August 4, 1942 – May 24, 2021
It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Merv. He died peacefully at home in Fort St. James with his loving family by his side, after a short battle with cancer.
Merv was predeceased by his parents Mary & James Work, his brothers Ron, Vern, Neil and his sisters-in-law, Rita and Denise.
He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years Lynda, his children Tina (Glen) Auchstaetter, Kim (Chris) Repko, Jamie (Cheryl) Work, his grandchildren, Owen (Jamie) Auchstaetter, Kara (Devlin) Luck, Anna (Harley) Auchstaetter, Daniel (Mackenzie) Repko, Troy (Maria) Repko, Graham, Gavin, and Julia Work, his great grandchildren Brynn and Kendra Auchstaetter, his brothers Allen, Dennis (Faye), Lionel (Karen), David (Debbie), his sister Gayle, his sister-in-law Dianna, and many nieces and nephews.
Merv was born in Hamilton Ontario and grew up in St Gregor, Saskatchewan. After moving to Calgary when he was 18 years old, he took a machinist apprenticeship with CPR. He moved to Prince George in 1964 and helped his parents build the Red Rock Roller Dome.
He started working for QM Industries soon after. He met his life long loving partner Lynda in 1966 at a roller dome dance and married in 1967. In 1977, he was offered a job as a sawmill superintendent at Apollo Forest Products in Fort St. James.
Retirement from the sawmill industry didn’t slow Merv down as he then fulfilled an old dream of owning and operating a dump truck for the next 15 or so years.
Small town life fit Merv’s passions and interests perfectly, from enjoying countless weekends at “the cabin”, fishing, hunting, and camping trips throughout the North, to getting his pilot’s license and buying a float plane; all while being sure to bring the family along for all the fun adventures.
He cherished the lifelong friends he made in Fort St James through his work, his volunteer time at the Fire Department, and at the curling club. He will be forever missed and always remembered.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Campbell and the Vanderhoof Cancer Clinic Staff for their wonderful, compassionate care they provided. If desired, donations can be made to the Vanderhoof Cancer Clinic.
Celebration of life to be announced later when COVID restrictions allows.
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