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Condolences to the family of Everard (Barney) Vredegoor



Everard (Barney)

January 24, 1949 - March 20, 2019

It is with great sadness that the Family of Everard (Barney) Vredegoor announces his passing on March 20, 2019 at the age of 70. Everard was born in Holland, and his given name was Everhardus Albertus Hendrikus Vredegoor. At the age of eight, along with his whole family of nine, they made the big move, and immigrated to Canada. They travelled by air to Montreal and from there they took the train to Lethbridge where an Uncle, Aunt and their children met them. The Vredegoor’s settled in Picture Butte, Alberta, where the whole family hoed sugar beets for a living. Even at the young age of 8, the workload was the same for all, hoeing the beets in the hot sun. In 1960 the family purchased a farm in the Hand Hills near Drumheller, Alberta and this is where they would build their forever home. He attended Elmer School in the Hand Hills and it was here that he became known as Barney. Barney continued his education at J.C. Charyk School in Hanna and Saint Peters College in Humboldt, Sask. Upon finishing School Barney took a job in Olds Alberta working at a Gas Plant, and from there he went to work in Grande Prairie for the Procter and Gamble Mill (Weyerhaueser). He lived with his sister Ann Amendt’s family and worked with brother in law Frank at the Mill. Barney eventually built a home of his own in Grande Prairie. He called Grande Prairie home until 1997 when he took a transfer to Weyerhaeuser in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1999, Home was calling him and he took early retirement and moved to Drumheller. He kept busy with woodworking and handyman jobs. Moving from Drumheller to Cambria, and then back to an apartment in Drumheller. And his final move into Manor One. His time spent at the manor was an enjoyable time where he could joke with and bug the other residents. Barney enjoyed visiting, being active in the seniors center, sharing his many stories, as well as cooking many meals. Barney and his sisters Maria and Agnes and his late brother in law Ron Bigford, were always up for a game of Canasta and many a night and lots of days were filled with cards. You could find Barney out on his daily walks through downtown Drumheller or from Cambria to the Rosedale Grocery Store. Barney loved to read, liked electronics, computers, enjoyed fishing and loved his sports. He spent many hours helping out his Brother Tony, Brother In Law Frank, and his nephews Eddy, Billy and Tommy on their Ranches in the Hand Hills. He was very efficient at haying and fixing the machinery. He never missed very many brandings, and he took pride in putting that brand on just right. Barney will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his Brother in Law Frank (Lorraine) Amendt, Sister Maria Gammie, Brother Martin (Norma) Vredegoor, Brother in law Ray Gamracy, Sister Agnes (Dan) Martin, and Brother Tony (Marilyn) Vredegoor. Barney also leaves to mourn his nieces and nephews, who were an important part of his life: Don (Rena) Mazer, Glenn (Gail) Amendt, Darcy (Sue) Amendt, Lorna Amendt, Connie Gammie (Kevin Girletz), Ed (Tina) Gammie, Jody (Yoriko) Gamracy, Stan (Dawnaca) Martin, Crystal (Matt) Fox, Cody Vredegoor (Jade Colp), Jenny (Dean) Finnimore, Billy Vredegoor (Laura Mason), Tommy (Gabrielle) Vredegoor, as well as numerous Great Nieces and Nephews. Barney was predeceased by his parents Martin (1984) and Hendrina (2005), his sisters Ann Amendt (2000) and Dianne Gamracy (2019), and Brothers in Law Jim Gammie (1992) and Ron Bigford (2018). A Memorial is being planned for Barney at the Hand Hills Lake Community Club on Saturday, April 20th at 1 p.m. We invite all who knew and loved him to join us in celebrating Barney’s life.

Condolences to the family of Evelyn Shirley Kirkpatrick



Evelyn Shirley

August 5, 1941- March 24, 2019

Shirley Kirkpatrick, beloved wife of Doug Kirkpatrick of Hussar, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019 after a brave battle with cancer. Shirley is survived and lovingly remembered by Doug, her husband of 53 years, and their children Sherri Snydmiller (Dan) and Ryan Kirkpatrick (Kristi). She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Erica (Mitch), Jessica (Scott), Danielle, Jared, Adam, and Megan. Shirley is also survived by siblings Allan Gross (Lucienne), Larry Gross, and Joanne Murtagh (Gregg); brothers-in-law Andy Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick (Judy) and sisters-in-law Margaret Munro and Winnie Peake (Hughie), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Phillip and Ella Gross, in-laws Jack & Jess Kirkpatrick, brother-in-law Nick Munro, sister-in-law Yvette Gross, and son-in-law Ed Sage. Shirley was born in Simpson, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm in Watrous. After attending secretarial school, she moved to Calgary and started her career. Doug and Shirley were married on April 17, 1965 and they have enjoyed their married life together in Hussar ever since. They were never very far apart and together they created a lifetime of wonderful memories. They enjoyed curling, golfing, camping, and spending time with their grandchildren. Many laughs and happy times were shared with friends on their numerous cruises and at their winter home in Arizona. Shirley had a knack for organizing people and things and those skills were put to great use in her home and yard, and in her job as the secretary at Hussar School for 20 years. We will miss Shirley’s kind heart, funny sense of humour, and her ability to “tell it like it is.” The family would like to thank Peter and Helene at the Cozy Nest for their loving and compassionate care of Shirley during the past year. A celebration of Shirley’s life was held at the Hussar Hall on Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory will be gratefully accepted by the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Hussar Cemetery Fund. To send condolences, please visit Shirley’s obituary at

Condolences to the family of Philip Blair Nelson



Philip Blair

June 13, 1960 - February 19, 2019

Philip Blair Nelson passed away from cancer on February 19, 2019 in Red Deer, AB. Philip (Phil) was born in Drumheller, AB on June 13, 1960. He spent his childhood residing in Rosedale, AB with his parents Joyce and Lennart Nelson and his brother Dave Nelson. After high school, Phil attended SAIT and received his Civil Engineer Technician diploma. Phil spent 11 years working with Alberta Transportation in Drumheller and his career then took him to Red Deer, AB. Phil took pride in his work creating roads, parks and subdivisions. He also took pride in his two surviving daughters, Janine Nelson (Garrett Bogle) and Melany Nelson (Jisoa Lim), as well as his extended family. Phil loved his family, friends, golf, billiards, and a good argument. He was a very kind, giving and loyal man and he will be deeply missed. His family welcomes any friends and family to help celebrate Phil’s life on Saturday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. at the Rosedale Hall. As Phil used to always say, “I’ll see ya when I see ya”.