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Edmond Leighton Gaylie
1938 - 2001
Ed was born into a family of 11 children at Rose Valley, Saskatchewan on March 28, 1938.
Upon completing university, Ed moved to Dawson Creek, B.C. where he lived most of his life. It was in Dawson Creek for a short while that he was the owner-operator of a service station. However, most of us know him from the real estate industry as an agent and owner/developer.
Ed enjoyed sports and participated when and where possible. He became president of the Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club from 1979 - 1982 and was instrumental in the expansion to the current 18-hole course layout.
Ed moved in 1985, continuing in real estate until 1987. It was at this time that he moved with his companion Marlene Fisher to Canoe, B.C. It was while in Canoe that his compassionate, caring nature bloomed, taking care of Marlene, and creating wood furniture and keepsakes for his grandchildren, until his sudden death on Jan. 8, 2001.
Ed was predeceased by his mother, Sophia, father Joseph, brothers: Steve, John and Alexander and sister: Mary. He leaves to mourn his passing, companion Marlene Fisher, daughters Natalie (Rod) Peters, Leigh Colville, and sons: Glen (Juanita) Jelouse, Marty (Kim) Gaylie, Cory Gaylie, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his sisters, Jessie, Stella, Carol and Ann; brothers: Ben and Ted, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Friday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Will Sparks officiating.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by way of donation to the Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to
Arrangements are in care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

Eric Richard Garrett
Eric Richard Garrett, better known as Richard, passed away on May 22, 2001 in Dawson Creek at 79 years of age. As his last wish, a gathering was held May 27th at his home in Progress where family and friends met to send him on his way.
Richard was born in Gaspe, Quebec to Alfred and Jessie Garrett on July 13th, 1921, the youngest of thirteen children. Richard joined the Canadian Army in September 1939 and served overseas with the Royal 22 Regiment in Sicily, Italy, British Special Forces in North Africa, Three Rivers Regiment (Tank) in Europe and was honourably discharged in March 1947 to the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Richard then came back to Quebec where he held a variety of jobs ranging from fire tower watch, working in the mines of Labrador to short order cooking. Somewhere around 1953, he hitchhiked out west to Vancouver and worked for Josiah Wedgewood and Sons for a number of years until he met a young girl named Helga. Richard and Helga were married May 4, 1956 in Vancouver. During the next few years they welcomed the arrival of two daughters and four sons. 1960 found Helga and Richard homesteading in the Arras District.
Fire destroyed the original house in 1969. The family then settled on an acreage in the Progress area. Where Richard and Helga pursued their individual and collaborative interests of music, reading, ceramics, flowers and cake decorating.
Richard and Helga faced Helga's fight with cancer together from 1988 until her death in 1993. During this entire period, Richard looked after Helga with total devotion, allowing her to die peacefully in her own bed, at home.
Richard's thirst for knowledge and ability to encourage people to grow was his true calling in life, even those who did not realize they were growing by coming in contact with him.
Richard had a strong sense of family which was evident at every gathering, for not only did the children attend but their friends as well. Age was never a barrier, neither was any topic of conversation. In his later years he kept his mind and soul young by establishing kindred relationships with many of these young people who found their way to his open door for solace, guidance and a drink or two. He encouraged and played the devils advocate to get all those he met to realize and expand their potential.
Always welcome Richard found the visits and telephone calls as an arena to swap tales and gain insight into the ever-changing world. As he once wrote, "While it was nice to reminisce about the past, I would not like to have to live it again, too many new things happening now".
Richard was pre-deceased by his daughter Sheila Karen, son Julian Erskine and his beloved wife of 43 years Helga Lotte. Richard leaves to mourn his passing: his daughter Suzanne (Dennis), Clifford (Linda), Calven (Chris) and Frank (Barb); grandchildren Nathan, Tristan, Jennifer, Nicholas, Samuel, Nina and Jackson. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by family and his many friends, old and young.
"There are no words that I can say to make this any easier for you, nor would I if I could, because I do not have the right to take this part of your growth from. But that is what love is all about": Richard Garrett.
Cremation entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Garold (Gary) Lee Garrison
1942 - 2001
Gary was born Jan. 11, 1942 at St. Michael's Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta. When Gary was a toddler, the family moved to the Peace River area and lived in a number of small towns as Gary's father was a railway engineer. Gary began his schooling in Alberta, but during the second grade they moved to Dawson Creek where he completed his education and graduated in 1960.
Gary worked for Northern Alberta Railways and in 1967 he married Jean Watson. Their daughter Nikke was born in 1970 and son Paul in 1973.
In 1969, Gary began working for B.C. Tel and, except for a brief period of time because of an accident, continued to work there until his retirement in 1996. Meanwhile, he met and married Pat Pfau. Together they lived on the farm until his passing in the Edmonton hospital on Oct. 12, 2001.
Gary is survived and sadly missed by his wife Pat; daughter Nikki (Griff) Ledergerber; son Paul (Debbie); grandsons Tristin and Logan; stepchildren Jason, Jamie and Jordon Pfau; siblings Francis, Priscilla, Don and Pauline, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Harry Victor George
1903 - 1999
Harry Victor George, resident of Chilliwack, B.C., formerly of Watson Lake, Yukon, passed away in Dawson Creek, B.C., on Nov. 21, 1999, at 96 years of age. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on January 30, 1903, to parents Harry and Ellen George, he was born the sixth of eight children.
While growing up, Harry attended high school in Winnipeg, Man. After completing his high school, Harry went on to work construction in Northern Ontario, the Fort St. John Airport, and for the Alaska Highway from 1943 to 1967. Harry later retired in Chilliwack.
Harry was always an impeccable dresser, and being very punctual was a must for himself and those around him.
Harry enjoyed golf - getting a hole in one at the age of 91! He also enjoyed playing cribbage, following the stock market, reading, good cars, and he loved listening to his favorite song 'I got a Bimbo'.
Harry belonged to the Elks and served as treasurer for the Masons.
At Harry's request no funeral service was held. In Harry's honour, an open house took place at his son Dale's house on Nov. 23, 1999.
Harry was predeceased by five brothers and two sisters, his first wife Peggy, his daughter Alden Vet, and son-in-law Peter Vet.
Harry is survived by his wife Jean; children Dale (Susan) George and Dorothy George; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek, B.C.

Ellen Etterine Gibson
A Funeral Service for the late Ellen Etterine Gibson was held on Saturday, September 8th 2001 at 11:00 am from Reynars Funeral Chapel Dawson Creek, Bev Dunsmore officiated. Interment followed in the City Cemetery.
Ellen Etterine Gibson was born on May 10,1909 in Welland, Ontario, to William Thomas Hughes and Helen Florence Marshall. Ellen married Robert (Bob) Legg Gibson on June 11th, 1932 in Hamilton Ontario. They had two daughters, Helen and June.
Bob enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, where Ellen and the girls joined him. In 1944, Bob was transferred to Dawson Creek, B.C. where again, Ellen and the girls joined him.
After the War, they moved back to Hamilton. It was during the posting in Dawson Creek, that everyone fell in love with this part of the country, and after being a civilian for two years they moved back here. Ellen joined the Lady Laurier Club and made many longtime friends. They moved to Willow Valley for a brief time. Bob passed away and Ellen moved back to Dawson Creek and worked in the Bay cafeteria; at the Toad River Lodge; and for a while was a taxi dispatcher in Fort St John.
After leaving the workforce, Ellen moved yet again to Willow Valley to be near her family.
There she lived a full life, teaching Bible Study lessons to her grandchildren and many neighbourhood children as well. Ellen read her Bible faithfully every morning, and had several well-read ones about the house, as she tried to read through the entire Bible once a year.
Ellen was a very giving person. For many years she gave to a vast variety of charities. All the kids and some of the adults called her 'Granny'. Not caring about her own comfort or material things, she was just happy helping others. She had a foster child in a third world country until the child became an adult. There was always room at her table for another plate, and she loved company to drop in so she could visit and put the teakettle on.
Ellen loved animals and always had a dog and cat, and the kids always brought crippled animals or birds they had found to her to be nursed back to health. Ellen loved to walk; flowers and gardening; camping and berry picking; going on picnics and fishing. She also played the piano and guitar.
In later years, Ellen's sparkling blue eyes would dance with mischief while she told stories of her childhood escapades with her sisters and brothers. She would always finish with "we were little brats" and giggle.
Until her 89th year, Ellen took care of herself. After a bad fall, she could no longer cope, so the family looked after her for two years until she became a resident of the Pouce Coupe Care Home.
She is predeceased by her husband Bob, Mother and Father, sister Edna, four brothers, William, Harold, Norman and Stanley, two great grandchildren, Aron Hauber and Felicia Blair.
Ellen leaves to mourn her two daughters, Helen (Tom) Wolfe, grandchildren Tom, Stephen, Rodger, Dean, Carla (Joe) Hauber, Shawna. daughter June (Frank) Wolfe, grandchildren Diane (Alfred) Modahl, Linda (Leroy) Thola, Sandy Gonwich,Louise, Ina (Dan) Aarts, Echo (Roger) Potvin, Laura, Shellie, 26 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Ellen and her merry blue eyes will be sadly missed by all her family and everyone who knew her.
Rest In Peace.
Funeral Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek. B.C.

Michele Gilbertson
Michele Gilbertson, a longtime resident of Hinton, Alberta, passed away at 48 years of age with her family by her side at the Hinton Hospital on June 30, 2000.
Michele will be sadly missed and forever loved by her family, her husband Dale, and their children, David, Eric, Allison and Timothy. Also left to mourn her loss but cherish her memory is her father, Michael Oswell of Victory, B.C., her brothers Peter (Betty) Oswell of Kamloops, B.C., James (Donna) Oswell of Calgary, and her sister Mary (Michael) Skellet of Williams Lake. She was predeceased by her mother, Barbara and her brother, Derek. She will also be deeply missed by Dale's parents and their family, as well as many friends and relatives.
In keeping with her request, cremation has taken place and a prayer service for Michele was held at St. Francis of Asaissi Anglican Church, Hinton on Monday, July 3, 2000. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 1 p.m. in Our Lady of the Foothills Catholic Church, Hinton with Pastor Bill Bulger officiating both services.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1200 College Plaza, 8215-112 St. Edmonton or to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.
Mountain Park Funeral Chapel of Hinton in care of all arrangements.

Inez Evelyn Gonvick
April 10, 1922 - November 7, 2001
Inez Gonvick a long time resident of Chetwynd, B.C. passed away on November 7, 2001 at the age of 79. Family and friends of Inez gathered on Monday, November 12, at 11 a.m. at the Chetwynd Shared Ministry Church to celebrate her life and the contributions she made to all their lives. To embrace their sadness, acknowledge their love for her, and share thoughts, feelings, stories, and tributes about someone who affected many in profound and enduring ways.
Bev Wice was asked by the family to read the eulogy and was deeply honoured to be able to pay tribute to a wonderful woman whom she has known since she moved to Chetwynd fourteen years ago.
Inez Wiggerson was born in Winger, Minnesota on April 10, 1922. She married Kermit Gonvick, April 4, 1944 in Gonvick, Minnesota. That's right . . . she had her own town!! She was the mother of five children, Marvin, Duane, Darlene, Virgil and Byron. The family lived and farmed in Gonvick, then moved to Kalispel, Montana, and later to Bellingham, Washington to follow construction work. In 1963 the family moved to Moberly Lake to resume farming and in 1980, following the loss of her husband Kermit, Inez moved to Chetwynd.
Inez was a special person to a great many people. She was a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, who modeled what was really important in life. Her honesty, responsibility, compassion, fairness and down-to-earth sense of humour made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. All will feel her loss in many ways.
Inez was a modest woman. She didn't like being the center of attention. As such, she would have felt self-conscious about this service and everyone's attention being focused on her. Instead, she would have wanted us to dwell not on who we have lost, but on who we still have.
She would have wanted us to use this time to look within and gain a new appreciation of everyone in our lives. She would have wanted us to find new ways to make our time together more precious.
Darlene, Virgil, Duane and Marvin have stories and memories of their Mom that made her a dear and special Mom. She never complained, she did what needed to be done. Things were not easy in the beginning when the family first moved to Moberly but their mom was a hard worker who was committed to her family and made sure they came first. They remember all the canning that she did, wild berries, vegetables from the garden and moose meat as well as the moose that was stored in lard, removed and then fried. Inez could cook up a great rabbit stew, but even better than that, they remember their mom making creamed fish with fresh cream.
Inez loved to fish and was very good at it. I'm sure many of you would love to have known her secret. Although she loved to fish and loved to cook it, she didn't like to eat it, so many others had that pleasure. Being a true Norwegian she loved to eat lefse, a Norwegian food that is like a potato crepe. This tradition has carried on to the next generation and they too are now making lefse.
In her earlier years of marriage and raising a family Inez loved to do embroidery work and edging. She made sure that each of her five grandchildren had one of her quilts.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought joy to her life, a joy that illuminated her face whenever she talked about them. The grandchildren have memories of staying overnight at grandma's house when they were younger and falling asleep with her, then waking up with a smile, happy to be with a fun, caring, generous, supportive and loving grandmother who enriched their lives. They also remember her wonderful homemade ice cream and her talking in Norwegian to them.
Inez was active with the Seniors group. She enjoyed Friday bingo's and Saturday night whist games . . . that's ordinary whist . . . not Norwegian whist like she was use to. She loved other card games and played a nasty game of Canasta. She and Virgil were also great supporters of Wheels to Meals.
The Pine Valley Seniors have put together some memories of Inez.
We mourn the loss of a sister, friend and long time member of our group. Inez always pulled her weight in activities of work to be done and was very meticulous in any of her responsibilities for the club.
As you know Inez enjoyed playing cards and carpet bowling. She was part of the carpet bowling team that competed in tournaments many times, and nearly as many times received a medal. Now we must tell you she proudly, and rightly so, wore that medal from the time she had it draped around her neck until we got home. We teased her by accusing her of sleeping with it on, and we are sure Virgil looked for it on her when she arrived home to know whether or not she was a winner! On our competing tours Inez kept track of all activities in a little notebook, such as what time we left Chetwynd, where we stopped to eat, bowling times and scores, etc. If later we needed information about the trip, out would come Inez's notebook. She was a joy to travel with. Ray was our driver many times, and often said that Inez gave him confidence, as driver, with her quiet acceptance of any situation.
We will miss her from the place she filled, but are proud to have known a person like her. We loved her and she was a winner, medal or no medal.
Inez was predeceased by her son Byron, her husband Kermit, brother Ernest and sisters Hazel and Verna.
Inez is survived by: Marvin (Debby) Gonvick, Duane (Judy) Gonvick, Darlene (Albert) Gerry and Virgil Gonvick; grandchildren, Craig (Cindy) Gonvick, Pam Richards, Vincent (Liz) Gonvick, Brent (Carrie) Gerry, Tracy (Rick) Davis; great-grandchildren, Kalev & Ava Gonvick,
T.J. Gonvick, Brittney & Dylanne Richards, Curtis, Jake, Ricky and Trey Davis.
Bev found this verse and would like to share it with you.
"When your friend parts with you, grieve not; for that which you love most in her may be more clear in her absence, as the mountain is more clear from the plain."
What we will always remember about Inez was her gifts...the twinkle in her eye, her smile, her warmth, her kindness and her quiet and positive manner. Each time I talked with Inez I felt that she had given me one or more of her gifts. These I will always treasure.
Inez has gone on to another place. A place where her spirit, so filled with love and joy, can grow. Our love will always be with her in her journey.
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard
But always near
Still loved, still missed
And always dear.
Every time we become sad because we miss Inez, let us replace the thought,
"I wish you were here - with I'm so glad YOU WERE HERE"
We love you!

Pastor Bill Evans officiated interment followed in Tuscoola mountain Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.

Melbourne (Mel) Raymond Goodman
Melbourne (Mel) Raymond Goodman reunited with daughter Kristy-Lynn on Nov. 2, 2000 at the age of 67 in Prince George Regional Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife Kathy, son Greg, daughter Debby (Ernie) and granddaughters Kimberly, Angela and Pamela, also sisters-in-laws, brothers-in law, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Mel was predeceased by daughter Kristy-Lynn, mother Jessica and father Harry.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. from Assman's Funeral Chapel with Capt. Barry Clarke officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations be made to the Palliative Care Room of the PGRH or the Hospice Society.
Interment will follow in the Prince George City Cemetery.

Terry Arlen Gosselin
1944 - 2001
Terry Arlen Gosselin, resident of Bessborough, BC, passed away on October 21, 2001 in Dawson Creek, at 57 years of age. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on October 24, 2001 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, with Beverly Dunsmore officiating.
Terry Arlen Gosselin, affectionately known at "Pa" to the family, was born to Wilbert and Janet in Willow Bunch, SK, on April 3, 1944. He was the oldest brother of three children.
He spent his early childhood chasing gophers, running through the hills and camping out. He attended Dutch Hollow School by horseback.
After the family moved to Dawson Creek in 1957, he developed many interests. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, curling, playing broomball and snowmobiling. He joined the sea cadets and the stock car club. He worked at the pool hall and Park Apiaries. He was in the drama club in high school, and won numerous awards. He also loved to draw, and had a very good sense of humour.
Terry never lost his love of nature, always an avid fisherman, canoeist and hunter. He liked to read, do crossword puzzles, play cards, socialize, collect coins and watch birds. He was a history buff, and traveled in Eastern Canada, the U.S., Denmark and Sweden.
He worked for Scott National and Malkin�s. Above all, he loved his career as a beekeeper. He attended UBC to get his Apiarist certificate. He was local and provincial president of the Beekeepers Association and spent two seasons in California working bees and grafting queen bee eggs.
In California, he went scuba diving and salmon fishing. He loved to try new and interesting foods such as jalapeno peppers, chocolate covered ants and rattlesnake, which helped him to become a gourmet cook later on in life.
Terry became a grandpa, and loved his two grandkids. Through his sense of humour, he played with them and taught them much, helping to instill in them a love of nature and respect for everyone.
Terry�s untimely passing at age 57 seems to leave a sense of things being unfinished, but we have all benefited from his presence with us. He placed honesty, kindness, determination, and hard work and independence above all, and was really a very unique and special person to know.
Terry was predeceased by his parents Wilbert and Janet, and grandparents.
Terry will be missed, but fondly remembered by his wife, Lillian; son, Trevor (Kim); daughter, Denine (Dawson); grandchildren, Shayne and Sydney; brother, Kent; sister, Kerrin; nieces, Chantelle, Cara and Meaghan; nephews Jeff and Kurt; special friends, Rod, Marian, Dianne, Dinos and Luanne - and his special buddy �Cookie�. He will also be missed dearly by the Jacobsen family and his extended families in Saskatchewan and Denmark.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by way of a donation to the Dawson Creek Municipal Library, 1001 Mckellar Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4W7, or the Canadian Cancer Society, 102-1005-102nd Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B9.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Charles Bernard Graham
Charles Bernard Graham passed away on November 15, 1999 in Lethbridge Alberta.
Charlie was a resident of Dawson Creek from 1945 until 1973.
He is survived by his wife Gertrude, (Lethbridge), daughters Gwen (Major) in Kelowna and Lorraine (Hildebrant) in Fernie. He also leaves three grandchildren (Guy, Donna, Neil) and one great Grandchild (Lindsey)
The funeral was held in Lethbridge on November 19, 1999 with burial in Taber Alberta.

Gordon Gerald Greenman
On July 28, 2000 Mr. Gordon Gerald (Gerry) Greenman of Grande Cache, Alberta passed away at the age of 62 years.
Left to mourn his loss and cherish his memories are his loving companion of 25 years, Julie Wakefield of Grande Cache; his children Sandra and Cindy of Mississauga, Ontario and Tammy and husband Mark of New Zealand.
Also surviving is his sister Joanne (Lewis) Lanktree of Manitoulin Island, Ont. and their three children, Dale of Mississauga, Ont., Susan and husband Darryl of Manitoulin Island and Sherry and husband Daniel of Gore Bay, Ontario. Also surviving, one nephew and four nieces in Ontario.
Gerry was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Marion.
Memorial services for Gerry Greenman took place Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000 from the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Grande Cache with Gerry Lowe officiating. Cremation preceded the service. In lieu of floral tributes, donations to the Grande Cache Legion are suggested by the family.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Edson Funeral Homes.

George Alexander Grove
1916 - 2000
George Alexander Grove was born on November 3, 1916 at Bawlf, Alberta. He was the eldest son of Knute and Bernice Grove. George went to be with his Lord on April 23, 2000 at the Pouce Coupe Care Home.
George's younger years were spent on the farm at Rich Valley, Alberta. George then relocated to the Peace River Country in 1935 to work at his grandfather's sawmill in North Rolla. After the mill closed, he worked for various farmers in the region until 1941.
While he was working in the Peace Country, he met his life mate, Myrtle Shuman and they were married on April 4,1941.
They then relocated to Whalley, B.C. where George joined the armed forces. George served in the army from 1942-1946. He wasn't sent overseas due to health problems, and during his enlistment, he tested vehicles at the Proving Grounds in Ottawa. After being discharged, he returned with his family to the Peace Country where he went into the sawmill business, then later purchased his farm in the Rolla area.
He farmed there for 27 years. On selling the farm he retired and moved to Dawson Creek.
George had many interests, but he loved being around timber, sawmills and steam engines. He was also very talented as anyone who has viewed his oil paintings will confirm. George's family came first in his life. To be noted as a wonderful husband and father is a great life accomplishment.
George was predeceased by an infant daughter, Gladys; his parents; one brother, Chester; and three sisters, Florence, Pearl and Myrtle.
George is survived by Myrtle, his loving wife of 59 years; two sons, Ervin of High Level, and Darryl of Fort St John; Two brothers, Stanley and Leslie; two sisters, Helen and Hazel; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services for George Alexander Grove were held on April 26 at 2 p.m. from Reynar's Chapel in Dawson Creek with Gary Henderson officiating. Interment was in the Brookside Cemetery.
Arrangement under the care of Reynar's Chapel.

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