Obituaries / Life Stories

Hubert Allan Smith

Hugh Smith, 73, of Saskatoon, Sask. passed away on November 23rd, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A come and go tea will be held to remember Hugh, on Sunday, December 16th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 516 – 8thStreet East, Saskatoon.

Hugh was born on March 29th, 1945 in Belleville, Ontario. He grew up working in the construction industry, spending his younger years working in Ontario on many projects, finishing with the Harbor Castle Hilton Hotel in Toronto.  Hugh then decided to move on to Project Management, putting on a suit and tie, instead of his hard hat.  During this time, he decided to move his family to the West, settling in Saskatoon.  When economic times got tough in construction, he went back to ‘hands on’ construction.  He loved building everything and anything, big or small.  There are many fences, decks and stairs around Saskatoon that he was very proud of building.  For the past 7 years, he has worked for Adesa Auctions, a job he loved.  He made many good friends there.

Family was very important to Hugh.  He loved seeing them all, and was known to brag about them, as he was very proud of his family.  He loved the simple things in life, cooking, visiting with friends and family and caring for his many cats over the years.  Hugh used to say, there are talkers and doers.  He was definitely a doer.  He loved to stay busy and enjoyed helping others.  But he was also a talker too, known for his storytelling, dry sense of humour and witty comebacks.  He could always see the lighter side of a situation, and appreciated a good joke when he heard one.  His personality will be missed.

Hugh is lovingly remembered by; his wife, Bev; children, Steve, Don, Rick, Michelle, Renee, and their families.  He had a special place in his heart for all of his grandchildren, Ryker, Ariel, Sam, Amina, Graeme, and Hani and two great grandchildren, Crimson, and Camyra.  Also, sister, Bonnie; brother-in-law, George; sister-in-law, Joanne, sister-in-law, Twila and their families.

A special thank you to the staff at the Saskatoon Cancer Agency, Palliative Care nurses, Saskatoon Homecare, and St. Paul’s Palliative Care unit; your care and understanding is so appreciated.

Thoughts and memories can be sent to To leave condolences, please visit the website  Arrangements are entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

Brent Douglas Wolfe

With profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of our precious son and brother Brent Douglas Wolfe on Saturday, November 17, 2018. He was predeceased by his father and closest friend Ray in 2002; paternal grandparents Adolph and Annie Wolfe; maternal grandparents Karl and Elsbeth Kaun; numerous aunts and uncles; special cousin Brad Wolfe; and many other cousins; and brother-in-law Darrell Bjerg in 2014. Brent is survived by his loving mother Ruth Wolfe; adoring twin sister Carla Rae James; Aunt Orpha Anderson; Uncle Wally Wolf; special ex-mother-in-law Helen Valley; estranged children Darren Wolfe, Dr. Ashley Slovack and Lindsay Tysdal and three grandchildren he loved dearly (but sadly never met) all residing in Saskatoon; Carla’s daughter Erin Gardiner (Corey); and great-nephews Aidan and Ewan of Victoria, B.C. Brent is also survived by lifelong dear friend Jerry Lopinski, who was invaluable in assisting Brent with the farm throughout the years. Brent was a kind, loving man who would do anything for anyone. He was talented in many ways, there was nothing he couldn’t fix or manufacture. Some of his happiest times were at the farm with his dad. Brent did a lot of things in his life; Real estate, he started a swimming pool company, the General Store, and Universal Auction Service with his buddy and partner Jack Hills. The past few years as his health declined, he lived with his sister Carla. Brent, we know you are at peace with Dad and Darrell. Rest easy now. You will be eternally loved and adored and missed by Mom and Carla. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 627 Taylor Street East in Saskatoon. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services.

Donald James Blair

Donald James Blair was born on August 30, 1975 in Whitecourt, Alberta, and passed away November 7, 2018 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Don will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends and all of those who shared in his life.

Kenneth Wesley Arnett

Kenneth Wesley Arnett was born April 24, 1948 in Imperial, Sask., and passed away November 6, 2018 in Saskatoon, Sask.  Kenneth will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Samuel Wesley Kabatoff

Samuel Wesley Kabatoff passed away at the Royal University Hospital on Thursday November 1, 2018 at the age of 88. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years Ruby, sons Randal and Daryl, his sister Marlene (Alec) and many nieces and nephews. Samuel was born in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan and he was predeceased by his parents William (Bill) and Annie Kabatoff, parents-in-law Alex and Cora (Elloway) Hnedish. As per Sam’s request there are no formal services planned at this time.

Eldon Clayton Gile

Eldon Was born on September 24, 1943 in Euguene and was raised in Coosbay, Oregeon. He graduated from Marshfield High in 1961, entered the US Navy and fought in the Vietnam war, and then went to college to become an electrician.

IN 1972, he came to Canada to build and run a saw mill for the North American Stud Co. While there, he met and married Debbie Welch and they had two children. Eldon and Debbie left Slave Lake  and moved to Kinsella, Alberta and bought a general store.

Later, Eldon worked in the oil patch as an operator and later a foreman. He worked until age 70 and then retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. Eldon also went for coffee every day with the boys.

Eldon is predeceased by; his father, mother and stepfather; brother, Darryl; and daughter, Becky.

He is survived by; his wife, Betty Gile; son, Brad Gile; stepson, Dan(Bonnie)Symynuk; stepson Michael; Grandchildren, Chasta Gerwing, David Symynuk, Tristen Gile, and Jasmine Gile; Great Grandchildren, Dylan, Karter, and Jace (Chasta); and his love of his life, “Sage”.

Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Delisle Community Chapel, 417-2ndStreet East, Delisle with interment to follow at Donavon Cemetery. Following interment, lunch took place at the Delisle Senior’s Centre. Donations in honour of Eldon may be directed to the Donavon Cemetery.

Audrey Enid Arthurs

It is with love and sadness that we announce the passing of our dear wife, mother, and grandmother Audrey who passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at age 91 with her family by her side. Audrey was born in Rosetown, SK on June 3, 1927. She moved to Saskatoon and worked for Eaton’s for many years while raising her family with Alvin. Audrey retired from Eaton’s in 1991 and moved with Alvin to Abbotsford, BC to escape the harsh prairie winters. She traveled widely with Alvin, both before and after retirement, enjoying many foreign adventures, hiking BC trails, and marveling at waterfalls. They enjoyed a remarkable 24 years of retirement in Abbostford before recently returning to Saskatchewan. Audrey was predeceased by her parents Sarah (Harrison) and George Cork, and her five brothers (Robert, George, Don, John, and Harold). She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Alvin, her son Eric (Marian), daughter Bonita (Michael), and grandchildren Darcy and Carmen, and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Audrey enjoyed many rounds of Kaiser over the years, and was a formidable crossword puzzle whiz. She was a very kind and gentle soul, always calm and patient, and a huge source of love for our family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. The last part of her life was beset with health challenges but she rose to every occasion with dignity until the end. Rest in peace our dear sweet Audrey. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in her memory to the Red Cross, St. Paul’s Hospital, or to a charity of your choice.

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

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.

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