Sept. 11, 1927 – July 17, 2014
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Maurice, who died peacefully on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife, Rose; his three children: Leonard (Bev), Laurie, and Steve (Shari); his four grandsons: Maris (Lilliana), Craig, Scott (Danielle), and Tyler; and his great-granddaughter, Jeniva. He is also survived by a sister Lucy and a brother Gerry, as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He and Rose had just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on July 1st; sadly, he didn’t live to celebrate the birth of his second great-granddaughter.
Maurice and Rose moved the family from Burnaby to 100 Mile House in 1969 and then moved to Green Lake, where they lived from 1970-2005, when they moved to Kamloops to be closer to health care. He was the ‘go-to guy’ at Green Lake and was always there when something needed fixing. He was a valued member of the community, and was awarded ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 1996.
Maurice was described by friends as larger than life…someone you remembered from the very first time you met. He was a hard-working, dedicated family man who always had a smile to put you at ease or a joke to lighten your mood. We will all miss his easy laughter, his big heart, and his fierce loyalty to family and friends.
The family is incredibly grateful for the exceptional care provided by both Home Support and Ponderosa Lodge staff, and the kindness and support they extended to family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ponderosa Lodge in memory of Maurice.
A celebration of Maurice’s life will be held in Kamloops on Saturday, September 27th. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the family for details.