Marion Gordon Checknita

Marion Gordon Checknita

July 26 1939 – July 12, 2012

With profound sadness, the Checknita family announces the departure of our beloved Marion after a long and heroically endured battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Marion was a cheerful, kind and affectionate family man, born on a farm at Redwater, Alberta. He met his wife and best friend Cathy (née Chisholm, of Heatherton, Nova Scotia) in Mexico. They were married in 1966, had four children, and enjoyed forty-six happy years together in Kimberley and Trail, BC.

Marion graduated in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta in 1961, and had a 37 year career at Cominco. He was a fine golfer and curler who relished the companionship of his friends. He had a big irrepressible laugh and a great zest for life.

Marion is survived by his loving wife, Cathy, his sister Marianne, children Leslie (Robin), Peter (Jennifer), Paul and Pat (Chad), and grandchildren Kate, Alastair, Sarah, Jane, and Mary.

A private celebration will be held at a later date. Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

The family is grateful to the doctors and staff of Columbia View Lodge. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC at 300-828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2 or online at

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