Violet Theresa Knezacek (nee Rigg)
1937 ~ 2021

Violet Theresa Knezacek (nee Rigg) of Edmonton, Alberta daughter of the late Joseph and Sally Rigg passed away on December 8, 2021 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital at the age of 84 years, after a long battle with COPD and other underlying issues. She was with her eldest children and able to say goodbye through video message to all her family.

Vi was always a strong, determined and independent woman. She immigrated to Canada in 1955 at age 18, from St. Annes on sea Lancashire, England. She always said it was one of the best decisions she’d ever made. She married and had 7 children. She eventually became a professional driver and was the first transit driver in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She retired in Edmonton, Alberta where she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was survived by her daughter, Linda (David Densmore); sons, Terry (Tammy Cummer), Joseph (granddaughter Victoria), Robert (Brenda Knezacek); brother, Michael Rigg,; sisters, Jacqueline Townsend, Elizabeth Betts ; As well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by daughter, Peggy Knezacek; sons, Lloyd and Michael Knezacek; grandson, Michael (little mike) Knezacek; sister, Pam Howarth; and ex husband, Lenard Knezacek.


Violet left in peace, doing it her way.
We will all carry her strength in our hearts forever.


As to her wishes, cremation will take place with no service or visitation. She will be laid to rest at a later date.

Richard Joseph Kroetsch
1945 to 2021

Rick passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 20th. He will live on forever in the hearts of many including partner, Lynne; stepdaughters, Susan (Mark) and Sheila (Dale). He was affectionately referred to as “Popa” by his five grandchildren, Isabella, Ava, Angelina, Paige, and Ryan.

Rick was the youngest of ten children and spent his early years on the farm in Strome, Alberta. He is survived by his brother, Ed and wife Gwen; sisters, Catherine and Donna; sister-in-law, Doris; and Lynne’s sister, Jill. He is predeceased by his sister, Margaret (Andre Borle); brothers, Martin (Hilda), Father Tom, Lorne, John (Rosa) and Father Don.

Rick was a very charming and genuine person who was blessed with a loving family and many life-long friends. His sharp wit and great sense of humour always made time spent with Rick very memorable. His passions ranged from planes and aviation to playing bridge and golf. After retiring as an accountant and business owner, Rick and Lynne lived out their golden years travelling the world, enjoying their winter home in Sun City West, playing bridge, and enjoying friends and family.

Rick would always end conversation with a warm smile and say … “we be talkin”


Celebration of Life

Celebration of life in will be held Spring 2022


Chester Gordon McBride
September 27, 1939 ~ November 21, 2021

It is with sadness the family of Chester Gordon McBride announce his passing on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the age of 82 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie (nee Strid) McBride; son, Trevor (Anneliese) McBride; 2 daughters, Lana and Tammy; grandchildren, Blakely and Bodie; as well as numerous extended family and friends. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held.




Samantha Eve Gauthier
April 25, 1997 ~ October 27, 2021

Sam was taken to soon and will be missed like crazy by all who knew and loved her. She leaves a big hole in the hearts of her mother, Lynette Gauthier; step dad, Kevin Smith; father, Darryl Gauthier; her brothers, Jack, James, Gavin, Dylan, Mason and Kevin; her grandparents, Philip and Iris Williams, Brenda Smith and Randy Sherrard; boyfriend, Matt Laviolette. She will be missed by her aunts, uncles, many cousins and friends, who will no longer have anyone to debate with.


Celebration Of Life

A private family service has taken place.




Kathleen Marie Borreson (née Stelzner)

March 29, 1951 ~ November 6, 2021

Kathy died peacefully at University of Alberta Hospital on the morning of November 6, 2021 concluding her third struggle with cancer.

She was a nurturer of plants and people. She had a gregarious spirit and a way of touching many lives, befriending some before they’d ever realized it. Bon Accord was her home, and she tended it as if it was her garden. She helped found the public library, reported community news for the Gazette, chronicled and researched Bon Accord history, volunteered her time to local schools, served numerous terms on council, and left her mark in its parks and gardens.

She is survived by her three sons, Thomas, Tim and Greg; one grandson, Tom (son of Tim); her mother, Mary; her brothers, Greg and Bob; her sisters, Marilyn, Janet and Pat; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews from a diverse and far-flung extended family; and a community of friends who she dearly loved.

We are deeply thankful to all of the wonderful doctors, nurses and care workers who worked to give her time and quality of life, and to everyone in the community who has extended a hand in our time of need. We are working on a fitting tribute to her memory.


"Let there be no goodbyes, only good memories."


Memorial Service

A gathering of friends and family was held in her memory
on November 13, 2021.
Times and geography mean that many could not attend and
we regret any who we could not contact in time.

She will be laid to rest at Bon Accord Cemetery, alongside her husband Bob,
whose memory she carried since his passing in 2014.



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In Lieu of Flowers

For those wishing to honour her, we would ask you to carry some small part of her spirit as you see fit.

Remember that she would want you to be happy, and to look out for one another.

Read a good book, paint a picture, plant a flower, encourage a friend, volunteer, share knowledge, bake brownies. 



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