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GRANTON, James Joseph

January 19, 1960 – December 25, 2020

Born in Brockville, Ontario, James spent his childhood wandering the colorful valley of the St Lawrence river with his family and friends exploring the rich history of the region, spending many a day in the creeks and woods lining the riverbanks. Upon graduation James would spend time in Kingston pursuing further academic studies. Seeking new opportunities, James moved westward, eventually finding himself in southern Alberta working as a geological surveyor, establishing a small consulting enterprise, and later settling in Calgary. During this time, James would meet his wife, Carolyn. The two would share their first child, Nicholas, in 1992 and after marrying in 1994, a second boy, Brian, would follow swiftly in 1995. A man devoted to his family, James could almost always be found at the local rink or ball diamond cheering on whichever boy had a game that day. Retiring in 2017 from a long career contributing to Canada’s resources industry, James enjoyed his new found freedom by spending time outdoors, hiking, boating and living anew, he especially adored spending time with his granddaughter. James had a burning passion for many facets of life. He held a deep respect for art, particularly that of the first nations peoples and water-colour painting techniques, and for philosophy and hearty debate. James was never one to shy from candid conversation or offering principled advice, a trait for which he would be both cherished and admonished.

James is survived by his wife of 26 years, Carolyn, his boys, Nick and Brian, and his beloved granddaughter, Addison. Predeceased by his father, Brian Granton and his stepfather Gord McElroy, James is also survived by his Mother; Marina McElroy, and siblings; Charles, Theresa, Marilyn, and Gordon as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

As an expression of sympathy or in lieu of flowers his family has asked that a donation be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or Diabetes Canada.

A Photo Tribute of James’s Life has been prepared by the family. Please contact the family for access to that.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on January 11th, 2021 | 17 Comments »

ELIUK, Sylvia June

June 1, 1939 – December 29, 2020

Our Mom and Baba passed away on December 29, 2020.

She was born in Canmore on June 1st 1939 to parents Joseph and Anne Cherak.  Growing up in a coal mining town was tough, but especially so when her father passed away when she was 10 and her sister Margaret was 5.  As a result, Sylvia grew up with a deep appreciation of the value of family, of celebrating the good times and of the importance of helping others in the difficult ones.  Everyone who knew Sylvia benefited from her care for others.

In High School, Sylvia caught the eye of Richard Eliuk. They married in Canmore but soon moved to the city for him to join up with the Calgary Fire Department.  In Calgary she started working at Calgary Power, which turned into a lifelong career. They developed a network of enduring friends, who would join them for annual Salmon fishing trips, Canada Day Reunions, and winters in Arizona.  Most recently, many joined them in celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary earlier this year.

Every family tree has a significant branch.  Baba was our branch. While families inevitably all go their own way, Mom always found a way to bring us back together. We loved her cooking, adored her company and we all pause now to cherish our own memories. Whether celebrating a birthday, hosting Sunday dinners or gathering for the holidays, she always brought us back to what was most important – being together.

She is survived by her husband of 60 Years – Richard, and their three sons: Rick (Lori), Keith (Joanne) and Peter (Kathy) as well as her grandchildren Nichole (Scott), Patricia (Darren), Ethan/Quartz, Kieran, Joel, and Erica.  She is also blessed with 4 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Chayse, Blake and Mason.  Also survived by her cherished sister Margaret Hall and nephews Mark (Tracy) and Steven as well great nephew Jamie and great nieces Michelle, Stacey and Stephanie.

For now we say goodbye Baba, but look forward to being together again soon to lay Sylvia to rest in full view of her beloved Rockies, and the Three Sisters that were a constant focus of her love of oil painting, especially getting that rundle rock just the right tone of grey.

A Memorial Mass and celebration of her life will be scheduled once COVID restrictions allow.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Sylvia’s memory to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society by mail 2234 30 Ave. NE, Calgary AB T2E 7K9 or Ph. 403-701-2876.

Arrangements entrusted to Lawrence (Larry) Slywka, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on January 4th, 2021 | 9 Comments »

DICK, Robert William “Bob”

July 13, 1933 Tees, Alberta

December 31, 2020 Calgary, Alberta

Bob, of Cochrane AB, passed away peacefully at 5:10 p.m. on December 31, 2020, after a long and valiant battle with COPD. Bob is survived by his wife, Adele Dick; three children, Wayne, Sandy, and Terry; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren who loved him dearly. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, bowling, and most of all, his cherished great-grandchildren. Bob was an accomplished author having numerous stories published in outdoor magazines; also penning a book “Memoirs of a Messenger” covering his travels on the railroad. He was Husband, Dad, Pa, Great-Grandpa – he was Bob. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed. Love you Pa❤

A private family gathering will take place at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Bridget Halfyard, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on January 2nd, 2021 | 1 Comment »


August 8, 1936 – December 29, 2020

Harvey “Harv” Hogarth passed away on December 29, 2020 at AgeCare Skypointe Hospice in Calgary at the age of 84 years.

Harv was born to parents, Violet and Harvey Hogarth on August 8, 1936 in Cochrane Alberta.  Harv lived his whole life in Cochrane and was very much part of the fabric that made up this community. He owned and operated Hogarth Transport after his father passed away. It was during this time that he married and started a family.

He loved sports and was an excellent hockey player. Unfortunately, his hockey career was sidelined by an eye injury.  Harv continued to be involved in sports as a player and a coach. He achieved great success in sports including an 8 ender in curling, and a hole in one in golf.  Harv passed on his love and knowledge of sports to the future generations in his family.

Harv had many friends he enjoyed a beer and a chat with at the Texas Gate aka “The Office” before heading to his apartment “The Penthouse” to watch his beloved Montreal Canadiens, curling, or a good cop show.

Harv is survived by his children, Harvey “Chub” (Teresa) Hogarth, and Deanna “Dede” (Troy) Sylvestre; grandchildren, Tallon (Anika), Caitlin (Mike), Dominique (Mitch), and Tristin; 6 great-grandchildren, Alyse, Aurora, Ainslie, Mitchell, Micheal, and Leland; brothers, Bob and John; and sister, Louise. Harv was predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Violet Hogarth.

Harv will be missed by all of his friends and family.

Due to Covid restrictions a Celebration of Harvey’s Life will take place at a later date.

Memorial Donations may be made to Cochrane Minor Hockey, Cochrane Minor Baseball, or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Arrangements entrusted to Bridget Halfyard, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on January 2nd, 2021 | 22 Comments »

SABO, Arlene Mary

November 29, 1962 – December 27, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce that our beloved one passed away peacefully on Sunday December 27th, 2020 in Cochrane AB at the tender age of 58 years young with her loving family at her side.

Arlene will be remembered for her positive take on life, her infectious smile, her free and easy spirit, her giving personality and love for animals.

Arlene was born in Melville SK to her parents Ted and Clara Brockmeyer, moving to Banff at a young age where she met her future husband of 33 years, Ron Sabo. Together they spent approximately 8 years in Banff and Lake Louise, bought their first home in Canmore, and a move to Vernon BC where 3 of the children were born. A final move brought them to Cochrane where they would reside for 24 years and raise their family.

Arlene is survived by her husband Ron Sabo; her sons, Brett Sabo and Jared Sabo; her daughter Tanya Mowers; her 4 sisters, Carol Breton, Joyce Robertson, Donna and Karen Brockmeyer; and 2 brothers, James and Ted Brockmeyer. She is predeceased by her two children, Kortnie and Adam Sabo, and two brothers, Murray and Leon Brockmeyer.

A Celebration of Arlene’s life was held on Monday, January 4th, 2021 at 1:00 pm. A recording of the memorial service will be available following the service by contacting the family.

Those wishing, may stop by on a come and go basis, to pay respects to Arlene’s Urn and family following the service at Cochrane Country Funeral Home (#6, 402 Railway Street West, Cochrane, AB) on Monday, January 4th between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary, AB.

Painting by Kathy Sabo, Arlene’s sister-in-law

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 30th, 2020 | 31 Comments »

ASHTON, Margaret “Peggy” Alice

May 8, 1942 – December 28, 2020

Peggy Ashton, age 78, passed away December 28, 2020 due to long term health complications.  Peggy was born on May 8, 1942 at Fort Erie, Ontario to Jack and Elsie Shedden and was raised in Orillia, Ontario.  Peggy married the love of her life, Ken Ashton, on October 8, 1966 and they soon created a family filled with children and pets.

Peggy loved being a pediatric nurse and enjoyed caring for young children and babies.  Peggy also treasured the time she spent breeding and showing her Bichon Frise dogs.  Peggy had an artistic life filled with creating a wide variety of crafts.  Peggy enjoyed playing mini golf with her grandkids and loved going for drives in the mountains.

Peggy endured a lifetime of illness with an exceptional tenacity. She refused to live in past difficulties and lived her life looking forward.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Elsie Shedden and by her daughter, Kimberly Ashton.  She is survived by her husband, Ken Ashton; her daughter,  Lisa Ramer and husband, Brad Ramer; her daughter, Krista Chenard and husband, Anthony Chenard; her son, Greg Ashton; her grandchildren and her great grandchildren; and her sister Jacqueline Robinson.

A Celebration of Peggy’s life was held on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 1:00 pm. A recording of the memorial service will be available for a short while following the service by contacting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either the Cochrane Humane Society or the Cochrane Food Bank.

You can view the Photo Tribute here that played at the memorial service.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral HomePh: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 30th, 2020 | 15 Comments »

MILES, Lorraine Joy (nee Allan)

November 1, 1950 – December 21, 2020

Lorraine died peacefully at home with her family, after a brief battle with cancer.  She was predeceased by her parents, Muriel and William Allan, and two of her brothers, Bill and Bob. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bob; her daughter Lisa (Steve) Gilchrist; her son Robbie Miles; and two wonderful granddaughters, Bree and Macy.   She is also survived by her brother Dick (Pat); her sisters-in-law, Joy and Val; her cousin Jim Townend (Linda); and numerous other cousins, nieces and nephews.

After working in the Provincial Court for 30 years, Lorraine turned to volunteer work, her favourite was coaching with Special Olympics, a commitment she loved.

Lorraine was a very caring, kind person and made lifelong friends wherever she went.

Lorraine was taken from us too quickly but her memory will last forever by all those who knew her.

A time to celebrate Lorraine’s life will take place when we are able to meet and be together.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics Calgary (

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

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 23rd, 2020 | 37 Comments »

CAMERON, Jody Bruce

December 9, 1969 – October 27, 2020

The world was made brighter on December 9, 1969 when Jody Bruce Cameron came into it, second born of Jim and Carol Cameron. And the world dimmed on October 27, 2020, when Jody left it. His children; Samantha, Hunter and Owen, carry his empathy, humour and energy. His love for his children surpassed everything, and his main concern was that they want for nothing.

After a few years at university, Jody found his true calling. The trades were where Jody shone brightly. What better gift than to give people warmth, shelter and running water, a gift Jody gave generously throughout his life.

His talents didn’t stop there and he was always at the ready to answer the call from family, friends and strangers for issues from freezing, flooding, broken vehicles and renovations. Jody was always willing to lend his hands, expertise and heart to help those in need.

An unsung hero.

His quest for knowledge found Jody absorbing literature from philosophy to nature, creating a contradiction between red neck persona and his philosophic, intellectual nature. His skill at weaving his knowledge and experiences into stories kept many mesmerized. His intelligence caught many off guard when you found yourself discussing tribal culture with the man lying on the kitchen floor fixing a sink, or the philosophy of different political structures as you were handing him some barbed wire to fix your engine enough to make it to the mechanics.

A traveller by nature, adventure found him often before he found it.  His next adventure started before the rest of us were ready.

A celebration of Jody’s life will be held in the spring.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 23rd, 2020 | 6 Comments »

MARTIN, Ray Stewart

January 30, 1919 – December 17, 2020

Ray Stewart Martin left us on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 101 years of age.  A life truly well-lived. 

Ray was born on January 30, 1919 at Cabri, Saskatchewan. He was the middle child of Bruce William Martin and Milesa Pearl Walker, having an older brother Les (Lila) and a younger sister Norma (Earl Watson). Ray’s parents were settlors: breaking land, farming and raising livestock and horses.  Ray grew up knowing the value of a hard day’s work, spending lots time helping build the family farm. 

Ray went to school up to the age of 16, continuing to work on the family farm and saving until he could buy his own land.  He also enjoyed playing hockey in the winters and his favorite position was goalie.

When the war came, Ray decided to do his part and enlisted in the Canadian Army in the spring of 1942.  He spent many months training recruits at various army bases in British Columbia and Nova Scotia and eventually was part of the Allied occupying forces in England, Holland and Belgium at the end of the war.  He rose to the rank of Sergeant and was released from active service in March of 1946.

After a few years working on the family farm, Ray visited George Duguid near Cremona, Alberta and it didn’t take him long to notice the lovely young lady, Eleanor Luft who lived a mile up the road.  While he spent time at the Duguid farm, he wore out a saddlehorse visiting Eleanor every chance he could.  His persistence paid off and they married in Didsbury, Alberta on June 27, 1951.  After a short stint back in Saskatchewan, the couple sold their land in Saskatchewan and moved to Big Prairie, northwest of Cremona.

Ray and Eleanor worked hard together every day of their life – growing feed and cereal crops, raising livestock, milking up to 30 cows, shipping cream and milk daily to Calgary and building a successful home and farm between them.  When the sun went down or the weather was bad, they loved to play cards with family and neighbors and Eleanor would cook amazing meals leaving everyone stuffed and rolling with laughter.  Ray loved to fish and they both loved travelling in their motorhome, camping and visiting across Canada, Alaska and flying to Hawaii.  Ray captured many of these trips on his movie camera and they loved to share their experiences and the beauty that they witnessed.

In 2001 they decided it was time to move off the farm and they had a new house built in Cochrane – a real treat for Eleanor as she loved to cook and entertain and took such great pride in her spotless house.  Ray found a hobby in hooking mats and they both continued to plant a garden in the yard and enjoying its bounty.

In 2012 they moved into the Bethany Care Centre where they have enjoyed 8 and a half wonderful years together sharing the fellowship of other neighbors and residents.  Ray enjoyed doing puzzles, playing cards and playing bingo.  In fact, Ray seemed to have the pulse of the Bethany Centre, knowing all the daily activities and events, and being an active participant and “character” with his colleagues and staff.  Ray was ‘up’ for every tour, visit to the Casino, swimming, ranch visits, shopping, you name it!

Ray is survived by his wife Eleanor, his sister Norma Watson (Saskatchewan), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Les Martin in 2005.

Our deepest thanks to the dedicated and amazing staff at the Bethany Care Centre in Cochrane. They not only cared for, but enriched the lives, of Ray and Eleanor for many years.  Ray truly enjoyed his time and sunset years at the Centre.

Due to provincial Covid restrictions a private service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cochrane Bethany Care Centre.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 21st, 2020 | 4 Comments »

HUPKES, Maureen Dawn

December 1, 1952 – December 9, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Maureen Dawn Hupkes on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, at the age of 68.

Maureen was born in Calgary, Alberta and lived for many years in Cochrane, Alberta. She really enjoyed going for drives and having visits with family members. She loved Christmas, especially looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights in town. She also enjoyed all kinds of animals, especially farm animals. She was a loving wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. We will miss her.

Maureen is survived by her husband, Gerrit Hupkes; children, Maria (Joel) Delamarre, Lisa Hupkes, Peter Hupkes; grandchildren, Brandon, Isabella, Stacy; great-grandchildren, Kingsley, and Bentley; sister, Shawna and (Dave) Mummert; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Hupkes, Dina (Don) Kreller, Henry (Margaret) Hupkes; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Maureen was predeceased by her parents, William and Fern O’Neil, mother and father-in-law, Mary and Henry Hupkes; and sister-in-law, Bertha Van Nes.

A Celebration of Maureen’s Life was held Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. For a limited time you may view the service at:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whispering Pines Bible Camp –

The family would like to welcome extended family and friends to visit after Covid ends to share stories about Maureen.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on December 12th, 2020 | 33 Comments »