BEALLE (Wilson Ramgren): Hilda, Kathleen (Kathy) of West Kelowna, BC Formerly of Lumby BC, Coquitlam BC, Vernon BC, Keremeos BC

Posted by on January 30, 2017


BEALLE, Hilda Kathleen ‘Kathy’ (Wilson, Ramgren) passed away on January 8, 2017 at 72 years of age.

Born in Coronation, Alberta on June 27, 1944, Kathy moved to the Okanagan, settling in Lumby B.C. at a young age. The oldest of 11 Wilson children, she is survived by brothers Ken, Dennis, Don, Doug, Terry, sister/best friend Karen.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents Roy and Esther Wilson, brothers Rick, Tim, Robert, and Ron and her son, Robbie.

Married in 1966 to Craig Ramgren (d.1974) with whom she had three children, Trent (Rena, Jessica), Fred (Theresa) and her daughter, Trenna. Trenna took charge of Kathy’s cargiving during her illness, ensuring she was comfortable and cared for during her final days.

She married a second time in 1981 to Ed Bealle, and had her youngest son, Kerby (Lindsay). Kathy’s family grew to welcome her 14 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, who all were her pride and joy. She leaves numerous neices, nephews, aunts, uncles, countless family and friends.

Kathy lived in Coquitlam, and thru the Okanagan, including Vernon, Keremeos, and Kelowna. She spent her working career in the service industry, working in resaurants, hotels and casinos. Known for her hard work, and genuineness Kathy was beloved by her co-workers and customers thru her various careers.

As the eldest of 10 siblings, she was born into a matriarchal and leadership role. Kathy carried that role with pride thru her life. Whether it was with her own 5 children, any family member, friend in need, or with her over 20 years of membership with GA. Like Johnny Cash, she always cheered and stood up for the underdog.

Kathy leaves behind collections of Kris Krisofferson records, wind chimes, mystery novels, GA chips, and family/friends who will be forever grateful for the strength, independence, love and spirituality that she shared.

Special thank you to the nursing and care staff at Interior Health who provided superb support and care for Kathy, ensuring her comfort in her home was maintained.

In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Red Cross.

A Celebration of life will be held for Kathy on January 29, 2017 at 1pm
Okanagan Landing Community Hall, located in Paddlewheel Park
7813 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, BC.

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KORZENOSKI: Earl of Vernon Formerly of Grandview, Manitoba; Sicamous, BC; Norway House, Manitoba

Posted by on January 1, 2017


On December 16, 2016 Earl Korzenoski at the age of 86 passed away peacefully at his home in Vernon, British Columbia with his wife Nellie (Holomay) at his side as well as his children. Earl faced his illness with courage, grace and dignity.
He leaves behind his daughters Bernice, Heather (Harry), Audrey (Glen), Kim (Doug) and son Earl (Catherine) plus his 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He had a special bond with all of his sons- in-law Harry, Rob, Doug, Willie and Glen. As well he will be missed by his brother Edward and wife Florence, plus his sister Jane and Dennis.
Earl was predeceased by his son Lloyd, mother Pauline, father John, brother Malcolm, sisters Stella, Frankie and Lillian as well as his relatives Mike and Annie Holomay, Stella and Melvin Prokopowich, Tillie and Bert Ouelette, Adam Posyniak, Edward and Nick Holomay, George and Barry Persunka, Bob Stretch, Mike Stykylo and Frank Puchailo.
Earl took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments through the years. He was their greatest cheerleader and was always there to lean on when life was tough. Nothing would stop him from visiting his family even the many miles he had to travel to maintain contact . He is remembered by his large hands that would hold you with lovingness.
Earl was born in Venlaw, Manitoba on April 8, 1930 and grew up and worked on the farm with his family. He worked in Sudbury, Ontario cutting pulp wood as a teenager. Earl and Nellie were married on October 1, 1952; they met when Nellie was teaching in the one room school in Venlaw, where they lived for two years on the farm. They were married for sixty- four wonderful years. Earl and Nellie moved to Toronto Ontario where Earl worked in a car factory. From there they moved to Atikokan, Ontario; first working driving a taxi then working in the mine. Earl had an accident while working at the mine and spent several months in Toronto Hospital ; he did not let this define his life. From there the family moved first to Gilbert Plains, Manitoba for a short period of time and then to Grandview, Manitoba where they raised their family for twelve years. Earl managed the B/A oil plant and worked closely with many farmers in the community. He was on Town Council in Grandview. He then ran his farm equipment business with his brother Malcolm. In 1971 they moved to Brandon for one year and then moved to Norway House, Manitoba for another twelve years. Earl was the Superintendent of Operations for the Frontier School Division during this time. From there they moved to Fort Nelson, British Columbia where he worked for Northern Metallic. In 1985 they moved to Salmon Arm with the intention of retiring. Within the next year Earl & Nellie operated an Esso station in Sicamous, British Columbia for three years. He officially retried when he was 60. They continued to live in Sicamous for twenty-four years. They moved to Kelowna in 2014 and then to Vernon in 2016. As demonstrated by his strong work ethic Earl proved that working hard had great rewards. His commitment to family was shown everyday in his life through his actions.
Earl lived his life with a strong sense of fairness, honesty and integrity in his personal life, with his family and his working relationships. He always kept himself busy living life fully. He had many passions including farming, hunting, golfing, cutting firewood, fishing, boating, walking, cooking and fixing all sorts of running machines. He liked to travel and when he did he included as many of his family members as he could, sometimes driving a caravan throughout the provinces and Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Earl always had his doors open to his home. Over the years family stayed for long periods of time sometimes working with him at his businesses and sharing their lives with him. Earl helped in the raising of his grandchildren; with some living with him for many years. Earl loved being a mentor and friend to the people in his life. He was willing to share his time, energy and wisdom with all.
Earl had a great sense of humor and loved to tease everyone. Earl’s motto was laugh as often as you breathe. He showed us how to be open and accept change, how to be excited about life and new experiences and created many life long memories to all that he touched.
Earl loved to drive. He would take his family for their regular Sunday drives after Church, sometimes to the farm to visit and work with relatives and sometimes just to drive and explore the country roads. Picking wild fruits and mushrooms was a particular joy for everyone. When living in Norway House the drive to Grandview included a long drive on winter ice roads with ice raising behind him as he travelled. He taught us to be brave and to try even if you thought you would fail; he was encouraging and loving.
Earl loved living and working in Norway House; he enjoyed fishing trips and would charter planes from Gary Long with family and friends. In particular, Earl loved working with the people of the community. He was a leader of people and mentored many. He is still fondly remembered in Norway House.
Earl followed the world events of news and had a love of politics. He always loved to carry on great conversations related to the latest news and would share the events with others.
Earl had a special love for his pets Jake, Billy and Cam. They were part of his family and went on all trips with him.
Our memories of him holding all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will forever be in our hearts. His spirit will always be present in our minds and hearts.
Those wishing to honor Earl’s memory may do so by changing your oil regularly and keeping your fuel tank on the top half.
A celebration of life will occur in the future. Earl will be loved and missed by all his family and many life long friends through eternity. He has left us all with many precious memories.

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ISOM, Arlene Mary of Sarnia

Posted by on December 29, 2016

ISOM, ARLENE – Peacefully at Afton Park Place Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Arlene Mary Isom (nee Fairservice), age 92 of Sarnia passed away. She is survived by her son John Philbin and his wife Wanda of Point Edward and Cheryl Fraser of London. She is also survived by special friends Susan Brown of Sarnia, John Isom of Sacremento, CA, and Kay Hurak (Ron) of Sarnia. She was predeceased by husbands Jack Isom (2014), Grant Guthrie (1985) and Bert Philbin (1984). She was also predeceased by her parents John and Blanche Fairservice and great-grandson Jacob Cousins (2010). She was the cherished grandmother of Ian Fraser, London, Michael Fraser (Kathy), 150 Mile House, BC, Amy Cousins (Kevin), Pickering and Carrie Lanz (John) of Northwood, OH. and seven great-grandchildren, Garrett, Timothy and Emma Fraser, Madison and Aidan Fraser, Sara and Daniel Cousins. Arlene was one of the first employees at both St. Clair Processing (Polymer) 1945 and Simpson-Sears (1954). She retired from the Sarnia Credit Bureau in 1980. Arlene was very dedicated volunteer with the VON and the Kidney Foundation. She enjoyed a very active membership in the Rebekah Lodge and Red Hats. Arlene was a longtime member of St. Luke’s United Church in Sarnia. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm. with Rev. Melanie Kirk officiating. Cremation will follow and interment will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations made to St. Luke’s United Church (cheques only please) would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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FERGUSON: Cale Blake of Ilderton

Posted by on November 25, 2016

ferguson-caleSadly, in Kelowna, BC on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with his parents and brother by his side Cale left the world far too soon at the age of 28. He will be forever missed by his parents Blake and Dana (Metcalfe), his brother Kent (fiancée Meghan) all of Ilderton, loving aunts and uncles, cousins and so many wonderful friends.

Friends and family may gather at the Lucan Community Memorial Centre, 263 Main Street, Lucan on Saturday, December 3rd at 11 AM for a celebration of Cale’s life that will begin at 11:30 AM.

Any donations can be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Haskett Funeral Home, Lucan entrusted with arrangements.

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BURNETT, James Henry of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2016

burnett-jamesPeacefully at his home in Cobourg on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.   James Henry Burnett was the beloved husband of Mary Irene Burnett (nee Bradshaw).  Dear father of Paige and grandfather of Georgia “Peach” and Carling “Redcap”.  Also missed by his cousin, with whom he was raised, Lois Ann Wolfe (nee Gracie) and her children Karen Wolfe, Lori Pike, and Mark Wolfe.  Predeceased by his parents John Burnett and Olive Burnett (nee Croft).  Following cremation, a Mass of Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at St. Michael’s Church, (corner of University Ave & Division St. in Cobourg) on Thursday, November 24th, at 2 pm with visitation to be held for one hour prior to the Mass at the church from 1 to 2 pm on Thursday.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Following interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, refreshments will be served at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, 30 King St. E in Cobourg.  Condolences received at

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NORD: Maurie Albin Alexander of Vanderhoof, BC Formerly of Trail, Penticton, Surrey, Hammond, New Westminster

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Maurie Albin Alexander Nord, well finished his race here on earth and went to receive his reward from the Father in heaven June 7, 2016, just 5 days before his 66th birthday, in Vanderhoof BC.

Maurie was born in the ‘Home of Champions’, Trail BC on June 12, 1950 to his parents, Alexander ‘Sandy’ Gustaf Peter Nord and Audry Alma Wilson. He is a descendant of Johan Johansson Nord (1795) of Norsjo, Sweden. Johan’s great grandson, Gustaf Albin Nord, born 1892, immigrated to Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada, in 1911, where Maurie’s father, Alexander (Sandy) Nord, was born in 1917. Later, Maurie found out through genealogical research that he was the sixth generation first born son of the Johan Johansson Nord line which he was very proud of.
Maurie’s passion for music began in ‘earnest’ when he quietly and secretly tried strumming his step-father’s 1946 Martin guitar at the age of 11. Later, at Maurie’s request, his stepfather, Ernest Franklin McQuary, taught him three chords on this 1946 Martin guitar and insisted that he learn them fluently before proceeding to anything more. This, Maurie eagerly did in the privacy of his bedroom, and much to the relief of listeners. At a young age, Maurie began to experiment with writing poetry, but was determined to be a guitar player and STRONGLY declined to sing. However, involvement in church ministry led him to sing “loud” for “old folks” at retirement homes, and this was due to the STRONG prompting of Rev Art Zapparozan, pastor of the Trail Pentecostal Church. Maurie was raised with the musical influences of his stepfather: Hank Snow, Jimmy Rodgers, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves. He soon added to those artists: Chet Atkins, Brian Wilson, The Stamps Quartet, Elvis, Carlos Montoya, Barbershop Quartets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle and Bob Dylan to mention a few.

In time, Maurie taught himself country, classical and blues guitar, rhythm style piano, accordion, blues harp, five string and tenor banjo. In 1987, he submitted a demo tape to Comstock Records of Shawnee, Kansas and found to his surprise, that they liked his songs. It was at this time that Maurie sang in a duo act called “Moe and the Catfish”, where he discovered that he had a talent for entertaining in comedy as well as song. This he did in the pubs, restaurants, golf courses and ski hills of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. In July of 1999, Comstock’s Patty Parker produced Maurie’s two songs: “Redneck Feelin’ Blue”, and “Wanderin’ Kind”. This was done in Chelsea Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

At age 21, Maurie trained under Kent Bastien as a barber in Vancouver BC and supported himself at various stages throughout his life in this trade. In addition to his barbering and music skills, Maurie earned a Bachelor degree in Theology at Western Pentecostal Bible College in Clayburn BC. In Bible College he was trained in voice, music theory and had experiences in writing, arranging and performing in choirs (WPBC’s Harmonaires), mixed and male quartets. He was ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in Quebec where he did Home Missions for three years with his wife Ruth Buchner. This is where his eldest daughter, Rachelle, was born in 1981. Maurie became fluent in French during his ministry and it never left him as he took any opportunity to speak with French speakers everywhere he met them. On his return home to BC, Maurie became assistant pastor under Eugene Kraft at Cannaught Heights church in New Westminster. During this time his son Justin was born in 1983. When Eugene moved on from Cannaught Heights Maurie moved on as well and became an itinerant Evangelist traveling BC and the states of Washington and Oregon. He was used powerfully in the many churches he ministered at, however, it was very difficult to raise a family in this type of ministry. Maurie decided he needed a different career so he sadly gave up his evangelistic ministry which broke his heart. He then decided to train for a career in Life insurance with Empire life while the family lived in Surrey. Robynn was born there in 1986.

Maurie married second, his wife Darcy Austin, in 1990 in Penticton where he opened his barber shop, ‘Happy Days Hair’. Maurie and Darcy bought a house in Naramata where they lived for eight years and had many wonderful times together with the children. In 2001 Maurie and Darcy left for Korea to pursue a career in teaching English. They spent 10 years altogether in Korea and grew to love this country as their own. Together they attended a Korean language course and with his gift with languages Maurie enjoyed speaking Korean very much. Maurie loved Korea so much with the upbeat Asian culture, as well as, the Korean people sharing similar loves to him: music, soju and humour. They say Koreans are the ‘Irish of the Orient’. Maurie and Darcy were also fortunate to have traveled in: Sweden to visit his family and roots there; Switzerland to visit Darcy’s brother, Todd and family; Malaga, Spain to learn Spanish; France and Britain where more ancestral roots are and Italy.
Maurie had many other hobbies besides music and languages: fishing, history and genealogy, making knives, building boats and even long boards. He loved skateboarding and in fact said that for his birthday this year he wanted a long board. Always a kid at heart, he’s probably riding a long board in heaven right now!

His greatest love though was preaching and sharing the gospel of God. He always said ‘I’m not ashamed of the gospel’ for he knew it was the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, for ‘the righteous shall live by faith’ (Romans 1: 16, 17). He never stopped sharing what God did for him since the day He touched him at the early age of 11 at the Full Gospel church in Fruitvale while attending with his grandparents, Ross and Eleanor Wilson. Maurie persevered through many difficult trials and sufferings and prefaces his autobiography, ‘Tried by Fire’, with 1 Peter 1: 7, ‘These trials have come, so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though tested (or tried) by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed’. No wonder Maurie was born in a town with the moto: Home of Champions and with a town seal: ‘Gold must be tried by fire’. It is also appropriate that he should depart this world in Vanderhoof as this is where the only funeral home in the province is named ‘Grace’ memorial. Grace was one of Maurie’s favorite words because he knew how very much God’s grace in his life made him the champion he is.

He leaves behind those who rejoice in his reward: his best friend Darcy; children: daughter, Rachelle (Mihai) of Belleville Ontario; son, Justin (Amanda) of Vernon, BC; daughter, Robynn of Italy; his sisters: Vivien Moores (Bud) of Trail BC, Sherry Kowalchuk (Robert) of Kaleden BC, Pamela Nord-Krueger (Randy) of Seattle WA; his brothers: Gilbert McQuary (Barbara) of Kelowna BC and Mark Nord of Castlegar BC; and his Uncle Morley Wilson (Elsie) of Ladysmith BC, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Korean students.

Maurie, the world was not worthy of you as you wandered your meandering path here on earth. We miss you and can’t wait for the day we will be reunited with you once again. Until then, we hold you in our hearts and in our memories. You lost your life to gain it! You are a champion and we are proud to have been a part of your life here on earth. Have fun with your loved ones there and we here will be comforted by the thought that you have joined that great cloud of witnesses who cheer us on as we throw off every hindrance and sin that so easily entangles us in order to persevere in the race marked out for each of us until we meet again (Hebrews 11,12)

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HODGSON: Timothy of Kelowna Formerly of Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Timothy Dane Hodgson born June 11, 1968 died July 6, 2016 of heart failure peacefully in his sleep. Tim loved being a father and is survived by his three children Anika Ella Rose Hodgson, Quest Albert Mathew Hodgson and Tylan Erin Danielle Lahti, and two stepchildren Brett Gordon Alan Thomas and Klaya Deborah Isabella Hodgson. He will be greatly missed by his loving life partner John Dumbovic. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother and best friend Trevor Hodgson, sister Tanis Lattanzio (Hodgson) her husband Michael and their sons Alexander and Marco, sister Tabatha Vose, and also his father Garry Hodgson and his wife Anne-Margaret Vose. Tim is predeceased by his beloved mother Barbara MacKinnon (Rothery). At only 48 years of age Tim was still young but lived a full life. Tim was friendly, charming and always had a smile to share. Tim laughed often and made people laugh often. He was always calm under pressure and seldom got angry or lost his temper. Tim enjoyed games and sports, and was particularly talented at chess, Tetris (he completed Tetris), hockey and golf. With an abundance of luck, an amazing intelligence, a natural athleticism and a competitive fire he was hard to beat. He was a good winner and a respectful competitor in defeat. He played ball hockey at the highest level and was honoured to compete in provincial and national championships. Golf was Tim’s passion. He was a scratch golfer and he played in a couple of professional qualifying tournaments. Though he wasn’t able to put together his best game on the right day he never gave up hope of playing golf professionally. Professionally, Tim was a charismatic food server of the highest quality who enjoyed interacting with customers and eventually rose into food and beverage management. He had plans to work in Las Vegas, and of becoming a general manager of a golf course, but he was most happy when charming people while serving them. Tim had no shortage of love and loved ones in his life. He was a good, loyal friend to many and was generally well liked. Tim will be missed by family, friends and loved ones but never forgotten. Tim’s celebration of life will be held July 31, 2016 at Kelowna Springs Golf Course for details check “In Loving Memory of Tim Hodgson” on Facebook.

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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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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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Robert: Bob of Maple Creek, SK Formerly of Kelowna

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Robert Theodore Goett “Bob” (RCMP Ret.)

Robert T. Goett passed away on April 9th, 2016 at Maple Creek, Sask. He was born in Trochu, Alberta on March 10, 1932 to Charles and Frieda Goett. He was the fifth of eight kids – six boys and two girls. He played goal in hockey and broke his nose twice – once when he got hit in the face with a puck, and once when a teammate fell on him during the pre-game skate. He was invited to try out for the Medicine Hat Tigers when he was 15, but was nervous about leaving home at such a young age so he didn’t go, perhaps depriving the world of another Terry Sawchuck.

Dad grew up in Olds, Alberta. During the war he watched airplanes from the Commonwealth Air Training Plan taking off and landing, and occasionally crashing at the local flying field. He grew up dreaming of being a pilot. He joined the Air Cadets and learned how to fly. In 1951, he was 18 and it was time to start a career. He was torn between joining the military and becoming a police officer – he chose the RCMP. During his first 5 years of service, he was posted around Saskatchewan and Teslin in the Yukon. One night, while making his rounds in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, he walked into the drugstore and saw the love of his life, Sylvia Shwaykowsky.

When he had five years of service, Bob and Sylvia were married and started a family.

Dad loved the RCMP and during his long career he worked all over Saskatchewan and had a couple of postings in Ottawa where he was a founding member of an r/c flying club called the “Stetson Flyers.” One of the things that dad liked most about living in Ottawa was visiting the many museums and historic attractions found there.

When he retired from the Force in 1979, dad had no idea where he would go next. Everyone told him that Kelowna was the place to be so Bob and Sylvia packed up the pets and two kids who were still at home and headed West.

Dad enjoyed retirement for about 8 months but then went to work doing security for Western Star Trucks. That turned into a business and for the next 16 years, dad ran his own security company, employing several ex RCMP and military men. Sadly, just a couple of months after he retired for good, Sylvia was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 6 months later.

With the love of his life gone, dad bounced back and forth between Saskatchewan and Kelowna, spending time with his kids and grandkids. He bought a cabin at Madge Lake, Saskatchewan and spent a few happy years there. Dad loved fishing and tearing around the lake on one of his scooters.

Dad had a great sense of humour that he inherited from his father. He was very intelligent and a great leader – he earned the respect of everyone he met. He genuinely cared about the people in the communities he served. He was a hands on father and even though he had a demanding career, he always had time for us kids. He taught us how to ride bikes, he built kites for us, he took us fishing, he introduced us to cross country skiing, and he went tobogganing with us when we were in high school. When mom worked evenings, dad cooked for us – he became very good at making hamburgers and potato chips, chili, and Kraft pizza.

Bob was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, and by his beloved wife Sylvia. Bob is survived by his four children Dawn (Duane), Richard (Susan), Bruce (Jennifer), and Terrie, several grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

As per his wishes, he will be cremated and his remains buried next to Sylvia at the RCMP cemetery in Regina at a later date.

We love you dad and we’ll always remember the good times that we had with you. Rest in peace with mom.

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Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David Bruce Munroe. David was born in Calgary, Alberta on January 6, 1967 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 17, 2016.
David is survived by his wife Nicole Munroe, his four children Amanda, Cailey(11), Kaylynn(9) and Kaden(6), his parents Bruce and Donna Munroe, and sister Melanie , son Jake Graham (Mitch Barisoff )
David died suddenly at the age of 49, he was a man with a big heart, who lived his life on his own terms. David had many friends who he was always willing to lend a hand when needed. David’s biggest pride and joy were his children, and he could always be seen on a sports field with them, watching movies, going for walks, reading bedtime stories, or just sitting and talking. His kids were his whole world. When David wasn’t working he would be at home with his family. He is loved and will be missed by many.

There will be a celebration of life which will be held Saturday April 2nd from 1pm to 4pm. Please pm Amanda Munroe or Nikki Olshanoski for directions.
To help his children in the future In lieu of flowers the family has set up a fundraising page

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VUCH: Maxine Eilleen (nee: Fagrie) of Delta

Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Maxine who left us peacefully in her sleep on February 22,2016. She will be missed by her 3 sons Lowell,
Nolan and Barney (Janice), along with her Grandsons Spencer (Rachel) and Julian.
No service will be held and she will be interred at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby beside her predeceased husband Leo and Gramma Vuch

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ROY, Linda Ann (Troubridge) of Grand Bend formerly of Goderich, age 63

Posted by on March 10, 2016

ROY, LindaROY:  Linda Ann (Troubridge) Roy, age 63, of Grand Bend, Ontario, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Exeter Hospital.  Linda is survived by her loving husband, children, and grandchildren: Husband Darcy Roy of Grand Bend, daughters Kimberley Christensen (husband Paul), Shawna Harkes (husband Jason), grandchildren Hillary, Kelden, Sophia, Hayden and Everett, brother Peter Troubridge (wife Barbara) and nieces Lauren and Erin. She is predeceased by her parents Stanley and Irene Troubridge as well as her brother David Troubridge.  Linda was born in Brantford, Ontario to Stanley and Irene Troubridge on December 10, 1952. She graduated from Ancaster High and Vocational School and later completed post-secondary studies in business. For the past 18 years, Linda was employed by Heubner-Ridder Veterinary Hospital of Goderich, Ontario, as a Veterinary Receptionist. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her well-loved English bulldog companion, Georgia. Linda loved to travel, whether it be to sunny destinations or out West to visit family.  She will be forever missed and remembered as being a wonderful and loving wife, mother and ‘nan’ whose witty humour, warmth and compassion touched the lives of all those who knew her. A Celebration of Life reception will be held in honour of Linda at a later date. At the request of her family, donations can be made to the London Health Sciences Centre Regional Cancer Program or the South Huron Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Condolences at

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DMYTRUK: Dorothy (Dot) of Kelowna Formerly of Nanaimo, B.C. and Victoria, B.C.

Posted by on February 18, 2016

images-4April 29, 1935 – December 30, 2015
Dorothy passed unexpected but peacefully, at home, on December 30th, 2015.
Predeceased by her husband Norm in 2003 and her son Glenn in 1976.
Remembered by her daughter Gwenn (Ralf) Koch, her granddaughter Tressa McLean, her grandson John McLean, step-great-granddaughter Aliana, and countless friends and co-workers throughout her lifetime. Dorothy will be missed by all those who loved her.
A family graveside service was held on January 6, 2016.
In lieu of flowers the family requested a donation to the charity of your choice be made in honour of Dorothy.

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BUSS, Kenneth (Ken) of Camlachie

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Buss-1-WebbBUSS, KENNETH – Suddenly, but peacefully at Bluewater Health-CEE Petrolia on Saturday, January 30, 2016, Kenneth Carl Buss, age 91 of Camlachie passed away. He was the dear husband of the late Ina Christina (Dolson) Buss (2008) and loving father of Dan of Courtenay BC., Judy Dennis (Jim Meyer) of Kitchener, Pat and Carol Buss of Lacombe, AB and Kellie and Jamie Doan of Dorchester, father in law of Judy Buss of Bright’s Grove. He was a loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and brother of Joyce Hoffman of Kitchener. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his son Doug, grandson Scott Buss and granddaughter Stacey Koebel and sisters Joan and Audrey. Ken was a Royal Canadian Navy veteran of WWII and a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 of Sarnia. Ken retired in 1987 as manager of Inter City Truck Lines Ltd. and was Past-President of the Royal Canadian Naval Association of Kitchener and Past-President of the Lambton Shrine Club and a member of the Shrine Band. Funeral and committal services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, beginning at 10:00 am until the service begins. Memorial donations made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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CASEY: Kris (Kristopher Glen) of Vancouver, BC Formerly of Rock Creek, BC

Posted by on January 12, 2016

images-4It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son, brother and uncle on January 1, 2015 at the age of 41 in Vancouver BC. Born on December 5, 1974 in Squamish, BC, Kris is predeceased by his loving mother Kitty Casey and survived by a family that will miss him very much – his father Merv Casey (Marilyn), sister Michelle Casey (Andrew), sister Kristen O’Connor (Shane) and brother David Casey (Mary), nieces Angela Corfe, Ashley O’Connor & Thea Casey as well as nephews Cole O’Connor and Kieran Casey.

As a child Kris lived various places around BC and Alberta, he was a fun loving child who had quite the sense of humor and loved to play pranks and practical jokes. Kris always had a love for animals throughout his life and especially for his cats.

Kris spent the majority of the last 2 decades in Vancouver where he developed a strong network of life long friends and people that left an imprint on his life and in his heart. So many people, friends old & new and healthcare workers were there for him and we would like to thank all of the people who were there for Kris in his times of need, the stories and memories you have reached out to share have brought much comfort.

Kris had a generous heart, was a kind and caring person and always gave everyone a chance, although he struggled in the last few years of his life he never lost these qualities and for that will be fondly remembered.

As per his wishes Kris will be cremated and laid to rest with his mother’s ashes, family will hold a celebration of life summer of 2016 and fulfill his final wishes. We know Kris treasured his friends and that those too were his family, respects can be paid by visiting a Facebook page created in his memory ( ) or by emailing the family at

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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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SLOAN: DEXTER of CHILLIWACK Formerly of Abbotsford

Posted by on January 2, 2016

images-4Dexter Kay Sloan, climbed into the arms of Jesus on December 31, 2015 in Abbotsford, British Columbia at the age of 70 with family by his side. He was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on August 14, 1945 to parents, Samuel and Gladys. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma, and his three children, Michael, Daniel (Dhouha) and Victoria (Chet) with Linda, his former spouse. He will also be remembered by Norma’s two children, Jason (Christine), Pam (Huw), and ten grandchildren, Sean, Jayme, Rachel, Michael, Hannah, Melia (Ron), Ben, Zach, Meghan, and Evan. Dexter is also remembered by his sister, Marilyn (Fred) and their four children, Brad, Paige, Jaqueline and John along with their families.

The Celebration of Life will be held at Seven Oaks Alliance Church located at 2575 Gladwin Road in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Tuesday,
January 5, 2016 at 2:00pm.

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MANTO; Marjorie of Hanover

Posted by on November 30, 2015

manto-web5Marjorie Manto, of Hanover, passed away peacefully at Hanover and District Hospital on Monday, November 30, 2015, in her 82nd year.

Marjorie was born July 1, 1934 in Warwick Township, Lambton County.  Marjorie worked along side her husband Allan, as the proud owners of Manto Warehousing.  She was a member of the Hanover Lion’s Club and then the Walkerton Lion’s Club, the Hanover Hospital Auxiliary and site conservation with C.N.I.B..

Predeceased by her beloved husband Allan in May of 1996. Dear mother of Ron Manto & Jackie of Tiverton, Susan & Doug Schaus of RR #1 Elmwood, Lynda & Darryl Beitz of RR #1 Hanover. Cherished grandmother of  Alayna & Tim Tubman, Ryan Schaus, Meagan & Justin Moorey, Jessica Duguay, Jeremie Duguay, Rebecca Wedow, very special great grandmother of Jackson and Grace Tubman, Mason Schaus and Riley Moorey.  Beloved sister of Doris & Art Eastman of Arkona, Vi & Armond Young of Hanover, Janet & Len Dowhan of Hamilton, Art & Shirley Morley of Chatham, Lloyd Morley & Loretta of Auburn, Blake Morley & Lana of Kelowna B.C., sister-in-law of Grace & Grant Keller of Kitchener, Pete Roslyn of Barrie.  Marjorie was predeceased by her parents George & Helen Morley, parents-in-law Andrew & Caroline (Monk) Manto, brother and sisters-in-law James Maurer, Eldon & Norma Manto, Louis & Marie Weber and Alice Roslyn.

Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 11:00 am, at First St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Hanover. Rev. Robert Clifford officiating. Interment in Hanover Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada – Dog Guides or First St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Hanover would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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BREGMAN, Hendrik “Hank” of RR 6, Goderich, age 82

Posted by on October 28, 2015

BREGMAN:  Peacefully, at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Hendrik “Hank” Bregman, of RR 6, Goderich, age 82.  Beloved husband of Margaret Rosie (Keller) Bregman.  Loved father and father-in-law of Diane Bregman (Steve Layton) of Clinton, ON., Morgan Bregman of Olds, AB., Jan William Bregman of Edmonton, AB., Christopher Bregman of Goderich, ON., Gary (Judy) Carlisle of Brockville, ON.,  Renée (Ben) Worsell of Olds, AB. Cherished grandpa and Opa of many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Robert (Agnes) Bregman of Teeswater, ON., Ann Keller of London, ON., John (Marie) Bregman of Winnipeg Beach, MB., Ada (Earl) Telfer of Paris, ON., Jake Martens of Red Deer, AB., Eulene (Bill) Baker, Grace (Fred) Sanders all of London.  Hank will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents John and Heltje (Bos) Bregman, sons Gordon and David Bregman, daughters Lynn and Katherine Carlisle, brothers-in-law Lloyd Keller, Milton (Erma) Keller, Mervin (Sue) Keller, Eugene Keller and sister-in-law Verda Martens.  At Hank’s request cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held at Berea-By-the-Water Lutheran Church, 326 Gibbons St, Goderich, on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. with visitation commencing at 12 p.m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating.  Interment Calvary Cemetery, Dashwood.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  Condolences at

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MILLER, Sheila Dorothy of Sarnia

Posted by on October 13, 2015

Miller-webAt Marshall Gowland Manor on Monday, October 12, 2015, SHEILA DOROTHY MILLER, age 63 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving friend of Mike Fulton and dear sister of Koll Tannor (Cherlyn) and Allan Miller. Several nieces and nephews survive. She was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Phyllis Miller and her brother Lawrence Miller. Sheila was born in Nelson, British Columbia and has been a Sarnia resident since 1957. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:00 am. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Sympathy expressed through memorial donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd would be appreciated by the family.

“The family would like to thank the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor for their compassionate care of our sister”

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FEIL: William “Bill;” Robert

Feil2FEIL, William, Robert – Peacefully at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care, on September 22, 2015, Bill Feil died at the age of 80.  Beloved husband of Mary (nee Mrnik)of 56 yrs.  Loving father of Mark (Lorie), Greg (Sandy), and Lisa Payne (Richard).  Cherished grandfather of Erica & Kevin, Ian & Cameron and Daniel.  Also survived by his sisters Dorothy Bissell (Jim), Betty Norris (late Carmen), sister-in-law Ann Davies (late Reg), and brother-in-law Frank Mrnik (Susan). Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents William & Lovina Feil, siblings; Fred (Ila), George (Loretta), Vera (Howard) and in-laws Frank & Frances Mrnik. Bill graduated from Queens University, Engineering Chemistry program in 1957. He moved to Sarnia where he began and ended his career working for over 35 years as a Chemist with Shell. Coming from a large family, Bill loved social gatherings, spending time with family and friends singing, playing music and cards. He will be greatly missed.  Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia  on Friday, September 25th  from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the  Canadian Cancer Society, 714 Lite St. Pt. Edward, N7V 1A6, St.Vincent De Paul Society, 106 East St., Sarnia, N7T 7H9 or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3.    Messages of condolence and memories may be left at

A tree will be planted in memory of William Feil in the McKenzie & Blundy Memorial Forest.  Dedication service Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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WATSON, Kenneth of Chesley

Posted by on May 3, 2015

Kenneth Stanger Watson of Chesley, passed away peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in his 92nd year.

Beloved husband of Trudy (Westenberger). Cherished father of Keith Andrew of Thunder Bay. Ken will live on in the memory of his sisters Florence Robertson of Kelowna, B.C. and Heather (Sterling) Shephard of Plymouth, Michigan. He will also be missed by his sister-in-law Irma McSporran of Chesley.

Ken requested that his body be donated to science and his family is respecting that wish.

Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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SCHWARTZ: Alvin of Chesley, formerly of Sullivan Township

Posted by on March 26, 2015

Alvin Schwartz 2Alvin Alexander Schwartz of Chesley, formerly of Sullivan Township, slipped away quietly, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in his 96th year.

Beloved husband of the late Hazel Georgina (Wells, Grein). Loving father of Wayne (Vida) of Waterloo, Katie (Randy) Brooks of Okanagan Centre, B.C., and father-in-law of Bev Gallinger of Chesley. Alvin will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Wanda (Terry) Luke of Ariss, Rob Gallinger of Allan Park, Renee (Andrew) Kent of Hamilton, Mia Brooks (Zev Tiefenbach) of Salmon Arm B.C. and Carly (Shayne) Brandel of Nelson, B.C. Grieving Alvin’s loss will be his nine great-grandchildren, brother Allan (Betty) Schwartz of Chesley as well as his nieces, nephews and their families.

Alvin was predeceased by his daughter Lorraine Gallinger, parents Alexander and Minnie (Sulkye) Schwartz and sisters Lyla Schwartz and Marjorie (Ian) McKinnon.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Alvin’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. Spring interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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KRISTOFIC: Ivan, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 13, 2015

Ivan KristoficKRISTOFIC, Ivan, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, March 13, 2015, in his 83rd year. Husband of Dragica “Draga” (nee Sabol) Kristofic. Father of Elizabeth Kristofic, Susan Quinn (Dave), all of St. Thomas, and the late Veronica Taylor (1980). Grandfather of Michael Taylor (Catherine Moore), Meagan Kristofic (Brent Weber), and Matthew and Cassandra Quinn. Great grandfather of Benjamin Taylor. Brother of Anna Bezecki (Zelko) of Kelowna, BC, late Naco, late Joseph, late Elizabeth, late Steve, and late Jura. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Born in Ivanovec, Yugoslavia, May 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Franjo and Ula (nee Toplek) Kristofic. Ivan was a retired construction supervisor. He was a member of St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, London. Ivan was a former member of the Canadian Horseshoe Association, having won many Ontario Singles and Doubles Tournaments as well as the NHPA World Tournament in 2002. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, March 16th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. (Prayers at 8:00 p.m.). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, 2889 Westminster Dr., London on Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church gratefully acknowledged. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the STEGH, with special thanks to Mary Ellen, Danni, and Amy.

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