Lloyd Webb passed away peacefully in his sleep July 28, 2012, after a long courageous battle with heart disease and diabetes.
Lloyd is survived by his loving wife and soul mate Diane Webb and Lloyd’s children; daughters Melita (Kim) Van Tine of Cache Creek and Bernice Field, and son Russell of Little Fort, B.C.; Diane’s children Debbie (Mike) Olofson, and Steve Doucet. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Jenna (Brad) Pisarczyk, Shayna Van Tine, Kristi Van Tine, Kody and Jesse Field; and by his two step-grandchildren, Erik and Evan, all whom he dearly loved.
Lloyd was predeceased by his father Bruce Webb, mother Alice Webb and sister Marva Webb.
Lloyd was born on November 2, 1940, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. In 1946 the family moved to Creston, B.C., and five years later moved to several areas of the North Thompson Valley before finally settling on the old Latremouille Ranch in Little Fort in 1962, where he resided until his passing.
Lloyd married Cheryl Delisle in 1963 and raised their three children in Little Fort.
Lloyd worked with his father logging for many years and after his father’s retirement continued to log for Maynard Russell. After several more years Lloyd refitted his logging equipment and worked for the BC Forest Service fighting forest fires all over B.C., on many of the most challenging and notorious wildfires that threatened the B.C. Interior.
Lloyd was a hard working, honest man where his word and handshake were better than any legal contract.
Lloyd married Diane in 1998, and spent many summers growing garlic and vegetables on their hobby farm, weekends at the cabin fishing, and breeding and raising their beloved Yorkie Terriers.
However, his favourite passion was collecting and restoring his vintage and antique engines. Over the years he collected dozens of these old engines and lovingly restored each one to pristine running condition. Lloyd was an exceptional mechanic and metal fabricator and his skills kept a wide variety of farm equipment and fishing boats operating throughout the North Thompson Valley.
It was well known by all that if something was broken Lloyd could fix it. Every visit to Lloyd and Diane’s place included a tour of the shop where the latest restored engines were fired up and displayed, much to the enjoyment of all. It was Lloyd’s dream to have a place where he could display and share his knowledge of his old engines to all who were interested, but sadly he passed before this could be realized.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Royal Inland Hospital as well as the Clearwater Hospital for the exceptional care Lloyd received as he battled his illness.
On July 28, 2012, we lost a truly remarkable man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. There will be a gathering sometime in September to pay tribute to Lloyd Webb. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. Rather than flowers, the family would appreciate donations to North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society, Box 1, Little Fort, B.C., V0E 2C0, or to the Little Fort Fire Department, Little Fort, B.C., V0E 2C0. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, 250-672-1999.