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Ida Jane Cale (Stobie)

April 7, 1951 - March 6, 2014


Ida Jane Cale was born on a Saturday. She was born to Andy and Alice Stobie in Calgary, their youngest child and only daughter. Her life long friend Betty would live just next door to her. She left Wild Rose Country as a young woman and headed west to British Columbia and the call of the ocean. After living the coastal life, she headed north to Prince George and became one of the first women to work for BC Parks, a career that would alter the course of her life and be the root for many of her most meaningful and life-long friendships. A transfer down to the East Kootenays, where she became a mainstay of the Wasa Community and made many more friends, led her to meet the love of her life Bob Cale. Bob and Ida were wed in 1979, had Cindy Marie in 1982 and Josie Alyse in 1986. After close to 40 years with BC Parks, Ida retired in 2009 but continued to be an active volunteer and community member with more time for her garden and to adopt friend’s babies as her own grandchildren. Ida believed that families were built out of love, which meant that her family tree was truly extensive. Ida died on a Thursday, after battling lung and bone cancer. She leaves us all a bit poorer without her presence but she will continue to affect the world for the better through the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 1:30PM at the Wasa Community Hall in Wasa, BC.  Here is a link to a Google Map for the Wasa Hall:,-115.745547,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x537ad2b82546f409:0xb0a63c07845d695c?hl=en

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From: Dennis Wyatt and Peter MacLeod
Relation: Long time family friends

Bob, Cindy, and Josie our hearts are broken . Ida was such a wonderful woman and will always be cherished and remembered. Much love always.

From: Coral Aitchison
Relation: Through knowing Cindy

We were priviledged to have Cindy, Ida’s eldest daughter, live with us for some months whilst Cindy was on her Rotary Exchange Year in New Zealand.

Sadly we were never able to visit Canada and meet Ida & Bob although many of our fellow Rotarians did so. Cindy became part of our family and we loved sharing her adventures with her.

From: Deborah Griffith
Relation: CBEEN board

Ida was an inspiration for me as a Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) board member and became during that time a good friend. She and our mutual friend Susie would occasionally come down to Invermere or we would meet in Kimberley area for lunch. I loved every moment spent with her and will truly miss her laughter, wisdom and all the fun we shared. Getting to know Ida was a gift for me! I know she touched a lot of people through her interpretive work with BC Parks. She will continue to reach children and people throughout the Columbia Basin through her wonderful support and work during her time on the CBEEN board.

From: Lea and Dave Gould & Family
Relation: Sister -in-law of Ida's Brother Rick

Bob, Cindy and Josie,
Our family is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your dear wife and mother. She amazed all who were fortunate enough to know her with her kindness,strength and love of family. We are so sorry for your loss. Love, Lea, Dave, Jessica, Jeff and Alex Gould

From: Karin Nan
Relation: through Cindy

Dear Bob, Cindy & Josie,
We are very saddened to hear of Ida’s passing.
I have memories of the wonderful lunch Ida made for Renee and me.
John joins me in offering our heartfelt sympathies.

From: Denis O'Gorman
Relation: BC Parks

I wish to extend my sympathy to the family and friends of Ida Cale. Ida was respected by those who worked with her at BC Parks and was greatly appreciated for her commitment and caring.

Denis O’Gorman

From: Kim, Cleve, Andy & Natalie Koswan
Relation: Friends

Our condolences to Bob, Cindy & Josie.
Our thoughts are with you along with everyone grieving and celebrating Ida’s life.

From: Betty Zhang
Relation: I knew Ida through Betty Walker

I am so sorry to hear of Ida’s passing. I am deeply saddened and I miss her so much. I will never forget the nice conversations we had during our sessions. I was so impressed by her beautiful personality and I always wished to see her again.

From: Peter and Yvonne Christensen
Relation: fellow employee at BC Parks/ freind

Ida was a wonderful person to work with, refreshing, intuitive, good humoured and kind. You could not ask for better as a friend or as a workmate. Her compassion and good sense lives on in the memory of those of us who were privileged to know her.

Our deepest sympathy to Bob and family. With best regards Peter and Yvonne.

From: Alan and Nancy Hitzroth
Relation: Friend

We are so very sorry to learn of Ida’s passing. Our sincerest sympathy to Bob and the girls. May you find strength in the wonderful memories you have of Ida/ your mom.
With our sympathy and prayers
Al, Nancy, Hitzroth and family

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 29, 2014
Beginning at 1:30pm

Wasa Community Hall
6125 Wasa School Road
Wasa, BC Canada BC

6125 Wasa School Road
Wasa, BC Canada BC

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