Obituary of PICKERSGILL UNICH: Mrs. Betty (née Bowlby), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 12, 2019

PICKERSGILL UNICH, Betty (née Bowlby), a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Friday, January 11, 2019, in her 89th year.  Wife of the late George R. Pickersgill (1982) and the late Dusan “Daniel” Unich (2013).  Mother of Mary Patriquin (Randy) of St. Thomas, and the late Cathy Green (Jim of Bayfield).  Step-mother of Bruce Unich (Barbara) of Calgary, AB, Vera Unich of St. Thomas, and Brian Unich (Sheri) of St. Marys.  Sister of Donna, Lois, Margaret, Orma, and Bill.  Also survived by 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Siblings, Helen, Dorothy, Beatrice, Jean, Lonnie, and David predeceased her.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 25, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Marie (née Martin) Bowlby.  Betty formerly attended the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Monday, January 14th from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of STRATE: James Richard of Ottawa, formerly of Edmonton, Alberta

Posted by on January 11, 2019

James Richard Strate

Suddenly on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in his 57th year.

James Strate, loving father of Jamin (Erin) of Oshawa, ON and Dakota (Landon) of Toronto, ON.

Former spouse of Maureen Munro.

Son of the late Mike & Beth Strate (née Romeril) of Edmonton.

Friends are invited to join the family of James, and help celebrate his life on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at The Wellington Gastro Pub, 1325 Wellington St W. from 12 until 3 PM.

Donations in memory to a charity of ones choice in James’ name, greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to The Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488.

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Obituary of Poole, Kevin F. of Edmonton, Alberta and formerly of Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 7, 2019
Kevin F. Poole of Edmonton, Alberta (grew up in Nova Scotia) passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at the Cross Cancer Institute on January 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Diana and children; Paul, Meghan (Israel), Mathew, and Quintin (Calli-Rae), and grandson; Maverik. He is also survived by his parents; Frank and Eleanor, and siblings; Cheryl, Nadine (Paul), and Ian (Tanya).
In keeping with Kevin’s wishes, a cremation has taken place and no memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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I need obit for George J Savage died in August 2007 on Taber Ab

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Obituary of Moravec, Stephen Harold

Posted by on December 30, 2018

He will be missed, but never forgotten.

On December 22, 2018, Stephen Harold Moravec passed away. He was 61 years old. Steve was born on August 24th, 1957, in Edmonton, Alberta. He is survived by his three children; Dean Moravec (Janine Moravec), Dallas Moravec (Jackie Soroka) and Lisa LaFrance (Real LaFrance). Steve had 4 beautiful grandchildren that he loved dearly; Phoenix Moravec, Charleigh Gibson, Adele LaFrance and Lennon Moravec.  He was a kind man who would give you the shirt off his back. Steve loved cars, music and animals. He would take home any stray he found, including a skunk.

An open house to celebrate Steve’s life will be held on January 5th, 2019 at 1720-88 street SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 1J6 (Summerside Hall), from 6 pm to 9 pm.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Edmonton Humane Society. Dad loved animals and would have done anything for them, therefore it is only right that we honor him with donations to his favourite cause.

https://www.edmontonhumanesociety.com/how-to-help/donate/donate-now/

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Obituary of Iervasi, Dean Michael (Dino)

Posted by on December 22, 2018


It is with deep sadness that Dino passed away suddenly on December 4, 2018 at the age of 53.

Dino leaves behind his one and only child Aimee Iervasi, as well as his mother Emily Vold (Terry), Sisters Diane Iervasi & Janet Iervasi-Holm (Steen).

Uncle Dino was always the life of the party and will be truly missed by his nieces & nephew.

Dino was predeceased by his father Salvatore Iervasi.

Dino was known and loved by many, he will be deeply missed and will never be forgotten.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2019.

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Obituary of GIBSON, Audrey Louise Victoria (Keller) recently of Zurich, formerly of Crediton, age 87

Posted by on December 15, 2018

GIBSON: Unexpectedly, but peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Thursday, December 13, 2018, Audrey Louise Victoria (Keller) Gibson, age 87, recently of Zurich, formerly of Crediton. Beloved wife of the late Wm. Roy Gibson (2003). Loved mother and mother-in-law of the late David Gibson (December 7, 2018), Larry and Sharon Gibson of Centralia, Garry and Joanne Gibson of St. Joseph, Bradley and Jane Gibson of Edmonton, AB., Mark Gibson and Nancy Phillips of Crediton.   Cherished grandma of Jeff, Chris and Sonya, Samantha and Mike, John and Arron, Peter, Tina and Christien, Brent and Angela, Ryan, Zachary, Ian. Audrey will be remembered by her great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ross Keller, John “Jack” and Beverly Keller and Marion Feltz. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Arnold and Alice (Meyers) Keller, sister Gwedonline Windsor, brother Donald Keller, grandchildren Jeannette, Jason and a set of infant twins. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Zion Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour Ministries would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of HODGSON, Dean Joseph of Sarnia

Posted by on December 13, 2018

HODGSON, DEAN: Dean Joseph Hodgson was born in the Sarnia General Hospital, the son of Jack M. and Blanche (Rollins) Hodgson on August 7th, 1933 and passed away on December 12th, 2018. Dean considered himself the Maple Leafs #1 fan. He also closely followed the Blue Jays, Lions and Tigers. Dean loved to skate and did so into his 80’s, walk, read and debate (about anything). Agriculture was his vocation and he farmed his own land from 1960 – 1990 but continued his interest in agriculture and drainage, especially Lambton County and the Rainy River District to the very end.

As a young man Dean worked with Marshall and Milway, Ontario Land Surveyors and felt the basics he learned in those years guided him through the many pursuits he followed in the rest of his life. Dean was involved in farm drainage for over 40 years (1962 – 2004) as an owner, operator and drainage inspector. Draining the land and solving problems was a passion. Farming, drainage and friendly people were the focus of his life and he attempted to enjoy every minute of every day. Dean always enjoyed the simpler things in life and so, as he said, “luckily never required much money”, though he never married he was always happy with whatever he had. Some of his happiest years (and toughest) were spent on his Emo cattle farm in the Rainy River District between 1978 and 1990 while paying 22% interest. At Emo he also served as municipal Drainage Superintendent for eight municipalities and enjoyed working with Councils and farm groups. Dean was also involved with Emo minor hockey for several years. During these years in the Rainy River District he often said he worked with, “some of the finest people in the world” who made even the cattle business seem enjoyable.

In his later years he was the author of several small books on Lambton County history. He considered himself an amateur historian and was a member of the Lambton County Historical Society for several years and the recently formed Sarnia Historical Society.

Dean was predeceased by his parents Jack (1974) and Blanche (1987), brother-in-law Ray Tomlin (2000), his brother John Hodgson (2012) and sister Donna Hodgson (2018). He is survived by two sisters Della Tomlin of Sarnia and Judith and her husband Geoff Sutherland of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by Shelley, David and Dean Sutherland along with several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

“The family wishes to thank the entire staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care and a special thanks to Jim Maw for all the help he provided us at this time”

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Obituary of REID, Linda of Corunna

Posted by on December 10, 2018

REID, LINDA – On December 9, 2018, Linda Grace (Lewis) Reid, age 78 of Corunna passed away. She was the dear wife of Michael Reid and the loving mother of the late Christopher Reid (2009). She is also survived by her brothers Cam and John Lewis and sister in law Suzanne and Tom Bouskil. Several cousins also survive. Linda taught with the Lambton County School Board and had retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. Private cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made in memory of Linda to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of CALLUM, Bruce Hodgins of Sarnia

Posted by on November 27, 2018

CALLUM, BRUCE HODGINS 1933-2018 – It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Hodgins Callum announce his passing on November 27, 2018.  After 6 long years he has been reunited with the love of his life Gloria (2012). The most amazing dad to Brad and his wife Sam Callum, Lauriegay and her husband Greg McKinnon.  “Best Grandpa ever” to Lauren and her husband Randy Atkinson, Chloe McKinnon, Trista and her husband Rob Ritchie, Derek Callum and his wife Caitlin. He was an “Awesome” great grandpa to Aidan and Blythe Atkinson, Lincoln Bruce Callum and Alexandria Ritchie.  He is also survived by sister in law Ann Callum, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge 392 and was a past master. Many will remember Bruce for his years in plumbing and heating. Bruce lived his life with Gloria and his family always in his heart and at the center of everything he did. “Dad, you were the best of the best and I will be waiting for your visits that you promised me. Love you!” – Lauriegay & Greg, “Our memories shall be of your perseverance, endurance and love for a life well lived.” – Brad & Sam, “Grandpa, throughout our lives you have always been our rock. We love you.” – Lauren & Chloe, “Grandpa lead by example persevering in difficult circumstances and finding the humor in those experiences”, Trista & Derek. At Bruce’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sarnia Humane Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 “Thank you to the special RN’s, Med & Wound RPN’s, PSW’s, Dietary and all support staff, Richard (his roommate) and Norma and Ray (his gazebo buddies) at Sumac Lodge for your care and compassion for Bruce. He really did appreciate all of you!”

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Obituary of Lewicki (nee Fischer), Myrna Pauline

Posted by on November 24, 2018

 

After a hard fought battle with COPD, our beloved mom/grams/aunt, Myrna Lewicki (nee Fischer) passed away peacefully Thursday, November 22nd at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. She was our rock…..and she kept us together as a family in her final week.

Daughter of Paul and Agnes Fischer. Beloved mom of daughter, Debbie Smith, son Dean Lewicki and daughter-in-law Beth Phillips. Cherished Grams of Kyle Smith, Chelsea and Brianna Lewicki – they will desperately miss their Grams.

It was Myrna’s wishes that there be no service – just a private family celebration. As a family, we honored all of her wishes while she was in hospice care and we will continue to honor her wishes after her passing.

Our family would like to express such immense gratitude to the incredible home care workers at Chartwell Lynnwood – Janice and Carla, and the Palliative Care nurses and doctor at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. Specifically – Eloise, Erica and Dr Eydt. We could not have asked for a better end of life journey for our mom/grams.

In lieu of flowers, please donate a Memorial Gift in Myrna’s name to the Chilliwack Hospice Society. www.chilliwackhospice.org. The family asks that you specify your donation be directed specifically to the Cascades Hospice facility in Chilliwack.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

(Author Unknown)

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Obituary of Dylan R Haskett of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on November 17, 2018

The world became a little less colorful, and much less Punk Rock, when Dylan Haskett unexpectedly passed away on the evening of August 31st 2018. He died in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. 

Born to Cathy, and Russ Haskett in Hamilton, Ontario, on February 11th, 1991. Dylan lived the Hamilton area for the majority of his childhood; Waterdown, and Carlisle Ontario. He then moved to Calgary Alberta, and lived his remaining teenage years with his Dad. He lived out most of his life in Calgary. 

Having the best majority of his family spread over the country, and the United States, Dylan was certainly blessed with a large circle of friends. Friends were a large part of his life, and always had fond stories to share about his time with them. Always offering a bed, or a couch, or a floor to anyone who needed one. 

It is a little known fact, that Dylan was also an activist for human rights. He attended, and orchestrated protests, and rally’s in support of his cause. He also volunteered at many charities. Especially ones that catered to the homeless population around Calgary. 

Dylan became a young father to a son, named Keiran Haskett, on May 25th 2010. Although their time was extremely limited, his son was the light of his life for 8 years. 

Dylan is predeceased by his father, Russ Haskett, September 20th, 2011. He is survived by his son, Keiran Haskett. His mother, Cathy Berezowski. His sisters Sarah Campbell (née Haskett) and Victoria Haskett. His grandparents Brian, and Gail Berezowski. His niece, Kiah Campbell. As well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family from all over Canada. 

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Obituary of ARTHUR – Diane Catherine, Kingston, Ontario.

Posted by on November 17, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Catherine (Maudsley) Arthur announces her passing after a brief illness, on Friday, November 16th, at the age of 82  years. Diane was predeceased by her husband of 30 years Artur Zylinski Arthur (retired Prof Psychology Queen’s University) and later, her partner, for 22 years Jack Jeffrey.  Predeceased by her Sister Valerie and Niece Helen.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Peter and Richard (Sandra) and fondly remembered by her three grandchildren, Alexandre, Edouard and Nathaniel, and nephew Colin Hughes as well as many other family members and friends in Canada, UK and New Zealand.

Born to Helen and James Harold Maudsley in Liverpool,1936 , Diane studied for her PhD Psychology in London, UK, where she met her husband.  Diane and Artur move to New Zealand  in 1963 where they made lifelong friends and both their sons were born.  In 1966 the family emigrated to Canada as Artur secured a Professorship at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.   Diane worked as a Psychologist at the Child Psychiatry Unit at Kingston General and at Hotel Dieu as well as in private practice with Dr Philip Carney, PhD.  During her career she helped many youth and their families as well as mentoring Grad students.

Diane was a generous supporter of various charities including the The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Children’s Home (Khokana), Nepal, and Orangutan Charities and many more.

In retirement Diane enjoyed the friendships made at the Kingston Seniors Association and found another family and friends out in Yarker and at Yarker Free Methodist Church.

Those wishing to pay their respects may visit James Reid Funeral Home on Thursday, November 22 between 2.00 – 4.00 pm and 6.00 – 8.00 pm

A Funeral Service in memory of Diane will be held on  Friday, November 23, 11.00 am at the James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston ON K7M 7H3.

Interment will follow in the family plot at Cataraqui Cemetery and a final farewell and celebration of her life back at the James Reid Funeral Home.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Diane Arthur to:

-AZ Arthur Book Fund (Queen’s University),
-Sandy Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
-Yarker.F.M.C.
-Kingston Humane Society,
-or the Seniors Association, Kingston, Ontario.
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Obituary of GREEN BLACKWELL: Mrs. Margaret M. (née Durst), formerly of London and St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 17, 2018

GREEN BLACKWELL, Margaret M. (née Durst)– Formerly of London and St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, River Ridge Seniors Village, Medicine Hat, AB, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in her 88th year.  Wife of the late T. E. Rae Green (1988) and the late William D. Blackwell (2001).  Dearly loved mother of Anna Rae Green (Edward Ough), and cherished grandmother of Thomas Ough and Gwen Ough, all of Medicine Hat.  Margaret is also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  In addition to her spouses, she was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Costen (late Ronald) and her step-son, Joseph Blackwell.  Margaret was born on June 1, 1931 in St. Thomas, ON.  She was the daughter of the late Nelson and Marie (née Webber) Durst.  Margaret was a retired secondary school teacher who spent her life in St. Thomas, Thunder Bay, Blind River, and London, ON and Medicine Hat, AB.  She was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Medicine Hat, and a former member of New St. James Presbyterian Church, London and Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  Margaret was a former member of the St. Thomas Duplicate Bridge Club and the London Bridge Club.  Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the Lyle Chapel of Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of LAUMAN: Lynda Lee of Edmonton, AB

Posted by on November 16, 2018

Lynda Lee Lauman
August 13, 1944 –
November 14, 2018

We are sad to announce the passing of a wonderful Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Auntie and Friend. Lynda passed away with her loving family at her side after a courageous battle with many complex health issues.

Lynda is survived by her children Kevin and Daylene Lauman, her granddaughter and the light of her life, Madeline Lauman, her brother Bud (Carlyle) and sister-in law Leasl White, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her parents Alphie and Jean Croteau, as well as her sister Leslie (Grant) Vouri.

Mom’s greatest love was her family; she would never hesitate to tell anyone how proud she was of her children and her special granddaughter, Maddie. We had many wonderful adventures together. Whether it was going for a simple drive in the country, shopping, Sunday night dinners, playing games, planting flowers, or memorable trips to favourite vacation spots (Hawaii was her absolute favourite), she loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed colouring and knitting.

Mom will be remembered for her courage, determination, perseverance and tenacity in overcoming many obstacles to enjoy the quality of life she always sought for herself and with her family. We will be eternally grateful for the gift of life and 16 years through organ donation; this gave Maddie the chance to know, love and learn with her Grandma. Special thanks to the incredibly compassionate staff at the Grey Nuns Hospital for doing all they could to make Mom’s last days as comfortable as possible and helping her to pass into the next life with dignity and grace. Thanks also to the numerous health care professionals who tended to her care over the years, and to the staff and friends she made at Ottewell lodge.

At Mom’s request, no service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider registering with the organ donor registry or donating to organ donor research: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Pages/OTDRHome.aspx

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Obituary of Iverson, Allyson

Posted by on November 2, 2018

Allyson Iverson (Ally) died unexpectedly in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 22.

Ally is survived by her parents, Janice and Gerald. She is preceded in death by her sister Diana.

Ally was born on June 23rd, 1996 in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018 with a degree in political sciences with dreams of becoming a lawyer.

Ally was accomplished at music and loved to play acoustic guitar. She was a generous and kind individual who was passionate about women’s rights and social justice. She was a dedicated member of many clubs in town and often volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in Edmonton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Grey Nuns Hospital. The family would like to thank the hospital staff and family and friends for their effort and care.

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Obituary of Rosaly “Lee” Pirino

Posted by on November 2, 2018

Rosaly “Lee” Pirino passed away surrounded by friends after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 31st at the Cold Lake Hospital at the age of 50.

Lee was born on April 26th 1967 to parents Corinne Pirino and Joe Jessepe in Montreal, Quebec. Lee will be greatly missed by her step children Justin Richardson, Alyssa Bedore & Braeden Doak Pirino.
?She will also be missed by many friends who were considered her family.

Lee was well known in the Community for her involvement in the Relay for Life and Gay Pride Day.  She will always be the Karaoke Champion of Cold Lake.  Her passion and love of life was what kept her strong during her 8 year battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life has taken place and Lee will be laid to rest back home in Montreal.

April 26 1967 – January 31 2018

Donations can be made to the Cold Lake Palliative Care Society.

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Obituary of Brent Matthew Harrison

Posted by on November 2, 2018

Brent Harrison died unexpectedly on February 12th, 2018 at the age of 35.

Brent is survived by his wife, Angela; his children, Ryan, Carter, Evan and Abrey; his parents, Mitchell and Diana; his brothers, Jason (Connie) and Tyler (Erin); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Brent was born on December 30, 1982 in Hay River, Northwest Territories. On May 31st, 2008, he married Angela surrounded by friends, family and their two sons Ryan and Carter. On July 13th, 2009 and November 8th, 2011 respectively, they welcomed Evan and Abrey, who made their family complete.  Despite what his disease caused, Brent loved his kids more than anything and they were always number one in his heart.

Brent loved motocross. He loved to be around people and make them laugh, he was loved by many because of his infectious smile and laugh.  Best of all were his huge hugs that made you know he cared.  He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

December 30th 1982 – February 12th 2018

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Obituary of Fred Norman Armbruster

Posted by on November 1, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Fred Armbruster announces his passing on March 31st, 2018, at the Cold Lake Hospital at the age of 90 years old.

Fred will be forever missed by his wife Sylvia, as well as his children Gordon (Bev), Kim (Jason), and Terralee. Fred will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren Ellen, Nick, Erin and Isabelle.

Fred will be remembered for dedicating his time with the Kinsmen and as a Town Council member in Hanna and Brooks.

Fred loved to play baseball, curl and coach youth hockey. Fred coached Lanny McDonald as a young player.

A service of remembrance has taken place. A burial will take place at a later date.

January 18th 1928 – March 31st 2018

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Obituary of G. Barry Strong

Posted by on November 1, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Barry Strong announces his passing on April 6, 2018 at the age of 79. Barry is survived by his wife, Gale; his daughters, Carlene, Leah (Michael) and Karen. Barry is also survived by his grandchildren Eric Leeco, Zachary Leeco, Fallon Leeco, Creed Cann, Tori Cann, Ryan Strong and Beckham Bush. Barry was predeceased by his parents; as well as his brothers Donald, Clifford (Bing), Anthony (Tony) and sister Kay (Kathleen).

Barry was born on January 25, 1939 and grew up in Amaranth, Manitoba as the youngest of five in a family that he was always proud to claim. The Strong brothers were legend for him and the source of some of his best stories. On January 29, 1966, he married Gale Putland and joined a family he would come to love as his own. They started married life in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where they welcomed all three girls before transferring to Greenwood, Nova Scotia and then Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and finally retirement on their dream acreage near La Corey, Alberta.

After completing grade 10, Barry boarded a train and snuck away to join the military. He and a friend signed each other’s papers because they were underage. Barry qualified as an Airframe Technician for the Royal Canadian Air Force. He went on to serve his country as part of the RCAF for over 30 years, retiring as a Sergeant. Barry was then part of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for 12 years.

Barry was very proud of his Good Show Flight Safety Award for finding a crack in the flap control assembly of an aircraft in 1979. They went on to find the same default in 13 other aircraft that could have resulted in tragedy.

Barry was a devoted, patient and loving husband to Gale. He will be remembered as an amazing and engaged Dad. He coached teams, terrified boyfriends, and was a protector like no other. Barry was also a proud and loving Grandpa and valued any and all time he got to spend with his grandchildren.

Barry was a collector, a historian, a sports fan, a lover of a good bonfire and a great joke. He had the heart of a warrior and the spirit of a poet. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.

January 25th, 1939 – April 6th, 2018

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Obituary of Gerald “Roy” Smith

Posted by on November 1, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald “Roy” Smith announces his passing at the Cold Lake Hospital on April 21st, 2018.

Roy Smith was pre-deceased by his first wife Rose Smith who passed October 19th, 2004 and was survived by wife Annette.

Roy Smith will be remembered by his children Penny Lyttle of Port Coquitlam, Terry (Jane) Tully of Pentiction, Emily Inscho of Cold Lake, Geraldine Karba of Bonnyville and Tracy Smith of Cold Lake.

Roy Smith will be missed by his 15 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild.

Roy loved fishing and always looked forward to his Alaskan Cruises. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

September 13th, 1933 – April 21st, 2018

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Obituary of Marvin “Marv” James Duncan

Posted by on November 1, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Marvin James “Marv” Duncan announces his passing in Edmonton at the Royal Alex Hospital on April 26th 2018.

Marv is survived  by his wife of 61 years, Joyce Duncan and he was survived by brothers Leonard Buxton and John (Donna) Buxton.

He will be missed by his children, Tony, Terry (Janice), Cindy (Paul) and Dave (Cheryle).  He will also be missed by his grandchildren Dearnney, Terranna, Morgan, Courtney, Megan, Brittany, AJ and Dave.

Marv was Pre-Deceased by his mother Evelyn Rigler, Brother Keith Duncan and his father Robert Charles Duncan.

Marv joined the service in 1954 and was stationed in Portage La Prairie and served for 29 years.  Out of the 29 years he spent 20 year in the Cold Lake area.  After Military retirement he went back to school and obtained his 4th class Power Engineering and started working for Imperal Oil.  He then became a commissioner of the Alberta Research Council in Edmonton for 15 years. Retired once again to enjoy golfing with his sons.

He dedicated his time to many organizations such as the Legion, Fish and Game as well he was a member of Palm Springs Golf and Country Club.  Marv was proud to accept a special service award for his service with NATO.

Marv will be missed by all who knew him.

February 24th, 1936 – April 26th, 2018

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Obituary of Jeannette Adeline Whitford

Posted by on November 1, 2018

The family of Jeanette Adeline Whitford is sad to announce her passing on May 27th, 2018 in Edmonton at the age of 98 years.

Jeannette is survived by her children Emilie Johnson, Elizabeth Evans, Dennis (Jacki) Whitford and her daughter in law Darlene Whitford. Jeannette is predeceased by her sons Louis Whitford and Reuben Whitford.

Jeannette will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Noella Johnson, Kim Sweeney, Kelly Kiss, Troy Whitford, Leonard Evans, Sandra Hayter, Wade Evans, Kevin Evans and Phillip Whitford as well, her great grandchildren Monica, Reuben, Ryan, Mahala, Abigale, David, Uriah, Adeline-Marie, Brianna-Rose, Trinity, Silas, Kennedy, Noah and Dominic and also her step grand children and great grand children, Heidi, Tegan, Riley, Gordon, Ezekial, Kayleigh and Nathaniel.

Jeannette lived a long beautiful life and will be missed by all who knew her.

A Celebration of Life has taken place.

May 13th, 1920- May 27th, 2018

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Obituary of Wayne Allan Nyholt

Posted by on November 1, 2018

It is with great devastation that the family of Wayne Allan Nyholt announces his sudden tragic passing on June 19th,2018 in Edmonton Alberta.

Wayne is survived by his wife Mildred Nyholt, as well as his children Darlene (Curtis) Wilson, Dawn (Joe) Herle and Joseph Nyholt.

Wayne will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Ceajay, Cypp, Cartyr and Cayden Wilson. Kaybree Herle, Hunter and Holden Nyholt.

Wayne will be remembered by his siblings Lillian Nyholt, Alvin Nyholt, Idamarie (Bob) Zimmerman, Francis (Elaine) Nyholt, Marlene (Allen) Sanderson, as well as his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his friends.

Wayne was pre-deceased by his mother Margaret Nyholt and his father Allan Nyholt.

Wayne was very passionate about his family, grandchildren, farming, camping and fishing.

He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Funeral Service has taken place.
A burial will take place at a later date.

January 5th, 1953- June 19th, 2018

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