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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 5, 2016.

Ada Van Egmond

1929 – 2016

Mrs. Ada Van Egmond of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Reel Van Egmond, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the age of 87 years. Ada was born in Holland and as a young bride, she immigrated to Canada with her husband Reel in 1953. She had a great compassion and a loving heart, which she shared with her family and friends, as well as the people she cared for in her nursing career. She loved animals, and owned cats and dogs throughout her life. She even nursed a bird back to health one summer. Although she lived in a near silent world in her later years, her strength shone through her actions, words and sense of humour. Ada had a strong faith in the Lord, and enjoyed puzzling, reading and playing games with family and friends. She was a special Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and friend. She will be forever missed. She is survived by her three daughters Brenda (Gordon) Miller, Helen (Frank) Van Nistelrooy, Marion (Gary) Rupps; one son Brian (Lynn) Van Egmond; ten grandchildren Lana Miller, Tilly (Jeff) Quick, Jonathan Miller, Charity (Mike) Fleischhauer, Jenny Van Nistelrooy, Nikki (Herb) Arnott, Shawn (Michelle) Van Nistelrooy, Casey (Kim) Rupps, Courtney Rupps, Jason (Leah) Butz; fourteen great-grandchildren Jayden, Brody, Hadlee & Parker, Ainsley & Zoey, Jessa, Barret & Brance, Taylor & Jayden, Olivia, Emily & Brooklyn, Madie, Morgan, Harper and Sullivan, as well as family in Holland. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 10 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7

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Aubrey Borley

1937 – 2016

Mr. Wilfred “Aubrey” Borley of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the age of 79 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge AB. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the MAGRATH CEMETERY.

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Bert Baker

1939 – 2016

Mr. Bert Edward Denholm Baker of Lethbridge, formerly of Edmonton, beloved husband of Mrs. Heidi Baker, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the age of 77 years. A Celebration of Bert’s Life will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at THE COAST HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE, 526 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3M2.

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Dermy Copeland

1934 – 2016

Mr. Dermy Copeland of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, December 02, 2016 at St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre at the age of 82 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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KEN DAHL, beloved husband of Helene Dahl, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Fort Macleod Extendicare, on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

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Logan Tait

1934 – 2016

Mr. Logan Tait passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the age of 82 years. Logan was born in Vancouver on November 21, 1934. He graduated from Kitsilano high school in 1952 and married Janet Warcup in 1954. Logan earned a bachelor of commerce degree from UBC, and went on to pursue his chartered accountant designation with distinction in 1960. Logan’s love of sports brought him to Lethbridge in 1960. He played basketball for the Lethbridge Broders and Lethbridge Nationals for three years. He won 14 Canadian championships as a player in soccer, basketball, and racquetball in addition to numerous Provincial titles. He represented Canada at five international basketball competitions including the Pan Am and World Games. In addition to being a player, Logan coached basketball at both the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Some of his career highlights included beating Russia at the World Games in Chile in 1959, finishing second to the US at the World Games in Manilla in 1963 and being honoured by having his picture on the cover of the Canadian Basketball Rule Book. He was always proud to wear his Team Canada uniform every Canada Day and still fit into it!! The passion and competitiveness Logan displayed as an athlete also served him very well in his professional career. He contributed to many successful business endeavours. He was an owner/operator of Schwartz Agencies from 1972-1981 and held numerous directorships and presidencies; serving as director of four different ATCO group companies and director of the Alberta Real Estate Insurance Exchange. He was president of Tait Management Services Ltd.; the Lethbridge and District Chartered Accountants Association; the Lethbridge, Alberta and Canada Real Estate Associations; and the International Real Estate Federation. Logan’s true business passion was his life-long commitment to serving the Hutterian Brethren, which he did with unparalleled effort and commitment from 1960 until his passing. He helped develop the rules of taxation that apply to Hutterite Colonies in Canada and constantly represented the Hutterite Community in business with a goal of fair and equal treatment. He was a tireless advocate and developed a reputation as a trusted friend and advisor to Hutterites across the country. Logan and his family merged his accounting practice with MNP in 1999 and he leaves a passion for excellence and servitude to the Hutterian Brethren as a legacy to the firm and its team members. Logan was an active supporter of our community. He and his wife Jan were the first honourary chair couple of The U of L Festival of Art and Song. Logan was a former member of the Faculty of Management’s advisory council, and The U of L capital development campaign. In addition to supporting the U of L, he contributed to Lethbridge College as a member of their board of governors and their president’s advisory committee. Logan was also the president of the Henderson Lake Golf Club, the Chinook Club, the 1981 Alberta Summer Games, and former treasurer of the YMCA. Logan received many distinguished awards and honours. In 1986, he was awarded a Fellow of Chartered Accountants. In 1990, he was honoured as Canada’s Distinguished Realtor of the Year and in 1992 he received the Canada Commemorative Medal–125th Anniversary of Confederation in recognition of his significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada. Logan is an honourary life member of the Lethbridge and Canadian Real Estate Associations, and is recognized in the Lethbridge and Alberta Sport Halls of Fame. Logan was predeceased by his wife of 41 years Janet Tait, in 1995 and his second wife, Jo, in 2002; his parents Dr. Robert and Winnie Miller-Tait; two sisters Margaret and Winnie; and two brothers Bill and Bob. Logan will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by his partner of the past 13 years, Barbara Devine; his children and his grandchildren. He is survived by his two sons Bruce Tait (Donna) and Gord Tait (Michelle); and his daughter Jennifer Spriddle (Dean); along with his seven grandchildren Kelleen, Greg (Kassandra), Danielle (Jared), Dylan (Kendra), and Kevin Tait, and Devon and Lachlan Spriddle; and one brother Malcolm (Myrna) Tait of Scarborough Ontario; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Logan was kind and he possessed a witty sense of humour. He was a good friend to many and he exemplified true sportsmanship. Logan often summed up his attitude with a 10 word, 20 letter saying… “If it is to be, it is up to me.” A Celebration of Logan’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011-4 Ave., S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend James Grunden, officiating. A Private Family inurnment will be held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta (Suite 225, 200 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge AB T1J 4C9) or to KidSport (1001 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge AB T1J 0J3)

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A 30-year resident of Lethbridge, Michel died suddenly at his home on November 26, 2016. His loss will be mourned by all who knew him. A celebration of Michel’s life will be held in Lethbridge next spring.

James Roy Maxwell

1946 – 2016

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jim Maxwell, who died peacefully surrounded by his family on November 17th, at the age of 70 years. A viewing will be held in Lethbridge, Alberta between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL (610 – 4 Street, South, Lethbridge) A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY (1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge).

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It is with heavy hearts that the children of James (Jim) Wallace Mitchell announce his passing. He passed away peacefully in his home at Vista Village in Pincher Creek on Wednesday November 30th. He had family at his bedside and a picture of his sweetheart Lyla with him on the bed.

Jim was born on May 22, 1931 in Christie Mines south of Pincher Creek. He lost his father at a very young age and moved to Claresholm where his mom found work with the telephone company. He excelled at school, but had to quit part way through high school to go to work.

Jim met Lyla at a dance in Waterton one fateful night. They became sweethearts, then newlyweds and were inseparable for 63 years until he passed away just four months ago.

They moved around a little but settled in Pincher Creek where they raised their 6 children and lived the balance of their lives.

Jim was known for his mischievous sense of humour and his love of reading, especially the news and historical nonfiction. He was well known as an amateur historian, in particular with regards to the history of the Pincher Creek area. In retirement, he shared this with the community as a volunteer at the local museum. He was very proud to be a member of the Oddfellows Lodge, especially of the charitable and civic minded activities and causes they engaged in and supported. Hockey was a passion of his as a player, coach, manager, Zamboni driver, hockey dad, and Gordie Howe fan.

Jim was predeceased by his father Charles and mother Margaret (Peggy) and his stepfather William Currie. He is survived by his brothers Lawrence and William and sisters Gail and Mary, children Ken, Chuck (Monica), Frances [formerly Lorraine] (Dieuwertje), Carol (Hugh), Brent and Ian (Katy). She is also survived by grandchildren Kate (Chad), Tess (Ross), Sadie, Thomas, Tina (Chris), Rachelle (Steve), Shaen (Eric), and great grandchildren Jordan, Jace, and Megan.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at The Pincher Creek United Church, 972 Police Avenue, Pincher Creek, AB with Judith Walker Officiting.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 402, 740 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 426 6th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2C9.

Once again, the Mitchell family would like to extend our most deeply felt gratitude possible to all the staff of Vista Village. The loving care they provided Mom and Dad in their last years and the lengths they went to in allowing them to share the same room until the very end will never be forgotten by our family. Thank you so much.

Dorothy Napper

1936 – 2016

With heavy hearts, we sadly said goodbye to our loving mom, Dorothy Grace Napper, on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 2216 – 21a Ave, Coaldale, AB T1M 1H6, with Bishop Mark Sauer, officiating.

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OUGHTRED John Russell

Russell died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Vancouver on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the age of 69 years. Russell is survived by his loving wife, Elisabeth (Betty Sommerville), his mother Runa, his brother Clifford and wife Margot, his nephew Ryan, and other extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Aulay.

Born in Moncton, Russell was raised in West Vancouver, attended West Van High and obtained his degree in philosophy at Bishop’s University in Quebec. But his real interest was always journalism and he began his career in the 70s at the Medicine Hat News. He moved to the Lethbridge Herald, and then to television news at CTV in Lethbridge and Calgary. In the late eighties he was hired by CBC TV News in Calgary where he continued his own unique style of storytelling with his deep and distinctive voice. A natural journalist, he delighted in telling the story of his first job with the Medicine Hat News. The editor asked Russell during his interview if he had been to journalism school. When he answered no, it turned out to be the right answer since his new boss wanted nothing to do with a graduate with any preconceived ideas.

CBC News closed its station in Calgary in the late 90s. He returned to Vancouver, where his heart always belonged and took on his final news position with Shaw TV’s community news. Russell met Betty soon after he arrived in Vancouver. They married on February 14th and were blessed with 19 devoted and happy years together. He spent his later years volunteering for the Crane Resource Centre at UBC, where he voice recorded textbooks and educational materials for blind students.

Russell was a kind and gentle man. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. At his request, he will be cremated and there will be no special service.


GERALDINE GENEVIEVE PARFITT, beloved daughter of the late Maurice & Mary Helene, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, on Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

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Gilbert Provost, beloved husband of the Late Viola Provost passed away on November 29, 2016 at the age of 72 Years.

A family service will be held at 5:00 P.M. on December 4, 2016 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod, AB followed by a wake service at 7:00 P.M. at Gilbert’s Residence.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on December 6, 2016 at the Piikani Community Hall with Reverend Roy Jayamaha Officiating. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Feast to follow at the Community Hall.

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