On January 20, 2012 Mr. Orance Plamondon passed away peacefully at Kamloops at the age of 86 years.
He is survived by his loving wife Marie; three daughters: Muriel (Doug) Wright of Prince George, Louise (Mack) Seaman of St. Albert, Alberta and Germaine (Willy) deCraene of Ashcroft; three sons: Gerry (Elaine) of Leduc, Alberta, Julian (Karen) of Port Coquitlam and Ron (Oi) of Ban Tha Chang, Thailand; eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and his brother Leo.
Orance was predeceased by his parents Amedee and Angelina, and his five brothers: Adrien, Aurel, Laurent, Bruno and Lucien.
Born August 11, 1925 in St. Front, Saskatchewan, Orance joined the Navy in 1944 and served on the HMCS Huron. He returned to St. Front after the war ended and started courting Marie Picton, who he married on June 14, 1948. While raising their six children, he worked as a diamond drill operator in Ontario and Manitoba, and a street-car driver in Winnipeg, while Marie held down the fort in Bellsite, Manitoba. They moved to 100 Mile House, B.C. in 1966 where he worked at the Hendrix Lake Mine, diamond drilling and at the Weldwood Plywood Plant until its closure in 1984.
Orance and Marie then moved to Fort Nelson, B.C. where he worked for Tackama Forest Products until his retirement in 1991. Retirement saw them living in Okanagan Falls, Ashcroft and finally Kamloops, and gave them the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, the Caribbean, France, Japan and Thailand.
Although always a hard worker, devotion to his church and his family is what truly defined him. A quick wit, he always had a joke or amusing anecdote in his heart to share. He was happiest when surrounded by family, friends, laughter and good food, especially Marie’s pie. He mastered the art of a good nap, and graciously passed this skill to his descendants.
No matter where in the world he went, he could strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger and within minutes discover a common acquaintance.
Prayers will be recited on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The Reverend Father Peter Nguyen will celebrate the Funeral Mass in the church on Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. Private Interment will take place in the Ashcroft Cemetery.
Should friends desire, donations to a charity of donor’s choice would be appreciated in his memory.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, 250-374-1454