Roger McFarlane Pugh, 47, died suddenly last week Aug. 30, 2005, while at his home on the Taku River in northern British Columbia.
He was born in Oliver, British Columbia, April 15, 1957, to David and Winifred Pugh. He attended Southern Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver. He enjoyed climbing mountains, hiking, playing hockey, golfing and swimming. He traveled extensively while he worked in the oil industry in Africa. His love of the wilderness and his sense of adventure led him to work as a commercial fisherman on the remote Taku River. He played an instrumental role in the establishment and success of that fishery.
Family members said, "Roger was a gentle man who cared deeply about others. His generosity was legendary; he gave selflessly to family and friends and reached out to others in need. ... His many friends in Alaska and northern B.C. will sorely miss Roger. We will all miss his quick wit, his honesty, and his huge heart. His ready smile and quick wit endeared him to people of all ages. Children especially adored him, and many of them regarded him as a special uncle. He made service to others his guiding principle in life, and he did so with humility."
He was preceded in death by his father, David.
He is survived by his mother, Winifred; sisters Meredith, Deborah, Alison and Mary; brothers, David, Don and John; and many aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
A celebration of his life will take place at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in St. Edward the Confessor Anglican Church, at 34660 103rd St., Oliver. A reception and tree planting will follow at the Pugh house at Gallagher Lake, 38897 95th St., Oliver.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oliver Unit of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, at P.O. Box 483, Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0, would be greatly appreciated.