Born In: Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
Passed in: Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: April 25th, 2012
After a heart breaking but valiant struggle with cancer, Larry Ovington of Merritt, B.C. made his journey Home on April 25, 2012. Larry was a descendent from generations of underground coal miners from “Ovington’s Pit” in Durham, England. His grandfather, Mathew R. Ovington, was one of the first miners brought from Durham to Merritt, B.C. by the Nicola Mining Company in 1906.
Larry was born and raised in Merritt. Although he left in the 1960’s to pursue a career in the business world, “breaking rock” to find mineral was always his passion.
Larry lived in various parts of B.C. as well as in Coaldale, Alberta. He returned back to Merritt in the Nicola Valley just over a year ago. Now our “legend has gone to stake his claim.”
Larry will always be remembered for his quick wit, uncanny intuition and a knowing belief that there is a better life after this one.
As his grandfather would have said, “Thou’s thy bonnie lad, God bless.”
Larry was predeceased by his parents, Mathew and Mary Ovington of Merritt as well as brother Wilf and sisters Ruth, Jean and Ellen.
Left to mourn is his beloved wife Gail of Merritt, sons Eric Ovington of Chilliwack and Charles Ovington of Burnaby, step daughter Brenda Muliner (Dmytro) of Kamloops, mother of his two sons, Pamela Ovington (Glenn) of Dewdney; brother Frank Ovington (Frances) of Merritt, sister Mary Riley of Merritt; grandchildren Chelsey (Glendon), Kyle, Holly, Kelli and Blake, two great grandchildren Rylan and Camden as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Larry will be laid to rest in the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Merritt. Thanks to the Merritt Palliative Care Hospice, Gillis House, Dr. MacLeod and Dr. Edmunds for their care for Larry and his family.
All are invited to attend his “Celebration of Life” at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, 1990 Chapman Street in Merritt, B.C. on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Angel’s Animal Rescue, 2460 Torgerson Road, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 in memory of Larry would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Merritt Funeral Chapel, 250-378-2141.