Harry Capostinsky

Harry Capostinsky (born – January 15, 1927, Granada, Alberta) passed away peacefully in Clearwater, B.C. on November 15, 2007.

Harry will be forever missed by his children William (Barbie), Steve (Wilna), Keith (Madeleine), Maria (Larry) and Nancy (Bob) his grandchildren Stephanie, Jason, Dylan, Hunter, Madeline, Alexi, Naomi, Julia, Diane, Vicki, Tiffiny and great grandson (Lucas). Also his surviving siblings Lydia, Annie, Phyllis, Jim and Eva (Ed Buck) and many nieces and nephews.

Harry grew-up in a family of 16 brothers and sisters – many of which worked together when they came to the North Thompson valley. Harry arrived in 1941.

Harry along with his family was involved in the early logging and mill development in Clearwater and Vavenby. In the early 50’s Harry established Capostinsky Logging & Construction Co Ltd.

Harry started at the age of 14 working at the sawmill/logging camp on Raft Mountain, then was involved in the building of the mills (CTP in Clearwater and Vavenby) along with brother Frank and family, and later running his logging company in Vavenby where he lived for many years with his wife Louisa as they raised their family. He was an expert road builder and built access roads for BC Hydro when they put the lines thru the valley. Many of the logging roads used in the area today were built by Harry – including the Clearwater River Rd, Road 2 to Adams Lake, and the road into Murtle Lake. He felt a strong sense of pride for his community and the valley and was generous to many.

He had retired to the Okanagan and then Grand Forks where he enjoyed the local ball tournaments and was an expert gardener – reminiscent of his early days farming with his parents in Alberta and Armstrong. He had returned to live in Clearwater to be with his family and friends and passed quietly after walking in the “bush” – then watching his beloved hockey the day before – (yes his team won!).

At Harry’s request there will be no service.


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