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Condolences to the family of Robert Bryan Boyd


(Robby/Rob) Bryan

September 25, 1990 - September 7, 2020

A Life Taken Far Too Soon

On Monday, September 7, 2020, Robby Boyd, aged 29, passed away in Calgary, AB at the South Health Campus Hospital.
Robby will be lovingly remembered by his Mom, Pamela Shannon of Rosedale, AB; his two sisters, Abby/Curt Notland of Clive, AB, Sarah/Jason Blanke of Drumheller, AB; nieces Taylor, Brooklyn, Chloe and nephew Colby; his aunts, Laurie and Linda as well as many cousins and his two best buddies, Brandon and Tyler Scarlett.
Rob was predeceased by his father Bryan Boyd; grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
Robby was born in Drumheller, AB and for the most part lived all his life in Rosedale, AB. He went to school at St. Anthony’s and then DVSS (Drumheller Valley Secondary School). He loved the outdoors and all the seasons that came with it. Summers were full of BMXing, scooters, dirtbiking, camping, learning to wakeboard, floating down the Red Deer River, and winters were for skydiving, skiing, snowboarding, and always a favourite, playing hockey at the Rosedale rink with the gang. In his early years he loved basketball and the Raptors and had to have his room in all their colours until he discovered the Sixers and #3 Iverson.
For the last quite a few years, things changed and his passion switched to the NFL and the Eagles. He loved the Eagles, win or lose, he stood by that team.
Rob loved sitting out on the deck at night watching the deer and sometimes the moose, cross the yard. He loved looking at the stars and the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. He had great love for our cat “Baby”, who we had to put down last Labour Day, at the age of 18. He got us a kitten from a friend and became very attached to her and wanted her to have one litter of kittens. He called her little Mama, and she is, she had a litter of 5 kittens and Chunky Monkey was going to be his cat.
Robby shared a very special relationship with his Mom. They were mother and son and also best friends. He has suffered greatly the last couple of years with his health. If only we could have eased your pain. God gave you to us for too short a time but we’re so glad to have had the time we did.
Funeral services are uncertain at this time and may be announced at a later date. Anyone wanting to make a
charitable donation in Rob’s honour, may do so to the Drumheller Humane Society or Peggie’s Cat Rescue or a charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family of Harold Christian Lund


Harold Christian

July 1, 1932 - September 11, 2020

Dad passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, September 11th on the farm where he lived his whole life and that he loved very dearly.
Harold’s family includes his wife Pauline, daughters Debbie (Harry), Lori (Lee), Della (Harvey) and son Lehn; his grandchildren Stephanie (Ryan), Candace (Greg), Peter (Sarah), Shayla (Drew), Kyle (Erin), Troy (Amy), Dayl (TeddiAnn) and Ava; and his great-grandchildren Kevin, Kurtis, Rozlyn, Scottie, Lincoln, Wyatt and Ryann. He is also survived by cousins in Denmark, whom he loved very much; Anker, Grethe, Jorgen, Peter and their families.
In 1958, Dad married the love of his life and his best friend Pauline, and they worked side-by-side for 62 years.
He was a very dedicated farmer and father and was incredibly successful at both; their beautiful farm is proof of their hard work. Both were very active in the Dalum community, including the 4-H Club, Hall Board and Church Council. Dad and Mom spent many hours playing crib but only in months that end with an “R”.
Dad had many hobbies and became a master of them all. Dinner bells, jewelry boxes, garden sheds, out houses, home renos; he was a jack of all trades! He restored an old family carriage that was falling apart on the farm. It took him many hours to complete. Family members were able to sneak the carriage off the farm without his knowledge, and as a surprise for his 80th birthday he was shocked to see his carriage entered in the Canada Day Parade!
Other projects that were important to Dad were the windmill and the barn that stand in the center of their yard today. He was committed to keeping everything on the farm in excellent condition and working order.
Dad always enjoyed watching sports of any kind; hockey, baseball and curling especially. He even tried waterskiing despite his fear of water and his inability to swim!
But his greatest joy was when his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids stopped by to share their latest adventures with Papa.
After spending a few weeks in the Calgary hospital, he was finally transferred to Drumheller. He was happy to be closer to the farm and the land he loved. The glow on his face was unparalleled when he was finally in the truck and headed home.
Dad will be fondly remembered by his family in Denmark who have anointed him the “King of Canada.” He travelled there as often as possible to visit his family and friends. There will be a celebration in honour of Dad on September 16th at the Vesterkro in Skodborg, Denmark.
Dad always enjoyed a cold Akavit with good friends and family. Though we can’t have a gathering to celebrate Dad’s life at this time, he would love it if the next time everyone had a skoal, they remembered him warmly.
In lieu of flowers or cards, donations can be made to the Dalum Community Hall Association, the Dalum Fire
Protection Association or the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum.

Harold’s Loving Family

Condolences to the family of Edith Elzaida Cunningham (nee McGhee)



(nee McGhee)
Edith Elzaida

December 29, 1926 - August 16, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mother, grandma, friend, and teacher - Elzaida Cunningham on August 16th, 2020 at the age of 93.
Zaida was born in Drumheller, Alberta on December 29th, 1926. Her early years consisted of school, piano and dancing lessons as well as exploring the coulees around Turtleback Farm, the McGhee family home. Her curiosity, intelligence, and love of learning led her to the University of Alberta where she earned a Bachelor of Science and Education degrees. She instilled that love of knowledge in her many students in Yellowknife, Carbon, St. Albert and various other Alberta locations. Elzaida was one of the first female science teachers in Alberta. After retiring from teaching, she spent her time quilting, gardening and with family, although she never lost her love of learning or sharing knowledge. Her quilts, whether made of blue jean or finer fabrics, were coveted throughout the family and Canada. She took up astronomy and was one of the first to witness, through a telescope, the Shoemaker-Llevy comet that impacted Jupiter. She tutored many a student through their math and sciences. She was a generous, tolerant person as all were welcome in her home and at her table. She loved to dance and good music never failed to get her moving. She could be readily identified by her beautiful smile and a stylish signature hat. Elzaida was to the end, a woman of strength, grace and intelligence. She will be greatly missed.
Elzaida is survived by her husband Chester, her children: David (Rebecca), Calvin, Carola, Bill (Judy), Mark (Debbie), Frank, Rosalie; grandchildren: Tahnis, Ceileigh, Jesse, Crystal, Sandy, Nicki, Teneya, Shani, Layla, Cora, Nina, Matthew, Anna, Melissa, Amanda; and great grandchildren: Nora, Canon, Dana, Dillon, Quinn, Charlie, Aiskiya, and Gloria; sister-in-law Jean, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and unofficial family members. She is predeceased by her parents Harvey and Lucile, all her siblings, (Verna, Calvin, Lois, Joan, Mert, Glenn and Clarence) and brothers-in-law (Ira Wisener and Stan Coad).
The family wishes to thank the many individuals at Westlock Continuing Care Center for the love and attention they provided to Elzaida in recent years. In lieu of flowers please make donations to AHS Westlock Continuing Care. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.