Remembering Bear

A celebration of life for a well-known Penticton man is taking place this weekend.

People are being invited to remember Joseph Foy Frocklage — better known as "Bear" — who died of an overdose in December.

"It's a celebration of life and we want to show all the positive things about his life and people like him," said his father Joseph Frocklage. "He was kind, gentle and a protector of people on the street."

Bear, 46, died after snorting what was believed to be a mix of heroin and fentanyl in December.

He had recently begun living with his parents at their 55 plus residence in the city. His death was part of a spike of overdoses that hit Penticton last winter.

The memorial is slated for 2 p.m., July 29 at the Ooknakane Friendship Centre at 146 Ellis Street. A traditional lunch will follow.

Any donations in Bear's memory can be dropped off at Green Essence at 409 Martin Street.

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