Obituaries

Sandra Louise Knight

20 March 1950 - 15 April 2017

Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Margaret Knight (Small) and brother Brian (2015). Living to remember and celebrate, her loving and devoted partner, husband of 43 years, Georges Erasmus of Yellowknife; brothers Ted (Anne Marie) and Ken (Glenice); sister-in-law Aurora, nephews Brian, David. Matthew; nieces Kimberly, Laura and Patricia, and of course the large Erasmus family that she married into that are too many to name.

Sandra was born in Moreton's Harbour, Nfld, where she did her early education. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1973 and moved to Yellowknife May long weekend in 1974 to begin a social work career with GNWT. She moved to the Ottawa area in May 1986 for Georges' work taking a two-year leave, which turned into a sixteen-year stay. She never lost touch with her roots and dearly loved to travel "home" to Newfoundland. She had a life-long desire to fight for animals and wildlife, becoming a supporter of many animal welfare organizations.

Her wish was to be cremated with no formal service or funeral. However, anyone wishing to make a contribution to remember her could do so at the SPCA or the animal welfare organization of their choice.

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Shawn Conway

26 August 1995 - 13 April 2017

There will be a memorial service April 21 at 11 am St. Patrick RC Church in Yellowknife, followed by a reception and lunch at the Ski Club. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention are appreciated.

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Mary Tate

March 1, 1933 - April 12, 2017

Mary Frances (Kiley) Tate passed away peacefully on the morning of April 12th in Yellowknife, surrounded by loved ones, classical music and sunlight. Mary Kiley was born in Saint John, NB, 1933. Growing up between there and Dartmouth, NS she held deep roots in both communities.

Mary and a young naval flight Lieutenant David H. Tate were married in the summer of 1955 in a little church in Woodside, NS. Mary; with no time to remove her winter coat and boots, hastily gave birth to eldest child Mary “Jane” (Tate) Peart on her parents (Frank and Cyrilla Kiley) living room floor, Imperoyal Village, NS the following year. Fortunately both Mary’s mother and sister (Sheila Kiley) were registered nurses. A year later; Mary’s son, and apple of her eye, Paul David Tate was born in Farnborough, England with a midwife delivering the little boy. Julia Anne (Tate) Burlingame was the last to join the clan, born in Halifax, NS with a nurse attending the birth. Mary was delighted her little redheaded girl was an ever present reminder of their Irish heritage.

The petite beauty from Saint John and the Village traveled the world, relocating 17 times, from Halifax to England, Saint John to Ottawa, Kingston to Cold Lake, California to Moosejaw, Toronto to Brussels Belgium…and lastly Yellowknife. Masterfully creating a warm comfortable home wherever she landed was one of her great gifts.

Mary expressed her love of family, friends and dignitaries of all stripes through her food, refining her culinary skills with the mastery of a chef.

Throughout Mary’s lifetime she had seven dogs and adored them all. Her canine companions were known to have savoured pate to scallops, which in Mary’s world was a perfectly proper thing.

Wife of a naval aviator, she earned her wings in her own way…our Dad relied on her as his champion or critic, his confessor and his rock. Mary’s pride in those who serve and protect was beyond measure.

Her razor sharp and quirky wit…enjoyed by many was encouraged by and to the delight of her Grandchildren (Julie, George, Chad, Ed (Steph and Lucy) and Sheldon (Amber), in particular.

Mary loved life and fought her failing health with courage and dignity. Despite her outward stoic strength, the loss of her Dave 17 months ago, after 60 years plus together, we knew her heart was broken beyond repair.

The family is grateful for support of Dr. Jackie Tan, Dr. Topstad, Homecare (Shawna–Paulette), Stanton nursing staff, Father Mark, and friends close and far. Their dedication, prayers and care throughout helped us help our darling Mom and we thank you all.

Jane and Dwight, Paul and Kelley, Julia and Todd, grandchildren and great–granddaughter were truly blessed to have had Mary Frances Kiley Tate wrap her loving warmth around us. Mary was grace and charm.

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Randy McDevitt

January 4, 1948 - April 11, 2017

Service TBA

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Charlie Menacho

29 March 1949 - 10 April 2017

Returning to Tulita April 11 with funeral planned for April 12.

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Russell Digness

25 April 1963 - 9 April 2017

Russell was born in Yellowknife NT to Peggy and Lawrence Digness. He lived most of his life in Yellowknife and was an avid outdoorsman, spending much of his life camping, hunting and exploring the north, esspecially Ross Lake.

Russell was pre-deceased by granddaughter Maggie (Margaret) Breen, his parents, his brother Keith and his sister-in-law Mary Anne Digness. Russell leaves behind his children Mallory Breen (Torben), Samantha Digness (Riley Saunders) and Robert Digness; his grandchildren Chloe, Elena and Holly Breen, Brylan Townend, and Chloe and Cassidy-Marlene Saunders; as well as many siblings, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Stanton Territorial Hospital. A special thank you goes out to Betty, Bonnie and Michelle on the Medicine Unit and Margaret-Ann, Diane and Jen on ECU.

As per Russell's wishes there will be a celebration of his life in the winter at his cabin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stollery Children's Hospital or CHEO in Russell and Maggie's names.

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Walter Alexie

17 June 1931 - 5 April 2017

Funeral April 10th in Fort McPherson.

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Noel Crookedhand

25 December 1928 - 1 April 2017

Aba was a strong, caring and loving man. He used to drum, hunt, volunteer and provide for his family. He will forever be in our hearts. Aba is reunited with his loved ones who passed before him. He was the greatest father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Noel will never be forgotten.

Dearly loved by sister Madeline Beaulieu and Mary Catholique; nieces and nephews; children Nora (Roger), Stella, Peter (Susan), Doreen (Doug), Deana, Patricia (Sean), and Marlena; godson Noel Doctor; grandchildren Darren, Candice, Kevin, Steven, Brandon, Mark, Jarett, Natisha, Cameron, Sherry and Deon; and great-grandchildren Deneah, Sam, Brooklyn, Ayla and Mercedes.

There will be a visitation for the late Noel Crookedhand on Thursday, April 6th at noon, followed by a funeral service at 1 pm at St. Patrick's RC Church in Yellowknife. The burial will take place in Dettah Cemetery followed by a reception at the Chief Drygeese Complex.

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Rosalie Smith

15 December 1954- 31 March 2017

Rosalie and her friends have celebrated her life. Cremation has taken place.

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