Colin Duncan Shantz “Dunc” peacefully left this world Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, B.C. at the age of 87 years. Left behind to celebrate his life is his loving wife of 66 years, Helen E. Shantz (Keskinen); his son Gregory Shantz and wife Tara Shantz of Armstrong and their children Katie and Jared; son Brian Shantz of Salmon Arm and his sons Michael and Jeremy and their mother Patricia Shantz; daughter Heidi Kotani and her children Hana and Jesse of Kamloops as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father Colin G. Shantz, mother Eda M. Shantz and brother George T. Shantz “Bud”.
Duncan moved to Canoe as a 3 year old boy with his family where they bought 40 acres and then built the Canoe Shingle Mill where Dunc and his brother Bud worked many an hour after school and Saturdays. After graduation from SA High School he worked for Federated Co-op running a tug boat on the Shuswap Lake. He later worked for the CP Railway, owned his own logging company and worked in construction, building the Revelstoke Dam and finishing with the Roger’s Pass Tunnel Project. After retiring at 60 he enjoyed travelling, golf, curling, carpentry, and gardening and built a new home overlooking the Shuswap Lake. Most importantly, Duncan loved providing for his family and was a loving husband, father, “Buppa” to his 6 grandchildren and friend to many. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to share his wisdom and experience with those he loved. Our lives are full of his stories and we are richer to have had him for so long. The light he leaves behind will shine on our paths as we continue our own journey.
His wishes were for no service and only a celebration of his life with family at a later date.
We are grateful for the care and support the emergency, I.C.U. and all the staff of Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm gave Dunc while he was there. Thank you!
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Online condolences may be sent to through Dunc’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com