Tony Quibell, 53, of Nelson, B.C., died June 12, 2013 in a plane crash near Crawford Bay, B.C. Tony was born to Lee (Pocha) and Arnold Quibell in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 6, 1960. He graduated from Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon in 1978. Tony worked as an equipment operator and foreman for Quibell Trenchways from 1978 to 1987. During this time he got his pilot license, bought his first airplane and became certified as a scuba diver. In 1987 his father started Western Canada Wholesale Motor Products where Tony worked as a manager and mechanic. In 1988 the family moved to Edmonton where Tony worked for Whissel Construction and Sunrise Trenching. He continued to be involved with aviation by flying for the Vermillion Parachute Club where he also obtained his sky diving certification. In 1989 the family moved to La Ronge, Saskatchewan where he apprenticed as an aircraft engineer at Norcanair/Athabaska Airways. In 1993 he obtained his Aircraft Mechanical Engineer certificate in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. He continued to work in La Ronge for Athabaska Airlines, Canadian Lake Wild Rice and Northern Air Operations. In 1999 the family moved to Nelson, B.C. He worked as a pilot and AME for Nelson Mountain Air, Babin Air in Invermere and Selkirk College in Castlegar. In 2004 he obtained certification to work on rotary wing aircraft. In 2005 he established Southern Aircraft Services offering aircraft charter services and a Transport Canada approved aircraft maintenance facility.
His passions were riding his 1979 Kawasaki 1000 MK11 and skiing in the fantastic conditions Nelson offered.
Tony is survived by his parents, Lee (Dave) Galbraith and Arnie Quibell, his sisters, Valoree (Keith) Barwell and Donna (Dean) Wright, his brothers, Shawn (Stacey) Quibell and Darren (Maxine Hadubiak) Quibell, his children Andrew (Lacey MacMillan) Quibell, Ryan Quibell and Jamie Quibell, their mother, Alana Armstrong-Quibell, his love Wendy Baker-Konkin and her children, Cole Baker, Roxanne Baker and Marina Baker.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to BC Search and Rescue at www.bcsara.com
A memorial service will be held on Friday July 5, 2013 at the
Prestige Lakeside Resort at 2 pm.
On line condolences may be expressed at
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd