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Last updateFri, 15 Feb 2019 11am

Condolences to the family of Dora Will




June 26, 1947 – January 13, 2019

Dora Will was born June 26, 1947, in Vulcan, Alberta, and passed away January 13, 2019. She is survived by her husband Gordon; son Ryan (Kelly); son Michael (Adrienne); daughter Erin (Patrick); and her very precious granddaughter Josephine. She will also be missed by her brothers John, Barry (Helen), and David; and her niece and nephews. Dora embraced everything life had to offer. She loved music and was known to burst into song without provocation. She was always open to new adventures, whether it was camping in the backcountry of Banff or trekking to see Machu Pichu. Dora had a voracious appetite for crossword puzzles and could often be found with a cat on her lap and a pencil in hand, working on two or three puzzles simultaneously. Dora found her passion and calling as a teacher. She possessed the unique skill of instilling in others a love of learning and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Nothing filled her with more joy than learning of the accomplishments of her former students. A celebration of Dora’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Strathmore Travelodge (350 Ridge Road, Strathmore). In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests you consider making a donation to your local food bank.

Condolences to the family of Gordon Wilfred Johnson



Gordon Wilfred

July 8, 1937 – January 11, 2019

Gordon Wilfred Johnson, formerly of Eckville, Alberta, passed away peacefully with family at his side at the South Health Campus in Calgary on January 11, 2019 at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his “girls”, JoAnn (Lawson) White and Brenda Johnson; grandchildren, Curtis and Jillian White; special friend, Gayle English; brother, Larry (Elaine) Johnson; sisters, Marion (Leonard) Olsen and Anne Holzli; brother in law, Don and sister in law, Margaret as well as his extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Erella; brothers, Art and Terry, and sister, Doreen. He was born in Drumheller on July 8, 1937 and raised on the family farm west of Morrin. Upon leaving school, he farmed, built bridges and later became a heavy equipment operator retiring in 2003. He resided in the Eckville area for over thirty years. Gordon was very proud of his Norwegian roots. Godt å få hvile når kreftene svikter, trett etter årenes arbeid og slit. Trygt i den evige hvile få sove. Ha takk fra oss alle og hvil nå i fred. (Good to rest when the forces fail, tired after years of work and wear. Sleep safely in eternal rest. Thank you all and rest now in peace.) In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to “The Brenda Strafford Foundation” directed to Seniors Care, 4628 Montgomery Blvd NW, Calgary, AB T3B 0K7. Gordon’s family would like to thank Heritage House (Stettler Hospital), Tudor Manor (Okotoks), Dr. Steed and his staff for their wonderful care. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date. To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Gordon, please visit
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Condolences to the family of Brian Douglas Farmer



Brian Douglas

April 20, 1953 – January 14, 2019

Brian was born April 20, 1953 and passed away suddenly on January 14, 2019. He is survived by his daughter Pamela (Graham) MacRury of Surrey, BC and his son Corey Farmer of Chilliwack, BC. As well, Brian left behind loving siblings Alan (MaryAnn) Farmer, Maureen (Larry) Needham, Kevin (Linda) Farmer, Colleen (Doug) Finkbiner, Brenda (Don) Yavis, and Darrin (Betty) Farmer, all of Drumheller as well as numerous nieces and nephews, mostly from the Drumheller area. He was predeceased by his parents Doug and Alice Farmer and his big brother Tommy, also of Drumheller. Brian was a devoted and loving father, brother, uncle and friend to everyone. Brian received all of his schooling in Drumheller and after graduation, moved to Fort McMurray to pursue his career as a flooring and carpet layer. After a few years in The Fort, he moved to Abbotsford, BC where he spent most of his working life as one of the best in the industry. Due to an economic downturn, Brian returned to his childhood home to continue his career and lived with family members until his untimely passing. Brian lived his life for his children, his nephew Keagan, his love of fishing, golf and almost all outdoor activities, his beloved Toronto Blue Jays, his Vancouver Canucks, and most of all, his family. One of his favourite activities was playing in various hockey pools and he did so with a fair degree of success. Brian was a man of few words but had such a big heart. He will truly be missed by all those who knew him. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at a later date.