(John) Stanley Grimshire

Born on the homestead on Swakum Mountain above upper Nicola in February 1933. He was brought into this world by Mrs. Smith, who later gave Stan his Indian name “CINCI” which means “Little Brother”.

He bought the ranch in sunshine valley in 1964, where he lived with his wife and family until 1979.

Stan and his family then ranched at Clinton on the Mound Ranch from 1979 to 1988. Then semi-retiring, Stan & Barb moved to Armstrong, where they farmed hay, sheep, fallow deer, and pot bellied pigs, exotic birds and much more. They then retired back to Merritt in January of 2010.

For many years Stan was an active member of BC Cattleman’s Association, 4H as well as Toastmasters, Masons, Eastern Star and the Shriners. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong. In Clinton he was President of the Clinton Cattleman’s Association.

In the late 50’s & early 60’s, he and his younger brother David were well known in Nicola valley for their long distance running.

For many years he was president of the BC Livestock Association, and also served on the safety board of the Okanagan Cattle’s Board.

Stan was predeceased by his mother, father and brother David.

He is survived by his wife Barb, sons Bruce (Diana) of Merritt, Greg (Sandra) of Cache Creek and Kevin (Rhonda) of Calgary, AB and daughter Shannon (Blake) of Castor, AB; six grandchildren (Brittany, Garrett, Caitlyn, Dallas, Natasha and Breanna.) and 1 great granddaughter (Kayden).

A Graveside Service was held at the Pine Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to Merritt Funeral Chapel, 250-378-2141.


To know the ranch is to experience

Life in its fullest form.

Somehow the cows and the feed

And the sun and the breeze

Set a steady pace by which we march from

Hour to hour and day to day without

Complaint or weariness….for,

If our chores are ever done

We know then we must rest.

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