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Patricia “Trish” Clarke passed away suddenly Thursday morning, Feb. 23, 2017. She is survived by her mother, Georgina Harris, father, Mickey Clarke, sisters, Shyanne and Omegga, brothers, Tyler (Mary) and Travis (Laurice), aunts, Dorothy and Charmaine (Shannon), as well as her niece and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Trish was a loyal, loving, kind hearted and loveable person that would do anything for the ones she loved. Her bright, generous, and energetic personality was infectious, lighting up every room she walked into. Her smile was contagious, her hugs were notorious, and her beautiful soul left an impression on many people’s lives. Trish was born and raised in Merritt, British Columbia, also living small periods in Turner Valley, Alberta and Tofino, British Columbia.

She is predeceased by her grandfather, Pat “Papa” Harris, and will be greatly missed by all.

Celebration of Life is being held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Crossroads Community Church. There will be a tea following the service in the fellowship hall at the church.

We regret to announce the passing of Edward Tent, a long time resident of the Nicola Valley, on February 21st, 2017 just 10 days after his 78th birthday. Ed is survived by two former wives and good friends Marguerite Kempin and Linda Dycks with whom he remained friends. Also surviving him is his Brother Harry (Ria) and their children Harold and Jannette in Ontario and half sister and brother in Germany. He leaves to mourn his eight children; Erin Tent, John “Butch” Tent (Kim), Patrick Tent (Barb), Thomas Angus, Tony Nali, Kim Nali, Michael Nali and Jeremy Tent. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Ed was born in Assen, Holland and emigrated to Merritt in 1958 under the care of the Post Family. He worked at “The Big Mill” pulling from the green chain before joining the Canadian Army as a gunner in the 4 RCHA in Shilo Manitoba. Upon his discharge he worked as a truck driver and ultimately a welder at Craigmont Mines. He finished his working years at Highland Valley Copper. The love of Eds life after his family was flying (and crashing) single engine planes, hunting and shooting, and his dogs which were always well trained. Ed lived out at Spius Creek up until the last year when his health required he move into town to be closer to family.

Ed will be missed by all his friends and family for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of horticulture and aerodynamics. A memorial service will be held March 4, 2017 at 2 pm in the upper Legion. All who knew Ed are cordially invited to attend to remember the “Little Guy in The Hat” and share tales of his escapades.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maurice Albert Joseph Mathieu. He passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2017 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Isabel, his children Bernadette (Steven) Nyeste and Brad (Jacqui) Mathieu, grandchildren, Chad (Kassie), Bret (Stacy), Christy and Bryn (Mitchell), as well as great granddaughters, Juniper, Audrey and Hazel. Also left to mourn his passing are his sister Evelyn, brothers Rene (Marie), Marcel (Nancy), Bernard (Deanna), George (Josephine) and Guy (Sylvia), sister in laws Grace and Minnie, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. Maurice was predeceased by his brother Paul, brother in law Laurie, and sister in laws Lucille and Charlene.

A funeral mass will be held on Feb. 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Sacred Heart Parish, 2326 Jackson Avenue, followed by a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society of British Columbia in memory of Maurice.

Tom passed away at the age of 82, having packed a lot of love into his life. He was born in his

family home in Vancouver on June 14, 1934 and died in Merritt Hospital on February 14, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bunny, his children Dan (Janice) Eaton, Debbie (Don) Tourand, Tammy (Andrew) U’ren and Mike (Jennifer) Eaton, 7 grandchildren who he cherished and looked forward to singing his “famous” songs to at almost every opportunity; Amanda, Ryan, Matt, Brad, Danielle, Wyatt, and Trevor. He is also survived by his brother in law, Bill Carlson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved dearly. Tom was as large in character as he was in stature. He was a family man. He was hard working and strong, took pride in providing a good life for his family and raising his children with good wholesome values. He had a friendly nature, a hearty laugh, a generous spirit, and was the first to offer a helping hand. The simple things were the important things; “shootin’ the shit”, love and enjoyment of his animals, nature and endless road trips on many a back road. He loved BC and couldn’t understand why anyone would travel half way around the world to see something beautiful,
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when all they had to do was look in their own backyard. The grass was never greener elsewhere, as far as he was concerned. Tom was very proud of the time he served in the army with the Seaforth Highlanders. He was a master story teller and had so many tales to tell about his army days. Over the years Tom had several hobbies which ranged from riding bulls and rodeoing in his younger years to owning and training thoroughbred race horses, fishing, woodworking, and tinkering in his shop. He started working on the Vancouver waterfront at the age of 15, owned a trucking company for a few years in the ’70’s, and went back to longshoring where he remained employed until his retirement in 2001. After retiring, Tom and Bunny moved to Merritt where they have spent the last 15 years in the Sunshine Valley, enjoying their hobby farm.

Tom spent the last few months in the Merritt Hospital. His family would like to thank Dr. Ross, the nurses, and all of the hospital staff for their kindness, compassion and excellent care he received.

A gathering of family and friends for a celebration of life is being planned in the spring; date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please grab a beer or a coffee, call up a friend and laugh with

those you love. Tom would appreciate that.

We are sad to announce the death of Lorne McClelland on February 12, 2017 at Gillis House after a difficult battle with cancer. Lorne will be lovingly remembered by the mother of his children Florence and their daughters, Glenda Lampi (Troy) and Carmen McClelland (Britt) as well as three granddaughters, Brittny, Lindsy and Ella. He is also survived by his siblings Larry McClelland (Evonne), Arlene Johnson (Jerry) and Arlin McClelland. A memorial will be held at 3:00pm on February 25, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall in Merritt (1505 Sunset St.)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Lewis Ferguson, “Farmer”. He passed away peacefully on February 11,2017, at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer at the Merritt Hospital with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife Diana Ferguson, children Glenn, Dennis (Spencer), and Candace, granddaughter Colbis, grandson Frank, sisters Carol Ann Ferguson and Glenna Allen as well as nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his mother, Dora Ferguson, father, Glen Ferguson, and brother, Terry Ferguson. He was born in London, Ontario, on July 11, 1951. He moved to the Nicola Valley in 1979, and married the love of his life, Diana Ferguson (Rees) on August 15, 1981, where they raised their family. Farmer was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to many. He loved spending time restoring classic vechicals and spending weekends drag racing in Ashcroft with his friends. He will be remembered for his open friendly attitude, his humour and warm easy smiles. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life to be held Saturday, February 18 from 12 4pm. at St. Michaels Anglican Church Hall in Merritt BC. In Lieu of flowers donations will be accepted for Merritt District Hospice Society or mailed to them at 3451 Voght St., Merritt, BC. V1K 1C6.

Our family sadly announces Vivian’s passing on February 6, 2017. Vivian was born in Grace Hospital, Vancouver, on October 14, 1953 to Pamela and Richard Lissett, and passed away at VGH, tenderly surrounded by family. She is survived by her loving husband James, and children, Aaron, Joseph, Luke (Debra), Iain, Ruth, Joshua, Peter and Samuel. She is also survived by sisters, Kathleen and Jacquie, and brother, Daniel. Vivian trained in Australia as a Registered Nurse, and became a State Registered Midwife In the UK, where she met James while he was serving in the RAF. James, Vivian and family moved from Worcester, England to Richmond, BC in 1999. They also lived in Ladner, prior to moving to Lower Nicola in 2015. Vivian loved her garden, and enjoyed providing fresh veggies and flowers for the home. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten; her legacy will live on in our hearts. Her faith in God was so strong, and she was anointed with a loving heart and a compassion for others. Forever faithful, she has gone home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

A Memorial Service is to be held at Crossroads Community Church in Merritt on Sunday, March 12th at 12:30pm, following the regular 10:30am Worship Service. In Lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to BC Cancer Foundation in Vivian’s name at http://bccancerfoundation. com/ways donate/gift memory.

Mr. Amarjit Singh Dulai passed away peacefully at Kamloops on February 5, 2017 at the age of 56 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Sukhwant Kaur Dulai and daughters: Maninder Dulai Sundar, Bhupender Dulai Deo and Satinder Dulai, sons Darren Sundar and Alvin Deo, as well as many friends and family. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, February 19,2017 at 1:00pm in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, followed by cremation at Pine Grove Crematorium, 750 Notre Dame, Kamloops.
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