November 24, 1928 to September 17, 2011

It is with a keen sense of loss and sadness that the family of “Jiggs” Irvin Beliveau announces Irvin’s passing at Boundary Hospital on September 17, 2011.

Irvin was born in Rockglen, Saskatchewan. He moved to Grand Forks with his parents and four siblings in 1934. Irvin received his schooling in Grand Forks, and then went on to live and work in various places throughout the province. In the 1960s he moved back to Grand Forks, got his welding ticket, and began his own business, “Riverside Welders”. In 1972 he bought property up the North Fork and built a home there. He continued in the welding trade and as a millwright until his retirement.

He leaves to mourn him, Joanne Bailey who has been his wife for twenty years; his son Robin, and three grandchildren: Brogan, Keaton and Lachlan; his daughter Karen, and three grandchildren: Lindsy, Brandon and Lairyck. Lindsy has given Irvin two great-grandchildren. Jiggs will also be missed by Joanne’s children and grandchildren. There are many siblings who hold Irvin close to their heart: Arthur Beliveau (Edmonton, AB), Elsie (sister-in-law, Prince George, BC), Mae (Reay) Buckingham (Vancouver, BC), Gladys O’Connor (Grand Forks, BC), Vera (Bill) Delaney (Kelowna, BC), Elmer (Marie) Beliveau (Grand Forks, BC), Joan Beliveau (Surrey, BC), Clara (Casey) Moore (Smithers, BC), Harold (Jane) Beliveau (Prince George, BC) and Cliff (Robyn) Beliveau (Invermere, BC). There are many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who have shared reunions with Irvin and will miss his presence.

Irvin was predeceased by his youngest son, Franklin; his parents, Clara and Edward; his wife, Druscella Ulbright; brother, Ernest Joseph; sister-in-law, Barbara Beliveau; brothers-in law, John O’Connor and Ted Murray; and niece, Nancy Hutchings.

An open house memorial to celebrate Jiggs’ life will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011, in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone wishing to share memories, conversation or just be present among friends is welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand Forks Hospital Auxiliary. Grand Forks Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

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