JOHN LARRY DORMER
May 6, 1944 – April 14, 2017
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of John L. Dormer, a lover husband, father and grandfather. Known for his infectious smile and boundless energy, John passed away on April 14, 2017, at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops surrounded by family and holding the hand of Marjorie, his loving wife of 48 years, after suffering a stroke earlier in the day.
Born in Arcola, Sask. on May 6, 1944, John was raised in Pincher Creek, Alta. by his adoptive parents Wellington and Maxine Dormer. He moved to Calgary as a teenager where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Following training near Halifax, N.S., John met his wife Marjorie while stationed at CFB Esquimalt, near Victoria, in 1966. They were married in 1968 and were together for 48 years, having four children John Jr., Stephen (deceased), David and Julie, along with one grandchild, Emily. He is also survived by his two sisters as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a large, extended family in Saskatchewan.
After completing his service in the navy, including a posting at NRS Aldergrove, John worked for BC Tel (Telus) as a warehouse supervisor in New Westminster, Prince George, Dawson Creek and Cranbrook, before coming to Kamloops in 1979, where he worked in public relations. He transitioned to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation for a short time and in 1986, John was elected mayor of Kamloops, serving one term.
His time as mayor will be remembered for a successful referendum to construct Riverside Coliseum (now Sandman Centre), helping solidify Kamloops as a provincial and national sporting hub. He also served as director of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District as well as on the executives of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In 1988, John went to work for himself, creating his own businesses, first Dormer Consulting, focusing on business development, then Pacific Bentonite, a mining operation near Hat Creek. He was also vice-president of the Kamloops Exploration Group and served as president of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce for a time.
John believed strongly in volunteerism and giving back to the community, serving on a number of boards and advisory committees and was a longtime member of the K-40 (Kinsmen) service club. He also continued his involvement in politics through the B.C. Liberal Party and served as campaign manager for Kevin Krueger’s successful run in the 2009 provincial election. He was also a longtime regional director for the party, travelling to Vancouver monthly for meetings.
Family meant everything to John and being a father and grandfather was something he truly cherished. His final morning was a happy one, spent making breakfast and smiling with his granddaughter, Emily.
Outside work (John didn’t have spare time as he didn’t consider time to be spare), John was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. He also loved animals, Harley the dog being one of his favourites. He was an exceptional, one-of-a-kind person who was loved dearly and will be missed.
A public Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre in Kamloops. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, an organization he supported strongly.
GARY MARINO CANDIDO
July 1, 1937 – April 1, 2017
Gary passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on a beautiful sunny day in Palm Springs, California, from complications of a stroke. Gary will be loved and forever missed by his wife, Edna, Son Delano, Daughter-in-law Dawn and Granddaughter Paige. His memory will also be cherished by his brothers Carman (Linda) and Ken, Sister-in-law Hazel MacDonald and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his son Cory, Brother Vern MacDonald, Sister-in-law Ruby Candido and his Parents, Len and Fran.
Gary was born in Merritt and raised in Kamloops. Sports were an integral part of his life. As a young man Gary played hockey in Grimshaw Alberta and Williams Lake where he won his most treasured trophy, his wife Edna. Together they shared 58 years and were truly partners in life.
Gary was an avid curler enjoying many happy times and triumphs at the Kamloops Curling Club. Summers were spent on the golf course. Gary started golfing at the Kamloops Golf Course and was a life-long member of Rivershore Golf Club. Gary and Edna spent the last 20 years wintering in Palm Springs enjoying year round golfing. Gary’s sporting accomplishments also included softball spending many hours on the baseball diamonds of Riverside Park.
Gary spent many years in the automotive industry. He was a partner at Dearborn Motors before realizing his dream as the owner of Kamloops Ford Lincoln.
Above all Gary was a man of honesty and integrity. He was a devoted husband and father and a most beloved Papa to Paige. Gary was a true friend with many life-long friends. Throughout the years Gary would treat his friends to steelhead fishing excursions on the Dean River.
Prayers will be held in the Schoening Funeral Chapel on Monday, April 17th at 6:00 pm. Following Gary’s wishes a private entombment will take place in the Evergreen Mausoleum on Tuesday, April 18th.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the BC Cancer Agency would be greatly appreciated. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.
MYKEL LESLIE FRITZ FRANK-ROTHENBURGER
October 4, 2000 – March 31, 2017
Mykel Frank-Rothenburger began life with a passion that never let up. When he was three years old, he picked up his first medical book. It was a sign that this was a kid who was going to be above the ordinary.
And, as an early friend describes him, “a little weird, a little wacky and so full of love, that’s what made Mykel, Mykel.”
Edyn and Mykel would agree that he provided some challenging moments. “One of his greatest skills was testing the limits of his mother,” Edyn says, smiling as she remembers the joy of him.
As Mykel grew up, his interests were, to say the least, diverse. He loved trying new things. At five, he took up karate, a sport he remained devoted to his entire life, earning a third-degree black belt.
At Beattie School of the Arts, he began playing the alto saxophone, and kept at it. He even composed his own songs. And while it’s unlikely he was going to win a Juno or an Oscar (he “accidentally” got into drama in school), he liked to sing and act.
And from an early age he loved the water, whether it be in the pool or, for the past several years, on the sailboat owned by his ‘Nan’ Irene and ‘Pop’ Jon Buckle.
Oh, yeah, and there was snowboarding, and Rubik’s cubes, and video games and, of course, he knew much more about how computers work than most software developers and technicians. Seemed like it, anyway. By Grade 6 he was carting his laptop to school with him.
After Beattie, he attended Sa-Hali secondary, SKSS and the KOOL School. His shyness began to fade and self-confidence took root.
Mykel liked his hot chocolate with whole milk, not pre-mixed; he enjoyed posting funny videos, quoting random facts, almost anything to do with science, working with hand tools, researching his family history, spending time with his girlfriend Jasmine, hanging out with friends and volunteering at the SPCA. He grew his hair a foot long to donate to the Wigs for Kids program for kids with cancer. That’s the kind of guy he was.
One day last October, right after his 16th birthday, he proudly stuck his ‘L’ on his Nan’s car and began working towards his driver’s license. He was already looking forward to getting his own car and souping it up. “Watch out people of Kamloops!” he posted on Facebook.
As for those medical books, well, he decided early on he’d become a doctor, later adjusting that ambition to becoming a medical researcher.
We lost Mykel last Friday. We lost the complicated joy he brought to his friends, his family and most of all his loving mother Edyn Rothenburger.
His mom is joined by dad Mike Frank, gramma Laurie Frank, Aunt Beth, ‘Nan’ Irene (and Jon ‘Pop’) Buckle, grand-dad Mel (Syd) Rothenburger, great-grandma Kay Alaric, aunts Sunnie, Kelly and Aija, uncles Ryan, Jacob and Matthew and lots of cousins, his cat Leo and girlfriend ‘Little Egg’ Jasmine Bidwell in mourning him and missing him.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola St., Kamloops. In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA would be much appreciated. A scholarship will be established in Mykel’s name to benefit children with ADHD and mental health challenges.
IDA E. DEKELVER (ARNOLD)
September 30, 1923 – March 7,2017 (93 years old)
After spending 4-1/2 months in hospital, Ida passed away peacefully with a long-time family friend and hospice volunteer, Ella Greffard by her side in Forest View Place, Clearwater, B.C. Ida was an inspirational, courageous role model for everyone who met her. She leaves a huge void in all our hearts. RIP, Ida.
Ida Dekelver is survived by her sons, Carl (Diane), Joseph (Diane) Richard (Cathy) all from Clearwater, and daughter, Tina (Laurie) Brewer from Mcleese Lake, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Emil Dekelver in 1996, daughter Diane Leighton, and her son, Justin Frye in 1989, son George Dekelver in 2008, granddaughter Courtney, and husband Sky Buck, and Baby Buck in 2012, and brothers Steve and Bud Arnold.
Ida and Emil were married on Oct. 14, 1944 in Kuroki, Saskatchewan. Ida and Emil had four sons and two daughters. The family grew big vegetable gardens on the home property and provided vegetables for sale at Pratt’s General Store (near the old Thompson River Bridge) and Greenwood’s General Store (at the bottom of Stegg’s Hill).
During the summer, Ida was a shepherd on the Trophy Mountain with their herd of sheep; in the winter she trapped, often with her son, George. In the 1960’s, Ida worked for Mac and Cecile McDiarmid at their Royalite/Gulf Service Station, where Jim’s Market is now, and in later years, became care-givers to her long-time friends. Ida and Mac enjoyed berry picking which Ida turned into wonderful preserves, as well as collecting wild mushrooms.
In 1967, Ida, and her two donkeys, Jack and Bill, followed the route of the Overlanders to her home town in Wadena, Saskatchewan. The trip took 40 days, and covered 1,000 miles. She camped by the roadside, and in the evenings she would show home movies of the Clearwater area and the Trophy Mountains to interested visitors. This, perhaps, was the start of her serious interest in preserving the history of the North Thompson Valley, and her never ending quest to preserve nature for future generations.
Mrs. Dekelver volunteered countless hours in School District 26 classrooms, teaching the children about their local heritage. The children learned how the pioneers lived, from making soap, preserving hides, raising crops, picking wild berries, making bread, churning butter, building shelters, to how volcanoes shaped the landscape. She helped the children with their heritage displays. The children always loved when Mrs. D came to visit. Ida often had displays at the local library, She worked hard to preserve the history of the local First Nations Heritage by documenting local sites through the B.C. Archaeology Society, and she and Mac found, documented and photographed one undiscovered site on Adams Lake.
Ida tirelessly campaigned to have the Trophy Mountain included in Wells Gray Park to preserve and protect it. She also protested the damming of the Clearwater River for hydro electricity. For many years Ida was a step-on tour guide on buses for different tour companies. The tourists always enjoyed and appreciated her knowledge of the area. For many years Ida had a museum on her property. It drew hundreds of visitors each year. It was filled with old pictures, maps, equipment, traps, and articles of interest, She and daughter, Diane, spent countless hours on back roads, locating historical places such as the Japanese Tea House near Blue River.
Ida was quite small in stature, but big and strong in character!, whether logging, farming, shepherding, being alone on the trap line, taking snow measurements or. . . in one case, delivering her own baby, by herself (while her other babies were sleeping! Her biggest fear was them waking up!) in September, 1961 giving birth to her youngest daughter, Tina without a phone, hydro, or vehicle and her husband was away!
She was also artistic! She created charming pictures from nature – cones, birch bark, moss, pebbles etc. She also had a poet’s ear for words, and her cards and notes would often have a poetic line. Ida was a very busy lady with all her interests. In between times, she was a member of the Women’s Institute, Chamber of Commerce, B.C. Naturalists, B.C. Archeology Society, Friends of Wells Grey and many more. She also took courses on Museums in Victoria too.
Celebration of Life will be held on:
April 15, 2017 at Clearwater ski hill, 566 Dunn Lake Road, Clearwater, BC. @ 1:00 PM
Refreshments will be available but potluck finger food is also appreciated.
Get your thinking caps on and maybe get up and share some of your special memories.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to
Dr Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
640 park Drive, Clearwater, BC V0E 1N1
In Memory of Ida Dekelver for a Portable Suction Machine for Forest View Place.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Drake Cremation and Funeral Services –Clearwater, B.C.
RICHARD ALLEN WAGAMESE (1955-2017)
Richard Allen Wagamese of Kamloops, B.C., passed away on March 10, 2017 at 61 years of age.
Richard is survived by his loving life partner Yvette, his sons Jason (Jeneen) and Joshua, his ten grandchildren Dustyn, Jordan, Dee, Zoey, Koda, Chase, Erik, Montana, Torrie and Wyatt, his brother Charles (Lori) and many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and legions of readers.
Richard is predeceased by his father Stanley, mother Marjorie, brother Jack, sister Jane, niece Jackie, as well as his spiritual father Jack Kakakaway.
Richard was an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. Richard’s traditional clan was the Sturgeon clan and his name was Buffalo Cloud. He was an inspiring storyteller, an award-winning writer, an accomplished broadcaster, reporter and journalist. Through his writing, many Canadians gained an awareness of the experience of First Nations people and the intergenerational legacy of residential schools.
Richard will be honoured in private ceremonies. A public Celebration of his Life will be held at the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc powwow grounds on Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 am. Those unable to attend are encouraged to honour and celebrate his life as he would – by having living room gatherings where close friends come together.
We would like to thank the many friends and family members who have offered support and love at this difficult time.
In lieu of cards or flowers, donations can be made to your local homelessness shelter or children’s education program.
“We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together.” – Richard Wagamese