Jim (The Jet) Johnston
(1946 – 2008)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Johnston.
Jim passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a short illness on June 22, 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 62 years.
Jim was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 22, 1946. He was the 3rd of 4 children born to William and Lily Johnston.
Jim attended school and university in Winnipeg. He started working at the age of 15 at various jobs to support himself while attending school. When he finished school he started a 25 year career in Accounting, which eventually brought him to the Peace Country.
In 1979, Jim met the love of his life, Pat on a blind date. They were married in December of the same year. It was on their honeymoon to visit friends in Fort St. John that he fell in love with the north and took a job with Smith & Danyluk Accountants. In 1982 he took a position with Wilson & Patterson Accountants in Dawson Creek, (and except for 2 brief years living back in Winnipeg in the early 1990’s) he really enjoyed Dawson Creek and it’s people and wanted to stay here forever.
In 1988, Jim decided to change careers, and thought that his “Gift for Gab” would come in handy for selling cars. He started this career in Grande Prairie working for Doug Marshall and then with Orion in Winnipeg. When he was offered a job to work at Brown’s in 1992 he jumped at the chance and never looked back. He moved over to Timberline in 1997 and stayed until July of last year, when he took over as Business Manager for Mile 0 Sports. He loved working with people and would go out of his way to serve his customer’s and made sure all their expectations were met. You could also see Jim’s smiling face at the concession at the Memorial Arena, which he and Pat have ran for the last several years.
Jim and Pat were blessed with 3 beautiful children, Brooke, Ashley and Jesse. Jim took pride in watching his children grow and loved watching whatever they were participating in. He was always there to cheer them on, be it in school, dancing, baseball and hockey. When Brooke and Brent blessed him with 2 grandson's Bradyn in 2004 and Easton in 2006, Jim was so thrilled to finally become a Grandpa. Jim loved every minute he had with them, including dressing up as Santa for them at Christmas in Kelowna. He was looking forward to spending more time with them in the coming years as he came closer to retirement. He loved to show those boys off to anyone being the typical proud Grandpa.
Jim was a member of the Kinsmen Club in the 1980’s, had been President of the Forester’s, and was currently a director for both the Dawson Creek Junior and Senior Canucks. He loved the sport of hockey, especially when Jesse was playing, and he was so looking forward to watching his grandson’s Bradyn and Easton play. Jim was the announcer at the Junior Canuck home games, (which kept him from yelling at the refs or players) . Jim was also a big CFL fan and was thrilled to have held the “Grey Cup” and partied with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2006.
Jim loved the ocean and many a holiday was spent “Cruising” or laying on the beaches in the Caribbean. These holidays were always enjoyed with friends or family along, making special memories along the way.
Jim will always be remembered for his pride of family, kindness, thoughtfulness, graciousness, his good looks and zest for life. His sense of humor and goofy ways of doing things will always bring a smile to our face. He will be greatly missed but his spirit and love will live on in our hearts forever.
His parents, William and Lily and his in-laws, Sherwood and Helen Howard, predeceased Jim.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 28 years Pat, daughters: Brooke (Brent Mooy), Ashley; son Jesse; grandsons: Bradyn and Easton Mooy; brothers: Tom (Mary), Billy; sister, Mickey; brother in-law Don Howard; numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends. Special friends: “Lady Bird, Ringo and Dug”.
A celebration of his life was held at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek on Saturday, June 28, 2008, officiated by Brent Smith and Reverend Marilyn Carroll. Eulogy by Doug Peters, tribute by Steve Goy, special music by Forrestt Shoemaker, and a loving pictorial memorial produced by Total Digital Productions. The following is a poem written and spoken by Jim’s daughter Ashley at the service.
Jim was a man we all knew and loved
Now he’s up watching from the heaven’s above
He was caring, and charming and a friend to us all
But to three of us here; ‘Dad’ is what he was called
Dad made crazy expressions, and was so witty too
He was always so chipper he’d make you forget you were blue
I inherited his silliness, and his constant need to goof around
I can’t count how many times he stated, “Ashley, you’re acting like a damn clown”
Dad was so funny even when not trying to be
He had a way with words and gestures that always tickled me
Dad spent hours upon hours down at the hockey rink
Announcing Jr. games or working the concession – for the free snacks I think
Dad was a people person with a true gift to gab
He could talk and talk to the point you’d think you’d go mad
Dad could sell anything – like a bikini to an old Eskimo
And then try to convince them to sport it when it’s 40 below
But these are all things you know about our Dad
But there are things you might not that I thought I should add
Our Dad was a person who was loving and kind
He’d always try his best to get us out of a bind
He was proud of our triumphs but when things would go wrong
Dad would listen, be patient, be helpful and strong
Our Dad was so happy, always making us laugh
He’s the best Dad a kid could ever have
Dad was a husband, hopelessly in love with our mother
No matter how tough times got he always stood right beside her
They had been together for almost 29 years
With deep love for each other they shared laughter and tears
And now the day has come for me to say goodbye
I’ll try to be tough, be strong, hold my head up and not cry
But now I’m left wondering who will I turn to through rough times
But all the advice and wisdom he taught me will stay fresh in my mind
I will think of his gentle and comforting hugs of embrace
And remember the soft and loving kisses he’d place on my face
And here is my chance to thank God for making him my Dad
Cause he’s the greatest gift a girl could ever have
Memorial donations may be made to “The Ryan Rowe Memorial Fund” c/o Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association, P.O. Box 1032, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H9.
1946 ~ 2008
Roger was a resident of Dawson Creek and famously known as a former resident of Peace River and Fort Vermillion Alberta.
Roger passed away on June 28th, 2008 at the age of 62. He was born May 13, 1946 in Fort Vermillion, Alberta, to Charlie & Elizabeth Lizotte. Roger was born premature and was baptized by the Catholic bishop at the hospital because they didn’t think that he would survive. Roger was the 6th of 12 children in the Lizotte household.
Roger was always the ring leader, a story teller, and the center of attention even at a young age. He was an amazing artist, he would either be drawing funny pictures of people or making posters for dances with felt pens. He was always fixing up his house with all types of interesting items. A majority of his décor was of native design. He truly believed in the art of trading.
In 1956 the Lizotte family moved to Peace River Alberta. In the next couple of years Roger and friends would become involved in many different sports such boxing and Hockey. He made many life long friends while living in Peace River. While attending a summer camp near by Bluesky Alberta, Roger played music on stage for the first time at the Bluesky Mennonite Church. Tragedy stuck in 1961 when Roger’s dad Charlie passed away in a motor vehicle accident.
Roger first rock band was called the Rivera’s. After his time in Peace River, Roger went to live with his oldest sister Jenny and husband Chuck in Ashcroft for about a year. In the middle 1960’s Roger moved to Dawson Creek. The family formed the band the “Rolling Tones” which consisted of Norman Lizotte, Crow Lizotte, Howard Lizotte, and Roger. This band over time would become the legendary “Native Sons”.
In 1969, Roger met a young nurse in Fort Vermillion, Fern Day, whom Roger then followed back to Dawson Creek. Fern was already expecting a child before she met Roger. Colleen was born in 1969 and their son Cory in 1974.
Roger was originally a drummer but had problems singing from behind a drum kit, so he switched to guitar. In 1970 the Natives Son’s went to Fort Providence NWT to play for Queen Elizabeth II, and then they were selected to play for the Grand council of Chiefs in Ottawa at Chateau Laurier.
In the 1980’s Roger worked mainly as a professional driver until heart problems caused him to stop.
Roger met Brenda Thomas in 1987 and found happiness, and another music lover.
In 2000 Roger was contacted by a beautiful young lady, Laurie Schildt, whom he was re-united with as father and daughter and a granddaughter Morgan.
Roger’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was expressed in his life. Roger was a long term Church attendee of Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church.
A funeral services was held on July 3,2008 at the Bethel Pentecostal Church, Dawson Creek, BC, officiated by Pastor Cory Lizotte and Pastor John Klassen. A graveside service was held on July 5, 2008 at the North Vermillion Cemetery, Fort Vermillion, Alberta.
Dana Lynea Anderson
Dana Lynea Anderson was born July 20, 1999 in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She passed away suddenly at the age of 8 years in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on June 2, 2008.
Dana was best known for her zest for life and her kind caring ways. She had the ability to see beauty in even the simplest things. For her, beauty was seen in rocks, sticks and creatures big and small. She has an inquisitive mind and gentle spirit. During her first years in Sexsmith, Alberta, she made many friends.
At the age of 2, the family moved to Rolla, British Columbia. She began Kindergarten at Rolla Traditional School where she was an eager student. She earned the Bob Martin Citizenship award in grade 2 and many other scholastic awards.
Dana had a knack for being able to make something from nothing and often would come home from school with recycling material to create whatever it was she felt was needed; whether it be a home for a stuffy or a chest for her many treasures. Her thoughtful nature was shown in many cards, pictures, and stories that she gave to everyone she knew. Her time spent in 4-H was short-lived because she felt she was “too young to go to the meeting”! Dana loved water; however found swimming lessons not much to her liking.
Dana had a strong sense of self and also of family values and traditions. Each year she looked forward to the annual hunt for the “perfect Christmas tree”, cookie decorating, Easter egg hunting and many camping excursions. Being out in nature was her passion. Her family will always treasure her own special traditions; those included “Daddy Days” and the “Friday Happy Dance” with her Mom. Her big brother was her hero and she deeply admired her big sister.
Dana had a vivid imagination that knew no boundaries and often entertained her family with her unique descriptive language.
Dana was the dear daughter to Doug and Gerri; a loving sister to Kristopher and Ashley; a granddaughter to Hazel and the late John Anderson, Elwood & Carol Watchell, and Liz McLean; a niece, cousin and friend to many.
Dana will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering was held on June 9, 2008 at the Rolla Baptist Church in Rolla, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron.
Albert Joseph Campbell was born on November 6, 1925 in Lamont, Alberta. He was the second youngest child of eight born to Jen and Walter Campbell. In 1928, the family traveled to the Peace Country and made a start in Rolla. In 1932, Walter moved the family across the Peace River on a homemade raft and built a home on the Alberta/British Columbia border.
Albert went to school in Rolla and Clayhurst. He spent his days away from the school house at Jim Goods’ and Allan Lows’ chasing cows and horses. This was the start to his lifelong ranching career.
In the early forties, Albert worked for the American Army driving the American Brass around. In 1944, he went off to war himself. He trained at artillery school in Petawawa, Ontario where he learned to throw grenades and fire a Sten gun and trained to fight for the Allusion Islands if it came to that.
When Albert was able to get leave during the war, he would often spend it trapping up at John and Anna Callison’s trapline. Thank goodness there was never a need to fight in the Allusions. After VE Day Albert was transferred to Lethbridge where he guarded German Soldiers captured during the war. As the need for soldiers diminished he was discharged and came home.
Albert married Jessie Johnson (Toots) in Dawson Creek on October 19, 1948. They homesteaded in Cherry Point and lived there for 13 years. In 1961, Albert moved his family by boat to homestead all over again in Cleardale. Albert and Toots were two of the first settlers in Cleardale and Toots still lives there today.
Albert drove the school bus for many years while he ranched and raised cows. He was one of the best ranchers around and would help his neighbors when they asked. Albert enjoyed riding in the hills, shooting bear and shooting the breeze with Johnny Walker. He did a little logging with Jack Maxwell down on the river. He picked many a mile of roots and burned even more miles of windrows. He was known to pull a tooth or two for a dollar a tooth, and probably missed making a fortune as a dentist. Once a year he would appear from the North Pole singing Ho! Ho! Ho!
Albert’s life had a common thread running through it. He lived to serve. He served his country, his family, his neighbors, friends and community. We can pay tribute to Albert by helping out however we can.
Albert has gone to a better place with his parents, Walter and Jenny, son Gary, grandson Christen, brothers: Don, Duncan and Stu, sisters: Hilda and Pauline. Albert will be sadly missed by his wife Toots, son Dee and his family, daughter Jane and her family, sisters: Jane and Eleanor and their families,
sister in-laws: Marina, Christine and May and their families, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
A graveside service was held on May 30, 2008 at the Cherry Point Community Cemetery, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Eulogy by Rob Fraser and special music by Yvonne, Dawn, Shannon and Adley.
Norman Walter Bull
Norman Walter Bull, longtime resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 68 years of age. A private family service will be held at a later date. Inurnment into the Beaverlodge Cemetery as per Norman's wishes.