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CODE, John Finlay

April 16, 1919 - February 17, 2015

John Finlay Code passed away peacefully, with family at his side, in the Foothills Country Hospice at the age of 95. Finlay (Fin) was born in Red Deer to J. B. and Flora, and spent early years at New Brigden and Red Deer, with sister Betty and brother Duncan, until 1928 when the family moved to Carbon . Finlay received schooling in Carbon and Garrett, then began supporting his family by working for area farmers in Carbon and Hesketh. Dad remembered earning 50 cents/day shovelling wheat for Garrett’s threshing crew. When World War II began, Finlay was working for Merle Anderson.  In July of 1940 he decided to join the Armed Forces, training in Calgary and Camp Borden, Ontario until he embarked in Nov. 1941. Finlay landed on French soil on D- day, advancing through Belgium, Holland and Germany. In later years, a cherished possession was the medallion awarded him by the Dutch government. Finlay was discharged Oct. 1945. After a short stint at the Atlas mine, he worked in Calgary and then Carbon where he and Duncan began business together: trucking, selling Cockshutt machinery, and farming. 1952 presented an opportunity to buy  Bob Levin’s place from Dick Garrett. Duncan farmed while Dad worked at P&H in Dunphy, then  General Supplies in Calgary. He met Shirley Anderson while square dancing and they were married in 1954.  They moved to the farm in 1959, bringing Barbara and Lynne. Sons David and Laurie were born in the early 60’s. Finlay spent 33 years on the farm, before retiring to Crossfield. On the farm he was jack of all trades, using past experiences to persevere.  He was a member of numerous organizations and served on many boards, including Drumheller Hospital Board and Drumheller Health Unit Board. In retirement he maintained  Masonic and Legion membership. Finlay and Shirley celebrated their 60th anniversary in April 2014, before Mom’s passing in May.  He is survived by daughters Barbara and Lynne Code (Barry Sawada), sons David (Linda) and Laurie (Elaine) and grandchildren Jordan and Justan Sawada, and Micayla and Jillian Code. He is also survived by sisters- in -law Gwen Code and Thelma Meyer, and extended family.  The family is grateful to staff at South Health Campus and, especially,  Foothills Country Hospice, Okotoks  for the compassionate care provided to Dad. In memory, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 5165 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite #300, Montreal QC, H4A 1T6.  The funeral will be at Crossfield United Church, 2:00 Saturday, February 28.



MANTIE, Shirley

May 22, 1928 - February 17, 2015

Shirley Mantie passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Shirley is lovingly remembered by 7 children, Wayne, Maxine, Don, Gary, Judy, Marilyn and Bobby; 10 grandchildren  and 8 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband, Wilbert in 1986; son, Dwight; and sisters, Patsy, Margret and Josephine. Born in Drumheller, she lived in East Coulee until 1962, when mines closed down. Shirley moved to the Canmore/Exshaw area until 1986 when husband Wilbert passed. She spent the last part of her life in Calgary. Many thanks to the care staff at Chinook Care Center. A Celebration of Shirley’s Life was held at Forest Lawn Community Center, 4020 – 26 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB on Friday, February 20, 2015. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at



Caswell, John Sylvanus

July 3, 1925 - February 16, 2015

John Caswell was born July 3, 1925 in Drumheller, Alberta and passed away peacefully February 16, 2015 at Drumheller Long Term Care Facility. He was the only son of Sylvanus Caswell and Sarah Caswell (nee Bynersly). He was predeceased by his wife Myrtle Jane (Susie) (nee Murphy); his sister Elizabeth (Betty) Hickey-Verbonac. He will never be forgotten by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild - Edward (Jacqueline, and sons Joshua and Brandon), Margaret (David, and daughter Sarah); Michael (Celia and children Angela, (Christopher) Gregory, Joy-Anne (Joshua and their son Ethan) and is survived by many nieces and nephews. John dedicated his entire life to the Caswell family homestead north of Drumheller.  He will be remembered for his love of animals especially horses, cowboy stories and friendly demeanor to all. His happiest times were spent on trail rides, volunteering for 4-H and teaching others how to ride and care for horses. Being named Drumheller Exhibition and Stampede Cowboy of the Year in 1987 was an honour he appreciated. Many thanks to the staff at the Drumheller Hospital and Long Term Care Facility for the care provided to our Dad over the many years he was there. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home. Internment February 28 at 3:00 PM at the Drumheller Cemetery graveside. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in remembrance of John would be appreciated. A Memorial celebration for family and friends of John will occur at a later date.