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Richard Carl Catton

Catton, Richard Carl 

Our Dad, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend went home to the Lord. He  was born in Commerce, Alberta on June 27, 1914 and passed away peacefully at home on Aug 16, 2012at 98 years of age; following a morning shopping trip to Nelson on the Handi-dart and a cheery ride home with his daughter and son-in-law.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Elizabeth (Betty), parents Antonio & Catterina Cattoi, brothers John and Edward, sisters Inez, Mary, Jean and a great granddaughter Lyla .  He will be missed by his sister Lena, sister-in-laws Kay, Elzbieta, Madeleine and Millie, cousin Gabriella, children Robert (Cathy), Catherine (Dan) Wack, Richard (Judy), Gloria (Bernard) Marchildon, Elizabeth (Doug) Ellis, 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and relatives in North America and Europe.

In his early years he worked on the family farm near Lethbridge where he met his future wife, Betty.  In 1938, he joined his brother John to work at the Relief Arlington Gold Mine at Erie, B.C..  Carl and Betty were married on September 6, 1938.

The family moved to Crescent Valley in 1942 where he worked on the construction of the Brilliant Dam subsequent to joining the army during WWII.  In 1947 while employed by the City of Nelson at the City Power Plant, he became one of the founding members of the IBEW (Local 1003).He still was a member in good standing at the time of his passing.  He started his Electrical Contracting business (RC Catton Electric) in Nelson and built his home in 1952 in which to raise their five children.  Later he worked as Maintenance Supervisor at NDU, on construction at the 7 Mile Dam and Line Creek and Greenhill Mines.

He was still working as an electrician and consultant well into his eighties. He took up cooking, canning and baking, “for something to do” which he was still doing in his nineties.

 A very proud moment in his life was representing his community in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay on April 22, 2012.  In this Relay, he was the oldest participant from across Canada.

He was a member of the IBEW (Local 1003) for 65 years,  the Eagles (F.O.E.# 22) for 62yrs., a 4thDegree Knight in the Knights of Columbus #1516,  and a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Prayers will be offered on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 7:00p.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, 813 Ward Street, Nelson, B.C.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated byVery Rev. Jim Ratcliffe on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10:00a.m. followed by a private family internment in the Nelson Cemetery.

There will be a reception at the Catholic Centre after the internment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Lung Association: Donations) or at 1-800-665-5864or your favourite charity.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Online condolences may be expressed at

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