Mr. Henry “Hank” Allemeersch passed away peacefully at The Overlander Seniors Home in Kamloops B.C. on April 15, 2008 at the age of 78. Hank was born in Varigan, Saskatchewan, his family moved to Nelson B.C. in 1943.

At 14 Hank started working for the CP Railway as a young boy he worked very hard and was loyal to the CPR for 42 yrs. retiring in 1985.

He married the love of his life, Pauline Fisolo, on June 11, 1952. Hank and Pauline lived in various towns and villages in B.C., settling in Hope in 1958.

Pauline passed away after 28 years of marriage to Hank at the age of 48 years.

Hank and Pauline had eight children Linda (Rick), Donald, David (predeceased), James (Carol), Marvin (predeceased), Shirley, Judy (Brian), Nancy (Eric).

Hank also has 18 grandchildren: Alana, Michael, Chelsea, Kimberly, Sarah, Rayanna, Steven, Kevin, Justin, Nick, Brandon, Mathew, Jeremy, Willona, Jesse, Govana, Sidney, and Connor; and eight great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His family has fond memories of numerous family outings but the favourite was camping at Coquihalla Lake when they would sit around the campfire with banjo and accordion singing, pots of corn on the cob at midnight for kids, breakfast with fresh picked huckleberries for pancakes, fishing at the lake and down many creeks. Everyone loved his baked salmon barb’q.

Hank also loved to grow a big garden sharing with all the neighbours fresh fruit and vegetables. He was also very active in the community (eg.Santa Claus, chaparoned teen dances, called bingo, etc, etc.)  Whenever a friend needed Hank’s help he was there to lend a hand.

Hank had three brothers: William (predeceased), Paul, George; and two sisters: Lila, and Artie; also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Hank will be dearly missed by family and the many friends he made over the years.

There will be a public viewing Monday April 21, 2008 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hope Legion in Hope B.C., service to follow from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Graveside Service 11:30 to 12:00 at the Roman Catholic cemetary. Tea, coffee, and sandwiches will be served back at the Legion following the graveside at 1:00 p.m. Condolences can be sent to the family at jjireh1@telus.net

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