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October 3, 2015

McDowell, Herbert Wesley

Herb passed away with his family by his side on October 3, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Remembered and sadly missed by his children Grant (Rena), Garry (Patty), Debby (Warren), Ron (Debbie), fifteen grandchildren and spouses, and seventeen great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his loving wife Alice, son Tim, daughter-in-law Dianne, and grandson Corey. Herb was born in Newstadt, Ontario but became a long-time resident of Summerland. He wore many hats in his lifetime. After marrying Alice in 1952 they came west from Ontario and settled in Calgary where he drove gravel truck for Burns and Dutton. He later moved to Grande Centre where he also worked with Burns and Dutton and helped build the Cold Lake Air Force Base. Once it was built he worked on the base as a civilian auto body mechanic. All five of their children were born in Cold Lake. They moved to High Level Alberta in 1960 and opened a Pacific 66 service station, restaurant and bulk shed. They moved to Summerland in 1967 where he started a trenching business, then worked at the A&J Autobody shop. In 1969 he bought the Summerland Sport Shop which he operated for 5 or 6 years, then he worked in Kelowna at another autobody shop. He worked for a short time welding at Moduline Industries in Penticton. In 1976 he worked as a welder for the District of Summerland and retired from there in 1984. Herb and Alice spent the next 20 years being snowbirds and traveling extensively. His final six years were spent at the Summerland Senior’s Village. The family would like to express their appreciation to the wonderful care and compassion shown to Herb during his stay there. Also a special thank-you to Dr. M. Krabbe for her excellent care throughout the years. As per Herb’s request cremation will take place with no funeral service. Interment will take place at a private family gathering at a later date. In Herb’s honour, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family through 250-494-7752

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