Harvey Eldon Wiege passed away peacefully at Mt. Cartier Court Extended Care in Revelstoke, B.C. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, with Bev, Ashley and Carmen at his side. He was 81 years.
Harvey was born in Hatton, Saskatchewan, on December 6, 1934, to Fred and Lanore Wiege. Sister Daphne was there to welcome him, and they were later joined by brother Gilbert, sister LaRue, and brother Garry.
The family moved to Kelowna, BC, in 1945 where they lived on a vineyard until they moved to Notch Hill, BC, in the fall of 1950.
While living in Notch Hill, Harvey was hired by the CPR to keep the fires going in the steam locomotives. He later moved to Revelstoke to continue working for the CPR in the shops, then as a fireman, and finally as an engineer, mainly in Revelstoke but at times in Field and in the Kootenays. He enjoyed his time with the CPR – not necessarily the long cold winter hours — but certainly the men he worked with, many of whom became long- time friends.
Harvey was seldom idle — he enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, working with and repairing watches and clocks, carpentry, gardening, even snow-blowing!, attending auctions, getting in his vehicle to explore near and far, grooming dogs with Bev, hunting and fishing with family and friends, and, of course, the morning problem-solving coffee group. The times he enjoyed the most, though, were those spent in Sicamous, at the cabin on Mara, puttering, visiting, and fishing, especially when he could be with family and friends. Harv was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, and the Order of the Eastern Star, and he was always interested in their activities even when he could no longer attend their meetings.
Harv was a kind, patient, and gentle man, with a bit of a sly and mischievous side. Even when the physical limitations of the last few years prevented him from doing much of what he enjoyed, he usually had a smile on his face, and an appreciation of the people who worked with him and those who took time to visit with him.
Harvey was predeceased by his parents, sisters LaRue and Daphne, brother Gilbert and his daughter Barbara. He is survived by Bev, son Randy (Deb) MacLeod of Kamloops, daughter Karen (Raul) Sanchez of Vernon, brother Garry (Dianne) of Revelstoke, step-children David and Betty, 9 grandchildren: Ashley, Logan, Taryn, Kim, Lacey, Samuel, Aaron, Carmen and Joshua; two great-grandchildren: Carmen and Maverick, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Harv’s Life in the spring, with his Masonic Brethren presiding.
The family has requested no flowers, but donations to the Revelstoke Community Foundation, if friends so choose.
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Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke, B.C.