A Funeral Service for the late Ross Binkley will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 90 1st St. SE, Salmon Arm with Father George LaGrange OMI Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery.
We regret to announce the passing of Ross Binkley on July 11, 2015 at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm at the age of 97.
Ross was born in L’Isle Verte, Quebec July 16, 1917. He was one of eleven children. Four girls and 6 boys. His mother Amanda (Caron) and father Auguste Beaulieu moved from Lewiston, Maine, USA to settle on a farm in L’Isle Verte.
In 1945 Ross worked for the PFRA in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan for 8 years. In 1951 he married Ida (Beaulieu) in Winnipeg Manitoba. With 3 young children the family moved to different places. He became an operating engineer/ heavy equipment operator. In 1962 started work in the compressor house at the WAC Bennett dam in Hudson Hope, BC. The family enjoyed a trip to see expo 67 in Montreal. After the completion of the dam in 1969 moved to Craigellachie, BC, where he bought a 26 acre property with an older log house. He started a small logging business with a D-9 cat. He sold the place in 1971 and bought Tappen Esso Service that he operated that for 7 years until 1978. He retired to the Gleneden area where he bought an acre and built a house. Wife Ida passed away in 1983 from leukemia. He met Mae (Walker) his second partner and they enjoyed travel to Alaska and east. He was a good bowler and got numerous trophies. Mae passed away in 2008.
Ross was predeceased by his parents, his brothers: Sylvio, Lujay, Henri, Armand, Willie, Wilfred; sisters: Cecile, Blanche, Antoinette (passed May 17/2015); his wife Ida, his son Raymond (2005), son Richard (2010). He is survived by his sister Anna (Raymond Morin), daughter Paulette, grandchildren Ryley and Raylee, and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation preceded a private family celebration of life to be determined at a later date.