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Cutler, Earle

It is great sadness that we announce the passing of Earle Cutler on May 18, 2016.

He was a kind, compassionate and generous family man in every way he knew how. Earle was born in Vernon, BC one of seven children born to Carolina and Campbell Cutler.

He is survived by his only daughter Pat Armstrong of Cranbrook, BC, and three sons Bud, Ron (Shirley) and Bruce all of Nelson. Earle also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, several nieces and nephews.

Earle was predeceased buy his wife Alice of 72 years whom he met and married in Edmonton Alberta in 1944 while serving in the Air Force. Alice passed just three weeks prior to Earle.

He was also predeceased by brothers Art, Len, Ivan, sister Rita, daughter-in-Law Dawn Cutler and son-in-Law Ken Armstrong.

Earle was a life member of the Lions Club. Purchasing their jewellery business from the President of the Lions Club in Taber, Alberta in 1945, he joined at the time and remained a member for 71 years until his passing.

Earle, Alice and family moved from Taber, Alberta in 1951. He sold his business to purchase the S.S. Nasookin hoping to convert it into a floating hotel and tea room. The plan was scrapped when the hull was found to be damaged beyond repair. She was towed up the North Shore on June 29, 1954 to the area as Nasookin Bay. Earle and his crew dismantled the top two decks and winched them across the highway where they remain today.

Earle now 96 years old had never missed a meeting no matter where he lived, attending his last meeting only five hours prior to his death. He served at every Canada Day pancake breakfast and was a timeless volunteer right up to the last day of his life.

Garage sales and his passion for junk were high on his list of priorities. He would never pass up an electric train regardless of condition.

We would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Sparrow, Dr. Tuvel, Mitch from respiratory theory, the emergency room nursing and support staff from the 3rd floor at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.

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