Carl Norman Sewell, resident of Pouce Coupe, former longtime resident of Doe River passed away on September 5th, 2021 at the age of 78.
Carl was born July 13th, 1943, in Pouce Coupe B.C. He was the 1st son and 3rd child of Norman and Jennie Sewell of Doe River, B.C.
Carl attended schools in Doe River and Dawson Creek before completing his automotive mechanics courses in Nanaimo and Prince George. He did his apprenticing at Aspol Ford in Dawson Creek and continued to work there for over 20 years, where he gained many lifelong friends.
As children, the Sewell kids played a lot with their cousins and Carl remained close to them through the years.
Carl enjoyed many years of farming with his Dad and brother Terry. Threshing was his favorite thing to do, and he drove his own team. His claim to fame was pulling into a new field and guessing how may loads it would take and what time they would be done. He was seldom wrong. Carl enjoyed raising cattle and pigs for many years. He farmed 2 quarters of land, one of which was his Mom and Dad’s original homestead in 1929.
Carl played ball for the Doe River Eagles, and later with teams in Dawson Creek. He coached the Rolla Hotel Brewers ball team for many years and had a deep love for baseball. He could talk for hours about the Blue Jays and the players that he admired. Carl also enjoyed playing the guitar and entertained at many house parties in his younger days.
After retiring from farming, Carl moved to Pouce Coupe to be closer to family. He also enjoyed his trips to the Seniors Hall for Cribbage games and suppers. Carl was known by many to be a kind-hearted man with a great sense of humor, always ready to laugh. He was always helpful, compassionate, and was an encyclopedia of knowledge. If you needed to know any family or community history - he could fill you in with dates and details. He was a good neighbor - always helping others in the community. He was the guy to call when you had a vehicle or farm equipment that needed a fix.
Carl was a family man - never missed a family gathering or event no matter how seemingly unimportant - he even attended a birthday party for a bunny rabbit and was never afraid to don a party hat. As for the holiday gatherings, he was always the first to arrive with frozen pies and bags of home-grown potatoes that he would stand and peel before every meal. He was the Uncle and Brother that always made time to visit and ask "How's things". He was always ready to test out the new toys the kids brought along.
Carl was a loyal visitor to his Mom, and he spent hours playing crib with her at Rotary Manor, before her passing.
Carl is survived by his sisters Edna Yaeger and Norma (Dave) McAmmond, brother Terry (Brenda) Sewell; step-son Clint Shuman (Emily, Steven, Danielle, Cheryl); nieces Charlene (Cliff) Hollen, Tracy Yaeger, and Corey Sewell; nephews Curtis (Patty) Yaeger, Brady (Sam) Yaeger, Sheldon (Audra) Yaeger, Shaun (Jenn) McAmmond Jason (Holly) Sewell; numerous great nieces and nephews, and family and friends.
Carl was predeceased by his parents Jennie and Norman Sewell and brother-in-law Clarence Yaeger. A family funeral service was held September 17, 2021 at Reynars Funeral Home in Dawson Creek BC. Interment was held at Peace View Cemetery in Shearerdale. Family and friends gathered later for coffee at the Doe River Hall.
We would like to thank the friends and family that visited Carl in Dawson Creek and Prince George during his hospital stay. We would also like to express our appreciation to the Nurses and Staff of the Dawson Creek and Prince George Hospitals that cared for Carl and made his final days comfortable. The nurses enjoyed his sense of humour which he managed to keep until the very end. He enjoyed the nurses in both hospitals and in Prince George they even surprised him by singing him "Happy Birthday".
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation in memory of Carl to the Rotary Manor Care Facility (Activities Division) 1120 - 90th Ave. Dawson Creek B.C. V1G 5A3.
Very Respectfully, Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium