The Copper Mountain family bids farewell to one of their own

A Celebration of Life in honour of Art Pratico was organized by members of Art’s Copper Mountain family.

Art Pratico is survived by Linda his wife of 45 years

Art Pratico is survived by Linda his wife of 45 years

A young father was persistent and determined to acquire a good job to support his family. He made trip after trip to the Similco Mine, only to be constantly told there was no work.

Not giving up, Art Pratico bundled up his young son Rick and went to visit the mine manager at his home. Art told the manager that he was mature and that he (the manager) would not regret hiring him.

Art was hired as a labourer soon after. That was in 1972 and he was 23 years old.

Art continued to work at Similco, working his way up through the ranks while he and his wife Linda raised their two children; Rick and Shelly.

In 1988 with the closure of Similco, the company whisked Art and family away to Houston, B.C. where Art continued his career with Huckleberry Mines, eventually working his way to management.

When Art heard about Copper Mountain opening in Princeton—he wanted to come back in the worst way. In 2010 he and Linda returned to home Princeton where Art worked as Mine Operations manager until shortly before his passing on January 13 of this year.

Co-worker and friend of 25 years, Bill Van Damme gave the eulogy at the Celebration of Life held May 24 at River’s Edge R.V. Park.

He spoke of Art’s dedication to mining, of how Art made sure you had fun while you were working, his determination to get things done and how he made the best of every opportunity. “It was amazing to watch Art work,” he said, “Art created relationships with people – it’s how he got things done.”

Chief Executive Officer, Jim O’Rourke presented Linda with a photo of Art on behalf of the Copper Mountain family. “Art was a fantastic man who contributed to our Copper Mountain family,” he said.

The Celebration of Life was organized by Linda Low, Bill Van Damme and Jim O’Rourke, members of Art’s Copper Mountain family.

Art’s family expressed their appreciation to Copper Mountain, Dinny & Beryl Mullin,the Kal Tire and Site Services crews, all the volunteers for their help and to everyone for the kindness expressed.

Art’s grandaughter, Ashley, gave everyone present a reminder of what is truly important.

Nov. 1, 1949 – Jan. 13, 2014

“What matters most is the dash between those years. Those who loved him know what that dash is worth,” she said.


Just Posted

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

Birtch Parlee is one of approximately 132,000 transgender people living across the nation, according to Statistics Canada. Photo submitted
Transgender in a small town – Princeton B.C.

“I buried it. I pushed it down. I lived a lie.”

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Dan Albas
COLUMN: Reopening the international border

Governments in Canada and the United States are working towards reopening plans for the border

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

This photo of the small wildfire burning above Naramata was taken at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 (Monique Tamminga Western News)
BC Wildfire on scene of small wildfire above Naramata

Smoke has been showing since earlier in the day

Students in the Grade 10 entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School have completed a cookbook with international recipes. (Contributed)
Summerland students create virtual international cookbook

Entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School uses virtual cookbook as fundraiser

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined the three-day Walking Our Spirits Home procession, honouring residential school survivors, those who never made it home and all those affected by the institutions. Here people walk the third portion on June 13. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Walking Our Spirits Home from Kamloops provides path to healing

First Nations in and beyond Secwépemc territory join in to honour residential school survivors

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

A boat sharing service is extending to Summerland. The company, Penticton Boat Club and Rentals, is also taking over the boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort. (Photo by Chris Stenberg)
Boat sharing service extended from Penticton to Summerland

Company will also operate boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Most Read