April 3, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
James Glen Escott, known to all as Glen, passed away peacefully April 3, 2022 at the age of 65 with his wife and children beside him.
Survived by his wife Maureen Chester, his 4 children Cory (Kelsey) Escott, Angeline (Shawn) Farrow, Katelyn Escott, Reba Escott (Jarod), 6 grandchildren Connor, James, Bobby-Raye, Curtis, Taylor, and Grace, his dad James Escott, brothers Gordon & Gary and sister Gail. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother Elaine Escott.
Glen was the ultimate cowboy, the one everyone could depend on, hardworking and honest, he believed that his handshake was his word and his word meant everything. He would give you the shirt off his back, drop anything to help someone out, and took his obligations seriously.
Born in North Vancouver in 1957, he and his family later moved to Pitt Meadows. He left the city to take up cowboying on some of the ranches in Anahim Lake. He always spoke fondly of his time there, riding and driving horses, hunting, guiding and even gave rodeo a try.
His experiences there taught him many of the skills that he would carry through his life and teach to his children and others. His travels also gave him an appreciation for the land where we live, he loved British Columbia and all that it had to offer.
Glen and his first wife welcomed their first child in 1981 and three more followed. Glen became a grandfather for the first time in 2004. He so loved and enjoyed his friends and family, and over the years he could often be found driving around, stopping to visit, tell stories and share laughs and memories.
In 2010, Glen reconnected with his high school sweetheart Maureen, and they were married in Barkerville on September 10, 2011.
Glen wore many hats throughout his working life, and he was usually found driving something. Many of his jobs began with his being a licensed, professional truck driver. So, it was transporting horses, driving cab, limo, Handy Dart, dump trucks, snowplows and operating equipment.
He was a huge fan and supporter of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and for many of that event’s 24 years Glen marshalled the vans and buses that shuttled people to and from the airport and to various venues around the city.
He took his love for cowboy music to Barkerville too, being instrumental in starting the Barkerville Drover Festival that ran for a number of years prior to the pandemic.
His favorite hat, and probably his most popular had to be James Hamilton of Barnard’s Express in Barkerville. He fit right into the salty, gregarious persona so well, and was noted for being a real character.
He helped create fond memories and experiences for visitors during his time in Barkerville, and he loved the idea that kids that rode with him in younger years, would then bring their kids so they could enjoy a similar experience.
His long association with Barkerville began in 1986. Over the years, all his children have worked with him there. Glen taught a lot of younger people to drive and be around the big horses. He is very proud of the people he has helped along the way; some are very much his closest and dearest friends. In 2005 the opportunity came up for him to take the lines of the stagecoach contract himself and the rest, as they say is history. Just recently, he received his 25 Year pin for service to Barkerville.
To say he will be missed is truly an understatement. He was one of the good ones.
“So, I’ll draw up my wages and head down the road,
and I will look for the place where old cowboys go”
A Celebration of Life will be held in Barkerville, BC on September 10, 2022 for those who wish to attend. For location and time, please contact Marueen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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