Mr. Henry “Hank” Allemeersch passed away peacefully at The Overlander Seniors Home in Kamloops B.C. on April 15, 2008 at the age of 78. Hank was born in Varigan Sask., his family moved to Nelson B.C. in 1943. At 14 Hank started working for the CP Railway. As a young boy he worked very hard and was loyal to the CPR for 42 years retiring in 1985. He married the love of his life, Pauline Fisolo, on June 11, 1952. Hank and Pauline lived in various towns and villages in B.C., settling in Hope in 1958. Pauline passed away after 28 years of marriage to Hank at the age of 48 years. Hank and Pauline had 8 children; Linda (Rick), Donald, David (predeceased), James (Carol), Marvin (predeceased), Shirley, Judy (Brian), Nancy (Eric). Hank also had 18 grandchildren: Alana, Michael, Chelsea, Kimberly, Sarah, Rayanna, Steven, Kevin, Justin, Nick, Brandon, Mathew, Jeremy, Williona, Jesse, Govana, Sidney, and Connor, and 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Hank had 3 brothers; William (predeceased), Paul, George, and 2 sisters; Lila and Artie, also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

His family has fond memories of numerous family outings but the favourite was camping at Coquihalla Lake when they would sit around the campfire with banjo and accordion singing, pots of corn on the cob at midnight for kids, breakfast with fresh picked huckleberries for pancakes, fishing at the lake and down many creeks. Everyone loved his baked salmon barb’q. Hank also loved to grow a big garden sharing the fresh fruit and vegetables with all the neighbours. He was also very active in the community (eg. Santa Claus, chaperoned teen dances, called bingo, etc. etc.) Whenever a friend needed Hank’s help he was there to lend a hand. Hank will be dearly missed by family and the many friends he made over the years.

The Funeral Service was held on April 21, 2008. Condolences can be sent to the family at jjireh1@telus.net.

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