January 23rd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 11, 2018.

Cindy Lee Conine

1961 – 2018

Mrs. Cindy Lee Conine of Coaldale, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 56 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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JULY 1ST, 1942- JULY 3RD, 2018

Ken’s family announces with great sadness his death on July 3rd at the Andy Moog Hospice Center in Penticton, B.C.

Ken was born in Fort Macleod to parents John and Eva Davis.

Ken is survived by wife Sandra of 53 years, son Wayne of Toronto and daughter Bonnie of Vancouver. Also survived by sister Kay Legrandeur and brother John (Barbara). Nephews Dan, Cary, Cam Legrandeur and Tim, Mike, Luke Davis and their families. Uncle Ken was loved by his nephews. He made them laugh and they all have happy memories.

At a young age Ken left home to make his way in the world. He began his work life as a salesman for a magazine publishing company, a job that would take him across Canada, to the British Isles and eventually to South Africa. He was a natural born salesman and could sell ice to an Eskimo!

Starting in sales he eventually had his own crew; recruiting and managing sales people.

It was in Durban South Africa where he met Sandy on a blind date, they fell in love and married. They had 2 children shortly after, Wayne and Bonnie, who were born In Johannesburg. After 25 years and political unrest during Apartheid, he and Sandra decided Canada was a better opportunity for the family. They packed up kids, their possessions, their cat, and boarded a Greek freighter ship in Pretoria which took them a month to get to New York, then a train to Shelby Montana, Grandpa John picked them up and took them to Alberta.

From there Ken and Sandy drove to the Okanagan looking for a house. On their way to Kelowna, they happened upon a quaint small town named Peachland, saw a for sale sign and stopped. They bought the house right beside a creek close to the lake, and started a new life, where they have lived in the same house since 1977.

Ken’s philosophy was hard work made one successful! He was an avid entrepreneur and started several businesses. He was successful in the insulation business and the underground garden irrigation business. He was his own marketing manager as well as hands on doing the work. He owned an apartment building in Penticton for the last number of years which kept him busy with repairs and maintenance, and plenty of drama!

In retirement his passion was golf, he loved to play poker, and was a darn good snooker player.

He was a wonderful, caring, kind man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Peachland at the Legion on July 15th from 1-5pm. Please bring stories, photos and poems of inspiration.

George Forchuk
1921 – 2018
George Forchuk formerly of Vauxhall, beloved husband of the late Jeanette Forchuk, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the age of 97 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the funeral home prior to the funeral service between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. The Burial Service will follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery at 2:30 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
George is survived by his children Sharon (Jim) Jones of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Sheila (Curtis) Miller of Lethbridge, Susan (Dave) Duell of Regina, Saskatchewan, Morris (Cheryl) Forchuk of Delta, British Columbia and Shirley (Scott) Milliken of Cranbrook, British Columbia as well as thirteen grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law Phyllis Anderson, Eileen Forchuk and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Jeanette Forchuk, his parents George and Helen Forchuk and two brothers, three sisters and numerous in-laws.
George was born in Lethbridge on April 4, 1921. He attended school in Hardieville, Retlaw and Turin. George spent his youth helping his father farm their land. In 1937, they bought a farm by the Bow River and moved into the Vauxhall area.
In 1945 George met Jeanette at a dance and a romance followed. They were married on July 18, 1946. In 1950 when his parents moved to Lethbridge, George and Jeanette moved to the home place where they raised their five children.
George was always interested in fishing and hunting and at one time was a hunting guide. He began raising German Shorthaired Pointers and Bow Valley Kennels was formed. He sold dogs all over Canada and into the States. He enjoyed curling and golfing and was a champion trap shooter. He was also an avid hockey fan. In his later years he looked forward to coffee row every day and a game of crib.
In 1976 George and Jeanette moved into Vauxhall and George continued to farm until his retirement in 1980. They did some travelling and enjoyed going on cruises. A few years after Jeanette passed away, George’s health started to decline and he sold his house and moved to the Clearview Lodge in Taber. In 2011 he moved to the Legacy Lodge in Lethbridge where he resided until his passing.
George was a hard worker, a loving family man and a dedicated community supporter. It was his quiet nature, his incredible sense of humour and his cheerful attitude that we will always remember.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ina Harding

1931 – 2018

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6

Ina Theresa Harding passed away on July 4, 2018 at the age of 87.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Ina’s name may be made to Operation Eyesight Universal, 4 Parkdale Crescent, NW #200, Calgary, Alberta T2N 3T8.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614-5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Stephen Reynolds, officiating. Cremation will be entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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ELSIE OPAL McGRATH, of Lethbridge, AB, beloved wife of the late William J. McGrath, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 83 years.

In celebration of Elsie’s life, a Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. A Reception will follow at the HENDERSON LAKE GOLF CLUB, 2727 South Parkside Drive, Lethbridge, AB, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Please feel free to wear casual or golf attire in memory of Elsie.

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DALBERT CHARLES MILLS (Kiyo’ Ina’Po – Bear Goes East), passed away surrounded by family at St. Michael’s Health Center – Palliative Care Unit on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the age of 69 years.

Dalbert’s memory will continue to live on in his siblings: Teresa (Erwin) Mills, Randy (Doreen) Mills, Ivory (Donna) Mills, Edward Mills and Evelyn (Andrew) Wells. Delbert is also survived by his special nephews: Jade (Sloan) Mills and Bailey Mills.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. A Wake will follow at the same location from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. with Joe Eagle Tail Feathers officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 604 13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Lukas Drapal, Celebrant.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Allan Park

1949 – 2018

Allan Lee Park of Fort Macleod, Alberta, beloved husband of Catherine Park passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the age of 68 years young.

Allan was born on October 9, 1949 to Benson and Hazel Park in the log house on their family farm west of Dungannon, Ontario. He attended school in Dungannon and after finishing school, he worked on the farm with his dad and with other area farmers. On October 10, 1965, the day after his 16th birthday, his brother Larry drove him and three of his friends to the train station in nearby Stratford, Ontario and the four boys headed West.

Allan immediately fell in love with Southern Alberta and was proud to call it home. Although he never forgot his family history and where he came from, he embraced his life and the history that preceded him here. Allan met the O’Sullivan family upon his arrival to the Fort Macleod area. He was welcomed as a family member and learned the art of concrete which became his craft.

In 1971 Allan married Cathy Buzunis. Together they raised two daughters, Angela and Leanne and later two grandsons, Nicholas and Eric who were the absolute light of his life.

Allan was a sports fanatic, a lover of every sport, especially hockey, baseball and boxing. He had an affinity for Muhammad Ali, the Montreal Canadiens and was known to be a “walking encyclopedia” for virtually any sport.

In life and in sport Allan believed in equal opportunity for all. He derived great pleasure from watching kids enjoy themselves and made a point of ensuring that everyone got to have FUN.

Allan was predeceased by his parents, Benson & Hazel Park (1983 & 2005), brother Kenneth Park (2001), sister Beverly Park (1954), nephew Kurtis Reynolds (2010).

He is survived by his wife Cathy of Fort Macleod; daughters Angela of Calgary and Leanne of Fort Macleod; grandsons Nicholas and Eric (Edmonton area); siblings Eleanor (David) Compton of Lucan Ontario, Marilyn Bradley of Burlington, Ontario, Larry (Melba) Park of Lucknow, Ontario, Diane Burt of London, Ontario, Colleen Naylor of Sarnia, Ontario, Doug Park of Toronto, Ontario, Janice Brindley of Goderich, Ontario; as well as numerous extended family members.

A Celebration of Allan’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the FORT MACLEOD AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY HALL, 301 – 25 Street, Fort Macleod, Alberta. Interment will be held prior at 1:00pm in the Fort Macleod Cemetery, with the Right Reverend Sidney Black, officiating.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Allan’s name may be made to Kidsport, 1001 – 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0J3.

Please feel free to meet at the cemetery gates at 12:45pm on Thursday to walk along side Allan as he is laid to rest.

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SIMPSON, Maurice Francis

December 28, 1938 – Lethbridge, Alberta to June 29, 2018 – Lethbridge, Alberta

Dr. Maurice Simpson (Maurie) loving husband of Marlene, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the age of 79 years.

Besides his loving wife, Marlene, Maurie is survived by his children, Sean (Terri) Simpson, Kevin (Eunhee) Simpson, Brian (Sanja) Simpson and Shannon (Dwight) Watts, grandchildren, Brendan, Monica, Amy, Jonathan, Thane and Ariana, and a loving niece and 5 nephews. He is also survived by two step-children, Kerri (Joel) Weaver and Craig Praskach (Renee Johnson), four step-grandchildren, Devon, Jordan, Ethan and Bowen, and friend, Maureen Troman.

Maurie was predeceased by his parents, James and Kathleen Simpson and brothers, David, Kevin and Brian.

Maurie was born and raised in Lethbridge. He began his career in medicine at a young age as the delivery boy for Kitson Pharmacy. He made deliveries on his bike throughout the City of Lethbridge. That experience and his interest in chemistry led him to school where he pursued a degree in Pharmacy, graduating in 1960. He was a pharmacist for several years and then decided it was time to go back to school to pursue his Doctor of Medicine. He graduated in 1967 from the University of Alberta and then earned his General Practice Internship in 1968 from the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, AB. He began private practice in 1968 providing years of competent and compassionate care to his patients. He retired from private practice in 1997. In addition to his role as Family Physician, he was an Emergency Physician and Physician Surgical Assistant. He found great enjoyment assisting his fellow physicians in the operating room. He was a Regional Health Authority Medical Director, founding Medical Director for the student health services at the Lethbridge Community College, and was the first Medical Director for the Lethbridge Fire Department. He was recognized for his contribution in editing and compiling the initial Provincial Medical Control Guidelines for the EMS. Throughout his career, he held various appointments and positions with the Alberta Medical Association and devoted countless hours to Alberta Transportation Safety in the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch. He was very much involved in administration with the Continuing Care program in Lethbridge and surrounding area.

He had a keen interest in sports and was the team physician for the Lethbridge Broncos, the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Lethbridge Pioneer Baseball League entries, the Lethbridge Expos and Lethbridge Dodgers. He was also a physician to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Athletic Program. In addition, he accompanied a Canadian Junior Hockey team as the team physician in Europe.

Maurie was dedicated to the health care profession and constantly educated himself. He was always involved in one committee or another aimed at bettering the profession to which he contributed a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. He most recently held a position on the Criminal Injuries Review Board. He was proud to be involved in the practice of Primary Care in his community and throughout the province.

Later in life, Maurie put his hand to writing and is the author of two published books. His third book is complete and is awaiting publication.

Maurie was not one to sit around. He played hockey with the Lethbridge Bone Crushers, hiked the West Coast Trail and also enjoyed camping and making wine. He was always busy and willing to lend a helping hand. He loved to help friends and family with carpentry renovations, work in his garage, work on his next novel, listen to music and play his guitars and the piano, and meet the guys for coffee.

Maurie loved his family. We will miss him dearly. His wisdom and wit will live in our hearts forever.

The family would like to thank all the staff on floor 4C at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Maurie’s Life will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:30 at Paradise Canyon, 185 Canyon Blvd., Lethbridge, AB T1K 6V1.

Dalton Stafford

1948 – 2018

Mr. Dalton Stafford of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Shirley Stafford, passed away at the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 69 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the COAST HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., with Mr. Michael Moulson, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Sharon Joyce Vander Woude

1953 – 2018

On Sunday, July 8, 2018 “Auntie” Sharon went home peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior.

Sharon was born May 8, 1953 and lived all her life in the Nobleford area. A true farm girl at heart, she was the only daughter of John and Alice Vander Woude.

Despite having many health challenges, Sharon lived life to the fullest without complaint or hesitation. Auntie loved her family and found joy in photography, music, nature and walks. She was always ready for a good debate and was passionate about her Calgary Flames (which is debatable).

She dearly loved her Lord and lived every day in the calm assurance of His saving grace.

Sharon is survived by her brothers Rob (Linda) of Ponoka and Lauren (Sheila) of Lethbridge; her much loved nieces and nephews Dustin (Amber), Jordan (Chelsea) of Lethbridge, Mackenzie (Josh) Swaok of Littleton, Colorado and Amy (Josh) Martin of St. Albert; and great nieces and nephews Dominic, Madison, Draven, Elliot, Mahlon, Finley, Anabelle and Austin.

She was predeceased by parents John and Alice.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at NOBLEFORD- MONARCH CEMETERY.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Ave., Nobleford, AB., with Pastor Daniel Zapula, officiating.

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