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Irvin Watrich

January 11, 1940 - October 6, 2017


After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Irv passed away on October 6, 2017.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sheilagh and their blended family of seven children: Marjorie (Kevin) Hivon, Michael Watrich, Sandra (Steve) Berry, Deborah Watrich, Ken Fuller, Kathleen (Gordon) Woloshuk, and Arthur Watrich.

He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Casey (Caitlyn), Kurt (Carolyn), and Danielle Hivon, Brandon Watrich, Keith (Kirsten), Ryan Davis, Tiera Berry, Tasha Novak (Lorne Sich), Kimberley (Dustin) Barthell, Clayton Mann, and Amy (Ryan) Stumborg; and nine great-grandchildren: Trevor, Ackley, Ryker, and Huxley Hivon, Mia Davis, Grey Novak-Sich, and Ryker, Clara, and Emmerick Barthell.

Irv is also survived by his sisters Bernice Payne and Patsy Massingham, his brother Larry (Dianne) Watrich, brother-in-law Grant Elliott, and sister-in-law Rita Hallinan, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Mack and Alice (Olga) Watrich, parents-in-law George and Pat Hallinan, his first wife Mildred (nee Howard), sister Evelyn Elliott, in-laws Jack Payne, Eric Massingham, Phil Hallinan, and George and Leanne Hallinan.

Irv was born in Bonnyville, Alberta, raised in Cranbrook, BC and began a lifetime trucking career in 1956. He travelled extensively throughout Canada and the U.S.A. As the song says, “I’ve been everywhere, man.” He made many friends in many places.

Irv and Sheilagh retired to Osoyoos in 1999 and began a fun-filled, relaxing retirement. He met many new people in his various retirement adventures, golfing, curling, playing pool, fishing, hunting, travelling and lifting a few with his buds.

Irv had a great life, a great family, and many great friends. He will be dearly missed by all.

A celebration of life will be held at the Osoyoos Golf Club on Sunday October 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

Our thanks to Dr. G. Tarr and his staff for their care, compassion, and understanding of Irv’s needs.

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service, Oliver and Osoyoos, 250-498-0167.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Addi & Ray Groom
Relation: Friends

We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Irv will be dearly missed by family and friends. Hugs Addi & Ray

From: John Gibbon & Anne MacWilliam
Relation: Friends

So sad to say goodbye to our friend, Irv.
Condolences to Sheilagh and the family.
We will always have fond memories of times shared.
Titelist should rename their “pro” ball the “IRV” for sure!

From: Tracy & Allan Spear
Relation: Friend

Irv was a special person to us along with our two children. He was kind and funny and we have many great memories together. Sending our love to Sheilagh and the entire family during this tough time. xoxoxo

From: Bo & Trudy Jakobsen
Relation: Friend

We are sorry to hear of Irv’s passing. Our thoughts are with you & your family. Deepest condolences Trudy & Bo

From: Gladys Whiteside
Relation: Friend

My deepest sympathy to you Shielagh and family , my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

From: Ted and Joyce
Relation: Friend

We will miss our good friend Irv. Our prayers go out to Sheilagh and the whole Watrich family.

From: Dave & Karen Bradbury
Relation: Fellow golfers

We too send our condolences to Sheliagh and the family on the recent passing of Irv. Irv always had a smile and a friendly hello. I remember him once telling me he kept his putter separate from the other clubs in his golf bag as he didn’t what ‘them” to be a bad influence on his putter.

From: Rollie & Ruth Bolton
Relation: Friends

Our thoughts are with you Sheilagh and the family at this time. Irv was a great guy and we treasure the times we spent in his company. He will be missed.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
October 15, 2017
Beginning at 1:00pm

Osoyoos Golf Club
12300 Golf Course Drive
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A celebration of life will be held at the Osoyoos Golf Club on Sunday October 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

12300 Golf Course Drive
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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