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ELKIN, Paul Johnathon

August 14, 1942 – November 28, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather & Great-Grandfather.  Paul passed away peacefully at the age of 78.

Paul will be greatly missed by his wife Hazel of 55 years; three children, Allan (Betty) Elkin, Wendy Walker, and Matthew (Leslie) Elkin; fourteen grandchildren, Amanda, Jordon (Brooke), Keith Jr., Janaye, Ryan, Jessica, Mark (Ashly), Ethan, Emmett, Erika, Darryl, Soren, Avalon and Adalay; and four great-grandchildren, Eden, Kowen, Emma, and Samantha.

Paul is predeceased by his parents Robert & Ellen Elkin, son Shawn Elkin, daughter-in-law Anneke Elkin, and grandson Andrew Walker.

Paul was born in Red Deer, AB. He was the older brother to David (Sandra) Elkin of Smithers BC. He lived with his parents in Calgary as a young boy before moving to Didsbury, AB where he helped his Dad run the family owned Service Station. He met and married his wife Hazel in 1965. They moved to Calgary to raise their family before settling in Cochrane, AB in 1983. 

Paul received his Certificate of Apprenticeship in the trade of Carpentry from SAIT. This was his passion. He enjoyed refinishing furniture, gardening, baking, and had many projects on the go. He was a kind gentle giant who loved to tell stories and he had many to share. He was a people person and always valued his relationships. He was “one of a kind” and he will be greatly missed by those who knew him.  Paul enjoyed being a part of the Cochrane Alliance Church. He was very much involved in the early days of the church renovations. If there was a question, he was the guy to call. He also enjoyed helping with the yearly pancake breakfasts.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cochrane Activettes. 

You are invited to view a Live Stream of Paul’s Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, December 9th at 1:00 pm through this link on Cochrane Alliance Church website:

Following the service (2:30 pm) you are invited to join a ZOOM Virtual Reception where you can visit with Hazel and the family.

Meeting ID: 818 8936 1202 – Passcode: Gi1cng

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 1st, 2020 | 2 Comments »

KRUPA, Adam Edward

1933 – 2020

Peacefully on November 24, 2020, Adam passed away at home with his wife by his side.  Adam leaves behind Pat (nee Lamb), his wife of 51 years along with his daughter Darla Caligiuri and husband Tony with grandsons Caden and Colby, his son Dean Krupa and wife Jennifer with granddaughters Kamryn, Grace and Finley. He is also survived by a large extended family including a sister, two brother-in-laws, 4 sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

Adam was born at Lake Audy, Manitoba in 1933 to Mike Krupa and Mary Wasylenko, the second youngest of nine children. He walked to a single room school every day through arduous conditions and after school, his priorities were hunting, trapping and fishing to supply the family with food as his father had passed away when Adam was three years old. He moved to Winnipeg at age 19 and worked at the Simmons Bedding Company for several years, but the saying that “you can’t take the country out of the boy” was very true for Adam as he returned to the homestead and began raising cattle. He was skilled and resourceful in many ways: doing his own veterinary work with the cattle, building anything and everything, repairing his own machinery…whatever it took the keep the farm operational. He worked hard and long days and sacrificed greatly all of his working life.

Adam was a gifted fiddle player who was self-taught from an early age and was well-known throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario. He had an incredible ear for music and could play a tune exactly as he heard it. He composed his own original fiddle tunes and recorded an album that is still played today on local Manitoba radio stations. He was inducted into the Ukrainian Musician’s Hall of Fame and was presented a Lifetime Achievement award in 2015. He started a few bands and played many weddings, socials and dances over the years. It was through playing those dances that he met Pat. He needed an accordion player in the band and called on Pat to fill in the spot. After several dances, they started dating and were married in 1969. That band named “Adam Krupa and Northwind” continued for a great number of years.

He thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing but his greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of his children’s achievements and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up. He also had a green thumb and loved gardening. He loved to visit with friends and family often the fiddle would come out during those times for a jam session.

He was a kind, honest to a fault, generous and gentle man who will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when circumstances will allow.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on November 26th, 2020 | 44 Comments »

SKELTON, Hendrina (Henny) Cornelia

October 15, 1934 – November 23, 2020

Hendrina (Henny) Skelton was born in Rotterdam, Holland on October 15, 1934 and passed away November 23, 2020 in Calgary, AB. 

She will be greatly missed by her daughters Kitty (Ron) Kehler and Sissy (Jeff) Avery; her grandchildren Rina (Julian) Cardinal, Tami Schuit, Terra (Stacey) Theberge, and Cole Avery; her great grandchildren Tristan, Colbie, Jakob , Rylan, and Allie; and her sister Nell Jansen. Henny will also be missed by her friend Freda at the Big Hill Lodge. 

Thank you to all the staff at Brentwood Care Centre for your care. A special thank you to Sandra and all her wonderful staff at the Big Hill Lodge for looking after our Mom the many years she resided there, and thank you Sandra for letting Mom feed her precious squirrels, birds, deer and any other animal that happened to come along.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Dementia Society or the Cochrane Humane Society.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on November 26th, 2020 | 4 Comments »


February 2, 1961 – November 12, 2020

Celebrating the life of Julian Monrose

Julian Monrose, 59, of Cochrane, Alberta died peacefully on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in his home after a long and hard battle. He was born Thursday Feb 2, 1961 in Laborie, St-Lucia to Mary and Michael Monrose.  He immigrated to Canada in 1974, raised in Ottawa, Ontario but later moved west and settled in Cochrane, Alberta.

He is survived by his mother Mary, his 5 siblings, Peter, Anselm, Aurelia, Denise and Anthony and their families.

A rebel at heart, who fought a good fight to the end and is now at peace.  His determination to live touched us all.  He is described as kind and honest, giving of himself and generous to a fault. He had a great sense of humor and represented the best of us all.

He looked at the world as a place full of possibilities. He achieved remarkable success in the Architectural world.  An intellectual and yet spiritual man, a deep thinker who often found ways to help others.

He will be sorely missed by family, friends and those who’s lives he touched and all who knew him.

“I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall not pass this way again.” ― Stephen Grellet

Farewell Brother

You are at peace, you are truly free

Hope is a fire in our hearts

Hope is an anchor that holds us firm

Hope is a light that shines like the sun

We see the sunset but we also know there will be a sunrise tomorrow,

As we see ourselves there….when all will be made new

We will see each other again.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on November 23rd, 2020 | No Comments »

GILES, Mervyn Dudley

May 5, 1935 – November 10, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Mervyn Giles of Cochrane.

Merv was born May 5, 1935 to Jack and Jessie Giles of Shepard, AB. Merv had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He attended Shepard school until grade 9. Merv went to High School at Western where he met the love of his life, Claudia Indergard. They were married November 10, 1956.

In 1969 the family moved to the Cochrane area.

Merv was predeceased by his brothers Terry, John, Barney and 2 of his sisters, Thora and Jean(Guthrie). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Claudia, two daughters, Charlene Gale and Carrie Giles and son, Clint (Glenda) Giles and his 6 grandchildren, Kendra, John, Michael Gale and Randi-lyn, Cole and Taylor Giles. He is also survived by his younger sister, Joan Delorme.

Merv was a lifelong rancher and hauled “soup”(stillage) to his cattle for years.

He enjoyed raising and racing greyhound dogs, taking many down to the tracks in the USA. He got interested in raising and showing Miniature Horses and it became his passion. With the miniatures, he became a Stampede volunteer and later the Chairman of the Miniature Horse Committee. He and Claudia  also volunteered at Aggie Days for years. He was a big Calgary Stampede supporter.

Merv and Claudia took the UFA Miniature Horse hitch to many parades all over Alberta for many years.

In the last years, Merv suffered from dementia and was a resident of Bethany Care Cochrane. His family would like to thank everyone at Bethany for the fine care he received.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Parkinson’s Society of Canada.

Due to Covid restrictions there will be no funeral.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on November 11th, 2020 | 13 Comments »

CANNADY, Myron Earl

January 12, 1943 – November 4, 2020

CANNADY, Myron Earl of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at the Cambridge Manor in his 78th year.  Predeceased by the love of his life, Kathy, in 2018.  Dearly loved father of Kevin (and wife, Allin), Keenan (and wife, Michele), and Kirk (and wife, Mila), all of Calgary.  Cherished Grandfather of Keaton, Kandra, Carolyn, and Jessica, all of Calgary.  Beloved brother of the late Jim (and wife, the late Barb) Cannady of Taber, Alberta, Betty (and husband, the late Bob) Morrison of Lethbridge, the late Joan (and husband, Keith) Langille of Camrose, Gordy (and wife, Brenda) Cannady of Calgary,  June (and husband, Harry) Wong of Edmonton, and Bobby (and wife, Carol Anne) of Guelph, Ontario.  Dear brother-in-law of the late George (and wife, Elenor) Hooge of Caronport, Saskatchewan, Lena (and husband, George) Plett of Gem, Alberta, Jake (and wife, Marie) Hooge of Lethbridge, and Dorothy (and husband, Pete) Dzobia, of Lethbridge. Myron was also loved by many nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to express our sincere and profound gratitude to Gordy, Brenda, and Ryan Cannady for moving in with Myron on his beloved acreage and caring for him for nearly eighteen months.  Only with their kindness and selflessness was he able to remain in the comfort of his own home for that length of time.   

We would also like to extend our deep appreciation to the staff at the Cambridge Manor for their friendly, cheerful, caring, compassionate dedication to Myron’s care during these unprecedented times; especially when COVID prevented family visits.  Several of you went far beyond the scope of your practice to keep him safe and feeling loved when we could not.

Myron will always be remembered for his love and undying devotion to his soul mate, Kathy, his deep affection for their dogs, his enjoyment of camping, hiking, and nature.  They are all together again.  He is also fondly remembered for his love of traditional country music (especially Elvis), classic cars, horses, cheezies and all things chocolate (especially sister Betty’s famous fudge).

The family will find a way to celebrate Myron’s life with family and friends sometime in 2021 pending Covid and resulting restrictions and guidelines.  All will be notified when we are able to gather. 

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Alzheimer’s Society, or the Calgary Humane Society.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on November 9th, 2020 | 1 Comment »

EDGE, Kayla Audrey

Born 1994 – Kamloops, BC

Passed away 2020 – Cochrane, AB

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Kayla just as she was looking forward to the next chapter of her life.  She had a heart full of kindness and was a unique soul to all those who knew her.

Kayla was loved unconditionally and will be mourned by her mothers, Linda Edge and Diane Allen, father Randall Edge, sister Kiera and niece Lilith, and special aunt Valerie Marceau (Rick). She will also be missed by her paternal aunts and uncles, Kelly, Jocelyn, Allan (Nancy), Frank (Mary), Robert (Julie) and cousins Michael and Kyle.  

There will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elizabeth Fry Society are appreciated. 

Kayla and Kiera
Kayla, Val, Rick
Family Photo
On the beach
Linda and Kayla

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on October 26th, 2020 | 16 Comments »

CASAVANT, Clement Joseph

January 7, 1952 – October 14, 2020

It is with great sadness and fond memories we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A strong, courageous, generous man.  

He will be sadly missed by his 3 daughters; Jeannie (John) Akerstrom, Jenny Casavant and Julie Casavant, and his 2 grand children; Cacie Akerstrom and Jaxen Casavant, his siblings Marie (Gilles) April, Andre (Muriel) Casavant, Marcel (Marilyn) Casavant, Raymond Casavant and Lilliane (Brian) Berquist; as well as his numerous nieces, nephews, brother/sister in laws and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Clementine and Ernest Casavant; sisters Yvette Casavant, Suzanne Grimard, Jeannine Bussiere, Irene Hilkewich; father/mother-in-law, brothers-in-law and nephew Marcel Grimard. 

Dad was born on January 7, 1952 in Prince Albert, SK. He grew up with his family (mom, dad and 9 siblings) on a farm in Doremy, SK. Dad shared many fond memories of his earlier years and we loved his stories. Dad was a great hockey player and went on to play for Notre Dame College in Manitoba for a few years.

He later moved to Coquitlam, BC in the summer when he was 18 where he met his wife Lucie of 22 years. In 1975, Clem, his brother Ray Casavant and their wives moved to Kimberley, BC, new owners of “The Canadian Hotel”. A few years later Ray went on his own and Clem continued to run the Canadian Hotel for 20 years. Dad loved baseball and played for many years as the pitcher and sponsored many sports teams.

After Dad sold the Hotel in 1995, he moved to Calgary to be closer to his daughters and worked in Construction for the next 20 years. Dad retired at the age of 62.

He LOVED the Calgary Flames, the BIGGEST fan ever!! Dad also loved Elvis Presley and was known as Uncle Elvis to his many nieces and nephews. His other passions included Johnny Cash, Dancing, Music, Card Games, Movies and TV, his beloved cat “Ms Kitty” whom he had for 15 years, Socializing and loved having a visitor over, where there was always a cold “Lucky Beer” in the fridge.

Dad never complained. He enjoyed a simple life and reminded us in his last days, he had a great life. We will miss his stories, sense of humour and love him, forever and always. Dad will always be our Hero and Guardian Angel.

A special thank you to the Doctors and Nurses in ER and units 39/38 – Peter Lougheed Hospital, and the Dulcina Hospice.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at The Spot Pub and Grill, 4408 17 Ave SE, at 2pm. All welcome.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on October 17th, 2020 | 9 Comments »

CRYDERMAN, Russell Douglas

March 16, 1984 – October 8, 2020

Loved by his son Mason, parents Anne and Bill, brother Phil, Mason’s mother Ambra, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Russell passed with his family by his side from complications following cardiac arrest. Sincere thanks to the staff at South Health Campus ICU for their excellent care and compassion, especially Sarah, Jacqueline, Anna, Dr. Chip Doig and Dr. Philippe Couillard.  

Russell was a Calgarian, born and raised. He attended Westgate Elementary, Bishop Pinkham Jr High, the National Sport School, and Central Memorial High. Community sports were a huge part of his early life, playing hockey for the Royals and soccer for the Chinooks. 

This past year he was proud to be an essential worker at Safeway. Keen to engage others in conversation, his work provided endless opportunities for interaction. He fondly spoke of the people he met and what he learned from them. And he never asked a single customer, “Do you really need ALL that toilet paper?”

Favourite activities included spending time with Mason, running, weightlifting, tennis, karaoke, family games and discussing current events. He had a magical connection with dogs. He was an avid sportsfan…Flames, Blue Jays, Federer. 

Russell, we will miss your smile, laughter and sense of humour. We love you “warts and all”. We are so proud of your donation of organs; a truly generous offering at a time of thanksgiving.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Russell’s name to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated. 

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on October 16th, 2020 | 15 Comments »

JOHNSEN, Rosemary

April 24, 1934- October 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Rosemary Johnsen announces her passing on October 13, 2020, at the age of 86 years.

Rosemary was a native Calgarian, and was beloved by all. She was predeceased by her husband Jack (Johno) in 2011, her brothers Jack and Don, and sisters Carol and Shirley. She is survived by her sons Michael (Donna), Murray (Wendy), brother Gerry (Ann), her grandchildren Cody and Amanda, and her great grandchildren Jackson and Hailey

Rosemary had a full and rewarding life, working as a bookkeeper mostly.

Retirement years took Jack and Rosemary to Campbell River B.C. and Apache Junction AZ, where they made many lifelong friends, but Calgary was always home.

We would like to thank the staff and medical professionals at the Rockyview Hospital, Trinity Lodge, and Chinook Care Centre for their care of our beloved mother.

At Rosemary’s request, there will be no service.

Donations to the MS Society of Canada would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Lawrence (Larry) Slywka of Cochrane Country Funeral Home.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on October 15th, 2020 | 8 Comments »