BERRY: Arlene of Abbotsford Formerly of Hillsborough

Posted by on February 21, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arlene Berry on January 23, 2018 in Abbotsford, BC. After a lengthy illness, she passed away peacefully with her loving and devoted husband Al by her side.

Arlene (Hunter) Berry was born April 28, 1941 in Alberta, the daughter of the late Theodore (Ted) and Sarah Hunter. She was raised on their family farm near Edwell, Alberta and always loved sharing stories of life on the farm. Arlene always had a smile for everyone and loved a good game and a good laugh. She was very proud of her many years spent working for the Hudson Bay Company at several locations. Over the years, Arlene lived in many places throughout Alberta and BC , but most of all she treasured her memories of time spent at their winter home in Arizona, where she will be missed by many friends. She was also active in the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes in Sun Lakes, AZ, and Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, BC.

Arlene was known for her positive attitude, her independence and her willingness to lend a hand. Arlene loved her Edmonton Oilers and was able to be there for many of their biggest moments in the 80’s, and her fiery passion showed most when her team was playing. Arlene loved music and loved to sing and in her last years it was the music that gave us the ability to connect with her. She maintained a happiness that shone through her entire illness.

She will be deeply missed by her devoted husband of 36 years, Albert (Al) W. Berry who provided such amazing care for her through her final years. She leaves behind a beloved daughter Valerie (Johanson) Lester (Ed) of Red Deer, AB. She loved her five grandchildren dearly and will be missed by Tyler and Sara Lester of Red Deer, AB, as well as Ryan, Jared and William Berry of Hillsborough, NB. She also will be deeply missed by her stepchildren, Kevin Berry (Brenda) of Hillsborough, NB and Kenda Berry (Eric Lavoie) of Saint-Édouard-de-Kent, NB, as well as her sister Loretta (Bunny) Burling (Wayne) of Okotoks, AB, and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Charles (Chuck) Johanson.

There will be no visiting hours or funeral, but celebrations of life will take place with family and friends at later dates. For those who choose to make a memorial in Arlene’s memory, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be greatly appreciated.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff and residents at MSA Manor and several special friends for the care given to Arlene (and to Al). The support and kindness shown was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.

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GRANT: Donna of Sundre Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on January 3, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Donna Grant at the age of 71. Donna will be greatly missed by her husband of 52 years Robert; her children, John (Amaya), Diane and Dennis (Crystal); her grandchildren Natalie (Adam), Shea, Delaney and Lexi; her two great-grandchildren Sophie and Emmett; her sister Diane(Steve) and numerous extended family members and friends. A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held on January 6, 2018 10am.- 4pm. at the Sundre Royal Canadian Legion, 135 6 Street SE, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Donna’s memory to the Sundre Royal
Canadian Legion or your local SPCA

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NYCHOLAT: Margaret Victoria of Sylvan Lake

Posted by on December 30, 2017


Nycholat, Margaret Victoria, (1942-2017, Age 75).
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt on December 24th 2017 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Marge was born at the family farm near Rose Valley, SK on April 24th, 1942. Predeceased by her parents, Jim and Molly Nycholat and brother Doug Nycholat. Marge will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her sister Marie (Leo) Leonard, brother Don (Carol) Nycholat, daughter Bridgette Duniece, grandchildren Trinity and Draeden, son Den (Cindy) Girard and grandchildren Emily and Kamryn, along with many other relatives and friends. A special thank you to the staff at Bethany Sylvan Lake, who helped Marge enjoy daily living and activities over the past 3 years.

All who knew and loved Marge are invited to a Catholic Funeral Mass to be held in her name on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 1:00pm with Pastor Father Les Drewicki at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 5033-47A Avenue, Sylvan Lake, AB.

She brought sunshine and happiness to all who knew her and a small reception with refreshments will follow mass at the church gathering area for family and friends to remember Marge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Marge to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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ESHPETER: (Ray) Raymond of Canberra Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on December 7, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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MOONEY: Robert Allan

Posted by on December 4, 2017





MOONEY, Robert Allan – Sadly announcing the death of Bob Mooney, dear and cherished son of Phyllis Mooney, and sweet and kind brother to Fern Colson. Bob was predeceased by Allison, his wife of 30 yrs., and by his much revered father, Alan Mooney. Besides his mother and sister, Bob leaves behind many nieces and nephews, one uncle, cousins and many friends. Bob has declined over the past few months and has succumbed to symptoms of COPD, on Dec. 2nd, at the age of 74. He loved to spread happiness to others with his kindness, generosity and quick readiness to laugh.  Bob has endeared himself to many people because of these qualities. He loved spending time with his sister and mother on Monday mornings, going out for coffee and listening to fiddle music.

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

If desired, in lieu of flowers, any donation to Belleville Humane Society would be sincerely appreciated.

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

Posted by on December 4, 2017





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

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

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

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DAY: Gwendolyn of Mill Bay

Posted by on August 19, 2017


Gwendolyn Florence Day,(née Gilbert) was born June 7, 1927, in Marbleton, Quebec, to Bertram and Florence Gilbert.Her father,Bertram, was a POW for four years during World War II in Japan.He died in 1946, shortly after returning to Canada.Gwen worked tirelessly throughout her life supporting the Hong Kong Veteran Commerative Association.Gwen described her mother as a ‘noble woman’ raising four children,Gwen, Bruce,Dawn and Beverley, and a stepdaughter,Joan Cook.Thanks to an IODE scholarship, Gwen was one of the first women in her village to attend university,(BIshop’s) specializing in French.She was in high demand in later years as a substitute teacher. She was married to Stockwell Day Sr.for 56 years, raising six children together: Deborah, Stockwell,Nick,Abigail, Rebecca and Matthew.A wide range of successful business and professional pursuits allowed Gwen and Stockwell to experience life in Atlantic Canada,Québec,Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoying wonderful family-centred years owning the Overlander Lodge at Jasper East,near Hinton,Alberta, was there last venture before retiring in British Columbia.Gwen’s passion for volunteering led her to support many nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross,YMCA, her local church and CESO projects in Hungary and Czechoslavkia.
In Her Own Words: ” At the age of 90 I will record a bit of what I did in these past years… Nothing spectacular… My six children from my very happy 56-year-old marriage to Stockwell Day Sr did it all. My first child,Deborah, owned her spectacular Montessori School for over 20 years in West Edmonton. Deborah taught three generations of children,many of whom now bring their children to a Montessori school system. My second child, Stockwell, went into politics and was pretty spectacular with smart, conservative work. He still goes around helping people, being spectacular with his kindness.
My third child, Nicholas, had a very good career and occupations. He is a spectacular care worker and devotes his life to caring of people. My fourth child, Abigail, has lived in England for 30 years. She is a full-time professor at London Univesity. She recently wrote a book which brought attention to the wonderful women who have kept the Anglican Church open around the world. My fifth child, Rebecca,, is head of grammar at Brentwood College School and takes spectacular care of her students, her family, her friends and me. My sixth child,Matthew,has raised four wonderful children and is a very well-known spectacular entertainer in Edmonton. He is a truly unique person. My father,Bertram Gilbert,was a POW in Japan for four years. He died in hospital after returning home in 1946. My mother, Florence, was a noble woman, raising four children on her own, surrounded with her church and the help that goes along with a small community like Marbleton,Québec.We were poor I suppose, but we didn’t know it. Our lives were enriched by attendance at church and by the older people who looked out for us. I was one of the first girls from our village to go to university, thanks to an IODE scholarship. I have always been passionate about volunteering for nonprofit associations.Along with my husband we worked with CESO,supporting families in Hungary and in Czechoslovakia. God has taken care of me for over 90 years.I am thankful for my faith within the Anglican Church.I am looking forward to being with my husband once again along with all the members of my family who have passed before me.My life has been blessed.”
NOTE: A funeral will be held on Tuesday,Aug.22,1pm,at The Anglican Church of St.John the Baptist,3295 Cobble Hill Rd.Cobble Hill,BC. V0R 1L6

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LESOKY: Kenneth Wilfred of Winnipeg Formerly of Stead, MB and Nanaimo, BC

Posted by on July 30, 2017


Born: Feb 05, 1938
Date of Passing: Jul 26, 2017

“Is that you?”

After a long and valiant battle with ill health ­ but mercifully short final skirmish ­ Ken found peace at Victoria Hospital on July 26, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 79.

He is survived by his beloved wife Eileen; their children, Kevin (Colette) and Audra (George); his grandchildren, Garett and Shane who were the love and pride of his life; their mother Kim; siblings, Gerry, Louis and Donna (Brian); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Agnes (nee Deacon); and countless waterfowl, fish and all manner of forest fauna and flora unlucky enough to fall within his sharp sight. Born on February 5, 1938, Ken ­ if he is to be believed ­ was a true Stead ‘bad boy’ who raised foxes, shifted outhouses, lifted moonshine and flipped cars until he tripped up the aisle with Eileen Vincent in 1964. They moved from Pine Falls, MB to Nanaimo, BC in 1966 where Ken worked in a paper mill for 11 years. He also angled to considerably deplete west coast fish stocks, and raise Five Star Whiskey stock prices, on camping weekends with his family and the lifelong friends he made there.

Moving back to Stead, MB in 1977 to take over Lesosky’s General Store, Ken continued to work as a millwright in Pine Falls until his retirement in 2000. A baseball back catcher, hockey goalie, avid sportsman, ceaseless tinkerer, hearty tippler, merciless jokester, Gull Lake Olympian, and casual collector of mostly useless things ­ Ken lived large until a stroke shrank his life in 2010. After seven years of struggle, and several other cruel health blows Ken had enough and took his leave.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Stead, MB with a reception to follow at Stead Community Centre. Fr. James Gray will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ken’s life, but please note that the church is very small and will likely only accommodate family. An attempt will be made to broadcast the service in the churchyard, however, so please bring lawn chairs and bug spray. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ducks Unlimited Canada to support the fowl families of those Ken blasted from the skies.

SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268­3510 or MB Toll Free 1­ 877­776­2220

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Murray: Shirley of Point Edward, Ontario

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia with family by her side on Monday, May 15, 2017, SHIRLEY MAXINE MURRAY, age 81, of Point Edward passed away. Beloved wife of the late William Edward Russell Murray (2009). Dear mother of daughters Cindy (John) Murray of Toronto, Heidi Murray of Point Edward and Yeon – Ja Fulcher of Red Deer, Alberta. Loving grandmother of Karly, Jeremy and Darby. Predeceased by her brother Kenneth Robinson and survived by her special nephew Dale Robinson. Born in Nipawan, Saskatchewan, but Point Edward was her home for over 75 years. The family wishes to thank the Palliative Care Team at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their care and compassion that was shown to our Mom. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment of ashes will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through .

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BAGNELL: Brian Leslie of Eckville, AB

Posted by on January 30, 2017


Brian Leslie Bagnell of Eckville, AB passed away in Rimbey Hospital due to complications from a stroke on January 11, 2017 at the age of 68 years. Brian is survived by his daughter Melissa (Jeremy) Byram, son Ryan (Kathy) Bagnell and grandchildren Chaylyn & Colby Byram and Dylan & Ciara Bagnell. He is also survived by his brothers Gary, Jim, and Doug (Liz), numerous nieces and nephews, and long-time friend Michelle Weir and her son Nathan. Brian was predeceased by his parents Mervin Bagnell in 2011 and Hazel Bagnell in 1997.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at a memorial service to be held at the Eckville Legion in Eckville, AB at 11 o’clock AM on Friday January 27th, 2017.

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COOPER: Tyler James Bruce

Posted by on October 31, 2016

tyler-cooper-photoCooper: Tyler James Bruce
Passed away suddenly at the age of 32 years on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Red Deer, Alberta. Tyler was the proud and loving father of Chandler Bradley and Carter. Beloved son of Brad and Debra Cooper. Brother of Shawn Cooper, Chris (Hollie) Cooper and Adam (Sara) Cooper. Uncle Tyler of Logan Johnny Cooper. Grandson of Ruth Cooper. Predeceased by his grandparents Bruce Cooper, and Mabel and Tom Dearden. Visitation will be held at KITCHING, STEEPE AND LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on DATE from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a Funeral Service will be held on DATE at 11 a.m. Reception will follow at Rockton Fair Hall, 812 Old Hwy. #8, Rockton, ON. Donations for a trust to be set up for Chandler and Carter, care of Debra Cooper, would be appreciated by the family. Please sign the Tribute Wall at

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Strate: Howard of Carstairs

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4Born June 7th, 1962, Howard went home to be with the Lord on Thursday May 5th, 2016. Although his passing was tragic, he lived his life to the fullest. He loved life, he loved his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Laura Strate, his five children, Jonathan, Christopher, Joshua, Alisa, Cameron. His four grandchildren Julia, Lei-Lani, Kayla, and Kayden, his Mother Linda Strate, and his brother Mike Strate. This man had many passions but the passion closest to his heart was photography. He has left a legacy of images for people to have for generations. He will be forever missed but never forgotten.

Celebration of life will be Saturday May 14th, 2016 at 2pm.

Donations can be made to the Friends of Eastern Slopes Association.

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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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HALSEY: Linda Ann of Calgary

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Linda Ann Halsey, devoted mother, sister, and daughter, passed peacefully, Wednesday, March 23rd, at the Foothills hospital in Calgary, Alberta, at the age of 53, with her loving daughter Megan by her side, after a 10 month battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her children, Megan and Alex Ashby, her father Fred Halsey, her sister Christine Belter, and her brother Brian Halsey. She will be dearly missed by family, friends and colleagues.
Linda was born September 11th, 1962 in Edmonton, Alberta, to Arlene and Fred Halsey.
Linda obtained her undergraduate and masters degrees in Science at the University of Alberta, with a specialization in Geology. Her passion, however, led her into a career in Earth Sciences and Botany, where she published over 20 peer reviewed papers that were cited over 1200 times, and contributed to various projects. Most recently, Linda excelled as a principal at Stantec, where she was the lead for terrestrial ecosystems, with an expertise in northern wetlands.
A Celebration of Linda’s life will be held Saturday April 2nd, at 2:30 PM, at the Calgary Crematorium and Funeral Services, 3219 4 St. NW, Calgary, AB.

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Ameen: Parvaiz M of Prince Albert

Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4Passed away unexpectedly in his home town, Haripur, on February 8th, 2016 in his 68th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Mamoona (Khan) for 39 years. Dearly loved father of Farsa Imran of Red Deer, Alberta, Sarah Iqbal (Waqas) of Sialkot, Hafsa Jatt (Talha) of Lahore, and Dilawar Aziz (Anna) of Flin Flon, BC. Dear brother of Aziz of Karachi, Ameen of Red Deer, Alberta and the late Sheena Ifthikar (Hassan). Also survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Parvaiz will be sadly missed, he is an immense loss for family and friends but a priceless gain for heaven.

A private family funeral will be held in Haripur on a later date. A memorial will be held in Red Deer, AB in June 2016.

For those who wish, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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GAUTHIER: Rhejane Juliette of Belleville

Posted by on March 2, 2016

Gauthier, Rhejane Juliette – peacefully at QHC, Belleville General Hospital on Sunday February 28th, 2016 in her 77th year. Cherished Mother of; Catherine Empey of Kingston, Sue (Scott) Guthrie of Red Deer, AB, Howard Graham, Hugh Graham both of Tweed and Lynda Rogers of Belleville. Predeceased by son, Harold Graham. Rhejane will be missed by her eight grandchildren; Mitchell, Alanna, Jennifer, Janlyn, James, Jordan, Rachyl and Austin and also by great grandchildren, Dylan and Maisie. Dear sister of Loraine (Jerry) Struth of Brampton, Sergine Gauthier of Orleans and Manon (Michel) Myre of Hawkesbury. Predeceased by her brother, Jean-Guy Gauthier and her sister, Claudette Gauthier.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273). A Celebration of life will be held at the Steele Family Centre, 20 Moira Street West on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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Posted by on December 29, 2015

images-4Stuart Douglas Macdonald passed away at the age of 58 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on the 1st of December, 2015 due to complications from a spinal injury that had left him paralyzed and on life support.

Born March 24th 1957 in Red Deer. Son of Robert Macdonald (deceased 1992) and Jessie Macdonald (nee Mackay) he is survived by two children Tristina Branconnier of Blackfalds , and Dustin Macdonald of Red Deer. Two step sons: Jay Salive of Calgary and Shawn Blain of Sylvan Lake.

Known as Papa Wheelie, he leaves behind his BELOVED grandchildren Mason, Draeton, Kailey and Leia, as well as many step grandchildren. Sister Myrna Macdonald (Karl) and of Sylvan Lake. Sister Roberta Gullacher (Mitch) of Okotoks. Sister Joan Macdonald (Tyme) of Calgary, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Stuart spent most of his youth growing up in Wetaskiwin, where he played hockey and his summers in Ma-Me-O Beach and developed his love of motorcycles. Stu headed to the oil patch at the age 16 where he worked in nearly every facet of the oil field, including Tool Push.

When he wasn’t “givin ‘er” he could be seen wearing his trademark jean cut offs boating on Sylvan Lake or in his leathers enjoying his Harley.

A service will be held to honor Stuart at Eventide Funeral Home in Red Deer, 4820-45 Street on Friday January 8th at 1pm. Luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Stuart’s memory to the Potters Hands Ministries, Red Deer (Box 27093, Red Deer, AB, T4N 6X8).

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PEARCE, Matthew of Prince George formerly of London

Posted by on November 19, 2015

2012 Visitor in our backyard Ailsa CraigPearce, Matthew William

It is with heavy hearts the family of Matthew Pearce announce his passing on November 12th, 2015 in Prince George, B.C. Survived by his loving parents Robert and Janice Pearce of Ailsa Craig and  beloved sister Caitlin (Keith) Lacy of Brooklin, Ontario. Special Uncle of Connor Lacy. Matthew will be sadly missed by his Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Matt was a brave warrior who faced many challenges, but he had a caring soul which touched the lives of, and made profound impacts on, the many people he met. He was often more willing to help others than deal with his own issues. He was an old soul at a young age, and he lived an active and eventful life. He frequently found solace by wandering alone in the wilderness. Matthew’s spirit now soars with the hawks.Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27th, 2015 from 6-9p.m at Denning’s of Ailsa Craig. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 11a.m at the Grace Anglican Church, Ilderton, lunch to follow the service. Cremation has occurred. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


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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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JOHNSON: John S. of Chesley

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Cover PictureJohn Sharman Johnson of Chesley, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in his 71st year.

Loving companion and friend to Joan Gibbons. John will be sadly missed by his sons Doug (Connie) of Sturgeon County, Rob (Brenda) of Marietta, Ohio and Dave (Jen) of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Mark, Alyssa, Tori, Amber, Aaron, David, Andrew, Cody, Sandy, Tara, Brad Dan, Philip and Laura as well as seven great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his Aunt Phyllis Derwin of Toronto. John was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Marjorie (Sharman) Johnson.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at Rhody Family Funeral Home in Chesley on Sunday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating John’s life will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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LAIDLAW, Marie of Listowel

Posted by on September 26, 2015

Laidlaw, MarieMarie Laidlaw – of Listowel, passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London on Friday September 25, 2015 at the age of 55. Marie was a former leader and Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada. She enjoyed playing many kinds of scratch tickets.
Beloved wife of Rick Thompson. Loving mother of Anne Laidlaw and Shawn Lawson, Gail Laidlaw and Justin Masson, Jamie and Amanda Laidlaw. Blessed grandma of Emma, Lily, Oliver, Hunter, Carley, Hannah, Brennen, Kaylie, Parker, Shaymus. Missed by her step children Ryan, Shawn and Laura, and step grandchildren Pheonix, Zack and Brooklyn. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Wayne and Karen Rea, Jean and Marty Ambedian and Louise Rea. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and the Thompson and Laidlaw families.
Predeceased by her parents Oliver and Doreen (Hiusser) Rea, brothers Gerry in infancy and Ken, step daughter Shannon and step daughter-in-law Heidi.
Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Monday September 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Marie’s life will be held on Tuesday September 29 , 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to a charity of one’s choice appreciated by the family.

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CORRY, John Samuel (Jack) of RR1 Atwood

Posted by on June 14, 2015

Corry, JackJohn Samuel (Jack) Corry – of RR1 Atwood, passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Thursday June 11, 2015 at the age of 89. Jack was a member and Elder Emeritus of Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel. During his dairy farming years, Jack was active with the Milk Marketing Board and the Cheese Board. He enjoyed reading and was a fan of all types of sports.
Beloved husband of Donalda (Jackson) Corry whom he married in 1957. Loving father of David and Tanya Corry of Red Deer, Alberta, Mary Corry and Jim Moisse of Kitchener, James Corry of RR1 Atwood and Robert Corry of Wallace Township. Special Granddad of Jackson and Samuel. Dear brother of Charlie and Ethel Corry of Listowel and brother-in-law of Graham Jackson and Laurie Yungblut of Listowel. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents James and Claribel (Webster) Corry, his sister Margaret and her husband Ken Arnott and sister-in-law Thelma Jackson.
Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Sunday June 14 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel on Monday June 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don McCallum officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Presbyterian World Service and Development, Camp Kintail or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation appreciated.

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JOLY; Denis of Petrolia and formerly of Fort Saskatchewan and St. Paul, Alberta

Posted by on April 19, 2015

JolyDenisPassed away at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, on Sunday, April 19, 2105, at the age of 73. He is survived by his loving wife Darlene, sons Brian (Yvonne) of Prince George, British Columbia, Steven and Greg of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and daughter Denise O’Neill (Sean) of St. John’s, Newfoundland; step-daughters Candice Racher of Brigden, Ontario, Catrina Clouatre of Edmonton, Alberta; grandchildren, Dawson and Jaylynne; and step-grandchildren, Rachel and Chris.  Denis is survived by his brothers, Lionel of Quebec City, Val (Eva) of St. Paul, Alberta, Lou (Rolande) of Vernon, British Columbia, Hector (Linda) of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Pat of Red Deer, Alberta, and by his sisters Viviane Spendiff of Red Deer, Alberta, Evelyn Foster (Charlie) of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Louise Warholik (John) of St. Paul, Alberta, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.  Denis was predeceased by his parents Leo Paul and Isabelle Joly, his sister Lucille Adams, and by his sons, Ken and Barry.  As requested by Denis, there will be no funeral.  Denis’s ashes will be buried in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to a charity of your choice and can be arranged by calling the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia, Ontario (519) 882-0100.  Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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POTTER, Jim of Wyoming

Posted by on February 21, 2015

Potter; JamesPassed away peacefully on Friday, February 20, 2105 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. JIM POTTER, of Wyoming, was in his 83rd year. Jim is predeceased by his wife Doreen (2004) (nee Asling) and his son Rob Potter (2010). He was a loving father and will be missed by his daughter Deb and her husband Gerald Vasselin of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, his daughter-in-law Nancy Potter Knight and her husband Fred of Chatham. Jim was a proud grandfather to Christopher and Jennifer Potter, Elizabeth and David Birnie, Casey and Melissa Vasselin, Tyler Vasselin, and Julie Vasselin. He thought the world of his great grandchildren Hailey, Madison, Katelynn, Aiden, and Parker . Jim is also survived by his brother John and Olive Potter, his sister Doris Harvey, and his sister-in-law Betty Ann and Eric Mollard. He was a special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents Charles and Esther Potter and his sisters Berneice Potter and Leona Gooding. Jim worked 40 years for Ontario Hydro. He was member of St. John’s Anglican Church, Wyoming. He was a Past Master of Lebanon Forest Lodge no. 133 achieving 32 ° in 1969, and was a member of Mocha Shrine Temple since 1976. Visitors will be received on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel, Broadway St., Wyoming where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 1t 11:30 am. Interment will be in Parkhill Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the St. Joseph’s Hospice(, St. John’s Anglican Church, or the Shriners Hospital( Memories and condolence may be shared online at

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Harries, Marion Louise of Iona Station

Posted by on February 2, 2015


At the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday February 1 2015. Marion Louise [Baker] Harries of R.R. 4 Iona Station in her 86th year. Beloved wife of 63 years of Murray Harries. Dear mother of Wayne [Deborah] Harries of Iona Station, Duane Harries, Beth Mullis both of Penhold Alberta. Cherished grandmother of Joseph [fiancée Stephanie Baxter], Sarah [ Kyle Kolkman], Cherilynn [Shane Payzant], Nichole. Sister and Sister-in-Law of the late Ron and Joyce Baker of Aylmer, the late Gord and Shirley Baker of St. Thomas Robert Baker of St. Thomas, Keith and Betty Baker of Dutton, the late Myrtle and Keith Woolley, Jean and the late Dewart Siple of Powassan. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Morley and Maude [Smith] Baker. Friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St. Dutton 519-762-2416 Wednesday 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 where the complete funeral service will be held on Thursday February 5 2015 at 11 A.M. Cremation with interment of ashes in Aylmer Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the Caring Cupboard St. Thomas or the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital would be appreciated. Adah Chapter #276 and Golden Acres Chapter # 305 O.E.S. will hold a memorial service on Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Email condolences

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