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Condolences to the family of Dion Zdunich




April 22, 1976 - January 3, 2019

Dion Zdunich passed away unexpectedly in Victoria, BC, on January 3rd, 2019. If anyone’s earned the right to RIP, it is him. Dion crammed more living into his 42 years than most people do in 142. Born April 22, 1976 in Calgary, he lived a purposeful, meaningful life, eschewing material trappings in favour of people, relationships and experiences. And he was doing it long before living mindfully, in the here and now, became so trendy. For Dion, there were no shades of grey. He had clear beliefs, stands and opinions on virtually everything. And was a lion in more ways than his shock of red hair and regal stature. When it came to fighting for the people, events, initiatives, and causes he
believed in, Dion was a force of nature. He gave his entire being to them—his fiery passion, his inimitable creativity, his time, and his money. In a world where thousands supposedly “have your back”—Dion Zdunich actually did, regardless of the personal cost. He is survived by his parents, Allan & Lucille Zdunich, June Evans & Tom Wilson, his sister, Jillian Zdunich, several aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins. And he is predeceased by his grandparents, Ernie & Velma Evans, John & Olga Zdunich. Also, his aunt Marlene Zdunich, uncles Ken Moore, John Nordlee, and Alex Wilson, and infant cousin Bobbi Jo Obrigavitch. Dion will be achingly missed by his family and friends, who, thanks to his nomadic lifestyle, stretch from the west coast to the best coast. And he will leave an equally large hole in the worlds of many thousands of Canadians in the marketing, music, theatre, and craft brewing communities, whose lives he touched, deeply, through his imaginative writing, quick sense of humour, tireless charitable work, and passionate pursuit of putting things right. There will be a Farewell to Dion Service on Sunday, January 27th, at 2pm at Kenaston Place in Kenaston, SK. We will then be remembering Dion the way he would have wanted—surrounded by family, friends, and refreshments, during a Last Call With Dion on Sunday, February 3rd, between 2 and 5 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion in Calgary; 116, 7th Avenue SE. All those who knew him are encouraged to join us for one, or both, these occasions. For those who can’t attend either, and are searching for a way to honour and remember him, the solution isn’t flowers or donations. Just carry on his spirit and legacy of selfless generosity. Take someone less fortunate for lunch or a coffee, pop some coins in a homeless person’s cup, reward a busker, or just listen attentively to the story of someone who is outside your day-to-day frame of reference.
Written by Dion’s friend, Charles Blackwell

Condolences to the family of Dagmar Ilona Hamelin



Dagmar Ilona

May 14, 1951 - January 8, 2019

Mrs. Dagmar Ilona Hamelin passed away at the Red Deer Hospice on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the age of 67 years. Dagmar was born in Rheinkamp, Germany on May 14, 1951. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Leonard, her son: Leonard Jr. (Keo ) daughter: Tanya, as well as her brother: Robert and Dagmar’s four legged
companion Jake. Dagmar will also be missed by her grandchildren, Victoria, Cassandra, Natasha, Dylan and
Jordana. She was predeceased by her parents: Detmar and Rosemarie and her sister Rosie. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. Dagmar’s family would like to say thank you to all the family and friends, as well as the Red Deer Hospice Staff for all the emotional support and care. A service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Innisfail entrusted with arrangements. 403-227-0006.
“ You will be Greatly Missed Dagmar (Mom)”.

Condolences to the family of James Alfred 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.