CLARENCE JOSEPH FORTIER
Born: August 8th, 1917
Passed on: January 9th, 2013
Born August 8, 1917 in Chu Chua, B.C., passed away peacefully at Royal Inland Hospital on January 9, 2013 at the age of 95 years.
Survived by his loving wife Caroline and children: Hubert (Alona), Theresa (Phil), Leslie, Edith, Yvonne (Kevin), Josie, Ivan, Denise (Mike); brother-in-law Allen Williams, grandchildren Tawny, Christopher and Hubert Jr. and great grandchild Kyra Fortier, numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
Predeceased by his parents: Edgar Fortier and Mathilde Sisioloux and son Charles Eugene Fortier.
A World War II Veteran, Clarence served with the Army as a Gunner with the 9th Toronto Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery 11th Field Regiment in England, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the 1939-1945 War Medal.
He was home schooled by Jack Wenlock, and when he went to Chu Chua School (the little red school) he was two grades ahead and valued education. Years were spent logging, firefighting, ranching, farming, road building, fishing, hunting, volunteering. After he returned from the World War II he helped build the legion basement. If anybody needed help Dad was always available. Dad's hobbies were gardening, making birch bark baskets, reading, watching favourite tv shows and sports, spending time with family & friends. He was a devoted family man throughout his life - cared for his mom & dad & others. He was also a talented musician and singer and could have gone to Nashville or worked for the CFJC radio station and had numerous other opportunities. He played at many local dances and occasions.
Viewing will take place on Monday, January 14, 2013 at Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, B.C. from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
A Wake, starting at 2:00 p.m. at Chu Chua Spiritual Centre, also on Monday, January 14, 2013.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Chu Chua Community Hall. Burial to follow at Barriere Cemetery, Airport Road, Barriere, B.C. Refreshments at Barriere Legion Basement.
Special thank you to Royal Inland Hospital staff, nurses and doctors, Barriere Diagnostic & Treatment Centre staff, Simpcw First Nation, family and community members for the excellent care of Clarence.
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service. Phone 250-374-1454.