June 10, 1931 – August 14, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
We are sad to announce that June Carol McClure (nee Norbeck), a charismatic and respected educator, singer and pianist, passed away suddenly on August 14, 2023 at the age of 92, after returning from a delightful trip to Boston to visit her granddaughter, Evelyn, and family.
June was an adored mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, as well as a remarkable friend.
She is survived by her children, Tim McClure (Sue), Brian McClure (Shelley), her granddaughter Evelyn (Craig), their son James, grandson Rory (Kir) and granddaughter Alyxandra (Daniel). She is predeceased by her parents Carl and Sadie Norbeck, as well as her siblings.
June was born on June 10, 1931 in Sugar Grove Pennsylvania. She lived in New Jersey, as well as Oregon, before moving to British Columbia, Canada where she resided in Endako, Vanderhoof, Bridge Lake, and Kamloops.
June graduated from Sugar Grove Farmington High School before earning a Bachelor of Science from Edinboro University. As an avid learner, June went back to school and completed a Diploma in Public History from Simon Fraser University. For over 35 years June taught various grades and subjects, with her last seven years being in administration, as a principal.
In all her educational roles, after making a difference in the lives of students, music was at the heart of what she did, including weaving it into classroom activities, producing musicals, and leading choirs.
June was an active member in the Provincial Intermediate Teacher’s Association as well as local teacher’s groups and held multiple executive positions. She enthusiastically participated in provincial Ministry of Education committees and mentored aspiring educators– always encouraging a standard of excellence.
Outside of her career, June was adventuresome and enjoyed travelling. She liked creating and strategizing. She created, co-led, and participated in singing groups, leading multiple choirs to the provincials, and winning awards. She volunteered at the art gallery, and was a member of the 100 Mile Arts Council, where she established archives for 30 plus years.
June loved to garden and influenced the landscaping of all her families’ homes. She took immense pleasure in reading, writing, and championing the success of others.
June was a kind and good person — her infectious smile and laugh will be deeply missed. She unconditionally supported her family and made space for them to be as unique and special as she was. The families’ sadness is cloaked in the knowledge that she was unconditionally loved.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation which June supported. Condolences and memories can be shared at Schoening Funeral Home’s website by searching “June McClure obituary Schoening Kamloops”.
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