Vera Aura hands over the keys to Johnny’s Fishing & Hunting

After 52 years, Vera Aura is handing over the keys to Johnny’s Fishing & Hunting, a Revelstoke institution

Alan Norrish is the new owner of Johnny's Fishing

After 52 years, Vera Aura is handing over the keys to Johnny’s Fishing & Hunting.

The Revelstoke institution, which was opened by Vera and her husband Johnny in 1964, was sold to Alan Norrish; he officially takes possession this week.

“I have mixed feelings,” Vera told me. “Sometimes, I can’t stop crying, but other times I’m happy to move on.”

Nourrish purchased the property, which includes the store, the two garage bays next door, and three 50-foot lots.

He plans on keeping Johnny’s going and will be opening up a quick oil change centre called Revy Lube next door.

“Everything is going to stay the same what Vera’s doing, we’re just going to tidy it up,” he said.

While Nourrish didn’t describe himself as a big hunter and fisher, he said he does have a hunting licence and he fishes as a hobby.

He was born in Kamloops but his family moved to Revelstoke when he was four. His mother ran the high school cafeteria while his dad worked at Finning’s.

He moved away after high school, enrolling in automotive school but eventually working in the marine industry in Sicamous. He moved back to Revelstoke two years ago.

Norrish’s plan is to get through the summer, then renovate either in the fall or next spring. He and his business partner, Robert Nobles, plan on gutting the old shop and modernizing it.

“We’re keeping the name,” Norrish said.

He’s a skier and snowmobiler and a fan of water sports. Like many entrepreneurs coming to down, he believes strongly in Revelstoke’s future.

“I think it’s going to keep growing,” he said. “It’s a great place to live.”

Photo: Members of the Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club dropped by Johnny’s last week to give Vera Aura flowers and thank her and her husband for their service to the community over the past 52 years. ~ Photo contributed

More: PERSONAL HISTORIES: Vera Aura — A fishing life

Just Posted

Y2Y report warns of growing tension between industry and environment in Revelstoke

It includes 18 recommendations for land use, tourism, forestry, climate change and First Nations.

Healing with honesty: Justice served 40 years later

Revelstoke senior gets house arrest for sexually assaulting stepdaughter

UPDATE: Trans-Canada Highway closure extended until 4 p.m. east of Revelstoke

The highway was closed after a head-on collision between trucks early Dec. 6

Avalanche control west of Revelstoke today

Highway 1 to be closed for two hours

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

Slippery sections reported on Okanagan and Shuswap highways

Some sections of the Trans-Canada highway have black ice on them.

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Summerland college operated from 1906 to 1915

Ritchie Hall and Morton Hall were constructed for Okanagan Baptist College

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

Most Read