Gribbon, Thomas

GRIBBON, THOMAS 175-16 WFebruary 16, 1938 – June 10, 2016

At the age of 78 years

A celebration of life will be held at Cedar Heights hall at 2316 Lakeview Dr. Blind Bay, BC on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 4 pm.

Tom passed away peacefully on June 10, 2016 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital after suffering from Myelodysplastic (MDS).

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Darlene; 2 daughters; Kimberley, Marni; 1 special grandson William Mills; 4 sisters Catherine, Florence, Mary, Ann; 6 brothers Christopher, Stephen, Cletus, Ray, Henry and Leonard. Predeceased by four sisters and three brothers.
Tom was born in Allumette Island, Quebec on February 16, 1938 and enjoyed a long career with Iron Workers local 97. Tom enjoyed his career working on projects such as the Squilax Bridge and Monte Creek overpass.
Tom also enjoyed golf, hunting and playing cards with his many friends.
A special thanks to Dr. Welder and Dr. McKee for the care given to Tom in recent years.
A celebration of life will be held at Cedar Heights hall at 2316 Lakeview Dr. Blind Bay, BC on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Myelodysplastic foundation in Tom’s name at


Hook, William “Bill”

HOOK, WILLIAM WFebruary 20, 1937 – June 13, 2016

at the age of 79 years

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in the chapel of Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1st Ave., SW, Salmon Arm, V1E 2Y9 (250) 833-1129.

William “Bill” Hook passed away with family by his side on June 13, 2016 in Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 79 years.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Joan; three sons; Bill (Sherry) of Moose Jaw, SK, Jim (Lisa) of Sylvan Lake, AB and David (Pam) of Sorrento, BC; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, two sisters and one brother; Katie (Dave) Shunter of Penticton, BC,  Betty Jean Roper of Cranbrook, BC, and Jerry (Beth) of Kaleden, BC and their families.  Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Julia; six sisters; Mary Zackodnik, Tassie Yanko, Helen Schubert, Ann Jordon, Stella Hodgson and Pauline Ambrose, as well as two brothers; Mike and Peter.

Bill and Joan have made there home in the Shuswap for the last 30 years with fond memories of Moose Jaw, SK.

In lieu of flowers donations in Bill’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 729 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 2B5.


Higgins, Harry Ormsby

HIGGINS, HARRY WJanuary 3, 1929 – June 7, 2016
at the age of 87 years

Harry Higgins died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm at the age of 87 years.
Harry was born at The Hague, Netherlands in 1929 to an American mother and an Australian father, a petroleum engineer.  Harry’s young life was spent near oil fields in Venezuela, New Guinea, California and Borneo.  He graduated from Geelong Grammar School in Australia and then from Jesus College, Cambridge University in England.
Harry worked for Shell Oil Company in the Philippines where he met his wife, Lois.  After their marriage they moved to Canada and spent some time in Ocean Falls, BC.  He then attended U.B.C. where he did a teacher training course and eventually received a M. Ed. Degree.  He taught in Squamish and Ocean Falls before coming to the Shuswap.  Harry held a variety of administrative jobs in this area, including 13 years as Principal of J.L. Jackson Jr. Secondary School.
Harry was professionally active in the Shuswap Teachers Association and Principals and Vice-Principals Association as well as in the Okanagan Valley Teachers Association and several committees of the B.C. Teachers Association.
His activities in Salmon Arm included working on the Drug and Alcohol Committee, SABNES, the Community Alternative Measures Program (a diversion program for young offenders), and was an active member of the Naturalist Club, Shuswap Outdoors and the Salmon River Roundtable.  After retirement, Harry spent six years on the B.C. Government Environmental Appeal Board.
Canoeing was a great passion for Harry.  He shared dozens of canoe trips with family and friends.  He loved hiking and skiing and had a particular interest in studying reptiles.  He worked with Biology graduate students from the University of Victoria to mark and monitor 1,500 rattlesnakes in the Vernon area.
A retirement project was to learn to type.  After he accomplished this, Harry wrote four books (which he didn’t want published) about his early life in New Guinea, Borneo and the Philippines.
Harry passed on his great love of adventure and nature to his three children, Robin (Wayne) Lundeberg, David (Naseem Janmohamed) and Bill (Brenda).  His grandchildren Faelan, Freya, Shiraz, Rehan, Sophia, Jamie, Jory and Travis have all enjoyed his wit and wacky humor.
Donations in Harry’s memory can be made to the Higgins Family Endowment at the Shuswap Community Foundation, Box 624, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N7.
A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.


Manifold, Janet Young

MANIFOLD, JANET 170-16 wMarch 10, 1926 – June 5, 2016

at the age of 90 years

Janet was  born in 1926 in Fyfe, Scotland. She was predeceased by her husband William Evanda Manifold, her son Hugh Donald and her grandson Brandon.

She is survived by her children; Bill (Jean), John (Patty), Barbara (Randy), Robby, Dianne; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her much-loved cat.
She was generous, loving and lived her life for her family. Janet was a great mother and friend who loved music, dancing and travel.

The family thanks the doctors and care staff at Hillside Village for the incredibly kind, compassionate and understanding care Janet received.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donation s can be made in Janet’s name to the BC SPCA.