June 13, 1929 – October 24, 2013
Owen Sherratt, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the F.W. Green Memorial Home where he was staying temporarily while recuperating from a fall he’d had a few weeks earlier.
Owen was born in England on June 13, 1929 to Maggie and Herb Sherratt. He moved to Canada when he was 6 weeks old. He was raised in Coleman, Alberta. He worked with his dad at the Red and White General Store in Coleman and learned to butcher, which served him well in later years. He moved to Cranbrook on his own to start work at CPR at the age of 15. He continued to work for the railroad for the next 41 years and retired in 1985.
He spent more than 4 decades in Cranbrook. It was during this time he met and married his best friend Muriel (nee Wallace) in 1951 and then shared the next 60 years with her. All 5 of their children were born and raised in Cranbrook. Owen spent countless hours as a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and was their secretary treasurer for more than 20 years. He was very proudly inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
Owen and Muriel bought their dream property in the early 70’s at Kootenay Lake in Boswell, BC. They spent many years making it into a beautiful place for all family and friends to gather. They moved permanently out to the lake in 1992. While they loved the lake, Owen thoroughly enjoyed almost 20 years of being a snowbird, going south to enjoy their winters in California. It was in 2007 that they returned to Cranbrook as age and health were catching up to both of them.
Owen was predeceased by his wife Muriel in 2011 and spent the last year and a half surrounded by many good friends at Joseph Creek Care Village. Owen was very social, so Joseph Creek was perfect for him. He loved a visit with family and friends, played a great crib game, was the Chinese Checkers champion, learned to run a computer (for e-mail and solitaire) and enjoyed a good game of Mexican Train or dice with any and all. He will be missed by many.
Left to mourn his passing are his 5 children Kay (Ken) Epp, Irene (Jerry) Bischler, Glen (Lou) Sherratt, Jean (Kelly) Easton, Sandra (Travis) Preston, grandchildren and great grandchildren Connie (Ron), Jayden and Carter White, Jamie (Courtnay) Epp, Gary (Danielle) and Wyatt Bischler, Troy (Lindsay) and Brody Bischler, Stephen (Emily) Hutchinson, Jason Sherratt, Christian Hutchinson, Kristi Sherratt and Quinn Preston and his faithful canine companion, Zoey.
There will be no service at this time, but a family celebration will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in honour of Owen can be made to the East Kootenay S.P.C.A., PO Box 2, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4H6.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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