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Condolences to the family of Roger Eccleston




December 1, 1933 - April 24, 2020

It is with great sadness that our family announces Roger Eccleston’s passing. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 24, 2020 at the age of 86.
Roger is survived by his brother David and sister-in-law Glory, his sister Marilyn and brother-in-law David Worman, his three nieces, Kerry (Devin), Alana (Steve), Deanne (Chris) and his grandnieces and grandnephews Lyla, Drake, Sierra, Amelia, Owen and Parker as well as his relatives and friends.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, Roger Eccleston Sr. and Margaret (Schaffer) Eccleston, and his soulmate Jackie MacGregor.
Roger obtained his schooling in Drumheller and completed his Journeyman Certification in Carpentry at SAIT. He was an accomplished carpenter excelling in Heavy Construction as well as finishing carpentry.
Roger lived a full life with a successful career in the construction industry working in many different areas including Alaska, California, Hawaii, British Columbia and Alberta. He particularly enjoyed the many years of
camaraderie he shared with his brother David operating Eccleston Brothers Construction and “cruising” the
highways together in their retirement.
Roger enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, oil painting, writing and telling stories, weightlifting, playing golf, watching hockey and especially football as he played for the Calgary Broncs and Regina Rams in his earlier years.
Roger admired his nieces and their children and received great joy from their visits and keeping him informed of their activities.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Roger’s care givers for their patience, kindness and care through his illness. Special thanks to Dr. Thlape for his understanding and gentle guidance, to the Drumheller Hospital Staff, Home Care Service providers, Jan and Jim Milman, Jenny and Jessica. Thanks to the Grace House Odd Job Squad for keeping up the yard maintenance.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date when family and friends will be able to gather together to
remember Roger.
Flowers are gratefully declined.
Arrangements in care of Courtney-Winters Funeral Home 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Delbert Alexander Gillespie





May 30, 1926 - April 28, 2020

Delbert Alexander Gillespie was born May 30th, 1926 to Alex and Elizabeth Gillespie in Calgary, AB. He was the eldest of four siblings Alice, Crawford, and William. Delbert was raised at the feedlot in Bonnybrook east Calgary. In 1952, he married Eleanor Sonnie of Nanton and in 1953, Delbert and Eleanor welcomed their first child, Deborah Margret. Marshall Alexander came along in 1956 and Cameron Delbert followed in 1959. They built a life and home on the Red Deer River that they both came to love so much. Delbert loved his way of life and he was honest and generous to a fault. A kind hearted man, Delbert conducted his life as a true country gentleman. He loved the history of his community and the people that lived there. Delbert was an authority on the history of the Red Deer River Valley. Music played a huge part in his life from the beginning and he could play by ear. In his later years he played with many groups and bands around the area. Music was a passion that he loved until the end. Eleanor and the Family would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Sunrise Gardens who, in extremely difficult circumstances, cared for Delbert with great care and compassion unto his end. Delbert was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Allison, sister Alice Bickell, daughter Debbie and son-in-law Sheldon Peake. He is survived by his wife Eleanor and two sons, Marshall (Donna) and Cameron (Laurie); two brothers Crawford and Bill Gillespie; seven grandchildren, Lauren (Lars) Nielsen, Joscelyn (Kevin) Stangowitz, Joanna (Carson) Slorstad, Valerie Gillespie, Jordie (Lorna) Gillespie, Ryan (Kellee) Gillespie, and Brent (Sandy) Gillespie; his 13 great-grands, Liam, Lane, Kira, Joel, Sam, Sally, Josie, Andi, Molly, Milo, Brenna, Rowen, and Jameson.

Cremation is entrusted to and conducted by
Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks

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Condolences to the family of Vernon Harold Hanson



Vernon Harold

July 29, 1949 - April 5, 2020

Vernon Harold Hanson, one of triplets born in Swift Current Saskatchewan, 29 July 1949. He and his family lived in Swift Current, for nearly 16 years, up until they moved to Denman Island, B.C. It was there that he met his beloved wife of 52 years, Irene Dawn Hanson and married September 1968, in Dawson City, Yukon. They lived in Kelowna, where he went to Vocational school and where they had their first daughter Laurie-Ann. They then moved to Denman Island, B.C., where their second daughter, Dianne was born in Comox, B.C. Six years later the family moved to Sunnynook, Alberta, to find more reliable employment, where they lived and he worked as a heavy duty mechanic and welder for about 6 more years. They then moved to their current location north of Craigmyle, Alberta. He was also employed as a “do everything” employee for some farmers in the area and then started their own successful grain hauling business which they continued for ten years. He was exceptionally talented in the repair of all farm machinery and personal vehicles. Vern was a hard worker and was well liked by the community and generously helped his neighbors and friends. He was kind and thoughtful to everyone. He loved all his animals and was especially connected with the several dogs, cats, chickens and horses through the years. His closest connection was with Meadow, their latest family dog.
Through the years he enjoyed fishing, but as time passed, he was perfectly content to feed and watch the trout and other fish in their ponds on the acreage. He was also an avid gardener, spending countless hours taking care of the three gardens in the yard. He really loved the peacefulness of his oasis-like acreage, and there was no other place he would rather be. He passed away in the Drumheller Hospital, April 5th, 2020, at the age of 70.
He was the loving grandfather of 6 grandchildren: Devon Woslyng, Wyatt and Kelsey Melnychuk, Jarod and Liam White. Vern is survived by his loving wife, Irene Dawn of 51 years and his sister Judy Schmidt. He was predeceased by his brother Robert, his mother and father, Verina and Alex Hanson and granddaughter Alicia. He will missed by all.