Denise Delight Helfrich

October 3, 1949 ~ November 17, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Denise Delight Helfrich of Opal, AB at the age of 68 years.

Denise is survived by her loving husband, Jack Helfrich; her son’s, Micheal (Ronnie) Poitras of Redwater, Shane (Sam) Poitras of Beaumont; her stepson, Lee Helfrich of Medicine Hat; her grandchildren, Cyr, Charlie, Hunter-Lee, Jack and Sydney; her stepdad, Gordon Messom; and her siblings, Terry Eglin, Colleen (Bob) Parolin, Jenn Borne (Mike), Shaun (Harold) Berkholtz, Rory (Donna) Eglin, Kerry (Sherry) Eglin, Melody Bueckert, Kelly (Gloria) Eglin, Kevin Eglin; numerous nieces and nephews; also many friends and family that knew and loved her.

Denise is predeceased by her mother, Kathleen Messom and her sister, Tannis Eglin.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Fedyna family for the love they have shown Denise over the years.

Denise was originally from Quesnel, BC and began calling Redwater home in 1974. Denise had many passions over the years; most notably her love of children. She cared for and welcomed many in her home. She was adored by all her day home kids for 36 years until she retired.

In Denise’s spare time she enjoyed many things such as her daily morning crib games with her best friend and husband Jack. She played crib Friday nights at the #251 Redwater Legion, and participated in many tournaments in the surrounding areas. She loved reading, cuddles with her puppy Lucy, and finding treasures at garage sales. Denise loved to show her passion in her homestead helping Jack renovate and her home and yard reflected her time and effort.


Memorial Service

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
1:00 pm
#251 Redwater Legion
4708 – 50 Avenue
Redwater, Alberta


Memorial Donations

As per the families request in lieu of flowers
donations may be made to
#251 Redwater Legion

Robert George Hewitt

March 4, 1925 ~ November 4, 2017

The family sadly announces the passing of Bob on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 92 years of age. Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anne; son, Brian (Debbie); daughter, Barb (Harvey); grandchildren, Jennifer, Candice, Robert (Dakoda), Raelene, and Steven; great grandchildren, Sienna, Brooklyn, Morgan, Hunter, and baby to come; sisters, Ruth and Evelyn; as well as numerous extended family and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Robert and Eliza (nee Robinson) Hewitt; sister, Marion; and brothers, Norman, Lloyd, and Walter.

A Memorial Service will be held on Robert and Anne's 65th wedding anniversary, May 9, 2018 at 11:00 am at Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel, 5016 – 47 Avenue, Bon Accord, Alberta.

Joseph Arnold Arsenault

December 12, 1930 ~ November 14, 2017



It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Joseph (Joe) Arnold Arsenault, aged 86, of Edmonton, Alberta. Joe passed away after a short illness on November 14, 2017 at the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St Albert where he was surrounded by family and friends. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Marilynn and daughter, Deborah.  He is survived by his companion, Laurette Sperling; and her extended family; his son, Jim (Judy) Arsenault, of Fredericton, NB; daughter, Sheryl (Herb)  Fleury, of Bon Accord, AB; six grandchildren, Richard, Ken, Rob Burke, and Trina Rubec all of New Brunswick, Ryan (Kate) Fleury and JJ (Brieann) Fleury from Alberta;  great grandchildren, Marisa, Rachel, Martina, Joseph, Matthew, Carlie, Kelsie, Chloe and Evan from New Brunswick, as well as Peyton and Teagan Fleury from Blackfalds, Alberta.


Joe served 25 years as a firefighter in the Royal Canadian Air Force, with numerous postings across Canada and Europe. Upon leaving the Military, Joe returned to his birth place of Summerside, PEI where he became a Provincial Driver Examiner. Joe had many great experiences conducting driver’s tests in PEI. His favourite story was when he was conducting a driver’s test, and he ended up in a river with his feet up on the dash, as he kept writing FAIL across the Examiners drivers check sheet. Joe then took on the daunting task of directing the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) providing the Province of Prince Edward Island with Emergency orders and plans for disasters, fires and floods. Joe finally retired from EMO in April 1996. After spending a couple of years in Fredericton, NB, Joe moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he relished his retirement by enjoying his favourite pastimes of fishing, curling and golf. It has been said that Joe always carried an extra club in his golf bag, he called it a foot wedge.  If not doing one of his favorite past times, you could find him at Tim Horton’s, enjoying a coffee with his buddies. Joe was a very special man, he loved life, family and friends and was loved by many. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends and none more so than his very special friends, Simon and Marjolaine Dubuc. Joe spent many a night enjoying a half glass of wine with Simon and Marjolaine after spending an evening with Laurette.




May the Lord enjoy Joe’s stories and antidotes as much as we did when he was here on earth with us.

Joe’s inurnment will take place Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm, at the Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton, Alberta.

Anything loved is not lost.


Bernard (Bernie) John Honish

July 5, 1940 ~ November 5, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernard John Honish on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the age of 77years. Bernie will be lovingly remembered as a caring father, a loving husband, and a kind and generous Christian by his loving wife of 57 years, Joan; his children, Lori (Brent) and Jaime (Bessy); his grandchildren, Dustin (Megan), Jenna (Kean), and Dexter; his siblings, Rufus (Lucille), Sylvester, Jeneatt (Claude), and Delephene; as well as his many extended family members and friends.

Bernie has departed to join his daughter Holly, but he will remain here always in our hearts.

The family is sincerely grateful to Sturgeon Community Hospital for their care.


Memorial Service

Saturday, November 11, 2017
2:00 pm
Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel
5016 – 47 Avenue
Bon Accord, Alberta

In lieu of flowers at the request of the family memorial donations will be gratefully accepted in memory of Bernie by The Mustard Seed, 10568 – 114 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3J7

Gerard (Gerry) Elam Gillingham

April 5, 1957 ~ October 24, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Gerard Elam Gillingham at 60 years of age on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Left to mourn his passing with fond and loving memories are his wife, Katherine Kelly-Gillingham; children, Kristie-Ann (Alan) Kirsch, John, Isabella, Jessica and Ross; sister, Jacqueline King; godmother, Ann (Frank) Blake; mother-in-law, Geraldine Kelly; sisters-in-laws, Shelly (Andrew) Burt, and Juanita (Frank) Beason; brother-in-law, Adam Kelly; nieces and nephews, Jonita (Jeff) Forbes, Dr. John Paul (Laura) King, Jason (Darlene) Skiffington, Kayla(Justin) Brenton, Johnathon Beason, Jayden Beason, Alissa Burt, Jeremy Burt, and Jessica Kelly; great-nieces and great-nephews, Alex, Bailey, Ashlynn, Caiden, Adelyn, little baby Jack and Oliver who called him Papa; as well as a very large circle of other relatives and  great friends.

He is predeceased by his parents, Elam and Phyllis (nee Loftus) Gillingham; father-in-law, John Kelly; and brother-in-law, Jack King. 

Gerry was a wonderful, kind-hearted man who was always there to lend a hand and whose home was always open. His big eyes and soft smile were always waiting for you at the kitchen table. His love for being in front of the stove cooking up a scoff was one of his trademarks. He loved Sunday drives, being outdoors in the woods, being with friends but most of all he loved his family.  

Gerry will be remembered and forever loved by all who knew him.

Celebration of Life

November 25, 2017
Canora Community League
10425-152 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

5016 47TH AVE, BOX 727, BON ACCORD, AB, T0A 0K0 

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