BOUTHILLIER, CLARENCE ELLIS
— Clarence was born on November 27, 1928 in Trail, BC, the eldest son of George and Dorothy Bouthillier.
Clarence passed away peacefully on May 2, 2012 at Columbia View Lodge after a lengthy, hard-fought battle with cancer.
He was raised and schooled in Trail. Clarence worked as an equipment operator for Cominco for 24 years, and during that time, he operated an electrical business. He went back to school, attending UBC, obtaining a mining instructor certificate. Clarence then taught at the Rossland Mining School for the Ministry of Education. He was in partnership in B&N Drilling and Blasting Ltd. After the mining school closed and before retiring, Clarence gained employment with the Ministry of Labour as an apprenticeship counsellor.
He had many interests in his life which included his hobby farm on Columbia Gardens Road in Fruitvale. There he raised a variety of farm animals; he had a special fondness for dogs, which he owned many. Other hobbies included
fishing, hunting, curling, crosscountry skiing and hiking. He could be found many a day in his fishing boat on Kootenay Lake with his best friend and good buddy Jack Hewlett or on the Arrow Lake with his brother Allan.
Clarence is survived by his children; Louise Bryden, Lorraine (Murray) Bartlett,
Colleen (Tim) Mason, Don (Lynda) Bouthillier, Gary (Serita) Bouthillier, his brother Allan (Alex) Bouthillier, grandchildren; Corinne Wallace, Kevin
Bryden, Scott Bartlett, Lisa Holz, Donny Bouthillier, Garret Bouthillier, Moriah
Bouthillier, ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Clarence was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his parents, his infant brother Alan, his sister Dorothy and his son-inlaw, Tom Bryden. Clarence will be sadly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Rosewood Village and Columbia View Lodge for the excellent care given to Clarence during his stay. The family would also like to express a special thanks to all the staff for the kindness shown during a very difficult time.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Clarence’s name to Columbia View Lodge at 2920 Laburnum Drive, Trail, BC V1R 4N2 or to a charity of your choice.
At Clarence’s request, there will not be a service and cremation will take place.
Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca