Obituary of BANTING: Helen W. (Skinner) of Mitchell, formerly of Lucan

Posted by on February 13, 2019

Peacefully at Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, formerly of Lucan at the age of 100. Beloved wife of the late Carl G. Banting (1997). Loving mother of sons Charles (Debra) Banting of Lower Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Richard (Cherie) Banting of Tilden Lake, Ontario, and mother-in-law of Hildi Banting of Victoria, British Columbia. Loving grandmother of Tamara, Alyssa, Christopher, and May. Great-grandmother of Lauren, and Katelyn. Dear sister of Shirley Douglas of Mitchell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son David (1994), sister Dorothy Vogan and her husband Rev. Lindsay Vogan, brother Bryce Skinner and his wife Florence, sister Beth Ferguson and her husband Ian, and brother-in-law Cameron Douglas.

Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Friday evening from 6-8 PM. The funeral service will be held at Villages United Church, 34500 Granton Line, Granton, on Saturday, February 16th at 11 AM with Pastor Paul Vollick officiating. Interment Ebenezer Cemetery, North Middlesex.

For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or March of Dimes would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made through

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Posted by on February 11, 2019

Tony Novak

Tony Novak passed away on Feb 7, 2019, at age 80. He was born on September 22, 1938, in Stepanovka, Poland. He was predeceased by his parents Jerry and Anna (Valasek) Novak, brother George, and two nephews, David Terekoff and Dr. James Terekoff of Swan River, Manitoba.

In 1949 the family moved to Canada and settled in Minitonas, Manitoba. He began his insurance career in Winnipeg and in 1970 he transferred to Vancouver.

Tony joined Cory Agencies Ltd. (Westland Insurance) in Ladner and moved on to work with Envision Insurance in 1995. Tony was grateful for his many customers whom he had the privilege of serving, remembering them often. He reluctantly retired on December 31, 2005. During retirement he worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

One of his passions was ushering in numerous churches where he attended. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Delta Association for the Mentally Handicapped, and the Evergreen Baptist Home in White Rock. He was a member of the Ladner Business Association, and the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association. In retirement he joined the Langley Camp of the Gideons, serving God by distributing Bibles.

Tony is survived by Ruth, his loving wife of 50 years, daughter Charleen MacCulloch, son Jeremy Novak, and sister Doreen (Peter) Terekoff.

Tony Novak’s Celebration of Life will be on Friday, February 15, at 1pm.

Cloverdale Baptist Church
18685 – 64th Ave
Surrey, BC

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

The Gideons International in Canada


The Community Foundation of Swan Valley
Re: Terekoff Memorial Education Funds

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Obituary of JOHNSON: Mathew Dillen (Mat) of Vancouver BC

Posted by on February 10, 2019

JOHNSON: Mathew (Mat) Dillen of Vancouver BC.  Sept 20, 1979 – January 1, 2019

It is with great sorrow that we the family of Mathew (Mat) Dillen Johnson announce the sudden death of our beloved son, brother and friend on January 1st 2019 in Vancouver BC. He was 39 years old.

Mathew was a talented artist who portrayed his love of nature and animals through his art. Throughout his life he worked as a bicycle mechanic for Reckless Cycle and then moved into construction where he became an apprentice crane operator.

Mathew had a deep love for animals. He had many beloved pets throughout his life that gave him great joy and cherished companionship. Mat was happiest when he was surrounded by nature and enjoying the outdoors with his family, friends and his pets. He loved biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, 4x4ing climbing, snowboarding and anything else that involved the mountains, wilderness or water.

Mathew grew up Hope BC, Summerland BC, Oliver BC and Calgary AB.

He leaves behind many family members and friend who loved him and will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his Mother Clare Amanda Durant (Kevin Hemmingson) and father Neil Sheridan Johnson, his son Dillen Garcia-Johnson and his daughter Teegan Michelle Johnson and step-daughter Nike Garcia, his sister Jolene Kelly Johnson (Mike Ha) and his brother Alan Ryan Johnson ( Nicole Schindelka), his paternal grandfather Malcolm DeVerne Johnson, and maternal grandfather Paul le Clair Durant, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by his paternal grandmother Joan B. Johnson and maternal grandmother Virginia Hope Durant.

So many lost days we can never get back.

There will be a camping memorial for Mathew in June held in Manning Park BC.

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Obituary of LOCHHEAD: C. Frederick “Fred”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 3, 2019

LOCHHEAD, C. Frederick “Fred” – Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in his 91st year.  Beloved husband for 61 years to the late Sheila (née Palmer) Lochhead (2013).  Dearly loved father of Kathy Kewley (Harold) of St. Thomas, Gregory Lochhead of Osoyoos, BC, Karen Walton (Robert) of Embro, and Chris Lochhead (Tamara) of Westbridge, BC.  Proud grandfather of Dr. Kathryn Walton-Venus (Dr. Kevin Venus), Emily Walton (Jack Doris), and Rachel Walton. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister,  Marion Hinch, and by a brother, Herb Lochhead.  Born in Centreville, ON, June 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Donald and Mabel (née Lewis) Lochhead.  Fred was a retired pharmacist with Ayerst-Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  He was a former active member for over 50 years of the St. Thomas Curling Club, an enthusiastic golfer at the Belmont Golf Club, and was an accomplished bowler.  Fred was also an avid reader and gardener.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) at a later date.  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.  Dad’s favourite quote was, “If you don’t do it, when you get to it, you may never get to it, to do it again.”

Online condolences graciously accepted at

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Obituary of COUCKUYT, Mary Emma (Murphy), formerly of Grand Bend, age 91

Posted by on January 29, 2019

COUCKUYT, Mary Emma (Murphy): Passed away peacefully, in her 92nd year, on Monday, January 28, 2019, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, On., formerly of Grand Bend. Beloved mother of son George (Brenda) Couckuyt of Grand Bend and daughter Donna McQueen of Surrey, B.C. Cherished grandma of Hannah McQueen of Surrey, B.C. Special Aunt of Chris Liddiard of Bayfield and Kim Bishop of St. Thomas. Also survived by her sister Anna Touesnard of Cape Breton.  Predeceased by her husband Cyril (1994), sisters Muriel Burley of Goderich, Frances Bishop of Grand Bend, Theresa Murphy, Margaret Hilton and Catherine MacInnis, along with her brothers Peter, Ernest, William, Joseph and John Murphy all of Nova Scotia. Emma travelled to Ontario when she was just 17 to live with her sister Muriel in the Thedford marsh area, where she met and married Cy. A proud Mother and creative homemaker she was happiest in her kitchen cooking and baking for family and friends. Emma has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Grand Bend for over 50 years. Emma’s family would like to extend a special Thank-you to the Nurses and Staff at Queensway for their compassionate care. At Emma’s request, cremation has taken place. A Service will be held at a later date, time and location to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to VON or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at

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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 OWEN

Posted by on January 7, 2019

Hazel Annie Owen

July 3, 1926 – December 31, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Hazel Owen on Dec 31,2018 at the age of 92. Hazel was born July 3, 1926 in Winnipeg Manitoba. She married Bill, the love of her life on April 26, 1947. She was a devoted wife and mother who made their homes in Winnipeg, then later Dorval Quebec a joy to be in. When Bill retired in 1978 after a long career with Air Canada, they moved to Chemainus BC, then finally settled in Abbotsford BC in 1989. Hazel enjoyed painting in her free time as well as traveling to numerous destinations. She will be remembered by her daughter Lynn (Ian), granddaughter Jenn (Zach), grandson Jamie, great granddaughter Abigail, brother Bud (Pat), sister-in-law Helen, brother-in-law Jack and many nieces and nephews. A small family memorial will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Abbotsford food bank or Cancer Society would be appreciated. Hazel and Bill you are together once again, rest in peace!


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Obituary of Lust, Jean Estelle, January 17, 1926 – December 21, 2018; Burnaby, BC

Posted by on December 30, 2018

JEAN ESTELLE LUST (NEE KURTZ) – January 17, 1926 – December 21, 2018.

After a very long and productive life, at the peaceful dawn of the winter solstice, Jean  followed her light in the arms of her angel to her eternal home. Born in Calgary, AB to Jack (John) Fredrick  and Esther Ida Kurtz (nee Rova), Jean graduated from Western Canada High School and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts,  before marrying the first and only love of her life, Edwin Lust in 1943. Many considered Jean to be an early pioneer of equal opportunity for women. While Ed served his country during the Second World War, Jean, in all her formidable 100 lb, 5’2” frame, convinced the head contractor that she could assist the war effort as a construction worker on the Colonel Belcher Hospital expansion project in Calgary.

As entrepreneurial and equal partners throughout their life together, Jean honed her culinary skills and  supported their growing family with Jean running successful restaurants and Ed, automotive repair businesses. Of her culinary roles, Jean was especially proud of her work as head pastry chef at the iconic Calgary Golf and Country Club with many of her special event creations showcased in the society pages. Jean was multi-talented as evidenced by her artistic  and sought after dressmaking skills as well as her journalistic talents as a reporter for the community paper, the Whalley Gazette, and paste-up artist for the regional Peace River Record Gazette. Jean was also a published magazine contributor and proud of her literary accomplishments. When the spirit moved her, she was also a captivating storyteller and family historian.  Jean was an avid and extremely knowledgeable sports fan her entire life, well known for her statistical knowledge and especially for her raucous support of her favorite sportsman or sports team.  Jean also enjoyed  challenging crossword puzzles and games, maintaining her sharp mind to the end. Anyone who visited Jean could anticipate a challenge to a game of cribbage, Jean’s favourite card game.

Although their large family and businesses would seem more than enough for them to manage, the Lust family home was open to all, and often a sanctuary for friends who needed a temporary home. Sadly, on August 17, 1982, just a few short years after their retirement to Peachland, BC from Peace River, AB, Ed passed away.  Jean’s tenacious spirit would not let her rest. At the age of 57 and until her health could no longer withstand the rigorous duties, Jean became a caregiver, both professionally and of many family members.  Jean also found time in her busy schedule to serve as the President of The Women’s Institute and was a member of the Canadian Legion for many years.

Jean was predeceased by:  eldest twin sons Richard (Roma) on February 21, 2013, from Edmonton, AB; and Ronald on March 12, 2017, from Winter Harbour, BC; on August 14, 2018 her sister Reta Aiello of Honolulu, Hi; on May 12, 2008, her brother George Kurtz (Lila) of Didsbury, AB.  Jean also lost an infant son, Brian, on December 24, 1958.

Jean is survived by her brother John (Ted) Kurtz (Marie) of Surrey, BC; Jean’s daughters Rita of Delta, BC; Rhea (Ronald Bates), of Burnaby, BC; Patricia (Bruce Pheasant), of Port Moody, BC; Laura (David Bosse) of Edmonton, AB; sons Robert (Dawn Brazdil-Lust) of Creston, BC; Raymond of Powell River, BC; and Darren (Natalie) of St Francois Xavier, MB.  Jean found an abundance of love and joy, as well as great pride in the accomplishments of her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and all generations of family from both the Kurtz and Lust Clans.

Jean genuinely loved her Normanna caregivers and will surely be missed by the compassionate and caring staff and the residents at Normanna Care Home.  In lieu of flowers, it was Jean’s wish for donations to be made to Normanna.  Donations in Jean’s memory may be sent to:  Normanna Foundation, 7725 4th St, Burnaby, BC,  V3N 5B6.

A private celebration will take place at Normanna in mid-January 2019 to honor Jean’s long and productive life, as well as the difference she made in the lives of many. The celebration will coincide with the anniversary of her birth.  Jean’s wish was to be cremated, and the family thanks Just-Cremation for its courteous service.  Jean will join Ed and other family members at the Lust family plot near the picturesque village of Moyie, BC.  Interment is anticipated to occur near the summer solstice of 2019.


“Our family wishes to express our deep gratitude and sincere thanks to Normanna Care Home staff for their gentle and compassionate care of Jean, as well as the respect and consideration extended to all  family during our vigil.  The Normanna care team  will forever remain close to our hearts.”

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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.

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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

“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

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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 DEWING: Richard of Mt. Brydges and formerly of Vernon, B.C.

Posted by on November 27, 2018

Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, November 26th, 2018; Richard Arvid Dewing went home to the Lord at the age of 70. Dear husband of Lynn Dewing (neé Bain). Proud father of Laura (Curtis) Sheena, Zapherah Dewing, Danny Dewing, Jesse Dewing and Jennifer (Garrett) Martindale. Cherished grandfather of Roxanne, Jorden, Jessica, Faith, Emma and James. Survived by his brother Tom Dewing. Loving stepfather of Celeste (David) Pennington and Brook (Karli) Childerhose and step-grandfather of Rowan and Brennan.

Predeceased by his parents Leonard and Eva Dewing and sister Betty Dewing.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in Lumby Cemetery followed by a Memorial Gathering at Grace Bible Church of Vernon, 5661 Silver Star Rd, Vernon, BC at 2 p.m. Richard’s favourite charity was the Voice of the Martyrs, if anyone wishes to make a donation in his memory. Share a memory at

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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. 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 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
-Kingston Humane Society,
-or the Seniors Association, Kingston, Ontario.
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Obituary of Whyte: Donald J of Surrey, BC

Posted by on November 14, 2018

A beloved father, grandfather and brother has passed after a long brave fight. He will be sorely missed by his son Jason his grand daughter Georgia and his brother and sister Trevor and Dianne as well as many others who were lucky enough to experience the warmth of his heart .
Dad, you will be missed

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Obituary of KELLY, Karen Ann of Victoria, British Columbia

Posted by on November 12, 2018

February 1, 1961 to November 10, 2018 

It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the passing of Karen Kelly. Karen passed peacefully after a long battle with cancer surrounded by her family. Loving daughter of Phylis and the late Harry Kelly of Cobourg, Ontario.  Sister to Barry (Tenley), Michael (Christianne), Peter (Sandi).  Aunt to Alex and Drew Kelly. Karen leaves many loving aunts and uncles including Marleen Bull, Mary Murray and Cathy & Albert Davidson. Karen also has many cousins including Linda Anderson, who supported Karen on her journey.  

Karen grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and enjoyed many activities including: figure skating, skiing, camping, Brownies, Guides, and she was a lifeguard at the Y. As an adult she took up golf. After high school she became involved with the Canada World Youth organization living with a family in Montreal, before travelling to Senegal, West Africa, where she spent a few months.  Upon her return, Karen attended York University and completed her BA at Trent University. After University she went to Tadoussac, Quebec where she taught English.  

Karen moved to British Columbia in 1992, first to Vancouver and later Victoria, where she worked in a variety of fields and pursued a variety of interests.  She led an active lifestyle hiking, camping, canoeing, sailing and biking; she biked across Canada (with her rabbit in tow – literally) and she biked south to California and down the Baja peninsula. She was an active volunteer with Greenpeace and several animal rescue organizations for dogs and rabbits.

Thank you to the many loving and caring friends who were a supportive family to Karen in Victoria when she became ill.  Many thanks to the caring staff of Royal Jubilee Hospital. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Karen is welcome to donate to any animal rescue society, humane society or charity of their choice. A private service will be held at a later date in Cobourg, Ontario. Condolences received at


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Obituary of THOMAS Richard

Posted by on November 7, 2018

Richard Thomas of New Westminster, BC, passed away on November 3rd, 2018, after a short illness. He is survived by his loving wife Lucia and daughter Beatriz, in whose hearts he will be forever cherished. As per his wishes, cremation has been undertaken and a private service for family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of KILBACK, Vera Mary (Nettle) of London, age 98

Posted by on October 29, 2018

KILBACK: Peacefully, at peopleCare Oakcrossing, London on Saturday, October 27, 2018, Vera Mary (Nettle) Kilback, of London, age 98. Beloved wife of the late Louis Paul Kilback (1999). Loved mother and mother-in-law of David and Barbara Kilback of London. Cherished grandma of Paul Kilback and Samantha Sacks-Kilback of Toronto, Michael and Irma Kilback of Bali, Indonesia, Richard Kilback of London, Lori and John Young of Vancouver. Treasured great-grandma of Harper Sacks-Kilback, Oliver Sacks-Kilback, Jessica Sacks-Kilback, Patrick Elliot, Ryatt Kilback, Santi Kilback and Andersen Young. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Albert and Mary Eliza (Thomas) Nettle, sisters Anne Willis and Jean Simpson. At Vera’s request, cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held at this time. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at

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Obituary of HALL: Emerson of London

Posted by on October 26, 2018

HALL, Emerson Maxwell…
Peacefully on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at University Hospital, London, Emerson passed away in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Kaye” M. (Clark) Hall (2007). Dear father of Robert Hall and his wife Candice of Surrey, BC. Loved grandfather of Allison, Gillian, Marissa and Matthew. Also missed by his 3 great-grandchildren. Dear friend of June Davison. Predeceased by his brothers George, Lloyd (Gladys), Gordon (Mary) and his sister Jean. Emerson was a member of Branch 533 Byron Springbank Legion, he enjoyed playing Euchre and was a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors. At this time, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs

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Obituary of BULLOCK: Mrs. Irene (née Juniper), of London, Ontario

Posted by on October 23, 2018

BULLOCK, Irene (née Juniper), of London, ON, passed away at Chelsey Park Long Term Care on Sunday, October 21, 2018, in her 90th year.  Beloved wife of John T. Bullock.  Dearly loved mother of Sandra Bullock-Geraghty (John), and Ian Bullock (Lori).  Cherished grandmother of Anthony Bullock, Jessica Bullock, and Meghan Bullock.  Irene is also remembered by her brother, Ian Juniper.  Born in Scotland on June 16, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ernest W. and Euphemia “Maimie” (née Murray) Juniper.  For many years, Irene enjoyed square dancing.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment will take place in Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Online condolences graciously accepted at

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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 CHONG, Susan of Sarnia

CHONG, SUSAN – Surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, October 4, 2018, Susan (Mark) Chong, age 85 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late William Logie Chong (1994) and dear mother of William Chong Jr. and his wife Johanne, Darrell Chong, Sharon Davies and her husband Dr. Brian Davies, grandmother of Melissa Chong (Matthew Lorbetski), Matthew Chong (Marissa Lewington)), Connor Davies (Brooke Clubb) and Jasmine Davies (Billy O’Mahony Jr.), great-grandmother of Lucas and Ethan Lorbetski, Tess Chong and lovingly anticipated Miller Davies (January 2019). She is survived by her sister Helen (Drew Magor), her brother William (Doreen) and her sister in law Gretta Mark. She was predeceased by her infant brother George, her brother David and her sister Maria. Susan fled communist China in 1949 and made Canada her new and much loved home. She was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities including SMAA, the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, I.O.D.E. and was also named to the Mayor’s Honour’s List in 1993. She was an avid fan of the Maple Leafs and Argos and a loud, vocal and opinionated cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting interests and activities. Friends may visit at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9) on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 261 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Susan to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through

 “The family wishes to thank Dr. Lori Kolono and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care”

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Obituary of Rumpel ,Rick from regina,sk

Posted by on October 5, 2018

its with great sorrow that we see the passing of rick rumpel.

After a long battle with cancer,we see him return home.
he was known for driving cab in Saskatoon for quite a few years,along with his superb carpentry skills
and out going personality .he lived an interesting life traveling and seeing parts of the world.
and always sending pictures of his travels to friends and Family.
he moved from Saskatoon to bc in the mid 90s and lived out a good part of his life their as
a set carpenter for movies.and as a maintenance man for sound studios in the Vancouver area
he had a wonderful love of music,and made many friends in the industry.
he had met true love in 97 and was married for 21 years before his passing

he will be missed by his family and friends greatly

he is survived by his wife Karin Rumpel and children Jhir-ett Kaye(Rumpel) ,Amber Rumpel ,Tiffany Rumpel , Rolanda Rumpel
Step Daughters Nadine Klein and Melanie Schwienke
Brother David Rumpel
Grandchildren Caysen ,Makayla ,Sahara, and Valkyrie
And many other friends and family

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