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Condolences to the family of LEONARD WILLIAM LEBLANC


LEBLANC, Leonard William

March 14, 1962 - September 11, 2016

It is with heavy hearts we mourn the sudden passing of our brother Leonard. He was predeceased by his parents Homer and Doris LeBlanc. He is survived by his brothers; Greg (Kim), Paul and Archie and sisters; Susan (Everett) Page, Judy (Dean) Pisoni, Cindy Kirby, Candy (Wayne) Brumbaugh. He had numerous nieces and nephews. He was a kind and gentle soul and led a very quiet and reclusive life. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Out of respect for Leonard’s wishes there will be no service.

Condolences to the family of LOIS BEATON



April 22, 1934 - September 11, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother and grandmother. Lois Beaton was born in Drumheller, AB on April 22, 1934 to Alfred and Alice DeBoer. She took her schooling in Alberta and went on to attend Washington State University to become a Laboratory Technician. When attending a barn dance while home on school break she met a young RCMP officer - Les Beaton and they wed in the back yard of the family farm in 1956. Mom and Dad lived in various communities around Alberta - Brooks, Bassano, Slave Lake, Leduc, Edmonton and Westlock - while he was serving in the RCMP. Upon Dad’s retirement in 1975, they moved back to Drumheller to the farm where she was raised. She was no stranger to hard work and loved being busy. She loved to garden and had the most amazing yards - whether at the farm or later in town. She was an avid curler, and dart player and loved going to bonspiels and was known for bringing the best bacon to breakfast gatherings at the Drumheller Ladies Bonspiel. She was a fabulous cook and loved to entertain and welcome people into her home. Being outgoing and fun loving, Mom made many friends wherever she went and whatever she was doing. She was a one-of-a-kind character with a vibrant spirit who will live on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends. Mom will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn, her daughters Leslie Doan and Lynn Crawley, and son-in-law Owen Crawley. Also to treasure her memory are grandchildren Ryan and Zachary Doan and Shae Crawley. Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Les Beaton, parents Alfred and Alice DeBoer, brother and sister-in-law Bud and Carolyn DeBoer, and son-in-law Scott Doan. Please join us for a Celebration of Life at the Drumheller Legion at 3:00 on Friday, October 14, 2016. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of ALFRED JOHN DURNIE


DURNIE, Alfred John

September 16, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alfred John Durnie of Drumheller, on September 16th, 2016 after silently battling multiple myeloma for three years. He turned 58 the day he passed away. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Lou, daughter Stephanie (Tim), son Ryan (Jennifer) and his grandchildren Misha, Rex, Avery and
Jamie as well as his mother Maxine and his four siblings Lorraine, Carmen, Darwin and Michael. Alf was predeceased by his father Jack Durnie. Alf was born in the Drumheller Valley and spent most of his life there raising his family and pursuing his many passions including a lifelong career in the field of plumbing, gas fitting and private sewage. His work as the Administrator and Chief Inspector for Private Sewage for the Province of Alberta gave himself and his family great pride. Alf was also an extremely active member in organizations across his industry as both a speaker and teacher, including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for National Canadian Plumbing, Septic Tanks, and Private Sewage Codes, and most recently an International North American Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Re-use Standards committee. Alf was a plumber and a teacher who touched many lives and left a lasting legacy. In his private life Alf displayed a great love for children and a lifelong passion for gardening, photography, cooking and travelling with his wife Mary Lou. His calm demeanor, his patience and his determination earned him a reputation as a man who could achieve anything he set his mind to. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Thursday September 22, at the Badlands Community Facility, 80 Veterans Way, Drumheller AB. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the AOWMA’s scholarship program. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.