Ralph Donald Anderson
Ralph Donald Anderson was born on April 5, 1937 to Ernie Anderson and Helen Belcourt. He passed away on Aug. 3, 2004, at the age of 67 years.
Ralph worked all kinds of jobs during his lifetime. He was a truck driver, he helped build the Grouard road by driving a buggie. He worked in an extra crew working for the railroad one summer. He was also a consultant for Dennis Cox. He was once a car salesman working for Bishop Motors. Ralph was also a relief cook for his father's mill. He was able to talk his way into a lot of jobs convincing people that he was capable of handling anything. You knew he always could.
Ralph met and married Lily Cunningham in 1956 and they lived in Grouard for a number of years. While living there he was instrumental in organizing the clean up of the graveyard. He also made the big white cross that still stands there today.
Ralph became an active member of the Gift Lake community when he moved the family there in the summer of 1969. He was a member of the Gift Lake council for approximately 18 years, some of that time he served as chairman. He organized the building and maintaining of the ball diamond and went into volunteering as an umpire for the baseball games. He was also active in other recreational activities including building the outdoor skating rink.
Ralph then went into business with Randy when they built and operated R&R Anderson Gas and Confectionary. Ralph enjoyed this very much as he was able to meet and visit with many people. Due to his health declining he went into early retirement. Ralph liked to play cards with poker being his favourite game. He liked watching hockey and went on a few hunting trips with David.
Ralph was a jokester and he loved telling funny stories. Ralph had many friends. He liked to talk on the phone; that's how he got the latest news and he passed it along. He seemed to know what was going on in the community all the time - even when he spent time at the Grey Nuns Hospital after his surgery and then at the Glenrose Rehab Centre. Ralph was always up on the latest. He loved to know what was going on in the world. He watched the news all the time and read newspapers.
Ralph was extremely proud of his grandchildren and loved them a great deal. He was always talking about them and would often repeat funny stories. He also loved spending time visiting and doing things with David. Ralph showed his son strong values and work ethics and the value of hard work and discipline. He was proud of Randy's successes.
He always wanted his children to succeed and was proud of their accomplishments.
Dad loved living in Gift Lake and he missed it a lot when he was unable to move back home after being released from Glenrose. While Dad was at the rehab centre he did very well walking with his prosthesis leg. He would use a walker or crutches during therapy. Dad lived at Pleasantview Lodge until his final stay at the hospital; his health was getting worse. He knew that his time was near and he said goodbye and he said he was ready to go.
Ralph leaves to mourn: his son, Randy, and his wife, Audrey; stepgrandchildren Danielle, Kody, Dale and Andrew; daughters Bonnie and Charmaine; Charmaine's husband David and his grandchildren Hayley, Shelby and Chase; siblings Pete (Violet), Christine (Jim), Floyd, Herbie, Ronnie (Sheila) and Melvin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ralph was predeceased by: his father, Ernie and mother, Helen; brothers Ernest Jr. and Joseph; sisters Bertha and Glenna.
Samuel James Reynolds
In loving memory of Samuel James Reynolds April 4, 1930 - March 16, 2007 Sam Reynolds, a long time resident of the Big Meadow area passed away on March 16, 2007 in the St. Albert Hospital at the age of 76. Sam leaves behind his wife Christine and seven children; Karen Peyre (Reynolds), Diana Davey (Reynolds), Patricia Reynolds, James Reynolds, Lorna Reynolds, Lorraine Reynolds, Coralee Troute (Reynolds), and six grandchildren. He also leaves behind two sisters, Violet McCord of Calgary and Dorothy Guittard of White Rock, B.C. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard Jaques Bourgeois
Richard Jacques Bourgeois passed away on Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at the age of 63 years.
He was born in McLennan Sept. 11, 1941 and raised in Guy. In 1964 he married Shari Ferris. They farmed in Guy, then moved to Morinville, Alta. in 1982. In 1990 they moved to Sturgeon Lake, Alta. where he lived until his passing.
Richard was a devoted father and husband. He lived life to its fullest, always full of laughter and teasing.
Richard is survived by: his loving wife, Shari; daughters Marlene (Jeff) Bokenfohr and Michelle (Steven) Tocheniuk: grandchildren Sydney, Taylor, Erin and Sean; brothers Rene (Yvette), Andy, Emile (Clover); sisters Germaine (Denis) Biron and Yvonne Ruel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard was predeceased by: his father, Robert; his mother, Carmaline; sister Doris; nephew Raymond; brothers-in-law Gerry Ruel and Raymond Courchesne; and sister-in-law Denise.
Prayers were held Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., the funeral mass was held Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Rita's Parish in Valleyview. Interment followed at the Guy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Rita's Church building fund or to the Palliative Care Unit at the Valleyview Hospital.
Trevor Grant Richardson was born June 6, 1960, to Joyce Arnold and Garry Richardson in Killam, AB., and passed away May 26, 2009, at the age of 48 years.
Trevor’s family lived in Sedgewick the first nine years of his life. They moved from Sedgewick to Ellerslie, Alta. in 1969, then to Inuvik in 1971. Trev began working with heavy equipment at a young age. At the age of 16, Trev was operating a loader when it tipped over landing across his legs. He lost his right leg in the accident, but he never gave up. Within a few months he was doing most everything he had done before.
Trev always had a love for trucks and wanted to get his Class 1 license. At this time the family had moved to Watson Lake, YT, and the Yukon Territory would not give him a license. He was determined and came to Alberta and got his license; this was the start of his career and desire in life.
Trev drove truck for his father until 1983. His father had moved to High Prairie in 1983 and Trev came to see him. While attending a birthday party at a friend’s house with his father, he met his future wife, Valerie McLeod. He packed and moved to High Prairie.
On June 7, 1986, Val and Trev were married. On Jan. 31, 1991 their daughter, Shelby was born, and June 19, 1995 their son Daniel arrived. Trev was very proud of his children and worked hard to make a good life for them.
From 1983-91 Trev continued driving truck and operating heavy equipment for Beamish Cat Service and Bissell Bros. Trev and Val started their own business, Treval Enterprises, in 1991. Trev bought his first truck and began hauling asphalt, gravel, and logs. In 1995, Trev bought his first self loading log truck and began contracting to Tolko Industries where he hauled until the mill closed in 2007. Over this period of time Trev owned seven trucks and took pride in getting the job done.
Even though Trev had not lived in the north for many years, he still had an attachment to it, and kept in contact with the people he had known when he lived there. In the spring when logging season was done, he would haul for Allen’s Services to Inuvik. He enjoyed working for this company and considered everyone there very close friends.
Trev was a very hard working, well respected man. He built a good business and reputation.
Trev had many friends. Wherever Trev and Val went, they always ran into someone Trev knew. He was the type of person who always took the time to say hello and lend a hand in any situation. He always enjoyed people coming over to their home for a visit.
In 2007, Trev bought a Harley Davidson, something he always wanted. He put more miles on that bike the first summer than he did on his pickup. He rode it every chance he got, using it for his everyday vehicle, no matter what the weather. In 2007, he took his first trip down south with his friend Rick and each spring after a long winter of working, they would plan their spring ride. Even though Trev didn’t get to finish his last trip, we can be thankful he left us doing something he loved.
Trev left an impression on everyone he met. His life was full, he left us with memories of love, laughter, and good times. You are forever in our hearts, minds, and the eyes of you children. We love and miss you.
Trev is survived by: his wife, Val; his son, Daniel, his daughter, Shelby; his mother, Joyce (Doug) Arnold; his father, Garry Richardson; sister Janice (Brian) Wilson; brothers Tim (Eleanor), Bruce, Brent (Crystal); sister and brother-in-law Ann and Bruce Willier; nieces and nephews Robert (Stephanie), Dustin, Blake, and Nikki; Kristy (Jay) Willier, Lonnie (Melody) Willier and families.
Robert Alexander Smyth
Robert Alexander Smyth was born in Grouard on July 25, 1920. His parents were Rosalie "Granny" and Frank Smyth. He was the second oldest child in a family of eight. He received his education at the Grouard Catholic Mission.
He left school at a young age to enter the workforce, mostly working for local farmers in the summer. In the winter he would work in the lumber camps and sawmills.
On June 21, 1941 when he was 21, he joined the army in Calgary. He signed up as a gunner with the Artillery Division in Calgary, in the 15th Canadian Field Regiment. He served throughout Europe.
There is a proud story told of Bobby by a local veteran when he was in Europe. Tom Scott was serving overseas with Bobby during active battle when he had his leg dismembered. He told of when he was laying bleeding from his injuries, Bobby saw him, picked him up and carried him on his back for a long way to get him medical aid. He always claimed that Bobby was his hero for saving his life.
When Bobby was discharged from the army on Aug. 3, 1946 he came back to live in the Triangle area. There was a lot of work upgrading the Alaska Highway and Bobby went to work throughout northern British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. This is where he acquired his nickname Snag. He always spoke of the time he worked in Snag, Yukon when the all time coldest day was recorded in Canada.
He eventually applied for a homestead along Gunn's Creek and with his soldier's grant he cleared it off, but only became a hobby farmer.
His father Frank had a trapline since 1921 from the Smoky River to Triangle. When Frank passed away in 1958, Bobby inherited the trapline. He trapped it for years until ill health forced him to sell it.
Bobby worked for many summers for Alberta Forest Service. He managed standby crews and during the forest fire season, he was overall fire boss. His skills were in high demand and he worked all over Alberta as needed.
Bobby loved old time music. He was a skilled dancer and loved to dance the traditional dances. At times he would dance all night.
Bobby spent the last years in senior homes and passed away June 13 at Mayerthorpe.
He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Ruth Sheldon, of Eugene, Oregon; sister Dorothy Woods of Chilliwack, B.C.; sister Pearl Ferguson of Edmonton; brother Harold Smyth of Edmonton; one aunt, Mary Pruden of Edmonton; as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Robert Charles Johnson
Robert Charles Johnston, commonly known to us as Chuck Johnston, passed away at the age of 68 years in Edmonton, on Dec. 11, 2001.
Chuck was born in Ponoka on Jan. 25, 1933 and spent most of his youth in the Ponoka and Bashaw area. As a young man, he was honoured with the highest award in scouting, today known as the Chief Scout Award from the Governor General of Canada.
After leaving school in Ponoka, Chuck moved to northern Alberta and became a heavy equipment operator. Shortly thereafter he went into the caterpillar business which he maintained for 14 years. Upon selling out he and his wife purchased Chuck's Men's Wear in downtown High Prairie which they operated for 17 years. Throughout this time, Chuck worked with his parents on their family farm in the Big Meadow area, and remained a farmer until his passing. To fill the void in farming on his retirement, Chuck obtained employment as a guard with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Chuck was an active member of the High Prairie community having served on municipal council and the High Prairie Elks. He also worked and supported his children in Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides and the local figure skating club. He was also a member of the High Prairie and district chamber of commerce.
He is survived by his wife Olga, son Rodney, his wife Darlene and their children Danielle and Tim, of High Prairie, son Wade of Edmonton, daughter Venessa and husband Royce of Calgary, and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Chuck was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Lottie Johnston, and his stepsister Jean.
The funeral was held on Dec. 14, 2001, and cremation followed.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the High Prairie and District Holistic Palliative Care Society, Box 2253, High Prairie, Alta., T0G 1E0, or the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children, 100-2629 29th Ave., Regina, Sask., S4S 2N9 as expression of sympathy.
Connie Anne Roberts
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, Constance (Connie) Anne Roberts, of High Prairie, passed away at High Prairie Hospital at the age of 63 years. Connie was born Nov. 17, 1945 in Weyburn, Sask. She attended school in Weyburn, worked, and traveled across Granada. In 1976, she met and married Lorne Daniel Roberts of High Prairie. They spent many years farming and in later years, they pursued a career in Power Tong Operating. Connie loved her beautiful yard, plastic canvas, and caring for her many friends and family. Connie leaves to mourn: her husband, Lorne Roberts, of High Prairie; her children: Brian (Rachel) Roberts of High Prairie; Laurie Roberts of High Prairie; Russ (Tina) Paul of Prince Albert, Sask.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters: Sandra Achen (Torgy Odegaard), Judy (Neil) Holmes and Penny (Lynn) Roberts; two brothers, John Garland and Dennis (Cathy) Sorenson; as well as many nieces and nephews. Connie was predeceased by: her father and mother, Russ and Lillian Garland; and one sister, Laura Garland. A funeral service was held Feb. 4, 2009, with Pastor James Avery officiating. Interment followed in St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made and gratefully accepted to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in her memory.
One of High Prairie and Kinuso’s most valued treasures has passed away. Bessie Roffey, Alberta’s oldest citizen, passed away in High Prairie June 17 at the age of 111 years. Bessie Marion Cazalet Roffey was born on March 2, 1897 in London, England. She lived in Europe until moving to Kinuso, where she lived for just over 65 years, before moving to J.B. Wood Extended Care Unit in High Prairie for her remaining years. Having lived over three centuries, the history Bessie carried with her is now gone. From the invention of the automobile, the lamplighters in London when coal gas was used for fuel, to seeing Queen Victoria drive by in her carriage to visit her daughter at the end of the street, Bessie lived and saw it all. She lived through countless technological advances, before modern automobiles, TVs, computers, modern medicine, the Atomic Age and the Space Age. She has survived several world wars and the horrific 1918 flu epidemic. Bessie’s husband, Billy, as she fondly remembers him, died in 1994 at the age of 92 years. They had been married for 71 years. They had one son, Donald, and daughter-in-law Junell. Bessie was born in England, but was always adamant she wasn’t British. She often referred with pride to her French Huguenot ancestry. She credited and blamed her ancestry for some aspects of her character and for some of her firmly held beliefs. Bessie’s father died when she was eight years old. She remembers being placed in a free girl’s school for the descendants of French Huguenots. She attended the school for two years and didn’t like it at all. Until her last year, she could still count a little in French and sing the simple French songs she learned. Bessie and her mother came to Canada in 1906. Money to pay for the trip came from the Actor’s Benevolent Fund. Both her mother and father had contributed to the fund being involved in the theatre. When Bessie and her mother came to Canada, they had no particular destination in mind. Because Bessie’s mother was a good cook, someone had advised her to come to Canada where she could get lots of work. Bessie remembers the trip to Canada on a wooden ship named the Lake Manitoba, which had been used to transport soldiers to the Boer War. A storm that lasted for three days during the 10-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, battered the ship so bad she thought they would all be lost. The two landed in Quebec and waited for the train that would take them to the Prairies. Bessie remembers the long train ride in what was called an immigrant car. The railroad car had wooden slat seats, which could be made into a bed and a stove in the back where you could boil an egg or make tea. People at stops along the way sold food to the people on the train. Bessie and her mother arrived in Winnipeg, which was then about the same size as High Prairie is today. They stayed in Mrs. Sandford’s Home of Welcome. Because Bessie and her mother were traveling alone, they were allowed to stay at Mrs. Sandford’s. The Home of Welcome was really for single girls who had traveled from England to marry bachelors on the Canadian prairies. Usually, these were poor English girls who had their passage paid to Canada so they would marry and help colonize the country. The girls would stay at the Home of Welcome until they left to marry the fellow who had picked them to be his wife. Bessie’s mother got work cooking in hotels and boarding houses. They moved from one small town to another, across the prairies and into southern British Columbia. Moving frequently gave Bessie little opportunity to go to school. When they finally settled enough for Bessie to attend school regularly she passed Grades 1-8 in five years. Bessie’s mother eventually remarried. Her stepfather, T.J. Taylor, worked as an elevator agent and her mother continued with cooking jobs so the family kept moving across Alberta. When Bessie finished the schooling she was to have, she worked in a store in Lloydminster for several years. She has many fond memories of the friendships with her coworkers at the store and the increasing responsibilities she was given. She could talk for hours about the parties, plays and dances she attended at that time. She vividly recalled certain party dresses she wore. As she told everyone about the dances, she sang parts of the songs not heard for years while describing how the Waltz Promenade was danced. Later, her mother wanted Bessie to go with them to Florida so she gave up her job at the store and spent a year in Florida. When she returned to Alberta, Bessie met her husband, Billy, in Duagh, north of Edmonton. She was hired to cook and clean for Billy’s family. She says she had a few boyfriends but none impressed her like Billy, with his red hair. They were married on Nov. 22, 1923. Bessie says they had a wonderful married life and life has not been very enjoyable since Billy died. After working the family farm for a few years after they married, Billy got work logging with Patterson and Fields and they moved to Spurfield, a sawmill and logging operation between Smith and Slave Lake. Bessie had many fond memories of the 10 years they spent in Spurfield and the friends they made. While Billy worked at logging, Bessie took in washing and ironing for the men who worked in the bush and the mill, those who didn’t have families with them. She knitted and sold woolen socks for 75 cents a pair. Mitts were 50 cents a pair. The price was a nickel for washing and darning a pair of socks. In 1937, for about $1, 000, the couple purchased a farm near Kinuso where they lived and farmed. They retired to a house in the nearby village in 1979. While still on the farm, Billy often worked out at local mills and logging operations so Bessie did a lot of farm work. She looked after stock, raised poultry and vegetables for sale and generally did whatever she could to help make a living during those hard times. In her later years, Bessie loved gardening. Her garden and flowers were the envy of many in Kinuso. After her move to J.B. Wood, she delighted many with her stories and knowledge carried over three centuries. Bessie’s funeral was June 28 at the Kinuso Agricultural Hall with Rev. Joan Schellenberger officiating. Interment followed in the Swan Valley Cemetery.
1923 - 2007
Denise Fisher (Carrier) passed away peacefully in the High Prairie Hospital on Aug. 20, 2007 with her family at her side at the age of 83 years. Denise was born Sept. 29, 1923 in Collington, Alta. and was the youngest child of Pierre and Eluminee Carrier. She married Fred Fisher on Oct. 20, 1943; they had four children. Denise was raised in Joussard and moved to High Prairie. She enjoyed hunting and fishing with Fred and in her later years knitting and crocheting Christmas gifts for her family. She was a member of the C.W.L. and Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary. She was known as ‘Granny’ and will be forever missed by all who knew her. Denise is survived by: Fred Fisher (Angela), Marie Guest (Ken), Linda Gordon (Jack), Denise Hrushka (Wes); 13 grandchildren including Sandra Fisher, Debbie Mathias, Tim Guest, Valerie Toner, Tracey Gratton, Mike Gordon, Cheryl Sinclair, Willie Gordon, Robert Fisher, Laura Rutherford, Brodi, Josh, Miranda Hrushka. She is also survived by her 16 great-grandchildren and her sister, Marie Wagner. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, in 1967. The funeral was held from St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in High Prairie on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to make a donation in her honour may do so to the High Prairie Palliative Care, Box 2253, High Prairie, Alta., TOG 1EO or to a charity of their choice.
October 5, 2016
Yvonnette Comeau [L’Heureux] was born in North Battleford, Sask. on Aug. 6, 1920 to Beatrice and Napoleon L’Heureux.
When she was nine years of age she moved with her family to Driftpile. Yvonnette went to school at the Peace River Mission [St. Augustine] for two years and continued on at the Donnelly Convent. She furthered her education in Edmonton at the McTavish Business College taking secretarial and bookkeeping.
After finishing her education, she was then hired by Mr. and Mrs. Windsor at their store in Driftpile as assistant postmistress. She also took care of the welfare returns and learnt how to grade and buy furs.
On April 14, 1942 she married the love of her life, Lucien Comeau. They made Joussard their home and raised a family of seven children: Paul, Raymond, Jeannette, Denise, Roger, Beatrice and Gaby.
Over the years she was involved in many aspects of the community. She worked part time at the Joussard School as substitute teacher, secretary and librarian. For 20 years she was also the secretary for the Joussard Advisory School Board.
Bookkeeping was her thing; she did this for the Joussard Sports Committee and St. Anne Catholic Church. She was the organist for the church in 1939 and played until she moved from her home in 2011.
She moved to St. Albert and Edmonton in 2011 where she lived in a senior’s home until she fell sick in December 2015 and moved in with her daughter Denise and family. She lived with them for nine months until sickness forced her to be hospitalized at the University of Alberta Hospital on August 30, 2016. She passed away on Sept. 22 at the age of 96 years.
Yvonnette was predeceased by: her husband Lucien; son Raymond; her parents Napoleon and Beatrice L’Heureux; her brothers Ephreme, Robert, and Roger; son-in-laws Dale Vance, Doug Lauck; and daughter-in-law Marge Comeau.
She leaves behind: her children Paul [Lorene] Comeau of Joussard; Jeannette Vance of St. Albert; Denise Blaikie of Edmonton; Roger [Bev] Comeau of Nanaimo, B.C.; Beatrice [Graham] Holmes of St. Albert; and Gaby Comeau of Grande Prairie; her sister Frances Beach of St. Albert; as well as 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren with one more great-great-granddaughter on the way.
This is the legacy of Yvonnette Flore Marie Comeau, one of the last pioneering women of our day.
William Fredrick Kaiser
November 12, 2016
William Fredrick Kaiser was born on April 23, 1937 in Berwyn, Alta. to parents Elmer and Mary Kaiser.
William was the second oldest of three children. Margaret, his older sister, was unable to say William and he became known to his family as Bud; however, to his friends he was known as Bill.
Bill was very dedicated and hard working man. Some of the many places that Bill worked over the years included a logging camp in Revelstoke, B.C., a power line company in Grande Prairie, a sawmill in Fairview, Alta., and UFA and Shell Bulk in High Prairie. He then moved to Snipe Lake where he lived with Chester and Shirley Banner for a period of time.
In June 1980 Bill married Karen Kile from Amisk, Alta. They settled down on the homestead that Bill had purchased in Snipe Lake. There, Bill and Karen had two children, Grace Mae Ann in September 1985 and Aaron Mark in March 1987.
While they lived in Snipe Lake, Bill worked for a time at Helmer’s Autobody Shop and Bohn Oilfield. In the winter of 1991, Bill and Karen moved their family to Enilda where he resided up until his death. The first few years that they lived in Enilda, Bill worked at the Bissell sawmill, then commuted weekly while working at Vanderwell’s sawmill in Slave Lake.
Bill started working for Tolko Industries in High Prairie as their sawfiler from when it first opened in 1996 until he retired in 2006. As many know, Bill enjoyed working with wood and would do little or big jobs for people within the community. One of the last jobs he lent expertise and time to was this church with Pastor Chris Hicks.
There are so many stories that can be shared about Bill and his life. There are a few ones that stand out to his family the most. His big sister, Margaret, would take care of his hair styling needs. On his 70th birthday, Bill’s hair was all wind blown so she came over and combed and styled it for him. This was not the first time – most any family occasion you could find Margaret tending to Bill’s hair.
Bill also would make Sunday morning pancakes that started when his children were young. Grace and Aaron would make special requests to the type of animal they would want that week. This tradition carried over to his grandkids as well.
During the time Bill and Karen lived on the farm, Bill aspired to build a log house. By the time they sold the farm, the log house was half built.
Karen said that Bill was quite the romantic as well. One Mother’s Day he stopped on the side of the road to pick some flowers for her. Of course, these beautiful flowers were dandelions!
Another highlight of the family was going for sleigh rides on the cutter he had built. Bill will be forever remembered for his campfires with cowboy coffee, his shepherd dog named King, his own crossbow, homemade wooden spoons and many years of going to the Elks Pro Rodeo with Grace and Aaron. The one thing that Bill cherished the most in life was his grandchildren: Seth, Alexander, Liam, and Talia.
Bill’s health had declined rapidly within the past couple months. He was admitted in Grande Prairie Hospital, where he passed away on Oct. 5, 2016 at the age of 79 years.
Bill is predeceased by: his parents; his brother-in-law Roy Stirling; brother Walter Kaiser; sister Margaret Elliott; son-in-law Patrick O’Rourke; and niece Heather Stirling.
Bill leaves behind: his loving wife, Karen; daughter Grace; son Aaron; grandchildren Seth, Xander, Liam, and Talia; sister-in-law Betty; brother-in-law Jim; nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous friends.