John, Oscar

Elder of Skwah Reserve, Chilliwack, BC, passed away November 12, 2014 at the age of 99. Predeceased by wife Thelma, the love of his life, step-children Albert, Lorna and grandson Greg. Survived and sadly missed by daughter Yvonne (Doug), step daughter in-law Joy, grandchildren Scott (Caroline), Laurie (Larry), Julie (Kelly), Brad, Terry (Lauren) and great grandchildren Madeline, McKenzie, Kelly, Geoff and Taylor. Special recognition to Peter Van Der Maden (and family), who unconditionally loved, cared and supported his best buddy for years. He was an avid lacrosse player, canoe puller and also worked for years in the fishing industry and retired as a longshoreman in Vancouver where he and Thelma lived prior to moving to Chilliwack. Oscar loved to attend pow-wows and canoe races and every year tended a huge garden which he always shared with others. Extreme thanks to the wonderful people from Bradley Centre and Stó:lô Nation Elders Lodge who cared for Oscar the last year of his life along with the nurses, Dr. Fox and people from the Skwah reserve that assisted him while he was still at home and helped the family since his passing. Oscar’s favourite saying closer to his passing was, “I’M ALMOST A HUNDRED YOU KNOW!”

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Skwah Reserve Hall, 619 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack on Monday, November 24th at 1pm. As Oscar loved children and animals, in lieu of flowers a donation to your favourite children’s or animal charity would be appreciated.

McLeans, 604-847-3477

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