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Born In: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: May 28th, 1933

Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: June 9th, 2011

Passed away June 9th, 2011 peacefully in the loving arms of his devoted wife Annie and surrounded by his family, after a valiant battle with heart disease.

Dad leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 53 years, Anne. Daughter Shirley (Alan Boon) and granddaughter Alanna, Son Ollie (Heather) and grandson Ryan, Son Michael (Laura) and grandchildren Zachary, Sara and Drew, and his four legged best friend Tuffy. He also leaves behind his brother Donald (Marcella), his little and only sister Shirley (Bep) Zanier, Brother in-law Vic Mattiazzi (Louise), Sister in-law Maria (Bob) Cummins, Sister in-law Debbie Mattiazzi (Shorty), as well an many special nieces and nephews, and his Aunts Nellie, Anne, and Yvette.

Predeceased by his parents, Olaf and Gertrude Tjader, his brother Ron (Nibs), his in-laws Vittorio and Agnus Mattiazzi and brother-in-law Ferro Mattiazzi.

Dad was born on May 28th, 1933 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Dad was very young when the family moved out west and settled in Trail, BC. It was there that Dad graduated from high school, and went on to pursue a career in Forestry. He began his career with the BC Forest Service in Nelson, BC. It was in 1957 that he met the love of his life, our mother Anne whom he adored, and affectionately called his Angel and little Miss Sunshine.

In 1958 they were married and made a big move away from their family in Trail to Prince George, BC where he took a position in the drafting office with the BC Forest Service. They missed their family in the Kootenays but it wasn’t long before they started their own family. Daughter Shirley was born in 1959, with their son Ollie following a short time later in 1960, and youngest son Michael in 1964. Their family was complete.

During their time in the north they met many very special people some that became life long friends. In 1969 Dad packed up the family and accepted a Drafting Superintendent position in Kamloops with the Ministry of Forests. The move was hard at first, the summer heat was a change from the cooler northern weather, but the bonus was that the winters were shorter and milder. Dad and Mom settled in and enjoyed the shorter commute to family in Trail. They embraced all that the interior had to offer. Dad was proud of the work he did for the Ministry of Forests for 35 wonderful years, and many of his former employees said he was the best boss they ever had!!

Dad’s love for the outdoors, animals, nature and prospecting was surpassed only by the love for his family. He was a quiet spoken man, with a kind heart who lived his life with a profound sense of values, it is those values that we his children admired the most. Dad so enjoyed traveling with mom, and just being with mom….they were meant for each other, he would do anything with her and for her. Dad enjoyed time spent camping with his family, family dinners, hunting and fishing trips with his sons, and grandsons Zach, Ryan and Drew. His granddaughters Alanna and Sara were his darling little girls…..always smiling and free with the hugs when their Papa was around – he never got enough of those hugs that he loved so much. He was a great spectator and avid fan at his grandchildren’s many sporting events, and was even known to brag a little about each and every one of them.

The last few years Dad experienced many health problems but was never one to complain, or burden others. He was the best husband, father and friend anyone could ask for.

Until we meet again Dad, thanks for being the best!! We will miss your presence amongst us, but the memories you created will be with us forever, wherever we are. Rest in Peace!!

“ Oh Great Spirit, let your winds be gentle and your skies be heavy, let there be a blanket of fresh snow to track the Antlered One as did my forefathers, and grant that I find him with antlers like a tree, branches wide and mighty.

Grant that my hand be steady, my aim be true, and my drag short.

But most of all grant that my children, and their children, and their children’s children have the wisdom to preserve your work in the forest, field, and stream, so that they too can one day hunt the Antlered One in the footsteps of their forefathers.”

Special Thanks to Dr. Waller, Dr. Nair, Dr. Michaud, Mr. Zentner, the exceptional Nurses at RIH 7 North, the special Doctors and nurses in the RIH Emergency Department, BC Ambulance Service , Kamloops Fire and Rescue and the many special friends and relatives that helped us all in our time of need. Your caring, your hugs and your many special gestures, they did not go unnoticed, they were very thoughtful and greatly appreciated.

Our family is also so grateful for the loving support and care that “our Angel” Laura Tjader gave Dad these past few weeks. We can’t thank you enough Laura, your love and nurturing brought Dad, as well as all of us much peace and comfort. We could not have got through this without you!! Love you always!!

At Dad’s request there will be no formal service, A celebration of life will be held at a latter date. In dad’s memory please remember him by helping someone you care about, a person, a pet or a stranger.

Should friends and family so desire inn lieu of flowers, please donate to the MS Society of Canada – Kamloops Chapter, 180 – 546 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 5T1 For more information call 250-314-0773 or email Info.kamloops@mssociety.ca

Arrangements entrusted to John Moore and his staff at Personal Alternative Funeral Services 250-554-2324. Thanks John!




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