September 10, 1940 – September 14, 2019
We are saddened to announce the passing of Albert Brian (Critter) Hurstfield on September 14, 2019 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
Brian and his twin were born in Kelowna, BC on September 10, 1940 to Smoky and Elsie (Randall) Hurstfield. He was a fighter even then as he was a vert tiny baby. Brian was predeceased by his twin (in infancy), his parents Smoky and Elsie and his cousins Ron and Brian Hurstfield.
Brian is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Heal) Hurstfield, daughters, Sonja Thomas of Kamloops, Fiona (Andy) Warren of Calgary, Alberta, grandchildren, Brody (girlfriend Meghan), Madison, Rafe and Alexa, brother Wayne (Pat) Hurstfield of Salmon Arm, brother- in-law, Lawrence Heal of Prince Rupert and special Aunt Lee Randall of Williams Lake, as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Brian was a very talented, logical, upbeat, humorous and loving person. He wore many different hats trying (he said) to find out what he would like to be when he grew up! His first notable hat was working for the BC Forest Service out of Kamloops. He was transferred to Smithers where he met and married Barbara. Another hat was donned when they moved to Prince George and Brian began an apprenticeship to become an Electrician. Sonja was added to the family there. In 1968, when Brian earned his Journeyman papers, the family moved to Salmon Arm. Some of his electrical jobs with A.G Third out of Vernon, included wiring the post office in Salmon Arm, the Co-op Mall (Piccadilly today) and additions to the Vernon hospital as well as the ski hill in Vernon.
Brian’s volunteer hat included the Salmon Arm Fall Fair, helping start Klahani Park in South Canoe, Shuswap Lake Festival of Arts in Sorrento along with Tourism and the Chamber in Sorrento. It was in Salmon Arm that Fiona made the family complete. After the family spent a few years in Scotch Creek, they moved to Sorrento. Brian enjoyed his time volunteering with the Auxiliary RCMP in Salmon Arm and Chase. Brian also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors with his buddies, Graham, Bruce and others, tying flies (he tied thousands), building items from wood (canoes) and whatever other material they had on hand and flying. He came to grief flying in 1982, crashed while test flying an ultra lite, only broke his back and a few other appendages! Brian then put all his energies into art work and succeeded beyond all! He spent hours sketching, even self published a sketch book!
He always said his girls (Sonja and Fiona) were better than any boys! Brian spent his last year enjoying his view from the deck, visiting with friends and drawing plans for the many different projects that were running through his mind!
Come laugh and reminisce with us on Saturday afternoon, October 12, 2019 from 1 to 4 at the Sorrento Drop In Society Hall, 1148 Passchendaele road, Sorrento, BC. Thank you Dr. Goldberg, staff of the 4th floor and the lovely IH We Care Ladies!
Tally-Ho and Watch the Bridges All!!!
On line email condolences may be sent to Brian’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
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