline Ditto and family of Chilliwack, BC, Doug Ditto of Calgary, AB, Christine (Darcy) and family of Calgary, AB, Jessy and Alisa Ditto and family of Calgary, AB, Laurie Molle Scott and Tony Molle of Saskatoon, SK, his sister Della and Lorne Bailey of Leduc, Alberta, sisters-in-law Bev Dyok (Ron) of Wadena, SK, Francis Weisgerber of Humboldt, SK, 25 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews that were dear to Mel. Mel was predeceased by his wife Amy in 2007, his son Craig in 2000, his father Edwin in 1957 and his mother Anna in 2001, as well as his sisters Ruth Mierke of Watson, SK, Marvel Gray of Barrie, ON and Irene of Calgary, AB. A memorial service for Mel will be held at Trinity United Church on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:00 am in Watson, SK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mel Molle Park, PO Box 276, Watson, Saskatchewan, S0K 4V0. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com
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COLUMN: Reading in our neck of the woods - Nelson StarWednesday, November 30, 2016
A Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou, about a strange pilgrimage of an odd assemblage of rednecks and hippies to a ski hut—with a nod to Chaucer—near a town a whole lot like Fernie.
In children’s author Ann Alma’s Summer of Changes, a girl and her border collie hide out in the oh-so-familiar Kootenay mountains. Ann’s books bring us sharply back to the experience of childhood while challenging her characters—and our expectations.
In Never Going Back, by Antonia Banyard, a group of friends reunites in Nelson to attend a funeral and revisit their collective past. The local environment as seen through these under-30s is sharply rendered.
Open Secret by mystery writer Deryn Collier involves an spa...
Audrey Ann 'Penny' Cline - The Altamont EnterpriseThursday, April 12, 2018
Utica; by their four daughters, Mrs. Wendy J. Hotaling of Northville, Mrs. Laurel A. St. Onge of Northville, Mrs. Erika L. Troxell of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Amy E. Cline of Kamloops, British Columbia; by her two brothers, Paul T. Burnett of Donna, Texas and Clark W. Burnett of Citrus Springs, Florida; and by her 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.A graveside service will be held at a time to be announced in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Northville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.Memorial contributions may be made to local hospice agencies.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...
Community mourns doctor who put focus on health care in the north - CBC.caThursday, April 12, 2018
A doctor who spent decades working to improve health care in northern British Columbia is being mourned after he died Tuesday night.Dr. Bert Kelly was a "tireless champion for health care" said Prince George city councillor Susan Scott, who announced his passing via Facebook.Kelly was a key architect of the Northern Medical Program, in which students in UBC's medical program are trained in northern B.C. in an effort to help recruit and retain future medical professionals in a region that historically has been underserved.Faced with chronic doctor shortages in Prince George and the surrounding area, Kelly helped lead a local group of physicians and specialists in what was effectively a strike in 2000, withdrawing non-essential services until the province agreed to commit more funding and efforts to recruitment and retention of doctors in the north. By 2004 the Northern Medical Program was opened, with Kelly serving the role of Executive Director of the Northern Medical Society.Truly sad this morning at the loss of Dr. Bert Kelly! He wa...