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Couch, Herb

Date of Death: March 25, 2019


Herb Couch (May 7,1948 – March 25, 2019)


The Couch family is heartbroken to find themselves needing to announce the passing of their beloved father and husband, Herb Couch. Herb passed away from the effects of an aggressive glioblastoma brain tumour on March 25, 2019 at the age of 70.

Herb was born in Nelson and was raised in Vancouver where he attended Lord Byng Secondary School and then UBC where he trained to be a teacher. He taught grades 2 and 3 in Prince Rupert for two years before returning to Nelson. He spent 29 years teaching in Nelson/Kootenay Lake school district. He was a strong advocate for his union and held the position of bargaining chair for many years.

Herb was an advocate for many social justice causes. Among them were: the preservation of Red Sands Beach, Proportional Representation, Occupy, the environment, and gay pride, among others.

He maintained a 50 year passionate advocacy for cannabis legalization. He was a founding member of the Canadian Media Awareness Project which passed news items about cannabis on to their members across Canada while encouraging members to write letters to the editors. He inspired many to write. He was also the SensibleBC coordinator for the West Kootenays and the Western Canada director for Educators for Sensible Drug Policy.

Herb is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Diana, sons Danny, Jesse (Jacqueline), Paul (Brianne) and David, grandchildren Jason and Juliet, brother Don Couch (Pat) and sister Sharon Olsen. He also leaves numerous nieces,nephews and in-laws to mourn his passing.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on May 11, from 2-5 pm at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson. Everyone welcome. A microphone will be set up for people to speak if they wish to say a few words.


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From: Arlene McMillin and Michael McMillin
Relation: years of connection through SD 7/8 and Oso

I was shocked to learn of Herb’s passing. First met him in 1978 at NDTA meetings in Nelson. A speaker that one could learn from. Friendly, outgoing, informative. We will miss not seeing him, with Kathy, at Oso. Blessings to his family and friends.

From: Lois Lawrence
Relation: Colleague

Herb was my colleague at Brent Kennedy Elementary in the wonderful collegial days of Teaching for Thinking and such. He ensured that his grade one students had good manners, as he did — gentleman that he was. In a knowledgeable and articulate way he stood up for our teachers association which was especially appreciated when the mood of the government seemed adversarial. Other local causes benefited from these same skills and Herb’s calm persistence. It’s hard not to feel sad now when I think of Herb and Kathy.

From: Theresa Thomas
Relation: I knew Herbie at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School. We were friends until Junior High when way back then, the girls and boys were separated and all my good friends from elementary school became inaccessible to me. Of course, you will easily find Herbie in the 2nd row from the back, 4th from right. I am front row far right. sorry, it is a .pdf; maybe someone from the Byng facebook group can forward it from there.

Dear Family of Herb,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Your description of Herb’s life sounds like he continued to be a caring and sensitive guy, thoughtful and wanting to effect change. From me, I always remember Herbie with a smile on my face and an opened heart. I wish you a path of ease and love as his spirit leaves this world. I am sure he will be with you in many gentle ways over the coming months. Sending Love, Theresa

From: Bob McLure
Relation: Herb was a Nelson teaching colleague.

Kathy, I was so sorry to read in the post forwarded to me by Frances Welwood of Herb’s passing. Although often unrecognized Herb was a leader in so many ways. He was one of the first males in BC to teach Kindergarten and at DESK. At DESK his innovative ideas for encouraging correspondence students to ‘stick with it’ inspired all his colleagues. He and I enjoyed much jousting of ideas but our friendship never waned. I’m sure he was a fighter for his beliefs as long as he was able.

From: Mary Defeo
Relation: Community fan

I am so sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. I remember well the time on the picket line and many other times listening to a vast range of stories that were always enlightening and entertaining. I am so sorry for your loss, I know he will be missed.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
May 11, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Prestige Lakeside Resort

A Celebration of his Life will be held on May 11, from 2-5 pm at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson. Everyone welcome. A microphone will be set up for people to speak if they wish to say a few words.

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