Anne McBain (Nancy) Hucul

Pioneer Salmon Arm resident, Annie McBain “Nancy” Hucul, nee Cave passed away at Hillside Village care facility in Salmon Arm, August 19, 2009 at the age of 89.

Nancy was born in Calgary, Alberta on December 26, 1919 to Annie and Arthur Cave. The Caves homesteaded at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta in 1921. In 1927 they moved to Silver Creek and in 1930 they moved to the South Canoe area of Salmon Arm. 

On October 24, 1942 Nancy married William “Bill” Hucul. During World War II, Nancy worked in a munitions factory in Toronto and later in an aircraft factory as a riveter, manufacturing Lancaster Bombers for the war effort.  Following the war, Nancy and Bill set up a rental home on the west side of the Haney property.  Then in 1951, they built their dream house across the road at “Hucul Pond”.

In 1996, Nancy was predeceased by husband William Hucul, and also by her parents, Arthur and Annie; and brothers, Art and George.  She is survived by her Cave brothers Ralph (Peggy), Phillip (Eileen), Vince (Bea) and sister, Irene (Don) Wells; several nieces and nephews; sons, Bernie (Shelley) and Gary (Alice); three grandchildren Glenn, Kyle and Kelsey; three step-grandchildren Ben, Jordan and Angela; a great granddaughter Alexi-Rae and a great great grandson, Joel.

Nancy was an avid gardener and her green thumb earned her numerous prizes at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair for many years. She was also a member of the Salmon Arm Horticultural Society and for several years running won Garden of the Year awards. She also was a longtime member of the South Canoe Women’s Institute, and later on, the Valley Women’s Institute. Nancy was also a volunteer on the board of the Salmon Arm Fair Association, where she was convener and co-convener of the Fine Arts and Handicraft Division. Mr. Hockey also volunteered her to mend countless hockey sweaters and socks. In 1986, (along with husband Bill) she was presented the Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First United Church in Salmon Arm at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 28, 2009.

If so desired, contributions in memory of Nancy Hucul may be made to the Salmon Arm Museum and Haney Heritage Park, and/or Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association.  Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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