Edward John Halbert
Edward John Halbert (most commonly known as Ted), was born in Viceroy, Saskatchewan on June 7th 1945. He was the 2nd of four children to William and Barbara Halbert. Ted and his siblings; Bill, Lois and Neil grew up in Viceroy & Dehinda, Sask.
William and Barbara owned a farm and there was always a lot for the kids to do. A couple of Ted & Bill's favorite activities included hunting for squirrels and rabbits and a lot of time doing target practice. Ted also really enjoyed cooking fudge with his younger brother Neil.
After high school, ted attended Greystone University in Saskatchewan, where he studied arts and sciences. He then went on to work for Century Geophysical doing seismic work in Saskatchewan, working his way into Alberta. It was there that he met Donna Withrow in 1964. They were married in 1965 in Dawson Creek B.C, where they had four children: Brad, Brent, Tanya and Tamara.
Ted worked for the city of Dawson Creek before becoming a heavy duty mechanic. He worked for most of his career with High Tower drilling, followed by Kenver Equipment.
Ted loved to watch sports. He always looked forward to Friday night fights, football on Sunday afternoons, and the curling brier. He always was secretly cheering on any Saskatchewan team to win. Ted enjoyed country music. He often would turn on a radio or TV and sit back, relax and enjoy the music.
Ted and Donna owned a farm and raised many different animals from pigs to cows and chickens. Needless to say this kept the young children very busy.
Ted was very proud of being self sustainable. From the animals, Ted shifted gears and took to being a hobby farmer. His passion, however was growing potatoes. Last year’s harvest had 750 hills. Which you may think sounds like a lot. However, it is down considerably from the previous year’s harvest of 2100 hills of potatoes. You haven't tasted potatoes until you have tasted these. The potato planting process was always an adventure. Ted would carefully consider where on the farm the best soil was. Luckily he had Donna to help with the planting process. Ted would drive the potato plow while Donna walking behind plunking the seeds into the ground. After many hours, Donna was done, and Ted thought perhaps that they could sink in a few more hills, and guess who won? Well, that would be Ted.
Ted's favorite past-time would be cruising around the back 40 on his tractor. The amount of hours and time he spent on the tractor, was pretty evident by the number of new seats it received, which the last count was 3. Ted was in his element on his tractor, making trips up Halbert Mountain, creating new trails and the list goes on and on.
Ted was a Scotchman right through to the core and was proud of his heritage; he was also a talented inventor. He could build just about anything from pieces of scrap. Some of his accomplishments that he was most proud of were; His 1 man sawmill His bucket for his tractor, and his potato plow.
Ted was very independent and always liked to do things for himself. He was always willing to help out a friend or a neighbor, but often wouldn't ask for help in return. He took pride in completing jobs himself. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything from plumbing, to electrical; there literally wasn't anything he couldn't fix. If it was something he wasn't familiar with, he took the time to learn it and was pleased when he completed the task.
In winter time, it was tradition for Ted to get into "puzzle season". The goal was to open up a puzzle and to try to complete within the week. Donna would feverishly work on the puzzle for hours & hours. Ted would offer some assistance by adding a piece here and there. When it was coming down to the final crunch and there was only a few pieces remaining, Ted would secretly sneak and hide the last pieces. As Donna would be looking on the floor for them, Ted would come along, deposit the last pieces and say "It's a good thing I came along and finally got this put together for you". Then he would want to open a new puzzle.
A few special family memories were:
Her dad's "so very funny" sense of humor. The family had made a few trips through the pine pass very late at night returning Brent to Vancouver. To keep the mood light in the vehicle, Ted thought this would be a great opportunity to share the story of the Sasquatch with the kids. Sometime after, he would slow the car down and say "Did you see that?" slow down even more and say "Did you hear that?" and tap on the brakes. The kids would be squealing that the Sasquatch was coming... about that time he would tell Brad that he thought maybe the vehicle was getting a flat and that he might need to get out to look. The kids would be terrified for years to come, but laugh about it now. I also always looked forward on my trips home to a tractor ride up to Halbert Mountain. We would always get all bundled up if it was cold, and find our comfy spot on the tractor, and head up the hill. The race was always on with Clancy, our trusty dog, as to who would make it to the top of Halbert Mountain first. Proud to say Clancy won every time. The view from the top of Halbert Mountain, as always breath taking and something I will forever treasure. Forever & Always Pumpkin.
I learned the importance of working hard and having good work ethics. All of the work on the farm, from picking roots, stacking bales and helping with the animals taught me the value of doing a good days work. I will always remember all of our projects that we tackled together on the farm. We always had a plan, but maybe a different set of ideas on how to get the job done. The backyard fires in the fire pit were always a good time with wiener roasts, marshmallows, lots of joking around, laughs and stories. My favorite memory of a trip we made one afternoon up Halbert Mountain, involved an "Inukshuk building contest". We had teams, and the teams were scouring the hillside and gravel pit for the best rocks. There was lots of laughter and fun.
When all was done my brother Brent and I had built the largest and the sturdiest Inukshuk. Little did we know at the time but this would be my brother's last trip to the mountain before his passing. It has been 3 years and the Inukshuk is still standing and my Dad would always check to make sure it was good. Thanks Dad for being my mentor, my teacher and my friend. Love Brad.
From you, I inherit strength and wisdom. I learned that to provide for others is a blessing. That smiles and moments, laughter and hardships were to share amongst us, to help when you can, give if possible and to know when to sit and just ponder before acting: And if somehow you made an error in judgment along the way to avoid acting like a jackwagon as much as possible. I remember you were one of the few people I asked to borrow a chainsaw from to cut my rail road tie flower beds into chainsaw art when I experienced failures. You never so much as let me even fire one up. I remember how you laughed when I told you Darryl had given me toxic top soil for my lawn and nothing but weeds were growing even though I planted grass seed twice. To this day I don't even know if it was chick weed or stink weed, but to know failure at planting is one thing, then along comes a measure of success and it is equivalent to making a master piece. These qualities make me like you. I remember the smiles and chuckles all the kids have given you. On days we laugh, all the days of our futures, may you shine down among us. Bless you. Love, Tanya.
And a very Special Closing thought from Donna.
Ted, thank-you for sharing your life with me. You were my life, my love and my best friend. We shared so many good times together and we shared some trials and tribulations as well. Through it all, we always stood strong and pulled through it. I would never change a moment, and will cherish them in my heart forever. I admired your strength, your courage, your independence and your will power through your illness. I was pleased to help you with your wish to be at home. The 45 years we spent together, hold a special place in my heart, and forever and always will. I am grateful for every day. All my love, Donna.
Gerald (also known as Gerry) was born in Perth, Ontario on December 28, 1941. He was the seventh child to Joseph and Evelyn Quinn. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Stanleyville, Ontario.
Gerry came west in 1964. He settled in Kamloops, British Columbia and worked for BC Hydro for many years. Gerry then went to work for McCoshum Van Lines and moved many families across western Canada, during his working life. Gerry took pride in his work and had many great stories about his travels.
Gerry moved to Dawson Creek in 2000. He worked for advantage relocation.
After Gerry retired he helped friend Neil erect a garage. This was a great source of pride and many happy hours were spent in the garage.
Gerry was a fun loving guy. He liked nothing better then a good joke as he had a lot of them. He had a fantastic memory and could remember what he did on a specific day 20 years ago.
Gerry was predeceased by father Joseph, mother Evelyn, brothers Hugh, Edward and Gordon. He is survived by his brothers Bill (Perth, Ontario), Jack Smith (Falls, Ontario) and sister Jean (St. Germaine Sioux St Marie, Ontario) and his nieces and nephews in Ontario.
Gerry will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
1956 - 2011
John Ominayak, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 54 years of age.
A wake was held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Sudeten hall, 1901 Alaska HIghway, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
A funeral service was held on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 908 - 104 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of John, may be made by donation to a charity of your choice.
Alexander Parke Reid Bice
1929 – 2011
Alexander Parke Reid Bice, better known as “Alex” by his friends, “Papa” by his family, and “Uncle Buzz” by his extended family, was born in Belloy, Alberta to Cecil & Grace Bice. He was the forth child of six. He met Julie Kushner, the love of his life, in 1949. Three years later on Oct. 27, 1952 they married and she became his soul-mate for life. In 1955, their twins Darlene and Dale were born, Garry, Linda, Pamela and Mark soon after. They raised their family on the family farm in Eaglesham, Alberta.
In 1981, Alex, Julie and Mark moved to Dawson Creek, BC. The love of the land was still strong in Alex and 5 years later he purchased a farm where he grew alfalfa and raised leaf-cutter bees. The farm outside of Pouce Coupe was truly a retreat for Alex, Julie and their extended family.
Although Papa loved working the land what was nearest and dearest to him was the family he loved and his intense love for his creator, Jehovah God. Papa spent countless hours working with and teaching his children and grandchildren to enjoy all life had to offer. Papa often said his joy in seeing something spectacular was never fully complete unless he was able to share it with someone he loved.
Papa cherished the time he spent with his children Darlene (Brian) Diemert, Dale (Elaine) Bice, Garry (Colleen) Bice, Linda (Fred) Meunier, Pam (Allan) Diemert, Mark (Agnus) Bice, his 14 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. He would often say, “I wouldn’t trade you for 20 coyotes” some rated more, some less, his unique expressions brought a smile to many. He had a gift for making you feel good about yourself.
Among the many things Papa instilled in his family was a deep love for spiritual things, a love of family and a love for music. He would get his “fiddle face” on and play with his nephew David, daughter and son-in-law Pam & Dave, and granddaughter Anjulie. They enjoyed many hours together.
Julie and family would like to express their deepest thanks to Dr. Robert Newman, and Gaylene for their endless care and compassion as well as the staff at Shoppers Pharmacy. Thanks too, to Dr. Meyer and staff at the Dawson Creek hospital, Dr. Hadi and staff at the Prince George hospital, ambulance and flight paramedics.
A special thanks to Rod Harmon for officiating, Linda, June and Adrien for arranging the tea. Members of the Parkhill and Willowbrook congregations for their calls, visits, beautiful floral arrangements, cards, food and fruit. Thank you too to Peggy and Gerry Bergeron for their support and assistance.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Alex may be made by way of donation to “Trust Fund in support of Evangeline Marie Brown”, great-granddaughter of Alex, who suffers from a rare digestive disorder (GA1) @ The Scotia Bank 10204-10th street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3T4
A Memorial service was held on Wednesday, march 15, 2011 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Officiated by Rod Harmon. Alex was cremated and inurnment will be at a later date at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
782-2577 Memorial services entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. 800-577-4877
Erika Johanna Bents
1923 - 2011
Erika Johanna Bents, resident of Groundbirch, British Columbia passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 87 years of age.
A service will be held at a later date.
Iris Yuvonne Reynolds
1954 - 2011
Iris Yuvonne Reynolds passed away quietly on February 8, 2011.
Iris was born in Dawson Creek on May 7, 1954 to Doug and Yuvonne Berg; her sister, Esther would soon follow to round out the family of four. Iris grew up on the homestead in Groundbirch, and the family would eventually move to Chetwynd where she gratuated high school. After graduation, Iris ventured to Vancouver where she would become a hair dresser, but moved back to Chetwynd to be close to family. She eventually moved back to Groundbirch and helped her parents by working in the Groundbirch Store, which is where she met her future husband Tom. Iris moved to central Alberta with Tom and settled in Westerose where they would get married and have two daughters, Alisha in June 1982, and Amie in August 1983, whom they took great pride in. In 2002, Iris would be drawn back to the Dawson Creek area, were she resided until her passing.
Iris was known for her bubbly personality and quick wit, as well as her gardening and baking skills. Iris always looked forward to company and a good cup of coffee. Family and friends ment a great deal to her and she loved spending time with them.
She will be greatly missed by her daughters Amie and Alisha, sister Esther (Doug) Field, nieces Crystal (Ashley) Johnson, Allison (Brad) Edwards, Melissa (Alex) Bourne, and great nephew and nieces Carbon, Daelin, and Ava as well as many Uncles, Aunts, cousins and friends.
Iris is predeciesed by her parents, Doug and Yuvonne Berg.
1948 - 2011
Gerry passed away at the Dawson Creek & District Hospital on February 2nd 2011.
He resided in Bay Tree Alberta.
Gerry was predeceased by his parents Don & Harriet LeRoux.
He was born in Corner Brook Newfoundland.
Gerry was a loving family man, kind, witty, intelligent, and athletic. Summing it all up in three words, very unique person. A character that can’t be compared to anyone else.
He was a hard working man who worked in Faro, Yukon for approximately 10 years where he earned his Journeyman Millwright ticket. From Faro, Gerry moved to Pouce Coupe, British Columbia and then to Bay Tree, Alberta where he sub-contracted for Gerry’s Well Services for 29 years.
Some of Gerry’s accomplishments include being a member and one of the founders of the Lion’s Club in Pouce Coupe. Gerry was also an alderman there, his portfolio being recreation. Gerry was very active in the community. Over the years he coached kids as well as adults in hockey, baseball, and soccer. Gerry was a very busy man.
His favorite hockey team was the Toronto Maple Leafs and no matter, what he always remained their fan. Don’t be surprised if they do much better from now on!
Gerry also enjoyed rebuilding old cars.
He had the opportunity to go on a trip to Newfoundland, via boat, with his brothers, Don, & Ralph and good friend Ray. The journey was an adventure needless to say and his brothers had a chance to bond with him and really get to know what a special and unique man he was.
Anyone that knew Gerry felt good; he made you feel that way, because you were important and special to him.
A celebration of Gerry’s life was held on February 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Gerry will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family: wife Doris, children Barbara, Jason (Pam), Randy (Shelane) ; his grandchildren, Daniel, Brock, Kyle, Terry, Michael, Jack. Harlie, Carter and Nolan; his brothers, sisters, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends will share many stories, laughter and a few tears regarding Gerry LeRoux for a very long time.
Gerry had a wit that was endearing, a smile that was contagious, an honesty that is indescribable and a love that was sincere.
Donations can be made in his name to the Canadian Cancer Society, The University of Alberta Hospital, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Stollery Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd.