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SATURDAY, June 19, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 19, 2021.


Thomas John Connolly born on September 19, 1929, passed away on April 6, 2021 at Lethbridge, Alberta.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Alma Connolly, his son Phillip and his brothers Frank, Larry, Grant and Gary.

He is survived by his wife, Janet and his daughter, Claudia; his granddaughters Robin and Kyla Hart and his great grandchildren, Cole and Reese Barraclough; sisters June Peyton of Swan River, Kathleen Innes of Lethbridge, and brother Pat Connolly of Edmonton.

Tom was born in Kincaid, Saskatchewan and lived there with his family until they moved to the Swan River Valley in Manitoba in 1936. The family farmed and eventually Tom began his own farming operation in the area. He married Janet in 1954 and they raised their children there.

Tom and the family retired to Coaldale, Alberta and later to Lethbridge, Alberta and resided there until his passing.

Tom enjoyed his retirement, curling in the winter and playing horseshoes in the summer. While playing horseshoes he travelled to numerous places in Canada and the United States. He also really enjoyed traveling to Mexico and drove his family to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta on a number of occasions.

He will be greatly missed.


Pat Fox “Kataitsota’si”

September 1st 1949 – June 13th 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Pat Fox, who left us suddenly on June 13th, 2021.

Left to navigate the world without him are his Loving wife Rose son Rick (Liz), Daughter Becky-Jo, grandchildren Jake (Pricilla), PJ, Jonathan, Joel, Nick, Trista, Buddy, and his baby girl Darby-Jo. Also left to grieve are his siblings, Sisters; Rosaline Crow Shoe, Joyce First Rider, Dolly Creighton, and Audrey White Quills, Brothers; Wilfred Soop, Larry Fox (Donna) and Eugene Creighton.

Pat’s love for his family extended to his nieces and nephews, everyone knew they could count on uncle Paddy for love and support.

Pat was predeceased by his parents John and Gertrude Fox; his in-laws Barney and Rosie Day Rider; daughter Patricia and his son Jonathan; sisters Arabella Creighton, Phyllis Fox and Josie Russell; brother Jonas Fox; brothers in- law Stanford Creighton, Jiggs Creighton, Mervyn Crow Shoe, Tom Holy Singer, Rodrick White Quills and Randy First Rider, and sisters in-law Ada Mae Fox and Geraldine Soop.

A Private Family service will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 5:00 pm, with Father Kevin Tumback officiating.

A Wake will be held at the Pat Fox Ranch on Tuesday June 22, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH on the Blood Reserve June 23, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Father Pawel Andrasz OMI celebrating.

The Family Service and the Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and available to view via Pat’s obituary on the Cornerstone website at their respective times.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Gord Hoskins

1968 – 2021 

Gordon James Hoskins, beloved husband of Rhonda Hoskins, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the age of 53 years. A public visitation will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, June 21, 2021 between 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Due to the fact that in person attendance at the visitation is limited, those who wish to attend must register by visiting Gord’s obituary page on our website and choosing the ‘attend visitation’ link or by contacting our office. Please do not arrive until five minutes before your scheduled time. Masks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.   A private celebration of Gord’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Besides his loving wife Rhonda, Gord is survived by his daughters Kasey (Corey) Petrie of Taber and Codi (Taylor) Gouw of Taber; his grandchildren “Papa’s guys” Grayson, Rowen and Callen; father Neil Hoskins, brother Chad (Corey) Hoskins, step brother Rod (Chris) Coutts, step sister Carrie (Deb) Coutts. He is also survived by Rhonda’s family, mother-in-law Linda Christensen, father-in-law Larry Christensen, sister-in-law Kim (Eden) Hammerstedt and brother-in-law Scott Christensen; nieces and nephews Kasidee, Kaelei and Makenzee Hoskins; Brooklyn and Josie Hammerstedt; Jett, Jaxon and Marissa Coutts and his favorite hunting buddy Gavin Hoskins. He was predeceased by his mother Pat, infant brother Troy and  Granny Edie. Gord was born January 21, 1968 in Stettler to Neil and Pat Hoskins. At the age of sixteen his family moved to Taber where he has resided until the time of his passing. Gord met Rhonda Christensen in 1985 and they were married September 23, 1989. He started Gord’s Water Hauling in 1991 and later started K&C Trucking in 2005. Gord enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends. In the last six years, he enjoyed spending time at his favorite place, Moyie, British Columbia. Gord cherished many family vacations to Mexico, Cuba and his favorite place Hawaii. He always found amusement teasing his nieces and nephews. Gord’s pride and joy were his three grandsons. He always had a full drawer of candy and a pocket full of change for the swear jar. Gord will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Armstrong, the nurses at the Taber ER and to Jackie Foreman at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


GEORGE SHOJI SAITO passed away peacefully early in the morning on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

George was born in Victoria, BC and was the oldest son of Kozabura and Haru. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Thelma, his son, Jeff (Miki) and their daughters, Amber and Jenna.

George grew up in BC, and at very early age learned how to fish and what hard work was. He ended up moving to Southern Alberta where he worked doing sugar beets while attending school. During this time, he participated in many sports, including baseball and basketball, which was his favorite.

After finishing school, George joined the Air Force and was honourably discharged in 1952 as an Air Force Cadet. His outgoing personality and sense of humor led him to pursue a career in sales, eventually owning his own office furniture and stationary business. It was during this period, he met and married the love of his life, Thelma, in 1962. Jeff joined the family in 1968 and quickly became his pride and joy, teaching his son the many skills he learned throughout his life. He was also able to enjoy many family trips especially the annual trips to Mountain Shores resort on Kootenay Lake, which included another best friend, Sparki.

Later in his life, he eventually retired from work, but continued golfing with many of his good friends that he acquired along his journey through life. He loved to pass on his history telling many stories about his adventures back in BC and while in the Air Force. In the last few years of his life, he remained happy and at home under the loving care of his wife. He will be forever loved, missed and remembered by his surviving family.

A private family funeral service will be held, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers and koden, a donation be made to the Alzheimer Society.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


JOHN SHORTLAND passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

John will be missed by his extended family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary and his parents.

In respect for John’s military service, he and Mary will be laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery Field of Honour.

In honour and in memory of John, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (hsf.donorportal.ca)

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The family of Bill (William) Sleightholm wish to announce his passing on May 30th, 2021. Bill was born on December 28th, 1951. He grew up in Lethbridge where he began his love of guitar and live music. He enjoyed performing solo and with many bands throughout his life. He spent most of his life living in his favourite place, the East Kootenays. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Bill was a Master Electrician who spent most of his career working on large industrial projects throughout Western Canada and the United States and was a proud member of the IBEW for 42 years. Bill enjoyed travelling and visited 16 different countries. Helping those in need along the way. Upon his retirement, Bill enjoyed growing prolific fruits and vegetables in his garden, fishing in his boat and having fun with his family.

Bill will be dearly missed by his loving Wife Lien, children Dallas, Carly, Billie and Bernice. Mother Shirley and Sisters Gail (Harvey) Nikkel and Peggy (Ron) Mckitrick.

Bill was predeceased by his Father Bill (William) Sleightholm and his Sister Leslie Hagan.

Thank you to McPherson Funeral Services and Shepherd Dean Marti for the lovely service and kind words to honour Bill’s life.

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