In Loving Memory ~
Clarence Remco Schneider passed away at his residence in Kamloops on February 23, 2023, at the age of 74. Clarence was born in Kamloops on January 18, 1949, and grew up on the family farm near Salmon Arm.
Predeceased by both parents, Hank and Aaltje Schneider, Clarence is survived by his brother Henry (Susan) and his niece Teena, as well as many relatives in BC and Holland.
Clarence attended a one-room school in Deep Creek (near Salmon Arm) from grades 1 - 6, and then transferred to a school in Salmon Arm, where he often knew more military history than his teachers, and often corrected the history teacher at times.
Before retiring in Kamloops, Clarence worked most of his life for BC Forest Services, which took him to Burns Lake, Prince George (where he completed Forestry Technician Studies), Lower Post and finally Hazelton.
Those who knew Clarence appreciated his deep convictions, his love for Canada, and his passion for history, especially military history. Clarence had a keen interest in sports, especially hockey and baseball (KBIT); he was a season ticket holder and avid supporter of the Blazers, attending all their games, and was an active member of the Blazers Booster Club.
Being a volunteer and giving back to the community was one of the distinctions that characterized Clarence. He was a 50-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion and served in many capacities including as President (Hazelton) and, for many years, as a director and secretary at Kamloops Legion. Over the years, he participated selflessly and attended Branch, Zone, Provincial, and National meetings.
Clarence was an avid reader and collected books on Canadian history, as well as loving trains. In July 2022, Clarence was able to take the cruise to Alaska with friends and complete one of his life-long goals when he rode the White Pass train out of Skagway.
Over the years, Clarence enjoyed many trips to Europe with family and friends, visited Canadian war memorials, and maintained strong connections with his relatives living in Holland.
Clarence was a man of strong opinions, a man with a big heart who believed in family, friendship, and community service. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends who remained close to his heart over his lifetime.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, beginning at 10:30 am, at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52 in Kamloops BC.
Everyone is welcome to attend to share stories and together pay tribute to Clarence.