Edson AB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Marlborough Park murder suspect shot dead by police west of Edmonton - Calgary SunThursday, April 12, 2018
Evansburg around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, an attempt to stop the vehicle he was driving was unsuccessful, leading to a chase involving RCMP members from Evansburg, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Edson, and Drayton Valley.The man led police back and forth multiple times on Highway 16 between Evansburg and Entwistle, RCMP said.The driver managed to avoid multiple spike belts deployed by RCMP but police successfully deflated the fleeing vehicle’s tires near Nojack as it was travelling east.The vehicle rolled eastbound for a time before it came to a stop on Highway 16 near Highway 22.At that point gunfire was exchanged, killing the driver, police said. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.Investigators were still at the scene Friday, although no further details of Thursday’s events have been released.The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the province’s independent police watchdog that investigates police-related shootings and deaths, has also been called in to investigate.The El-Dib family expressed their appreciation to the Calgary Police Service and the community.“We just know that we’re going to be at peace and we’re going to move on from this,” Racha El-Dib said.A GoFundMe campaign created in Nadia’s name has raised $34,00o in two days, exceeding the $30,000 goal. The money is to be used to help cover the family’s funeral costs and other expenses.RRumbolt@postmedia.comOn Twitter: @RCRumboltCommentsShare your thoughtsLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Mountie killed by suspected drunk driver was former Victoria reservist - Times ColonistThursday, December 14, 2017
An off-duty Alberta Mountie killed by a suspected drunk driver was a former Victoria police reserve constable and volunteer. Const. Austin MacDougall was cycling Wednesday night near Edson, Alta., when he was struck by a vehicle.
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Trending StoriesJustin Lyle Jensen, 35, of Yellowhead County, has been charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to comply with the demand of a peace officer.Victoria police lowered their flags to half-mast on Friday in honour of MacDougall, who was a crime watch volunteer for the department in 2011 and 2012 and a reserve constable from 2012 to 2015. “By all accounts, he served the Town of Edson with the same dedication and enthusiasm that he brought to his work here with us,” said a statement from the Victoria Police Department. “Our thoughts are with Austin’s family, friends, RCMP colleagues and with those of us here at VicPD who knew Austin and served with him.”MacDougall gave hundreds of hours over the years to Victoria police, said department spokesman Bowen Osoko. The town of Edson also lowered its flags to half-mast to mark the loss.“You know in a small town, the RCMP is a part of your comm...
MJ Hatzenbihler - Bismarck TribuneWednesday, July 5, 2017
M.J. will be deeply missed by his daughters, Jill (Steve) Bosch, Strasburg, Arliss (Joseph) Mahrer, Garibaldi, Ore., Gail (Jim) Morton, Edson, Alberta, Canada, Denise (Jim) Brorby, Beulah, and Raylene (Ernie) Vettel, Caledonia; his sons, Neal (Linda), Pinehaven, Wyo., Dean (Crystal), Salem, Ore., Kevin (Kimberly) Gillette, Wyo., and Brian (Leia), Alvord, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Trudy Hatzenbihler, Billings, Mont.; 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Haag, Center; brother, Ralph (Louise), Mandan; his sisters-in-law, Barbara Hatzenbihler, Frances Kary, and Beverly Moonl; along with numerous nieces and nephews.M.J. was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cecelia; his sons, Scott and infant son, Keith; his sisters, Mary (Martin) Emineth, Beata (John) Haag, and Rose (Bill) Jahner; his brothers, Jack (Magdlyn), Matt (Adeline), John, Pete (Betty), and Frank (Darlene); a brother-in-law, Jake Haag, George Kary; his sisters-in-law, Viola (Mike) Himmelspach, and Jeanette (Myron) Brown.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery or the Golden Age Club in Center.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Capital Voices: RCMP commissioner's unforgettable case: 'The murderer sent me a Christmas card' - Ottawa CitizenWednesday, July 5, 2017
And she says that Dave leaves for the evening and doesn’t come back til the early morning. But he does have a trunkful of marijuana, and they go on this big spree. They buy a truck in Edson, Alberta, and go around selling marijuana and having a big time living off the proceeds. And so far we have a very strong foundation to suspect Dave, but we don’t have any real evidence.“But McCarthy calls us back the next day to say ‘I forgot to tell you something. There’s a little berm out of a rise coming out of Edson where we stopped one day and threw the trunk, because we had all the pot in the truck.’ So off to Edson we go, where we recover the trunk, and we’re able to take the plastic wrapping there that had been cut from the same roll – and there was a physical match to the plastic that’s at the stash site back at the Skolos farm.“So it’s coming together. But do you think I could get anybody to take this on as a murder trial? Because we don’t have a body and we’ve got a lot of work to do. And in fairness, it is a stretch.
Convicted murderer David Pritchard in 2014, when, due to his terminal cancer, he was granted parole from prison. He was 51. He died last year.“I’d run a wiretap on this guy, but it wasn’t getting us anything. Whoever put the microphone in the place put it right by the furnace, and it was wintertime, so about every three or four minutes, whatever you were listening to was gone.“But Dave is mad at McCarthy, and we hear on the wire that he’s trying to figure out how he can kill her, because she’s a witness and a liability, she’s a loose end. So I do a search warrant on his house to get his firearms. I knew that would make him crazy, plus it’s in the public interest that he not have weapons because he wants to kill McCarthy. And he comes home and we’re listening to him on the wire, and he’s going nuts.“So he pages me, and I call and he says ‘I understand you and the boys were by the house today.’ I said, ‘Yeah, we were. You weren’t there. Were you hiding, Dave?’...
Long-time Edson funeral director receives milestone award - Edson LeaderFriday, June 2, 2017
By Ed MooreEdson funeral director Bob Joy received a milestone award on April 24.The Alberta Funeral Service Association gave Joy, 70, owner of the Edson Funeral Home, a 50-year service plaque during the organization's annual general meeting in Red Deer.Joy was one of two funeral directors to receive 50-year awards. One other was awarded with a 55-year plaque. Joy has seen plenty of changes in the profession over the years, one of the biggest being an increase in the number of cremations as opposed to standard burials, which used to be the norm. Joy attributes this to the baby boomer generation, a group that shuns the concept of taking up valuable land for burial. He said fiscal consideration has little to do with it, even though cremations are more reasonable."It's not a money thing - it's just the attitudes of the baby boomers."Joy grew up around the family business, assisting his father Liberty at the old Edson Funeral Parlour, now the King's Court Apartment complex. Joy's duties included wash...
Calgary murder victim Nadia El-Dib laid to rest on Easter Sunday - Globalnews.caThursday, April 12, 2018
RCMP officer was injured after a shootout west of Edmonton near Evansburg, Alta. on Thursday night.WATCH: Mason Davis captured this audio from a police scanner during the tense moments when an Alberta RCMP officer was shot and a murder suspect killed west of Edmonton near Evansburg.It started when RCMP said an officer spotted a man who was believed to be wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, and a chase began after he failed to stop his vehicle.In the confrontation that followed, police say the suspect was killed and the RCMP officer suffered minor injuries. Sgt. Brian Topham, 59, was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after a bullet grazed his head. He was released on Sunday.READ MORE: Evansburg RCMP officer recovering after shootout with murder suspect west of EdmontonLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Conservation group says Alberta grizzly, Bear 148, shot dead in BC - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
EDMONTON -- Conservationists are mourning the death of a female grizzly bear that had been moved from a popular area west of Calgary this summer to a remote park in northwest Alberta.
Stephen Legault of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative said Bear 148 was shot by a hunter on Sunday after wandering into British Columbia from its new home.
Legault said the bear was just becoming old enough to have cubs.
"What is really sad is that we have lost the potential that this grizzly bear represented for the further recovery of the threatened species in Alberta," he said Wednesday.
He noted that grizzly bears are often killed after being struck on highways and by trains.
"The fact that this bear was killed by a hunter illustrates the fact that there are many threats to these animals."
The B.C. government plans to ban the killing of grizzly bears for trophy, but not until after this hunting season.
Parks Canada and the Alberta government later confirmed the death of Bear 148.
"This outcome underlines the need for more collaboration across jurisdictions to co-ordinate wildlife and people management at a landscape level," Parks Canada said in an email.
Bear 148 was moved in July from its range near Banff and Canmore, Alta., to Kakwa Wildland Park.
The bear never hurt anyone but had gotten too close to people dozens of times since it was born in the Banff National Park a...
A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
I said to the seniors, ‘If you can’t get along with the Catholics, you’re free to leave!’” It should be noted the seniors have not gone anywhere. Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...