Obituaries

James Colburn

28 August 1937 - 13 June 2017

No service.

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David Sonny Drygeese

2 June 1975 - 6 June 2017

Funeral Saturday, June 10 at 11 am at St. Patrick RC Church in Yellowknife. Burial to follow in Dettah. No visitation planned.

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Melissa Pascua-Matte

19 February 1998-3 June 2017

Service in Fort Simpson Thursday.

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Alexandre Paul Demeule

21 July 1944 - 2 June 2017

Born to Adrien and Alexina Demeule in McLennan,AB, Alex was the oldest of five children. Leaving home at 18, an adventurous spirit took him north for work. He eventually settled in Hay River, drafted as the ringer for a local hockey team coached by Keith Broadhead.

In 1969, while driving back to Hay River from Alberta, he offered a ride to a young lady he had previously met at a Hub house party. The spark ignited, and was all uphill from there (in his '67 Dodge Charger).

On Halloween 1970, he married Margaret (Maggie) Langford. A career with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans eventually led them to Yellowknife, where they had two children, Michelle and Rene. Aside from a brief, one year hiatus in Winnipeg in 1987-88, they continued to make Yellowknife their home for over 40 years.

A lifelong love of hockey, especially for his beloved Habs, involved the entire family. Dad coached, son played, mom sponsored, daughter volunteered. He instilled a strong love for the game in his family. He was also a big country music fan, much to the dismay of his family, and always had a pun ready for most occasions. His sarcasm, wit, humour and driving "advice" will be greatly missed.

Alex was predeceased by his father (Adrien), and son (Rene). He is survived by his wife Maggie, daughter Michelle, mother Alexina, brothers Art and Denis, sisters Rita (Wally Stephenson) and Jocelyn (Rod McArthur) and extended family.

A celebration of life will be held on July 22, 2017 in Yellowknife. Please contact Michelle at fearls1972@gmail.com for further details. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make a donation in his name to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation.

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Norman Robert Dei

April 3, 1944 - May 29, 2017

It is with a heavy heart we announce the sudden passing of Norman Dei at the University of Alberta Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Norman was predeceased by his parents Robert and Hilda (Shultz) Dei, his former spouse Patricia and his daughter Amanda.

He will always be remembered and loved by his wife Sherry (Otis), sons Joel and Robin, daughter Kimberly, granddaughter Madilyn, grandson Alexander and many other close family and friends.

There will be a celebration of life on  June 20 from 1-5 pm Yellowknife Golf Course. Come and share stories of special times.

In honour of Norman, donations can be made to the University of Alberta Hospital for their services and dedication.

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Karen Lafferty

5 October 1986 - 21 May 2017

Returning to Behchoko May 28 for burial.

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Myra Marie White

29 August 1964- 17 May 2017

Myra passed away peacefully at the age of 52 years with her lifelong partner Tony at her side and family members nearby.

She lives on in the memory of  Tony, her childhood sweetheart and loving  partner of 38 years, mother Olivera, sisters Debbie and Marcia (Bert Spek) brother Tony (Michelle), nephew Brandon, niece Mandy Beaudin  (Vaughn), great-nephew, Emmett Beaudin and beloved cats, Tiger and Darla. 

Myra was born and raised in Stephenville, Newfoundland and moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1987 where she lived with Tony for her remaining years. She was passionate about creating beautiful spaces. She loved music, gardening and DIY home improvement projects.

In Yellowknife, family, friends, coworkers and anyone wishing to celebrate Myra's life are invited to gather at the pond in back of 112 Kasteel Drive on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2-4 pm.  A ceremony will also be held in Kippens, Newfoundland this summer - date to be determined.

Wishes to contribute to her memory could be made by donations to the SPCA or in support of leiomyosarcoma research online at sarcomacancer.ca

Condolences to the  family can be e-mailed to tonycloud9@icloud.com

"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be alright." Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

 


Irene Golchert

25 November 1961 - 20 May 2017

Our dearly beloved Irene Rita Sabine Golchert, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, NWT, after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

Irene is survived by her precious son Elijah Golchert-Carroll and husband Robert Carroll; step-children Caleb Carroll (Sharna) of Cochrane, AB, Tamara Carroll (Jody) of Grassland, AB and Rebecka Carroll of Sandy Beach, AB; mother Rosa Golchert of Courtenay, BC; siblings Ursula Ross (Ron) of Yellowknife, Guenther Golchert (Viola) of Leduc, AB, Joyce Cole (Brian) of Yellowknife, Jimmy Golchert (Pamela) of Yellowknife, Diane Golchert (Angus) of Kamloops, BC; nieces and nephews Paulina Ross, Tyson and Travis Cole, Nicolas, Emmery and Sadie Golchert of Yellowknife; and relatives overseas; and was predeceased by her father Guenther Golchert.

Irene was born in Yellowknife, and lived a beautiful and happy 55 years. She earned two diplomas (Secretarial Arts and Travel & Tourism), from SAIT in Calgary.  She met Robert shortly thereafter, fell head over heels in love, and they spent the next 32 years building a life together.  During her 30+ years as aTravel Consultant, she loved devoting time to her clients, helping them find the perfect travel destinations around the world.

Irene’s life revolved around family and travel, and was involved in broomball, minor hockey, soccer, and spending time with her many friends.  She was a force of life and was always there for anyone in need, going out of her way to make sure everyone was looked after.  She had an open door for anyone who needed a place to stay, have a good meal, or a friend to lean on.  She will be sadly missed by many.

The family would like to thank the many, many friends for their support over the past nine months, and also the wonderful staff at Stanton for their excellent care during the last three weeks.

An informal gathering (bonfire) will be held on Saturday, May 27th at 7:00 pm, at 113 Kam Lake Road. 

Condolences may be sent to:  messages@mckennafuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brain Tumour Walk which will be held on Sunday May 28th at 1:00pm.  To donate to the walk or join the team “Me, Myself and Irene” use the link below.

http://www.braintumourwalk.ca/site/TR/SpringSprint/General?team_id=5622&pg=team&fr_id=1386


McKenna Funeral Home, Yellowknife, NT 446-0411 or toll free 1-855-446-0411 

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