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Tudor John Rutherglen

August 14, 1916 - June 23, 2014


Tudor was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba too parents, Jack Randall, and Edith Dulcibel Rutherglen. Two years later they moved to England, when father Jack, was sent with the Canadian Army for WW1, where his brother Conway was born. The family returned to Canada in 1920, settling in the Sunny Brae area of Shuswap Lake. Tudor, his mother Edith, brothers Conway, Ted, and Bill resettled in the Longbeach area of Kootenay Lake in 1924, where he lived out the rest of his life. The boys grew up hiking, fishing, hunting, and exploring their wilderness area. Life wasn’t easy for a single parent in those days so the boys had lots of chores to do, picking fruit, cutting wood, and looking after animals. As a young boy along with an old game warden, he helped stock most of the mountain lakes in the area, which meant carrying a heavy can of water and fish on his back. Tudor was always very physically active from growing huge gardens in Longbeach, to hiking the high country, fishing the streams, to slashing out trails. As anyone who knew him, will attest to, huckleberry picking was a favorite. He had a great passion for hockey playing during the war while stationed in England, and on through the years in Nelson, and finishing up in Kaslo for the old timers. He played in various old timer tournaments throughout BC and Spokane and played right through the years past retirement. Not hanging up his skates until a hockey injury at the age of 78 which finished his career. Badminton was also one of his retirement activities. He went to war in 1940 with two of his brothers and saw action in Normandy, France, Holland, and Belgium. He represented his regiment the Duke of Connaught own Rifles, at the 60th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. A after the war, he worked for the Land Registry once, then the Department of Highways, where he ran the Nelson Ferry, then on to the toll gate of the Nelson Bridge. He worked in construction as a carpenter up to his retirement. Music was a very big part of his life having taught himself to play the accordion. His brothers and he played together as a band on occasion. He played with various dance bands throughout the years and was able to play up to the time of his passing. He was predeceased by his younger brothers Conway, Ted, Bill, and his little great grandson Issac. He is survived by his children: Robert (Linda), of Nelson, Elaine (Bob) of Mission, Dulcie (Dave) of Ymir, Anne (Mike) of Surrey, sister-in-law Pauline Rutherglen of Nelson, as well as 5 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 3 great granddaughters, 2 great grandsons, and many nieces and nephews throughout BC and various parts of the world. A memorial service will be held Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 11 am at the Balfour Evangelical Covenant Church on Upper Balfour Road. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that any donations be made to the: Kaslo Minor Hockey Association, In memory of Tudor Rutherglen Box 1064, Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0


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From: Jameson Family
Relation: family friend

We are all so sorry for the lost of your loved one Tudor, he was a great fellow…Love for Gail, Doug and James

From: Joan Jordan (nee Heddle)
Relation: family friend

I’m sorry to hear of your loss…Tudor and my dad, Mac Heddle were friends and I remember stories of them taking Bunty and our mum, Alberta to lots of dances and having great fun together. Sadly, their generation is all but gone. …but missed forever!!
Joan Jordan and the Heddle family.

From: Peter Vass
Relation: Kaslo oldtimers hockey

I was involved in hockey many years ago with Tudor and he was a inspiration to us all.
Rest in peace my friend…

From: Kaslo Minor Hockey
Relation: Hockey

On behalf of Kaslo & District Minor Hockey Association we send comfort and solace to Tudor’s family.
The trophy that our coaches give out each year that bestows on the recipient the most honour and pride is the Tudor Rutherglen Award – it is given to a player with the heart of hockey.
The legend of Tudor will live on in the hearts and minds of the kids in Kaslo Minor Hockey.

From: Marion and Buzz Williams
Relation: family friend

Dear Tudor, we were so lucky to have spent time with you on a few occasions throughout the years, you were a real inspiration to many of us to ‘keep doing what you love’. Hockey, music and special moments will keep happy memories with us. Love to all of your family at this time.
Remembering our time looking at unusual rocks and gems was very exciting. I still have my eyeglass for doing this, Thank you Tudor. Sleep well, you deserve to rest now. Your new journey is well earned and we are sure it will be a beautiful one with a smile and a funny story!. Love from Marion and Buzz. xoxox

From: Wendall Clifford
Relation: friend of Bob & Linda

Sending our condolences to you & your entire family.

From: Mac & Clare Elmes
Relation: Friends

To theRutherglen Family,
We have so many fond memories of your Dad. All the hunting & fishing trips to the various creeks & lakes in the Kootenay area.
One of the highlights was Mac taking your Dad on the helicopter into Kokanee Glacier – getting dropped offf at the Lone Dutchman cabin.
Walking through the Crazy Jane Basin back to the Nine-Mile Road.
Your Dad really enjoyed his long life & we know your memories will always be with you & us too.
Rest In Peace Tudor

From: Alan Burt
Relation: Friend

Have fond memories working with Tudor at Kokanee creek in the early 70’s A good man!

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 19, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

Balfour Evangelical Covenant Church
7741 Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC Canada V0G 2G0

7741 Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC Canada V0G 2G0

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