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Condolences to the family of Bonnie Debra Jordan


Bonnie Debra

October 16, 1954 - July 4, 2023

We mourn the loss and celebrate the life and times Bonnie Debra Jordan. She was born to Adam and Tereasa Tretiak on October 16, 1954 in Drumheller, Alberta and was raised in nearby East Coulee.
She met Rex Jordan when he appeared as a young Barbadian doctor in Drumheller in the late 1970s. She - swept off her feet .. he – smitten. They fell in love and got married on the morning of Saturday, April 26, 1980 at the Anglican Church in Drumheller. They centered their lives around each other - and their work - for nearly 40 years and were pillars of the Drumheller community. They were kindred spirits. It was a powerful human union. It was a perfect match.
Bonnie was recruited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where she spent 38 years in the Drumheller Administration office. Renowned there for her attention to detail and focused dedication to her work, her colleagues remember Bonnie as a loyal and dependable member of the team who was fun to work with.
Annual holidays in Barbados gave Bonnie the opportunity to exert her impact on her extended Barbadian family. Basil, her father-in-law could hardly believe his luck – handmade audio mix tapes of Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers and Dr. Hook; Bonnie’s cursive handwritten labels listing each song he just had to hear. Gladys, her mother-in-law, delighted at her son’s good fortune. The rest of us bonded tightly to her through her love of music, a good cook-up (peanut chicken, roast pork), a stiff gin and tonic and a lifetime’s worth of laughs. In private, you could be assured of straight talk from Bonnie whenever required. She laughed easily and loudly, with eyes closed and a tightly knit face. She chased her young nieces and nephews around the garden and when they got older she mentored them. Whenever Rex and Bonnie arrived in Barbados was always good times. On the occasions when Rex’s three brothers and their wives spent vacations in Drum and shared their experiences and memories over a beverage or two, Bonnie, the gracious hostess, was always centre-stage and made them feel completely at home, welcome and comfortable. Treasured memories.
It will be no surprise to anyone who knew her that Bonnie attracted deep, strong friendships with a small group of loyal friends. Tony and Marian Forsythe, Jeff and Nellie Chung and their family, her extraordinary neighbours Paul and Brittany, whose love, friendship, loyalty and steadfast support for Rex and Bonnie humbled and comforted Bonnie’s family.
She was a strong, beautiful, private woman who dedicated her life to serving others - her husband, her family and, quietly, her community. But it was her commitment to supporting Rex which is now the stuff of legend. During their lives together, she and her beloved, no .. iconic, dog Halle anchored the family in a way that enabled the Drumheller community to benefit from Rex’s attention 24/7 for all manner of medical emergencies. She was his rock. When he became ill in his later years, she quit her job and devoted her life entirely to caring for him.
Rex beckoned to her one more time on July 4, 2023 and she responded… again. God bless Bonnie Debra Jordan and rest her soul.
Bonnie was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Rex Jordan, parents Adam and Tereasa Tretiak and her brother-in-law Dr. Oscar Jordan.
She is survived by her sister, Carol Lecuyer (Stewart) and their children, Dean Lecuyer and family, Teresa Ruckman and family. Bonnie is lovingly remembered by Rolph Frankie Jordan (Joan), Basil Jordan Jr. (Ina), Marcia, Julian (Nicole), Claire (Oliver) and Alex Jordan and the extended Jordan family across the Caribbean.
Her family would like to offer profound gratitude to Dr. Dereck Maseka, to the Drumheller Health Care Services, and to the Red Deer Hospital Services (especially Nurse Hailey).
Bonnie’s life will be celebrated privately, but condolences, memories and photos may be shared at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests her memory be honoured by contributions to ALS Society of Alberta or the Drumheller Humane Society

Condolences to the family of Keith Arthur Bellamy


Keith Arthur

Keith Arthur Bellamy was born in Thorne, England to Margaret Wainwright, and Arthur Bellamy and passed away in Strathmore, Alberta, on July 6, 2023, at the age of 78. When he was 21 years old, Keith worked very hard to earn the money to emigrate from England to Calgary, Canada arriving with just a suitcase. Even after many years in Canada he still retained a little of his British accent. In 1971 Keith met Elaine Will, and they enjoyed dates rollerskating at Lloyd’s in Calgary.
After getting married, they farmed together in Hussar, Rosebud, Rockyford, and Beiseker as part of Will Farms. Keith drove every model of New Holland combine and was an expert operator - yellow was definitely his colour! One highlight of his life was a trip to Belgium to tour the factory where the combines were manufactured. If you got Keith started talking about machinery, you had a hard time getting him to stop. He was passionate about tools, keeping equipment well taken care of, and the shop organized. Keith took pride in doing every job well. Augers were always cleaned out properly, equipment was greased and washed, and tools were put away. He organized mini tool kits for the combine operators, and looked after a multitude of details to keep everything running smoothly, from judging when the soil was ready for seeding to determining when the crops were ready for harvest. His years of experience gave him a vast knowledge of every aspect of running a successful farm. Overseeing all the farm operations was his job, and he loved it.
Keith was passionate about trains, there was always at least one model train set in the works, sometimes multiple sets. His latest model trains included a garden railway and an HO train set. Besides model trains, Keith would jump at any chance to ride a train - his favorite trips included riding the Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 steam train in California when it toured the United States in 2019, the Canadian Pacific Via Rail and the North Moors heritage railway from Pickering to Whitby in England.
Backpacking with his family in the Canadian Rockies was something Keith enjoyed - especially Lake O’ Hara. Later in life, Keith finally convinced Elaine and they purchased his dream 5th wheel.
What else did Keith enjoy? Double dipped cones from the DQ, radish sandwiches, banana sandwiches with NO peanut butter, strawberry jam, mashed potatoes and gravy, English pickled onions, Licorice All-Sorts, butter tarts, building models especially heavy trucks, western shirts with snaps, and good steel toed work boots along with a pair of clean coveralls.
Keith was actively involved in the children’s ministry programs in his church, constructing many of the props Elaine used in teaching the children. Keith cut many Bible figures out of felt so his children could hear Bible stories each day in worship time, and later he cut out the same sets for his grandchildren. It always brought him joy to hear Elaine playing hymns on the piano and he especially loved the hymn “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”.
Keith was very sentimental. Every anniversary, birthday, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day he always brought Elaine a card and wrote a big “E” on the envelope, and sometimes there were flowers too. When he could no longer go to the store himself, he asked daughter Heidi to buy the cards for him. He constantly did many little jobs around the home and yard, and took care of the vehicles. He was the best sweetheart a girl could ever have!
The hymn written by Austris A. Whithol aptly describes Keith’s life. “My God and I go in the fields together
We walk and talk as good friends should and do
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter
My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue…”
Keith is at rest now, but he will be dearly missed by his family, and friends.
Keith is survived by Elaine, his wife of 52 years, daughter April (Travis), daughter Heidi (Justin), son Paul (Kari) and grandchildren Anna, Noelle, Grant, and Benjamin.
A private memorial service will be held in August.

Wheatland Funeral Home in care of arrangements 403-934-4404

Condolences to the family of Bruce Allen Coles


Bruce Allen

February 27, 1962 - June 25, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of an exceptional Husband, Father and Grandpa.
Bruce was born in Drumheller to Ralph and Sue Coles. He had 3 brothers; Butch (Jean), Darcy and Ken, 2 sisters Janice (Terry) and Debbie. Bruce was raised in the Rosebud area.
In his late teens, his family moved to Drumheller.
This is where he met the love of his life Bonnie. They married in 1985 and had 3 children, Steven (Naomie), Mandy (Bryan) and Ryan. He was blessed with 7 Grandchildren. Mason, Sienna, Jordyn, Brinleigh, Jackson, Noah and Kylee.
Bruce was a hard-working man. He had a range of different jobs over the years. He was a truck driver/ crane operator for most of his working career. He was employed by Alberta Transportation building bridges, he drove truck for Hi-Way 9 Express and worked for Correctional Service of Canada as a General Duties Supervisor. The career he was most proud of was his own company Brubon Oilfield Hauling. For 7 years he was dedicated to providing exceptional service to the oilfield industry. Bruce made a lasting impression on everyone he met and no one was a stranger.
He had a love for music. If there was a party, he was playing the music. In his younger years he would DJ on the weekends. He played for a variety of different occasions, mostly weddings. His whole life the music was always playing, the louder the better. Our home was always extremely loud.
He also loved watching movies and having the sound play over his huge speakers.
Unfortunately, Bruce was diagnosed with MS around his 50th birthday. It progressed quickly and he spent his remaining years at home and in Continuing Care.
Our family would like to thank all the people who were involved in caring for Bruce over the years. You were his angels.
A private graveside service will be held. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date. Donations can be made to the MS Society of Canada.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666.