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Richard Carl Catton

June 27, 1914 - August 16, 2012


Our Dad, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend went home to the Lord. He was born in Commerce, Alberta on June 27, 1914 and passed away peacefully at home on Aug 16, 2012 at 98 years of age; following a morning shopping trip to Nelson on the Handi-dart and a cheery ride home with his daughter and son-in-law.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Elizabeth (Betty), parents Antonio & Catterina Cattoi, brothers John and Edward, sisters Inez, Mary, Jean and a great granddaughter Lyla. He will be missed by his sister Lena, sister-in-laws Kay,Elzbieta, Madeleine and Millie, cousin Gabriella, children Robert (Cathy), Catherine (Dan) Wack, Richard (Judy), Gloria (Bernard) Marchildon, Elizabeth (Doug) Ellis, 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and relatives in North America and Europe.

In his early years he worked on the family farm near Lethbridge where he met his future wife, Betty. In 1938, he joined his brother John to work at the Relief Arlington Gold Mine at Erie, B.C.. Carl and Betty were married on September 6, 1938.

The family moved to Crescent Valley in 1942 where he worked on the construction of the Brilliant Dam subsequent to joining the army during WWII. In 1947 while employed by the City of Nelson at the City Power Plant, he became one of the founding members of the IBEW (Local 1003). He still was a member in good standing at the time of his passing. He started his Electrical Contracting business (RC Catton Electric) in Nelson and built his home in 1952 in which to raise their five children. Later he worked as Maintenance Supervisor at NDU, on construction at the 7 Mile Dam and Line Creek and Greenhill Mines.

He was still working as an electrician and consultant well into his eighties. He took up cooking, canning and baking, “for something to do” which he was still doing in his nineties.

A very proud moment in his life was representing his community in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay on April 22, 2012. In this Relay, he was the oldest participant from across Canada.

He was a member of the IBEW (Local 1003) for 65 years, the Eagles (F.O.E.# 22) for 62yrs., a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus #1516, and a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Harry & Johan Mason
Relation: Good friend

We were sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Harry will miss driving him around and I will miss the hugs when I see him. He was a great friend to us and everyone.

From: Ted and Evelyn Cartlidge
Relation: best friends father

Deepest sympathy to all the familyEspecially Catherine and Dan ,Bruce,Neal and family;Ivan ,Steven. Nathan.

From: Annette Smith
Relation: friend

I will miss seeing Carl at Save-On! He used to tease my girls and me at church. He always chatted with me at the grocery store. Wow, 98 years old!

From: Carl-Eric Nilsson
Relation: Friend

We are extremely proud to have met Carl, and that had to take part of his life story. Now he is no longer with us, we miss him, friends Gullwi and Carl-Eric from Sweden.

From: Heather Chapman
Relation: Business friend

I had the extreme pleasure of knowing Carl for many years while working at BCAA in Nelson. He always had a smile and a story to share. I feel honored to have known him…. the family should be very proud.

From: Alan Neil Brown
Relation: Friend

I will truly miss Carl for his thoughtfulness and kind words he always shared with me on the transit bus to town. He was someone who I had great admiration for and was a great asset to a close community of friends and family. My condolences to his family and my thoughts and prayers go with you at this time.

From: Dawn Wrangler
Relation: friend

My condolences for your loss. Mr. Catton knew my family for generations.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 17, 2012
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

Prayers will be recited on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM from the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3


Date & Time:
September 16, 2012
Beginning at 7:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

Prayer Vigil

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
British Columbia Lung Association

P.O. Box 34009 Stn D, Vancouver BC V6J 9Z9

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