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Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC

OBITUARY

John Edward Dorion

October 17, 1941April 18, 2020

John Edward Dorion, 78, of Vernon, BC, passed away suddenly on April 18, 2020. Ed is survived by his wife Linda, children Craig (Alisa) Dorion, Lorrie (Scott) Cramb, and Sheri Bourcier, stepchildren Chris (Bev) Berkholtz , Jill (Paul) Ploegman, grandchildren Matthew, Colton, Brendan, Mason, Donovan, Quinn and Azriel. Ed was born on October 17, 1941 in Chatham, Quebec to Oscar Kenrick Dorion and Mary Frances (nee Donahue). “Fast Eddie”, one of seven children, lived a rambunctious life in Quebec along with his brothers and sisters, Marjorie, Patsy, George, Jimmy, Freddie and Sandra. His sister, Sandra introduced his first wife, Jean to Ed, whom he later married in August of 1963. Ed and Jean were married for 34 years until her passing in 1997. Ed graduated from UNB in 1965 with a degree in Forestry. Following graduation, the family moved west settling in Port McNeil, BC working for Rayonier. This began his lifelong career in the BC forest industry working for Weldwood (Toba Inlet, Powell River, Surrey and 100 Mile House) and Evans Canada (Golden and Vancouver). Ed was a past chairman of the Interior Lumber Manufacturer’s Association, member of the British Columbia Forest Sector Strategy Committee and served on several boards, including BC Council of Forest Industries and Fibreco. One of Ed’s proudest career accomplishments was leading a group of managers from Golden and Donald to acquire Evans Canada from bankruptcy. The company was subsequently renamed Evans Forest Products Canada where Ed served as President and CEO until his retirement in 1995 to Sicamous. Throughout his life, Ed enjoyed vacationing with his family. There were many family trips to Waikiki that often involved long and meandering walks up to Diamond Head, golden poofers at Moose’s and boogie boarding. From Christmases celebrated in Mexico to fishing trips in Tofino, the family is left with many fond vacation memories. Ed loved being on the water, whether it was fishing on Canim Lake or just a “short” boat trip up the arms of Shuswap Lake. Golfing was another passion of Ed’s, one that he shared with both his son and grandsons. “Papa Ed” often kept his grandsons in stitches on the many rounds they played together through his own interpretation of the rules. Ed was a member of the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club and a life-time member of the Golden Golf Club. In retirement, Ed enjoyed many (mis-) adventures in the motorhome, warm weather winters in Palm Springs golfing and gambling and being more involved with his grandchildren. Papa Ed was a huge supporter of their sports and musical shows. Along with his nephew Jeff, Ed was an avid researcher into his relative Sir John Johnson who was a Loyalist leader during the American Revolution. Most notably, Ed was known for his generosity, not just to family, but to the community and others. Whether it was helping his nephews move out west or purchasing jerseys for the local hockey team, Ed always wanted to help. Ed was pre-deceased by his first wife Jean Mary Dorion (nee Burns), sisters Patsy Mooney and Marjorie Curtis, brothers George and Jimmy Dorion, and nephews Glen Mooney, Jeff Curtis and David Curtis. At a later date, we will gather and have a great celebration of Ed’s life. Arrangements entrusted with Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Vernon, BC. 250-542-4333.

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Angus Todd

May 18, 2020

I grew up with Eddie & Freddie in Lachute, Que. and have many fine memories of our friendships. There was seldom a dull moment when in their company and I am pleased to have these memories. RIP Eddie.
Angus J. Todd
Kitchener, ont.

Steve and Ruth Holmes

May 1, 2020

Ruth and I were very saddened to learn of Ed’s passing.
We spent part of our first date in 1964 at Ed’s apartment after a UNB hockey game thoroughly enjoying Ed’s guitar playing and ribald songs with Forestry classmates. Good times to be remembered.
Ed was always the loudest voice in the foresters’ chant ‘Foresters once, Foresters twice ... ‘
RIP, Ed
Steve and Ruth Holmes

Cheryl Curtis

April 30, 2020

Linda, Craig, Lorrie, Sheri and families,
Jeff enjoyed telling Ryan and I stories of his adventures with Uncle Ed during his early days “out west”. Whenever Jeff and Ed were together, the stories and laughter started again. Together, over the years, we collected many more shared memories with Ed and the family. Our heartfelt sympathies are with you all. Edward will truly be missed.

Sharon Knudsen

April 29, 2020

Our trips out west were always very special. Uncle Ed was a great host and alot of fun to be around. Our summer visit in 2004 we went tubing with him in his green boat, it was the perfect day. My girls Kimberly (then 6) and Catherine (then 4) had such a good time, we've reminisced alot about that time over the years and will continue to cherish those memories. Uncle Ed will be missed dearly.
To Linda, Craig, Lorrie and Sheri (and your families) our thoughts and prayers are with you xo

Krow Fischer

April 29, 2020

And an earlier one..

Krow Fischer

April 29, 2020

I came across some early photos of Ed that I thought his loved ones may enjoy. Lanterns lit for all who love him.
Krow Fischer, partner of the late Dave Curtis, nephew to Ed Dorion.

Dan Mooney

April 27, 2020

My uncle Ed will be truly missed ....I remember back to the 100 mile years and Jeff and I fishing with him and staying at Canim Lake with Ed and Aunt Jean ...those were great years.... we will miss you Ed

Ian Dorion

April 27, 2020

Other than all Uncle Edward's funny jokes and anecdotes along the lines of his older twin brother Fred, he took us on an epic fishing trip to a glacier lake with a jet helicopter. This was during our stay with them in Golden in August 1979. We landed the helicopter on the wharf of an isolated crystal clear lake surrounded by forest and went salmon fishing. That whole trip, including the road trip to Kamloops and some hot springs, was amazing. Another fine memory that my father shared with me was when Uncle Edward fueled up his car on the farm in Lachute shortly after the delivery truck had come to fill up the tank. PopPop thought the fuel guy had short-changed him and gave him hell for it.

Heather Knudsen

April 27, 2020

What a beautiful account of his rich life. My condolences to Linda, Craig, Lorrie, Sheri, and families. When I was quite young I asked Eddie "What's your name again?" to which he replied without hesitation "Uncle Zeke" and the name stuck. Rest in peace Uncle Zeke.

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FROM THE FAMILY

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