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Condolences to the family of John Koopmans



November 7, 1965 - May 5, 2021

It is with great sorrow and sadness we announce the passing of John Koopmans on May 5, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at the Drumheller Health Centre at the age of 55 years.
John was born November 7, 1965 in Lethbridge to Dirk and Maaike Koopmans. The Koopmans family moved to the Drumheller Valley when John was 14. John made many friends in the Valley, he graduated from DCHS in 1983.
John had many achievements in his life, after completion of high school he attained his pilot’s license becoming an accomplished pilot, he could renovate any room with ease, he also spent time working in the grocery business, he was a well-respected CX1 with Corrections Canada. John married the love of his life Darlene Pearce August 31, 1991. John’s greatest accomplishment of all was his family.
John made sure that his children shared in his love of renovations, mechanic and the knowledge in many other tasks that will serve them well in life. John enjoyed spending time with his family especially his two granddaughters. He will be missed by his loving family and a lifetime of friends.
John will be cherished by his loving wife Darlene, his children; Joanna (Tim), Amanda, Kenny, his granddaughters Chloe, Annabelle, his mom Maaike, his parent’s in-law Ken and Georgina, his siblings Alice (Peter), Stephen (Gwen), Barb (Bob), Greg (Jennifer), Sylvia (James), his
sister-in-law Sharon (Mark), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
John was predeceased by his baby girl Carrie-Lynn, and his dad Dirk.
Due to Covid, there will not be any formal funeral services. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Tom Baker Cancer Clinic or Neuro Oncology Clinic (1331 29th St. N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2).
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the funeral arrangements.
“Fleet Canuck John”

Condolences to the family of Frederick "Alex" Alexander Clark


Frederick “Alex”

December 15, 1942 - May 4, 2021

Frederick “Alex” Alexander Clark, 78, of Victoria, BC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Saanich Peninsula Long term care.
Alex is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 33 years, together they saw much of the world and shared a lot of adventures. His son Michael and wife Teddi, 3 grandkids, Calvin, Paige and Tiffany and 3 amazing great-grandkids, River, Silas and Grayson, his sisters, Marilyn Hogan (Pat, deceased) and Elaine Johnston (Richard, deceased) and brother Eric Giles (Shawna DeGagne), plus many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Schoolteacher, sea captain and archaeologist were only a few of the adventures Alex Clark pursued in his lifetime. Born in Kimberley in 1942, Alex spent his younger years hunting, camping and exploring the wilderness with his step-dad. After graduating high school, he enrolled in
Millwrighting at Nelson Millwright Vocational school. That was just the start of his lifelong passion for learning and teaching.
Years passed, more adventures than Indiana Jones, Alex discovers his love of the ocean. In the 1970’s Alex embarks on the start of his sailing career as 1st mate on the Robertson II with the SALTS society. He sailed on the “Robbie” until 1980 when he took an opportunity of a
lifetime to sail on the Danish ship, the Svanen. After several years and voyages to Mexico, Hawaii and the West Coast of North America, Alex dropped anchor and set his sights on teaching.
Being very artistic, charismatic and sociable it was not a surprise he found his calling in teaching Indigenous Arts and storytelling. For the next 35 years he taught thousands of children and their children and even their children. He encouraged many a young talented student to embrace their skills and talent, to succeed and to be confident in their abilities.
Alex, worked with SFU during his summer breaks on the The Tseshaht Archaeological Project. Venturing up the west coast of Vancouver Island to Benson Island. There they would do archeological digs on ancient villages of the coastal people. His love of adventure and cultural sharing was a big part of his life.
Alex stayed teaching up until 2015 when he retired to pursue his hobbies and embark on many more adventures. Sadly a few months after his retirement, Alex would suffer a massive stroke and spend the remaining days in the great care of his new family, the nursing staff of Saanich Peninsula Long term care.
During the many years at Saanich Peninsula Long term care, the dedication of his good friend Carole, helped him settle in to the daily routines of life. Something for which he was forever grateful.
In true Alex fashion he shared a wealth of knowledge and created many strong friendships that continue to this day. He leaves a legacy of happiness and genuine kindness everywhere he has been.
A Celebration of Life will be arranged when the Covid restrictions are lifted and we can all be there to celebrate together.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to his passion, Indigenous Education and Arts
I love you dad and miss you dearly.

Condolences to the family of Sine Esther Boe


Sine Esther

April 3, 1970 - April 18, 2021

Sine Esther Boe passed away peacefully at Trillium Lodge in Parksville, B.C. with her life partner, Rick, at her side, comforting her until the cancer she fought for so long finally won.
Sine was born April 3, 1970 to Brian and Ernastine Boe. She was raised on the farm in Dalum. In 1984 Sine became the step-daughter to Gaye Boe.
She received her schooling from K-12 in Drumheller then attended Mount Royal College in Calgary for 2 years. She stayed in Calgary where she worked as a nanny for 3 years before returning to Drumheller. She worked at odd jobs for a bit, then found her true calling when she took a job with D.A.R.T.S. She was a blessing to her clients at D.A.R.T.S. and treated all with love and respect. She loved her work and helped many people before retiring from that job after 17 years.
When Sine met Rick Makie, her life took on a new zest. She and Rick moved to Longview, AB for a few years then made another move to Vancouver Island where they made a wonderful life together. Sine was in her element there. She loved the ocean which brought her much comfort and joy.
Sine was always a pleasure to be around and her positive attitude carried her forward in all aspects of her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Sine is survived by her life partner, Rick Makie of Parksville, B.C., her mother Ernastine of Toronto, her father Brian and stepmom Gaye. Also, her brothers Kerry Booth (Angela), Mitchell Boe (Amanda) and Kalen Boe.
Sine held a special place in her heart for her Aunts and Uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
Sine was predeceased by her Grandpa Hans Boe and her Grandma Erna Boe and her sister Christine Ireland.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Box 44, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0.