Vegreville AB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Funeral service to be held for former editor of Sylvan Lake News - Sylvan Lake News Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Funeral service to be held for former editor of Sylvan Lake News - Sylvan Lake News Thursday, March 9, 2017
Funeral service to be held for former editor of Sylvan Lake News - Sylvan Lake News Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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HERCHUK - Ret'd RCMP Staff Sgt. Alex (Al) - Yorkton This Week Thursday, January 12, 2017
Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 85 years of age. On September 26, 1931, the last of five children was born to Michael and Lena (nee Wudwud) Herchuk at Vermilion, AB. His family then moved to Vegreville where he was raised and attended school. Alex was a generous soul from a very young age and upon him and his brother discovering a bag of stolen money, proceeded to hand the bills out to any and all people passing by. As a youngster with the dream of joining the RCMP, he would dangle from a "chin-up bar" before bed to ensure he met the height requirement. Following graduation from high school and playing competitive hockey throughout his employment years, Alex attended college for two years, worked as a carpenter in Vegreville and was later employed as a Lineman with Alberta Utilities. He worked in the coal mines in Crowsnest Pass, AB and later in a Yukon gold mine. Not knowing then what we know now, his years of carpentry work with raw asbestos slowly enveloped his system with asbestos lung cancer claiming his life. Always a sports-minded individual and excelling in the game of hockey, he was faced with a career decision in 1955. He left the farm-club of the Detroit Red Wings (six team NHL) when his opportunity to "help people" presented. Alex signed up for what was at the time nine months of training with the Royal Canadian Mounted P...
Community mourns education leader - Fort Saskatchewan RecordFriday, January 6, 2017
Sykora had on the community.
“Saddened for our loss of trustee and former board chair of Elk Island Catholic Schools, Tony Sykora,” said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood on Facebook. “His graciousness, kindness & faith marked both our community and me, even knowing him for a short time.”
That statement was echoed by Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis.
“Very sorry to hear of passing of Tony Sykora, a great public servant & supporter of Catholic education, fellow KofC & OLPH parishioner,” he posted to Twitter.
Hauptman remembers Sykora as a man who was guided by his faith in all aspects of life. He noted that he was active in advocating for Catholic education with every level of government.
In particular, he was passionate about ensuring that Catholic education would always be a publicly-funded program.
“That was paramount for Tony. Everything he did was around his faith. That’s who he was … it wasn’t something he did as an extra or on the sideline,” Hauptman said.
Prior to joining the school division in a formal role as trustee, Sykora had worked as an Alberta Municipal Affairs officer. In addition to the trustee position, he had served as a school council chair and was an active parent in the school.
Sykora was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and was heavily involved with his parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. But despite his range of prominent roles in the community, Hauptman says what stands out most about Sykora was his humbleness.
“The greatest thing that anyone needs to know about Tony was that he was not a man, in any sense, who had any self ego … he had no ego in anything he did. When he hired me as superintendent, he made it very clear to me from the start that we were colleagues,” Hauptman said.
“It didn’t matter what your role was — custodial, maintenance, bus driver, teacher, student, everyone to him was on equal playing field. One of my principals said it best: When you spoke with Tony, you felt like you were the only person in the room and you were the most important person in the world at that moment to Tony,” Hauptman added.
Active in many avenues
Sykora was also active in the hockey community, having played as a young man himself and also serving as a coach in Sherwood Park.
And although he served as a trustee for Sherwood Park, the influence he had and the mark he left on the region extended far beyond Sherwood Park’s borders.
“Tony never, ever saw himself as Sherwood Park’s trustee. He saw every community as one he represented equally,” Hauptman said.
An example of that is how he helped lead negotiations for the partnership between a new Catholic high school in the Fort and the city, to be built by the Dow Centennial Centre with shared amenities.
“He was well known by the councillors in every community when we were looking at our partne...
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...
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...