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Condolences to the family of Ryan DeLeeuw



October 29, 1985 - July 5, 2021

Ryan DeLeeuw, father, husband, son, uncle and brother passed peacefully on July 5th, surrounded by family.
Ryan is survived by his wife Shai, his children Raechel and Ryson, his Mother Tisa (Ralph), father Mike (Micheline), brother Wes (Amy), sisters LeDawn (Edward), Kylee (Robert), Brittney (Justin), Tiffany, Carmen, Simone, and Tate. As well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless close friends that loved him fiercely. Ryan was predeceased by his daughter Maia, Uncle Rodney, Nan, Grandpa Larry, Grandpa Potvin and all maternal and paternal great grandparents.
Ryan was a devoted father and husband. He loved working on vehicles and making improvements to his yard. He was the family mechanic and was always willing to devote his time to his loved ones. Ryan enjoyed kicking back and having beers by the fire with family and friends. He had a passion for music and had it playing no matter what he was doing. He was an amazing story teller and would jump at the opportunity to bend someone’s ear. He loved to laugh and be with his family. Most of all he loved his wife and kids and would do anything to make sure they were taken care of. Ryan was an amazing person in every sense of the word. He will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him and his memory will live on through every life he touched.
There will be a short service Tuesday, July 13th, at the Drumheller Alliance Church, 670 7th Ave East at 10 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at 301 3rd Street, Nacmine at 2 p.m.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Sylvia Ann Cannings


Sylvia Ann

April 26, 1946 - June 23, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Grandmother, Great grandmother and friend Sylvia Cannings. She passed away peacefully at the Kelowna General Hospital June 23, 2021.
Sylvia was predeceased by her loving husband Ray of 55 years in November 2019. She is survived by her children Leighann (Sean) and Rennie (Jaclyn) her grandchildren Reanna (Cesar) Katelynn (Justin) Brayden, Mitchell, Darian (Carson) Kori, Drisden. Her great-grandchildren Noah, Sofia and Kyra. Sylvia had numerous nieces and nephews that will remember her with love and laughter.

Those we love don’t go away;
they walk beside us every day. 
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
still loved, 
still missed and very dear.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Kelowna General Hospital ICU A Unit for the care and support given during Mom’s time in the hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department. 12420 Westside Road, Vernon BC. V1H 2A2
A Celebration of Sylvia’s Life will be held at the Carbon Community Center July 14, 2021 from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Condolences to the family of Craig Curtis Fandry


Craig Curtis

August 1, 1960 - July 2, 2021

Craig Curtis Fandry, son of Darlene Fandry and late Leroy Fandry, was born on August 1, 1960 in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Hussar, Alberta. Craig was immediately adored at his arrival in this world, by both sets of grandparents, as he was their first grandson. Craig’s lighthearted and fun nature shone through, as he cared for and mentored his younger cousins and siblings. Craig was the oldest of five children, followed by Steven (Janice), Shane (Carla), Russell (Kristin), and Monica (Scott); along with 10 subsequent nieces and nephews, of which he adored.
Craig attended Hussar School from grades one to twelve and was active in the community, participating as a member of the Lions Club, enjoying sporting events,
other functions, and playing on local sports teams. Being naturally athletic, and a hard-working farmer, gave Craig an advantage at volleyball, baseball, and of course, hockey. Craig built many friendships through his years in Hussar and was always well-liked. He was also known for his compassion for children, with lots of stories shared of how he engaged playfully and with animation. He was always pushing someone on a swing, playing Cinderella, carrying kids on his shoulders, and teaching them how to fix up old vehicles, to name a few highlights. He was truly a giant teddy bear.
After he graduated high school, he attended SAIT and in 1981 achieved his Welding Engineering Technology Diploma. He enjoyed welding and became skilled at it, working on the pipelines with Rick Shannon’s crew and at Barber Industries.

In 1984, he married his high school sweetheart and the two of them started a home and farm near Hussar. In 1986, Erin was born, his only child. Erin is married to Garry, and together they raise Craig’s grandchildren, Spencer, Olivia, and Maddison.
Unfortunately, it was in the next few years, that Craig was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and the pervasive toll of this disease and subsequent physical deterioration changed his life path, until his passing at the young age of 60.
It was in 1992 that he moved to Claresholm and lived independently. He received the care and support from the Care Center and their staff, that helped him navigate his next 30 years. It was here, where we all learned his true personality and intense strength of character; qualities we could all learn from. He tried desperately to work as much as his health would allow, making cabinets in Nanton, then at Landmark Feed Mill and finally, at the Agriplex.
During his 30 years in Claresholm he became a Jehovah‘s Witness and was unwaveringly committed to his Faith. This community cared for and circled him when he was feeling low and lonely. They taught Craig about Jehovah, and this became his life’s work. Craig believed and loved Jehovah; he was not afraid to die and be freed from the confines of a disease and body that did not allow his true personality to show itself any further. As his friend Paul said, Craig loved Jehovah with all his heart and Jehovah will take care of him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kingdom Hall in Claresholm, through; or mailed to 4807 2a St. E., Claresholm, Ab, T0L 0T0 or to the Claresholm Centre to Mental Health: mailed to 139 43rd Ave, Claresholm, Alberta, T0L 0T0.