Archer, Robert Marlow

March 5, 1943 – May 31, 2019
at the age of 76 years

It is with great sadness that Bob passed away at Bastion Place on May 31, 2019 at the age of 76.  He was born in Calgary, Alberta on March 5, 1943. 
Bob was predeceased by his daughter Cory (Scott) Thomson following her seven-year battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife Belle, of 53 years, his two beautiful granddaughters Kaylee and Toni, his brother David, sister Terrill and many good friends and relatives.
Bob was a long-time employee of Canada Safeway. He loved to garden and quad in the summer and spend his winters in Arizona.
He will be deeply missed by all.  At his request there will be no service.


Preston, Elgin Edwin

May 28, 1935 – May 31, 2019
at the age of 84 years

Elgin was born May 28, 1935 to Catherine Alice (Simpson) and Isaac Frances Preston of Decker, Manitoba and passed away on May 31, 2019 at Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 84 years.
He married Verna Evelyn Wale on July 9, 1955 and they shared 54 wonderful years together.  Elgin lived and farmed in Manitoba until 1970 when he and Verna moved their family to Kamloops, BC.  He worked at the IWA Mill until his retirement when they moved to Clearwater, BC.  His last few years were spent in Parkside Manor, Chase, BC and Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, BC.
Elgin is predeceased by his loving wife Verna and daughter Linda.  Elgin will be sadly missed by his daughters Patricia and Kathy (Ryan), son Wayne, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, his aunt Lillian Slimmon, cousin Gloria Ross, many family members in Manitoba as well as many wonderful friends.
His sense of humour and spirit we will always remember and treasure the memories.
Thank you to the great staff that took fantastic care of Elgin.  As Elgin would say “I am going home now to Shoal Lake Manitoba where I know everyone.  I am at peace now”.
In memory of Elgin, consider a donation of your time to visit with those who are care.


Friesen, William “Bill” George

January 11, 1934 – May 31, 2019
at the age of 85 years

There will be a celebration of Bill’s Life on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Shuswap Community Church at 2:00 pm

The Family of William George Friesen (Bill) are heartbroken to announce his passing in the early morning hours of May 31, 2019, at Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
Bill Friesen was born on January 11, 1934 in Speers, Saskatchewan, the third youngest of nine children. He moved to Mission BC as a young boy with his family. At the age of 5 he had an accident playing with his cousin which caused a lifelong hip injury that he silently suffered with all his life. In the late 1940s Bill began his lifelong career with Canada Safeway. In 1950 he met Clare Pankratz and after dating for five years they married in 1955 and were just three weeks shy of their 64th wedding anniversary. Between 1959 and 1963 they had four children, the youngest being a set of twins. When the twins were just 18 months old in October 1965 the family moved to Hamburg Germany, where Bill went over with Canada Safeway to open the Safeway stores there. The family lived there for almost 2 years and then moved back to Canada and settled in Burnaby where Bill continued a very successful career with Safeway and where their children were raised. Bill was known to be strict but always fair and kind, never forgetting a name or a face. Upon early retirement Bill and Clare moved to Armstrong and settled there, having fallen in love with that area during a one-year transfer in his career. They built a new house, travelled extensively and became grandparents to six grandchildren, who along with his yard work were always his passion. In later years they moved to Salmon arm as his hip struggles kept him from being as physically active as he would’ve liked. He stayed active however in every other area of his life, he never forgot a birthday, and he was diligent at keeping in touch with family and friends via email, phone calls, birthday cards etc. He always remained very active with their local church even though he was immobile for the last five years of his life. His love and devotion to his wife is a tender example that he set for his family, right up to his last evening on earth from his hospital bed. His life and dedication to his Saviour and his wife and family and friends will not be forgotten. He is now with his Heavenly Father and free from all pain, and for that we are so thankful.
He was predeceased by his son Vincent Ross Friesen on May 13, 2011.
Left to mourn him are his wife of almost 64 years Clare FrIesen, daughter Dayle Kiesenwetter (Tom), daughter in law Debbie Friesen (Ross 1961 – 2011), son Craig Friesen (Laurisa), daughter Merle Cumbers (Ray), and his beloved grandchildren Jeffrey, Ashley, Jaclyn , Jamie, Cole and Derek.
Our family wishes to thank and express our gratitude to Dr. Goldberg and the amazing nursing staff on the fourth floor at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, who diligently, with smiles did their sometimes extremely difficult jobs.
There will be a celebration of Bill’s Life on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Shuswap Community Church at 2:00 pm

Hoskins, James Hamilton

November 29, 1947 – May 30, 2019
at the age of 71 years

Celebration of Life:  Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Fischer’s Funeral Services, Salmon Arm

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of James Hamilton Hoskins at the age of 71. Jim passed away quietly and at Bastion Palliative Centre on May 30th.
Jim was born in North Vancouver, and spent most of his working life at BCTel in North Vancouver and Salmon Arm. He loved to spend his time outdoors downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, road and mountain biking. He enjoyed helping out with most of the local nature clubs in Salmon Arm, and was an avid member of the hiking/biking clubs in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops as well. He collected stamps and loved nature photography. Jim would say his pictures included “nothing of the hand of man” in them, ”except trains”. 
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Colleen, his two sons David and Joe, with grandchildren Zac, Jacob and Daisy.
Our thanks go out to our GP, Dr. Angela Plessis and her office staff for their care and attention. Sincere thanks also to the diligent staff at the Palliative care unit at Bastion and Home Care personnel.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.
An informal celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Fischer’s Funeral Home on June 29th at 11:00 am, followed by a reception. Please join us with your stories and memories of Jim.

Swityk, Donald “Donny” Allan

August 12, 1948 – May 27, 2019
at the age of 70 years

Don leaves behind; his son Mikhael (Sanne), daughter Monica, grandchildren, brother Terry (Ellen), sisters Zonia (Charlie), Darlene (John) and Connie, aunts Antalka and Olga as well as many nieces nephews, cousins and friends.



Erickson, Calvin Gordon

August 10, 1940 – May 27, 2019
at the age of 78 years

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear father and husband, Cal, at home. He was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in the Fraser Valley. He began his welding apprenticeship in 1957 at Westminster Boiler and Tank. He married his wife, Jacquie, in 1962 and raised his girls in North Delta before moving to Langley. He was happily involved in Baseball, and Ringette with his daughters.
His favourite pastime was fishing, camping and watching the stock car races. He also enjoyed many trips south for the winter and the many travels he and Jacquie enjoyed together. His skill as a welder/fabricator enabled him to fix and build almost anything. Tinkering in his workshop and watching his grandchildren playing their numerous sports activities give him much pleasure. After retirement and moving to Salmon Arm, he enjoyed the Sunbird RV club, square dancing and quadding with the Sicamous Quadders. He enjoyed volunteering with Salmon Arm Citizens’ Patrol.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 57 years, Jacquie, and daughters, Laura Minnis (Miles), Paula Christensen (Ken) and Anita Thiessen (Dave) as well as his grandchildren, Brooks, TJ, Jenna, Keith, Sarah, Rob, and Shane. Cal is also survived by 6 brothers and sisters, many brother and sister-in-laws, as well as many friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Smile or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.


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