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Condolences to the family of Delbert Alexander Gillespie





May 30, 1926 - April 28, 2020

Delbert Alexander Gillespie was born May 30th, 1926 to Alex and Elizabeth Gillespie in Calgary, AB. He was the eldest of four siblings Alice, Crawford, and William. Delbert was raised at the feedlot in Bonnybrook east Calgary. In 1952, he married Eleanor Sonnie of Nanton and in 1953, Delbert and Eleanor welcomed their first child, Deborah Margret. Marshall Alexander came along in 1956 and Cameron Delbert followed in 1959. They built a life and home on the Red Deer River that they both came to love so much. Delbert loved his way of life and he was honest and generous to a fault. A kind hearted man, Delbert conducted his life as a true country gentleman. He loved the history of his community and the people that lived there. Delbert was an authority on the history of the Red Deer River Valley. Music played a huge part in his life from the beginning and he could play by ear. In his later years he played with many groups and bands around the area. Music was a passion that he loved until the end. Eleanor and the Family would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Sunrise Gardens who, in extremely difficult circumstances, cared for Delbert with great care and compassion unto his end. Delbert was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Allison, sister Alice Bickell, daughter Debbie and son-in-law Sheldon Peake. He is survived by his wife Eleanor and two sons, Marshall (Donna) and Cameron (Laurie); two brothers Crawford and Bill Gillespie; seven grandchildren, Lauren (Lars) Nielsen, Joscelyn (Kevin) Stangowitz, Joanna (Carson) Slorstad, Valerie Gillespie, Jordie (Lorna) Gillespie, Ryan (Kellee) Gillespie, and Brent (Sandy) Gillespie; his 13 great-grands, Liam, Lane, Kira, Joel, Sam, Sally, Josie, Andi, Molly, Milo, Brenna, Rowen, and Jameson.

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Condolences to the family of Vernon Harold Hanson



Vernon Harold

July 29, 1949 - April 5, 2020

Vernon Harold Hanson, one of triplets born in Swift Current Saskatchewan, 29 July 1949. He and his family lived in Swift Current, for nearly 16 years, up until they moved to Denman Island, B.C. It was there that he met his beloved wife of 52 years, Irene Dawn Hanson and married September 1968, in Dawson City, Yukon. They lived in Kelowna, where he went to Vocational school and where they had their first daughter Laurie-Ann. They then moved to Denman Island, B.C., where their second daughter, Dianne was born in Comox, B.C. Six years later the family moved to Sunnynook, Alberta, to find more reliable employment, where they lived and he worked as a heavy duty mechanic and welder for about 6 more years. They then moved to their current location north of Craigmyle, Alberta. He was also employed as a “do everything” employee for some farmers in the area and then started their own successful grain hauling business which they continued for ten years. He was exceptionally talented in the repair of all farm machinery and personal vehicles. Vern was a hard worker and was well liked by the community and generously helped his neighbors and friends. He was kind and thoughtful to everyone. He loved all his animals and was especially connected with the several dogs, cats, chickens and horses through the years. His closest connection was with Meadow, their latest family dog.
Through the years he enjoyed fishing, but as time passed, he was perfectly content to feed and watch the trout and other fish in their ponds on the acreage. He was also an avid gardener, spending countless hours taking care of the three gardens in the yard. He really loved the peacefulness of his oasis-like acreage, and there was no other place he would rather be. He passed away in the Drumheller Hospital, April 5th, 2020, at the age of 70.
He was the loving grandfather of 6 grandchildren: Devon Woslyng, Wyatt and Kelsey Melnychuk, Jarod and Liam White. Vern is survived by his loving wife, Irene Dawn of 51 years and his sister Judy Schmidt. He was predeceased by his brother Robert, his mother and father, Verina and Alex Hanson and granddaughter Alicia. He will missed by all.

Condolences to the family of James (Jim) Raymond Samuel



James (Jim) Raymond

September 3, 1956 - April 24, 2020

James (Jim) Raymond Samuel, of Drumheller, passed away on April 24, 2020 with his loving wife Nicky by his side. Jim was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on April 1st, 2020 and fought courageously right until the end. He found strength in his family and friends, especially his wife Nicky and daughter Monica.
Jim was born on September 3rd, 1956 in Drumheller, Alberta to Jack and Anne Samuel. He was the oldest of three, always looking out for his younger brother Tom and sister Dorrie as they grew up. He spent much of his childhood with his beloved grandfather, riding with him as he worked heavy equipment for the coal mining industry. As a young adult he entered into the plumbing and gasfitting trade, working alongside his father in the family business. Eventually Jim and his brother Tom took over the company from Jack, and they maintained it side by side until his retirement in 2019. He was a master in his chosen profession, and there are very few homes and businesses in our community that haven’t seen his touch.
In 1989 Jim met and fell for the love of his life, Monica (Nicky) Oster. They were married in September of 1992, and remained inseparable from that point onward.
Throughout his life Jim was never idle. He spent many years as an active member of the Drumheller Fire Department. He also continuously found ways to enjoy and occupy his time outside of work; building his forever home with his own hands, going for long cruises on his Harley, tending to his yard, woodworking with his son-in-law, camping, and going out of his way to help his friends, family and neighbours with whatever they might need.
Of all the things Jim accomplished in his life, he was most proud of his daughter Monica. There was nothing more important to him than his family. When Monica married and he became a grandfather to Ava and Carson, he devoted every moment he could to spending time with them.
Jim is survived by his wife Nicky, his parents Jack and Anne, his daughter Monica (Connor), his brother Tom (Shelley), his sister Dorrie (Randy), and his grandchildren Ava and Carson. He also leaves behind six sisters-in-law and their families, numerous nieces and nephews, his ‘hockey boys’ who he considered as much his family as anyone, and countless dear friends.
Jim will be remembered for his work ethic, as a kind and caring family man, and for his amazing ability to strike up a meaningful conversation with anyone at any time.
Rest well Jim, we miss you.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to:
Drumheller Fire Department Assoc.
PO Box 1172
Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y0
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements 403-823-2666.