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 Blake; William(Bill) Ernest of Peace River, AB and Durham, ON resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on October 31, 2018

William Blake resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

William (Bill) Ernest Blake, age 85, of Peace River, Alberta and Durham, Ontario, passed away peacefully Oct 30th, 2018, at the Grey Gables retirement home in Markdale, Ontario.

Born on August 26, 1933, in Peace River, Alberta, Bill was the eldest son of the late Ernest Blake and Marjorie Millicent Blake/Furgeson (Jerry Furgeson) of Peace River, AB.

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Mary Blake (nee Leith); his brother Duncan Blake; sister Linda Longmuir (Denis); brother Gordon Furgeson (Vickie); sister Ada Vanderheide (Rick); his four children; Chris Blake (Bill) of Grande Prairie, AB; Marj Blake-Callinan (Tom) of Mill Valley CA, USA; Willie Blake (Arlene) of Calgary, AB; Wes Blake of Rainbow Lake, AB; his six grandchildren, Carmen (Blair), Jody, Ryan (Sarah), Jocelyn, Connor, Montana; his six great grandchildren; Dartanian, Ethan, Darius, Olivia, Asher, Daxton; and his brother in-law Doug (Carolyn) Leith; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and extended family of Ontario.

Raised on a farm in the Weberville area outside Peace River, Alberta, Bill left home at the age of 15 and became a plumber and pipefitter. Inspired by his entire family’s fascination with airplanes and aviation in general, he purchased an airplane and learned how to fly.  Early on he flew the Cessna Crane or the “Bamboo Bomber” as he used to refer to it. After starting his professional career bush-piloting float planes, he was sure he had made the big time piloting the legendary DC3 with Gateway Aviation. He was hired by Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) in 1965, and in 1969, he was rated on the Lockheed L382 Hercules. This time in his aviation career allowed him to see the world as the “Tramp Steamer” flew freight from the high north of the Canadian Arctic, to the Deserts of Saudi Arabia and to the depths of the South American jungle in Brazil. His career with his initial Jet aircraft rating on the brand new “Boeing 737” in 1972. The high point of his 737 flying was the introduction of Jet service into Peace River on September 15, 1975. He was the Captain on the first B737 aircraft into Peace River, AB and ultimately piloted the last B737 flight out of the Peace River airport in 1983 when Canadian Airlines discontinued jet service there.  He retired early from Canadian Airlines flying the DC-10 at the age of 57 to pursue his second career as a grain farmer in Peace River. His passion for flying never left him and was shared with other family members; his step-father, his two brothers and both of his sons all became pilots and some owing private aircraft.

Bill was an avid and entertaining story teller, adventuresome traveler who literally “saw” the world, a hard working “hobby-farmer” (controlling over 2.5 sections of land at one time), owner of a trucking company (Captain Tractors), partner in a regional airline (Southern Frontier Air Transport), and a loving husband and father; he will be missed dearly.

Our family wishes to extend a special and sincere thank you to all of the staff at Grey Gables in Markdale, ON for their attentive care and support over the last few years and especially during Bill’s final days. The family also extends their sincerest gratitude to Fawcett Funeral and Cremation Reception center.

The family will be receiving all of Bill’s friends from 10am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Priceville, ON; Saturday, Nov 3rd until the service at 11am with lunch to follow. Bill’s final resting place will be amongst his close relatives in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Peace River, Alberta Nov 7, 2018 at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Day Away Program-Home and Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce would be greatly appreciated.Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

 

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Obituary of Donald Ross McIntyre (Langley, Edmonton, Winnipeg)

Posted by on October 19, 2018

Donald Ross McIntyre

June 14,1932 – October 13, 2018

Don was born in Morden, Manitoba to Alfred Woodward McIntyre and Isabel Valentine McIntyre (nee Macey). He grew up on the border where his father worked. As a small boy he developed his life long love affair with cars as he learned the makes and models of all the cars that passed through the border each day.

Don graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Arts and spent most of his career working as a claims manager in the insurance industry. He married the love of his life and his best friend Dorothy Ann Redfearn in 1957 and set about raising his family in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. In 1988 he was transferred to Langley BC where he retired. Don and Dorothy loved to travel. After Dorothy died in 2013, Don took a solo trip to Tuktoyaktuk in February, 2015 at the age of 82 as a fundraiser for the cancer society.  

Don and Dorothy’s lives were characterized by the friends they made in every decade and every community where they lived. Don still kept in contact with his university fraternity friends, the couples they regularly gathered with in Edmonton and all the friends he made in churches and business throughout the years. 

Don considered himself the most fortunate of men, blessed with 56 years of love with his wonderful wife, Dorothy and another couple of years of love with Myrna Huggan, his dear partner for the last years of his life, with Myrna visiting him every day as Don spent his last days in the hospital and finally the hospice.

Don leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth (Lynn), sons Matthew and Cameron (Darlene), daughter Kathleen (Phil), grandchildren Arica (Bryce), Kate, Larisa, Joshua, Emily (Josh), Nathan Ross, Joanna, Xiomara, Benjamin, Jacob, and great grandchildren Cooper and Michael.

Many thanks to Reverend Kelly Duncan and Reverend Laurie Deacon for their care and attentiveness to Dad in his last weeks, and to the staff at Crossroads Inlet Hospice and the Royal Columbian Hospital who were unfailingly kind and compassionate.

A Memorial Service will be held for Don on Wednesday, Oct 24th at 7 pm at the Parish of St. George in Fort Langley  (9160 Church St., Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2R6).

 

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Obituary of CARR: Rita Geraldine of Belleville

Posted by on August 31, 2018

CARR, “Rita” Geraldine – of Belleville, entered into rest at her home on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Daughter of the late Charles & Mary Gaudet. Cherished mother of; Lisa Carr of Belleville, Mike (Wanda) Carr of Brantford, Tony Carr of Edmonton, Steve Carr of Edmonton and Bill (Jody) Carr of Baltimore, Ontario. Also lovingly remembered by her grandchildren; Andrew, Matthew, Megan, Addison and Nolan.  Rita will be missed by her cherished companion Radar.

Rita’s family have organized a Celebration of Life which will be held at the Belleville Shrine Club, 51 Highland Avenue, Belleville on Sunday August 5th, 2018, from 1-4 p.m.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273).

If desired, donations to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation (Oncology Department) would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of ULMER, El (Elmer) of Kelowna, British Columbia

Posted by on August 28, 2018
El (Elmer) William Ulmer
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elmer at the age of 86 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. Elmer was born Nov 8, 1931 in Melville, Sask (close to Lorlie) and lived most of his life in Regina where he met and married Joan, his wife of 65 years. He was a printer for over 60 years and enjoyed playing fast pitch softball as shortstop for the Barker Gems, continuing to play for many years after his retirement. He built a wonderful cottage on Last Mountain Lake that was enjoyed for 20 years until they retired to Kelowna BC, where he lived the Okanagan life for 22 years.
Elmer was a kind man, always active, energetic and as sharp as a tack. He treated people equally and with respect and really listened to what they had to say before judging them. He was always ready to share a laugh with his many friends and always happy to say a friendly hello to anyone. He loved to play bridge, billiards, golf and cribbage and was an active Christian man with much faith in his belief.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his son Jeff (Marianne), daughter Kelly (Dave), 2 grandsons Christian (Amanda) and Cameron, 5 sisters and 1 brother.
A service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Rd, West Kelowna, BC. Thurs, Sept 6 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers kindly forward donations to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Rd, Kelowna. Condolences may be directed to the family through Hansons’ Arbor Funeral & Cremation Centre www.hansonsfuneral.ca
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at the Kelowna General Hospital for their amazing compassion and dedication to our family and Elmer.
We lost a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.
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Obituary of Ernie Rein

Posted by on August 21, 2018

Ernie Passed away peacefully on Friday August 17, 2018 at the age of 90, at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, AB. He was born February 5th, 1928 in Earl Gray, Saskatchewan to George and Barbara Rein. Growing up on the farm in Snowden, the second oldest of 12, he learned the importance of family and hard work. Ernie Married Bernice McCrea on September 28, 1956. Ernie and Bernice began their life together in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1957 they welcomed a daughter Colleen, a son Terry in 1959 and daughter Debra in 1961. In 1968 another son Leslie, would complete their family. Ernie was ambitious and driven, over the next 30 years Ernie worked hard to support his family. His working career included, driving truck, hauling trailers, fixing mobile home furnaces, and finally setting up camp trailers for the oilfield. He even fit in farming for a few summers!  When he wasn’t working, he was traveling, camping, playing cards and square dancing. But most important he loved his time spent with his family. Ernie will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Bernice (McCrea), son Terry (Marion) their children Samantha & Steven, Audrey (Juan), daughter Debra (Kevin) her 3 children Eric (Chantelle), Mark (Jody) & Harley, Son Leslie (Dana) his 2 children James & Sophia. Their Daughter Colleen (pre-deceased in 2005) her 2 children Amber (Peter) Vleeming, & Ashley (Forrest) Ferguson. Great Grandchildren, Emma, Austin, Maddie, Maverick, Memphis, Stella, Taylor, Olivia & Noah.

Celebration of life to be held at Connelly McKinley Sherwood Park-Millwoods Chapel 4820 Meridian St NW Edmonton Friday August 24, 2018 at 2:00pm

 

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Obituary of MOIR, Ron of Sarnia

MOIR, RONALD – The family announces the death of Ronald Thomson Moir, age 88 of Sarnia. Ron passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bluewater Health. He was the beloved husband of  65 years to Marion (Mull) Moir and loving father of Helen Taylor (George) of Guelph and Janet Hrycak (Steve) of Sarnia and the proud grandfather of Sherryl Taylor of Waterloo, Mae Hrycak (Brayden Hamilton)  of London and Wesley Hrycak of Wyoming and great-grandfather of Logan Taylor-Perks. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sharp) Moir and his brother Harold. Ron was the grandson of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Ron received an Honour Chemistry BA at the University of Toronto. He was an analytical chemist and director of spectrometer–date system in the Research Department at IOL where he created at test named “the Moir Test” by Esso.  He retired after 33 years of service. He was a 57 year member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5V4) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of FARRINGTON, Roger of Grand Bend, age 79

Posted by on August 8, 2018

FARRINGTON: Suddenly, at his residence, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, Roger Farrington, of Grand Bend, age 79. Loved father of Jeff Farrington of Canmore, AB and Kevin Farrington of Penticton, B.C. Cherished grandpa of Rain Farrington and Cullan Farrington both of Victoria, B.C. Also survived by his former wife, Eleanor Freeman, Penticton, B.C.  Dear brother of Shirley Farrington, David Farrington and Michael Farrington all of England. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Lillias (Ellis) Farrington and brother Bill Farrington. At Roger’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 498, Grand Bend on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Roger was one of the founding members of MG Mold Company, Grand Bend. He started his Tool and Die apprenticeship in England at 16.  Starting his own Tool and Die shop in Grand Bend in the early 70’s becoming a Master at his trade and was renowned for his capabilities. He served several years as a volunteer firefighter. His love was his work but his passion was motorcycles and raced motocross for several decades. He was a man who kept to himself but had a big heart and enjoyed the company of others. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of VanDenHeuvel: Teise of Watford, Ontario

Posted by on June 14, 2018

Peacefully, with his family by his side at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018. Martin John “Teise” VanDenHeuvel of Watford at the age of 62.

Lovingly remembered by his 17 year date, Nancy Saul, his children; Tanya Tedball (Nick), Kristy Osman (Tariq), Kenny Saul and Jacky Saul (Dave). Dear papa of Alton and Ainsley Tedball, Lyla, Ana and Isaac Osman and Payton Saul. Dear brother of Bill, Mary, Rita, Anne, Margaret, Jane and their families.  Survived by his step mother Helen VanDenHeuvel.

Predeceased by his parents Martin and Nellie VanDenHeuvel and his brother Hank.

A celebration of Teise’s life will take place on Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 11 am at DENNING’S OF WATFORD.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Infectious Disease Centre at London Health Sciences Centre would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at www.watfordfuneralhome.com 519 876-2218

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Obituary of REID, Edna of Edmonton, AB and formerly Leamington, ON

Posted by on May 30, 2018

REID, Edna
December 26, 1915 – February 9, 2018
Edna slipped away on February 9th, in Edmonton, 102 years after her birth in Wheatley, Ontario. She attended Normal School in London, Ontario and had a short career as a teacher before marrying Morley Reid in 1939 and moving to his farm near Leamington, Ontario. In 2003, her daughter Elizabeth moved Edna and son Robert to Edmonton. Edna was predeceased by her husband Morley in 1994, and her son Robert in 2005. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Atherton-Reid, her son-in-law Noel McNaughton, granddaughters Jill Cunningham (Terry Olsen) and Marcy Cunningham, and great-granddaughters Ella, Halle and Chloe Olsen. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell St., Leamington (519-326-2631) on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1 pm until time of Memorial Service to celebrate Edna’s life at 2 pm. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at www.reidfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of HOURIE: Gerald Richard of Calgary Formerly of Canmore

Posted by on April 17, 2018

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Jerry Hourie a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away suddenly on March 29, 2018 at 59.
Jerry was predeceased by his granddaughter Mercer Hourie.
He will be missed and remembered by his son Saun(Alena); son Mitchell; son Blaise; ex spouse Shannon. Grandchildren Stella, Huxley, Noah and Berkley.
Jerry will also be missed by his brothers Trevor and Russell Teed, sister Florence and extended family and friends.
Special thanks to Trevor and Russell Teed, Deline Dene Band, Danny Gaudet, Hannah VanderWielenAnderchek and Russ Reynolds of Bowriver Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made rob the charity of your choice.

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Obituary of Leggo: Mildred of Edmonton Formerly of Penticton

Posted by on April 5, 2018

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Mrs. Mildred Anne “Millie” Leggo (nee Edmonds) passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on October 4, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 95.
Millie is survived by her son, Douglas Leggo (Brenda), Edmonton; grandchildren, Christy, Shanon, Shane, Thomas, Jesse & Michelle Leggo; great-grandchildren, Keiran, Cowen, Noah, Adelaide & Bastian; and sister, Doris McKinley, Nanaimo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Sydney Leggo; son, Robert Charles Leggo; and brother, Frank Jefferies.
Millie was born on March 30, 1922 in Edmonton, Alberta to Thomas & Nora Edmonds. She married Donald Leggo in 1948. The couple welcomed their first child in 1950 and their second child in 1953. Her son remembers her as an extremely patient mother, both with her children and her husband, and she encouraged her sons to pursue their goals.
Millie loved travelling and she was passionate about her family and always remained very close to her sister and brother. She was an active and dedicated member of the community and could often be found playing crib with her friends.
A funeral is scheduled for April 6, 2018 1:30pm at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Lloyd Brown will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Millie’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Miller Crossing Care Centre, 14251 50 St NW, Edmonton AB T5A 5J4. The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Miller Crossing Care Centre for their kindness.

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Obituary of TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of JARROLD: Thomas Ralph of Vancouver Formerly of Edmonton AB

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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Tom Left his body on 29 January 2018 after a bout of cancer. His service will be at the Church of Scientology, 401 West Hastings, Vancouver BC on 11 February 2018, at noon.

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Obituary of SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of HUNTER: Roderick G.M. of Viking Formerly of Viking

Posted by on January 21, 2018

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The Arrow has taken flight. On January 6, 2018, Roderick George Maclean Hunter curled his last rock in the bonspiel of life, departing this world at age 74.

Rod was knighted “The Arrow” by the media back in the mid 60s because of his perfect delivery of the curling rock, but his life would show that this nickname suited him in more ways than one.

The arrow is the tool of the warrior. Rod’s fighting spirit led him to qualify for the Brier four times from 1970 to 1975 and capture back-to-back Silver Broom World Championships in 1970 and ’71, (going undefeated in 17 straight games but never bragging about it). It also got him inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as one of the top vice-skips ever to play the game. After moving to Alberta, he went on to win a Silver medal in the Canadian 55plus winter games with Vern and Jan Hafso and his wife, Louise. One of his proudest moments was standing on the podium with teammates Don Duguid, Jim Pettapiece, and Bryan Wood after winning the World Championships in Utica, New York, and listening to the Canadian National anthem play in his honour.

Rod was also the arrow in the compass, forever pointed north. He had answers to everything: Curling strategy, barbecue times, handy-man repairs, politics, Hollywood plot lines, Lego assembly, kids’ dress-up choices, hockey stats, world peace and the global economy. If there were any doubts, all you needed to do was ask, and he’d tell you he was right.

Like the arrows on a keyboard, his four surviving daughters – Onalee, Charlene, Andrea and Courtney – kept him moving in all four directions at once. His talent for diplomacy kept the family strong. He could always find a way to steer his girls in the right direction (sometimes subtle, sometimes not) and was instrumental in the achievement of their dreams. This talent also made him a great politician, which he excelled at in the last few years of his life as a proud Councillor in Viking, Alberta.

But Rod was also Cupid’s arrow, which he forever kept aimed at his surviving wife of 30 years, Louise Hunter. While nothing came before her, he had plenty of love to spare for to his two surviving brothers, John and Craig Hunter (with whom he adored sharing good scotch and long debates) his predeceased parents, Roderick O. A. and Doris Hunter, his mother-in-law, Louise C. Mihill, his surviving grandchildren – Maddyx, Noah, Sullivan, Gwynavere, Aiden and Aspen — and the countless friends who were so important to him. He also had a life-long love affair with cinnamon buns, the game of golf, celebrity encounters, a good rum (or more recently scotch), a perfectly cooked steak, the cabin at Clearwater Bay, storytelling, more storytelling, and of course his wiener dogs, who he’d let clean his face and spoon with him at night.

Like an arrow, Rod never wavered from his true path. He went from sweeping the finish off his childhood bedroom floor, to rising star at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg, to cleaning up at the curling World Championships. He went from patriotic Royal Canadian Sea Cadet, to Bachelor of Science student at the University of Winnipeg, to his first job at Richardson Securities, to General Manager at Dominion Tanners, to effective and caring Councillor in Viking, Alberta. He went from curling legend, to devoted husband, to inspiring father and proud grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be sent to the Viking Volunteer Fire Department at www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-viking-volunteer-fire-department-society or Viking Victims Services at www.beavercountyvictimservices.ca.

The family chooses to celebrate his life at the Viking Curling club, located in Rod’s hometown of Viking, Alberta at 3pm on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Those who loved Rod are invited to join the family in toasting his life and launching the arrow into his journey ahead. Wherever he’s pointed, in true Rod form, he’s bound for greatness.

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Obituary of ESHPETER: (Ray) Raymond of Canberra Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on December 7, 2017

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On November 4, 2017 “Ray” Raymond John Eshpeter passed away in Canberra Australia to the sadness of his entire family. He was well known to many in the Oil and Gas industry and Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta and Australia and his involvement with St Johns Ambulance, the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he touched the lives of so many people. He was always eager to help those that needed help and always had time to talk those that wanted to talk.

He has always been actively involved with his immediate community whether in Canada or Australia organizing neighbourly events; BBQ’s, Heart and Stroke Ski-Athons, Block parties, and Community spaces for kids (https://youtu.be/l0OMj4so5io) in Canada and Australia. He was always understanding, loving, and believed we all had purpose in life and he encouraged everyone especially the children to follow their dreams and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

He has joined his parents Irvin and Irene Eshpeter, sister Carol Pederson, nephews Dean and Lee Sorken on his next journey and adventure. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten by the people he leaves behind; his sons Mark (Iris) and Scott (Tarryn) Eshpeter their mother Adelle Eshpeter, his wife Joy Eshpeter, his step children Timothy (Brooke) Olin, and Melissa Olin, four grandchildren Leon, Jordan, Dana, and Holly, five great grandchildren, a brother, three sisters, nieces and nephews, Tessa and her mother Jennifer White and all those whose lives and hearts he has touched.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.” (unknown)

We will miss you and love you with all our hearts.

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Obituary of TELFER: George Allan of Brantford, formerly of Sudbury, Ontario

Posted by on December 7, 2017

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George Allan Telfer, 86, of Brantford, Ontario succumbed to lung cancer surrounded by family on October 26, 2017. Al was born in Windsor and is the last surviving member of the family of eight children. Al will be greatly missed by family and friends as he was a people person and was never at a loss for words. His sly smile was his trademark as he always liked to joke around and have fun with everyone.
Al is survived by his wife Janice nee Reid, Wayne & Kathy of Edmonton, Andy & Wendy of Calgary, Dean & Kim of Sebringville , Jim & Donna of Sudbury, Mark & Debi of Whitby, Sheri & Rob of Brantford, Debbie & Ben of Stratford and Steve & Nancy of Canmore, Ruthann of Dartmouth, Diane of Brantford, Paul & Kelly of Brantford, Mike & Trish of Brantford , many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Al was predeceased by his first wife of many years, Patricia Ann nee Tate, and his son in law Brian Sippel of Stratford.
A special thanks to the Stedman Community Hospice – Hankinson House for all of their loving care and support. The care and support of all staff and volunteers was outstanding and we appreciate everything they did for him and the family.
There will be a family celebration of life at a later time and we appreciate all of the love and understanding we have received from all of our friends and extended family.
In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations to the Stedman Community Hospice – Hankison House, 445 Grey St, Brantford, Ontario, N3S 6X1 or online at www.sjlc.ca.

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Obituary of Mooney: Phyllis Evelyn (nee Wood) of Westgate Lodge, Belleville

Posted by on December 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

MOONEY, Phyllis Evelyn (nee Wood) – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear sweet mother/grandmother, Phyllis, on December 3, one day after the death of her son, Bob. Phyllis was in her 98th year, passing away peacefully at Westgate Lodge. Phyllis is predeceased by her husband, Alan, (1994) and son Bob, (2017). She will be profoundly missed by her daughter, Fern Colson (Wilbert). She is deeply loved by her four grandchildren:  Eric Colson (Michelle) Kingston, Shannon Colson (Bill) Golden Lake, Lindsey Pascoe (Jeff) Red Deer, AB., and Andrea Smith (Michel) Ft. McMurray, AB,  and all eight great-grandchildren, Rhett, Nick, Tayler, Brayden, Waylon, Reid, Calleigh and Evey. John Wood,  London, is Phyllis’s only surviving brother, after losing Ritchie several years ago. “Mom/Gram, you’re the sweetest person we all know.  We have all been so blessed to have descended from you, and Dad/Papi too. Your greatest concern has always been for others, even asking caregivers how many more hours they have to work, could you help them, do they have far to drive in the snow, etc., and thanking everyone for absolutely any and everything done for you. You have become  famous for your signature statement, “I’m so lucky”. One of your biggest gifts to all of us has been recognizing this quality of gratefulness that you have, and being reminded to find gratitude under all circumstances. You are a completely self-less person and have been a wonderful role model for all of us. We’re happy you always felt so lucky but in truth, we’ve been the ones who were lucky. And dying one day after Bob, what is that about? You two were close and somehow that comforts us. We all love you. You will be so missed.”

Funeral arrangements for Phyllis and Bob: Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Friday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel at 11am on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Interment Belleville Cemetery.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of GRADY: Peter Harold of Fredericton, NB, Formerly of Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver and Edmonton

Posted by on November 3, 2017

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Peter Harold Grady, in his 95th year peacefully at the Veterans Health Unit in Fredericton, NB. Husband of Carol R.A. Grady (WRNS – Bletchley Park) d.2011. Born in Edmonton, joined WW2 war effort in 1939 in Hamilton. Served in WW2 attached to the Fleet Air Arm RCNVR as an Observer / Navigator mainly in open cockpit Swordfish biplanes doing convoy escort duty from aircraft carriers and land including the “Murmansk Run” to USSR as well as channel and Atlantic patrols. Served in the Korean War as Ops Officer on board the Tribal Class Destroyer Iroquois with Cmdr Landymore – only Canadian ship hit by enemy fire. Served in planes actively in the “Cold War” looking for USSR submarines & other naval activity near North America, North Africa, Europe and the far North Atlantic as well as on several ships including the destroyer Micmac, frigate La Hulloise (commanding officer), aircraft carrier Warrior. High security clearance with NORAD & member of Canada/US military co-operative committee. Besides a CD he had many Cdn decorations as well as medals from the British Government (Arctic Star) and from the South Korean government. During most of this service to Canada, wife Carol raised 2 boys and 2 girls. He was “old school” about duty, ethics, doing the right thing and helping those in need. A brilliant mind.

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Obituary of COLQUHOUN: Wallace of Clearwater, Florida Formerly of Montreal Ottawa Edmonton

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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Colquhoun, Wallace 85 years old, of Clearwater Florida on September 29, 2017. Loving husband to Wendolyn (nee Dear). First wife Mary (Hammill) and children Gregory, Daniel, Marilyn, and Tracey. Grandpa of Sabrina, Kai, Jacob, Graeme, Imahgynne, and Jessica. Great grandchildren Aiden, Owen, and Brooklyn. Predeceased by parents Robert and Mary; siblings Mary, Sadie, Robert, John, Joseph, Alex and Billy. Rooch, your playful humor will be missed.

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Obituary of HEWITT: Myrtle (Myrt) of Barrie Formerly of Guelph, Kitchener and Fort McMurray

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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She passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017. She is survived by her loving sister Ruth and brothers, Bert, Doug, Andrew and Bill; her children, Paula (Scott) Loughnan of Sebright, Ontario, Heather (Damon) DeBrusk of Kitchener, Ontario, Deb (Ken) Flaherty of Lac La Biche, Alberta, Robert Brown of Markham, Ontario, Don (Carol) Brown of Williams Lake, BC, Bonnie (Ken) Burgett of Lac La Biche, Alberta; her grandchildren, David (Jessica) Loughnan of ON, Ashley (Mike) Dingman of ON, Nigel DeBrusk of ON,Tyler DeBrusk of ON, Dan (Shelly) Flaherty of Alberta, Erin (Shaun) Jones of BC, Cody Brown of Alberta and Hailey Brown of BC; her great grandchildren, Mason Dingman, Sydney Flaherty, Max Flaherty, Samuel Flaherty, Grace Flaherty, Liam Jones, Piper Jones, and Timothy Mervyn; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Obituary of KIYOOKA: Frank of Valemount Formerly of Hinton, Jasper, Edmonton, Opal

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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It is with bittersweet sadness that we must share with all those who knew and loved him that our dad, Frank Kiyooka, passed away on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017. We are so thankful he did not suffer and that he is now home with his beloved Ann.

Frank was born under the blue Alberta skies in Calgary, Alberta on December 8, 1932, to Kiyoshi Oe and Shigekiyo Kiyooka, our grandparents, who both came to Canada from Kochi-ken, Shikoku, Japan. Frank was the second-youngest of seven children. He spent his childhood with his brothers and sisters as a prairie boy on a farm in rural Opal.??

Frank studied Physical Education and Art at the University of Alberta and got his first teaching job in Jasper, Alberta. After two years studying, travelling and skiing in Denmark and Europe, he met a Scottish lass on the train as he crossed Canada on his way home. She was our mother Ann, who was coming west to work as a nurse.

Frank and Ann married in 1963 in Hinton, Alberta, where Frank taught high school for almost 20 years. During this time he also pursued his love of pottery. He sold his red Carmen Ghia sportscar in 1964 to fund a year of studying and apprenticing in Kyoto, Japan and then set up a studio and shops in Jasper and in Hinton in the years to follow.

?The prairie boy in Frank never forgot the feeling of the wide open spaces. At 48, he left his job and built a home on 75 acres west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C. Boldly going on faith he’d find work, he took labourer jobs at the mill and CN Rail, then was fortunate to get a position at the elementary school, where he taught for another 15 years.

??Frank had great respect for and a way of connecting with people that left them feeling truly seen. He was loved by many of his students who affectionately called him “Mr. K.” He lived “zen,” embracing life as it came, content with little, grateful and able to be in the present moment. Simply by how he lived, he taught us quiet faith, patience, appreciation for art, creativity and beauty, a love for nature and space. He modelled humility, respect and acceptance of others. We loved his smiling eyes and playful teasing. ??Frank is survived by his sisters Irene and Joyce, his brother Harry, sons Gen and Sumio, daughters Sachiko and Hanae, and grandchildren Elena, Emi, Marin, Siri, Elijah and Paul. So hard to let him go, but he is with Ann now. He lived a wonderful life and we were blessed to be part of it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Funeral mass at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., Gathering to celebrate Frank’s life will follow at Tete Jaune Community Hall. Sunday September 17, 2017: 11 – 5 Open House at Franks’ home: 1336 – 3rd Avenue.

We would love to hear from you. If you wish to send condolences or share memories of Frank, please send them to Frank’s daughter, Sachiko Kiyooka at: slk182@gmail.com.

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Obituary of RIVAIT, Ron of Sarnia

Posted by on September 25, 2017

RIVAIT, RONNIE – It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Rivait on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, with his family by his side.  Ron’s short battle with cancer was faced with a true sense of strength and grace.

Ron was the much loved husband and best friend of Cheryl and  loving ‘dad’; ‘daddy’ to Olivia, Megan and Katie.  Dear son of Donald and Shirley Rivait. He was the special brother to Jim & Jan Rivait, Cathy & Ben Slabysz, Michelle & Sandy Mackenzie and Michael Rivait.  Dear son in law of John and Diane Cox and friend and brother in law to Julie & Dave Dolbear and Trish & Ken O’Neil.  He is survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family.  Ron was predeceased by loving grandparents Grace & Fred Tobin and Lena (Alice) and Tony Futia.

Ron had a longstanding and notable career with the Lambton Kent District School Board.  He started with the LKDSB as an occasional teacher in 1988 and had a permanent elementary position in 1990.  He taught in many Lambton county schools including Parkview, Devine, Lambton Centennial, Mooretown Courtright, Forest Central, Woodside, Kinnwood and Rosedale Public Schools in various grades from 2 to 8.  He also spent a great deal of his teaching career as a Teacher Librarian which suited Ron’s personality as it allowed him to interact with the maximum number of students on a regular basis.

Although Ron loved teaching, it was his work for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation representing and advocating for elementary teachers where Ron spent the majority of his career.  He joined the Lambton Kent ETFO executive in 2000 shortly after the inception of ETFO becoming a Vice-President in 2004.  In this role, he was responsible to represent the elementary teachers in the north of Lambton Kent.  In his role as Vice-president Ron played a pivotal role in assisting members who had been exposed to mould in their schools which eventually resulted in a restructuring of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the school board.  In 2009 Ron became president of the Lambton Kent Elementary teachers where he played an important role in advocating for ETFO members’ rights particularly in the area of teachers’ professional judgment and other areas of teachers’ professional lives.  He also played a key role on local collective bargaining teams as president, vice-president and during his years on the executive.  In spite of the adversarial relationships that can sometimes exist between union leadership and management, Ron managed to vigorously advocate for his members while simultaneously maintaining cordial relationships with school board representatives using his exuberant personality and his ever-present humour.  Ron was also extremely active with the ETFO at the provincial level.

Outside of work Ron maintained an active role in the Sarnia community.  He was a Governor on the Lambton College Board of Governors, executive member and trustee of the Sarnia Labour Council, former president of the Sarnia Liver Foundation, executive member on the Lambton Lacrosse and executive member for the Sarnia Pacers.  Ron was also an avid supporter and had great respect for the Sarnia Fire Fighters.   Most recently Ron has been a manager with the Sarnia Ice Hawks (“once an ice hawk always an ice hawk!”) where he enthusiastically managed his three daughters and their teammates as they played sledge hockey. He was an avid fan and supporter of any activities his daughters participated in.  He was also a proud board member and active fund raiser for Noelle’s Gift truly appreciating how students throughout the board benefited from receiving resources they needed to grow up great.

Ron lived his life in Sarnia, enjoying the small town atmosphere and knowing a ‘friend’ everywhere he went.  He freely shared his love of life, his sense of humour and an infectious laugh.  We were blessed with his sense of adventure, his appreciation and love for music, his quick wit and his endless historical facts.  He loved to tell a story (or two) and always had a captive audience. He was our personal ‘google’ and was quick to give us answers (even when he had to make them up).   Ron loved his BBQ and although he was a great cook and tried many different recipes he made the best hamburgers!  Ron was a true and good friend to many and was blessed with those reciprocal bonds in kind.  He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Clifford and Dr. Maddison and to the staff and many volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Visitation will take place on Friday September 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).  Family and friends are invited to a ‘celebration of life’ on Saturday September 30, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm (service at 2:00 pm) at the Lambton College Event Centre (Grand Ballroom), 1485 London Rd. Sarnia, ON N7S 6K4.

In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or Noelle’s Gift.

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Obituary of CALLFAS, Jim of Corunna

Posted by on September 16, 2017

CALLFAS, JAMES – At Bluewater Health on Saturday, September 16, 2017, James “Jim” Vernon Callfas, age 76 of Corunna passed away. He is survived by his wife Elaine Flynn and daughters; Julie Pogontcheff (Craig), Pam Handy, Kristine Martelle (Paul) and Robyn Callfas (Todd Amerlinck), grandchildren Amy, Kayla, Lauren and Carmen, great-grandchildren Maguire and Watson. He is survived by his brother Frank Callfas and son in law Rick Handy. He was predeceased by his brother Murray (2009). Jim had retired from Sarnia Hydro after many years of service. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and golf. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Tuesday afternoon, September 19th   between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, September 20th at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Froomfield Cemetery in Corunna. Memorial donations in memory of Jim made to Bluewater Health Foundation or St. Joseph’s Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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