A lifetime resident of Fernie, 82 year old Wilfred Arthur Ashmore, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ashmore Kemick, his father William (Daze) Ashmore, step-father John Kemick, brother Kenneth Ashmore and his son, John David Ashmore.
Wilf was born in Fernie on June 16, 1932. He graduated from Fernie Secondary and within a few years became the Assistant Manager for McDonald Consolidated Warehouse. Following the closure of McDonald Consolidated, Wilf returned to school and obtained his Heavy Duty Mechanic’s Certification, working for Kaiser Resources and Westar Mining.
Wilf was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his family, which also included his beloved dogs. An extremely energetic man who enjoyed the challenge of competition, Wilf lived a very active lifestyle. A sports enthusiast, he especially enjoyed baseball and golf – but Wilf’s greatest passion, first and foremost, was hockey. He played Center for the Fernie Rangers, and as a member of the Fernie Minor Hockey Association, mentored others for many years in his capacity as both a Coach and as President of the Association. Wilf’s dedication and contribution to the sport will remain as his legacy.
Wilf’s life and that of his family changed suddenly in 1992 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury, but in true Wilf style, he worked hard at rehabilitation and continued to enjoy life with the love and support of his family and friends. He will be very dearly missed by all who loved him.
Wilf is lovingly survived by his wife Shirley and their children; Sharon (Jerry) Teeple and Doug (Laurie) Ashmore; his daughter-in-law Kim Malone; 3 grandchildren: Amanda (Matt) Bruintjes, and Ryan and Randy Teeple, and 3 great grandchildren: Jaden, Noah and Paisley Bruintjes as well as many other extended family members too numerous to mention.
The Funeral Service was held at Cherished Memories “Serenity Chapel” on Friday, October 3rd. Following the service, Wilf was laid to rest at St. Margaret’s Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Brain Injury Association of Canada, 440 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 200, Ottawa ON K1R 7X6. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd. Memories & condolences shared at