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1997: Deaths - CrCRAIG - James (Fawcett) Craig of Alix, passed away peacefully at the age of 66 years. He will be remembered by his loving wife Barb; his children, Ken (Sandy) Craig of Airdrie, Sheree (Rick) Cronk of Calgary, Steve (Kate) Craig of Lethbridge; his grandchildren, Kelly, Kurtis, Dean, Jennifer and Justin; his mother Blodwen Buchanan; and sister Bette (Ted) Mattle. He was predeceased by his son Brian (1958), and his father James Fawcett Craig Sr. (1966). Funeral Services will be held from the Alix United Church on Monday, July 21, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alix United Church Memorial Fund or the Red Deer Regional Health Care Centre I.C.U. Unit, Bag 5030, Red Deer, AB, T4N 6R2. WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. Telephone: 1-403-782-3366 (7/19/97).
CRAIG - Robert K. "Bob" Craig passed away suddenly in Montana on June 5, 1997 at the age of 68 years. He is survived by his wife Mary; his children, Barb (Dave) Follett, Nancy (Mark) Williams, Robert (Carol) Craig, Colin Craig, and Heather Craig; and four grandchildren, Kevin, Emily, Madeline and Ben. He is also survived by sisters, Ruth, Doris and Barb; and brother Jack; and was predeceased by his brother Doug. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 - 15 Avenue S.W., on Tuesday, June 10, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., Reverend Samuel J. Stewart officiating. Cremation Calgary Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations may be made to Patient Care Unit 58, Neuro Rehab Unit of the Foothills Hospital, Calgary. Funeral and Cremation arrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES "Heritage Funeral Home". Telephone: 299-0100 (6/8/97).
CRAIGG - Ellyson Craigg passed away peacefully on December 19, 1997 at the age of 59 years. Ellyson is survived by her sister Jean Tisius, and two nephews, Brent and Brian. Due to Ellyson's wishes there will be no Funeral Service. Arrangements and Cremation arranged by PIERSON'S FUNERAL SERVICE LTD. Telephone: 235-3602 (12/21/97).
CRANN - George (Winty) Crann passed away peacefully on September 10, 1997 at the age of 71 years. George was predeceased by his wife Betty. He is survived by twelve children, thirty grandchildren; and his sister Winnie of Cambridge, Ont. George had been a proud and active member of AA for the last twenty-two years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Memorial Services will be held at LEYDEN'S "Chapel of Remembrance" (17 Avenue and 2 Street S.W.), on Saturday, September 13, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Doug Webb officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of George to the Canadian Cancer Society, Second Floor, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2. Arrangements and Cremation in care of LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOMES LTD. and Bow Valley Crematorium. Telephone: 228-4422 (9/12/97).
CRAWFORD - Christopher James Crawford, beloved son of Jonathan and Kathy Crawford; and Wayne Price, passed away at the Alberta Children's Hospital on Thursday, June 12, 1997 at the age of 13 years. It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the death of our cherished son Chris. He will be greatly missed by his parents, Jonathan and Kathy Crawford, and Wayne Price; his sister Kailee; his grandparents, Harvey and Georgina Plaxton, and Mary Crawford; his aunts, uncles, cousins, and all his countless friends, both young and old. Chris was a unique, creative, caring individual and a very special part of the lives of many. We are blessed to have known Chris during the time he was with us. His memory will live on in the hearts of all that knew him. We entrust his spirit to our ancestors, that his spirit will live on for eternity, until we meet again. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Crowfoot Chapel" (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), today, June 16, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Dean Shingoose of the Native Christian Assembly officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to World Wildlife Fund Canada, Suite 504, 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2Z7. In living memory of Chris Crawford, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Crowfoot Chapel", 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044 (6/16/97).
CRAWFORD - R. James (Jim) of Sardis, B.C., formerly of Calgary, passed away peacefully in Chilliwack, September 8, 1997. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Frances; his sons, James of Chilliwack, Brent of Calgary; his daughters, Lisa (Lyle) Brown of Sardis, B.C., and Heidi (Dave) Cooke of Duncan, B.C.; and his grandsons, Michael and Stephen. He is also survived by his brothers, Raymond, Bud, Gerry and his sister Peggy (Jack) Hollas. Jim was born in Picton, Ontario, May 14, 1929. He lived in Trenton where he met his wife Frances and married in 1961. In 1964, Jim and his family moved to Calgary, where he was a well-respected businessman in the construction industry until moving to British Columbia in 1994. He will be sadly missed by his wife and family. He was a devoted, loving family man that brought joy and laughter into all of their lives. Prayers will be held on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Funeral Service will be Friday, September 12, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Chilliwack, B.C (9/11/97).
CRICK - Basil "Budd" Herman Crick, of Nanton passed away after a lengthy illness at the High River Hospital and Nursing Home at the age of 75 years. He leaves his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Mildred Eileen; his daughters, Darlene and Owen Fulton and Echo Paton, all of Vulcan; and his sister Hazel Houlton, Caroline, AB. He is also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Dusty James Crick in 1978, sister Claudia, Howard, son-in-law Bill Charles and one grandson. Funeral Services will be held at the Nanton-Parkland United Church, Nanton on Wednesday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m., the Rev. Britt Jessen officiating. Cremation to follow at Parklawn Crematorium. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME, High River. Telephone: 652-2222/938-3111 (7/8/97).
CRIPPS - William Martin (Bill), born December 15, 1959, left us last week at the age of 37. Loving father of Tabitha, husband to Anita, Bill was predeceased by his stepfather, the Rev. Alan Howes. Bill will be sadly missed by his parents, Diane Howes, Ted, and Beatrice; and his mother-in-law Sandy Jackson. He will not be forgotten by his brothers, Brian, Michael, and Kevin, sister Kathleen Howes, stepsister Christine Derksen, their spouses; his nephew Curtis, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill will be remembered for his quick wit, his ingenuity and most important his dedication and commitment to his family and loved ones. For most of his professional life Bill was a trucker, most recently employed by Economy Carriers. As a young man, Bill was a member of Sea Cadets and for several years was a Scout Leader. His many interests included Aikido, boating, motor biking, snowmobiling, camping, as well as beer and wine-making. If it had wheels, Bill could fix it and was always willing to help anyone who asked. We will miss him forever and only wish he could have stayed with us awhile longer. A Memorial Service will be held at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 1708 - 16 Avenue N.W. (across from North Hill Shopping Centre), on Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Canon Douglas H. Skoyles officiating. Funeral and Cremation arrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES "Heritage Funeral Home". Telephone: 299-0100 (10/24/97).
CRONIN - Albin (Al) James Cronin, beloved husband of Vi Cronin of Calgary, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 27, 1997 at the age of 50 years. Al was born in Walkerton, Ontario on August 4, 1947. He has worked most of his life in the construction industry and for the past few years has owned and operated Cronin Construction Ltd. Besides his loving wife, Al is survived by his four daughters, Tracey of Calgary, Kelly, April and Angie, all of Kitchener, ON. He is also survived by his parents, Jim and Florence Cronin of Walkerton, ON; his four sisters, Mary Anne and her husband Mark Scheurman of Chepstow, ON, Madeline and her husband Tom Gibbons, Joan and her husband Phil Metz, all of Kitchener, ON, Theresa and her husband George Redpath of Waterloo, ON. He will also be lovingly remembered by several aunts, uncles, numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Chapel of the Bells" (2720 Centre Street North), on Sunday, November 30, 1997 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's "Chapel of the Bells" (2720 Centre Street North), on Monday, December 1, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at a later date in Walkerton, ON. In living memory of Al Cronin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296(11/29/97).
CROOKS - Alvina Irene. At her daughter's home in Pickering on Tuesday, June 10, 1997, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert Mervyn Crooks. Loving mother of Jackie Bullivant and her husband Bryan (of Calgary), Carolyn Rees and her husband Bryan, Bob Crooks and his wife Faye, Wendy Hinves and her husband Al (Butch), Terry Crooks and his wife Daphne, and Richard Crooks and his wife Darlene. Dear grandmother of Rhonda, Chris, Sarah, Gareth, Alyscia, Abbey, Andrea, Derek, Jeremy, Desiree, Hailey and Lyndsay. Sadly missed by her sister Pauline Lowther (of Calgary). The family will receive friends at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (Pickering Village), 905-428-8488, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday. Service at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill Anglican Church, 882 Kingston Road (at Fairport Road in Pickering), on Friday, June 13, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Always a smile, instead of a frown, Always a hand, when one was down; Always true, thoughtful and kind, Wonderful memories she left behind. We love you Mom, wherever you are (6/12/97).
CROSBY - On November 29, 1997, Heather Lisa Crosby died after a brief and intense fight against leukemia. She approached her last days as she approached all the challenges in life; with determination and a feisty spirit. Those close to her will remember her for her energy, the intensity with which she lived life and her commitment and devotion to her family, friends and animals. Heather was born in Banff on July 11, 1952 to a family with long histories in the Banff area. Heather will be greatly missed by her parents, Rob and Evelyn Crosby; children, Justin, Lisa and father Mel, Nicky and father Andy, brother Rick; sister Anita; nieces Amanda and Ginnylou; nephews, Greg and Todd; aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 4, 1997, at St. Georges in the Pines, in Banff at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hematology Oncology Research &Education Fund, Room 681, Foothills Hospital, 1403 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary AB T2N 2T9, where Heather received such great care (12/3/97).
CRUSE - Johnny passed away suddenly on November 14, 1997 at the age of 76 years, after a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-four years, Pearl; daughters, Janet Alheit and Susan (Greg) Baker; grandchildren, Johnny, Jacqueline and David. He is also survived by a sister Andree and brothers, Raymond and Tony. Johnny was born on January 21, 1921 in London, England and enjoyed a long career as a professional musician in both Britain and Canada, starting at age fourteen. He served with the R.A.F. Cairo Area Military Band during World War II. In 1953, he emigrated to Canada to serve with the military bands of the Lord Strathcona Horse and P.P.C.L.I. regiments until 1971. Upon leaving the military service, he opened the "Johnny Cruse Drum Shop and Studios". He was a life member of the Calgary Musicians Association, was principal percussionist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years, and taught countless private students from 1953 to 1980. In later years, Johnny enjoyed fishing, travel to England, and the company of his grandchildren. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Crowfoot Chapel" (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday, November 20, 1997 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's "Crowfoot Chapel" (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, November 21, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Stanley A. Henke officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2. In living memory of Johnny Cruse, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Crowfoot Chapel", 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044 (11/19/97).
CRUZ - Elizabeth Maria Cruz passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at the age of 18 years. Elizabeth is survived by her loving parents, Joao and Fabia of Calgary; and her sister Louisa (Benoit) Milette of Montreal, P.Q. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening, Thursday, December 18, 1997 at Pierson's Funeral Home, 4121 - 17 Avenue S.E. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 15 Templebow Road N.E., on Friday, December 19, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Bill Corcoran, Celebrant. Funeral arrangements in care of PIERSON'S FUNERAL SERVICE LTD. Telephone: 235-3602 (12/18/97).
CSOPAK - Mrs. Ethel Csopak of Calgary, passed away at the Cedars Villa Nursing Home on December 11, 1997 at the age of 78 years. She was born October 19, 1919 in Mandok, Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1956. Ethel moved to Calgary in 1957 and has resided here ever since. Ethel was the loving mother of a daughter and son-in-law, Eva and Tibor Matusak; and two grandsons, Anthony and Alexander, all of Calgary. She is also survived by her brother Joseph Halasz of Australia. Ethel was predeceased by husband Antal in 1989. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Chapel of the Bells" (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, December 15, 1997, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's "Chapel of the Bells", (2720 Centre Street North), on Tuesday, December 16, 1997, at 3:00 p.m. with the Very Rev. Joseph E. LeFort officiating. In living memory of Ethel Csopak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, "Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296 (12/13/97).
CUMMING - Donald Angus Cumming, passed away peacefully on 6 July 1997 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital after a long illness. Born in Toronto on November 13, 1920, Don is survived by his wife Thelma; sons, Robert (Anne) of Victoria, and Ian of Calgary; a brother Gordon (Betty) of Toronto, and sister-in-law Marion MacKinder of York, England. He is also survived by grandsons, Robert, Kevin, Trevor, Alex and Morgan; granddaughter Stephanie; three nephews and two nieces. Don was a member of Gizeh Shrine Temple, Sidney Shrine Club and the Janizaries Marching Unit. Many thanks to Dr. E. Cadger and Julie Duhame for their kindness and understanding. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church, 2410 Malaview, Sidney, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Newton Centre Society, 2158 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton, BC, V8M 2B2 or a charity of choice (7/10/97).
CUNNINGHAM - Wayne Grant. On Monday, December 29, 1997, Mr. Wayne Cunningham died in the Royal Alexandra Hospital after 68 years of life. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mabel; his children, Roger (Anita), Patricia, Donald (Brenda) and Christine (Mario); and grandchildren, Christopher, Cheryl, Barry, Lori, Kate and Milana. He also leaves one brother Leo (Terry), and several nieces and nephews. He will be loved and remembered always. Cremation will take place with a Service of Remembrance to be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 1997 in MEMORIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 13403 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, Alberta. If friends desire, any memorial contributions may be made in memory of Wayne to the Heart &Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985 - 124 Street, Edmonton, T5M 9Z9, to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 9707 - 110 Street, Edmonton, T5K 2L9, or to the Canadian Paraplegic Association, 305, 11010 - 101 Street, Hys Centre, Edmonton, T5H 4B9. For further information, please contact MEMORIES FUNERAL DIRECTORS and CREMATORY, toll free at 1-888-454-9111; 13403 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, AB T5L 4X1 (12/30/97).
CUMMINGS - Mrs. Yvonne Ester of Water Valley, passed away on December 9, 1997 at the age of 63 years. Yvonne is survived by her loving husband Roy; and her sons, Roy Jr. (Sandi) of Sundre, Wes (Gail) of Water Valley, Dale (Cheryl) of Vauxhall, Terry of Seebe; and her daughter Jodi (Kerry) Litzenberger of Calgary; grandchildren, Terry, Trevor, Traci, Lindsy, Luke, Shelby and Dylan. Service of Remembrance will be held on December 13, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cremona Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society - Calgary District Unit, the Arthritis Society, and the Cremona Fire and Rescue Department. MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, Olds, entrusted with arrangements. Telephone: 403-556-3223 (12/12/97).
CUNNINGTON - Janis Cunnington, beloved wife of Michael Cunnington of Calgary, passed away on Monday, September 15, 1997 at the age of 56 years. Janis is survived by her mother Eileen Perry, and her sister Myra (Pat) MacNeil, both of Langley, B.C. She is also survived by three nieces and two nephews. Janis will be greatly missed by her family and friends as well as her co-workers. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church (5340 - 4 Street S.W.), on Thursday, September 18, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. John L. Maes, Celebrant. If so desired, donations in Janis' memory may be made to Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2. Arrangements and Cremation in care of LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOMES LTD. and Bow Valley Crematorium. Telephone: 228-4422 (9/17/97).
CURRIE - Merv Currie, beloved husband of Anne, passed away suddenly and tragically on November 25, 1997 at the age of 60. Merv influenced many and will be remembered as a very gentle and loving man. His care and love for his wife and family was utmost to his being. He had a passion for life and love of people and animals. One of his greatest achievements was his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Besides his loving wife Anne, Merv is survived by his two sons, Mervin Jr., and Stephen, his wife Tracey and children. Merv is also survived by one sister Gladys; and five brothers, Russel, Bob, Ed, Jerry and Ernie. Merv is predeceased by his father Jim, mother Pearl and two brothers, Ray and Len. A celebration of Merv's life and family gathering was held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Park Memorial Chapel" (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.), on Saturday, November 29, 1997 at 3:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Humane Society (S.P.C.A.), 1323 - 36 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6T6. In living memory of Merv Currie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Fish Creek Chapel", 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-256-9575(11/30/97).
CURRY - Hilda Curry (Spani) (nee Lord) passed away peacefully at the Brentwood Nursing Home on June 1, 1997. She was born on April 15, 1917 at Renown, Saskatchewan and attended school in the Hawkshaw District of Saskatchewan. Hilda married Cosmas Xavier Spani in Saskatoon in 1936. They lived and worked for a time on Mr. and Mrs. Lord's farm before moving to Watrous in 1939. During the war Hilda worked at Spectors Clothing Store while Cos was overseas. After his return she worked at Walsh's Store. In 1954 Hilda and Cos bought the Watrous Manitou Dry Cleaning Plant and ran it together until Cos' death in 1957 at which time Hilda continued to successfully operate the plant. During this time Hilda was an active member of the Watrous United Church, the Senior Choir, the Eastern Star, the Legion ladies, the Watrous Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. In 1963 Hilda sold the business and moved to Calgary where she worked as a cosmetician at Stadium Drugs, Sears, Zellers and the Shoppers Drug Mart on 8 Street S.W. until she retired in 1982. She married Robert Curry in 1967. During this period Hilda was an active member of the Chinook Winds Sweet Adeline's continuing her love for music. During her retirement Hilda traveled, visiting family and friends and took great delight in her home and yard. Hilda loved Calgary and had a special place in her heart for her two Siamese cats, Muffet and Muffin who are now fifteen years old. Hilda became ill in 1989 and moved into the Brentwood Nursing Home in 1990 where she remained until her passing. Hilda is survived by her loving daughters, Marilyn (Eldon) Stein of Boston Bar, BC and Judy (Bryan) Lambertson of Sylvan Lake, AB; grandchildren, Sandra (Rick) Jones of Boston Bar, BC, Glen Stein of Hope, BC, Tracye Lambertson (Chris Hielema) of Canmore, AB; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kraig of Boston Bar, BC; sister Dorrie (Jack) Smith of Chase, BC; sisters-in-law, Jean Lord of Calgary, Josephine Moir (Spani) of Saskatoon, and Vi Spani of Burnaby, BC; and nieces and nephews. Hilda was predeceased by her parents, Agnes Lord (Hendy) and Arthur Lord, her husband Cosmas Spani, and her brother Ted Lord. The family would like to extend a warm thank you to the staff at Brentwood Nursing Home for the care they gave Hilda and especially to her companion and special friend Rhonda Sundberg, who did so much for Hilda for so long. Memorial Services will be held in the Chapel of MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME on Friday, June 6, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Aldeen McKay of Trinity United Church at Fort Macleod officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary (1920 - 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 3G2). Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME, 17 Avenue S.E. at Garden Road (3 km East of 68 Street S.E.), located within Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Phone: 403-272-5555. (6/5/97)