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CLIFF MINTERN

CLIFF MINTERN

Date de naissance : 7 août 1935

Lieu de décès : Kamloops, Colombie Britannique, Canada
Date de décès : 31 décembre 2010

August 7, 1935 - December 31, 2010

Affectionately known as "Cliffie", he was a passionate man who lived life to the fullest and who loved his family, friends, the Canucks, Blazers, BC Lions, camping, sales, and a good puzzle or game of almost any kind. He laughed a lot, and you could always count on him to make you smile with one of his groaner jokes or quick-witted puns.

He was a shining example of strength and courage, and even in his long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis he didn't ever complain. How he did anything was how he did everything: he took the cards life dealt him, and played them his way.

His work ethic was second to none, and he was relentless in his attempt to go the extra mile for his customers during his working life at Sanitary Supplies, Inland Alcare, and Zep. This dedication was reflected in the many sales awards he won throughout his career, and the many friends, clients and employees he remained in touch with even more than a decade after his retirement.

Cliff's giant heart and passion for people was put to great use in the world through the causes he supported in his years of volunteering: coaching minor hockey and baseball, chaperoning all kinds of trips with both of his kids, his involvement in ACT/UCT, sitting on the board of the Child Development Centre, canvassing annually for both the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the BC Cancer Society, and regularly driving patients in the Cancer Van back and forth between Kamloops and Kelowna for treatment.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Pat of 46 years, son Kelly (Cindy), daughter Krista (Ryan & Lindsay) and granddaughters Alex, Ryley, and Mackenzie. Cliff is survived by his sisters Elaine, Audrey (Ken), Diane and Shirley (Harry); the Hunter family - Dwight, Bev, Ken, Dennis and Marilyn; his extended family - the Burgarts, Neta (Jim) Monson, and a multitude of close friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Kay & Roy, his sisters Marlene, Peggy and Billy, and in-laws Neva & John Lafoy.

Special thanks to his doctor of almost 40 years, Terry Simpson, who was with him to his final day, and to the staff at the Kamloops Hospice House.

Whether fishing, curling, golfing, traveling, BBQ-ing, or sitting around the pool or campfire, a few things always held true: there would be Cliff, surrounded by friends and family, a smile on his face, having a great time. In April 2010, a Celebration of Life party was held in advance, with him present, in lieu of a funeral. With his love for life and his happy-go-lucky attitude, it was only fitting that he should leave us on New Years Eve, and we hope that all who knew him will join us each year in raising a glass and truly celebrating the life of a man who will be forever missed but never forgotten.

Donations can be made in Cliff's memory to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services. 250-554-2324

 

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