Winser, Valney (Val) June George

1936 -

Valney (Val) June George Winser, 85, of Invermere passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2022.

Val was born on June 15, 1936 in Rock Creek to Fink and Alberta Winser. He moved to Invermere in the 60s and worked in forestry and road building until his retirement. Val loved the outdoors, camping and fishing. He especially loved prospecting with his friend Art Louie. They had many claims and enjoyed looking for the big cache. He would often speak of taking his nephews hunting and fishing when they were young.

Val had no children of his own and loved his time with his nephews. He loved to camp with his partner Kate McIntosh and after her passing, he was blessed to find a kindred spirit with his partner Avril Bourquin. They also spent many happy days camping and fishing. Val was a kind and generous man. Avril lived with her father Henry and Val welcomed him into his home as well, and they had a wonderful family life. Sadly, Val lost Avril in 2017 and he missed her greatly. He was lucky to reconnect with a friend that he had known for years, Julie, and she was a constant companion for the rest of Val’s time.

Val was predeceased by his parents, older sister Edna Hintz, companions Kate McIntosh, Avril Bourquin and Avril’s father Henry Bourquin.

He is survived by his older brother Wallace (Wally) Winser, nephews Larry Winser and his wife Wally, Daryll Winser, Arlie Hintz and his wife Jay, Steve Winser, Niece Brenda Basso, sister-in-law Myrna King and special friends Julie McIntosh and Barry Lightfoot.

As per Val’s wishes there will be no service, but his friends and family will take him fishing one last time this summer.

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