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condolences to the family of Fred Wilfred Minor



Fred Wilfred

December 8, 1948 - February 11, 2018

It is with a heavy heart our family announces the loss of a great-great man, Fred Wilfred Minor on February 11, 2018. The love he gave was exhausted and his heart just got tired. A little after 4:00 a.m. the machines
were turned off and with his brothers at his side he slipped away from this world. Reuniting with his family and many faithful 4 legged companions. We hope for his well-earned peace, full of new life and free of pain. Together we mourn a man whose laugh was larger than life. His smile was always endless and his faith in humanity was one to be reckoned with. He proudly served his country training overseas, and worked as a guard in the Drumheller penitentiary, together almost 4 decades of service. His ability to treat every soul on earth with equal respect was more than admirable. Living his life to the fullest Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing like it was the breath of life! With a yearly full season camp he enjoyed many a card game and telling stories about the good times and bad. The laughter favourites came from the bad times, the sink holes and trying to hold down a wounded deer. Each day was a fresh start with a new adventure to be had. Who really shot the biggest game was a truth you could count on from Fred. Winning or losing at cards to determine who did the dishes, didn’t always matter, the importance was to share in a bountiful feast. Although bachelorhood was his life, Fred mentored his nieces and nephews and was always a clear supporter. This mentorship expanded to many friends and youth, including clients at his horse camp. Fred was a helpful neighbour and had a great sense of community. A handshake was the foundation on the measure of a man, and he never broke his word. He treated women with the highest respect, this usually ensured a good meal in the future. His love of sports helped perfect his mountainside parking or finding more tinfoil for the radio. Go Blue Jays or other chants could often be heard while enjoying a glass of scotch. Newcomers were always welcome and he gave everyone an equal chance to prove their skills in camp. If you had cooking or wood cutting skills you were more than welcome to a drink usually spilling into an evening of laughter. His large appearance and sometimes brute look could be misleading, but with a child on his knee it was clear he was a teddy bear at heart. For hugs that encouraged, a warming smile and a knack for a good belly laugh, Fred was someone to count on. With his hand made lures, self-filled shells and a plan that maybe only he understands, we know he’s happy now. He’s on the hunt and he knows just where to go, his best buddies are already welcoming him over the mountain. Remember it’s not always the prize you bring home, but the lesson or love you shared while making a good story. To a man well-loved may his stories always be told, and may his love always be felt. Fred leaves behind his siblings Jim (Christa), Janet (Colin), Donna (Peter), Bob (Doris), Neil, Ron and Jay (Nancy); and cherished nieces and nephews, Yvonne, Sherry, Amy, Jason, Devon, Danielle, Shannon, Wendi, Jerrod, Melanie, Melissa, Tyrel, Elisha, Quinton, Lacey, Jenna, Alex, Nicholas, Stacy and Travis. He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends and colleagues. In honour of Fred’s wishes cremation will take place and a Mountainside Memorial will follow. A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held at East Coulee Community Hall, (120 4 Street, East Coulee, AB), on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at
CREMATORIUM (at Lake Fraser Gate)
Telephone: 403-297-0711
Honoured Provider of
Dignity Memorial

Condolences to the family of Ralph Preston Cosens



Ralph Preston

April 22, 1917 - January 28, 2018

Ralph Cosens passed away peacefully in Edmonton at the age of 100 years. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 79 years Marjorie, his children Annette, Grace (Jim) and George (Linda), his grandchildren Cheryl (Bill), David, Sean (Darlene) and Jeffrey (Wendy), nine great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his caregiver Carmelita. He was predeceased by his parents George and Gracie Bell Cosens, his sisters Mary (Gene) and Lena (Bert), and his brother Clarence (Grace). Ralph and Marjorie were married on October 25, 1938 and farmed in the Morrin area until 1971. They bought an acreage near Red Deer in 1972 where they built their own house and lived until 1992. From there they moved to Edmonton to be closer to their children. Over the years Ralph and Marjorie travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States, first in their travel trailer and then their Volkswagen camper van. They spent considerable time visiting family and helping out wherever needed. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Courtney-Winters Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Dennis Vernon Brunette



Dennis Vernon

June 3, 1940 ~ January 22, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father/grandfather Dennis Vernon Brunette. Dennis is survived by his son, Dennis Jr., daughters, Cynthia (Keith) Seitz, and Carrie (Gino) Marshall; and grandchildren Samantha (Gavin) Pittman, Colton and Alana Marshall. He is also survived by brother Ernie Brunette and sister UnnaMay McGhee, and good friends Vic and June Scott. He was predeceased by his mother Beatrice, father Fred and two sisters Hazel Deitz and Evelyn Wilton. Dennis was a man of many talents, and was always working on something, (patio furniture, houseboat which he took to Campbell River). He worked at Durnie and Hawkins Plumbing and Heating for a few years, before moving his young family to Calgary, where he worked at National Tank Welding. They then moved to Edmonton for a short time, before coming back to Drumheller. He joined his father at B&B Construction, eventually taking over the company when his father retired. Dad had a passion for fast cars; racing stock cars for a while, then moving on to snowmobiles. He could often be seen cruising on his Gold Wing. Dad headed to Red Deer where he worked for a number of years, until his health forced him into early retirement. He kept busy doing house renos and making toys and hope chests for the grandchildren, when he wasn’t working on his cars. He acquired a Ford Galaxy convertible and enjoyed taking it to car shows. This passion led him to join the Cruisers car club, where he made many lasting friendships. Dad also spent his summers camping whenever he could. A memorial service will be held for Dad at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.