1948 – 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lorne Earl Eckhart in Kamloops, BC, on February 22, 2018. Lorne was born July 26, 1948 to Lillian and Earl Eckhart. His childhood was spent playing in the countryside in Heffley Creek.
Above all else Lorne loved his family. He was a quiet constant presence and with his wonderful sense of humor he kept life fun and interesting. He cherished the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. Lorne believed in treating everyone in a kind and patient manner and was always lending a helping hand to family and friends.
Lorne spent most of his working life as an electrician at Tolko (Balco) Industries Heffley Creek Division. He spent some time as a volunteer firefighter. Lorne loved cars and could be found working on his ’64 Corvette or watching Nascar races.
Lorne was predeceased by brothers: Billy and Darrel; sisters: Blanche McKenzie, Merle Donchi, Doreen Stittle, and brother-in-laws: Don McKenzie and Bob Stittle. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Cathy (nee Houghtaling), daughter Shana (Mark) Sotola, son Brent (Samantha), his grandchildren: Keegan Sotola; Kaelyn, Bryanna and Grayson Eckhart. Lorne is survived by his brother Bruce (Sharon), sisters-in-law Marie Eckhart and Yvonne (Corey Peltz) Houghtaling and brothers-in-law Bernard Donchi and Randy (Kathy) Houghtaling. Also left to mourn are many nieces and nephews, as well as good friends including the Crawford and Kowalsky families.
We would like to thank Lorne’s medical team as well as the staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice for their kind and patient care through Lorne’s journey with cancer. We would also like to thank all the family and friends that have offered their love and support this past year.
At Lorne’s request, no formal memorial service will be held. There will be a Celebration of Life open house on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Heffley Creek Hall.
Should you desire, donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9 or charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com