Clifford Reuben Kanester

June 17th, 1924 – March 28th, 2012

Clifford will be sadly missed by his sons: James (Anne-Marie) and Clinton (Kathryn); his daughter Janet; his four loving granddaughters: Nadia, Jennifer, Emily, and Wynne; and also by his companion June. Clifford was predeceased by his wife Lillian March 28th, 2010.

Clifford Reuben Kanester was born at Wood Mountain in Southern Saskatchewan in 1924. During his formative years, his family left the area and travelled by wagon caravan to Meadow Lake in Northern Saskatchewan, and then to Creston, BC.

In 1941 at the age of 17, Cliff volunteered for the war effort and after being trained in Vernon, shipped overseas, to England, Sicily, Italy and Belgium.

After Cliff returned to Canada in 1946, he returned to Creston and worked briefly as a barber, forester, miner, and then finally entered the Utility construction industry where he solidified his career and worked all over the Province constructing water & sewer lines, microwave towers, fish ladders and other infrastructure.

In 1951, while working in Revelstoke, he met Lillian Cass, and the two married in 1952. The family settled in Kamloops, and Cliff continued to work around the Province to support both his new family, and pay off a house he had purchased for his mother. In 1964 Cliff moved the family to Penticton to the main office of Interior Contracting where he acted as a manager for the office.

In early 1966, Cliff commenced work as the superintendent of construction when the Vernon Irrigation District went from a canal based system, to underground pressurized pipe system. This allowed the family some stability; a small house and farm was purchased in the BX and the family moved to it in 1967. Over the years following, Cliff built up the farm and continued to work for the Irrigation District until he retired to full time farming at age 68.

He felt strongly about rural communities and served as the area B representative on the Regional District for several long terms, working as the chairman of Parks and Recreation Committee. One of his prides was assisting with the creation of the BX/Swan Lake Fire Hall. His last term in office ended in 2009.

In his retirement years, Cliff kept busy with hobbies such as: genealogy, photography and dark room work, leather work and saddle making, raising and training horses and horseback riding.

A celebration of Cliff’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.

In remembrance of Cliff and his life, donations may be made to the North Okanagan Hospice society.

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