Bernard (Ben) Edward Schwarz passed away suddenly on February 06, 2007 in Chilliwack, B.C. at the age of 72 years. He was predeceased by his stepchildren, Carl O’Brien and Joan Kempf.
Ben is survived by his loving family, mother: Lydia Schwarz of Kamloops, B.C., wife: Katherine, stepchildren: Roy (Gwen) O’Brien of Moose Jaw, SK, Larry (Kathy) O’Brien of Moose Jaw, SK and Myrna (Jim) McLean of Calgary, AB, daughter-in-law: Sheila O’Brien of Saskatoon, SK, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and siblings: Arnie (Violet) Schwarz of Kamloops, B.C., Elmer (Sharon) Schwarz of Ontario, Henry (Sharon) Schwarz of Kamloops, B.C., Emil (Julie) Schwarz of Kamloops, B.C., Loretta (George) Lewis of Kamloops, B.C., Darlene (Bob) Venne of Penticton, B.C., Diana (Larry) Danchuk of Kamloops, B.C., Francis (Marina) Schwarz of Kamloops, B.C. and Walter (Tammy) Schwarz of Kamloops, B.C.
“Gentle Ben”, as we all called him, was loved by all. Ben worked with heavy duty machinery most of his life, then worked 15 years for the B.C. Highways Department until he retired. He loved travelling with Kay, his loving wife, in their 5th wheel. Ben also loved his babies (cats), Timmy and Patches. Ben and Kay lived in Boston Bar for 21 years before moving to Hope in August of 1999. Ben loved to socialize. He belonged to the Hope Senior’s Club and enjoyed the socials, playing cards and helping out when needed. A Memorial Service will be held at the Mountainside Funeral Chapel, the date and time will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon in Ben’s memory. Donation envelopes are available at Mountain- side Funeral Home or online at www.heartandstoke.ca
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Daryl and Phyllis Rick, Dr. Wiggins, Dr. Botha, all of the Home Care nurses and the nurses and staff at the Fraser Canyon Hospital and the Chilliwack General Hospital.
Mountainside Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements 604-869-8229