November 8, 1926 – December 23, 2015
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a very gentle man. Born November 8, 1926 on the family farm in Listowel Ontario to Joseph & Apolonia Querin, Neil grew up and worked on the family farm until the urge to go west and check out the Calgary Stampede took hold at age 21. He and a friend headed out to cross Canada in an old car with very little money, and worked their way to Calgary doing odd jobs and sleeping in the car. The Stampede was everything that they envisioned, and Neil sought out a job so that he could continue to live in Calgary, entering an apprentice program as a plumber and gas fitter that would serve him well. It was while working in Calgary that Neil was introduced to Anne Maloff, a perfect match, and they were married on March 11, 1950 in Calgary. Both worked hard and built a home together in Forest Lawn, welcoming daughters Victoria Ann on December 7, 1953 and Linda Faye January 28, 1956. Neil was a good provider and wanted more for his family, moving all to Fort St. John BC in the spring of 1960 opening his own plumbing and heating business. Neil again provided well for his family, driving his girls and friends to dancing, school, and figure skating, where ever, whenever. On weekends when the house was full of giggling girls, he just sat back and watched the goings on, never saying much, taking it all in. Neil instilled into his girls a strong work ethic by taking them to work with him on weekends, showing them what he did, and how he did it. To this day they both know a bit about plumbing. On April 8 1964 son Robert Michael was joyfully welcomed into the family. Finally, someone who did not spent hours in the bathroom, another man in the house. In 1970 Neil quit the plumbing business starting a water and sewer installation company together with Warren Moore, working on many subdivisions and commercial properties in the then booming Fort St John. They continued working together on many projects until Neil’s retirement, remaining good friends, keeping in touch throughout the years. As the family grew, a new family home was built that they would live in 30 years until retiring to Vernon BC in 1989. Daughter Victoria married in 1970, and grandsons James Mikael were born May 23, 1972 and Mikael Charles December 8, 1978. Neil now had 2 grandsons, wonderful, root pickers for the farm that he was clearing and seeding. The boys loved being with grandpa on the farm, they did guy stuff drove equipment and all had a great time. In his retirement years Neil loved to make wine, making sure family and friends always got a sip when visiting. Using the cherries that he had grown filled him with pride and a batch was always on the go. Neil was a devoted husband, caring father, grandfather, great grandfather, a friend, mentor, and neighbor, often clearing snow for others on the block with his snow blower. An avid bingo player, crib player, penny poker player, family gatherings always had rocking matches of cards and a bit of wine. The crib board was never far away, and matches always were welcome. Neil loved hockey and curling and enjoyed going to the arena to watch, or in later years watching on TV, anytime of the day or night. Joking that he and mom make a visit to “Church”, which was code for the Casino was always a good thing, as he hoped and prayed that he might make a bit of bingo money while there. When the great grandchildren started arriving and visiting, Neil sat back in his usual way with a sparkle in his eye, taking it all in. Neil is lovingly survived by his older brother Earl Querin, his wife and soul mate of 65 years Anne Querin, his children Vicki (Mike) Nielsen, Linda Querin, Robert Querin. Grandsons Jamie (Tracy) Nielsen, Mikael (Natalie) Nielsen, great grandchildren Tyson, Tegan, Amelia, and Alexander Nielsen, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Neil’s memory to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 27th Avenue, Vernon BC V1T 1S4 would be greatly appreciated.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca. Arrangements entrusted to: ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES ® Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237