Roz Thorn

Longtime B.C. association head Roz Thorn dies at 70

Thursday, October 31, 2019

After a battle with cancer, Roz Thorn passed away October 6, 2019. She was 70 years old. Roz served for 48 years as the CEO of the Prince George and Northern BC Construction Association before retiring in 2015.

Roz was born in Prince George and spent her entire life in the city, cultivating many enduring friendships. She was a passionate member of the community, supporting industry, politics, gardening, and volunteerism. The famous annual Civic Center Seniors Tea was a special highlight for her. In her early years, she attended Central Fort George Elementary, KGV and PGSSS, graduating in 1967.

Following high school, she attended CNC and upon the completion of business courses, she joined the Prince George and Northern BC Construction Association. She was originally interviewed and hired by Henry Creuzot and Bob Borrie and mentored by Nora Strawbridge. She eventually worked her way to the top of the organization.

Her contributions to the industry were recognized with a 2008 B.C. Construction Association Distinguished Service Award. Over the years, Roz served on numerous local, provincial and national committees and boards.

She is survived by her brother Trevor Proverbs (Wendy), nephew Geoffrey (Jen), great-nephew William, and niece Tracey (Sam). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the Thorn family, including Susan McCandless, who spent endless hours with Bob (husband) and Roz during her childhood.

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