George Richard Olich


April 22, 1929 – July 9, 2006

After a courageous battle with cancer, George passed away at his home in Ashton Creek, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of July 9, 2006. George leaves to grieve his loving wife, and best friend, of 55 years, Marie. He is also survived by his three daughters; Sandy (Dave) Strain of Ashton Creek, Lori (Randy) Smith of Mara, and Penny (Greg) Robinson of Ashton Creek. George was devoted to his eight grandchildren; Karri (Shane) Williamson, Orval Brockwell, Jeremy (Char-Lynn) Bubar, Jodi (Shane) Dixon, Tara (Tyler) Collins, Darren, Justin, and Brad Robinson, and step-granddaughter Kristie Hamacher. He was especially proud to be”Pa” to his great grandchildren; Marissa and Cole Williamson, Austin, Logan and Brooke Bubar, Conner, Emma, Walker, and Layne Dixon, Jasmine Linz Robinson, Madison Collins, and Jessiah Wadsworth. George is survived by siblings Ed Olich of Edmonton, Vera(Ed) Grube of Vancouver, and Irma (Mark) Marketon of Oak Harbor, Wash., and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Mildred Brandenburg, and nephew Albert Grube. George, as a pioneer of the Ashton Creek, Kingfisher, and Hidden Lake areas, spent his life farming, logging, operating his sawmill, or working for the forest service building roads, and campsites, and as a fire warden. He was always popular and well-known operating his septic pumping service throughout the valley. George, with his witty sense of humour, captive personality, and story-telling skills, will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at St. Andrew’s United Church, Enderby. Donations in memory of George may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4480 Oak Street, Room B321, Vancouver, V6H 3V4. Condolence messages may be emailed to the family at Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237.

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