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Red Thomas Carl Pocha

February 5, 1934 - November 16, 2011


“Red” Thomas Carl Pocha passed away at home on the morning of Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the age of 77 years with his family by his side.

Red was born on February 5, 1934 in MacDowall, Saskatchewan to Allan and Elva Pocha, the second of 15 children. His work life in Saskatchewan included being a farmer and logger. In 1958 he made the trek west to Cranbrook and soon was followed by the rest of his family. In Cranbrook, he met and married his love, Carol Gilchrist in November 1963 and this union was blessed with three children, Kirk, Kerry and Shane.

Red was a man of many interests and talents. He loved to hunt and trap. He had his own trap line for about 25 years. He also had a keen interest in sports, playing hockey (he was a goalie) with the Oldtimers Hockey Club as well as other teams, because if he had his way about it – he would play hockey all the time. Red also loved golf and once was a scratch handicapper. Slo-pitch was another love, and he competed at the Senior Games. Red also coached the ladies softball team for many years. With Red”s interest in archery, he and his kids started their business called Sherwood Forest 3D Archery Range and Supply. He also partnered with his sons, Kirk and Kerry, in their venture – Southern Interior Renovations.

Red was a tremendous storyteller. Everyone, young and old alike, loved to sit with him as he told his stories. He had many of his listeners encourage him to write a biography of all the different stories he told. Red”s years of logging both in Saskatchewan and in B.C. led him to participate in the logger sports at Sam Steele Days. He was very successful at this and won the title of “King of the Woods”, the top competitor for many years running.

Red loved people and saw Christ in everyone. At the time of his passing, he was the patriarch of the Abundant Life Pentecostal Assembly. His mother, Elva (Gramma Hinch) was one of the founding members of this work and Red played a part in building the local church here in Cranbrook.

Red is the beloved husband of Carol and loving father to Kirk (Lori), Kerry (Shawndelle) and Shane (Sophie), all of Cranbrook. Red also leaves five grandchildren; Curtis, Kayla, Isaac, Tenesha and Robyn. Red has also left behind his siblings; Lornel (Florie), Sylvia (Gordon) Pocha, Marlene Petersen, Clarence (Elena), Lloyd, Floyd (Cheryl), Trudy (Brian) Clifford, Alden (Christine), Audrene (Detlif) Harasiuk, and Randy ( Hazel ). He also leaves his sister-in-law; Debra Pocha and brother-in-law Roy Bailey. Red was predeceased by his parents Allan and Elva, two brothers; Lawrence and Gerald and two sisters; Audrey and Diane.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Alliance Church on Friday, November 25 at 12:00 pm with a luncheon to follow. Pastor John Telman officiating. Memorial donations in Red”s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 19 – 9th Ave. S., Cranbrook, BC V1C V1C 2L9. Condolences may be offered to the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: The Ringness Family
Relation: Dear friend and brother in the Lord

So sorry for your loss. Red was such a wonderful man and a real fighter.(in more ways than one!!) We will miss his mischievous smile and contagious laugh .We know that In heaven he is even better lookin!
He was such a blessing to know and blessed our family in so many ways. We love you Red and look forward to seeing you again.

From: Terry and Marguerite
Relation: friend

Dear Carol and all the family. We were so sorry to read of Red’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love Marguerite and Terry

From: Rick Bay
Relation: Fellow Railroader

We lost a great man. Red had a great sense of humor like no other. I am very grateful to have known Red. My condolences to his family and I know he will be greatly missed, he was an icon of life.

From: Diana Faulkner
Relation: friend

gently…tenderly…patiently…time heals.

From: Ray and Gladys Hodgson
Relation: Friend

To Carol and Family

I t was just great to visit Red in August at coffee, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, God Bless you all!

Sincerely Ray and Gladys Hodgson

From: Terry & Darlene Lorensen
Relation: Family

We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

From: Carmelle Laroche
Relation: Metis Nation

Dear Carol and all the family. He always had a smile especially during his illness. He always had time for us, always had a joke or two to make us laugh. Red will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Relation: family friends

To Carol and family . We were sad to hear of Red’s passing. We are praying for you and your family that these coming days you all will feel the supernatural comfort of our loving heavenly Father. As a child of GOD we have this hope that we will see Red again and what a reunion that will be. We love you all

From: Alice & Ron Foubister
Relation: friend

Carol and Family, Our hearts go out to you as you grieve. We didn’t know Red for a long time, but are grateful that we met him. We were so impressed when he came to Ken’s graveside service, not an easy thing for him to do. And then he cheered us up with his stories. May our great God comfort and bless each one of you. Love, Alice & Ron

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 25, 2011
Beginning at 12:00pm

Cranbrook Alliance Church
1200 Kootenay Street
Cranbrook, BC Canada

1200 Kootenay Street
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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