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Condolences to the family of Albert "Arnold" Jorgensen




November 16, 1933 - April 25, 2020

It is with great sadness the family of Arnold Jorgensen announce his peaceful passing on April 25, 2020 at the age of 86.
Arnold was born in Wayne, Alberta on November 16, 1933 to parents Marius and Esther Jorgensen. He was raised in the Dalum area alongside his sisters, Erna, Margaret, Clara and Lois on the family farm. He loved to learn and acquired many skills throughout his lifetime. These skills were applied to his roles as a farmer, husband, father, restaurant owner, greens keeper, retail baker, town maintenance foreman and commissionaire. He was married in 1955 to Georgina, fathered 6 children Lori, Patricia (Pat), Gordon, Barry, Randall and Carey, later divorced and returned to the Drumheller area.
He later met and then married Lorraine Degerness of Delia in 1988 and his family grew with the addition of Shelly, Shannon, Sheryl and Patty and their families.
Together they worked hard, danced beautifully, camped, travelled to Mazatlan, Mexico, crafted and created 30 years of treasured memories with many family and friends.


Arnold or “Pops”, as we loved to call him, will be remembered for his humour, hugs, smile, and genuine love of family and friends. He was a very creative man our “Pops”- be it woodworking, rug hooking, gardening, cooking, fishing or the loading of a dishwasher just so.
His best memories were vacations with all of his families throughout the years, as well as fishing and coffee dates with his best friend Russ Gill.


With the passing of Lorraine in 2018, and a decline in his health, Arnold moved to the Hillview Lodge where he resided until his illness in late March.
Missing him today are stepdaughters Shelly Osburne (Barry), Shannon Sambell (Lance), Sheryl Partington
(Brian), Patty Baron (Henry), daughters, Lori Patton, Pat Middelmann (Barry), sons, Gordon Jorgensen, Barry
Jorgensen, Randy Jorgensen, 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, sister Clara and nephews
Harvey Poulsen (Della), Brian Boe (Gaye), nieces, Kathy Vooys (Dave), Irene Zimmer and Linda McGrath. Arnold
was predeceased by his parents, sisters Margaret, Lois, Erna, son Carey, and wife Lorraine.
We would to like thank those who assisted Arnold and the girls these past few months for their loving kindness:
Barbara and Mike Barker; Russ, Carol, Rhonda and Ron Gill; Harvey and Della Poulsen; Hillview Lodge Staff; Dr. Rithesh Ram and Riverside Medical Staff; Ray and the Riverside Pharmacy Ltd. Crew; Drumheller Acute Care Team; Bob and Audrey Smith; Isobel and Ben Lippers.
While we mourn “Pop’s “ passing now, please know that we will be holding a celebration of his life when it is safe and we are able to do so. We look forward to gathering to share his memory with all our family, many friends, and his Salvation Army Family.
If friends so desire memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Building Fund. PO Box 3097,
Drumheller AB T0J 0Y0.

Condolences to the family of Roger Eccleston




December 1, 1933 - April 24, 2020

It is with great sadness that our family announces Roger Eccleston’s passing. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 24, 2020 at the age of 86.
Roger is survived by his brother David and sister-in-law Glory, his sister Marilyn and brother-in-law David Worman, his three nieces, Kerry (Devin), Alana (Steve), Deanne (Chris) and his grandnieces and grandnephews Lyla, Drake, Sierra, Amelia, Owen and Parker as well as his relatives and friends.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, Roger Eccleston Sr. and Margaret (Schaffer) Eccleston, and his soulmate Jackie MacGregor.
Roger obtained his schooling in Drumheller and completed his Journeyman Certification in Carpentry at SAIT. He was an accomplished carpenter excelling in Heavy Construction as well as finishing carpentry.
Roger lived a full life with a successful career in the construction industry working in many different areas including Alaska, California, Hawaii, British Columbia and Alberta. He particularly enjoyed the many years of
camaraderie he shared with his brother David operating Eccleston Brothers Construction and “cruising” the
highways together in their retirement.
Roger enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, oil painting, writing and telling stories, weightlifting, playing golf, watching hockey and especially football as he played for the Calgary Broncs and Regina Rams in his earlier years.
Roger admired his nieces and their children and received great joy from their visits and keeping him informed of their activities.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Roger’s care givers for their patience, kindness and care through his illness. Special thanks to Dr. Thlape for his understanding and gentle guidance, to the Drumheller Hospital Staff, Home Care Service providers, Jan and Jim Milman, Jenny and Jessica. Thanks to the Grace House Odd Job Squad for keeping up the yard maintenance.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date when family and friends will be able to gather together to
remember Roger.
Flowers are gratefully declined.
Arrangements in care of Courtney-Winters Funeral Home 403-823-2666.

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.

Cremation is entrusted to and conducted by
Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks

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