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Condolences to the family of Gordon Wilfred Johnson



Gordon Wilfred

July 8, 1937 – January 11, 2019

Gordon Wilfred Johnson, formerly of Eckville, Alberta, passed away peacefully with family at his side at the South Health Campus in Calgary on January 11, 2019 at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his “girls”, JoAnn (Lawson) White and Brenda Johnson; grandchildren, Curtis and Jillian White; special friend, Gayle English; brother, Larry (Elaine) Johnson; sisters, Marion (Leonard) Olsen and Anne Holzli; brother in law, Don and sister in law, Margaret as well as his extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Erella; brothers, Art and Terry, and sister, Doreen. He was born in Drumheller on July 8, 1937 and raised on the family farm west of Morrin. Upon leaving school, he farmed, built bridges and later became a heavy equipment operator retiring in 2003. He resided in the Eckville area for over thirty years. Gordon was very proud of his Norwegian roots. Godt å få hvile når kreftene svikter, trett etter årenes arbeid og slit. Trygt i den evige hvile få sove. Ha takk fra oss alle og hvil nå i fred. (Good to rest when the forces fail, tired after years of work and wear. Sleep safely in eternal rest. Thank you all and rest now in peace.) In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to “The Brenda Strafford Foundation” directed to Seniors Care, 4628 Montgomery Blvd NW, Calgary, AB T3B 0K7. Gordon’s family would like to thank Heritage House (Stettler Hospital), Tudor Manor (Okotoks), Dr. Steed and his staff for their wonderful care. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date. To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Gordon, please visit
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Condolences to the family of Brian Douglas Farmer



Brian Douglas

April 20, 1953 – January 14, 2019

Brian was born April 20, 1953 and passed away suddenly on January 14, 2019. He is survived by his daughter Pamela (Graham) MacRury of Surrey, BC and his son Corey Farmer of Chilliwack, BC. As well, Brian left behind loving siblings Alan (MaryAnn) Farmer, Maureen (Larry) Needham, Kevin (Linda) Farmer, Colleen (Doug) Finkbiner, Brenda (Don) Yavis, and Darrin (Betty) Farmer, all of Drumheller as well as numerous nieces and nephews, mostly from the Drumheller area. He was predeceased by his parents Doug and Alice Farmer and his big brother Tommy, also of Drumheller. Brian was a devoted and loving father, brother, uncle and friend to everyone. Brian received all of his schooling in Drumheller and after graduation, moved to Fort McMurray to pursue his career as a flooring and carpet layer. After a few years in The Fort, he moved to Abbotsford, BC where he spent most of his working life as one of the best in the industry. Due to an economic downturn, Brian returned to his childhood home to continue his career and lived with family members until his untimely passing. Brian lived his life for his children, his nephew Keagan, his love of fishing, golf and almost all outdoor activities, his beloved Toronto Blue Jays, his Vancouver Canucks, and most of all, his family. One of his favourite activities was playing in various hockey pools and he did so with a fair degree of success. Brian was a man of few words but had such a big heart. He will truly be missed by all those who knew him. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at a later date.

Condolences to the family of Dion Zdunich




April 22, 1976 - January 3, 2019

Dion Zdunich passed away unexpectedly in Victoria, BC, on January 3rd, 2019. If anyone’s earned the right to RIP, it is him. Dion crammed more living into his 42 years than most people do in 142. Born April 22, 1976 in Calgary, he lived a purposeful, meaningful life, eschewing material trappings in favour of people, relationships and experiences. And he was doing it long before living mindfully, in the here and now, became so trendy. For Dion, there were no shades of grey. He had clear beliefs, stands and opinions on virtually everything. And was a lion in more ways than his shock of red hair and regal stature. When it came to fighting for the people, events, initiatives, and causes he
believed in, Dion was a force of nature. He gave his entire being to them—his fiery passion, his inimitable creativity, his time, and his money. In a world where thousands supposedly “have your back”—Dion Zdunich actually did, regardless of the personal cost. He is survived by his parents, Allan & Lucille Zdunich, June Evans & Tom Wilson, his sister, Jillian Zdunich, several aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins. And he is predeceased by his grandparents, Ernie & Velma Evans, John & Olga Zdunich. Also, his aunt Marlene Zdunich, uncles Ken Moore, John Nordlee, and Alex Wilson, and infant cousin Bobbi Jo Obrigavitch. Dion will be achingly missed by his family and friends, who, thanks to his nomadic lifestyle, stretch from the west coast to the best coast. And he will leave an equally large hole in the worlds of many thousands of Canadians in the marketing, music, theatre, and craft brewing communities, whose lives he touched, deeply, through his imaginative writing, quick sense of humour, tireless charitable work, and passionate pursuit of putting things right. There will be a Farewell to Dion Service on Sunday, January 27th, at 2pm at Kenaston Place in Kenaston, SK. We will then be remembering Dion the way he would have wanted—surrounded by family, friends, and refreshments, during a Last Call With Dion on Sunday, February 3rd, between 2 and 5 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion in Calgary; 116, 7th Avenue SE. All those who knew him are encouraged to join us for one, or both, these occasions. For those who can’t attend either, and are searching for a way to honour and remember him, the solution isn’t flowers or donations. Just carry on his spirit and legacy of selfless generosity. Take someone less fortunate for lunch or a coffee, pop some coins in a homeless person’s cup, reward a busker, or just listen attentively to the story of someone who is outside your day-to-day frame of reference.
Written by Dion’s friend, Charles Blackwell