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THURSDAY, October 8, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 8, 2020.

Buxton, Carol Anne

March 22, 1930 – October 3, 2020

Anne was born in 1930 and spent her youth in the Gleichen, Alberta area. She began school in a one-room schoolhouse (Shamrock), attended high school in Cluny, and then SAIT in Calgary.

From a very young age, Anne could usually be found in the presence of horses — at age four, unbeknownst to her family, she rode alone and bareback on “Colty” with a makeshift binder twine halter, to visit her aunt three miles away (where she was then promptly sent home!)

Anne met the love of her life, Ken, while they were both vying to purchase the same horse (Graydon Power). They decided to get married and share the horse, thus starting their lifelong career of training and racing Thoroughbreds. To make ends meet, Anne raced their horses in bush races. WWII created a shortage of jockeys who were needed overseas, which opened the door for Anne to become Alberta’s first licensed female jockey on the “A” Circuit (Thoroughbreds only). Anne ultimately won the Millarville Jubilee Plate at Millarville in 1955. In her “spare” time, Anne pursued her artistic talents by writing, oil painting and creating bronze sculptures.

Anne is survived by her sister Betsy of Arrowwood, daughter-in-law Vicky, grandsons Graydon and Darby of Saskatoon, and granddaughter Jeannine of North Dakota, as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Ken and son Jody, her brothers Jack, Kenny and Bunny, and her sister Lucille.

A graveside service will be held at the Nanton Cemetery in Nanton, Alberta on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Masks and social distancing must be observed. Due to Covid restrictions, a lunch reception will occur at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations in Anne’s honour may be made to “Keep On Keepin’ On Memorial Race”. For details contact Marsha Willard, P.O. Box 129, Milo, AB, T0L 1L0, ph: 403-850-6531 (charitable receipts not available).

To watch the graveside service, send condolences and view Anne’s Tribute Page please visit . Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Albert “Al” Daniel Laplante

1938 – 2020

Albert (Al) Daniel Laplante of Lethbridge, Alberta died on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the age of 82. Al passed away peacefully with his sons and daughter by his side after one week in hospital following a severe stroke.

One of eight children, Al was born in Vimy, Alberta on October 1, 1938 to parents Emile and Therese Laplante.

Al is survived by his four children Dan (Karen), Carmen, Dave (Dusty) and Al Laplante; grandchildren Cadence, Claire and Sam, Brett, Luc, Jamin, Jesse and Rylan Laplante; sisters Alice Ranks and Rita Frost and brother Joseph Laplante. All held him in the highest regard and loved him dearly.

Al is also survived by his first wife Patricia Laplante of Calgary; dear friend Annabelle Herle of Lethbridge and predeceased by his second wife Pat Laplante of Lethbridge.

Al earned an undergraduate and a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta’s Civil Engineering program. His career included both private and public sector work, culminating in the position of founding Chairman of the Civil Engineering Technology program at Lethbridge Community College. Upon retirement he established the Al Laplante Scholarship for Civil Engineering Technology Students which has benefitted many students to date.

A skilled and passionate hockey player, Al had an illustrious career on the ice as well. He was a top scoring player for the U of A Golden Bears, the Edmonton Oil Kings, and the Lacombe Rockets. He played against the Russians in a European tour with the Rockets and turned down an offer to join to the Detroit Red Wings organization in favour of returning to university to complete his Master’s degree.

If asked, Al would say his greatest accomplishments were not his engineering career or his hockey legacy but being a father and grandfather. He always showed keen interest and pride in all his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments and never tired of bragging about them.

In retirement Al was an active and proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council #5726 and he enjoyed golf, playing competitive bridge, and travelling to warmer climes to get out of Canadian winters.

The world has lost an ever optimistic, cheerful, generous spirit.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held for Al at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, with Father Kevin Tumback, officiating. Al’s family invite you to please watch the service via livestream at the Martin Brothers website under Al’s obituary. Inurnment will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery.

The family would like to suggest that anyone wishing to honor our Father’s lifelong commitment to family and community consider donating to the Al Laplante Scholarship for Civil Engineering at Lethbridge College. Please send donations to the Development Office, Lethbridge College, 3000 College Drive S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 1L6 or on-line at

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MARIE LILLIAN MACLEAN, beloved wife of the late William Donald “Don” Maclean, passed away peacefully at home, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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BENEDICT FRANKLIN SCOUT passed away on October 3rd, 2020 in Cardston, AB at the age of 66 years. A wake service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, October 9th, 2020 from 3:00-8:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Saturday, October 10th at 11:00 am. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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HARM “HARRY” K. WEISTRA, beloved partner of Linda Couchman of Barons, passed away at the Claresholm Health Centre, on August 27, 2020 at the age of 66 years.

Besides his loving partner Linda, Harry is survived by his children James (Angelica) Zucchiatti of Barons and Megan Weistra of Fort Saskatchewan, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was also survived by his siblings: Ed (Vilma) Weistra, Cory (Jessie) Kurtz and Rob (Cindi) Weistra.

Harry was a mechanic and fisherman extrordinaire.

Relatives and friends are invited to the meet with the family at ELINOR CEMETERY (travel 5 kms north of Barons on hwy 23, then turn west on hwy 520 for 8 kms. Turn north on RR 24-4 for 0.8 kms) on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Harold Cooper officiating.

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