The family wishes to announce the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather.
Pre-deceased by his parents, sister Jean and son Greg.
Survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Bertha, daughters Darla (Brian) Pitman and Joanne (Bill) Laws, six grandchildren; Carolynn, Brad, Jody, Tracy, Denae and Stacie, nine great grandchildren; Spencer, Averi, Amanda, Maddison, Tyler, Ben, Jade, Mackay, Evelyn and one great great grandson Grayson; as well his two sisters, Dolores Hobbs and Peggy Paynton.
A Celebration of life service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Thursday afternoon, February 13th at 2 p.m. with Jack Bowers the Celebrant. Tributes were shared by family and friends. A reception followed in the Mountainside room, allowing more time for sharing of memories.
Cremation with interment to follow later in his son’s grave in Mt. Ida Cemetery.
Herbie was born in Silver Creek and lived most of his life in the Salmon Arm area. His early days involved youthful initiation into the forest industry. He worked at his Dad’s mill in Silver Creek and learned the tricks of the trade through hard work and day to day experience. As Herbie grew a little older he continued to develop his resume, including a job as a milkman in New Westminster. At the same time he fell in love with Bertha and a new adventure – a family began. Darla & Joanne were born in New Westminster and 5 years later, Greg was born in Salmon Arm.
Herbie loved to tell stories from his own experiences and had a real knack for getting involved in any conversation. He enjoyed playing hockey for many teams, including the Salmon Arm Aces and was a keen golfer.
Herbie was a great father and provided for the family throughout his life. He never stopped working and always seemed to be building, repairing, fixing and offering his advice on how to complete the job correctly. Coveralls were his uniform and projects were his passion. His late life, in his 70’s, his prize project included completely restoring a Hayes tandem axle truck from the ground up.
Herbie will be sadly missed by all family and friends. We will forever remember our Father; cherish the memories and his love of life, sense of humour and generosity to all family and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Weiker and the Staff at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for all their care as well as Community Care and Harmony Haven.
Memorial donations in Herbie’s memory may be sent to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC VIE 4N3
Online condolences may be sent to Herbie’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home & Crematorium, Salmon Arm.