Obituary of Park, Jeremiah James (Edmonton AB, Niagara Falls ON, Jasper AB, Grande Prairie AB, Calgary AB)

Posted by on February 7, 2019

February 21, 1986 – January 29, 2019

Son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, husband, survivor…

After trying to find purpose, meaning, and the strength to go on, Jeremiah achieved the peace he longed for by joining his wife and best friend Courtney. Jeremiah challenged us all to look deeper, love harder, and hold hope. He was an exceptional person. He was dealt a hard hand in this life, he bore an encumbrance of adversity that would buckle most. His story is one of wild contradiction. Throughout the chapters of his life and indeed page by page, he bounced between dazzling brilliance and glaring futility. He was kind, funny, loving, insightful, and wickedly smart. He tried for so long and worked so hard to be a better human. His successes and achievements were hard won and cycle breaking, he was a statistical anomaly, but he was worn down by grief, hurt, shame, and hopelessness. He was equal parts beautiful, fallible, astute, and irrational. He was exhausting and uplifting, dispiriting, and inspiring. He burned bright and went hard. For those of us fortunate enough to have experienced his intensity, the world will be a little less shiny and a lot quieter. He will be missed, he mattered, he was loved.

In lieu of flowers and in the absence of a service, please commit to learning about  trauma, mental illness, and addiction…and then go out and look deeper, love harder, and hold hope for those who are adrift and seeking.

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Obituary of WILLIAMS, Gayle Linda (nee WAINWRIGHT) of Beaumont, Alberta

Posted by on January 24, 2019


January 15, 1956 to January 22, 2019

Gayle passed away peacefully due to complications from Huntington’s Disease on January 22, 2019 at the age of 63 years. Her final days were filled with love and support from her family and many friends.

Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Gordon; daughters Lindsay (Fenton), Brittany (Jeremy), and Kelcey; grandchildren Kaleigh, Bentley, Kellan, Emily and an upcoming grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is predeceased by her sons Michael and Daniel, parents Bob and Gerry Wainwright, and sister Joanne Best.

A Memorial Service will be held at Beaumont Community Church, 5423 – 55 Street, Beaumont, AB on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The family would ask that those in attendance try to incorporate red in their attire as it was Gayle’s favorite color.

Memorial Donations may be made in Gayle’s honour to the Huntington’s Society of Canada, 400-151 Frederick St, Kitchener ON N2H 2M2.

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Obituary of DENIS, Marie Madeleine (Maddy) (nee Marion)

Posted by on January 24, 2019

February 20, 1950 – January 24, 2019 (68)
Mom passed away peacefully with her daughter and grandson Dustin by her side at Saanichton Peninsula Hospital in Palliative Care Unit.
Mom was born in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, she was the 3rd youngest of nine children.
Mom is predeceased by her parents Frank and Marie and by two brothers; Gerald and Harvey.
Mom is survived by her children – Michael and Lee-Renee, her Grand-children – Dustin, Clirissa and Brady, and her Great Grand Children – Saydee, Jax, Harley and Kynlee.
Mom (Maddy) will also be missed by her brothers and sister in-laws, her sisters and brother in-laws, by her aunts, uncles’, nieces, nephews and cousins. Maddy loved to travel and became friends with so many people across Canada, The United States and from other parts of the world. She was never scared to start a conversation with anyone and that made a long list of great friends.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Palliative Nursing Staff and Palliative Care Response Team; both of which cared for Mom at home. We would also like to thank Saanichton Peninsula Hospital for their assistance, kindness, understanding and care of mom in her final days and hours.
A special thank you to Fr. Roplh for coming to administer the last rites to mom on December 26, 2018. And to the local cancer unit of Victoria.
Mom has requested not to have a funeral at this time; she would like to have a private gathering in Ste. Rose du Lac later in the year – Mom’s Celebration of Life to be held May 25th 2pm at Ste. Rose Catholic Church, 585 Central Ave, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Canada

Love you mom xo

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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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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

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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

“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 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:

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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 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 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
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


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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

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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 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

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Obituary of HOURIE: Gerald Richard of Calgary Formerly of Canmore

Posted by on April 17, 2018


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


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

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

Posted by on February 21, 2018


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

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

Posted by on January 21, 2018


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 or Viking Victims Services at

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


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 ( 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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