Violet Grace Thornton
On Wednesday, June 13, 2007, Violet Grace Thornton passed away at Parkway Lodge, Weyburn, at the age of 87 years. Violet was predeceased by her father and mother, Frances and Mary Potter; her parents, Alfred and Peggy Fieldsend; one infant son, Marshall Thornton and one daughter, Sylvia Fraser. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 66 years, George Thornton of Weyburn, their son-in-law, Robert Fraser and two grandsons, Ross and Daniel Fraser; one sister, Ruth Mackie-Seel; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Violet Grace Thornton was born June 14, 1919 at Winnipeg, MB. At age 13, Violet became a member of the Alfred and Peggy Fieldsend family and had a new sister, Ruth. They lived on the farm in the Winnipeg area until 1937 when the family moved to Manor, to operate the hotel. She received all her education in Manitoba. Violet helped with the work in the hotel until her marriage to George Thornton on June 14, 1941 in Manor. They lived on the farm at Manor, where Violet was fully involved with the farming operation. She was a member of the Manor Homemakers Club, an active supporter and worker in 4-H and helped with the Girl Guides as assistant leader. During the war she did knitting and helped with packing boxes for the troops overseas. She was a member of the United Church of Canada, a Sunday School teacher and active member of the Ladies Aid, later called the United Church Women, at Manor as well as Weyburn. Violet was especially proud of daughter Sylvia's accomplishments and successes in music, education and Toastmasters Club. She was kept busy sewing for Sylvia, making quilts for her grandsons, lots of knitting of mitts and sweaters. She enjoyed tours to Eastern Canada and Newfoundland, to the Yukon and Alaska, as well as a good number of trips to Ontario to visit Sylvia and family; also to Vancouver, BC. They took many trips to see Saskatchewan and points of interest. One special and often mentioned trip was to Thunder Bay, ON to see and be in the Terminal Elevator, to see a grain boat being loaded and to walk from stem to stern on the grain boat. They lived in Manor until retiring to Weyburn in 1976, where they bought a home on Mitchell Crescent and spent a lot of time with gardening and yard work. Violet often enjoyed having 6 or 7 of the neighbor boys come at one time to visit. George and Violet celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1991 with a come and go tea, a family gathering and supper the following day, organized by daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Robert Fraser. They moved to Coventry Manor condominium in 1995 and were active in the life of the condo and made many friends. They then moved to an enjoyable life in Parkway Lodge and Retirement Home in 2004. Violet had a firm faith in God as Provider and Protector, it was not often mentioned, but she looked to and felt that guidance. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment to follow at 2:45 p.m. in Manor Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Violet to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)
Alfred Clarence Bloor
Alfred Clarence Bloor (A.C.'BUD') passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at Weyburn, at the age of 87 years. Bud was predeceased by his parents, Loren and Celia Bloor; his wife Sylvia Bloor; son Richard; four sisters and six brothers. Bud is survived by his children: Brian (Kari) Bloor, Nanton AB and their children: Tricia, Dylana and Chad; Blake (Martha) Bloor, Weyburn and their children: Cora Lee (Al) Pavoe and their children, Courtney, Ashala, Stacey and Sadie, Kyla Bloor, Lisa (Shaine) Thompson and their children, Keshawn and Deion Thompson and Tara Tripp; Stuart (Mona) Bloor, Estevan and their children: Lori (Tim) Gervais and their children: Jessica, Mason and Tayla, Bridget (Greg) Turner and Angela Bloor; Diane (Dave) Larsen, Sundre, AB and their children: Ashley, Ryan, Brendan and Dustin; Doug (Trina) Bloor, Oungre and their children: Tamara Bloor and Justin (Alesha) Bloor; sister Ilene Maw, Winnipeg, MB sister-in-laws as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bud was born February 12, 1920 at the family farm, one mile south of Oungre. He was the youngest son of 12 children born to Celia and Lorne Bloor. He attended Lyndale School, and then worked on the farm until enlisting in the army in 1940. He witnessed the reality and heartache of war as he passed on communications behind front lines in Italy. He became an excellent driver, even without lights if necessary. While he was in the service, his dad passed away. After the war, he returned to the farm where his mother had stayed in her home. 1946 saw Bud marry Sylvia Waldal at Plentywood, Montana. The family increased as the blessing of children came, although the sons felt that Diane had her dad wrapped around her little finger. Since Grandma Bloor lived there, the number of people in the home was often many more than immediate family, considering that Sylvia was from a family of only 15. Overnight and weekend guests were the norm, and Bud worked hard to keep in touch with all of the family, making a genuine effort to keep the family connected. The boys, as the wives often called Bud, Charlie and Jim, worked well together, but mainly in silence. Brian said that he'd work all day with them and might hear ten words from them. Bud desired each job to be done speedily and well. He had a strong work ethic, a focus and persistent determination - (some may even have called it being stubborn). Bud drove the school bus for several years. He supported community activities, enjoying time with neighbors, as he joined the Legion. He and Sylvia attended Hamar Lutheran Church, and after their move to Weyburn in 1981, Zion Lutheran Church. But farming was always close to his heart. He often arrived early at the farm, doing what he could, until health changed their lives. In 1997, Sylvia, having been robbed of her memory by Alzheimer's, entered Souris Valley. Bud faithfully visited her as he offered her his respect, adoration and love. With Parkinson's settling in on Bud, he chose, on his own, to enter the Special Care home in 1998. During the first years here, he would walk to visit family and friends. He appreciated the excellent care received from the staff, and it seemed his caring nature attracted the staff to know he cared. Bud thought the world of his family, including his son-in-law, daughters-in-law. His 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren could bring a sparkle to his eye. Although a man of few words, Bud will be remembered for his one liners, sense of humor, even temperament and silent support. He accepted life's circumstances, disappointments or hardships with quiet dignity and strength. After a long, well-lived life, may he rest in peace, and may the blessing of God's peace be with all who mourn. The funeral service for A.C. Bloor was held on Wednesday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson Officiating. Interment followed at Bromhead Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Bud to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Robert Allan Walker
On Sunday, July 8, 2007, Allan passed away of a massive heart attack at St. Joseph's Hospital, Estevan, at the age of 53 years. Robert Allan Walker was born on March 3, 1954 at Virden, MB. He lived in Manitoba until 1957 when his family moved to Virden, MB. In 1994 the family moved to Moosomin, and then to Weyburn, where he made his home at time of passing. On April 19, 1986 he married Cathy Linner of Virden, MB at the Silver Bells Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. To this happy union two daughters were born, Candace and Brandy and in 2006 a granddaughter Savannah. Allan received his education in Virden, MB and had taken a mechanic course at the Assiniboia Community College, Brandon, MB. He also had all the necessary certificates and tickets to work in the oilfield. One of his proudest achievements was receiving a certificate of excellence for placing second in the province of Manitoba on a math aptitude test. Allan loved riding in his dad's truck at a young age and spent time on the road with him. He helped his mother at their café. He spent summers with his brother at his sister's farm helping with the harvest. His sister, Bev's pea patch was one of his favorite pastimes. For a summer he drove a water truck for highway construction work. In 1970 he began his career of 37 years in the oil patch, working for various service rig companies from roughneck, derrick hand, push/operator, rig manager to arrive at partners in K.D. Well Servicing. During the crash in the oil industry, he diversified and built a water drilling business, Walker Well Services, but with oil in his blood he converted back to the oil patch creating his own company, Walker Oilfield Supervision as a consultant. During this time he was involved with the forming of a service rig company, Laredo Well Servicing, but sold to partners in 2002. He knew a service rig inside out and could build and design one to make it work. For the last 11 years, he had the contract work for the same oil company presently known as Advantage Oil & Gas. He was the first to do the completion work on horizontal deep wells in southeast Sask. Through his years of consulting, he received a letter of appreciation for work ethic, safety record and dedication he had put in for developing the Kabob/Windfall areas in Alberta. In the last two years, Allan had built and designed mobile catwalk/pipe racks. He was always thriving to find a way for making the job safer and easier for the rig crew. In the last year, Allan was involved in the forming and the creation of a salt water disposal business as a shareholder in Palko Energy. The most part of the oil patch life Allan enjoyed was the people. He loved the conversations and stories shared by the many friends that he made throughout his years in the industry. He always shared his experience and knowledge with them and said that you never stop learning. Allan was proud of his two daughters, Candace and Brandy. He seldom missed a concert or school event and the many sports activities they were involved in throughout the years. He enjoyed watching them play baseball and volunteered as umpire or base umpire when needed. He helped the girls when they were in Girl Guides by constructing a cardboard arch and bridge for their enrolment ceremonies. Allan had the joy to be a grandpa and loved to tease Savannah. Allan loved to golf with his friends, boating, carpentry, furniture building, carving and drawing in his free time. He loved to make a meal for the family and we looked forward to his delicious mashed potatoes. Allan enjoyed the many trips with family traveling throughout Canada and the United States. His favorite place was the mountains and was always sad when we had to leave for home, but planned for out return the next year. Allan's most reassured pastime was riding his Harley. It was his way of being free and any of the worry or turmoil that life had to offer was put on the back burner. So on many occasions you may have seen Allan and Cathy riding somewhere. The Harley Davidson creed "Live to Ride, Ride to Live" describes his love for riding. Allan, thank-you for the memories; for being my best friend, for the lessons you have taught us, your hard work over the years. You were an inspiration to us all and touched the lives of all who had a chance to know you. We will miss you deeply. You will never be forgotten, but will live on in our hearts forever. Allan was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Anne Walker; father-in-law, Lavern Linner; family pet dog, Scamper. Allan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 21 years, Cathy Walker of Weyburn, and their daughters, Candace Walker and Brandy Walker and granddaughter, Savannah all of Weyburn; sister, Jean (Pete) Unraw of Carstairs, AB; sister, Bev (Wes) Tyhy of Sherwood Park, AB; brother, Gary (Pat) Walker of Brandon, MB; mother-in-law, Joyce Linner of Brandon, MB; sister-in-law, Carol (Doug) Pedlow of Thunder Bay, ON; brother-in-law, Harvey (Brenda) Linner of Brandon, MB; brother-in-law, Brian Linner of Teulon, MB; sister-in-law, Karen (Murry Lanz) Linner of Regina; brother-in-law, Gary (Anita) Linner of Drayton Valley, AB; along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, July 14, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. The eulogy was given by Candace and Brandy Walker. Interment will be at a later date. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Allan to the Weyburn General Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd, Weyburn(842-5432)
Remembering him with a smile today,
And smiling through your tears
Reflect on the many memories
Of all those happy years.
Recall to mind the way he spoke
And all the things he said
His strength, his stance,
the way he walked
Remember these instead.
The good advice he'd give us
His eyes that shone with laughter
So much of him that never dies
But lives on, ever after.
He was a man of honesty, integrity and pride
Important, then, the way he lived
Not the way he died.
If a tear should fall today
Perhaps it shall be shed
For many years without him here
That still lie far ahead.
Marguerite Marie Deshors
On Saturday, July 14, 2007, Marguerite Marie Deshors passed away at the Radville Marian Health Centre at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by her parents, Albert and Antonia Fradette; her husband, Joseph Deshors; grandson, Blake Deshors; sister Dora Petit and infant sister, Maria Fradette. Marguerite will be lovingly remembered by her family: son, Eugene (Betty) Deshors of Radville; daughters: Janet (Laurier) Bourassa of Surrey, BC; Rita (Peter) MacKenzie of Calgary, AB; and Linda (Bill) Murray of Charlton, ON; grandchildren: Tammy, Jeffrey, Christopher, Alison, Jason, Kylie, Jeremy and Kenna; 10 great grandchildren; brothers: Ray (Bea) Fradette, Ephrem Fradette, Peter (Cecile) Fradette, Edward (Elsie) Fradette; sisters: Therese Bourassa, Anna Bourassa, Jeannine (Alvin) Van De Sype, Marie (John) Marecki; and sister-in-law, Eva Mazenc, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Marguerite was born December 5, 1922 at Sec. 12, Rge. 4, Twp. 18, West of 2nd near Radville. She was the 5th oldest child born to Albert and Antonia Fradette, and was very close to all her family of 11 siblings. She was raised on the farm and attended Souris Valley School for her grade school education. On June 21, 1940, Marguerite married Joseph Deshors in Radville. They lived in Regina during the early years of their marriage and Eugene was born there. They moved back to Radville to farm in 1943, and Janet and the twins, Rita and Lind were born there. Marguerite enjoyed being a homemaker, knitting, crocheting and doing beautiful sewing like a seamstress. She volunteered with the Radville Regional Library, the Radville Seniors' Club and enjoyed bowling and curling, having made it to the Provincial Finals many times. She was an avid card player and loved the game 'smear', as well as making many enjoyable trips to the Regina Casino. Marguerite was a devote Catholic and volunteered with the CWL of Holy Family Church. Joseph passed away in September, 2002 and Marguerite spent most of her time with her family and many friends in and around Radville. She was proud of her family who live across Canada, from Surrey, BC to Charlton, ON, and was a much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Prayers were said Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church, Radville. A Memorial Mass was held Wednesday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church, with Father Prince Kurisinkal officiating. A private family interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Marguerite to the Palliative Care Unit of the Radville Marian Health Centre, Radville, Sask. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn and Radville (842-5432 & 869-2566)
Dr. John Philip Raney
With great sadness the family of Dr. John Philip Raney announces his death on Sunday, July 8, 2007, at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon. Philip was born October 5 1954, in Fillmore, the youngest of four children born to George and Frances Raney. He grew up in Handsworth, and attended elementary and high school in Stoughton. Philip graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc (High Honours in Biochemistry) in 1975, and a PhD in Biochemistry in 1983. During this time he met Barbara Jackson and they married on August th 1977, making their first home in Saskatoon, then living in Dundurn for several years before moving to the Clavet area in 2001. Their daughter Alexandra was born in 1982 and son Michael in 1984. Philip was employed as a Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, and was highly respected for his analytical and research work. He was an active Christian, a member of the Saskatoon Central Seventh-day Adventist Church for 30 years. He loved his Lord and trusted in God to the very end of his life. His passions in life were his family, his garden, and music of all types. Philip loved his family dearly and was proud of his children's achievements, especially as they completed their university studies in music and education. He really enjoyed attending their concerts and recitals, and was satisfied to see them grow into strong, independent, caring young adults. Philip's vegetable gardens were amazing, and nothing pleased him more than to share the produce from his garden and greenhouses. When it came to music he enjoyed everything from classical to jazz to gospel. He loved to sing and play the piano, and spent hours searching for songs for the men's quartet he was a part of in church. There was always music at home. Philip was predeceased by his parents and brothers-in-law, Percy Phillips and Leonard Egolf. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Alexandra; son, Michael (Kristen); sisters, Ann Phillips and Esther (Joe) Alton and their families; brother, Matthew; mother-inlaw, Alexandra Jackson; brother-in-law, Raymond (Marion) Jackson; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Egolf and Sylvia (George) Haines and their families; and many other relatives, colleagues and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 440 2nd Ave North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2C3.
Barbara "Ellen" Bozzard
Barbara Ellen Harrison was born on her parents' farm in the Heward area on August 7, 1922. She received her education at Farnham School, south of Handsworth. After completing her education, she helped on the family farm and worked for several neighbors. Later she went to work for Mr. and Mrs. Dan Nicholson and E.P. St. John, north of Kisbey. It was here that she met Harold Bozzard. In October of 1943, Barbara Ellen Harrison and Harold Bozzard were married in the Kisbey United Church Manse. They started their married life on S1/2 28-10-7 W2 in a home dug into the side of a hill. In 1952, they moved to the N1/2 27-10-7 W2 and finally, in August 1961 they moved to Percy Harrison's farm. Barbara and Harold had three sons. James lives in the family home and is working for a local farmer. George is living on the farm and operates his own mobile repair service. Robert lives in Strasbourg where he works on a farm. After a brief illness, Harold passed away in March of 1997 and was laid to rest in Handsworth Cemetery. Ellen continued to reside on the family farm until failing health caused her to reside temporarily with her good friend and neighbor, Ida Payton. From there she spent several months in the Marion Home in Radville. When a room became available, she was fortunate to be transferred to the Newhope Pioneer Lodge in Stoughton where she could be closer to her family and friends. Her last few months were spent in the Fillmore Health Centre so she could receive the care and attention that her failing health required. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2007. All her life Ellen loved animals and the outdoors. She took great pride in her cattle herd, often bottle-feeding young or weak calves to a good healthy start in life. In later years, she worked with her son Jim to develop a small purebred Hereford herd. She was self-taught on both the guitar and organ and enjoyed listening to good old-time music, especially Don Messer. Ellen and Harold planted many varieties of trees and shrubs around their home. She also grew all kinds of flowers over the years, entering them into the local fairs, frequently winning top prize. Shoots from her prized Lilac were given to friends and neighbors and were sure to thrive and bloom. Ellen was predeceased by her husband Harold; parents, Florence Beatrice (Deffey) and Percy Harrison; step mother Eliza Jane (Wilson) and sister Jessie Mae Flottorp. She is survived by her sons, James, George and Robert; sister Margaret Elizabeth Weightman; one niece and one nephew. A Graveside Memorial Service for Ellen was held on Wednesday, July 25, at 2:00 p.m. from the Handsworth Cemetery, where she was laid to rest with Harold. The service was conducted by Rev. Deborah Laforet of Grace United Church in Stoughton. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Newhope Pioneer Lodge and the Fillmore Health Centre for the kind and compassionate care given to Ellen during her stay with them. Also many thanks to Ida Payton, the ladies and gentlemen who helped serve lunch and everyone who sent cards, phoned and otherwise supported us through our time of sorrow. -James, George and Robert Bozzard, Margaret and Nora Weightman. Those so wishing may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan in Ellen's memory. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boire Funeral Home & Crematorium, Estevan.