Camille Schreiner

Camille John Schreiner

Many will remember him as, ‘The Barber”, passed away Monday April 30, 2012, surrounded by his family during his last weeks on Salt Spring Island BC at the age of 81.  Camille was born April 7, 1931 in Watson, Saskatchewan to Otto and Eleanor(nee Schlitz) Schreiner.  He had 2 older sisters, Celestine “Sally” and Beatrice.  Camille grew up on the family farm and attended Hat Creek School, grades 1-8, after which he went to work; first on farms driving tractor, hauling grain, threshing and driving fuel truck in the Lake Lenore area.  In the winter, he went to work in sawmills in The Pas, MB and Prince George, BC.  He was a contemplative, quiet, stoic pillar of a man, who always had sound, solid, logical advice and words; a man of few but they were poignant.  He always enjoyed the country life and was a man of many talents and interests. He liked country music, especially the sound of the Dobro.  In his earlier years he had much fun with his cousins playing the fiddle and guitar in a band and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans as good old farm boys do!  Camille met and married his wife, Florence Marie “Flo” Schreiner, in Edmonton AB in 1956.  Soon after, they moved to Fort St. John and had 5 children together.  Camille worked on the oil rigs, as a carpenter and for the local school district as maintenance and boiler man.  In 1968, after attending Mohlor School of Barbering, thus began his 40+ year career in barbering, owning his own shop and being self employed in FSJ and SSI.  The mutual satisfaction & enjoyment was obvious between Camille and his clients, he happily obliged requests into 2012. Camille was a humble, unassuming man who took great pride in his family, career, home and yard.  He was an excellent carpenter and went on to build 5 of the family homes.  He loved living close to nature and frequented the northern woods for his great love of hunting and camping, enjoying numerous road trips; some of his favorites were across Canada and throughout the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska.  His time living in northern BC always held a special place in his heart as being some of the best times of his life!  Content in his own company, Camille had a keen interest in reading, mostly true stories of Canadian pioneers and books on wildlife & nature and kept up with his National Geographic every month. Camille had a unique, sharp, quick dry wit and wily sense of humor which always surprised and was met with great laughter around!  He was a man of immeasurable strength, perseverance and endurance, who always stood by his family.  Camille is survived by, will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Flo Schreiner, and 5 children, Colleen, Laura Lynn, Kevin, Rosalind and Cecilliea “Ceci”, 2 stepchildren, Viola and Grant.  13 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.  Camille is predeceased by his parents Otto and Eleanor Schreiner, his sisters and their husbands, Sally and Joe Sterner, Beatrice and Herman Prodahl, as well as other beloved relatives…  The family wishes to thank all the friends and clients for your love and support and to thank the doctors, Lady Minto Hospital staff, home care and hospice for their excellent care, help and compassion.  Camille was a wonderful man of honor and integrity and will be fondly remembered by everyone whom he had contact…  Our father who art in heaven…  A celebration of life will be at a later date.

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