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LAWRENCE, Brian Williamson

lawrence-brian-williamson.jpgFebruary 7, 1949
- April 22, 2009

Brian died suddenly in Carbon, Alberta. He was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan to Robert and Leah Lawrence who predeceased him. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Stanya and by his sons Clint (Deanna and grandchildren Terra, Kaitlyn, Brittany and Jayden) and Jason (Sarah). His brother Bobby (Boda) and sisters Myrna (Lauri) and Brenda and their families will also cherish his memory. In the Czech Republic, Brian’s in-laws have fond stories of his visit there in 1993. He enjoyed the company of family and friends. His charm, laughter and good nature made for happy times. He was a fan of Elvis and loved to sing and dance to his music. Brian will be laid to rest in Runnymede, Saskatchewan and a Celebration of his Life will be held there in September 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. When asked “How are you, Brian?” his favourite expression was “Hanging in there”. So, hang in there, Brian, until we all meet again. Love, Clint, Jason and families.

JOHNSTON, Richard (Rick)

Johnston, Richard (Rick) of East Coulee, Alberta left us on Saturday May 2, 2009, at 61 years of age, leaving to mourn him is his loving wife and friend (who Rick always said made his life interesting), brother Michael (Dorothy) Calgary, sister Cheryl (Pat) Auckland, New Zealand, sister Shelley Crossfield, brother Shaun Airdrie, Daughters Cindy (Mark), Colleen Calgary, Cheryl (Dan) Surrey, BC, Linda (Allan) Sterling, Alta, and all his precious grandchildren (eight) and one great granddaughter.  He will be missed by all his friends and colleagues at Starland County and the valley and area.  Funeral Services on May 9, 2009 at Pearsons Funeral Home, 4121 - l7th Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta (Forest Lawn) at 2 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society or Childrens Charity of your choice.        18c

NAEGELI, Bernard (Ben)

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February 19, 1930
- April 24, 2009

It is with great sadness the family of Bernard (Ben E. Naegeli wishes to announce his unexpected passing on April 24, 2009. Ben was born in drumheller on February 19, 1930 and raised in Midland. He married Jean Blanchett (Bailie) November 30, 1963. He began working in the mines at the early age of 16. Mine work was a difficult and dangerous line of work and Ben eventually decided to leave the mines and began a lifelong career in construction. Ben worked as a carpenter/foreman for Greene’s Construction for thirty-five years. He wwas extremely proud of all the projects they built throughout the province. Ben was a hard worker and well respected man in the construction industry. When Ben retired from Greene’s, he went to work for himself and continued to build in the Drumheller area, completing many projects with his sons. Ben had many talents and hobbies and a big family who loved him dearly. He was an avid gardener, well known for his great tomatoes and other vegetables that could be found at the Drumheller Farmer’s Market. Ben was a great handyman, who also liked to hunt, fish, camp and waterski and most recently, make wine. Curling was his passion and he and Jean enjoyed travelling to many of the large curling events throughout Western Canada. Everyone who knew Ben instantly liked him for his quirky sense of humour and storytelling ability. Ben was predeceased by his daughter Sherry, granddaughter Tina and brothers Frank, Jim, Victor, Donald, brother-in-law Jack, sister-in-law Iva and niece Carol. Ben is survived by his wife Jean, sons Curt (Dianne), Greg (Colleena), Kevin (shelley), Rick (Rhonda), son-in-law Dave (Mandy) and grandchildren Jennifer (Jono), Michelle (Barry), Michel (Amanda), Chris (Shannon), Erik, Matthew, Katie, Mary-Jean, Mitchell, Kacey, Trevor, Devon, Jody, David, and great-grandchildren Owen, Dylan, Joshua, Kaylee, Sami, and Macy, brothers and sisters, George, Gordon, Bob, Rita and Elsie, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service to take place at the Know United Church in Drumheller on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Luncheon will follow at the Midland Community Hall. Donations can be made in memory of Ben to STARS or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.    17c