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Condolences to the family of Ronald Orval Bigford



Ronald Orval

June 10, 1933 - May 13, 2018

Mr. Ronald Orval Bigford
of Drumheller, beloved husband of Maria Gammie, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2018 at the age of 84 years. Ron was born in Drumheller on June 10, 1933 to Raymond & Emma Bigford. Grandpa Ron received his education in the valley and was ready to work at a very young age, beginning his career in the coal mining industry. Unc went on to make several employment changes in and around the area but always returned home. He had a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing and was thrilled when that rubbed off on any of us. His larger-than-life stories and laughing fits will be the memories that carry us forward in his absence. Besides his loving wife Maria, Ron is survived by his step children; Connie Gammie (Kevin Girletz), Ed (Tina) Gammie, grandchildren; Reo, Sierra, and Riata, sisters; Bev Audy, Brenda (Roy) Lawrence, Coral (Clayton) Bickford, brother; Floyd Bigford, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Ron was predeceased by his first wife Grace, brother-in-law Bob Audy, sister-in-law Shirley Bigford. A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at the Michichi Reservoir on June 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., in honour of Ron please bring a chair and a fishing rod, lunch and drinks will be provided. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made in loving memory of Ron to the Salvation Army (Drumheller) or the Grace House (Drumheller). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the funeral arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Réal Joseph Alcide Dorais



Réal Joseph Alcide

February 14, 1948 - May 5, 2018

Captain Réal Dorais was born in Grand-mére during a fierce snowstorm on February 14, 1948. He was 8 weeks early and a mere 4.5 lbs, but survived, kept warm in a shoebox in front of an open oven door. After racing his Blue Camaro on the back roads of rural Québec, he decided to settle down and joined the military (army). His career took him on many missions and adventures all over the world, from Vietnam to Cyprus to Europe. Commissioned from the ranks, he became an officer and worked for NATO and then the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers of Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. Amongst his numerous accolades, he was the proud recipient of a medal for peacekeeping for his work during the Vietnam war, and the Governor General’s Order of Military Merit for dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty. Réal died, at the age of 70, after making a series of inappropriate remarks in French, which were sadly never comprehended by the nurses and staff. They did, however, bring smiles to his family’s faces. Most people dying of cancer choose to go gentle into that good night, but he opted to burn and rave at close of day; raging against the dying of the light. He sold his Blue Camaro to marry his wife and best-friend, Linda Pelletier, for over 40 years. Despite being 8 years her senior, he won her love within hours with his loud voice, commanding presence, and irreverent sense of humour. They were known as the couple to emulate and many failed over the years to find a love that even came close to theirs. Their most serious battle being over his need to keep the television volume at concert levels. Together they raised two daughters with minimal accomplishments: one with an MD/PhD and one who is constantly headhunted by companies because of her outstanding skills, currently being utilized in her role as Chief Marketing Officer for a corporation in London, England. Réal is pre-deceased by his mother, Annette Boisvert and his sister Lise St-James. He is survived by his sisters Madeleine and Françoise, his brother René, and his half-brothers Jean-Guy and Normand. He leaves momentous memories of bravery and kindness in the hearts of his spouse, Linda Pelletier Dorais and his daughters Véronique (Rithesh Ram) and Sonia (Andrea Ravaioli). His granddaughters, Lalina and Suvera, will so miss their Friday Dairy Queen ice-creams with Grandpa, and his newest grandchildren, Angela (Sonia & Andrea) and Nahlyn (Véronique & Rithesh) are fortunate to have experienced the warmth of his gentle cuddles before he passed. He will forever be remembered as a loving spouse, an endearing father, and a grandfather who fed curious little minds with stories and sillies. A funeral will take place later this summer back in his home town (Grand-mére, Québec).

Condolences to the family of Jeffrey Guy Hirsch



Jeffrey Guy

Jeffrey Guy Hirsch passed away at the age of 45 years, husband of Patricia Seiller of Carbon,Alberta. He also leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Charles and Michelle Hirsch; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Seiller (Andrew); brothers-in-law, Tony (Susan) Seiller, and Doug Seiller (Dolores Schilling); and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Stacey Hirsch in 1981 and all his grandparents. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL (Medicine Hat) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 - 1201 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Jeff Hirsch, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.