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Condolences to the family of James (Jim) Mah


James (Jim)

January 26, 1931 - December 3, 2020

It is with deep sadness and much love that we announce the passing of Jim at the age of 89 years.
Jim was born in Canton, China to parents Hung and Fong Ma. Jim married the love of his life, Jean Wong. They spent the next 67 years building a wonderful life together. They raised a beautiful family of eight children, who are the pride of their lives.
As a young man, Jim immigrated to Canada to join his father, where they sought the freedom and opportunity Canada offered. He didn’t speak English, but he had a tremendous work ethic and incredible determination to succeed. Jim settled in central Saskatchewan, where he learned about Canadian life in a rural community and became a hockey enthusiast. He quickly learned the English language and became an incredible chef in his own right.
A few years later, Jim returned to China to marry the love of his life, Jean. He made a promise to her, that he would take care of her for the rest of their lives. The newlyweds made their journey back to Canada and Jim learned how to run a profitable restaurant in a small town in southern Alberta. Here, he and Jean welcomed their first generation Canadian-Chinese born son.
Jim had bigger dreams and he realized his business acumen. Jim ventured to find a bigger community that could offer more for his family and found that special place in Drumheller, Alberta. In this bustling farming community, he and Jean grew their family. Soon after, Jim and Jean celebrated the ownership of their first restaurant, Diana Restaurant, and the birth of their fifth child, Diana. Jim took great pride in serving Chinese-Western cuisine. His versatile cooking skills made his Boston cream pies famous. Legend has it, people would drive from as far away as Saskatchewan to enjoy one of these pies.
For nearly 4 decades, Jim demonstrated his love of cooking and business savvy before he sold his share of the Diana Restaurant to care for Jean when she had a stroke. He vowed to support her and personally ensure the best quality of life possible. His devotion was truly a love story that defined their lives. The couple moved to Calgary to be close to their children and grandchildren. Their home became the cornerstone for many family gatherings.
Well into his eighth decade Jim continued his passion for riding his bike and going on his daily walks. He was truly inspirational to his family and neighbours.
Jim leaves to celebrate and carry on his legacy; his loving wife, Jean, his children Ken (Mila), Perry Mah, Susan Wong (Ken), Rose (Warren), Diana Little (Gordon), Sandra, Tony (Louis), Tina Bachynski (Brian). Grandchildren Nicole Sturm (Michael Lee), Megan Mah (Chris Noel), Danielle Little (Ivan Lefebvre), Michelle Little, Raylene Dunn. Great granddaughter Annelise Lefebvre.
Jim’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the health professionals at Northland Dialysis Clinic and Unit 53 at the Peter Lougheed Health Centre for their care and bravery on the frontlines.
A private family service will be held.
Donations in Jim’s name can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada,, or the Kidney Foundation of Canada,

Condolences to the family of Darryl Lloyd Raugust


Darryl Lloyd

February 24, 1951 - November 22, 2020

Darryl Lloyd Raugust passed away November 22, 2020 at the age of 69 years from head injuries he sustained in a tragic farming accident. Darryl was a loving family man and respected leader in his church and community and will be missed by all who knew him. He was well known in many different roles:
HUSBAND: Darryl was a faithful, loving partner to Harriet (Diemert). They were married in 1972 and with his marriage he inherited a loving extended family who he loved, served, and cared for throughout his marriage.
FATHER: of Carla (Brad Leischner); Jeremy (Kari); Andrew; Saralyn (Jeff Stel)
Darryl invested heavily in his children and as the years went by family became even more important to him and he was proud of each one.
GRANDPA: was cherished by each of his grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Caleb, Abigail (Leischner); Micah, Josie, Brayden; Benson, Brock, Baden (Stel).
Darryl loved every moment he could spend with them cuddling, playing, cheering for them, spending time together in the tractor, combine or semi, camping, boating, day trips (swimming, trips to the mountains), holiday celebrations (Christmas, birthdays), and even going to Disneyland together. Every memory was cherished and tucked away to enjoy again as he proudly shared them with others.
SON, BROTHER, UNCLE: Darryl was born February 24, 1951 and is the oldest child of Herb (died in 1979) and Edna (died in 2014). Brother to Bryan (Lori); Barry (Dawne); Kervin (Joan); Loretta (Bill Houtman); Darnelda (Geoff Volkman). Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
SERVANT: Darryl’s faith in God formed his character-kindness, generosity, unconditional love and his commitment to serving his family, church, church camps, community and farming. He was happiest when he was serving others-there was no such thing as an
interruption-he viewed it as an opportunity to invest in your life. Serving was important to Darryl here at home but also around the world. He served with Men for Missions (Cuba, Ecuador, and multiple trips to Haiti); Samaritan Foundation (Dominican Republic); Life
Water (Haiti); World Partners (Africa) and Project Jesus for Children (Costa Rica, Nicaragua).
FARMER: Herb and Edna started farming in Delia in 1957. Darryl attended the Delia School, then graduated with his Agricultural/Mechanical degree at Olds College before joining his Dad on the farm. When Dad Raugust passed away Darryl assumed
the leadership of Raugust Farms which included farming with his brothers (Bryan and Barry) and as the years progressed son(and-in-laws) were mentored and welcomed into the farming partnership. Darryl had high standards for himself and the farm. He worked hard and invested himself completely to make the farm successful. Even at 69 years Darryl was not slowing down and we all had a hard time keeping up with him. He was a hard worker and always had one more thing to complete.
FRIEND: Darryl could be counted on to help a neighbor or a stranger in need, anytime of day or night. No matter how busy he was, he always found time to reach out and help others solve a problem loving the challenge and often creating and inventing along
the way. Darryl was first to volunteer and last to leave-reluctant to leave things unfinished (church campouts, family re-unions, community Christmas programs). He would support, encourage and never give up. Friend, acquaintance, or stranger were ALL worth his undivided attention. Darryl tackled each new experience with joy and determination to succeed. He loved the adventure and challenge of achieving his pilots license, driving his Gold Wing motorcycle through the U.S., water skiing, wakeboarding (even at 69), travelling, restoring old machinery, cars and trucks.
Darryl will be greatly missed by his loving wife Harriet, children, grandchildren, siblings and their families, large extended family, farming and church communities and the numerous friends and lives Darryl touched not only in Western Canada but also around the world. Our hearts are broken, but not without the hope of seeing him again in heaven.
Due to the recent covid restrictions we cannot honour Darryl the way he deserves in a memorial service or graveside service. Please share your memories of Darryl with the family through this website. For more information about Darryl’s Drive Through Memorial on Sunday, December 13, 2020, please contact the family at:
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Thank you as well to everyone for the expert care given to Darryl-paramedics and firefighters, STARS, and Foothills Hospital staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your choice of charity: -Delia Kid Sport Association. Donations may be mailed to Connie Blackmer, Box 102, Delia, AB, T0J 0W0;
STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7; Project Jesus for Children,, Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Box 99, Lomond, AB, T0L 1G0.
Hanna Funeral Services LTD.; entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956. Condolences can be sent to the family to

Condolences to the family of Dale Thomas Clark


Dale Thomas

October 14, 1965 - November 20, 2020

Dale Thomas Clark passed away peacefully, surrounded by family after a two year battle with cancer.
He will forever be missed by his wife of 34 years, Glenda, and their two children Justin (Susie), and Tyler. Dale is also survived by his mother Marguerite Clark, sister Lorie (Brian), and brothers Rod (Jackie) and Doug (Katie), mother-in-law Maureen Gourley, sisters-in-law Jodi (Jaimie) Spademan, Marlene Mashinter and brother-in-law Kevin Gourley. Dale was predeceased by his father, Oscar Clark.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Dale married Glenda on December 21, 1985. Moving throughout Alberta for many years, Dale and Glenda settled in the Chilliwack, BC area in 2007. Here he found his passion working for Hungry for Life International, where he worked until his diagnosis.
Dale will be remembered for his sense of humour, love of travel and adventure, and the impact he made on those he met around the world.
In light of the current pandemic, no public memorial service is planned at this time. In future, we hope to have a gathering to celebrate his life.