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Condolences to the family of Stanley Charles Baird


Stanley Charles

July 11, 2021

Stanley Charles Baird died on July 11, 2021 at the age of 97. Well done good and faithful servant, at peace walking with His Lord and Savior.
Stan was born in Calgary, Alberta. He joined the army in March 1943, and after training in Winnipeg, sailed to London, England on the RMS Queen Mary. Stan was an infantryman in the Pioneer Platoon of the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He wielded a rifle and flame-thrower, laid and cleared mines, and used other forms of explosives. During WWII, Stan participated in the Normandy landings, as well as battles at Falaise, Leopold Canal, Breskens, Rhineland, and Wagenborgen, among others. He celebrated his 20th birthday in a slit trench as the Lancaster bombers demolished the city of Caen, France. Stan returned to Canada in July 1945 to volunteer for the Pacific campaign, but the war ended during his brief leave.
Stanley transferred to the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1949, he was attached to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in an airborne role, becoming the first medical paratrooper to receive his “Wings.” During the Korean War, he served as a
Medical Corporal with a mobile advanced surgical hospital. From 1955-1957, Stan was involved in a NATO peace-keeping tour in Germany alongside the British Army of the Rhine. In 1957, he became Ward Master at Winnipeg Military Hospital and in 1960, was in the Calgary Field Ambulance. In 1963, Stan was deployed to Gaza with the United Nation Emergency Force—from there, he served in Beirut and Cairo. In 1964, Stan received advanced medical training at the Canada Fleet Medical School at HMCS Naden in Esquimalt, B.C.
After retiring from the army, Stanley began his second career with the Correction Service of Canada. He graduated in hospital administration at the University of Saskatchewan and was soon appointed as Senior Health Care Officer in the Health Care Unit at Drumheller
Medium Security Institute. Stan developed programs and policies culminating in Drumheller’s first accreditation from the Canadian Council of Hospital Accreditation in 1978.
Stanley retired in 1984 and remained active with many community organizations and projects, such as: Central Alberta Co-op Board of Directors, Drumheller Health Centre Board of Directors, The Legion, and the Drumheller Cenotaph Restoration Project. On his 90th birthday,
Stan made his last move to Surrey, B.C. where he could walk out his patio door, smell the flowers, watch the hummingbirds, and snooze on his couch.
“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” — William James
Stanley is predeceased by his wife Dorothy Baird, his son Alistair, his parents James Ephraim and Clara Hilda, and his three brothers: Charlie and Robert Baird, and Maurice Weaver. He is survived by four sisters: Iyla Brewster, Shirley Johnston, Georgia Zerr, and Irene Clarke, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Surrey, B.C., and another will be held in Drumheller at a future date. If you wish to make a donation in honour of Stanley, please give to The Gideons International in Canada at

Condolences to the family of Cody Bradley Engen


Cody Bradley

April 26, 1996 - August 21, 2021

It is with great sorrow and sadness we have to say we lost our sweet baby boy Cody at the age of 25. Our son was a sweet caring young man who loved his family. Cody liked to cook, he was very good, and would always take the time to make meals for his family. Cody was born and raised in Drumheller where as a little guy, he loved playing with his Tonka trucks in the dirt pile, running around with the biggest smile on his face. He loved to play hockey, and did from age 5-17 before graduating from DVSS. Cody always had a gentle heart, he was sweet and sensitive, and had a special bond with our pets. Cody is sadly going to be missed by his parents, Bradley and Deborah of Drumheller, and siblings Rachel and Brady. Cody was predeceased by Grandpa Clarence Engen and Grandma Pearl Watson.
He was loved by his Grandparents, Jim/Dale Watson, Grandma Eileen Engen, aunts/uncles Cindy Trottier, Mary/Lloyd Hodge, Keelan Brereton, Derek/Wendy Watson, Derek/Debbie Engen and Dana/Tim Zarowny, and many cousins. Cody is at peace now; he will forever be in our hearts. A private family service will be held once Rachel can return from Australia. No flowers please but rather if preferred, donate to a mental health/addiction organization in honour of our son, and so many who struggle.

Condolences to the family of Leonard Howard (Len) Persinger


Leonard Howard (Len)

January 11, 1959 - August 2, 2021

On August 2nd, Leonard Howard Persinger, 62, of Calgary passed away unexpectedly at his vacation home in Courtenay, British Columbia. Leonard (Len) was born on January 11th, 1959 in Drumheller, Alberta to Howard and Eileen Persinger, growing up on their family farm near Munson, Alberta. His keen interests in horticulture, self-sufficiency, athletics, and cooking were certainly inspired during this time and beyond. He graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Electrical Engineering, beginning his long and rewarding career working on projects across Canada, the USA and more recently Australia.
Len’s life is lovingly cherished by his wife Debbie, sons Mark (Lucille) and Erik, his parents Howard and Eileen and his sister Shelley (Vic). He will also be greatly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers and their respective families.
A celebration of Len’s life will be held at the Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre on Monday, August 30th, 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Canadian Blood Services would be appreciated.