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

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

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

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

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

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of MOORE: Archie Terrance “Terry” of Marmora

Posted by on November 9, 2017

 

 

 

Moore, Archie Terrance “Terry” – at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 after a brief illness, in his 70th year.  Son of the late Rita Graf and the late Harry Moore.  Beloved husband of Donna “Beccie” Moore (nee Grant) of Marmora.  Dear brother of Madeline (late Lorne) Johnson, Pauline (late Lloyd) McDonald, Nora Kearney, Carl Moore, Bonnie (Robert) Wood, Floyd (Lorraine) Moore, Debbie (Gary) Pender and Robert (Barb) Moore.  He is predeceased by his brothers John and Dennis (infant) Moore and his sisters Beverly Carr, and Mary (infant) and Elizabeth (infant) Moore.  Terry is fondly remembered by his special son, Benjamin Demmel, by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Inurnment at St. Carthagh’s Cemetery Tweed.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated.

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Obituary of LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017

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On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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Obituary of RADMAN: Marija (Mary) of South Surrey, BC Formerly of Maslinica, Solta, Croatia

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Marija (Mary) Radman passed away peacefully on February 22nd, 2017.

She was treasured and loved by many people, but most of all by her family. Known affectionately as ‘Baba’ by all of her grandchildren Gina (Vancouver), Milan (Edmonton, AB), Anthony (N. Delta) & Amanda (Vancouver). Survived by her daughters Ines (Croatia) and Zdenka (S. Surrey), and her brothers Pero (Nelson), Sime (Croatia) and sister Ivanka (Germany). We will never forget her infectious belly shaking laughter, delicious home cooking and her penchant for collecting roosters.

There will be a private family memorial.

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Obituary of FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karren Ann Fry. Karren passed away in her home on June 13, 2016. 

Karren was was born to Alan (2013) and Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Fry on December 12, 1976 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria B.C.  After an early life in British Columbia, Karren’s family moved to Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Criminology from Windsor University in Ontario, which led to her working with RCMP in the student program as a young adult.  She eventually moved to Vancouver BC where she married Cary De Best and had her beautiful daughter, Leah.  In time, Karren ventured out on her own and worked as a support worker for adults with mental illness.
 
Karren was a loving mother, dedicated family member and a good friend. Her raw sincerity, infectious laugh, sense of humour and amazing spirit made her a joy to be around. She would brighten anyone’s day with a caring message of support or a ridiculous story.  

Karren was a sincere Buddhist and loved travelling to international Dharma Festivals with her brother for teachings and inspiration.  Special powa ceremonies were performed for Karren by Gen Kelsang Thekchen and friends at Kadampa Mediation Centre Vancouver on June 20th, 2016, As well by her Teacher and friend Gen Kelsang Delek and many others.

Karren enjoyed nature and would find peace during a long walk with her daughter in the parks that line the beautiful coast of Vancouver.  She especially loved animals and adored her two little boy cats Thomas (T-Dawg) and Sammy. 

Her family, friends, and all those she touched will miss her tremendously. Karren is survived by her beautiful and loving daughter, Leah De Best (Cary); Her Mother Elizabeth and grandmother Nelda Sauer; her uncles Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug and her Aunt Ellen; her brother Jeff Fry (Devon) and niece Lexa; and her sister Leanne Fry. 
 

There will be a a celebration of life on July 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at St. James Community Centre, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.

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Obituary of Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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Obituary of CARR-HARRIS: Michael P. of Prince Rupert Formerly of Toronto, Kyuquot, Port Alberni, Tofino, Victoria, Prince Rupert

Posted by on January 21, 2016

images-4It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a great husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend Michael Carr-Harris on January 6, 2016. Michael was born in Toronto in 1934 and grew up in southern Ontario and British Columbia. He joined the Air Force in 1954, and his military and civilian flying adventures took him to some of Canada?’s most remote corners, fighting forest fires in Northern Alberta, and flying bush planes on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Yukon, the Arctic Circle, and BC?’s rugged north coast. Mike settled with his family in Prince Rupert in 1987. Mike is survived by Lynette, his loving wife of 42 years, brother Brian (Sara) and daughters Sandra (Dominic), Sarah (Chad), Charmaine, Marilyn, and Rachel, grandchildren Peter, Rebecca (Matteo), and Thomas, and many loving nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the friends who have given so much support during this difficult time, and the staff at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital for their care and compassion during his final days. A Celebration of Life was held in Prince Rupert on January 10. A memorial will be held in Victoria, BC in May 2016.

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Obituary of Scott: Karen Joy of Chase BC Formerly of Gibson BC

Posted by on January 21, 2016

images-4Mom you past peacefully in your sleep Jan 14 2016. You had chest pain ,and went to lay down , but you never woke up. My mom was born Oct 3 rd 1960 in Englehart Ont. Although she traveled throughout Canada as I was a child she found peace in Gibson BC. She leaves behind her only daughter Maryanne Scott ,and son in law Jessy Scorah ,and son Patrick Harvey. Her loving man Ray of ten years ,sisters Angela Scott , Evelyn Scott. ,brothers Joe Scott , Calvin Scott , Paul Scott.throughout Canada. She had a spunk about her ,and will be missed by many friends along the way. She was a very strong lady ,and survived many obstacles in life ,and its reassuring that she has finally found peace.She had five grandchildren eldest being Emily Scott ,who has great memories of her growing up ,and will miss her tremendously. Until we meet again I loved you

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Obituary of STAM, Rev.Clarence (Klaas) of Hamilton

Posted by on January 3, 2016

STAM, Rev. Clarence (Klaas)

 

Peacefully, on January 1, 2016, our beloved husband, father, and Opa was called home in his 68th year, to be with his Lord and Saviour. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Marga (nee Kraal), and his children Lawrence Stam, Richard and Tracey Stam, Alina and Michael Noot, and Anne-Marie and Rick VanIperen. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Jordan, Austin, and Logan Stam; Liana, Alexa, and Jared Noot; and Megan, Kristen, Clark, Natalie, Ruth, and Ariella VanIperen. He was predeceased by his beloved son Edward Stam in 1992. Loved brother of the late Jenny and the late Gerrit VanWoudenberg, the late Ben and Ria Stam, Len and Hennie Stam, John Stam, and Bev and Bill Schouten; and brother-in-law of Jane Stam, Hilly and the late Wim Van Ingen, Egbert and the late Betty Kraal, Jaap and Grietje Kraal, Geke and Frans Tijssen, Jacomien and Henk Broer, Alet and Theo Aalbers, Eveline and Jan Neutel. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Clarence faithfully served the Canadian Reformed churches from 1972 to 2004.  Special thanks go to the doctors and nurses of Juravinski E3 for their care and compassion during his illness. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at CORNERSTONE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 353 Stonechurch Rd. E., Hamilton, where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. Rev. John Louwerse officiating. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Donations to Mission Brazil (Gospel Action Brazil) in support of the ongoing mission and aid project in Maceió Brazil, or to the Harvest Endowment Foundation in support of Christian education would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

? (2 Timothy 4:7-8)?

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Obituary of FORTOWSKY: Gloria Rose of Valemount, BC

Posted by on October 10, 2015

images-4Gloria Rose Fortowsky (nee Fetter) was born on June 8, 1939 in Trail, BC and grew up on a farm close to Leroy, SK. She was a joyful person who loved gardening, singing, teaching, mountains, and people – particularly children and especially grandchildren and (very recently) great-grandchildren. She devoted her life to connecting with and caring for others as a teacher; a friend; a dedicated Catholic; an active community volunteer; and a loving wife, parent and grandparent. Gloria started teaching in 1958. After marrying in 1960, Gloria and her husband Arnold opened the first school in Southend, SK in 1960 and went on to spend much of their teaching careers working in small, often isolated, northern Canadian communities. After 45+ years of teaching, Gloria retired “for good” and she and Arnold moved to Valemount, BC where they had lived intermittently since 1990. In retirement, Gloria spent many hours gardening, keeping up with friends and family, and planning (and going on) travel adventures. Her generosity was well known; many, many people have plants that were given to them by Gloria, who regularly ended up with far too many as a result of her enthusiasm for planting.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Arnold; her children Keith (Mary Ann McGrath), Grace, Elaine, Shirley (Donald) Giroux, and Carolyn (Brock) Dagenais; her grandchildren Bridget, Sarah, Sydney, John, Rygel, Remi, Ain, Neven, Rozlyn, and Katica; her great-grandson, Felix; her siblings Sr. Bernadine Fetter, Gerry (Gill) Fetter, and Rodney (Ruth) Fetter; and her sister-in-law Diane Fetter. She is predeceased by her daughter Angela and her brother Gordon.

Gloria was much loved by her family and friends and is dearly missed since the automotive accident that took her life on September 28, 2015. Celebrations in memory of her took place on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6, 2015. She has been laid to rest in earshot of the playground and full view of the mountains in Valemount, BC.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Catholic Missions in Canada (https://donation.cmic.info/) or Chalice Canada (http://www.chalice.ca/donate) in Gloria’s honour.

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Obituary of Mowat, Farley McGill of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Farley Mowat

Mowat, Farley McGill
Born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12th, 1921. Died May 6th, 2014 at The Northumberlad Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Claire (nee Wheeler) for 48 years. Cherished father of Sandy and his wife Kim of Palgrave, Ontario and David and his family of Calgary, Alberta. Loving grandfather of Justin Mowat of Palgrave and Courtney and, Mellissa Mowat of Calgary. Brother of Rosemary Mowat of Barrie, and John and his wife Dianne of Cobourg. Special uncle to Brian, Jeff, and Matthew Mowat. Predeceased by his parents Angus and Helen Mowat and by his first wife Frances Thornhill.
Farley Mowat was a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates. He was the author of 42 books, a writing career that spanned 63 years. His books are read around the world and have been translated into 26 languages. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends in many places.
A private family funeral will be held in Port Hope on a later date.
Donations in Farley’s memory may be made to any charity dedicated to helping animals or saving our environment.
Arrangements in care of the Ross Funeral Chapel.

 

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Obituary of GRONIGER: Leigh Dorothy of Rodney, Ontario

Posted by on January 22, 2014

Suddenly, at Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  Leigh Dorothy Groniger (Goodwin) of Rodney at the age of 46.  Loving wife and mother of Joe and Lyle, daughter of Pam and Charlie Goodwin of Vancouver, B.C., daughter in law of Martha Groniger (Herman 2012) of West Lorne, sister in law of Henry (Cindy) and Ed Groniger and aunt of Leaha Groniger.

Friends may call at the RODNEY CHAPEL OF DENNING FUNERAL DIRECTORS on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.  Share a memory at www.denningfuneralhome.com.  519 785-0810.  Posted at Canadaobits.ca

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Obituary of Lindsay: Rose of Sarnia

Posted by on November 30, 2013

Peacefully at Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Saturday, November 30, 2013, ROSE ELLEN LINDSAY (nee Eheler), age 95 of Sarnia passed away. Beloved wife of the late Orville Richard Wesley Lindsay (1960).Dear mother of Wilbert Norman Lindsay and his wife Mona of Sarnia and David Graham Lindsay and his wife Donna of British Columbia.Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Darrin, Kevin and Rhonda and great grandmother of Lily and Maia. Rose was a longtime employee of the Sarnia Jail where she worked as a Matron. The family would like to thank the staff at Trillium Villa Nursing Home and Vision Rest Home for the excellent care Mom received. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Memorial gifts to the Canadian Arthritis Society or to New Horizons Community Church would be appreciated by the family.

The D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

102 N. Victoria St.

Sarnia, ON., N7T 5W9

 Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through djrobb@cogeco.net

 

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Obituary of HODGINS: Brad (John Bradley) of London

Posted by on August 10, 2013

Hodgins Brad web photoAt his home, on Thursday, August 8, 2013, of London in his 64th year.  Dear brother of Greg and Kathy Hodgins of Grand Bend.  Dear uncle of Susan (Tim) Patton and Jill (Mike) Bale.  Missed by his 4 great-nephews.  Predeceased by his niece Kristin Hodgins and his parents Ida and Clare Hodgins.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday evening 7-9PM where a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11AM. Cremation with interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London.

Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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