WHITE, Colin

November 11, 1951 – January 24, 2022

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Colin White at the age of 70 years. Colin was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Nettie and Cyril White who have predeceased him. Colin was a man of many talents and after earning a living as an Urban Planner and Land Development Consultant in various municipalities in British Columbia and Alberta he enjoyed being able to focus on his artistic talents when he retired. Throughout his life he also enjoyed rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, windsurfing, motorcycle riding/building, and photography.

Colin leaves to mourn his wife, Elke of 41 years, and his daughter Kirsten (Nick).

Colin has requested there not be a formal funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Colin’s name to the Cochrane Humane Society www.cochranehumane.ca; Stars Air Ambulance www.stars.ca; or Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca.

Arrangements entrusted to Bridget Halfyard, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – cochrane@piersons.ca – 403-932-1039

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  1. On January 26, 2022 at 3:36 pm Mark Kowalsky Said:

    We met in philosophy of religion class at the U of A, and spent many hours together motorcycling and mountaineering. Good times, brother. Onwards and upwards!

  2. On January 26, 2022 at 3:37 pm Anthony Bennett Said:

    I am so deeply sorry to hear of Colin’s passing and we will miss his friendship and treasure his works of art.

  3. On January 26, 2022 at 5:56 pm Bonita Jones Said:

    Our deepest condolences to you Elke and Kirsten, Colin was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

  4. On January 26, 2022 at 8:11 pm Elke White Said:

    Our deepest condolences to you my dear Elke and Kristen. We are praying that all those very precious memories of zcolin comfort you and sooth your hearts . With Love Gisela and Eric

  5. On January 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm Wayne Scrivens Said:

    Colin and I first met in our late 20’s while we were both trying to make careers. We became fast friends as both of us loved motocycles and anything that challenged us mentally or physically. We moved apart after our time in Hanna Alberta working at different cities and raising families. I always enjoyed he and Elke’ s tales about Honda motorcycle conventions, windsurfing at Hood River in Oregon or having a condo in Mexico. He was building windsurfers for a while, then racing motorcycles in Bonnyville Salt Flats, building choppers and then art. I think he and Elke were best of friends and supported each other in all their interests. They were certainly loving parents to their daughter Kirsten. Colin will be missed! I think in my mind he had lived a very full life.

  6. On January 26, 2022 at 8:52 pm Doris & Harold Goldbeck Said:

    Our deepest condolences to you Elke and Kirsten. Praying that God would bring you comfort, peace and strength during this very difficult time.

  7. On January 26, 2022 at 9:20 pm Kim & Edith Ritz Said:

    Sending our deepest sympathies to you Elke and Kirsten on the passing of Colin. We had been praying for him and now will continue to keep you in our prayers. We pray that you will feel a deep sense of peace, comfort, and strength as you lean on God through this difficult time.
    All our love, Kim & Edith

  8. On January 27, 2022 at 1:20 pm Bill Skene Said:

    I just heard the news last night of our good friend Colins passing. He has been on the top of my prayer list for some time now..
    I woke this morning full of words & feelings I just had to put on paper. Some may not feel them but I write this for my friend Colin and for friends and loved ones left behind.. both on our street and elsewhere. Although this was not unexpected It still hurts.. this is the toughest part of life.. to let loved ones go..

    the ray

    there is one less shadow—
    in this big world but
    his memory on our little street..
    will warm us like the ray
    on a sunny day

    the material trades across
    McDougal.. the backyard reminisce..
    of childhoods— growing up— the 70’s…
    the chats over the fence..
    these too.. will be missed

    and when I hear.. the rumble..
    see a sight of a polished
    steel horse—gleaming in the mid-day..
    the photos, the art hanging on our wall
    I will think of Colin.. his memory
    will warm.. like the ray

    Our deepest condolences to Elke and Kirsten and extended family. Our thoughts and prayers continue with you
    Bill and Janice Skene

  9. On January 27, 2022 at 5:18 pm Les and Marilyn Koyata Said:

    Elke and Kirsten. Our deepest condolences on the passing of a friend and neighbour, Colin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We will miss the laughter and banter of our friend across the street.

  10. On January 30, 2022 at 10:02 am Dieter & Carolyn blum Said:

    Elke and Kirsten. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Husband and Dad. Praying for you and your extended family, that the holy spirit will give you peace and strength at this difficult time. All our Love Dieter and Carolyn Blum

  11. On January 30, 2022 at 10:51 pm Joan and Bob Furtney Said:

    Elle and Kerstin; We were so sad to hear of Colin’s passing. We are sending our sympathies to both of you specifically at this difficult time. Although he has been unwell for sometime, it is always difficult when he is no longer with you. Colin was a very unique person who no doubt, will be missed by all who knew him. Joan and Bob

  12. On January 31, 2022 at 4:22 pm Lydia Graham Said:

    Else so sorry to hear of Colins passing. I enjoyed working with Colin and I appreciated his dedication to the community of Cochrane.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  13. On February 2, 2022 at 10:59 am Jennifer Smith Said:

    Elke and Kirsten, sending you my deepest condolences. It was always a pleasure to hear about Colin and Elke’s adventures through chats with Kirsten and to follow his creative endeavors online. He was a very talented and passionate person. I hope you can both find peace and comfort during this difficult time. With love, Jenn and Peter

  14. On February 2, 2022 at 11:37 am Fawn Said:

    Dear Kirsten and Elke, Send my condolences and sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine the pain and sorrow you must be going through.

    If I should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,
    For I have left my heart with you,
    So don’t you ever cry.
    The love that’s deep within me,
    Shall reach you from the stars,
    You’ll feel it from the heavens,
    And it will heal the scars.

    Wishing you well in a time of great sorrow. My thoughts and love are with you.

  15. On February 3, 2022 at 12:23 pm Lesley Hegland Said:

    Elke and Kirsten I’m so very sorry for your loss I have no words.

  16. On February 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm Mike Scott Said:

    I was so sorry to hear of Colin’s passing. I met him while working at Town & Country years ago. He was always working on something cool. He was very talented and a great guy and never failed to brighten my day! As corny as it sounds I can almost picture him sitting in Heaven working on an old bike. Just know he will be very missed!

  17. On February 7, 2022 at 7:19 pm Gord and Laurie Larin Said:

    We are so sorry to hear of Colins passing. Condolences to Elke and family.

  18. On March 15, 2022 at 12:22 pm Sadie & Ernie Johnston Said:

    Dear Elke & Kirsten,
    Ernie and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband and father Colin.
    He showed great fortitude throughout his entire illness. I’m sure he has left you with some wonderful memories of motor-bike journeys across America and Canada on his reconditioned Nortons ,before his days with the flashy BSAs.

    Colin was my brilliant Canadian cousin – a talented engineer, an interesting conversationalist and an excellent friend.
    I shall miss Colin’s detailed emails along with some of his artistically based works which he sent me for review at intervals.

    I trust that you will both be blessed with the “ peace that passes all understanding” as you recall the pleasant family times
    you shared over the years.
    With our love, Sadie & Ernie