Obituaries

Harry Henry Beaulieu

15 November 1936 - 18 May 2016

Returning to Whati for the funeral and burial scheduled for May 21.

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Joseph (William) Erasmus

8 July 1938 - 16 May 2016

Returning to Behchoko Wednesday for burial on Thursday at St Michael's Church.

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Harold March

13 July 1939 - 14 May 2016

Cremation has taken place. There will be no service.

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  Loved and missed by siblingsMaryLou (Randy), Spence, Brian(Michelle) and Anne Marie’s sonsRobert, Matthew, Christopher,Daniel Lawrence Philip Lafferty1 June 1950 - 4 January 2016Service TBA.Send messages of sympathy to the family:  messages@mckennafuneral.com Mervin William (Michael) Ross September 25, 1925 - March 10, 2016The late Michael Ross will be returning to Hay River for a funeral on Tuesday March 15th, 2016.Please contact family for more information.  jJimJim

Pierre Fat

8 September 1929 - 10 May 2016

Returning to Lutselk'e for burial May 11.

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Marylyn, her parents Bill and FayeServicService TBA.

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Jim Koslowski

Predeceased by his beloved wifeAnn11 Augustaa11Au11 August 1960 - 22 March 2016

Marylyn, her parents Bill and FayeServicService TBA.

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Jim Koslowski

Predeceased by his beloved wifeAnn11 Augustaa11Au11 August 1960 - 22 March 2016

Marylyn, her parents Bill and FayeServicService TBA.

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Garth Peter Emerson Elder

20 May 1960 - 30 April 2016

There will be a funeral mass for the late Garth Elder on Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm at St. Patrick's RC Church in Yellowknife, with burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Jean Antoine Pierre (Johnny) Rocher

March 4, 1929 – April 12, 2016

"We have loved him in life and we will continue to honour him in our memories. Johnny left us on April 12, 2016 with family by his side. 

Johnny was born March 4, 1929 on section 30-42-20 west of 2nd, St. Brieux, Saskatchewan.  He was an entrepreneur from an early age. As his stories went, he started his own milk delivery business at the ripe age of five, and he would assure you that he made more as a boy at that time, than most men. At fourteen he decided to leave home.  He changed his name to Johnny Rocker, hopped on a freight train and started his adventure.

His journey brought him north to Hay River in the early 1950’s, where he and Mary were married on July 7, 1956.  The following year they moved to Yellowknife and they started their family.  Johnny fell in love with the North, particularly because of its pioneer spirit.  Throughout his life, Johnny had many different professions; commercial fisherman, trapper, prospector, diamond driller, coal miner, City of Yellowknife Alderman, professional junk man, treasure hunter, and overall a respected businessman. But of all his endeavors, his grandchildren were his greatest pride and joy. 

To his family, Johnny was a pillar of strength.  He possessed a keen mind for business and was known to use his cleverness to play practical jokes on his family and friends. He had a great sense of humour.  He touched the hearts of many and shared his love of life and laughter with all he met.  He will be remembered through his stories, his adventures that we sometimes questioned, the mischievous twinkle in his eyes, and the love he shared with all of us.  Johnny was a true treasure!!

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend.  He leaves behind his wife Mary, children Leslie (Sandra), Larry, Jeannie (Yves), his sister Marie-Louise (Ernie), his sister-in-law Estelle, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  He is predeceased by his parents, Juliette and Jean-Marie Rocher, and his siblings; Adele (William), Abel, Joseph, and Lucien (Dorene).

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eileen Peters, Lynda Koe, and the staff at AVENS Cedar Cottage.  We have been blessed with the love and compassion of these hardworking individuals who provide the outmost care to our elders.  Words cannot express our gratitude.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Johnny Rocher to the AVENS Expansion Project.  This project will add more long-term care beds to the AVENS Centre to help ensure that more northerners have access to high quality care.

Memorial Service: April 22, 2016 11:00 a.m. St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Celebration of Life to follow at thTree of Peace Friendship Centre

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Dominique Inutuinaq

27 July 1934 - 11 April 2016

Returning to Kugaaruk on April 14 for burial.

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