Lawerence Miles Andrew aka "Baldy"
1948 - 2011
Lawrence Miles Andrews, also known as “Baldy” resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on Saturday April 2, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta at 63 years of age. . A Funeral service was held on Friday April 8, 2011 at 11:00am at the Notre Dame Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. A wake was held on Thursday, April 7, 2011at 6:00 pm at the Nawican Friendship Center, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Father Michael Anyasoro officiated.
Interment followed in the Brookside cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Lawrence is remembered by his children Vernon (Lynn), Ferlin (Cristine), Charlotte (Eddie),Greg Apsassin, and Pam Apsassin, his 15 grandchildren and his siblings Alex Andrews, Joseph Andrews (Jean Cameron), Fred (Mary) Andrews, Theresea (Louie) Lalonde, Elizabeth Capot, Yvonne (Ed) Randle, Marie Hanna, Donna (David) Prince, And Dean (Maureen) Andrews.
Peter Alfred Kut
1934 - 2010
Peter was born to Mary and Andrew Kut in the homestead shack at Bay Tree, Alberta on February 5, 1934. He passed away suddenly on April 7, 2011.
Peter grew up on the farm, farming with his father. The Kuts purchased the Bonanza Store in 1955. He enjoyed the commeraderie of the customers and hauling groceries from Dawson Creek, where he always haggled for a good deal bringing home cases of over ripe bananas and reselling them to his customers at bargain basement prices. Besides putting in long hours at the store, the two men continued to farm while his mother operated the store until 1965.
In 1965 Gerta came to teach at Bonanza. She soon became the apple of his eye and they were married August 1959. Gerta continued to teach and they lived in the teacherage for a year. During the summer of '60 Peter moved the house from Baytree to his bush homestead west of Bonanza Store. We cleared the brush and roots, a lot of the clearing and piling was done with the old steel-wheeled LA Case and a homemade piler.
Norman was born in 1960 and Gord in 1963.
A few years after his near-death accident, he reluctantly gave up farming. An auction sale of the farm stuff was in April, 1996 and we moved to Pouce Coupe in July 1996 to the home where his parents had lived.
Peter served on council for 19 years for the Municipal District of Saddle Hills (Spirit River), and served 11 years on the Pouce Coupe Village Council. He was instrumental in developing the Fire Department in Bonanza.
His favorite pastime was restoring old trucks and tractors doing so until just recently. His passion was auction sales, even if it was just to visit and have a hamburger. He made friends easily, no matter where he was.
Even though Peter had many accomplishments, family meant the most to him. He loved his boys dearly and was so proud of his granddaughters and great grand babies.
Peter was predeceased by his parents Mary and Andrew Kut, his grandparents, Uncle Peter Czaban, aunts Alex Lehmann, Helen Goettel, and Sophie Witwitski.
He is survived by loving wife Gerta, sons Norman and Gord (Faith), granddaughters Chantel Loiselle (Shawn) and Nikki Kut also uncles Mat, Nick (Phyllis) Tony (Nina), Gerta's siblings and many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as many friends.
A Celebration of Life Tea was held on Wednesday April 13, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pouce Coupe Community Centre, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Service was lead by Daryl Jeannotte. Eulogy was read by Heidi Riggins.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Peter by way of donation to ‘Stars Grande Prairie Base’ 10911-123 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 7Z3
1935 ~ 2011
Ina Schreiber was born to Fred & Marj Goodman on July 29 1935, and she was 75 years old. She was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. Ina was the 2nd oldest of 8 children,5 boys and 3 girls.
Ina came to B.C in 1957 when she met Bev Schreiber. They married in Prince George in 1957. Ina worked in the home raising her 6 children, in later years worked odd jobs at BC Tel, and the school district.
Karl Schreiber, Bev’s father, lived with Bev & Ina for many years. He was always there for mom and the family anytime he was needed. There were many close friends to mom overtime. The Stavley family was there when Bev and Ina were married Judy was mom's flower, and Ralph Fetterly was Dad's best man. Judy Phillippe was known to most as mom's oldest daughter.
Mom enjoyed playing crib, going to bingo, or watching a game of curling. Many of us will remember mom for canning jams/jellies and making us treats. She loved her coffee and cigarettes and munching on her cheezies. When going outside mom loved to plant flowers and hanging humming bird feeders. She would go fishing with Bev once the kids were all gone out of the house. Ina enjoyed going to the stock car races with her family.
A memorial service was held on Thursday April 14, 2011 at 11:00am at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Captains Francie and Roger Lee officiated.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ina,may be made by way of a donation to the ‘ Canadian Cancer Society’
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Mabel Elizabeth Wagar
1931 – 2011
Mom was born in the old Pouce Coupe Hospital on January 31, 1931 as Mabel Elizabeth Waldie. She was one of 13 children born to Isabel and Raymond Waldie. Mom grew up on the old homestead in Landry with a large family. Mom went to school at the old Landry School. There were always lots of chores to do around the farm with a big family. Mom helped out on the farm driving teams of horses, Baldy and Prince; whom she was talking about during her last days.
Mom met dad when he came out to the farm to help with the threshing. They married on the farm on July 11, 1949. They moved to Dawson Creek after they married, where their first son Russell was born. They moved around while dad worked for the Alberta Government Telephone and BC Tel. Mom and dad’s family grew during this time to seven children: Russell, Wayne, Sharon, Frank, Barb, Gerald and Brian. Mom worked at Bings Furniture in Dawson Creek and at the Pouce Coupe Hospital as well as the Priory Care Home in Langford as a care aide.
Mom loved to get dressed up and go out to a dance or a party. Halloween was one of her favorite times to dress up and have fun. They loved having family get together’s at the house, where dad, Uncle Norval and Juste Hendricks would play music together accompanied by all of the kids on the spoons. Music, food, and good times with family and friends were what it was all about. Mom and dad’s door was always open to friends, neighbors and family. Mom always had a large meal on the table whenever anyone stopped by for a visit.
Mom liked to sew, knit, play baseball and curl. She had a passion for playing horseshoes, except that when she threw the horseshoe it always went the opposite direction as she let out a squeal. Everyone knew to duck or run, when she was playing.
Mom had a good sense of humor for all the practical jokes that we were always playing on her. We all took turns dropping worms or frogs on her while she was sleeping, because it was too much fun watching her come out of bed swinging! We always knew to drop the frog and stand back or run. Mom was usually chasing one of us around with the broom; with seven kids all a year apart, she had her hands full. There was never a dull moment around our house. When mom used to wax the floor, she would put us to work by giving us each a pair of dad’s wool socks to shine up the floor and we would have fun skating across it. She was very creative in keeping us out of trouble.
We made many trips in our station wagon. Mom and dad kept us singing to entertain ourselves while driving to Bear Lake to camp during the summers. We always took the time to stop at Crooked River to fish while mom cooked lunch for us. Other times we would stop just to play baseball as we had a whole baseball team including Uncle Alex who was always part of our holidays.
Mom and dad finally settled at the farm in Tupper after dad retired. Her heart and soul was her big flower garden at the farm. Her sense of humor and adventure was well known. She got the reputation for being bit of a dare devil by going for a motorcycle ride with Harry and once suffered a broken tailbone from being bucked off Lady.
Mom and dad were to souls connected in every sense of the way. Their love for life and passion for family has been passed down through the generations as we continue to be there for one another.
Mom moved to Pouce where her door was always open for family and friends when dad passed away. Mom and Betty Mitchell were never far apart. Where you found one, you found the other, either picking saskatoons or having coffee and having good times. Keith McLeod lived with mom during this time and mom always enjoyed Keith’ company. They always took care of each other.
Mom eventually moved into the Pouce Coupe care home and it soon became home to her. Her sense of humor and quick wit was known to all of the staff, who also became part of her family.
Mabel will be greatly missed by her sister Kathy, Mabel’s children, grandchildren and great – grandchildren who cherished her as the matriarch of her family.
A memorial service for Mabel was held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Reverend Marilyn Carroll officiated. Eulogy was read by Dave Hay.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mabel, may be made by donation to the: ‘South Peace Hospice and Palliative Care Society’ Room 101, 916-103rd Ave, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 3W2 or ‘The Canadian Cancer Society’, 1000 - 105 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2B9.
Harold Preston Roberts
How does one summarize the full and active life of such a caring, kind, gentle man.
Born to Alfred and Clara McCallum Roberts at Winsloe P.E.I. October 13 1920. Harold's mother passed away when he was 2 so he was sent to live with maternal grandparents. At age 5 the family moved to Trochu Alberta. Another tragedy with the loss of brother Hiebert 2 years older.Schooling took place in Trochu area with only a High School Diploma on the last day of school. Harold found work for a "gassed" WW1 Vet with 1/2 section for $25 a month.
In July 1940 Harold enlisted becoming a member of the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals. After 2 weeks training in Barriefield they sailed for England. For a time in Aldershot living in Quonset huts. Many schemes marches and parades but Harold always dwelt on the humour in situations.He loved to visit historic places when on leave. A falling ladder and subsequent hospitalization kept him from joining his 2nd Division mates in the Dieppe raid where 5000 young men lost their lives. His brother Vern did survive. Training continued and eventually the troops marched through Europe through many fierce battles and on to the Liberation of the Netherlands. Harold received the Bronze Cross and Citation from Queen Wilhelmina and also a citation from King George. Many of Harold's mates were lost and stayed in that far land under well kept crosses. Harold was discharged in Calgary April 1946 after 5 years and 9 months away. With a handshake they were on their way to civilian life.
Some time spent in the area where he met Lois Ross who was working in the drug store at Trochu and they became engaged.
A friend came home from the Peace Country and told Harold once you come to the Peace you never leave and he didn't. He sent for his bride to be and they were married May 22 1948. A very courageous lady first of all to fly and then leave all her family behind and be married in a strange place. They lived in and around the area where all 5 children were born. Ross 1952, Gail, 1955 Hal, 1960, Bonnie, 1961 and Sandra 1962.
Camping, hunting, dogs, gardening, fishing, curling,yearly holiday's were some of the activities while raising his family. Harold loved to impart knowledge and dole out words of wisdom like Education is something you can always take with you--keep learning. A positive and optimistic attitude is a must.
Harold retired from BC Tel in 1984.
Lois passed away in 1991, Sept. 23. and Harold kept the family home for a time, then went to FSJ to be with son Hal and help build his house there.
The Legion was an important part of Harold's life and he was given a life membership in the Dawson Creek Branch. He was also instrumental in starting Ducks Unlimited her in DC 25 years ago.
He loved to take his dogs on the spring Greenwing field trips.
He also was a Zone Director for the local Seniors for 10 years.
Harold still came back to DC to play bridge and met and courted a lady who attended.
Harold and Elenor were married in August 1996 and made the most of those 15 plus years, traveling quite extensively in Canada, US, and Europe. He still had time for dogs and gardens and looked forward to producing cherries this year. Harold and Elenor were on vacation in Texas when Harold became ill. They came back to Abbotsford Hospital where Harold slipped away peacefully April 7 2011. All 8 children had been able to visit that last week.Harold's wisdom and considerate kindhearted nature will be dearly missed by his loving wife Elenor, sons Ross, Hal/Gloria, daughters Gail/Wayne MacLaren, Bonnie/Gerald Taylor. Sandra/Terry Taylor and second family Tim, Brent/Wendy Hofferd, & Ruth Asleson. Grandchildren Trenten & Natalie MacLaren, Kerri/Adam Stoppler, Jamie, Kristen & Jenelle Roberts, Chase, Josh, chandelle and Nicole Hofferd, Sarah and Miranda Asleson, as well as numerous friend and other extended family. He was predeceased by his first wife Lois and all his siblings.
A memorial service was held on Saturday April 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, B.C. Reverend Marilyn Carroll officiated.
1921 - 2011
Who was John Cumming? He was our brother, Dad, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, and friend.
John was born in County Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland on 5 September 1921 second of four children to John and Jessie Cumming, a farm manager and his wife. In 1925 John senior brought his young family to Canada and started working on farms in the Harris and Bents area of Saskatchewan. Eventually Grandpa bought his own farm near Harris. The farm is still in the family.
John grew up during the depression. He went to grade 10 in a one room school house and worked on the farm. He remembered those days fondly. They instilled in him values of family, honesty and hard work by which he lived the rest of his life.
Like many of his generation John’s life was interrupted by WWII. John joined the RCAF in June 1942 and became an aero engine technician. He served at St Thomas Ontario, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Edmonton, all Commonwealth Air Training Bases. In 1944 John met and married our mother Joey in Edmonton.
After the war John trained as an auto mechanic with Ford Motor Company and worked in Rosetown and Dinsmore Saskatchewan. By 1957 he wanted his own business so he opened a service station in Calgary. John was a great mechanic but a poor business man. In 1960 the service station closed and he moved his family to Edmonton where he worked for Taylor Pearson and Carson. He was transferred to Dawson Creek in 1963. In1966 TPC closed in Dawson Creek and John opened his own shop, Cumming Automotive. John had learned about business from his Calgary experience, as a result, he operated a respected and successful auto repair business for many years. John’s honesty in dealing with people and his technical skills were respected throughout the community.
John wasn’t all work, he liked to play also. He loved the outdoors, as a family we enjoyed many camping holidays. John also enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, cards, horseshoes and golf. He was a long time member of the Dawson Creek Legion and Dawson Creek Seniors Club. Many of the ladies will remember how much he loved to dance. John was also a member of the Dawson Creek Auto Club.
On September 5th 2001 we had a very special day with John. With 100% family attendance we celebrated John’s 80th birthday. Everyone loved their brother, father, grandfather and friend so much they made an extra effort to share this special day with him.
Halloween Day 2006 was not a great day for John as he fell on the ice and broke his right hip. From being active and living on his own he was now in a wheelchair and living in Pouce Coupe Care Home and later Rotary Manor. The staff took great care of John where his smile and sense of humor helped every one through each day.
Time took its toll on John and he quietly passed away on 20th April 2011 age 89. He kept his sense of humor and that big bright smile till the end.
John will be greatly missed by his sisters Mary Basler, Violet/Ray Morse. Brother George/Betty Cumming. Children Dan/ Noni Cumming, Denise/Allister Pedersen, Gordon/Karen Cumming. Grandchildren Stephen Cumming, Kristy/ Mark Ruel, Jenny Pedersen/Andre Duguay, Christopher/Ada Cumming, Michael/Elizabeth Cumming. Great Grandchildren Nina Cumming and Owen Ruel.
A Funeral service was held on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Reverend Barbara Pilozow officiated. Eulogy presented by Dan Cumming.