Clarence (Bud or Smudge to some) went to be with his Lord on February 11th, 2004 at the age of 78 years. He was born on October 7th, 1925 in Lumberton, B.C. He grew up there with siblings Myrtle, Frank, Ellen (who have predeceased him) and Jack. He went to school in Cranbrook, where he received the name Smudge. He began a high work ethic in his youth delivering papers, which he had to ride 9 miles to and from his pickup point. His family moved to Kelowna where he worked in the bus depot as chief cook, then Alymers cannery, the packing house and the public works. It was here he met Sheila Fuller in the 1940’s and they married in 1946. Brian was born in 1947, Lynn 1948 and the twins Dave and Barry in 1950. The Gourlie’s moved to Prince George in 1954 where Bud (new from Smudge) worked for Ben Ginter helping to put finishing touches with his grader to most highways in B.C. They moved to Lumby to fulfill a life long dream of a family business, Arbor park food Store. Bud was an avid athlete, enjoying softball, hockey and boxing as a youth, his picture as a Kelowna Packer is still in the Kelowna arena today. He invested many hours with his Boys and youth coaching hockey. Even in his retirement in Lumby in 1985 he found Young boys to mentor and share hockey with. In his 60’s he discovered curling and golf and at 70 he could hit the ball 170 yards. His joy was his family, especially his love for children. His Easter egg hunts, dunking cookies, his sense of humour, love of chocolate will be treasured by grandchildren: Sarah, Megan, Danielle, Trish, Teri, Sherylee, Angela, Jason & Laurilee. Missing those special times with Poppa are great grandchildren: Trelene, Dallas, Ashley, Tony, Jared, Cohl, Madeline and Sophia. As per Bud’s desire he was cremated and his family held a celebration of his life Feb. 15, 2004. In lieu of flowers Bud desired donations to the House of Prayer in Ottawa (Cheques can be sent to Community Baptist Church, 4911 Silver Star Road, Vernon, B.C. V1B 3K3 or the Alzheimer Assoc.) Arrangements entrusted with FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES, Kelowna. 250-762-2299.

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