Allen Fletcher

A legendary •gure of Smithers’

past, Allen Fletcher, passed

away on September 23, 2004 in

Kelowna. His loving companion,

Diane Blackett, was with him

as she has been for the past 20

years. Allen’s parents, Eli and

Laura Fletcher, moved to Smithers

from Washington in 1913 with

their oldest daughter, Doris. Allen

was born in Hazelton in 1918

while his brother Edison joined

the family in 1920. Both Doris and

Edison passed away in 2000. Al’s

wife, June Carpenter, sister to

Della Herman, and their son Ward

both predeceased Allen by many

years. Fletchers were well known

ranchers in the Driftwood area all

their lives. Al wore many hats over

his 86 years in the Bulkley Valley. He

was a conservation of•cer, an early

horse packer who carried supplies

to the Cronin Mine in the Babines,

a hunting guide, and a rancher.

Al’s famous goat from his guiding

days graces the intersection of

Highway 16 and Main Street. He

loved to join his many friends

at Schimmel’s for coffee and a

good gossip session before he

moved to Kelowna with Diane

Blackett in 1999. He is survived

by nieces, Wendy (Russell) Kwan,

Lois (Clarence) Haasjes, and Diane

(Bill) Cromer. His adopted family

of Alison Makowichuck and her

children Sydnee and Nickolas,

and Michelle (Keith) Goddard and

her children Garett, Mason, and

Konner will sorely miss “Grandpa

Al”. A memorial service will be

held at Driftwood Hall on Sunday,

October 17th at 2:00 p.m. Old

friends are invited to watch a slide

show, tell a story or two about

Allen Fletcher’s colourful life in

the Bulkley Valley, and say a fond


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