1945 – 2012
In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 25, 2012, Terrance Lee Popplewell passed away suddenly at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital at the age of 67 years. He is the beloved husband of Linda (Gauthier) and the loving father of two daughters; Stacey Tolles (Jack), and Charlene Nielsen (Scott), and grandchildren: Bria, Erica, Sara, Natalie, and Jorgen. He also leaves his brother Bill (Bonnie) as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, with nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Marie and Angus.
Terry was born in Calgary, AB, on May 11, 1945 to Angus and Marie (Geisbrecht) Popplewell. Terry and his family moved to Rossland where his father took a job with Cominco Ltd after the Second World War. There he was raised with his brother Bill. Terry attended Mclean Elementary School and Rossland Senior Secondary High School. He graduated with honours and went on to work as an apprentice at Trails Cominco’s analytical services department, where he became an analyst in the lab. He transferred to Cominco Kimberley, where he met and married his wife of 43 years – Linda (Gauthier) in Sept 1969. He moved his new wife of five months to Pine Point N.W.T., Cominco property to become their second in command at the assay lab. They stayed in Pine Point for three years and they had their two daughters while living there. They then moved to Cominco Vanscoy SK. (just outside of Saskatoon, SK), to be lead head of the Analytical services Lab, for about one year. He decided to learn a new profession and the opportunity came to him through Cominco to take an apprenticeship to become an electrician. Terry had an interest in electronics as well, and he took a program to learn how to make electronic devices and learn how they work. He worked in construction and maintenance as an electrician for a several years and an opportunity came his way with the company to work in the meter shop specializing in electronic repairs. He enjoyed his work there for many years. He decided to go back into the assay Lab and worked for many more years until his retirement in 2001 when he and his wife Linda moved to Cranbrook BC where they have resided for over 10 years.
A celebration of Terry’s Life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2210 – 2nd Street North, Cranbrook, BC on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 2 pm. If friends desire, memorial donations may be made in Terry’s honour to the Canadian Cancer Society, 19 – 9th Ave. S., Cranbrook, BC V1C 2L9. Condolences may be left for the family at www.markmemorial.com
Mark Memorial Funeral Services in care of arrangements (250) 426-4864