January 21st, 1929 – January 21st, 2016
Born in 1929, Max was raised on a farm near Batoche, SK. Growing up, he developed a strong work ethic raising horses and taking care of the family farm. He moved to Trail, BC in 1949 where he provided for and loved his wife and 6 children. He worked as an iron worker at Tech Cominco for over 40 years and had a passion for sports throughout his life, excelling in fastball, curling, broomball and horseshoes. He was also known for his bountiful garden and for his generous spirit, sharing the fruits of his labour with the people around him. In his later years, he enjoyed socializing and playing cards at the Eagles Club and spending time with his wife, Kathleen, hunting, fishing and camping at the Arrow Yacht Club. Max and Kay both loved music and could be often found floating around the dance floor.
His love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was ever present. In his later years, he always made time for them and could be found playing endless games of cards, teaching them how to build the perfect snowman or zipping down a hill on a sled. Always followed by a treat, be it magic gum, ice cream cones, quarters from your hat or pony tail, or simply the best hug you could ever imagine.
He is recently predeceased by his soulmate of 66 years, Kathleen Lepine. He is predeceased by his parents, Alice and Robert Lepine, his brothers Edward and Russel, and his sister Irene Boechler. He is survived by his 6 children Diane (Dan) Brinson, Brien (Heather) Lepine, Beverley (Jack) Fowler, Roland (Lucie) Lepine, Wendy (David) Gleave, Gerald (Delaina) Lepine, his 14 grandchildren and his 15 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers Carl (Helen) and Garnet, his sister Eugenia (Ron) Healey, as well as by sister-in-law Vivian Meabry.
We will miss you, Dad. Give Mom a kiss from us when you see her. We know the two of you will be looking out for us all from above. We love you big as the sky! A celebration of life will be held in Trail in the spring.