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Year in Review: Passings

Those we lost in 2012 included from left, Carl Catton, Ken Morrow, Agnes Baker, and Ike Barber. - Bob Hall/Ladies of Easy Virtue in West Kootenay/Baker family/Order of BC
Those we lost in 2012 included from left, Carl Catton, Ken Morrow, Agnes Baker, and Ike Barber.
— image credit: Bob Hall/Ladies of Easy Virtue in West Kootenay/Baker family/Order of BC

A look at some of the noteworthy people we lost in 2012:

Gus Adams, 77. Businessman and Nelson Maple Leafs goaltender and manager in the 1950s and '60s. Died September 1.

Agnes Baker, 95. Part of a pioneering Nelson family that once owned the Phair Hotel. Died March 13.

Lochan Bakshi, 87. Former Notre Dame University professor and advocate for physician-assisted suicide. Died in Edmonton on April 24.

Ike Barber, 89. Slocan Forest Products founder and philanthropist. Died April 13.

N.L. (Bill) Barlee, 79. Popular historian, author, TV host, politician. Died June 14.

Isabel Butler, 90. First (and still only) woman to serve as mayor of Kaslo. Died March 29.

Frank Carlson, 78. Nelson Maple Leafs player 1963-65, and coach 1967-68. Died February 12.

Carl Catton, 98. Longtime Crescent Valley resident who was the oldest torchbearer in this year's Rick Hansen Many in Motion tour. Died August 16.

Hank Coleman, 85. Former Nelson city councillor and Regional District of Central Kootenay chair, best-known for his aeronautic adventures. Died April 30.

Rodi De Vuono, 44. City transit superintendent. Died September 13.

Petra Frehse, 64. Victim of the Johnsons Landing slide, July 12.

Mitchell Fleischacker, 23. Sidney man who suffered a suspected drug overdose at the Shambhala music festival, August 12.

Fran Horan, 90. Schoolteacher and Willow Point pioneer. Died November 15.

Gwen Kalnyiuk, 56. Longtime maternity nurse and breastfeeding expert. Died March 15 in a car accident at Thrums.

Dave Macdonald, 94. Nelson resident who was one of the last natives of the Boundary ghost town of Phoenix. Died January 30.

Dr. Kenneth Morrow, 83. Nelson-raised opthamologist who published several books about West Kootenay, including a popular autobiography. Died May 25 in Seattle.

Johnny Oliver, 92. Gray Creek old-timer and raconteur. Died August 28.

Shirley Turner, 63. Outdoorswoman and 30-year Nelson city hall employee. Died September 10.

Diana Webber, 22; Rachel Webber, 17; Valentine Webber, 64. Victims of the Johnsons Landing slide, July 12.

David (Buster) Wigg, 88. Cab driver who saved the Nelson courthouse from a bombing attempt in 1962. Died October 23.

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