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Yellowknife NT Obituaries and Funeral Related News

Lois McWhirter

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

McWhirter, Lois Irene (nee Fletcher) Passed away on Wednesday April 12th 2017 at the age of 78. Loving mother of Wendy Meyer of Yellowknife, Ray McWhirter of Oshawa, Dave McWhirter and his wife Jennifer of Kelowna B.C. and Dan McWhirter and his wife Karen of Brooklin. Grandmother of Aaron, Taylor, Ryan, Rilei, Peyton, Samantha and Dane. Great Grandmother of River and Madden. Sister of Don Fletcher (late Bernice), the late Eleanor McVeigh and the late Marion Jackson. A special thank you to the caring staff of Lakeridge Health. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Barnes Memorial Funeral Home and a family graveside service will take place. Donations to the Denise House in memory of Lois would be appreciated. Messages of condolence and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting

Community mourns passing of Tony Sykora - Sherwood Park News

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sykora’s legacy is made no more clear than through the words of Hauptman, who recalled a story of Sykora getting to know a priest from Ontario, while the three were attending a conference in Yellowknife, NWT. When that same priest from Ontario learned Sykora was in palliative care, he flew to Edmonton to spend four days with Sykora. “He just developed relationships that quickly… he had an effect on people,” Hauptman said. He said he remembers Sykora as a man who was guided by his faith in all aspects of life, and he noted that Sykora was active in advocating for Catholic education at all levels of government. In particular, Sykora 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. Beyond education, Sykora worked as an Alberta Municipal Affairs officer. He was also a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, and was very heavily involved with his parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. But despite his range of prominent roles in the community, Hauptman said 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 ego,” Hauptman said. He added: “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.” “It didn’t matter what your role was — custodial, maintenance, bus driver, teacher, student — everyone to him was on an equal playing field,” Hauptman continued. “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.” Personal relationships extended beyond the realm of professional duty for Sykora, as Rowley simply noted him as a “family man.” “He loved to travel with his wife, Debbie, and also loved to play golf. He also has a passion for hockey, and has played for the same team for 37 years, Doug and the Slugs. His brother Peter and son Stephen also play on the team,” she said. “I most recently joined the team last season after my women’s league season ended. Tony has been bugging me to play with him for quite some time, and I finally did at the end of last season, not knowing that would be the first and last season I played with him.” Rowley noted she first met Sykora at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish here in Sherwood Park. “I was a proclaimer — reader — and (the Sykora’s) took a shining to my oldest son, Jacob, who is now 14,” she said. “The couple helped take care of my son when I had to go up to read.” In addition to his relationship with Jacob, Sykora was also the godfather of Rowley’s two youngest kids, Gavin, 6, and Anela, 4. Sykora remained an elected trustee with EICS until his passing, at which time the school division sent out their sympathies: “Tony was a man of great faith, great love, and lived a life full of these blessings with his family.” The local division noted Sykora’s work as a “legacy of leadership in Catholic education,” adding: “His deep and authentic relationship with our Catholic faith will be remembered by everyone he has touched locally, provincially and nat...

Community mourns education leader - Fort Saskatchewan Record

Friday, January 06, 2017

There’s no doubting that Tony Sykora left an impression on people. Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) Superintendent Michael Hauptman remembers one such instance when the two were at a conference in Yellowknife, NWT., and Sykora had spent time getting to know a priest from Ontario. Recently, when that same priest learned Sykora was in palliative care, he flew from Ontario to spend four days with Sykora. “He just developed relationships that quickly … he had an effect on people,” Hauptman said. Sykora, a long-time trustee and leader in education, died on Jan. 1, 2017 surrounded by family. He was 60. Sykora served with the school division for nearly two decades. He was first elected with the local district in 1998. He was elected vice-chair on Oct. 28, 2004 and chair on June 16, 2006. He served as chair until June 17, 2015. During that time, Sykora left an enduring mark on countless young people. He also held prominent roles with the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association, where he served as both vice president, president and board director. He was also vice president of the Canadian Catholic Schools Trustee Association from 2016 until he died. The Alberta Catholic School Trus...

Bessie Dobbin

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Violet Rowe; infant daughter Debbie; sister, Elsie and brothers, Len & Joseph. Left with fond and loving memories is her husband David; sons-Gordon of Clarenville, Glen (Carroll), Randy (Lina) of Yellowknife; daughters-Joan (Patrick) of St. Patrick’s and Cindy of Little Bay. Also leaving to mourn are her sisters-Joan, Loretta, Florence, Barbara, June, Jean; brothers-Kevin and Harry; 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren as well as many other special relatives and friends. Father Tom Duffenias will conduct the funeral service from the Sacred Heart Parish Church in St. Patrick’s on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in St. Patrick’s. Pallbearers are her grandchildren-Larry, Bill, Riley, and Stephanie Adams and Tasha and Shanna Rance. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Ken Goodyear and Marilyn Stuckless of Central Funeral Homes.

Joseph Sampson

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Predeceased by his father Joe Sampson. Left to mourn his loss but celebrate his life, his wife of 41 years, Linda (Lacey), daughter Irene Cooper (Ken) Milton, On, daughter Terri Lynn Rice (Travis) Yellowknife, NWT, granddaughter Ilse Fewer (RJ Piper), grandson Noah Rice, his mother Stella Sampson, his brothers Roy (Irene), Dennis, his sisters Dot Barker(Bob), Diane Rice (Ron), Marilyn (Den Walsh), Joy Newman (Ron). His extended family included many beloved sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews, cousins but most especially Shirley and George Mitchell who have provided unending love and support and kept his spirits up in the 59 days of his illness. Many friends have shared his life but Boyce Sansom and his family, have been an enduring part of ours. We cannot put into words what your friendship means to us, we hope our hugs convey our gratitude. Terry to his family, Joe to his friends, Dad was a gentle, kind, loving man. He had not a bad word to say about anyone. Easy going and well liked are often used to describe him. He was a very private man and avoided unnecessary words. Unless he was telling a good story, and then he was known to add a little here, take a little away there, to get you to laugh out loud. He loved the outdoors, spending countless hours at the cabin, being entertained by the sights and sounds of his beloved steady. As a Dad, he encourage...

2 of 4 missing hunters from Fort Chipewyan to be laid to rest this week -

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Wednesday.Friends and relatives have raised thousands of dollars to cover the costs of the funerals and other expenses through raffles, craft sales, and a casino night in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories.A RCMP helicopter hovers over the Rocher River. Three helicopters assisted in the search for the missing hunters from Fort Chipewyan. (CBC)Search continuesMeanwhile, RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren said the search continues for the two other missing men — Andrew Ladouceur and Keith Marten."The RCMP boat and helicopter patrols are continuing in the area in search of the remaining hunters," Warren said.However, Warren said the RCMP dive team has gone home."The underwater recovery team from British Columbia has concluded their search with no other viable areas of interest to search. They are in the process of returning to B.C.," he said.Chief Steve Courtoreille, of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, said the search will continue as long as searchers continue to volunteer.More than 100 searchers and 35 boats have taken part in the search, including Fort McMurray Search and Rescue, Parks Canada officials, human remains detection dogs, and multiple RCMP divisions. Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Bridgeport businessman Arnett Ray Burnside dies at 83 - WDTV

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kodiak bear in several western states and Canada. He was the second person in West Virginia to achieve the Grand Slam of the four North American wild sheep--a Dall ram from the Northwest Territories, a Stone sheep from Yukon Territory, a Rocky Mountain bighorn from British Columbia, and a desert sheep from the Grand Canyon area of Arizona. In 1986 he traveled with his son to Spain where he hunted mouflon sheep, Spanish ibex, chamois, and red stag.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018 or to a charity of your choice in memory of Arnett.Family and friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport Sunday, February 12 from 1-8 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 13 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Etheldean Yanero presiding. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery.Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Bishops issue guidelines to refuse funerals in assisted deaths - Edmonton Sun

Friday, February 17, 2017

EDMONTON — Guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories say priests should refuse funerals for some people who choose assisted suicide.The document describes how physician-assisted death is a “grave sin” and contradicts the teachings of the Catholic church.It says priests should weigh the circumstances of each funeral request, but high-profile assisted deaths can’t be celebrated.“If the church were to refuse a funeral to someone, it is not to punish the person but to recognize his or her decision — a decision that has brought him or her to an action that is contrary to the Christian faith, that is somehow notorious and public and would do harm to the Christian community and the larger culture,” says the document.It also says families should be supported, but those who want to celebrate the assisted deaths of their loved ones can’t do it at a church funeral.“This would be truly scandalous, as it would be an encouragement to others to engage in the evil that is euthanasia and assisted suicide. Such a request for funeral...