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Condolences to the family of Robin Peter Digby


Robin Peter

January 1, 1961 - November 9, 2023

Natural Science Educator, Heritage Conservator, Craftsman.
Curious, vibrantly energetic, creative, ingenious, determined: Robin had a unique, independent way of viewing the world and
living in it. He inspired and motivated those he taught, mentored or collaborated with.
Robin was born in England and raised in Montreal, in a family of naturalists that tent-camped and explored North America every summer. As a young man he explored his way to the badlands of Alberta and the quiet village of East Coulee. Together with wife Linda, he crafted a life here that gave him mission and meaning to the end of his days.
Robin became a land-based science educator, co-creating with Linda endeavours for which they received professional recognition, especially Groundwork Natural Science Education and Dinosaur Country Science Camp. He later applied his passion for heritage conservation at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site and went on to restore heritage buildings across three provinces, becoming a noted as a pioneer in traditional repairs.
At home, Robin artfully restored their historic house and stewarded their riverside garden into a sanctuary for wild birds. In the kitchen he trialed exotic ingredients and developed new recipes. He treasured his children Ruth and Peter, taking them along on grand adventures, examining nearby landscapes and exploring distant environments.
Thank you, Robin, for the legacy you leave us.
Robin leaves his wife Linda; daughter Ruth (Nic), son Peter (Carolane), grandson Noah; sisters Susan (Frank), Claire (Robert), and Karen; nephews Chris, Daniel (January), Benn, and Michael Drysdale; and Linda’s loving family. He is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Violet Digby.
Many people supported Robin and our family in recent years, as he responded to cancer with stoic pragmatism and intense scientific curiosity. We thank Dr. Ezekiel Weis, Ocular Oncologist at the Southern Alberta Eye Center, for his years of exceptional care. We thank Dr. John Walker of the University of Alberta’s Cross Cancer Institute for his humanity. We are deeply grateful to the dedicated staff of Drumheller Paramedic and Home Care Teams, Palliative Care Nurse Jennifer Nagy and Home Care Nurse Kendal Suntjens. Their combined support, along with that of friends and family, allowed Robin to remain in his beloved home, comforted by views of nature right outside the window. Linda wishes to give special thanks to Robin’s sister Claire for her extraordinary care throughout his illness and in his final days.
Robin was a long-time donor to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. If you wish to honour him, a donation to NCC would be fitting.

Condolences to the family of Miro Joseph Guidolin


Miro Joseph

June 26, 1930 - November 27, 2023

Mr. Miro Joseph Guidolin of Drumheller, beloved husband of Karen Guidolin passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023, at the age of 93 years.
Miro was born in Drumheller to Alvise (Joe) and Angele (Angela) Guidolin on June 26, 1930. He lived in Drumheller all of his life. Miro was a Psychiatric Registered Nurse and worked as an orderly at the T.R. Ross Nursing Home, and the J. Cramer Auxiliary Nursing Home. Miro later worked as a custodian an St. Anthony’s Catholic School. He had an interest in photography and stamp collection.
Miro was predeceased by his parents Alvise (Joe) & Angele (Angela) Guidolin.
He leaves to mourn his wife Karen, two sons Dean (Sheri-Dawn), Brian (Christina), four grandchildren Siena, Brooke, Jacob, Dominic, one brother Don (Ingrid), numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Funeral Mass for Miro Guidolin will be held Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church with Father Lukas Drapal as celebrant. Interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the charity of ones choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666

Condolences to the family of Donald Joseph Maxwell


Donald Joseph

September 2, 1937 - November 23, 2023

Don passed away on November 23, 2023, at the Drumheller Health Centre, Acute Care at the age of 86.
Don was born and raised in the Drumheller Valley which he loved to call “home”.
In his younger days he worked as hard as he played, from the old power plant, to CNR day liner and last but not least the oilpatch where he earned the name “Mad Max”. When he wasn’t working, he would be camping, fishing, or hunting. He never did shoot anything, but he caught lots of fish. One thing he took pride in was teaching his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids how to fish and grow potatoes. In the winter you would find him in the hockey arena watching his grandson Devon play hockey. He was his biggest fan along with Grandma, travelling all over to watch him play. When living in North Drumheller, he and his granddaughter Sam took many walks whether going to Whifs or catching minnows in the creek. As his daughter, my best memory over the last year was the smile on his face when he would tell me, Harry came by to see him everyday and they would reminisce about the old days.
Dad was predeceased by his mom and dad, brothers Bill, Art, Bunk, Tom, sister Marilynn, wife Geneava and daughter Pam.
He leaves to mourn his daughter Donna (Joe) Peloquin, son-in-law Ken Couturier, grandkids Samantha (Dustin) Ptashnik, Devon (Brook) Ptashnik, Candace (Brett) Schurger, Christina (Bruce) Porter, Marsha Couturier, as well as 9 great grandkids.
As per Don’s wishes there will not be any formal funeral services held. A private family gathering with close friends and family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society (Alberta Division). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666.