It is with great sadness that the family of Russell Oscar Dunlop announce his peaceful passing in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on June 6, 2004 at the age of 71 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 3, 1932, he was always proud to have been a British Columbian by birth. His family soon moved back to Woodstock, Ontario, where Russ grew up, received his education, and began his career with the Thompson Newspaper Company. In 1959 he transferred back to B.C., having been promoted to Advertising Manager for the Nanaimo Free Press. By 1970, he had received a further promotion which brought him to Vernon as Publisher of the Vernon Daily News. He later left the Thompson Company to become the founder of Vernon Interior Printers, Vernon Instant Print, and finally VIP Printers, which he operated until his retirement in 1999. Russ was a long-time member of the Gyro Club, serving in numerous capacities which culminated in being appointed Governor of District IV. He was honoured with the prestigious Gyro Merit Award for outstanding service to the club. Russ’ favourite times were spent with loved ones, most often camping and fishing. He also enjoyed downloading music and sharing CDs with family and friends. Russ is survived and will be sorely missed by his best friend and loving wife Evelyn, son Chris Dunlop (Jean), daughter Sheree Marshall (Jim), all of Vernon; step-daughter Tammy Wilson of Castlegar; step-son Daniel Wilson (Diana) of Victoria; grandchildren Ryan and Matthew, Gordon and Melissa, Michael and Kimberly; great-grandson Troy; brother George Dunlop (Sonya) of Woodstock, Ontario; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other special relatives and friends. Russ was predeceased by his father Oscar in 1983, his mother Norma in 2003, and his sister Ruby in 2002. In keeping with his wishes, Russ’ family will hold a private Celebration of Life to honour his name and share his memory. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Russ may make a memorial donation to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

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