Obituaries / Life Stories

Grant Frederick Harris

Grant Frederick Harris was born July 1, 1964 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Proud of his upbringing, “I feel bad for kids that weren’t raised on a farm”. Predeceased by his parents Ronnie and Connie. He leaves behind; his brother, Murray (Chris); his 2 daughters, Quinn and Megan (“they’re so pretty”), and their mother Loretta (high school sweetheart and often “my old lady”).

Grant is best remembered as an animal lover and Master cook. Known for never ending ingredients. Just when you thought dinner was ready, he’d add a can of beans, and soup, and mushrooms, and…every meal ended as a stew or casserole.

He was a collector of coins, stamps and guitars. He skied almost every hill in Western Canada. Some of his favourite things; nibs, peanuts in shells, building things (fans), cartoons (Family Guy), cigarettes, music, dry ice explosions, burning things (tvs), being naked, animals, more animals and a good laugh. That said, of most importance, Grant was a world renowned repairman. “Fixer of everything”. It was imperative that every little thing be saved, because God knows he may need it, “What happened to the piece of string that was next to the phone for the last year? I was about to use it.” Ha. Especially sweet was that he shared his birthday with his youngest daughter. July 1st. The whole country celebrated. Gone to a sweet place, reunited with loved ones, never to be forgotten.

Michael Shane Greig

We are very sorry to announce the passing of Mike Greig on October 14, 2018. He will be sadly missed by his three daughters, who will be taking him back home to British Columbia after his cremation, as there will be no official funeral.

Michael Shane Greig was born on June 21, 1965 in Duncan, B.C. He was predeceased by his parents Dennis and Marie Greig and he has one sister, Susan. He loved and adored and was very proud of his daughters, Abbigail, Jasmine and Katrina. They were his world and he would have done anything for them.  He was the kind of person who was never afraid to stand up for the things he believed in and the people he loved and cared about.

We realize that not all of Mike’s history is here. To any family and friends who would like to add anything, please feel free to share who you are, how you know him and any favorite memories you have below.

In the past, Mike had mentioned he wanted Katrina to sing the following song for him after he passed, so we have included the lyrics to the song by Annie Lennox below.

“Into The West”

Lay down

Your sweet and weary head

Night is falling

You’ve come to journey’s end

Sleep now

And dream of the ones who came before

They are calling

From across the distant shore

 

Why do you weep?

What are these tears upon your face?

Soon you will see

All of your fears will pass away

Safe in my arms

You’re only sleeping

 

What can you see

On the horizon?

Why do the white gulls call?

Across the sea

A pale moon rises

The ships have come to carry you home

 

And all will turn

To silver glass

A light on the water

All souls pass

 

Hope fades

Into the world of night

Through shadows falling

Out of memory and time

Don’t say: «We have come now to the end»

White shores are calling

You and I will meet again

 

And you’ll be here in my arms

Just sleeping

 

What can you see

On the horizon?

Why do the white gulls call?

Across the sea

A pale moon rises

The ships have come to carry you home

 

And all will turn

To silver glass

A light on the water

Grey ships pass

Into the West

Patricia Shirley Parnell

Pat Parnell, Librarian Emerita, University of Saskatchewan, was born at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon on March 23, 1944 and died in St. Paul’s Hospital on October 12, 2018 after more than five years of hemodialysis.

Pat is survived by four sisters and one brother:  Linda MacKinnon (Dave Kilbank) in BC; Evelyn Vermette (Arnie) in Alberta; Karen Davidson (Garry) in Alberta; Dayna Rauser (Matt Gadke) in Australia; Leonard Rauser (Dorothy) in Alberta.  There are nieces and nephews and many cousins.  Her family dearly loved her and greatly admired her kindness, generosity, courage, intelligence, and independence.  They enjoyed her sense of humour and delightful laugh.  Pat adored cats and was a loving caregiver of many during her life.

There will a family gathering in Alberta at a later date to celebrate Pat’s life and achievements.

Your memories and stories of Pat would be greatly appreciated.  Please leave them on the online guestbook at http://thestarphoenix.remembering.ca.

Mary Adelaide Richiger

Mary Richiger ~ 1921 – 2018 Born, lived and died in Saskatoon. I have been predeceased by my parents, Jack and Frances Richiger, brother John, sister Joan Jones, and Kelly. Left to remember is the rest of my family, Carol and Jarita Greyeyes, Scott Jones and Marilyn Gronsdahl. I’ll be buried with my folks in Woodlawn cemetery on a fair day when the birds are there. At Mary’s request there will be a private interment at a later date.

Barry Allen Ennis

Barry Allen Ennis, born in Eston Saskatchewan, March 1st, 1942, died peacefully after a short battle with cancer at Saskatoon St. Paul’s Hospital, October 7th at 2:42pm. He is survived by daughter Cari (Daniel), son Chris, granddaughters Jordyn and Alexis, grandson Cooper, sister Shirley (Merv), nieces Terri (Ken) and Jamie (Davin), nephew Troy (Denise), great nephews Jesse, Dustin (D. Nova), Dalyn and Maverick, great nieces Joelle, Chantal, JLyn, and Madison. Barry was the lead singer of Barry Ennis and the Keymen in the 60’s. He was passionate about music and an avid sports fan. He spent 15 plus years with Canadian Tax Payers. He found his calling helping people in the community. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to St. Paul’s Palliative Care unit. At Barry’s request there will be no service. Arrangements are entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services.

Myrtle Alice Partridge

Myrtle Alice Partridge was born on January 4, 1936 to Ludvig and Ida in Turtleford, Saskatchewan. She passed away in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on September 30, 2018. Myrtle will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Leonard Martin McCann “Art”

Leonard (Art) Martin McCann died September 27th at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, after a short illness. Art was born on June 4, 1924 in Viceroy, Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ivy (Boll) McCann, brother Roy (Elene) McCann, wife Ruth (Spicer) and nephew Grant McCann.

Art began farming with his brother Roy at age 15, and their partnership continued until 1982. He then farmed with his son Neil until 1998. Art married Ruth in 1946 and after her death in 2001, he married Adele Thompson in 2003.

Art’s life was one of service, first to his family, then to the community of Viceroy where he sat on a variety of boards, including the Credit Union, Viceroy Coop pasture, and Recreation Board. He refereed, umpired and coached hockey and baseball.

He was gifted with mechanical skills, an analytical and inventive mind, and an aptitude to learn. He and Roy built and adapted equipment together that benefited their farm operation. He was in his 80s when he learned to use a computer.  Even in his 90’s, he continued to build his skills at contract bridge.

Art and Ruth discovered the joy of square dancing, making many friends and dancing throughout Saskatchewan, across Canada to the east coast, and then to Australia. Even in hospital, Art teased the nurses that they needed to learn the heel-toe polka.

Later, he and Adele enjoyed spending summers at Thomson Lake where they danced, visited family and friends, watched baseball, and suffered through the Roughriders’ ups and downs.

Art greatly valued his friendships and found it painful to have outlived so many of his friends. He was grateful for good friends at the condo and beginning friendships at Luther Riverside Terrace in Saskatoon.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Adele (Thompson) McCann; his children Paulette (Ken) Dull, Neil (Susan) McCann, Blair (Lynn Guina) McCann, Faye (Ron) Hindle; grandchildren William Dull, Fraser Dull, Chelsea McCann, Leon McCann (Cassie Tjeltveit), Abram (Lixin Luo) Hindle, Alyssa (Conrad Carriere) Hindle, Neil (Lisa) Hindle; great- grandchildren, Hayden Dull, Kendra Jenkin, Jack Hindle, Levi Hindle; his stepchildren Brian (Sandy) Thompson, Pam (Steve) Dawson, Garth (Pam) Thompson; step-grandchildren, Michael (Anna) Thompson, Mason Thompson; and step-great-grandchild, Mila; brothers-in-law Don Livingstone, Warren Spicer, Doug Harvey, Lloyd Spicer; sisters-in-law Elene McCann, Verna Livingstone, Ann Spicer, Shirley Spicer, Edna Spicer, Chris Spicer, Rose Spicer; nephews and nieces Edward (Sharon) McCann, Linda (Terry) Ray and Ian (Tanya) McCann; and numerous Spicer nephews and nieces.

A celebration of Art’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 12 at The Willows, with interment later at Viceroy.

His family is grateful to Adele and the Thompson Family and also for the excellent care Art received from the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital and Luther Riverside Terrace.

Donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

Mary Tirk

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Tillie (Kowbel) Tirk, of Saskatoon, SK.  She passed away peacefully Thursday September 27, 2018 at the age of 86.

Mary was born on the family farm near Lanigan, SK November 25, 1931 to Rose & Nick Kowbel and was the fourth of seven children. She had a happy upbringing on the farm with her brothers, Albert and Steve & sisters, Helen, Jeanie, Verna and Adele.  She pursued a career as a secretary at CIBC and teacher until meeting and marrying her husband Joe Tirk in 1954. After marrying the couple moved to Reward to begin their lives together, running several successful businesses, including an Esso Station, Hotels, and Laundramats. The family was blessed with 4 children between the years of 1956-1970 and Mary was instrumental to the success of the businesses while also caring for the children full time. Mary and Joe relocated one last time to Saskatoon in 1972 where their family continued to grow with the addition of several grandchildren and a great granddaughter—she had a deep love for all of her family. 

Mary was an avid reader, accomplished cook and talented book keeper. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, puzzles and cards–she was known as a ruthless Uno player to friends and family.

Mary was preceded in death by her brother Albert (2013) and sister Verna (2015). Sheis lovingly remembered and greatly missedby her husband Joe andchildren; Ron (Candace), Linda (Ron), Allan (Desiree) and Brian. She was also a beloved grandmother to, Kristen, Makenna, Nicholas, Dakota, September, Gracie, Sierra, Jacob and great-granddaughter Audrina, who all cared deeply for her. She was a dear and kind lady who always put her family first.

Mary will be remembered fondly for her kind spirit and quick wit. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital and St. Ann’s Home for the loving and tender care you gave her.  Remains will be interred at The Columbarium at St. John’s Cathedral located at 816 Spadina Cres E.  At Mary’s request there will be no public memorial. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Mildred Snell

Mildred Snell passed away peacefully at the Watrous District Health Complex on September 26, 2018. Mildred was born on December 17, 1909 in Grafton, North Dakota. She moved to Elfros, SK, with her family in 1918. In 1930, she moved to the Kilmory District where she met her future husband, Bert Snell. They were married in 1936. They took over the family farm in 1941 until 1966 when their son, Howard, took over the farm. They moved to Watrous when they retired. Mildred was very active in the Watrous Hospital Auxilary, still helped with meals at the farm and enjoyed every minute with her grandchildren. She loved playing cards with her friends and played cribbage up until the last couple months of her life.

Mildred was predeceased by; her husband, Bert in 1986; her son, Robert in 2013; daughter-in-law, Elaine in 2006; grandson-in-law, Sean in 2011; brothers, Cliff and Henry; sisters, Myrtle, Margaret, Edith and Mabel.

Surviving are; her son, Howard (Sandra); 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

At Mildred’s request there will be no funeral.

Kenneth George Britton

Ken was born in 1929 and grew up in Gallivan and then Maymont where at 17 he began working with the CNR which took him to Saskatoon where he met Shirley. Eventually they married in Beatty and lived in Melfort and started a family there. From there were stops in Brooksby, Maymont and Rosthern as a Station Agent and then Saskatoon as a Dispatcher where he worked until he retired.

Retirement allowed Ken & Shirley to travel with friends and Ken became involved with many organizations as a volunteer. Ken worked with the Refugee Committee at McClure Church which sponsored many families that in-turn became second families to Mr. Ken and Mrs. Shirley as they were affectionately called. Ken was involved with many other organizations including Open Door Society, Riversdale Kiwanis Club and Chimo Chordsmen. He was recognized for his work volunteering when he was awarded as Saskatoon’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1996.

Family was the most important thing in Ken’s life.  He spent many years supporting his kids and grandchildren in their activities. Huskie Hockey was a passion that remained to his last days as he always inquired about the team and the new rink.

Ken loved to have his family around, taking drives in the country, skating on freshly frozen ponds, riding his bike, playing hockey and having coffee with friends until his health restricted his activities in his last few years.

The family thanks all of the staff at Samaritan for their compassionate care of Ken this last year and the nurses and doctors at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic.

We will miss him with all our hearts, but celebrate our time and memories with him. Ken leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years Shirley, children Doug (Val), Barry (Karla), Tom (Margie) and Bev (Dave) and grandchildren Cory, Adria, Jessalyn, Sean, Angelle, Madison, Max, Eric and Josie as well as his brother Alan and sister Margaret (Scott) and numerous nieces, nephews and many many friends.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah (Thiessen) Morgan, 86, of Saskatoon, SK. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on  September 10, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK.  A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at Mayfair United Church (902 33rd St W) in Saskatoon, SK at 1:00pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018. A reception will follow at Mayfair United Church.

Sarah was born on May 3, 1932 in Hague, SK.  She married John in Saskatoon, SK. on June 21, 1950 and it was here they raised their children.  Her greatest pleasure was received spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 2001. Sarah is lovingly survived by; her children, Glynne, Charles (Maxine), Dennis (Patti), and Colleen (Wayne); and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her many relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army Saskatoon or Operation Smile Canada.

William Henry Fredrick Struthers

William (Bill) Henry Fredrick Struthers (Aug 4, 1926 – July 27, 2018) passed away after a courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side at Kindersley Heritage Manor. Bill is predeceased by his wife Vannetta and is survived by his sister Vera Campbell, son Bill (Jeannie) and daughters Debra (Brian), Karen, Shelley (Todd), Vanessa (Glen), Sandra (Steve) plus numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bill was an army veteran and a Legion member since 1956. He loved his jobs driving truck and moving furniture which he retired from at the age of 84 years young. His one hobby was bird watching. He had a book with the breeds listed and he sat on the deck and fed and watched them. Bill and Vannetta’s Celebration of Life will be announced shortly. Thank you to the Nurses and Doctors of the Kindersley Heritage Manor and the Kindersley Hospital for the care of our Dad. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

David Lawrence Baird

It is with great sadness that the family of David Lawrence Baird announce his passing on July 19, 2018. David was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on October 27, 1942 to Roy and Helen. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Gerald Arthur Charman

CHARMAN, Gerald Arthur 91, of Saskatoon passed away on September 7, 2018. He was predeceased by his first wife Yvette, mother Mary and father Gerald. Jerry is survived by his wife Eleanor, her children Derrick (Taletha), Trent and Kelly (Dean) and their children Colton and Cheston and Jerry’s children Guy (Gwen) and Karen (Dale) and their children Malory and Graig (Janna). Jerry was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on October 12, 1926. He relocated to Saskatoon in 1946 and married Yvette the following year. Jerry worked for American Optical as an optician for many years before branching out on his own. He partnered with the Optometrist company of Chaplin and Krueger until his retirement. In his younger years he played many sports and later coached both hockey and baseball. Many will remember Jerry for his quick wit and always a joke to tell (over and over). He loved puttering in his backyard, vacations to Arizona and watching sports. Gerald met Eleanor in 1986 and the two were married July 1988. They took many trips together and loved life. A celebration of Gerald’s life was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1215 McKercher Drive on Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SPCA, 5028 Clarence Avenue, Grasswood, SK S7T 1A7 of Osteoporosis Canada.

Joyce Leatrice Zayonce

Joyce Leatrice Zayonce was born in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan to Edward and Genevieve on September 3, 1945. She passed away on September 8, 2018 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Joyce will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

William Cook

Bill passed away September 1, 2018 after a lengthy illness.

He was employed at the Saskatoon Fire Department for 30 years until retirement.

He was predeceased by; his parents, Phyllis and Henry; Brother, Tom; Sister, Doris; Mother and Father in Law, Jessie and John Switzer; Brother in Law, Bill Olson; and Sister in Law, Donna Switzer.

Left to cherish his memory are; His Wife, Bonnie; and Sister, Joyce Olson; His Children, Jim (Janice) of Mission BC, Jack of Red Deer, Randy of Aldergrove Alta, Marcy of New Westminister, BC and their families, Brian (Kim) of Winnipeg and their Children Levi, Rayne and Caelan, David (Danelle) of Saskatoon and their children Dallas and Dylan. Bill was an avid sports fan and played football for the Saskatoon Hilltops for 4 years and then refereed football in Saskatoon for many years.

At Bill’s request there will be a private grave side service for family.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Burn Unit of RUH or charity of your choice.

Lorne Harry Wilner

Lorne Wilner passed away at the age of 73 in his Saskatoon apartment on September 1, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister and is survived by his nephews, Mitchell and Shale Kazdan. He taught at Kindersley Composite High School in 1968 – 69 and he taught at other schools as well. He moved to Saskatoon where he drove taxis for many years. Following that, he was employed at Denny’s Restaurant and at the Hudson Bay Company. He finally moved into a Senior Housing Apartment. A number of medical problems developed necessitating constant oxygen as well as heart problems. He had a keen mind and memory especially relating to politics sports and current events, he eagerly expressed his opinions on coffee row. He is fondly remembered by his friends Bill and Karen Haffermehl and family as well as others.

Paul Reginald Greenough

Paul’s family is sad to announce his peaceful death in the early hours of September 1. Paul was born in Bristol, England. He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1947. For the next 19 years he worked in private dairy practice mostly in Castle Cary in the county of Somerset. He married Pauline Barlow, his childhood sweetheart, in 1948 and they had six children: Timothy, Rosalyn, Anne, Sally, Mark and Peter. Paul and his partners developed the first large animal hospital in Southern England. Early in his practice life Paul took an interest in cattle lameness. His first film “Lameness in Cattle” was sold and distributed by a pharmaceutical company. Paul was an ardent rugby player, a game which he played from the age of 10 until 36. While in Castle Cary he and two colleagues founded a veterinary cooperative, Centaur Services, which today is the largest company supplying pharmaceutics to veterinary practices all over the British Isles. In 1966 Paul brought his family to Canada and became a member of the faculty of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, from which he retired in 1992. Soon after his arrival, he took a year’s leave of absence to work for a project sponsored by FAO to develop an audio visual service at the Autonomous University of Mexico. On his return he was appointed Director of Audio Visual Services at the University. In 1972 Paul married Sharon Leedahl and this marriage was blessed with a son, Paul Tobias, and a grandson. When Paul returned to the faculty of the WCVM, he spent the first two years teaching the anatomy of the limb. This experience equipped him for his higher studies and research into the cause, treatment and control of lameness in the dairy cow. Until about 1985 Paul directed his clinical work towards the treatment of individual lame cattle. Later he was invited to study problems in beef cattle which initially was related to conformation and the association between founder and nutrition in intensively fed bulls. However, his most important work aimed to reduce the incidence of lameness in dairy cattle, a condition which causes the greatest pain that cows are forced to suffer. Paul was proud of his contribution to the understanding of animal welfare. Throughout his academic career Paul was a writer and delighted in storytelling. One story was developed as a 300-page book which won a Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Award (1988) for describing his sabbatical leave spent at the University of Mexico while living in a travel trailer with his wife, Sharon and young son. He published many reviews and research reports in veterinary journals. In addition, he coauthored the standard veterinary textbook on bovine lameness “Lameness in Cattle” which has gone to three editions and been translated into four languages. Perhaps the favorite among his publications is a booklet that he coauthored for the ZINPRO Corporation especially for cattle producers. This booklet has had about 80,000 copies printed and been translated into several foreign languages. After Paul retired in 1992 he became an international lecturer on bovine lameness, an expert litigation consultant, and an on-farm consultant in bovine lameness. He continued his research into his 80’s. In 2000 he started to carve and paint wild birds, a hobby he enjoyed for the rest of his life. Another of his retirement hobbies was cooking and writing an anecdotal story of his life. Paul was predeceased by his son Mark in 2004 (and daughter-in-law Sandra in 2008) and daughter Anne in 2014. Left to grieve him is the love of his life Sharon, his wife for 46 years, and his children Tim (Laurene), Rosalyn (Paul), Sally (Ken), Peter (Jayne) and Toby (Jackie), as well as 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. The family wishes to thank Dr. M. Jutras of the Lakeside Medical Clinic for his attentive care of Paul for so many years. There will be a private family gathering later in the month.

Samuel James Russell

Samuel (Sam) James Russell, 57, of Saskatoon, Sk. Passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on August 31, 2018. Sam was born on April 30, 1961 in Saskatoon to Sanford Russell and Anne Truyien. Sam spent his childhood in Saskatoon then moved to Vancouver for several years. He had moved back to Saskatoon about 8 years ago. Sam worked construction and renovations as a carpenter most of his adult life. Sam was a Montreal Canadiens, Saskatoon Rush and Saskatchewan Roughrider fan. Sam enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family and friends. And family and friends will miss his smile and his laughing eyes. Sam was survived by his girlfriend Bonnie Gamble; his brothers Darrel (Patty) and Brian (Tracy); his sister Brenda (Jack) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Sam’s life will take place at a later date.

Donna Lynn Switzer

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Donna Lynn Switzer, Donna passed away August 29, 2018 in Saskatoon. Donna was born May 2, 1943 in Saskatoon She was predeceased by her parents John and Jessie. Left to cherish her memory is her sister Bonnie (Bill) Cook. Nephew Brian (Kim) Cook and children Levi, Rayne, Caelen. Nephew David (Danelle) Cook and children Dallas, Dylan Donna will be missed and loved by family and friends.

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