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Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue, Merritt, BC

OBITUARY

Joseph Guy Rose

30 April , 19297 June , 2019

Joseph Guy Rose April 30, 1929 – June 7, 2019

With heavy hearts we wish to announce the recent passing of Joseph Guy Rose of Quilchena. Guy was predeceased by his parents Matt and Virginia (Guichon) and his sister Monica. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Hilde, sister Eleanor(Bill), brother-in-law Graham, sons Steve(Jill), Mike(Suzanne), Peter(Fiona), Paul(Kathy) and daughter Anne, 9 grandchildren Matt(Michelle), Jennifer(Wayne), Derek, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Ryan, Charlie, Jared and Megan, as well as 3 great grandchildren Zoe, Evan and Colbie, and numerous loving extended family and friends. Guy was raised in Kitsilano, Vancouver, his father having a long career in the Vancouver Police Department. Guy took his elementary and high school education at Vancouver College. From his teen years on, he spent his summers working for his uncles on the Guichon Ranch at Quilchena in the Nicola Valley. Soon after graduating from UBC in 1953 (BSc Agriculture) Guy and his two best friends decided to travel to Europe for a post- graduation adventure. En route, aboard the ms Masdaam, Guy met a pretty German girl who would become the love of his life. In 1955 Guy and his cousin Gerard each bought one half of the Guichon Ranch from the second generation family members. Guy and Hilde married that same year and built a home overlooking Nicola Lake and raised their family there. Despite being busy with the operation of the Quilchena Cattle Company, as well as the hotel, general store and farm machinery dealership, Guy still devoted much time to his growing family. Skiing was a life-long passion, starting at a hand-built cabin on Grouse Mountain, and later for many years, nearly every Friday over the winter the children would step off the school bus and directly into the Rambler station wagon and head to Silver Star. He was also able to contribute tirelessly to community service through virtually all his adult life. He was involved locally with the Kinsmen Club, Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Board and active with the Church. In 1979 he oversaw both the construction of the current Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Quilchena (on the exact site his grandfather built the original church in 1898) and the new Sacred Heart Church and adjoining Phelan House senior’s residence in Merritt. Guy also at various times served on the executive of the Nicola Stockbreeders and both the BC and Canadian Cattlemen’s Associations. In addition he was for a time a member of the Agricultural Land Commission and also sat on the Land Claims Panel of the BC Treaty Commission. Guy was also extremely honoured to sit on the Board of Directors of BC Hydro from 1981 to 1992 and then for two years as a director of the Forest Alliance of BC. He loved his beautiful Nicola Valley and the people who live there. Strong and lasting friendships were built with his fellow pioneer ranching families as well as his beloved friends in the First Nation community at Quilchena. For well over a century generations of “Quilchena people” have worked, celebrated, prayed and mourned together and Guy was extremely passionate and proud of that bond that today continues to endure. Travel was also an important part of Guy and Hilde’s life and they made time for regular trips to Hilde’s home town in Germany as well as other parts of Europe where many friendships were cultivated over the decades. To say they were sociable people is a great understatement. Guy and Hilde absolutely loved to entertain family and friends…some events bordering on legendary. In more recent years, Guy was able to enjoy more time spent with family, a particular highlight being a family Christmas cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate Hilde’s eightieth birthday. He especially loved gatherings and travel with his beloved grandchildren and most recently time spent with his great grandchildren. He was delighted at the arrival of little Colbie just three weeks ago. The family would like to pay tribute to Dr. Simon as well as the wonderful nursing staff of the Nicola Valley Hospital and the exemplary and professional care that was provided during his brief stay. The community should be proud of having such a well-equipped and caring facility. Thanks also to all who came to visit Guy during his last days to share affection, prayers and memories, including a moving prayer service in the Okanagan language. Thanks also for all the messages of condolence and support. Prayers will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Quilchena on Friday June 14, at 5:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merritt on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 am with internment to follow at Pineridge Cemetery where Guy will be laid to rest beside his parents. A further celebration of life is being contemplated for a date later this summer, though yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Nicola Valley Health Care Endowment Foundation (www.nvhcef.com) or the charity of your choice. Please visit "MerrittFuneralChapel.com" to post your greetings and remembrances.

Services

  • Prayers Friday, 14 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 15 June , 2019

Memories

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Sonja Norgaard

16 June 2019

So sorry to hear of Guy's passing. So many memories from when I was so young. Weekends skiing at Silver star, riding horses at the Flying 20, parties at the Hotel, parties at the house. I mostly remember how much my mom and dad laughed when they were with Guy and Hilde. My condolences to all the family. It's been too long since I've seen you all. Sonja Norgaard

Richard Rennich

12 June 2019

I would like to express my condolences to the Rose family. I worked for Quilchena Cattle Company for ten years and enjoyed working with Guy. He was an inspiration to all who worked for him. The Nicola Valley will miss him.
Sincerely, Richard Rennich.

Shelley Pardiac

11 June 2019

Dear Hilde and Family,
I was sad to hear Guy
recently passed away. It was such a privilege to work for all of you and to be welcomed into the community for many years before I moved away in the mid 80's. . The memories are so vivid and whenever I speak to old friends or co-workers like Rose, Ingrid or Charlotte, we never say goodbye to one another without making sure we tell a favourite Quilchena story or two with gratitude for being a part of something so grand and then everytime we also share well wishes for you, Guy and the family. You raised alot of young people into this world with jobs on your ranch, hotel, store and golf course. Guy made it a better place by role modelling hard work, family values, tolerance and community giving. May you find peace in the coming days knowing Guy will always be fondly remembered . Love and hugs to you all. Shelley Pardiac-Arundel and Family.

Eileen O'Hanley

11 June 2019

I have many, many memories of Guy, having grown up on the Quilchena ranch. My fondest (to only pick one) was of his child-like enjoyment and excitement at Halloween. We actual kids would rush through our trick-or-treating and hurriedly shuck our costumes in order to head up to Roses' for the bonfire and fireworks. Hilde served lots of treats, and there were sparklers for each of us. But the highlight was Guy and his pyrotechnics, presented despite too much wind, and usually way too close to flammable trees! You brightened my childhood, Guy. Thank you.

Linda Norton

11 June 2019

Hello Hilde ,
My memory for you is that of your visit to Portage la Prairie to see Mom & Dad (Charles & Ruth Guichon). You and Guy were engaged and you were both so happy!
I remember you sitting on the couch and telling your story! You both made an impression for me to remember that visit!

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