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Condolences to the family of William (Bill) John Thompson



William (Bill) John

June 16, 1959 - August 20, 2019

Bill was born to Sam and Ruth Thompson of Delia, Alberta and was the youngest of 7 children. His formative years were spent enjoying the rural life on the family farm. He attended school in Delia and graduated in 1977.
After high school, he began working as a driver at the Drumheller Penitentiary. He particularly enjoyed his job at the “pen” as he met Gwen Petersen, his future wife, who was employed as a secretary. Bill and Gwen eloped in October 1983 and began their life together. Within two years, the children started arriving: Paula, Rachel, and Stuart. Bill and Gwen celebrated over 35 years together.
He loved family life with Gwen and enjoyed watching his children grow, achieving their educational goals, and starting their own families. In particular, he loved welcoming his new grandchildren into the family.
Aside from his family, Bill enjoyed working and taking on new challenges. He began a career in oil and gas and was employed as a director with Nova/TransCanada and Koch/Interpipeline. With his work, he moved his family to Kindersley, Saskatchewan; and Brooks, Cochrane, and Calgary, Alberta. He enjoyed his work and his colleagues.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gwen, and his children and sons-in-law: Paula and Bruce Balog, Rachel and Clint Harrowing, and son Stuart Thompson, and their grandchildren: Emily, William, Charlotte and Rowan. He is also survived by siblings: Brenda, Don, Bruce, Margaret, Gordon, Sandra and their families. He is also survived by Gwen’s siblings and their families and a host of wonderful friends.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Sam and Ruth Thompson and his infant brother Robert.
A celebration of life will be held at the Badlands Community Facility on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate to: A charity of your choice or Melanoma Research.

Condolences to the family of Joann Gladys Baldassi



Joann Gladys

August 11, 1945 - August 13, 2019

With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Joann Gladys Baldassi our loving Mom, Grammy, Sister and friend.
Joann is lovingly remembered by her two sons Aaron Baldassi and Jai (Katrina) Conners, her four grandchildren Devon Conners, Shalynn Wilkinson, Shelby Conners and Jace Conners, her brother Larry (Sandy) Whittiker and all her friends who were near and dear to her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Joann was born in Lethbridge, AB before her and her family moved to Nanaimo, BC. She later married and had two wonderful boys, Aaron and Jai that became her entire world. Once the boys had left home she had the opportunity to move around, she lived in Nova Scotia with Aaron and in Fort McMurray with both boys before moving to Lethbridge to get back to her roots. After
getting back to her roots, she made the choice to move to Drumheller to be closer to her family and grandchildren. She got to spend a couple years enjoying her family and fun times with friends. She loved nights by the fire, going out dancing, drinks with friends and as always her family. No matter what she had going her family always came first. We always looked forward to the early morning or late evening phone calls just to chat, they will be greatly missed. She passed peacefully surrounded by family and more love than anyone could imagine.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday,September 7, 2019 at the Drumheller Royal Canadian Legion, 295 Centre Street, at 3:00 p.m.

Condolences to the family of Randy Robert Raisbeck

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Randy Robert

July 15, 1957- August 1, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Randy on August 1, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, surrounded by his family.
Randy was born on July 15, 1957 to Mary and Grant Raisbeck in Calgary. Randy began school in Calgary, and after his family moved to the family farm near Morrin, he completed his schooling at Morrin School.
After high school, Randy began his lifelong career as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed campfires and spending time with family and friends.
Randy was predeceased by his son Shane, his father Grant, his sister Connie, and two nephews, Justin Bremer and Sheldon White.
Randy leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Danielle (Jamie), son Jeremy, grandchildren Zachary and Kaedence, mom Mary (Don) Jackson, his siblings: Brenda (Tom)
Devaleriola, Clay Raisbeck, Kathy (Gord) Sinclair, Margie (Laverne) Bremer, Deedee (Calvin) Fabian, Anna Marie Raisbeck, Tracy Raisbeck, and numerous nieces and
nephews and a lifetime of friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Randy on August 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Morrin Community Hall. The family invites everyone to stay for lunch and share their memories of Randy.