UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION – CHURCHES Radcliffe Ernest August 16, 1937 — April 21, 2021, obituaries, obituaries, obituaries

August 16, 1937 — April 21, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 situation at the time of Dad’s passing, we will now be celebrating his incredible life. Please join us with your stories and memories on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at 1658 Tower Ridge Road, Castlegar, BC.
Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
It is with great sadness in our hearts that we, the children of Cliffe Churches, announce his passing. Dad died peacefully in his sleep on April 21, 2021 at Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 83.
Dad was born in Rossland, British Columbia on August 16, 1937, the third of four children born to Norris and Dorothy Churches. As a child he lived in Rossland, Castlegar, Burnaby, White Rock, Chemainus, Saltair and back to Castlegar. He attended Stanley Humphries High School and graduated in 1955. He was very active with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in Nanaimo, Chemainus, Trail and Castlegar and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Numerous camps and courses were attended in Esquimalt, Comox and Cornwallis, NS and he was selected as one of twenty cadets in Canada to participate in a 3 month cruise to Europe and the Mediterranean aboard HMCS Magnificent Air Craft Carrier in 1955. In July 1956 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and enrolled in a 4 year technical apprenticeship. Upon graduation, he was a Petty Officer 2nd Class Aviation Technician and served at the Naval Aircraft Maintenance School at CFB Shearwater VF 870, Base Technical Branch VS 880 and VU 33.
On June 27, 1959, he married the love of his life, Carol Joyce Coolen in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Shortly after, they started their family and together they raised their 5 children. The family moved from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in August 1976 where they made Castlegar their family home. Dad was the true dictionary meaning of Family Man – a man devoted to his family. From their birth until his death, his 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, never had to question his love, he truly dedicated his life to family and time to family was the most important thing to him. Dad’s love for his family could only be eclipsed by the love they had for him.
He worked at Celgar for 14 years, then excelled in life insurance sales for Pioneer Life, Sovereign Life, then 10 years at Canada Life. In 1994, at the age of 57, he suffered a severe stroke which rendered him unable to work. In 1996 mom and dad bought a truck and trailer and took off and traveled across Canada, they spent a lot of time in Nova Scotia with their family, they also traveled across the United States. Throughout his years, Dad enjoyed playing cards, especially in the crib, swimming and picnicking in Syringa, camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends. During the many years he lived in Castlegar, Dad was a member of Castlegar Seniors and was a proud member of Kinnaird Park Community Church.
One of Dad’s proudest accomplishments was his idea to bring fire protection to Robson, BC in 1978. Through his idea and the hard work of many members of family, friends and residents of Robson, they got to work and made his dream a reality. Dad was always so proud of all the volunteers who have kept the fire department alive over the past 42 years. We children are proud that the creation of the Robson Volunteer Fire Department is an integral part of our Father’s legacy.
Dad will be remembered for so many reasons, but for his quirky little smile, his incredible sense of humor, his little jokes, his wit and his pranks. One of his ultimate greatest joys in life was watching his grandchildren grow into amazing adults and watching his great-grandchildren laugh and play, they all lovingly call him Dad. They all loved him as much as he loved them.
Dad is survived by his daughters Cindy (Lanny) Racich of Kelowna, Christine Churches (Brian Murphy) of Port Coquitlam, Diana Churches of Castlegar and son Cliffe Churches (Sharon Phillips) of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren Chelsea Kristian, Kristina Racich and Shauna Adrian, Seamus Murphy, Kyle and Aaron Roos, Ryan and Kelsea Dorosz, Ashley and Taylor Bercier and Elizabeth Churches, and their wives, as well as his 11 grandchildren. – grandchildren, brother Gordon (Wylla) Churches of Brentwood Bay, BC, brother-in-law Gerald (Maggie) Coolen of Halifax, NS, sister-in-law Judy (Joe) VanDevender of Fishers, IN and Kathy (Scotty) Cameron from Windsor, NS and their families; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Cliffe was predeceased by his wife of nearly 50 years Carol Churches, daughter Sandra Churches, parents Dorothy and Norris Churches, sister Margaret Schandl, younger sister Josephine Churches, stepmother and stepfather Ermie and Medford Coolen and his special pal Buddy.
A celebration of life will take place once we can safely come together and celebrate the wonderful man Dad was.
We would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Kelowna General Hospital for their care and compassion for Dad while he was recently in their care. To the staff at Village At Mill Creek and Northwoods Retirement Resort, thank you for your kindness and caring for Dad.
Thank you to Springfield Funeral Services of Kelowna, BC who have been entrusted with the cremation arrangements. Dad will be buried with our mom at the Springfield Baptist Church Cemetery in Springfield, Nova Scotia.
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