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Badry, Evelyn (Lavigne)  Evie, age 82 passed Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the arms of her husband George. They lived in Cassiar 1963-1966. Evelyn worked as administrative secretary in the main office.  
Bailey, Mayvis (died October 2000 at age 80) and husband Norman (died May 1992 at age 81), residents of Cassiar in late 1950's. Survived by children Keith, Nigel, Pamela & Robert.  
Ball, Georgie, died in a house fire in Dease Lake, BC January 9, 2008  
Ball, Roger, age 61, passed away in his Tumbler Ridge home on June 14, 2010, from cancer. Roger leaves to mourn siblings Minnie, Charlene, Christine, Randy, Colter, Patrick and Wayne. Roger's siblings Charlie, Georgie, Neil and Sandy have passed away.  
Barnowski, Tommy. He was a Catskinner and on a cold winter day he drove his Cat over the bank and went down a thousand feet in the late 1950s-early 1960s.  
Beaudry, Brian, aged 60, died of cancer on May 22, 2004 in North Battleford, SK. Brian was an electrician in the Cassiar mine employee 1980-1985 and was also a member of the Cassiar Lions Club. He leaves to morn his wife Cecile "Peanuts" Beaudry, sons Curtis & Chad and daughter Vanessa Beaudry.  
Beaudoin, Maurice, aka "Mighty Moe" died January 14, 2008 at age 73, Terrace, BC, presumably of heart failure. He leaves to mourn his second cousins of Cassiar, Diane O'Grady, Brian Caron & Paul Caron.
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Becket, Gordon B. of Yellowknife, N.W.T. died peacefully on December 13, 2004 at the age of 60. In 1979, Gord moved to Cassiar, BC and worked for the Cassiar Mining Corporation and was the fire chief. In 1989, he moved to Vancouver. He had a wife Rachel and daughters Jennifer and Chrissy.
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Beggs, John, aged 63 died of a heart attack May 3, 2004 in Vancouver, BC. John, a bachelor, lived in the bunkhouses and worked in the powerhouse in the 1970s & 1980s.  
Beguin, Andre Charles Passed away on October 19th, 2012 in Kelowna at the age of 90 years. Born in Kaslo, on Kootenay Lake on April 8th, 1922 the son of Charles Beguin and Ruth Bauen, the 1st settlers of Argenta, BC. He was the youngest of 4 children and is predeceased by sisters Irene, Helen and brother George and by his wife Florence of 55 years. He is survived by his son Jim, and daughter-in-law Karen. Andre graduated from UBC with a degree of Bachelor of Applied Science - Metallurgical Engineering in 1947 and was class valedictorian. He married Florence McEachern of Hedley, BC - a fellow UBC graduate - on May 20th, 1949. Following graduation Andre worked near Wasa in the Kootenay's at Estella Mines and at Torbrit Mines north of Prince Rupert before joining Cassiar Mining Corp and lived in Cassiar from 1953 -1968 while advancing to GM in Toronto. In 1975 he began work in Australia at Woodsreef near Barraba, NSW and then onto Greece from 1980 - 1983 at Zidani working for Kilbourne Engineering of Vancouver. Andre greatly enjoyed the outdoors in his younger years and in his later years could be found enjoying his hikes and bridge games at his retirement home in Kelowna.  
Beguin, Florence "Flo" passed away November 1, 2003 after a short illness. She died in Kelowna, BC after a short illness. She is survived by husband Andre and their son Jim and his wife Karen. Andre and Flo lived in Cassiar 1953-1970. Andre was the Assistant Mill Superintendent in 1953 and moved up the corporate ladder to General Superintendent.  
Berry, Eleanor. Died 1997. Cassiar resident 1955-1965. Wife of Jack Berry and mother to John Berry. Survived by Jack.  
Berry, John G. "Jack" passed away July 12, 2010, in Nepean, ON, age 90, following a stroke, having just moved from Richmond, BC. Jack, his wife Eleanor (deceased) lived in Cassiar 1955-1965. Jack started as Cassiar's Mine Superintendent and had advanced to Mine Manager in 1963. He transferred to the Toronto office in 1965 and then to Vancouver office. He stayed with the company until 1981.  
Berry, John. Arrived in Cassiar at age 7 in 1955. Died of cancer 1958. Survived by father Jack Berry.  
Bierman, Gerry, died March 28 2006 of Multiple Myeloma in Nanaimo, BC at age 56. Gerry spent approximately 5years in Clinton Creek where he was instrumental in decertifying the local union and starting the Canadian Mine workers local 1. He is survived by wife Brenda and brothers Hans & Harry, step brothers Ron Ed and Paul, half sister Christine  
Bilger, Hans Jurgen died of cancer January 8, 2002 at age 59. Hans was the Cassiar Cookery Manager in the mid 1970's. He is survived by his wife Dianne, daughter Lucanne, (Barry), son Roger, (Regel), son Michael (Yolanda) and 4 grand children.

Billingsley, Helen, died spring of 2011. She is survived by husband Glen and their three daughters Barb, Michelle and Sheena.

Bisson, Roger died in 1974 in a motor vehicle accident in Vancouver. Worked in the mill. Brother of Robert, Andy and Morris Bisson  
Blanchette, Roger, died August 31, 2004 of asbestosis. Roger lived in Cassiar 1953-1960. Roger drove ore trucks up to the Mine chute, later drove the Crummy, finished up loading Transport trucks and then for White Pass & Yukon Route (Transport Division) out of Whitehorse, YT until 1965. Spare time was spent curling, fishing and hunting! In 1958 he met and married Barbara McRae who worked in the Cassiar office. Roger leaves to mourn Barbara, children Steven and Diane, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  

Blaschitz, Hans passed April 24, 2014 after his very long and courageous battle with cancer. Hans immigrated from Griffen/Klagenfurt, Austria to begin his employment in Cassiar in 1967. He worked in Mill Maintenance and eventually became the Machine Shop Foreman where he remained until Cassiar's closure in 1992 when he retired and moved to Vancouver. Hans' favourite pastime while residing in Cassiar was going to the cabin at Chain Lakes which he co-owned with his best buddy, Lothar Kutz. In Vancouver Hans enjoyed his daily walks on Kitsilano Beach and then stopping at his favourite little cafe for a coffee and to read the paper. He was diligent in keeping informed about world affairs, read the paper and watched the news and documentaries daily. He was also an avid sports fan and didn't miss a hockey or a soccer game or an Olympic event which involved skiing. He loved a variety of music and had an extensive collection of it.
Hans has no next of kin with the exception of a few cousins left in Austria.
Hans elected to be cremated and have no funeral service.

Blezard, Art died in hospital at Port Hardy, BC on April 19, 2002 at age 69. Survived by Stan and John (his sons) and Eli (his Grandson).  
Bollock, Mathias (son of Helen Bollock)  
Bonsant, Chuck passed away some time ago. He was manager of the cookery 1962-1963, during which time he married and is survived by Janice Laird (now Bonsant), a nurse in Cassiar for the same time period.  
Boose, Earl, age 85 was driving home from the family hunting camp in Northern BC when he swerved to miss a moose on the road and ended up in the ditch. He was airlifted from Toad River to Fort.Nelson and then Edmonton where he was diagnosed with a broken back. He passed away on July 31, 2004 from complications from his back injury and pneumonia. Earl and Henrietta Boose used to operate the bus service from Cassiar to Watson Lake from the early 1950's to the mid 1960's. Earl was born in Ontario on Sept 13, 1919, moved west in the early 1940's and slowly migrated to northern BC in 1953. He spent many happy years in northern BD as a guide outfitter. His first wife, Eva bore him two children, Marion and Robert. He later married Henriette (Henri). In the late 60's he married his third wife Marguerite (Marg). He is survived by his daughter Marion Gilford (Doug), son Robert Boose (Julia) and 2 step sons William (Bud) and Darwin Cary. After retirement Earl spent a portion of each summer at the outfitting camp in northern BC adjacent to his old area. He received many awards from the hunting industry for his dedication to the sport, including the Frank Stewart Award recognizing him as The Outstanding Outfitter of the Year.  
Boose, Henrietta - wife of Earl Boose - Big game and guide outfitter and had contract to deliver mail and passengers service between Cassiar and Watson Lake Airport from the early 1950s to the mid 1960s.  
Bormann, Rolf passed away Oct. 26 2001 at the age of 65 in Vancouver, BC of Colon Cancer. He is survived by two daughters, Astrid Tevely & Heike Lipsett, three grandaughters, Jessica Tevely Novak , Kendall Lipsett and Kelly Lipsettm and a sister in Germany.  
Borsato, Aldo "Kinky"  passed away March 12, 2010 in Cranbook BC at the Cranbrook Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Aldo and Bernice arrived in Cassiar in 1958, two years prior to their children. Aldo worked in the tramline for many years and was a long-serving Captain of the Cassiar Volunteer Fire Department. He leaves to mourn Arlene (Ed Komperdo), Roger (Patricia "Pat" Storie), Denise, Marie, Bernald (Scott Smith), grandchildren: Tara, Christopher, Dana Komperdo and Chiera, Justin Borsato, and Drew Clark. Grandchildren born after her death are: Sarah, Jessica, Alannah Smith (Bernald & Scott) and Jordan, Corey, Erin & Keegan Little (Marie & Tom).
Borsato, Bernice, Died of cancer January 28, 1987 in Cassiar. She left to mourn her husband Aldo "Kinky" and children: Arlene (Ed Komperdo), Roger (Patricia "Pat" Storie), Denise, Marie, Bernald (Scott Smith), grandchildren: Tara, Christopher, Dana Komperdo and Chiera, Justin Borsato, and Drew Clark. Grandchildren born after her death are: Sarah, Jessica, Alannah Smith (Bernald & Scott) and Jordan, Corey, Erin & Keegan Little (Marie & Tom).  
Boultbee, Gavin, aged 64, passed away April 29, 2004 in Ennismore, ON. He worked in Cassiar 1964, manning the cash register in the comany cafeteria "The Cookery". Gavin was predeceased by his wife a few years prior and is survived by three children.  
Boutilier, Charles "Chuck" passed away April 18, 2005. Approximately 6 weeks prior Chuck started behaving oddly, often doing the opposite of what is generally appropriate. A checkup revealed he had an inoperable brain tumour to which he succumbed. Charles lived in Cassiar 1959-1963, working 1959-60 in the sheetmetal shop, 1961-62 in tailings conveyor maintenance and then 1962-63 for community club and theater operations. He married Joan Hanley (deceased November 9, 1996). Chuck leaves to mourn their three children Naomi, Kathy and Les, grandchildren Robert, Krystal (Naomi) and Megan, Eve (Les); his second wife Anne, step-daughter Elizabeth as well as Joan's siblings; Walter, Ed, Donald, Kathleen and Laurie, they being aunts and uncles to Joan's children.  
Boychuk, Debra Gale Cole, passed away September 17, 2010 in Edmonton, after having a heart attack. Debbie was married to Ted Boychuk and lived in Cassiar approximately 1973-75. Ted and his brothers Mike and Joe all worked in Cassiar at one time, as did their uncle Hilary "Larry" Spaczynski, Cassiar's long-serving blacksmith. Debbie is survived by son Paul and daughter Linda Boychuk.  
Boychuk, Stacey, passed away August 3, 2007 in Saskatoon, SK at age 39 from cancers of the throat, lymph and internal organs. Stacey worked in Cassiar from 1987 to closing. He started in the mill, operating the front end loader & production forklift. He later worked underground until closing. Stacey loved the outdoors; boating, biking, Quading, snowmobiling,etc. He owned a cabin about 10 km. south of town. Stacey is survived by his mother, Ellen Newton of Summerland; Brother Brent Boychuk also an ex-cassiarite of Kelowna. Stacey was cremated and laid to rest in the Regina city cemetery.  
Boyd, Bonny, aged 49, passed away June1, 2005 after a long strong with cancer in the hospital in Cranbook, BC. Bonny lived in Cassiar 1979-1986. Worked in Rec Centre - Ski Hill Operator. Bar, Office -Warehouse, Mill etc. She is survived by her mother Rosaline, her sisters Tanya and Laura Lee, her brother Kevin and her children Shayne and Chelsea and her ex-husband Vince Gibson (former Cassiar employee).  
Brill, Alfred Sr., Cassiar resident in the 1950s died of cancer  
Brill, Alfie Jr., Cassiar resident in the 1950s, died of complications following motor vehicle accident.  
Brill, Henry, Cassiar resident in the 1950s, murdered in the 1970s  
Bringsli, Perry, aged 51, passed away in his sleep on January 13th, 2006 in Sayward, BC. Perry lived in Clinton Creek and then in Cassiar where he worked in the mine as a truck driver up until 1992. He lived up in a house up the town house road. He is survived by Joy Mcleod, Perry's common law wife of over 15 years, Pheobe & Bob, Krista & Rob Randell, Perry's brother, Red, of Deep Bay, BC, Brother Pete, of Whitehorse & his sister in Edmonton, AB  
Bronson, Charlie. Assistant General Manager at Cassiar 1956 - 1967. Passed away November 17, 2000 in Vista, California age 95. Picture taken in Kelowna, BC Aug. 25, 2000  charlie_bronson.jpg (46325 bytes)
Brownie passed away May 26, 2002. Survived by wife Rita Brown  
Bucar, Joe. Mysteriously disappeared in 1994. See Special Losses page.
On November 18, 2003 a judge ruled that in light of the information to him that Joe had clearly met his demise.
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Buchanan, Kenneth James  April 23, 1957 - April 15, 2013. Ken lived in Cassiar working for the  Royal Bank, 1979-80 & 1988-91
Ken was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. Beloved son of Helen (née Petrynko) and Glenn Kenneth Buchanan, who predeceased him in 2001. He is survived by his mother, his son, Franklin, his sister, Linda Trim (husband Dan) and his loving partner, William Christiansen. Ken's nephews Lee Trim (wife Tonnie), Grant Trim (wife Joanne) and Scott Trim (wife Debbie) also mourn his passing. After schooling in Prince Rupert and training in the financial services business at BCIT, he entered his career with the Royal Bank of Canada where he was tasked with opening remote branches in places like Cassiar and Tumbler Ridge. He would later settle in Hazelton, B.C. where he became a valued ally of the Gitksan band as they fought many battles to reclaim their traditional lands. For his work there, he was welcomed into the Wolf clan and is considered one of their own. He was also a village alderman and a member of the Northern B.C. Municipalities Association. Once he had retired, he moved to Vancouver and became an advocate for People with AIDS and later was named chair of the Positive Living Society of B.C. Ken, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004, became a spokesperson for "positive" people and was often asked to speak at conferences and in the media on behalf of his community.
Buncic, Frank 1998  
Buncic, Marija, aged 80, passed away very suddenly of a heart attack on December 16, 2006 after a short illness with cancer.Marija was predeceased by husband Frank Buncic and son Milan Buncic. She leaved to mourn daughters Dragica Roy (Patrick) and Georgina Pisonic and their families.  
Buncic, Milan (son of Frank) 1998  


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