Obituaries

Abel Jimmy Dick Kogiak

10 May 1945 - 25 November 2016

Abe passed away after a lengthy stay at Stanton Territorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Iris, and his children, Carolina and Nathan (Joneen), his siblings Rhoda, Gilbert, Leonard, Timothy ,Sarah  Ann and numerous nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by siblings John, Larry, Sherman, Abba, and parents Martha and Edward.

Born  premature out on the land near Aklavik, N.T. he grew up there and learned to live off the land. Hi father died when he was age 12. While in school in Yellowknife, Abe was recruited to the Canadian Centennial Voyageur canoe pageant for the N.T. team.  The team was inducted to the N.T. Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
He worked his adult life an an oil rig rough neck and crane operator. In Yellowknife he worked at vaious jobs from maintenance, road work, mine site labor, crane operating, housekeeping, and security. He was a man of may talents.
 
He will be remembered for his strength and endurance, his love of the land, and devotion to his family. The family would like to thank the staff at the hospital for their care and support.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, December 1 at 2 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yellowknife.

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Richard Oak Corkal

1989- 21 November 2016

Richard passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and so much love on November 21, 2016 at St. Paul’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Vancouver, after a long struggle with mental illness and addictions.

Richard is survived by his parents Jim and Linda Corkal, his wonderful brother Christopher, grandmother Fay Corkal, great aunt Vera Michell, aunts and uncles, Heather Nixon, Robert Michell (Colleen), Jane McMullen (Andy), Tom Corkal (Janice), loving cousin Andrea, and Jamie, Amanda, Tyler and Jared.  Richard was predeceased by his grandparents, Margaret and Kenneth Michell, and grandfather Frank Corkal.

Richard was born in Chilliwack, BC and moved to Yellowknife at the age of 1.  He enjoyed traveling with his family, downhill skiing, computer gaming, camping and boating on the big lake, and was an avid Dallas Cowboys football fan. Richard had a passion for music and mastered the violin at a young age.

Richard was a wiz at math and science and graduated with honors from Brentwood College School. He received a scholarship and went on to study commerce at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. He carried on the family tradition of banking as a Customer Service Representative at the Royal Bank during the summers while he was a student.

Richard was a good friend to many and his knack for making people laugh will be missed.

Memorial Service will be held at Northern United Place, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:00p.m.

Donations can be made to Stanton Hospital Foundation, www.stantonfoundation.ca  (sth_foundation@gov.nt.ca) for the Psychiatry Unit.

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Hope Haven, SideDoor Youth Ministry. www.sidedooryk.com


Renata Sliwka

30 May 1942 - 17 November 2016

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Renata Gizela Sliwka on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at the age of 74.

Renata was born in Chelmno, Poland and immigrated to Canada by herself in 1970 in search of a better life. She eventually settled in Weyburn, SK where she etched out a life for herself and her family.

Renata had a love for cooking and her family cherished her traditional polish cooking which was made from the heart. Renata enjoyed travelling to various places in Canada and the United States and was able to return to Poland on two occasions. She always enjoyed the warmth of the sun and particularly cherished a vacation to Cuba that she took with her daughters.  Renata eventually relocated to Yellowknife to be closer to family but unfortunately suffered a stroke shortly after arriving.  She eventually settled at Aven Manor and despite a decline in health she remained independent and very active. She took great pride in her garden and flowers and looked forward to tending her garden each year after the long northern winters.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mansouri and the staff of Avens for all their efforts to make Renata’s last few years pleasant.  The care and attention she received will always be remembered by her family, we are truly grateful. We would also like to thank the nurses and doctors at Stanton Territorial Hospital for the wonderful care she received during her recent hospitalizations.

She was predeceased by her parents, Witold and Gertrude Orzechowska; and brothers Kazimiez(infant), Stephan Orzechowska and nephew Peter Saugilsky.

Renata’s will be sadly missed by her beloved daughters Lillian Sliwka, Claudia Richea (Nathen) and her treasured grandson Elijah. She will be remembered by her sister Jadwiga Saugilsky (Michael), numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends.

Funeral services held at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Yellowknife on Tuesday, November 22nd at 1pm.  Internment of the ashes will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK at a later date. Donations in memory of Renata may be made to Avens - A Community for Seniors, Yellowknife, NT.

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William Zoe

2 July 1948 - 8 November 2016

Returning to Behchoko Monday, November 14 for burial.

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David Fox

27 March 1967 - November 6, 2016 

On November 6, 2016, Dave passed away from the brain tumor that plagued him for the past 18 months.  His quick wit, warm smile and big hugs will be remembered forever by his wife, Vishni Peeris and his children, Kiran, Jack and Araliya.  Dave’s family was incredibly important to him and he will be missed tremendously by his mother Judi, his father and step-mother, Jack and Brenda, his brothers, Steve (Jennifer), Randy (Dianne), Jason, Evan and Mitchell and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

At Dave’s request, a Quaker style service will be held in his memory.  The service will be approximately one hour of silent reflection, interspersed with stories and memories of Dave from anyone who wishes to share.  This will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the auditorium in the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre at 2:00pm, followed by a reception in the Museum Café upstairs.

To ensure Dave’s big personality is captured for his children, written anecdotes and memories would be greatly appreciated and can be e-mailed via the funeral home or put in a basket at the service.

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Aline Euchner

4 June 1944 - 6 November 2016

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Aline Euchner (nee Claude).  Aline passed away with her family at her side after a courageous but short battle with cancer.

Aline was born in Swan Lake, Manitoba then moved to Bashaw, Alberta with her parents and siblings when she was 16 years old.  After college she moved to Yellowknife, NWT to start her family.  She was blessed with four children Laramie (Mark), Debbie (Doug), Tricia and Jon (Jodi), 8 grandchildren Lindsay (Dustin), Tyler, Mikaela, Amethyst, Eve, Alan, Piper and Holly and one great-grandchild Daxton.  She is survived by her brothers Maurice (Jan) and Robert (Brenda) and sisters Darlene and Anita (Edwin) and many nieces and nephews. She will be laid to rest beside her parents Louis and Marguerite Claude in Bashaw, Alberta. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Harris and the staff at Aven Manor who cared for Aline.  In lieu of flowers donations to Avens - a Community for Seniors would be appreciated.

Aline will return to Bashaw for burial.

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Sarah Tucktoo

14 March 1931 - 1 November 2016

Returning to Taloyoak Thursday for burial.

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Shawn Godard

19 December 1982 - 22 October 2016

There will be a visitation for the late Shawn Godard starting at 12 noon on Friday, October 28 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church in Yellowknife, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. then burial at Lakeview Cemetery. There will then be a reception at the N'dilo gym.

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