Donald Benjamin Sherk

Long time Lavington resident, Don Sherk, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly and five daughters, Lynn Sherk (Jim Robbie), Clearwater, BC; Elaine (Sis) Hanson (Bill Ruckman), Fanny Bay, BC; Pat Sherk, Lavington, BC; Betty (Bruce) Paxton, Kamloops, BC and Deanna Sherk, Vernon, BC. Grand and great-grand children: Don and Kim (Cooper & Tanner) Hanson, Jina and Grant (Austin, Carter & Jordyn) Taylor, Allyson and Riley Paxton, Heather Gray-Hood and Rob Gray.

Also survived by his sisters Evelyn and Mickey, brothers Dutch, Earl, Ron and Denny, nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his parents Lorne and Almeta, brothers Slim, Casey and Scotty.

Don was born in Jarvie, AB, moved to Vernon with his family in 1933, married Beverly Brett in 1949 and moved to Lavington. Don dedicated his career to the forest industry. At a young age he joined the family sawmill business in the Bluenose area, progressing to lumber mills as a millwright until his retirement in 1988. Don was an inventive ‘Mr. Fix It’ — a man of many talents.

To his children and grandchildren he was the best Dad and “Papa” in the world along with Gram whom would do whatever was best for the people they loved always putting others needs before their own. Don lived life to its fullest and wherever he was laughter followed. His passion was family, his guitars and sharing the music. In his younger years Don was an enthusiastic snowmobiler, his later years an avid horseshoe player and a Member of the Vernon Horseshoe Club.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gilhooly, Dr. Abdel-Kader and the staff at Vernon Polson Special and Sunshine Valley Extended Care Unit.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:30 pm at the Lavington Fellowship Baptist Church, 9681 School Road, Lavington, BC. Social reception to follow.