Silent Key: Adrien Bouvier VA7ANB

Adrien Joseph Bouvier of Okanagan Falls passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 after a lengthy courageous battle against cancer at the age of 83.

Adrien was born on a farm near Mayronne, Saskatchewan on March 1, 1931 to parents Pierre and Adrienne [nee Facette] Bouvier. He left home at 15 and worked various jobs in farming and the oil fields and eventually in construction which led him to owning and operating his own businesses for the duration of his working years.

Upon his retirement, he travelled extensively where he was able to enjoy his fifth wheel. Adrien was a generous and good-hearted man who always had a story or a joke to share.

He thoroughly enjoyed talking on ham radio, working with wood, building, and carving sculptures. Over the years he was a member of the North Okanagan Ham Radio Club. He sponsored fighters in a boxing club, and was a member of a boating club and the Knights of Columbus.

He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Adrienne; brothers Raymond, Germain, Arthur Joseph, and a still-born brother; sisters Helen, Marie, Lillian and Marguerite; son Norman Bouvier; wife Mary; and grand-daughter Tricia Paproski.

Adrien leaves to mourn his passing, and cherished fond memories by his loving family including daughters Claudette [Frank], Charmaine [Ken], Paulette [Tim], Jacqueline [George], and Monique [Brian]; sister Cecile; brothers Armand, Pierre, Marcel, George,  Roland, Andre and Colin; thirteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; as well as many extended family and all his friends who were to consider themselves honourary pallbearers.

A memorial mass was celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 1300 hrs. Thursday, January 15th at Christ the King Catholic Church followed by a reception in the church.

Urn interment followed at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery.

Donations are gratefully accepted for Moog & Friends Hospice House, 1701 Government Street, Penticton, BC V2A 8J7.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Services & Crematorium, Oliver and Osoyoos.

Adrien’s association with the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club included Associate Membership granted in the club in 83-84 in recognition of his donation to the club of a 5 Kw Kohler mobile gasoline generator which the club returned to him in 1997 when a more compact generator was purchased.

Adrien was well-known in Salmon Arm where he lived for a number of years while his athletic daughters went through our local school system.

Adrien was a larger-than-life character who will never be forgotten by anyone who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

The bulk of this Silent Key entry was copied verbatim from the obituary supplied by the funeral home.

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