Conor O’Rourke, 76, of Merritt, BC passed away peacefully following a short illness Sunday, January 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Conor was born January 31, 1938 in Hull, England. He proudly served in the British military in the mid-1950s as a member of the Cold Stream guards where he was a respected NCO. Thereafter, he crafted a distinguished 45 year career as an RN/RPN working within the British Health Care system, BC Health Care, and the Federal Corrections Service. Conor married the love of his life Jean on January 28, 1961. They raised three children Kevin, Tracy & Julie and they immigrated to Canada in 1973. In their life together Conor and Jean enjoyed many memorable vacations in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Asia, Europe and Mexico. Conor and Jean were also snowbirds with many friends in Yuma, Arizona. Most of all, Conor will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grand- father who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Conor is survived by siblings Noreen and Gerald of Halifax, England, brother Peter (Lynn) of Sydney, Australia, son Kevin (Ernestine), daughters Tracy (Robert) and Julie (Glenn), grandchildren; Kassandra & Brittany, Lucas & Justin, Gabriel & Grady; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Michael & Margaret and siblings Michael, Peggy and Joan. A Celebration of Conor’s life will be held February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel – The Chapel Room, 32281 Lougheed Highway, Mission, BC. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at Condolences and remembrances of Conor may be left on-line for the family at:

Arrangements entrusted to:

First Memorial Funeral Services

Kamloops, BC (250) 554-2429

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