July 25, 1925 – September 24, 2011

Bert passed away peacefully at the Bethany Care Centre, Cochrane on Saturday September 24, 2011 at 86 years of age. He was predeceased by his parents Bernard & Effie (Bygrove), brother Glen Powlesland and sister Irene Brophy. Lovingly remembered by his wife Marion of 65 years, children Larry (Jim Russell), and Donna (Ian) Airth; Four grandchildren: Leanne ( Martin ) Guenther, Howard (Jolene) Airth, Brett (Cara) Powlesland, and Clayton (Tamara Hockley) Airth;9 great grandchildren, a sister Grace Widgill and brother Ray; as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends.

Bert was raised on a mixed farm at Del Bonita, he attended Del Bonita school, and Olds School of Agriculture. November 1, 1945 Bert moved to Cochrane with the herd of purebred Hereford cattle later named Rusticana Herefords. While at Olds Bert met Marion Clayton and they were married in 1945. Together they raised Hereford cattle for over 40 years. Bert served many organizations: Alberta Hereford Assoc, Westbrook 4H Beef Club, Cochrane Lake Gas Co-op, Cochrane Mutual Telephone, Cochrane Lions Club, Western Heritage Centre, Weedon Pioneer Community Assoc. Bert was inducted into the Alberta Hereford Assoc Honour Roll, & Canadian Hereford Assoc Breeders of Distinction. Bert contributed cattle to the Calgary Bull Sale and sold cattle to all parts of Canada, USA & Russia. Bert was a lifetime member of the Cochrane Lions Club and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Bert has served as a class agent for Olds College Alumni and this summer was inducted in the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame. Bert & Marion loved to travel & enjoyed travelling in their motorhome and fishing.

A celebration of Bert’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011at Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bert’s memory may be made directly to: Olds College Alumni Association, Room 721, LRC Bldg. 4500 – 50 Street, Olds, AB. T4H 1R6, Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, Box 459, Cochrane, AB. T4C 1A7, or The Kidney Foundation of Southern Alberta, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB. T2H 0G5.

  1. On 27/09/2011 at 7:19 am Shelley Powlesland Said:

    I would like to share one of my first memories of Uncle Bert. I was only about 4 or 5 years old at the time, and was with my Dad(Bert’s brother Ray)shopping at the Magrath Trading Company. It was your typical small town mercantile with everything under one roof – groceries, hardware, livestock supplies, clothing etc. Anyway, Dad was waiting to pick something up in the hardware which also had an aisle of toys, so I decided to check them out. After a few minutes I noticed Dad was standing at the counter with his back to me and I, thinking that it was probably time to go, ran up and grabbed his hand. Then after standing there for a bit I looked across to the other counter and saw DAD!? He smiles a says who’s hand have you got there? I look up and there is Uncle Bert smiling mischieviously back at me knowing all along that I didn’t know it was him! I wish I could have seen my face. I know Uncle Bert and Dad got a good chuckle out of it anyway. It is memories like this that I will cherish forever.

  2. On 27/09/2011 at 3:50 pm Allison & Elizabeth Forsythe Said:

    Donna, Ian and family we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you at this time.Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.

  3. On 28/09/2011 at 6:04 am Larry and Sue Curtis Said:


    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other but friends are forever. Sue and I both send our condolences. We never knew your Dad but know he meant a lot to you and realize it will be hard to forget all the good times you had with him. He will be missed by you, your family and the community. All our best and we’ll be thinking of you.

    Larry and Sue Curtis

  4. On 28/09/2011 at 6:24 am Tom and Judy Said:

    Tom and I ,we are so glad that we made the travel a month ago to see everyone. Especially your Dad. Memories that you have with your Dad treasure them forever and talk about the days gone by as it brings him ever so closer to heart. He will be with you everyday now surrounding you with his love to make you strong to carry out your day.
    So nice to see you ,your a strong lady so full of life ,keep going don’t stop Bert is by your side.
    And to all other family ,
    Stay close ,hold hands, and never lose touch, family is the most beautiful gift.
    Will be thinking of you all on Bert’s day.
    Thomas and Judy Dalling

  5. On 28/09/2011 at 11:13 am Terry & Sheila Dexter Said:

    Marion, Donna and Larry and families:
    We send our deepest sympathy to you all with the passing of your Husband, Dad and Grandfather.
    Terry & Sheila Dexter

  6. On 28/09/2011 at 7:04 pm Max & Sandi Jahn Said:

    The passing of a loved one is one of the hardest times in a person’s life. You know Bert will be watching over you still, just from another location. We send our condolences to the family. Max & Sandi Jahn

  7. On 29/09/2011 at 5:11 am Charlotte Rosenke Said:

    Aunt Marion,Larry,Donna and families:
    We will all miss Uncle Bert,he was very special. I respected and admired him. Thinking of you.
    Love Charlotte

  8. On 29/09/2011 at 8:43 am Amy Schulte Said:


    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are thinking of you and praying for you.
    Love, Amy, Tom, Lucy and Stella

  9. On 29/09/2011 at 12:10 pm marg ( thurber) lindeman Said:

    Just a note to your family with our deepest sympathy. Both Alex and I have good memories of growing up close to your family.

  10. On 30/09/2011 at 11:35 am Lawrence Herriman Said:

    On behalf of the George Herriman family I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your
    family upon hearing of the passing of your Husband, Father and Granfather Bert.
    I remember having many good talks with him at my father’s cabin out west of Turner Valley.

    Sincerly Lawrence Herriman

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