Lorne Richmond Read

Lorne Richmond Read


Oct. 31, 1928 – Dec. 29, 2007

The music has ended.

The Hitchhiker has thumbed his last ride. Lorne passed away after a short time at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm, BC after he lost the fight with cancer.

Lorne was born the second child to Ephraim and Edith Read at Dodsland, Sask.

He was predeceased by a sister Wilma in the early seventies and his parents in the early nineties and a brother in law Perry Thun in 2005.

He is survived by his beloved wife Pearl, after fifty seven years of marriage to the very day, whom he married at Wainwright, Alberta on December 29, 1950, sisters Eva Thun of Kerrobert, Sask. and Muriel (Helge) Hansen of Calgary, Alta, his brother in law Jack Gerke of USA, many nieces, nephews, and cousins from coast to coast in Canada and the USA as well as other relatives.

Lorne was a man of many talents and whatever he did, he did well. He was raised on the family farm at Kerrobert, Sask. where he learned how to make everything work. He cut railroad ties at Edson, Alta, carpenter work at Bonnyville, Alta, where he also obtained a steam boiler certificate and chauffer licence.

He was an Express Clerk at Wainwright for several years with the C.N.R. When the office closed he went back to Sask. He was employed by Interprovincial Pipe Line in the mid 1950’s as a yardman and relief operator and worked his way up through the ranks as operator of Oil Movements, to become Station Chief at Hardisty, Alta. He also became a Square and Round Dance caller as a hobby. He took flying lessons at Kerrobert and got a pilots license.

Lorne retired in 1990 to Sicamous, BC where he had time to develop his musical talents and to make special friendships with folks he met through the Sicamous Choristers, O.A.P.O. and the Activity Center. He went back to the farm in summer to repair machinery, cut hay or grain and fix fences.

Lorne was a kind, gentle, humble man with a dry wit and will be remembered for sayings he would come up with on certain occasions.

Our special thanks to all who helped during the past year of Lorne’s battle. The miles with smiles, food, cards, phone calls, visits, books and good wishes. Thanks to all who cared for Lorne in anyway, especially the caregivers in Bastion Place who helped so much to ease Lorne’s passing.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Memorial donations in Lorne’s name may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to



Salmon Arm,

(250) 833-1129, fischers@sunwave.net.

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