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Donald Lloyd Olderness

May 20, 1950 - November 10, 2016

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In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 10, 2016, Donald Lloyd Olderness passed away at the Kimberley Special Care Home at the age of 66 years.  Don was born in Kimberley on May 20, 1950 to Rolf and Rita (Wilson) Olderness.

Don loved all sports.  There wasn’t a game involving a puck or a ball that he didn’t play, ref or ump.  He was also a damn good bridge player too!   Don was a happy man and it was a pleasure to be with him.  He will be missed by all!!

Left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife of 25 years, Gwen; his step-son Jeff Krueger (Janice) of Denver, Colorado; his brother Neil (Terri) Olderness of Kimberley one niece, Michelle (Mike) Ridler and one great-nephew, Nathan of Cranbrook; his extended family of  Glady & Stan Unhryn of Comox and Brian Erickson of Logan Lake.  Don was predeceased by his parents, Rolf in 1973 and Rita in 2014.

 Don lived in Marysville all his life, except for one year in Victoria, playing for the Victoria Nixons while attending University or Victoria. Upon the death of his father, he returned to Marysville and found work with Cominco. When Crestbrook opened, he changed companies and spent 32 yrs working in  the plant as a Steam Engineer.

Don was a familiar face at the golf course, at the ball diamond , at the rink, and the 3pm meetings at the Sully.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at the Kimberley Elks Hall, 240 Howard St., Kimberley on Wednesday, November 16 2016 from 2 – 4  pm.  Condolences may be left for the family at www.markmemorial.com.

 

 

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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Donna Grainger
Relation: Family friend and neighbout

Neil, Terry and family we are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for the wonderful memories of growing up in Marysville. Don will be missed. Leigh and Donna Grainger

From: Mike & Sherry Waites
Relation: Friend

My condolences to the Olderness family. I had many fond memories with Don on the golf course, fishing with the guys on Kootenay Lake and picking our hockey franchise teams. Don will be missed.

From: Lynne Fedun
Relation: Friend

Gwen, Neil, Terry, Michelle and Nathan please know that our hearts are with you at this sad time. We have lost a happy man who was always smiling and kind to everyone who crossed his path. Marysville will be missing him for a long time. The Fedun Family

From: Brian Clifford
Relation: Skookumchuck Pulpmill

Don was a great employee at the pulpmill reflecting strong attributes of a very knowledgeable and capable Power Engineer. He was a mentor for the young Engineers and always ready to address the unforeseen . He steered the Power House through many challenges and we are indebted to you Don. Thanks Brian

From: Deanna (Pearson) Hendry
Relation: Friend

My earliest memories of Donnie are from elementary school and as backyard neighbours. We’d bump into each other when I was up visiting my parents, and in the last few years when I needed help keeping track of my aging father, Don and Gwen were always willing to check on him. Don often stopped to chat with us over the last few years as our visits came more often and Dad declined; and especially once he found they suffered the same disease. A nicer man would be hard to find! Our hearts are with you Gwen, and the rest of the family, at this very sad time.

From: Erna Bollinger
Relation: cousin

Gwen, Neil and families
My heart is with you today as you celebrate Don’s life. A big man with a big heart. Mention a story about Don it always involved fun.
He let me drive his brand new yellow Chrysler car. Wow!
He took me on a motercycle ride that still scares me. The more I laughed and screamed the worse the corners got I swear I could touch the ground.
He and Neil drug Dad out, late one night, to check out disco dancing. Dad talked lots of being the old rooster with all the chicks.
I will always remember Don as a cousin who wanted to show you a good time. A few Julyfests to be exact.
A big man with a big smile and a big heart. He was one of a kind. Never to be forgotten
RIP Cousin.

From: Erna Bollinger
Relation: cousin

Gwen, Neil and families
My heart is with you today as you celebrate Don’s life. A big man with a big heart. Mention a story about Don it always involved fun.
He let me drive his brand new yellow Chrysler car. Wow!
He took me on a motercycle ride that still scares me. The more I laughed and screamed the worse the corners got I swear I could touch the ground.
He and Neil drug Dad out, late one night, to check out disco dancing. Dad talked lots of being the old rooster with all the chicks.
I will always remember Don as a cousin who wanted to show you a good time. A few Julyfests to be exact.
A big man with a big smile and a big heart. He was one of a kind. Never to be forgotten
RIP Cousin.

From: Art and Heather Krane
Relation: Friends of family

Gwen, Neil and families – we were saddened to hear of the loss of Don to you and recognize you will be missing his presence a lot and for a very long time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 16, 2016
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Kimberley Elks Lodge
240 Howard Street
Kimberley, BC Canada

240 Howard Street
Kimberley, BC Canada

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