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Brian Merkley

January 10, 1948 - January 3, 2012

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Our beloved Brian passed away on Tuesday Jan 3, 2012 at the age of 63.
This admirable, trustworthy and reliable man will forever be in the hearts and memories of the love of his life of 42 years Darlene. Also missing him are his children, son Jamie and daughter Samantha Marsel (Andy). Papa left a beautiful legacy in his treasured grandchildren; Tanaya (16), Kalli (14), Tyson (12) and Jessica (16). Brian is remembered by brothers Ken (Bernadette), Reg (Helga) and sisters Debbie (Willy), Laura (Dale), Rozanne (Joe) and Tammi (Bill). Predeceased by the same disease that took his life, cancer, was his mother Virgie in 1972. Also predeceased by his father Max in 2002.
Brian was born in High Prairie, Alberta and spent his childhood years in Widewater, Alberta. It was there that he met his wife Darlene. They moved to B.C., first to Fraser Lake in 1968, then to Fort St. James in 1970. There he worked for 24 years at Apollo Forest Products eventually becoming the manager. Brian and Darlene moved on to Houston, B.C. where Brian worked for Houston Forest Products until his retirement from the forest industry. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing in the Morice, Bulkley, and Babine Rivers. He was an avid hunter who spent much time hunting all over Western Canada and Montana. He especially enjoyed his safaris to Africa in 1986 and 1992.
In 2001 they moved to Okanagan Falls to be closer to family. Moving to the Okanagan gave him special times with his grandchildren and allowed him to teach Tyson about nature and the outdoors. During this time Brian started Sandstone Landscaping Supplies in Penticton, worked in the family vineyard in Oliver and planted a vineyard in Cawston. He also enjoyed curling, a glass of Okanagan wine with friends, and lending a hand wherever it was needed. Brian loved his cruise to Alaska with his family in May 2011 as he knew it would be his last. Brian was a quiet, gentle soul who will be deeply missed by us all.
YOUR MEMORY BLOWS IN ON A NORTHWEST WIND
THE MOUNTAINS RETAIN YOUR HUNTERS GRIN
YOUR JOY REMEMBERED ON A HORSE SOMEWHERE
AND CONSTERNATION FELT IN THE COOL FALL AIR
WE’LL SEE YOUR BLUE EYES IN A FROZEN LAKE
AND THINK OF YOU WHEN OUR RODS START TO SHAKE
WE’LL FEEL YOUR WARMTH IN THE MIDDAY SUN
AND RELIEF IN KNOWING THAT YOUR WORK HERE’S DONE
SO GO PEACEFULLY TO WHERE THE FISHING HAS NO ENDS
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN… LOVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for all the kindness they have received during this very difficult time. At his request, his ashes will be spread at a favourite fishing spot. In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to the Penticton & District Palliative Care Program 1701 Government St. Penticton B.C. V2A-8J7 in Brian’s name. Condolences may be sent to marsel@telus.net. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Oliver Curling Club 7535 362 Avenue, Oliver, B.C. on Friday January 13th at 4:00 pm.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Marlene Bolenback
Relation: Family Friend of Sam & Andy

Sam, Andy, Tanaya, Kali & Tyson
So sorry to hear of the lose of your father/father-in-law/grandpa. I know the pain you are feeling & want you to know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers. I know that you have so many wonderful memories & you will continue to carry those memories of Brian in your hearts.

Love Pauline, Terry, Marlene & Family

From: Beverly Pottinger
Relation: acquaintance of Sam and Andy

Sam, Andy and Family; there are no words that can be said that will ease your pain but please know that our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time…
Beverly and Daryn

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 13, 2012
Beginning at 4:00pm

Location:
Oliver Curling Centre
7535 - 362nd Avenue
Oliver, Select your State or Province V0H 1T0

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Oliver Curling Club 7535 362 Avenue, Oliver, B.C. on Friday January 13th at 4:00 pm.

7535 - 362nd Avenue
Oliver, Select your State or Province V0H 1T0

Memorial Gifts

Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:
       
In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to:
the Penticton & District Palliative Care Program
1701 Government St.
Penticton B.C. V2A-8J7 in Brian’s name.

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