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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Dawson Creek - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 64

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Iona Marie Hasz
1942 ~ 2011

Iona was a long time resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, February 28, 1942. Iona passed away on August 12, 2011, in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 69 years of age. A private Memorial service was held on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Father Michael Anyasoro officiated.

At her request Iona was cremated.

Iona is remembered by her husband Jim Hasz, her three children Pat Wollshlager, Mary Lou (Ed) Derocher and Victor Jewett. Iona was also an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Iona was an active and long time member of C.0.P. - 'Citizens On Patrol'.

Donald Gordon Tolway
1948 ~ 2011

...better known as Don Tolway was born Nov 2nd 1948 and passed away suddenly at home on July 1st 2011. Don was the fourth born son to Ludwig and Julia Tolway. Don was born on a homestead in Lymburn, Alberta, just west of Hythe. Don then had one sister followed by two more brothers. He had the usual rural upbringing of those times. After schooling he, like all the young lads at the time joined the work force with the rigs. Don then met Lynne ( Bumstead) and they had two daughters. Don, Lynne and the girls moved to Calgary for a short time, and when their relationship faded Lynne and the girls moved back to Dawson Creek, Don followed shortly after but headed to Spirit River where he remained there until his passing. Don loved nothing more than to spend time with his grandchildren, and was very proud of all 3 of them. He loved to come to Dawson Creek to watch over them and to see how much they had grown since the last time he had seen them. Don also loved to play crib with anyone but it was his daughter Tammy who dealt him a perfect hand in 2008, he was so excited and shocked that he had to show me right away, before playing the hand. About 25 years ago he suffered his first attack of health problems and really hadn't been well since then. The last few years Don made his home with his mother and got to be quite a good gardener, as some of you know he was pretty proud of his pumpkins. Don also loved to hunt and couldn't wait for the season to open and see if he was lucky enough to get a draw. Don loved to hang out at the local coffee shop and became close to the gals there, (you know who you are) . Don was predeceased by his father Ludwig and brothers Tom and Mitchell. Survived by his mother Julia of Spirit River, brothers Raymond of Grande Prairie, Richard of Edmonton, Murray (Doreen) of Riverside,California. Sister Joyce (Raymond) Deschene of Grande Prairie, his daughter Tammy ( Darcy) Wyant of Bonanza AB and her children, Skylar (Morgan) Remfert, Hailey and Chance Russell, numerous aunts,uncles, cousins nieces and nephews. Don also leaves behind the father of his grandchildren, Dan Russell of Dawson Creek, who he considered to be a very good friend and was the son he never had. We will miss you Grampa. As per Dons request no funeral will be held.

Mildred Irene Best
1922 - 2011

Mildred Irene Williams, better known as “Millie”, was born to John and Alma Willams on Friday March 31 1922 in Fernie, BC, where she was raised. Millie was the youngest of five children in the Williams family.

Growing up in Fernie began Mom’s love of the outdoors. She told us of many stories of climbing mountains to pick flowers, with the most interesting story being of swimming in the Elk River. Millie would describe, “we would jump from a pier into cold crystal clear water - come up numb and then our bodies felt warm - we would swim downstream under the bridge - maybe 4-5 miles and my friends and I would walk home along the highway”.

Millie graduated from high school in 1941 in Fernie, then went on to Garbutt Business College. Later, she joined the R.C.A.F., was posted to Gander Newfoundland, and her future husband Tom. After they were discharged, they settled in Dawson Creek with the first two of their three children Charlene and Garry, Cindy showing up late as usual.

Millie worked alongside Tom at the Alberta Poultry Marketers when they first came to Dawson and later started as a secretary at the South Peace United Church. This became less of a job and more of a career that lasted for 32 years. She was an active member of the church and it played a large role in her life leading to being a more active member of the community. Millie earned a lifetime membership with the U.C.W. and the Sons of Norway. She was also a member of the Girl Guides for 55 years and earned a life time membership there as well.

Alongside her love for church and community, her great pride lay with family. Millie felt blessed with her three children, her seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and their families and never ceased to maintain some degree of contact with them, no matter how distant they may be. It was her great concern to try not to let geography become a factor where family was concerned, whether it be Tom’s extended family or hers. After all family was family, you didn’t necessarily have to be related.

Millie always loved the outdoors fishing and camping whether it be with family or Guides. She very much enjoyed helping Tom drive and show their Welsh ponies where ever the circuit would take them, developing friendships that would last a life time. Along with volunteering and baking it all led to a rich and fulfilling life and one could aspire to, but it all came to an end last Monday when she fell asleep forever with family by her side.

Millie was predeceased by her husband Tom, her parents as well as her brothers and sisters. She is survived by children Charlene (Lindsey), Garry (Marie), and Cindy (Terry), her grandchildren Lori (Heath), Deirdre (Todd), Candace (Taras), Kim, Curtis (Tracy), Mike (Ashley) and Brett (Aiesha) her great grandchildren Maddison, Joshua, Blaine, Jared, Emily, Aislyn, Jaydah, Liam, Callum, Tavyn, Marlea, Garrin, and Anndra.

There are never words nor time enough to do justice to a life, but Millie left us enough memories so that every time we think of her, we honor her. We may no longer see Millie but each of us has shared moments to recall and we can all be grateful for having known her.

Until we meet again Mom.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pouce Coupe Care Home and Rotary Manor for the wonderful care they gave Millie. Thank you to Elizabeth Gillott for officiating and the organist, Merrill Flewelling, mom always enjoyed listening to you play. Thank you to the UCW for the luncheon, the Girl Guides for their baking, the staff at Bergeron Funeral Home and all our friends and extended family who brought food and flowers. Everyone's support and kindness was very much appreciated during this difficult time.

Isobel Jean Cornish (nee Hood)
1912 ~ 2011

Isobel went to be with her Lord and Saviour at age 98 in Fort St John, BC where she was living with her daughter.

Isobel was born on October 28, 1912 in Alberta and raised on the farm. After high school, she attended Normal School in Edmonton and taught for many years throughout rural Alberta. She was married to Herb in Winnipeg during the war and they raised their family in Edmonton before retiring to their idyllic acreage in Stepping Stone Estates in Vernon, BC. They and their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren enjoyed 25 years at their retirement project. Isobel and Herb were very involved in their neighborhood and their church First Baptist in Vernon.

Isobel was pre-deceased by her loving husband Herb in 1993 and is survived by brothers Merrick (Vera) and Jim and sisters Helen Leveridge and Shirley Collings, her daughter Carolyn (Don) Irwin, sons Bob (Ginny) and Don, Grandchildren Aja, Jake (Celine), Elyse, Mallory Cornish and Sean (Serena), Christy, Michael, Scott Irwin and great grandchildren Arrielle, Cameron, Cadon, Carson Irwin, Taya VanDyke and Mia Cornish. She is also survived by many extended family members.

A celebration of Isobel’s life will be held at the Vernon Lodge / Best Western Hotel in Vernon, BC on Sunday July 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the North Peace Care Society at 9907 110 Ave Fort St John, BC V1J 2S9.

Remembrances can be sent to Carolyn at or Bob at

Robert Richard Beaver
1957 ~ 2011

Robert a resident of Dawson Creek, passed away October 27, 2011, at 54 years of age. A family visitation was held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel. A wake was held Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 1:00 pm at the Silverado, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Family and friends were welcomed to come and
remember Robert, a special friend.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Robert,
may be made by way of a donation to the
‘Salvation Army’
1436-104th Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 2J8

Eileen Ann Burden
1960 ~ 2011

Eileen was born on December 1st, 1960 to Gordon and Elizabeth Smith. She was a real fighter from being a pre-mature baby right to the end.

Eileen was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and friend and she will be missed by a lot of people.

If she was here she would say, quit your tears, and live life to the fullest. That’s exactly what she did. She was a strong willed determined lady, with a jovial sense of humor, loved the Lord and had a smile for everyone.

This summer, Eileen had the chance to work at C.J.D.C. Radio, operating the board for the Chuckwagon Races, and she enjoyed that so much. Steve got to train her and he enjoyed that because for the only time in their 21 year marriage, he was able to tell his wife what to do! That worked out great until they got home and then his sucking up went into high gear.

Eileen and Steve both had a passion for motorcycle riding and rode whenever they had a chance to do so.

They have no children, and instead they sponsor two children through Compassion Canada which they’ve done for about 18 years.

Eileen’s determination was evident in many ways. If someone told her that something couldn’t be done, she would look at them; go ‘huh”! and do it anyway.

Eileen also had her tough times, with Achilles surgery this January, a rib injury 3 months ago, and finally the illness which tragically took her from us on October 25th, 2011, at the University Hospital in Prince George.

Eileen was the love of Steve’s life, his soul-mate and the jewel in his crown. God’s speed Eileen, you will be missed.

A memorial service was held November 4, 2011 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek.
Officiated by ~David Diwell
Eulogy by ~ Carol Bowd

Expressions of sympathy In memory of Eileen,
May be made by donation to the
‘Canadian Cancer Society’
1000-105 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2B9
‘BC Children’s Hospital’
4480 - Oak Street,Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3V4

Gary Legge
1941 ~ 2011

Gary a resident of Fort Nelson, British Columbia passed away October 20, 2011 in Fort Nelson, at 56 years of age.

Gary is from Newfoundland and still has family there.
Your legacy will be your compassion and easy forgiveness of others. Your humility, no one was more humble. Honest to a fault, and honorable. But it's your loyalty that stands out first and foremost. Loyalty to your family and to your friends. It was a constant, and we could count on it.

Gary's family is spread across the country, and we were not able to be there in person. We had to trust the care of our beloved Gary to those who were closer. His wife, Dianne, never left his side. She was his protector, she was his rock, and we knew he was safe in her hands. His daughters, Amanda and Jennifer were there whenever they could be, and although he was always fighting his illness, he always fought that much harder when his girls were near him.

And you, the collective community of Fort Nelson, you made it clear to all of us, that Gary's support system was far broader than that. You showed how much you cared through your incredible generosity at the benefit held here, and you made us all feel confident that Gary, Dianne, Amanda and Jennifer were well looked after.

Any of you who know Gary and Dianne and have seen them together know their marriage was rock solid. This was evident from day 1.
The strength of Gary and Dianne's marriage tells us that not only is Dianne a strong woman, she is an incredibly patient woman. To make an extreme understatement, Gary was a stubborn man. Or as my mother would say, a pig-headed man. Once Gary got an idea in his head, there was no changing it. He was going to achieve whatever outcome he wanted to achieve, whether anyone else believed it to be possible or not. The nicer words I could use to describe these traits would be perseverance and tenacity, and it was these very traits that carried him through every challenge he faced, including 3 very hard fought battles with cancer.

It wasn't only his stubborn nature that carried him through those difficult times. It was also his love for his family and his determination to stay with them. Gary was THE family man. His parents, siblings and extended family were very important to Gary, but his world revolved around Dianne, Amanda and Jennifer. Maintaining connections with all of his family was what Gary did best. The family consists of 7 siblings, each with very individual personalities. Every large family has challenges keeping the peace when personalities collide, or staying close when your are spread geographically across a very large land mass like Canada. For them, Gary was, the glue that holds them together. When one of them would head home to Newfoundland, they would typically make the trip on their own and that would be that. But whenever Gary planned a trip home, everyone else would start scrambling to see who else could get there too. It didn't always come together, but they would always make the effort. There was something about his presence that made them feel the need to come together.

Gary was a loyal man. His loyalty extended not only to his family, but also to his friends. Gary cared about everyone and could not bear to see people unhappy. He was always ready to do anything and everything he could to help other people, even if that meant that he went without. Seeing the relief and the happiness in the faces of others was the only thanks he needed or wanted.

Gary was the most caring and generous man ever known. Gary left a legacy. Gary was always willing to help his fellow man. To try to make the world a better place. Gary was a Good Samaritan.

Now he is an angel. And we will never forget him
or stop loving him.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the Fort Nelson Seconday School, Fort Nelson, British Columbia

Officiated by Don White

Expressions of sympathy maybe made in memory of Gary by way of a donation to the:
‘Fort Nelson Hospital Foundation’
5315 Liard Street, Fort Nelson, British Columbia, V0C 1R0
‘The Cross Cancer Institute’
1156 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1Z2

Eldon John Carl Lochead
1955 ~ 2011

Eldon a resident of Dawson Creek, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 56 years of age. Eldon was born in Manning, Alberta. Eldon was married to Debbie Lochead, son in-law to Judy Gordichuk and the late Andy Gordichuk. Brother in-law to Patti (Cliff) Hindmarch and Shaunesy Gordichuk (Darren Pegg) . Uncle to Kevin, Paul and Tami Hindmarch;
Aubree and Preslee Pegg.

A memorial gathering and visitation was held on Thursday, October 27, 2011,at 7:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Eldon was cremated.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Eldon
may be made by way of a donation to the
‘SPCA’ 637 - 114 Avenue,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

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