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August 15, 1976 – May 12, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Gerard Delaurier of Calgary Alberta on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in Penticton, BC at the age of 42 years old.

Gerard was born in Dauphin Manitoba on August 15, 1976 and at the age of 3 months old, he lost his father (Leo Delaurier) in a sudden and tragic death. He resided in Winnipeg until he was thirteen years old at which time, he moved to Ste. Rose MB until he graduated. After graduation, Gerard moved to Swan River MB to work for his uncle Joel Delaurier and subsequently earned a Diploma in “Hotel & Restaurant Management” from the Red River College in Winnipeg.

In his mid-twenties, Gerard ventured west to Alberta, settling in Cochrane and Calgary. For several years, he was a Drywaller, an accomplished Hardwood Floor Layer and “Jack of all Trades” rising to any challenge presented to him.  He decided to pursue a career in Masonry and received a Certificate of Accomplishment from SAIT in 2013, earning him the title “Bricklayer”. Because of Gerard’s creativity and attention to detail, he pursued the direction of working and specializing in Stonemasonry and became well known in the industry as “This is the guy we want on our project!”. From commercial projects in Calgary and surrounding areas, to multi-million-dollar homes, Gerard’s skills led him to work in the Okanagan Valley on a regular basis, with his last project in Penticton, BC this past May.

Gerard met the love of his life, Christine Sharman in October 2015 and they both realized it was kismet! It was shortly after they met, Gerard and Christine decided to live together because they knew it was “meant to be”. Gerard received the blessings from Christine’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage and in September 2018 they were engaged with a wedding date set for June 6, 2020.

Gerard was an amazing man and loved by so many. He always had a smile on his face and knew how to make anyone laugh. He was kind, thoughtful, considerate, and had so much love to give. He was a hard worker and put his heart and soul into everything he did.

Gerard was extremely proud to be a member of his extended family which included many dear friends. He is survived by his loving fiancé, Christine Sharman, her parents (Fiona Sharman, Mike Lagasse), his mother Diane Dipple (Alan), his brother Michael Delaurier (Rachel Charette), nephew Matthew and niece Sarah, 24 aunts and uncles, first cousins and their spouses and children.

He was predeceased by his Father, Leo Delaurier, his paternal grandparents Cecile and Alexandre Delaurier, and his maternal grandparents Evelyn and Vladimir Denys, his uncles; Ovid Delaurier, Louis Delaurier, Joseph Delaurier, Jim Weisensel, Johnny Denys, his aunt Doreen Delaurier.

A Celebration of Gerard’s Life will be held at the RockPointe Church – Bearspaw (255024 Lochend Road, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

View here the Photo Tribute played at Gerard’s Celebration of Life

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

BAPTIE, Angus Robert (Bob)

August 13, 1931 – May 31, 2019

After a short battle with cancer Bob passed away peacefully at Dulcina Hospice. 

Bob was born and raised north of Cochrane and loved the farming and ranching life. He raised a successful herd of commercial and purebred Herefords with his wife Betty and daughter Sandra. He loved animals and was often seen with one of his horses or a dog by his side; he passed this love on through generations. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, cattle penning, and most of all any time spent in the company of family and friends. He truly had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off of his back before you had a chance to ask.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Tom and Gladys Baptie, brother Jim Baptie, sister May Bozak, brother-in-laws Len Pepper, Gordon Tempany, Joe Bozak, Randy George, Leo Watrin, as well as his sister-in-law Maxine George. Bob was also predeceased by his son-in-law Doug Humphreys. Bob is remembered with great love and wonderful memories, by his wife of 64 years Betty, daughter Sandra Humphreys, granddaughter Kelly (Barry) Hofstra and great-grandchildren Calum and Kendyl. Bob is also survived by his sisters Peg Pepper, Cec Tempany, brother and sister-in-law Max and Sandy Jahn, sister-in-law Mary Watrin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A heartfelt thank you for the kind and compassionate care that Bob received from Cochrane Palliative Home Care Team, Home Instead, and Dulcina Hospice.

At Bobs request there will be no service. If you would like to memorialize Bob donations can be made to the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation in his name, in support of the western community Bob loved; Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, 101 RancheHouse Rd., Cochrane, AB, T4C 2K8; Ph:403-932-3782;

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

MUNRO, Marge

January 8, 1933 – May 29, 2019

Margery LaVerne Munro (nee Sayers) passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 29, 2019 at the Rockyview Hospital surrounded by her family. Marge is survived by her four children: Susan (Brian), Brenda, Brent and Clarence; three grandchildren: Marlene (Mark), Michael (Chelsea) and David (Kelcy); two great granddaughters: Charlotte and Avery; her sister Margaret Reed and brother Bob Sayers. She is predeceased by her husband (Bill) and brother (Bill Sayers).

Funeral service will be held at the Westlife Church in Springbank across from Calaway Park, on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. There will be a private interment at Springbank United Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to iCross Canada (, an organization Marge supported for many years.

The family wishes to thank all of Marge’s caregivers over recent years: staff at Bethany Cochrane Supportive Living, Shannon Lappin, and most recently Dr. Friesen and the palliative care staff on Unit 72 at Rockyview Hospital. She will remain in our hearts forever.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

BOUCHER, Jane Frances

June 8, 1950 – May 28, 2019

It is with sorrow that the family of Jane Boucher, announce her passing after a short battle with cancer.  Jane will be deeply missed by her best friend and partner Kim; her daughter Jennifer (Parker) Ash-Blake; her grandchildren Kyle Ash and Caleb Blake; and her siblings Tony (Dee), Pat (Bob) and Lawrence (Trish).

At Jane’s request no funeral will be held. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

SMINK, Yvonne

April 27, 1951 – May 24, 2019

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Yvonne Smink announce her passing on May 24, 2019. After three years of living with cancer, she died peacefully in Dulcina Hospice in Calgary, surrounded by her loving family. Yvonne is predeceased by her parents Nora Carter (nee Clark) and Victor Carter. She is survived by husband Willem, son Laurence Smink (Lesley Cooke), daughter Erica Lang (Jason) and grandson Jacob, and sisters Gillian Parker and Bernice Sargent.

Yvonne was born in Bristol, England on April 27, 1951, the youngest of three sisters. In her youth there she rode horses and began to develop a love of animals and nature that would shape her life. She emigrated to Canada in 1970, working as a lab technician in electron microscopy at the University of Calgary Medical School. She would eventually earn certification as a registered technologist. It was there she met Willem, her husband of 43 years, and they were married in August 1976.

Deeply faithful, Yvonne devoted much of her time to the Anglican church in congregation, volunteering and through bible study. She also spent many years as a volunteer, where she made a significant impact through her decades of effort. First, with the Nose Hill Park Communities Board where she was influential in preserving the natural park space we know today. Later she volunteered at the Calgary Zoo as a docent, working with animals and educating the public. There she found great fulfillment through her work and made lasting friendships.

Her volunteerism continued throughout her life, including the years she lived in Jakarta Indonesia, freely giving her time to the Kibun Binatang Raguna Zoo, which she recognized as a unique opportunity to experience and learn from. Later, while in St Johns, NL, she volunteered with St Johns Anglican Cathedral tea room, and helped organize the Trailblazers hiking group. In her spare time she rescued many animals, mostly cats and dogs, finding them homes or taking them in herself. She was so dedicated to this cause that she even returned from Indonesia with two rescued stray cats in tow. On retiring to Bragg Creek Yvonne volunteered with the Cochrane Humane Society, again helping rescue unwanted animals around the region.

Yvonne was an avid gardener and crafter who found great satisfaction in sewing and needlework and making cards and other crafts. Her love of animals led her to adopt for 4 miniature donkeys that she had cared for, for the last several years. Over the years she rescued hundreds of animals and personally adopted dozens.

Yvonne’s life was defined by a deep faith and love for God, her devotion to the care of her family, her love of animals and nature, all of which were bound by a generous, giving spirit that allowed her to devote her time and energy to those things. She acknowledged that she was blessed by and thankful for the generous support freely given by her family and friends during her illness.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:30 am at St. James Anglican Church (6351 Ranchview Dr NW, Calgary, AB). Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cochrane Humane Society  or to Ovarian Cancer Canada

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

SIMPSON, Jeanette Cathleen (nee Brausen)

April 26, 1928  – May 7, 2019

With deep sadness we announce that Jeanette Simpson passed away in Calgary, AB at the age of 91 years.

Born on a farm south of Daysland, AB to Joseph and Caroline Brausen (nee Lansing), Jeannette grew up with 5 siblings; Evelyn, Adrienne, James, Glen, and LaVerne. When Jeanette was 18, she moved to Edmonton to work as a Stenographer. It was there that her friend Marion set Jeanette up on a date with a man tall enough to dance with.

Jeanette was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved to laugh and appreciated the simple things in life. She was a great role model for us in life. 

Jeanette will be deeply missed by her children; Ian (Michiko Ono), Doug (Camelia Wong), Richard (Florence), and Michelle (Roman) Zygadlo; grandchildren, Michael, Daniel and Jacquelyn; step grandchildren Chad and Jodi; step great grandchildren, Damien, Jade and Mason; numerous extended family and many dear friends. She is predeceased by her best friend and husband Ed, as well as all of her siblings.

Please join our family as we honour Jeanette. Funeral services will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (404 Northmount Place NW, Calgary). Prayer Vigil and Tributes to take place Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm.  Memorial Mass to take place on Tuesday, May 21st at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Pierson’s Funeral Service, Anne McNeil, Funeral Director. Ph. 403-235-3602.

PEAKES, Darryl Ottorino

September 22, 1946 – May 9, 2019

At the age of 72 years, Darryl Ottorino Peakes passed away with peace and grace on May 9th with his family by his side.  Darryl was dearly loved by his wife Christine, daughters Julie and Jeanette (Wayne), grandchildren Matthew, Grace, Kenzie and many loyal and caring family and friends.

Darryl was born in Birmingham England and immigrated to Fort McMurray Alberta in 1980.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cheering on the Edmonton Oilers.  He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandad.

A Celebration of Darryl’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #15 (114 Fifth Ave, Cochrane, AB) on Thursday, May 16th.  Doors open at 12pm and a service will commence at 1pm. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Foothills Dialysis Unit, Dr. Cheng from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Dr. Quinn and nurses at the Sheldon Chumir Center and Dr Kawakami at the Rockyview General Hospital who helped give us an extra 6yrs with him.

If lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kidney Cancer Canada
or the Kidney Foundation of Canada

He leaves us in rich memories.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

McFADYEN, Donald “Don” John

July 24, 1950 – May 9, 2019

Our precious father and husband, Donald (Don) passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary AB on May 9th, 2019, at the age of 68 years.                                                                 

Don is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marlene, his 2 children, daughter, Laurie (James) Townend (Airdrie AB), son, Ryan McFadyen (Edmonton AB) and, Granddaughter, Madison Townend (Airdrie AB).  Also, survived by Sister-in-laws, Darlene (Ted) Chepil (Blackfalds AB), Muriel (Victor) Dmyterko (Yorkton SK), Theresa (Wes) Heuchert (Yorkton SK); Brother-In-laws, Ken Smuk (Yorkton SK), Garry Smuk (Yorkton SK), Terry Smuk (Yorkton SK), Darcy Smuk (Yorkton SK) and numerous nieces and nephews.  Don was predeceased by his mother and father, Jessie and John McFadyen and his Brother-in-law, Mervin Smuk.

Donald began his career with Western Grocers in Yorkton as a Warehouseman from putting out orders to relief duties.  Eventually, Don moved into the office to work on the Grocery Order Desk.   Since the Warehouse location changed over to Sunspun, Don continued working at the Order Desk, where his 36 year career ended with the company closed.

Laurie’s message 

Dad cherished being involved with his family, his 2 children (Laurie and Ryan) and his Grand daughter, Madison as much as possible.  He was a kid at heart.   He most enjoyed being outdoors, camping, being active together, skating at outdoor rinks together, coaching ball and just “putzing” around the yard with his family while singing and dancing to the radio.  He also enjoyed and made it a point to take us on old and new adventures each weekend as much as possible such as going to sports days in towns in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  He never shied away from jumping into the pool even though he didn’t swim, getting in a bumper cart or go cart with his kids. He was a wise soul with a listening ear, quick wit, interesting stories and passion for telling a new joke.  He made everything fun!  

Ryan’s message

First of all, my Dad was my “idol”, my “hero” and I looked up to him to help me be a good man and the best man I could be.  I talked to my Dad every single day on the phone just to talk about organizing my finances, his advice about purchases I should or shouldn’t make.  He taught me to be smart with my money and we talked about my career /job cause we were both “Salesmen” my Dad was a Grocery Salesman and I’m an Oil & Gas Technical Salesman,  so we talked about how it is to be a Salesman in an office, as we compared our stories.  

Dad coached me in baseball from T-Ball all the way up to Midget AAA Baseball.  So for about 18 plus years, he passed all his baseball knowledge down to me.  As I’d get picked up for the Saskatchewan Summer Games, so did my Dad as a Coach.  I just loved talking sports on the phone daily with my Dad.  We bugged/teased each other in hockey season as my Dad was a Flames Fan and I am an Oilers Fan and we both stuck up for our teams through all the teasing we did to each other.  

My Mom and Dad never missed any of my hockey games near or far as they were always there.  Before I made it to the higher levels of hockey, my Dad was a Trainer for my team and everyone loved his humour and knowledge both at the Hockey Rink and ball diamonds.  

Dad and Mom were inseparable for 47 years and they did absolutely everything together.  If one did something or went somewhere, the other would always be there.  Their love for each other and their kids was so amazing to be a part of throughout my life.  Mom and Dad’s love for each was so strong and they were absolutely best friends.  

Dad loved the “Rodeos and Chuckwagon Curcuit” and both Dad and Mom went to every event they could.  Dad and Mom just loved horses and anything Country.  Dad loved Country Music and especially “George Strait”.   Dad wore George Strait Jeans and George Strait shirts daily.  

I was so close to my Dad and now I have a huge whole in my heart and life as he was part of my everyday life.  

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Alison (Allie) Van Arnam, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

SCOTT, Brenda Catherine

October 31, 1942 – May 9, 2019

Beloved wife of Bryan, mother to Elisse Bagnall (Lloyd) and Brett Scott (Carolee), Nana to Melissa (John), Marcus, Brandon (Ashley) and Justin (Brittany), Great Nana to Victoria, Isabella, Jax, Mya and Easton; She was an amazing Wife, Mother and Nana and will be dearly missed. 

There will be no funeral as per her request. There will be a “Celebration of her life” at a later date. A very special thank you to Dr. Withers and staff at the Providence Care Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Care Centre in Calgary. 

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Lawrence (Larry) Slywka, Funeral Director. Phone 403-932-1039.

RADBOURNE, Florence Anna

December 12, 1930 – May 2, 2019

Florence Anna Redman Neyedly Radbourne passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 2, 2019 at the age of 88 years. Florence was cremated on May 6, 2019 and her ashes will be blessed at a later date. She will rest with her parents at the Victories Catholic cemetery in Esterhazy Sk.

Donations can be submitted to the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Alison (Allie) Van Arnam, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.