Daniel Wesley Johnson
1954 - 2009
Suddenly and tragically on September 30,2009 Daniel Wesley Johnson passed away in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at the age of 54. Daniel (Dan) was born on November 7,1954 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia the third child of Joan Nahirney and the late Robert Johnson. Dan leaves to morn his: mother Joan Nahirney ; son Jason (Brenda) Johnson; grandchildren Kristen Dryer, Jayden Johnson and daughter Brandy (fiancé Andrew) Johnson; brothers Ken (Shirley) Johnson of Blairmore, Alberta, and Les (Trina) Johnson of Fort St. John, British Columbia; sisters Brenda (Frank) Kennedy of Williams Lake, British Columbia, and Karen Aller of Dauphin, Manitoba. Daniel also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews as well as plenty of extended family.
Daniel was pre-deceased by his father Robert Johnson, sister Judy Couturier and niece Tamara Aller.
The Memorial Service for Daniel was held at Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Lional McKone officiated the Service and the Urn Bearer was Jason Johnson. The Honorary Pallbearers were Lional McKone, Travis Chalmers, Rob Couturier, Kyle Aller, Ethan Aller and Joanell Johnson.
Daniel was laid to rest in his father’s grave in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
The family would like to extend their thanks to all their Family and Friends that supported them in this difficult time. We would especially like to thank Jocelyn Half and her daughter Katrina who assisted Danny in his passing.
Expressions of Sympathy made be made in memory of Daniel by way of donation to :
“The Canadian Cancer Society”
1000 - 105 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 2B6
Allan Bert Carlson
1923 – 2009
Allan Bert Carlson, better known as A.B. Carlson was born in Lesley Saskatchewan to Andy and Muriel Carlson. He was the fourth child of eight children. When he was thirteen years old the family moved to Aggize, British Columbia. He travelled over Canada working at threshing and odd jobs until he joined the army in December of 1942. He served his country in Europe and was discharged November 10, 1945.
He moved to Rose Prairie, British Columbia after the war to work on his brother Clifford’s farm. It was there that while he was working on the threshing machine that he met the 15 year old girl, Madeline Lundquist, who was helping with the cooking. A year later they were married. They homesteaded a farm in Rose Prairie which was on land they received through the Veterans Act. Though Allan farmed in the summer and trapped in the winter, these were not the most prosperous times.
The move from trapper and farmer was to Dawson Creek, British Columbia where Allan began working in construction and on to the pipelines. He chased the pipeline to the Okanagan and up the Alaska Highway before deciding on a permanent career in trucking back in Dawson Creek. Once realizing that he wanted to be a trucker he found that he liked being self employed. This often meant cycles of employment and unemployment, this however turned out to be Allan’s way.
A byproduct of this independence was that he also had to learn to be his own mechanic. This of course was self taught and meant that doing things the hard was the norm. Oftentimes these breakdowns were an all day-all night affair filled with plenty of grumbling and cussing.
One of the most memorable times his truck broke down on the Hudson’s Hope road and couldn’t be fixed before nightfall. Allan and his son Alden had to stay the night in an old trapper’s cabin which was on the bank of a creek. The walls of the cabin were filled with packrats which made noise in the cabin at night. The cabin was outfitted with a flashlight mounted to an old Winchester.22 rifle used specifically for blasting rats in the dark night. After blasting a couple shots in the night Allan hit one on the third try. The noise stopped and everyone fell asleep. In the morning there was a big rat laying in the cast iron frying pan for breakfast. The rat got thrown out, the pan rinsed and Allan made eggs for breakfast. Alden didn’t want to eat the eggs because the thought of the rat ruined his appetite but Allan forced him to eat them. Then Alden began to gag so Allen said that if Alden didn’t eat the eggs that he would make more of them! That didn’t help with the gagging but the eggs got eaten nonetheless.
He also taught himself how to weld good enough so that his repair would not break however there was always an overly excessive amount of material used making it ridiculously heavy.
All of these self taught lessons would prove valuable later on as he had grandsons that often had vehicle problems and off he would go to try and fix their problems. Again these break down repairs were completed with lots of grumbling, cussing and swearing but still Allan would be there the next time he was needed.
From his younger years through till his later years his greatest entertainment seemed to come from going for drives all over the country, usually for several hours, just to stop somewhere for a hot dog roast. Most of the time these entertaining trips were done at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, fast enough to make you lose you hot dog in a hurry. If you were to complain to Allan about the excessive speed, the pedal went further to the metal!
Allan Bert Carlson passed away October 6, 2009 at 86 years of age. A Celebration of Life service was held on October 9, 2009 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Allan was interred in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, B.C.
Funeral Services were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Joseph Adelard Herve Levesque
1931 – 1966
(known as Harvey)
Herve Levesque was born in Cabano, Quebec in 1931 and left home at the age of 18 to come out west. He spent the first few years working in Alberta. In 1966 Herve moved to the Dawson Creek area. During the winter of 1969 he went to work for Borek Construction who he worked for for many years as a cat skinner.
Herve spent many winters working in places like Norman Wells, Banks Island and Inuvik. It was during one of these jobs that he met the first member of our family… me, Patrick Hawryluk. I told Herve, “Have I got the woman for you!”. And so the introduction was made between Herve and Dean, our mother.
The Sparks flew! Dats love, as Herve would say.
It was 1971 when Herve put down roots with Dean and her family. He lived and took care of Dean and her three youngest kids, of whom Herve became a father figure.
Herve would spend cold winters in the frozen north and come back in the spring with his pockets bulging with pay-cheques and the parties would begin. He loved to watch hockey, go fishing and to have wiener roasts. He enjoyed long country drives with Dean and the kids, and spending time with family and friends.
He truly loved children and animals and would always get a kick out of it when we teased him about his broken English, but never got mad about it. He liked to teach us how to cook and clean up afterwards. One time Leslie asked him, “what are you making for supper Herve?” and he replied, “Herve’s Special!”, and to this day we still call shepherd’s pie – “Herve’s Special”.
Herve met many people and made friends easily. He won the respect of those he worked with. Herve tried many new ventures like chicken ranching and horse trading. He purchased The Coffee Pot Truck Stop on the Hart Highway in 1978 and took pride in owning and running his own business. He taught the kids how to cook in the restaurant, how to pump gas as well as how to run the store. It was a big loss for Herve and the family when The Coffee Pot burned down.
Herve retired from cat skinning at the age of 65 and was happy to do so. He still enjoyed hearing about the jobs his friends and family worked on and reminiscing about old jobs.
Herve was very proud of his family and especially his grandchildren. He would brag about them all to everyone anytime. He was always happy to see them and they knew it. He was always kind and generous, and would never criticize them – they could do no wrong in his eyes.
In his last few years his favorite job was looking after his grandchild, Myles, after school. Those were very special days for Herve, he looked forward to each and every day they got to spend together.
Herve was a very kind and gentle soul. He will be missed dearly by many.
Herve passed away on October 4, 2009 at 78 years of age. A Memorial service was held for him on October 13, 2009 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Herve may be made by way of a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Donald Ivan MacCuish
1934 - 2009
Donald Ivan MacCuish, resident of Fort St. John, BC, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2009, at 75 years of age. A Memorial service was held on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Buick Creek Gospel Mission, Buick Creek, BC.
Expressions of Sympathy in memorey of Donald may be made by donation to the:
"British Columbia Heart & Stroke Foundation"
P.O. Box 714, Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B0
1920 - 2009
Luther Chew - born Nov. 11, 1920, passed away Sept. 25, 2009 in Chetwynd B.C. Luther was born in Canton, China and spent his early school years in boarding school in Shanghai. In 1929, Luther and his mother left China and moved to Portland, Oregon.
As a young man, Luther served in the 11th Airborne Division 468. He surveyed a portion of the Alaska Highway. Then went on to take part in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon campaigns and was awarded the following decorations: Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, American Theatre Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal and finally the Bronze Service Arrowhead Presidential unit Citation. He was honorably discharged from the Army in May 1946 as a Staff Sergeant.
Later on, he put himself through university where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Arts in Librarianship. Then went on to work at the Washington State University in Wenatchee before coming to Canada, where he was a librarian at UBC in Vancouver, and then at Selkirk College library in Castlegar.
After his retirement from Selkirk he moved to the coast, and spent time at Desolation Sound near Lund, before settling in Courtney on Vancouver Island. In 2005 he moved north to Chetwynd. Luther had a passion for the outdoors and always talked about "living off the grid"; a keen sense of humor, and hobbies that included writing short poems, listening to the CBC Radio and staying up to date with the latest government scandals.
A Memorial Service was held in memory of Luther on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Fellowship Baptist Church in Chetwynd, British Columbia. Pastor Bill Evans officiated.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Luther may be made to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation, Box 121, Chetwynd, British Columbia, V0C 1J0.
1968 - 2009
Valeri George, resident of Buick, passed away on Wednesday September 30, 2009 at 41 years of age.
A Graveside service was be held on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Mountain View Cemetery, Groundbirch, British Columbia. Pastor Daniel Bullert officiated.
Nelda Gwendolyn Neilson
1929 - 2009
Nelda Gwendolyn Neilson, resident on Fort St John, British Columbia, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 80 years of age.
No service was held.
Miles Harvey Houle
1942 - 2009
Miles Houle, mostly known as Harvey and resident of Fort St John, British Columbia, passed away in his 67th year on Monday, September 21, 2009 in Fort St John. Harvey was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and worked in the construction industry.
A Memorial Gathering was held in honor of Miles on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Fort St John Friendship Center, Fort St John, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in remembrance of Miles may be made by way of donation to the charity of your choice.
Jean Marcel Francois Guenette
1930 - 2009
Mac was born on September 23, 1930, and passed away September 21, 2009, just a couple days short of his 79th birthday. He was the eldest of Bruno and Lucienne Guenette’s ten children.
Mac and his siblings grew up on the family farm in (John) Jean Cote, AB. Life was hard then and the children were all expected to work and contribute to the farm. For entertainment they enjoyed many evenings of music, singing, and socializing with Mac on the harmonica or spoons.
My personal experience with Mac began when my high school friends and I started working at Canfor doing weekend clean up. I thought Mac was a very important person there as he had his own name “MAC” on all his tools. It wasn’t until later that I learned about all the different brands of tools that had their name stamped onto them.
One time one of my fellow co-workers and I were cleaning out under one of the upper decks. They each had a trap door that we had to open and then we would push the sawdust onto a conveyor below. Unknown to us, Mac was repairing the chain links on the conveyor right below. The next thing we heard in a very loud voice was “hey you son of a bin, quit dumping that down here or I will come up there and kick your ___”. We moved over a couple of decks and thought it would be safe to continue cleaning, unfortunately some of the sawdust drifted over to Mac again and when we heard him yelling we took off and hid out under the log decks for a couple of hours to let him cool off.
As we all know, he wasn’t an easy man to deal with but he had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. You’d probably hear about it forever after though – so you wanted to make sure it was worth it!
Who would have guessed Mac was a match maker or perhaps he thought it was time for Heidi to meet someone as they didn’t always see eye to eye. As the story goes, Chris worked with Mac at Canfor and in the summer of 1982 he called Chris at home asking him where his keys were to his tool box at the mill. Chris replied that he didn’t have them, he’d already given them back to him. Of course Mac started yelling and swearing at Chris. About 20 minutes later Chris called back and sheepishly admitted that he’d just found the keys in his coveralls, at which point Mac apologized and asked him to come over for a beer. The rest is history.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he never missed an opportunity to brag about them. When the kids were smaller they spent quite a bit of time with Grandma and Papa at their home West of Chetwynd and then later at the farm in Willow Valley.
Mac took a lot of pride in his garden and lawn and spent many hours working on them.
Mac worked for Canfor for many years as a millwright and then later as a foreman, retiring in 1989. He was very proud of receiving his 25 year service award.
The family would like to say thanks to Ardie and Ed Schrieber for all their help and support over the years and more recently to Kathy Felhauer and family for checking on and visiting Mac during his failing health over the past few months.
In Heidi’s words she always wanted to tell him thanks for being her Dad when he didn’t have to be. Heidi, I am very sure that Mac realized this especially after how you stuck by his side after the passing of his wife, your mother. Knowing both of you I do not know who is more stubborn. I guess if we want to know we just need to ask Chris.
Mac will missed and remembered by all that knew him.
A Memorial service for Marcel was held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chetwynd, British Columbia.