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WESTGATE, Eugene Porter “Dean”

Passed away on November 21, 2016 at the age of 90. He is survived by is loving wife Moreen of 69 years; children: Beverly (Lee) Barclay of Calgary, Bradley Westgate of Chetwynd, BC, Barry (Patricia) Westgate of Chilliwack, Bryan (Valerie) Westgate of Edmonton; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; sister Virginia (Austin) Beattie of Chetwynd, BC; brothers Desmond (Iris) Westgate of Kelowna, Jim Westgate of Chetwynd, BC; sisters-in-law Marguerite Westgate, Audrey Westgate, Lenita Westgate, June Westgate and numerous nieces, nephew, extended family and friends.

Sadly, predeceased by his son Brent Westgate and his siblings Byron, Vernon, Alfred, Lyle, Marie and Arthur.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pine Valley Seniors, P.O. Box 1362, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.

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The service for WESTGATE, Eugene Porter “Dean” is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna


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  • Alfred & Diane Hampel says:

    We have many fond memories of Uncle Dean & Aunt Moreen’s visits to Lloydminster & area. When I was younger I remember riding horses with Uncle Dean whenever they came to the farm south of Marshall, SK. On the last trip they made to the old stomping grounds they came up to Lac des Isles ( Meadow Lake Provincial Park) in Saskatchewan where all Byron’s kids & their spouses had congregated for the weekend at Bob & Deb’s cabin. Uncle Dean came out fishing with us for about 4 hours. We didn’t keep any fish but shared a lot of laughs in the boat. They also sat around the campfire with us until quite late at night. It was a really great time.
    I also just finished reading a collection of memories of people who had lived in the “Yankee Bend” later changed to “North Bend” area northeast of Lloydminster near the North Saskatchewan River. One of the old school teachers told of how grateful she was for all the help one of the older students had given her during her first year teaching. That student was Uncle Dean. Even back then he was a kind and generous person. He will be missed very much by all of us in the family.

  • Vernon and Lynn Priest says:

    Dear Moreen and all your family, We share your sorrow on the loss of a very special man. Dean has made such an impact in the hearts of all who knew him. May the precious memories you shared throughout his time with you, bring peace and comfort during these difficult days. May God’s love surround you. Love and hugs from all The V. Priest family.

  • Gail Harrison says:

    Dear Moreen and family,
    So very sorry to hear of Dean’s passing, a wonderful man that loved to tease, and really enjoyed talking about his family and adventures. I loved to visit you and Dean, Moreen, and looked forward to our chats! My heart goes out to you, and your family, hugs and may you find warmth and love in your fond memories.

  • Gwen Garratt Rempel says:

    Dear Maureen, Bev and all the Westgate Families,
    I was saddened to hear of Dean’s passing this past week. I remember his cheerful greeting whenever I met him, and how well he remembered that Bev and I were lifelong friends. He was a fine man, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve his loss.
    With love,
    Gwen Rempel

  • Dan and Roxanne La Greca says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing, he was a great community leader in Chetwynd. Condolences to the family

  • Jackie Stewart says:

    Dear Moreen & Family,
    Thinking of you & remembering Dean with fondness.

    Kind Regards,
    Bev Stirling
    Ned & Jackie Stewart

  • Sheree Smith says:

    To Moreen, Bev, Brian, Barry, Brad and families…..thinking of you all at this time. We have so many great memories of times spent visiting and spending time with Dean & Moreen over the years….at the cabin at Moberly Lake, the IGA store in Chetwynd, and then visiting them down south after they retired. I will remember Dean with a smile on his face, teasing the little kids, quietly joking around but always had a hug for everyone. He was a great guy and will be fondly remembered.
    Sheree Smith, Martin Rodenbush & family

  • Harry Snowden says:

    I would like to express our condolences from the Snowden family in Ontario. I have many fond memories of Dean and Moreen stopping by on their travels to visit us in Lloydminster. I will always remember the wonderful stories and Dean’s contagious laugh that he brought into our house. Our hearts go out to Moreen and her family on the passing of a wonderful person.

  • Richard & Sandy Beattie says:

    Aunt Moreen and family, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Dean. We wish we could be there with you to say goodbye to such a great man. Richard’s memories of the IGA days as a young kid keep coming back to mind. Uncle Dean gave all of us kids a chance to learn how to work and gain our independence. We can only say thank you to him. Our visits to Winfield were filled with happy times and could include an early morning ride around the neighbourhood with the horse and wagon in your pjs. We regret we can’t be there with you but we send you our love and prayers.
    Richard and Sandy Beattie

  • James Westgat (brother) says:

    my thoughts are with Moreen & familys , sister Virginia (Austin) wish I could have been with you . Dean was just a good fellow on every aspect threw his life . I will miss brother Dean for ever. Two months have past since I saw dean , we had the greatest visit mostly about the old home place around Lloydminster Sask , it was a good visit and I will remember dean with that .

  • Wilbert & Esther Klassen says:

    Dear Moreen and family , we were sadddened to hear the passing of Dean Westgate . Dean & Moreen were my acting parents in Grande Prairie during my difficult years which will never be forgotten , many visits during that time and in later years . He will be greatly missed . We regret we can’t be there but send our love and prayers . May God bring comfort and peace to all .

  • Rod and Cheryl Martens says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Westgate family for your loss. Dean was was a great friend and a father figure to Rod for many years. Memories of Working at IGA have been been on the for front this passed week. Dean was a great human being, a role model and pillar to the community of Chetwynd. He will always be loved by the entire Martens family. Moreen, we wish we can be with you today to hug you while you say good buy to the greatest man I ever known. Rest In Peace COACH❤️❤️

  • Carol (Brewster)Giesbrecht says:

    Dear Moreen and Family, My condolences to all of you.
    As a kid I remember always going with mom to the IGA shopping. Dean would always make a effort to greet us with a big smile or a helping hand. Visits and meals were shared at my parents house in Chetwynd many times. Laughter, story telling and playing cards is what I recall the most. Dean also made a special effort to include us kids which made me feel worthy of his time. Square dancing was another time my parents, the Lefflers and Turners spent together with Dean. The imprint Dean made in our community of Chetwynd has never been replaced. Be proud of your husband, father and grandfather as he was truly one of a kind. Moreen my prayers are with you as you morn the loss of your soul mate. God bless you all.

  • Louise McIntyre says:

    Dear Brian and family
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I’m sure you are having a hard time with this loss and I hope that with time your family can heal from this. Losing a parent or a family member is one of the worst things ever and I am sending you my thoughts and my love to you all.
    From Louise xoxo

  • Blake and Leah Earl says:

    Uncle Bryan and Auntie Val, we are sending our love to you and each of your family members. Uncle Bryan, your Dad must have been a very fine man to have such an amazing son. We love you very much, so glad we are family. Blake and Leah

  • Linda and Mylo Ross says:

    It is with a heavy heart that we send our sincere sympathies to Auntie Moreen, Bev, Brian, Barry,Brad and families. Uncle Dean had a special place in our lives and there are not enough words to express how much we thought of him. He will always have a place in our hearts. We just watched the service on line,it was very touching. Thank you for sharing with us. I Would like to share this picture of Uncle Dean from 2003.

  • Laurie Myhre says:

    Aunt Moreen and family,
    I am greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Dean. My condolences to you all. I remember him as a happy, kind and loving man. I will always cherish my wonderful memories of him and hold them in my heart forever. I wish I could have attended his funeral in person but was greatful to be able to watch the service on line. Love always Laurie

  • Del McCormick says:

    My condolence to the Westgate family, many a Friday night, when the banks were closed, Dean would cash my pay cheque, no questions asked, many fond memories, we have pictures of good times at Lefflers in Hudsons Hope

  • Marilyn Lamont (Born a Brundige) says:

    My heartfelt Condolences to the Westgate Family. My fondest childhood memories were our family visits with my Westgate kin in Chetwynd. Only there did I experience the freedom of exploring the barns and fields making friends with all the animals. It was not until 1999 when I started researching my genealogy that I came to realize that my Westgate blood was core to my being. The happiness you shared so openly across the years will never be forgotten. Your family is amazing and I will never forget. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • James Westgate (brother) says:

    my thoughts are with Moreen & familys , sister Virginia (Austin) wish I could have been with you . Dean was just a good fellow on every aspect threw his life . I will miss brother Dean for ever. Two months have past since I saw dean , we had the greatest visit mostly about the old home place around Lloydminster Sask , it was a good visit and I will remember dean with that .

  • Robert & Joyce Hougham says:

    Our condolences to the Westgate Families, sorry we just found the Funeral Home, Eugene & I are cousins and were born on adjacent farms, grew up together, started grade # 1 and finished up # 12 in Frenchman Butte. Life long friends., we always rode good horses, and its my hope he has the time to find a good ranch for me UP THERE right next to him along a river with lots of hills and grass to our horses knees , good bye dear friend till we ride together again. Sincerely , Bob Hougham

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