Elsie Lena Hicks
November 4, 1932 ~ September 10, 2020

 

She softly smiled and looked into the sad eyes of her husband and daughters and she said “So long, country bumpkin, the frost is gone now from on the pumpkin. I’ve seen some sights and life’s been something. See you later country bumpkin”.

 

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Elsie Hicks (nee Letersky) who passed away September 10, 2020 at the age of 87 years. Elsie was the glue that held together a large family of 6 girls, 14 grand kids, 15 great grand kids and a loving husband. The passion she had for her family was undeniable and allowed for each of us to truly grasp the powerful relationship between a husband and wife. Terry and Elsie went through good times and bad, never losing sight of what was important – their family.
Her perfect sassy attitude and love for her family will live on in each family member and the many wonderful memories of Elsie Hicks will be forever cherished by all.

 

She is survived by husband, Terry; children, Debbie (George), Ryan ( Lauren, Everett & Kemper), Brett ( Mark, Dylan, Caleb, Blake). Linda (Bill), Justin ( Brandy, Bently, Cailyn, Harper), Jaret ( Amanda, Odin), Jordan. Lorin (John). Cindy (Shane), Meagan (Blaire, Marek, Oaklyn), Myles (Courtney), Melissa (Rance, Emmett, Memphis, Tucker). Leslee, Halley, Logan. Tania (Corey), Nolan, Nevan, Bailey (Haley, Sophia), Nathan (Jade).

 

Predeceased by her parents, Mary and Joe; siblings, Olga and Terry.

 

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Elsie
to the Kidney Foundation Canada
at kidney.ca

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth "Betty" Ileen Atkinson
July 23, 1942~ March 23, 2020

 

Betty passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020 at Royal Alexandra Hospital at the age of 78 years old. Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her sons, James Jr. (Debbie) and John (Cythnia); daughters, Gabriel (Bob) and Beverly; grand children, Jeff, Daemon, Bradley, Jasmine, Jasmine, Ashley, and Kaitlyn; great grandchildren, Hailey, Macey, Paige, and Abbey; brothers, Barry, Bill and Brett; sister, Brenda; step brothers, Brian, Joe, Jack and David; step sister, Billie Jo; as well as numerous niece, nephews, extended family and friends.

 

Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, James; parents, Bruce and Vera; daughter in law, Gail; and son in law, Rick.

 

Elizabeth loved reading, knitting, crochet, gardening, animals, watching tv, word search books, cooking, decorating, and sitting in a lazy boy chair. Elizabeth worked at Alberta Agriculture, Food & Rural Development for 38 years plus other jobs.

 

 

James George Atkinson Sr

November 2, 1938 ~ February 5, 2020

 

Jim passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020 at Rivercrest Care Centre at the age 81 years. James will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Betty; sons, James Jr. (Debbie) and John (Cythnia); daughters, Gabriel (Bob) and Beverly; grandchildren, Jeff, Daemon, Bradley, Jasmine, Ashley, and Kaitlyn; great grandchildren, Hailey, Macey, Paige, and Abbey; sister, Shirley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 

James was predeceased by his parents, James and Grace; brothers, William "Bill", Robert "Bobby"; sisters Ethel, and Shirley; daughter in law, Gail; and son in law, Rick.

 

James loved woodworking, classic cars, outside, gardening, farming, fixing, animals, watching tv, and sitting in a lazy boy chair. James worked at Fiber Glass Canada (Owens Corning) for 38 years plus others jobs. Even though he was grouchy in appearance he always loved his family. He also always had a dog by his side.

 

The family is sincerely grateful to the staff at Rivercrest Care Centre and Dr. Stecyk for their care in dad's last few days.

 

 

Nancy Kathleen Bryant-Bain (née Jones)

January 29, 1951 ~ August 15, 2020

 

It is with great sadness that the family of Nancy Bryant-Bain (née Jones) announces her passing on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the age of 69 years at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton. Nancy is lovingly remembered by her children, Casandra (Nathaniel), Kimberly (Greg) and James (Sirina); her grandchildren, Jack, Isaac, Angus, Brynn and Marcus.

 

Nancy was born to parents Gloria and Jack Jones, on January 29, 1951 in Weston, York County. She grew up in Etobicoke as a young child, and on a great farmhouse in Caledon East in her teen years. She loved to play baseball and play the guitar as a teen. With her love for folk music, she entered into a number of folk competitions and sang many a Gordon Lightfoot songs. Her summers were spent in Port Carling, Muskoka on Lake Joseph with her large extended family. Nancy loved to recount stories of her mom, dad, and siblings Heather-Anne (predeceased) and husband John, Doug (Donna-Dale), Matthew (Terri), Randy (Treya), Alison (Michael) and Ron (Jackie). Over the years as the family grew, she happily enjoyed time in Muskoka with her children and many nieces and nephews.

A large part of her life was spent in Aurora, Ontario where her children grew up. She worked in administration for the York Region Board of Education. Once her children ‘flew the coup’, Nancy moved to Muskoka with her second husband Allen F. Bain (predeceased) and her beloved pets. She enjoyed the great outdoors and was committed to her work in the service sector.

 

Nancy eventually moved to Markham to spend time with her children and grandchildren. After she retired, she moved to Gibbons, Alberta to share more of her time with her son and his family.

 

Her grandchildren will fondly remember the time she spent with them. She nurtured and cared for them as babies and could often be found on the ground playing with them. They loved to play games and sing songs together. In the last few years she was a big fan of their sports activities (rugby, soccer, baseball and hockey) and loved to watch her granddaughter in Scottish Highland dancing.

 

Nancy will be greatly missed. Her faith and love for God was present every day of her life. Jesus was an incredible source of strength and comfort to her. She was a kind, generous soul who opened her arms to anyone in need. She never missed an opportunity to express her love to her family and was content simply being with them. Even in challenging times, Nancy’s faith in God and love for her family never faltered. She was known for her beautiful singing voice, delicious cooking and her skill with the sewing needle. When younger, she was an avid golfer and played very well. Nancy spent much of her retirement knitting and crocheting for family and friends. She gifted many of her creations to the Vernon Live Well Clinic in Vernon, BC.

 

Funeral arrangements are being organized and family will be contacted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memoriam to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

We will miss your beautiful spirit, your beautiful eyes and your beautiful smile.

 

 

 

Gerald “Gerry” Michael Gabinet

July 21, 1955 ~ August 9, 2020

 

It is with love and sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald Michael Gabinet.

Gerry was born in Westlock Alberta, July 21, 1955 to Peter Gabinet and Emily Zailo. Gerry is survived by his wife, Annette Anema; his daughter, Darrelle Gabinet; his son, Justin Gabinet; his stepson, James (Connie) Turnbull; stepdaughter, Karen (Krys) Dorozko; his grandchildren, Trinity, Ella Marie and Nolan Turnbull and Maverick Dorozko; his parents, Peter and Mary Gabinet; siblings, Bernadette (Sandy) Lyons, Ron (Debbie) Gabinet, Jennifer (Ken) Anderson, Chris (Veronica) Gabinet; brother-in-law, Robert Huber; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

His family lived in Busby at the time of his mothers death. Peter moved his family to Vegreville and eventually to Edmonton. He went to St. Cecilia School and graduated from Archbishop O’Leary High School in 1973. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 1977.

 

His love for his family was endless. He was quick with his wit and loved to tease everyone. He was an amazing father, step-father and grandfather and loved nothing more than having family get togethers for a meal or a BBQ. He was always willing to help a family member in need whether it was just a listening ear and some advice, or financial. Gerry was the first to jump in and help his friends and neighbours with any task and was quick to volunteer when his co-workers needed help as well. Gerry’s generosity extended beyond family and for several years has sponsored a child through World Vision.

 

Gerry was very involved in sports and had a passion for skiing and golf. It didn’t matter which game was on there was always a beer bet. On a putt, on a kick or a pass or a goal. There were many great Superbowl and Grey Cup parties at our house with a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. Gerry enjoyed his bike rides in the summer and his walks all year round at 5:45 every morning!

 

Gerry worked for Molson Brewery coordinating sales and sales promotion activities with the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos and Namao International Air Show. He sold industrial/commercial real estate which gave him an understanding of the role which economic development plays in community development. He was also in Parkland County and was the Business & Public Affairs Coordinator for a short time.

 

In 2002 he became the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Strathcona County. Gerry had a passion for his job at Strathcona County and was well respected in the Community and among his peers in the Economic Development field all across Canada and the U.S. Among his many awards his greatest moment was in 2015 when he won Economic Developer of the year award as selected by his peers. In 2019 he received a lifetime membership award from Economic Developers of Alberta for his mentorship to young Economic Development Officers. Gerry and his team won many awards for marketing, communication, events and for their work in promoting Strathcona County.

 

Gerry was extremely proud to be part of the Commissionaires of Northern Alberta. He joined the board in 2007 and served on various committees and was in line to be Chairman of the Board when he had to leave due to a cancer diagnosis. He was honoured to be able to help the Veterans and retired police personnel that this organization serviced.

 

Gerry was an extremely positive and optimistic person. Even in his battle with cancer he remained optimistic it was a temporary set back and it was not going to beat him. He had an infectious laugh, he was a remarkable leader, always encouraging, full of joy and thankfulness. Although Gerry’s years were short he lived a monumental and impactful life. He will always be remembered.

 

Special thanks to Dr Scarfe, CeeCee, Margot and the team at the Cross Cancer Institute, Strathcona Home Care and the Palliative Care Team.

 

Celebration of Life

Due to Covid the Celebration of Gerry’s life will be by invitation only.
It will be live streamed at 2:00 pm on August 29, 2020

 

Memorial Donations

In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Gerry’s favorite charity
Terry Fox Foundation
6120 - 2 St SE #16A
Calgary, AB
T2H 2L8.

 

 

 

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