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Condolences to the family of James Alfred Pearson

 

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PEARSON
James (Jim) Alfred

November 23, 1961 - December 30, 2018

James (Jim) Alfred Pearson was born in Drumheller, Alberta November 23, 1961 and passed away suddenly in his home in Drumheller, December 30, 2018. Jim is survived by his loving partner, Donna Taggart (Trettin); mother, Mary Pearson; mother-in-law, Florence Taggart; sister Carmen (Darren) Davis; nephews, Rees and Mason Davis; niece, Sloane Davis; uncles Sam Waters and Jim Waters; aunts Anne Waters and Laura Waters and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Roger Pearson, brother-in-law Douglas Taggart and sister-in-law Brittany Taggart. Jim graduated from Delia High School in 1979 and after a year of upgrading and working in Calgary, he enrolled and ultimately graduated in the Petroleum Technology program at SAIT with a specialisation in Geology. He worked for two different oil companies over the next few years and after finding the oil industry wasn’t for him, began taking night classes at SAIT in Graphic Artistry. He was quite gifted and was eventually contracted to create specifications of arms and ammunition for an American military magazine out of New York State. Jim was a Scientific Super Nerd. From an
early age, it was obvious he was wired differently than most. He obsessed over everything related to science and science fiction, comic books, cartoons, the band KISS, Star Trek and of course, grain elevators. He was a unique individual and his personality would fill any room. He had many friends across the continent that shared his passions. Many of Jim’s accomplishments came as a result of his graphic artist talents combined with his love of science fiction and history. He helped design a replica of the starship Enterprise that sits in Vulcan and once our iconic grain elevators began disappearing from the horizon, became an advocate for keeping that part of our prairie history alive. He created the company Vanishing Sentinels, and the term ‘Vatorologist’ to describe his role in preserving our farming and prairie history. Using his photography and writing skills, he wrote four books detailing the existence and location of all known elevators in Western Canada. Maps, calendars, and card stock model replicates of grain elevators also became part of his portfolio. He was asked to present his knowledge at conventions, in classrooms and different functions across the country and could also be found at different markets and trade shows selling his wares and answering questions. Family was extremely important to Jim and he rarely missed a family event. More than anything, he adored his nephews and niece and enjoyed spending time with them. They loved watching movies, discussing books/comic books and playing video games with him as they grew up. They were his official ‘Cookie Testers’ and he truly made amazing cookies! He was incredibly proud of their accomplishments as adults and made efforts to make sure they knew it. In 2014, after being friends for several years, Donna Taggart became central to his life and was a grounding, supportive force that he treasured and loved with all his heart. In 2012, Jim was diagnosed with leukemia and for the past six years courageously battled the disease. Recently, he was also diagnosed with heart disease which was what ultimately ended his life. A special thank you to the Drumheller Emergency Response teams (paramedic, fire and RCMP) who responded to the emergency call to Jim and Donna’s residence and for the herculean effort you made to save his life. A celebration of Jim’s life will take place Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cretaceous Conference Centre (Jurassic Inn) in Drumheller 1103 Highway 9, South. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Jeanie Elaine David

 

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DAVID
Jeanie Elaine

December 26, 1976 - December 18, 2018

It is with great sadness and heartache that we announce the sudden passing of Jeanie Elaine David of Drumheller, Alberta, who left this world on December 18, 2018 at the tender age of 41 years. May she find peace in the paradise of our Lord. Jeanie was born on December 26, 1976 in Drumheller, Alberta to proud parents, Frank and Marcella David. She was our little angel and brought joy and laughter into our lives. As she grew to be a lovely and graceful young lady, she was blessed with three children whom she cherished. Jeanie experienced many triumphs and successes in her lifetime and she also suffered many trials and hardships. Through all of her tribulations, Jeanie maintained a compassionate and caring nature, a zest for life and a loyalty and concern for her family and friends. She enjoyed her feline friendships, time on her computer and sharing moments with her friends. Her heart was pure gold and her love was unconditional. May she find eternal happiness and be forever fondly remembered. She is survived by her children, Shawna-Marie Wong, Desmond Wong and Daemon Wong; her brother, Steve (Evelyn) David of Coleman; and her extended family and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank & Marcella David.
A private ceremony honouring Jeanie’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be registered at
www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Donations in memory of the late Jeanie Elaine David may be directed towards the
Mustard Seed Fdn, 102-11 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0X5. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
(403) 562-8555.

Condolences to the family of Edith (Peggy) Patricia Britton

 

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BRITTON (nee Davis)
Edith (Peggy) Patricia

October 27, 1924 - January 6, 2019

Edith (Peggy) Patricia Britton (nee Davis) passed away peacefully in her sleep January 6, 2019 at the age of 94. Born October 27, 1924 in Vancouver, BC to Jack LIewellan Davis and Molly Christina Inkster. Peggy, the oldest of four children was raised in St. Marks, Manitoba, and moved to Vancouver to attend High School and secretarial college, joining the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Upon completing school in Vancouver, Peggy returned to Manitoba to further her education by enrolling in Success Business College in Winnipeg. Following her training, Peggy worked at the Canada Revenue Agency and CP Rail in Winnipeg, where she met her future husband: Robert Britton. The two married and relocated to Alberta to begin new careers – Peggy worked at the Alberta Treasury Branch. She leaves to mourn three daughters: Sandra (Claymore) Britton, Robbie (Rod) Britton-Audy, and Donna (Jim) Vigar. Peggy’s pride and joy were her grandchildren: Justin Vigar (Lethbridge), Jordyn (Braden) Dewsbery (Drumheller), Megan Audy (Drumheller), Shae-Lynn Audy (Ottawa), and two great-grandchildren Grayson and Wyatt Dewsbery (Drumheller). Additionally, she leaves to mourn numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy was predeceased by her father in 1929, sisters Doreen and Mae in 1975 and 2001 respectively, husband Robert in 1999, and brother John in 2010. Peggy will be most remembered for the sprawling gardens she grew every year - filled with beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables, and the love she spread throughout her family. Funeral services for Peggy are Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Magloire’s Anglican Church, Drumheller, Alberta. The family is grateful for the gracious, and compassionate care offered by the staff of Continuing Care during our Mother’s stay. Donations can be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation, Recreational Therapy. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.