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Abe Kampen passed away in the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C. after a lengthy illness on November 29th, 2019.

Born Abram Keno Kampen on June 25, 1933 to parents Jacob and Barbara Kampen of Tugaske, Saskatchewan. He is predeceased by his parents, wife Elsie, brother Henry and his pet cat, Miska. Abe is survived by one brother, Jacob of Moose Jaw, and a niece, Anita of Victoria, B.C.

He attended Sunnyfield Country School and Tugaske High School. Abe was active in sports, especially baseball and curling. As he grew older he worked at various jobs. He worked for Sask. Breweries Warehouse on River Street West, Moose Jaw for many years until it closed. He enjoyed many summers at his cottage at Buffalo Pound fishing and water skiing.

After many years in Moose Jaw, Abe and his girlfriend decided to move to Victoria, B.C. There he purchased a nice little place in the Oak Bay area near the ocean. Shortly after moving to Victoria, Abe and Elsie married on the steps of the big Empress Hotel across from the Inland Harbour. Abe then got a job on James Island as a mechanic and Elsie worked with handicapped children. Abe also ran a lawn mower business. He fixed lawnmowers, rototillers, garden tools and chainsaws. He would buy, fix and sell at Speedway Race Track every weekend.

In 1994 his wife passed away. She is buried at the Tugaske Cemetery. After several years Abe decided to leave Victoria and move to Barriere, B.C. north of Kamloops. He purchased two acreages with mobile homes. He lived in one and rented out the other. He built a big 36’ x 40’ workshop with lots of tools. Again, Abe spent many hours at auction sales building up a supply of tractors, backhoes, loaders, lawnmowers – anything that needed fixing for resale.

Abe was a good mechanic and did this for many years until his age and health eventually caused the end to a very active life.

A graveside service and burial will take place at the Tugaske Cemetery at a later date.

Donations in Abe’s honour may be made to:

Royal Inland Hospital

c/o I.C.U #311,

Kamloops, B.C.

Phone 1-250-374-5111

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