McClelland, John “Noel” Bathurst

MCLELLAND, NOEL WJuly 4, 1934 – May 22, 2014
at the age of 79 years

Celebration of Life:  Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm

Christmas themed attire acceptable

Noel McClelland passed away peacefully at his home in Salmon Arm, BC on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at the age of 79 years.  He was born in Vancouver on July 4, 1934 and was predeceased by his parents Grace Hornosty and Robert McClelland.  He is survived by his loving wife Lila of 54 years, son Bobby (Reg) McClelland, son Wayne (Lisa) McClelland, granddaughter Kirsten McClelland, great granddaughter Khyra McClelland, brother Aaron (Terry) McClelland and family, brother and sister-in-law Fred (Kathy) Schuhart and family, daughter Susan (Gord) Moscrip and family, son Terry Hilton and family as well as other relatives, dear friends and his faithful furry friend, Classy.

He will be remembered for his many years of hard work in the printing industry, having his own print shop “Noel’s Printing”, and his dedication to the peoples around the world at Christmastime.  In 2000 retiring to the Shuswap, he continued spreading his Christmas cheer selflessly until his failing health would not allow him to continue.  His many other interests included fishing, hunting, boating, camping and spending time on his ham radio.

He will be greatly missed; leaving a legacy behind that will have an impact on many.

Special thanks to Dr. Breugem and staff, We-Care, Interior Health, Interior Respiratory Services, all the Shuswap Hospital staff, Shopper’s Drug Mart Pharmacy, Lakeside Medical Supplies and all the friends and neighbours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Noel’s name may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3.



  1. Dad thinking of you today , I am trudging my path as you would have wanted. Missing you and some of that wisdom you so openly shared. Some days just suck . I guess this is one of those days.

  2. My heartfelt condolences go out to Wayne & Lisa. Bob & Lila. A trip to Salmon Arm / Lisa & Wayne, always included a drop in at the parents, and Noel and Lila always welcomed us all.

    May all the happy memories you had together shine through when times of sadness creeps in.

    Love you guys!
    Denise & Britt

  3. Dear Dad,
    You will always be the best! We miss you very much. Today would have been your 80th Birthday. You will always be in our hearts and the memories we have of you will keep us going day by day. Love Wayne & Lisa

  4. Sincere Condolences

  5. Lila, Wayne and Lisa and Bobby
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Christmas lights always remind us of the years when you were our good neighbors in Port Coquitlam. May the Christmas lights continue to shine brightly each year in Noel’s memory.

  6. My heart and prayers go to Lila, Wayne, Bobbie and all the family. I feel that he and Leo are fishing and having a wonderful reunion.

    God Bless you all

    Love Sharon

  7. So sorry to read of Noel’s passing. We have been to Santa’s Window many times and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Santa and seeing all the many Christmas displays which took a lot of time and effort. Rest in peace Noël.

  8. Noel enriched my life and I feel lucky to have know him as a supplier, a man and a friend. I have many fond memories of coffee, discussion, laughs and triumphs while visiting his Burnaby business, which was across the lane and street of my little computer business. I to this day appreciated the kind support and help given fighting photo radar and the battle to expose a New Westminster pediatrician, who sexually abused his child patients. To say nothing of the humorous bumper stickers for the MLA who occupied the offices above Noel’s shop…

    Sincere condolences Lisa, Wayne and all the other family and friends. I can think of no better tribute for any man, then to say, Noel McClelland leaves this world a better place, for having contributed more while been here.

    Doug Stead
    Coquitlam BC

  9. There may be little we can say and not much we can do but both of us would like to show our thoughts are with you. We knew little that day God was calling his name. In life we loved him dearly and in death we do the same.Your family chain is broken and nothing seems but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again. Memories are wonderful things . They never wear out, never get lost and never can be given away. To some he may be forgotten to others part of the past but to us his memories will always last

  10. Our love and thoughts are with all of the family at this difficult time. Noel will be dearly missed by so many.

  11. Wayne and Lisa; please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Rest in peace Noel.

  12. Lila and Family
    We join in in Giving Condolences to You Who have lost Your Life Mate.
    We have lost a friend Your Husband and the Kids popa. He will Be Missed
    By all his Many friends and Many Acquaintances From all over the World

  13. So sorry to hear the passing of Santa. Only knew him as Santa and remember visiting every year when my children were small in Port Coquitlam and the big star on the roof to find you. Then here in Salmon arm after many years. Santa was a very special and kind man always appreciated the money he would raise for the hospital. Honoured to have know such a gentle soul. Rest in peace among the angles.

  14. We are very sad to hear the passing of Noel, he was an incredible man. He made everyone smile, he was full of love. He will be greatly missed. Salmon Arm will not be the same without his christmas display. Big hugs to all of you guys.

  15. Lila, Wayne, Lisa and family,
    My love and thoughts are with you all. He will be greatly missed by so many. XOXO Chris


  17. Dear Wayne, Lisa, Lila and family our deepest condolences on the loss of Noel (Santa). He was an inspiration to us all. A lovely man and he will be missed.

  18. Dear Wayne and Lisa our thoughts are with you and your families at this very difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.

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