October 6, 1964 ~ May 7, 2008

After a lengthy and

brave struggle with cancer,

James Van Engelen of

Blackpool, B.C., passed

away at Dr. Helmcken Memorial

Hospital, Clearwater,

BC, on May 7, 2008.

He was 43 years of age.

Left to mourn James’

passing are Joanne, his loving

wife of 23 years; sons

Mark (Brandy) and Jesse;

daughter Kerry (Mitch);

grandchildren Angel and

Cera; parents Anna and

Arnold; sisters Trudy,

Anne and Yvonne; brothers

Francis, John, Arn, Jack

and Chris; plus numerous

nieces, nephews and many

friends. James was predeceased

by his nephews,

Robert Abday and Carson

Van Engelen.

James was licensed inter-

provincially as a body

mechanic. Many people

knew James, however,

as the friendly fl ag man

who frequently fl ashed the

peace sign to passing motorists

in the North Thompson

Valley and throughout

BC. He loved nature, wild

strawberry jam, fi shing and

he loved his family. Most

of all, James loved his soul

mate and his best friend,


A Memorial Service for

James Van Engelen will be

held on Monday, May 12,

2008 at 11a.m. at the Clearwater

Community Baptist

Church, 24 East Old North

Thompson Highway, Clearwater,

BC. A reception will

follow in the banquet room

at the Wells Gray Inn.


arrangements entrusted

to North Thompson Funeral

Services, Clearwater

(250-674-3030) and Barriere


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