Gregory Clark Lutzak
1967 ~ 2012
Greg passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012
in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia,
at the age of 45 years.
He was born in Two Hills, Alberta
on January 4, 1967.
Beloved husband to Julie Macintosh.
Loving step-father to Johnathan Shade (Jill),
Jolene (Ryan) Currie, and Jennifer Shade.
Dear grandfather to Connor Currie,
Saige and Kylen Gillingham.
Wonderful son to Mike and Hilda Lutzak
and mother in-law Jean Spencer.
Brother to Chris (Sharon) Spencer,
Lynne (Cliff) Sigvaldason, Christine (Ray) Laflamme.
Nephew to Andy and Margrete Gorgichuk.
Cousin to Yocachim Gorgichuk.
A Celebration of Life Service was held
Monday, March 26, 2012
at the Tumbler Ridge Recreation Center,
Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
Officiated by Pastor George Rowe
Tribute by Darwin Wrenn and John Moberg
Soloist: by Rod Colbourne
The Royal Canadian Legion
Branch # 286 members.
Urn bearer ~ Harold Robinson
Harold Robinson, Fraser Traverse
Murray Senft, Michael Foray
‘Steel Worker Brothers’
Brian Haider, Rod Colbourne
Glenn Steele, Dave Sanders
Dave Salewski, Don Jansen
Greg was cremated.
Christina Madonna Tobin
1941 ~ 2012
Christina, a resident of Tumbler Ridge, passed away
Friday, March, 9th, 2012 at 71 years of age.
A Prayer Service was held Wednesday,
March 14th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Father Michael Anyasoro officiated.
A Funeral service will be held Friday,
March 16, 2012, at 2:00 pm
at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel,
10200-17th Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
A public visitation will start at 1:00 pm
Father Vener Sabacan will officiate.
Cremation to Follow
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Christina,
may be made by donation to the Canadian Cancer Society
Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2B9
1933 ~ 2012
Jack and I have been friends for a long time. We started school together at the old Landry School with Miss Henderson as our teacher. Jack excelled in all subjects; he was a good athlete and could run the long distance races well. Jack and I always competed together in the three legged races and usually won. As a ball player Jack could play any position.
We continued school together at Landry. In grade nine, in the Old Camp School we walked uptown to the new South Peace for Industrial Arts where Jack also excelled in the wood working area. The only part of South Peace built at the time was the south wing and because this was the last class of the day for us sometimes we’d cruise, instead of walking, with Mel Hogg, Cliff Washington, Jack and I in Mel’s old Essex. There were only two cars at school in those days so this was really great.
In the fall we often didn’t start school right away because we would be working on the threshing outfits. Jack drove a team on the bundle wagon. One fall in particular the weather was bad and we threshed into December with teams and sleighs and the temperature dropped to -20 below.
You could always count on Jack in his quiet determined way. He inherited his Mom’s tenacity and together with his Dad’s quiet determination Jack stuck by what he believed. He was so honest and dependable.
In February of 1943 many rural people were in Dawson Creek enjoying a nice warm spring day when history was made. Jack along with his parents were in town that day when the Livery Stable, west of the Dawson Hotel, caught fire, people rushed to see the fire and were not aware that a carload of dynamite and caps were stored within the barn. As a result of the explosion that followed Jack ended up across the street from where he had been standing. This explosion was so intense that it broke windows in Pouce Coupe and twisted
some buildings in Dawson Creek.
The only building left standing on the entire block was the old Dawson Co-op store. Jack and his family luckily escaped injury in this record making event.
Jack and I hunted together, when we were young, and he was an excellent shot and appreciated good fire arms. On occasion we tried to swim in Saskatoon Creek. We didn’t really swim but cooled off anyway.
Jack was an avid supporter of the local gun shows and participated in all the local shows. Many friendships developed here where Jack and Gladys were regulars. Jack will be missed at the show this April.
Jack was a pillar in various agriculture organizations. What he believed in was what he bargained for. He was in the BC Farmers Union, the National Farmers Union and recently a member of the South Peace Land Owners Association where the organization worked for safety and fairness for all.
Jack will be missed by all who knew and appreciated him.
Our community was a great place to live and grow in
because of people like Jack.
by Bert Veiner
Jack was cremated and a memorial service was held
Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jack,
may be made by donation to the
‘Cross Cancer Institute’
1156 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1Z2
1926 ~ 2012
Anne, was born on February 17, 1926, in Athabasca, Alberta to parents Nellie and Andrew Harasymiuk, she was the eldest of two children. Anne attended school in the district of Forfar and upon graduating attended business college in Edmonton, Alberta. This is where she met Walter and they were married in 1950. They purchased a 1/4 sec. from Uncle Carl, and started a family, three daughters were born there, Christine (1951), Darlene (1953), and Kathleen (1956) . They sold the farm in 1956 moved to Forestburg, Alberta. But the lure of the Peace relocated the family to Fort St. John, where daughter Geraldine (1958) and son Kenneth (1963) were born. For a year they lived at Charlie Lake, not far from Broadway's store, 18 acres at Fish Creek was purchased and a house built, this is where Anne (mom) lived until she retired at which time she sold the place to Kenneth.
When the acreage was sold mom moved into the Lutheran Apartments. She was involved in the Horticultural Society and the NP Fall Fair, which for many years she sponsored the grand aggregate in Junior Flowers. She was a member of the Care Home Ladies Auxiliary, as well she was involved with the Baptist Church Ladies Social.She was very creative and dabbled in painting, took classes’ for card making,
this was before scrapbooking.
When mom moved to the NP Care Centre, she was very happy as she had company all day and the workers were ones she had worked with years before. So it was like going home. The staff all enjoyed Miss Annie, and loved her as if she was their mother. While in there she belonged to the Red Hat Society which was very fitting as her favorite color was red. Mom participated in all the activities that the home organized, whether it was a trip to the library, or out for tea, a wiener roast at the farm or listening to music. She especially liked the little goat kids when they were brought to the Care Home, she'd takeoneon her lap and then both of them, her and the goat would have a nap. Even after she broke her hip and was in the wheelchair she continued to come to the farm for an outing, be it a trip to see the little animals or for a wiener roast. She was truly loved by all who cared for her.
Anne was predeceased by her Husband, Walter, sister, Mary, parents Nellie and Andrew Harasymiuk, daughter Kathy, grand-daughters Jennifer and Wallis, and friend Doug.
She leaves four children, 11 grandchildren,
and 6 great grandchildren.
Rest in Peace, Mom - by Chris Lamoureux
A Funeral service for Anne was held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Peace Lutheran Church, Fort St. John, British Columbia,
followed by an interment at Woodlawn Cemetery,
Fort St. John, British Columbia.
MATTISON, Hugh Douglas
1950 ~ 2012
Hugh passed away peacefully in the Spirit River Hospital on February 22, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. Predeceased by his wife Lesley and his father Harold, he is survived by his mother, Mary, his brother James (Dawn), his sister Leanne (Tim), his daughter Terry (Kendal), his sons Luc (Stacey) and David, and his 7 grandchildren Tyrel, Colten, William, Kayleigh, James, Cooper and Ethan.
Hugh was born in Calgary, Alberta on July 3, 1950. His parents soon returned to BC and settled in Creston in 1952, where Hugh grew up and attended school. Hugh was a beekeeper and a truck driver but he got into the building industry and became a journeyman carpenter, building many homes and businesses in the Creston area. Hugh and Lesley Carter married in 1976 and shortly after moved to Lister BC, where they lived in a church they converted to a home and where they raised their children. Hugh left the ups and downs of the construction business to become manager of the fruit packing plant in Erickson, where he spent many years. Lister was the family home until 1996 when they moved to Blueberry Mountain, Alberta, to be closer to their daughter and for the employment opportunities available to Hugh and their sons. After running Blueberry Mountain store for 6 years, Hugh closed the business and returned to construction for a time. In 2004, he joined the Saddle Hills Municipal District as a grader operator and truck driver, where he worked until a few weeks before his death. Hugh was an enthusiastic hunter and outdoorsman and was never happier than when heading into the mountains up a gravel road in his 4x4 for some fishing or camping with his family.
The family wishes to thank Doctor Kitagawa and the nursing staff of the Spirit River Hospital who gave him such fine care and the great neighbours and friends who have been so supportive during Hugh’s illness.
Hugh was cremated and no service was held by request.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society,
#103 - 9805 - 97 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 8B9
Ernest August Potratz
1944 ~ 2012
I first met Ernie in 1944 when Mom and I went to Saskatchewan for a visit. We shared having the measles together for most of the visit. Since then we have been in contact and shared many good times together. It is going to be a tough job to tell you of all of theaccomplishments that he has made in his lifetime.
Ernest August Potratz was born on October 7, 1933 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, the5th child of Walter and Lucy Potratz. He spent his child hood years growing upon the family farm near Zealandia, Saskatchewan. He got his schooling at the Dolly Brea School house. At the age of 16 he ventured west to be with his Grandfather and aunts and other family members in the Gordondale area.
He then ventured out and got a job with Park Brothers Construction building some of our Alberta highways. Steering those bucking scrapers was a real challenge for him that he mastered very well. These jobs took him to the Watino area where he met the love of his life, Edna Hartman. The single life ended for him when he and Edna were married and plans for the future was made. They traveled around a bit with Park Brothers, and then decided to take up a homestead in Gordondale. They built a small house and Ernie bought a MC John Deere Cat and started to do some land clearing. With perseverance and will power he got some acres for crop and purchased Oscar Svenson’s farm (1965) and moved there with the family.
Livestock was purchased and raised and the family of kids worked alongside of them andmade a good loving home. Ernie bought a saw mill and made lots of lumber to build up the farm.
It was about this time that the TV program Tides and trails was on TV and Edna submitted a true ‘Tall Tale’ in Ernie’s name and this got him a prevaricators license and a 20 Lb salmon. A good laugh and feed was enjoyed over that. Ernie was always good at teasing and gettinga laugh at someone so now he had a license to do so.
A tragic accident in 1986 when he broke his back was a big setback for the family and they had to give up the farm and move to town in Dawson Creek. They bought an older house and rebuilt it. This gave Ernie the experience to take up cabinet building. Many local kitchens are decorated with Ernie’s Poplar cabinets. He was very proud of his work and there was always a waiting list of customers for him.
As the family grew up they all became very proficient at hunting and fishing and their deep freezes were always full of something they had baggedon weekends and or months at a time in hunting season. The quads and boats were always tuned up and ready to go. It bothered him a lot that all of the oil and gas activity was opening up so much of the wilderness that they loved to hunt in.
As the family grew up and matured they all became tradesmen of some kind or other and they all helped Ernie and Edna build a new house. Many a fine cup of coffee or snack was had here asthe game of choice of Cribbage was played,usually for a loony.
Ernie was predeceased by his parentsLucy and Walter Potratz. Brother Harold, Sisters Lena Hare, and Viola Minish (John), Brother Ralph (Sharron),and last but not least, the love of his life Edna.
He is survived by his Aunt, Irene Keyser, Brothers Gordon (Sharron), and Allen (Dianne), hissons Allen (Brenda), Peter (Lynne), Charlieand Rick (Michelle), and daughters Sadie (Bob), and Wanita (Charlie), 12 Grandchildren and2Great grandchildren and many nieces,nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held Friday, March 2, 2012 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, with Pastor Dave Brisbin officiating.