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McKenna Funeral Home Obituaries

Louie Martin

March 1, 1946 - February 25, 2021

Visitation will take place at the McKenna Funeral Home on Friday March 5th, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.   A  funeral Service will take place at Saint Patrick's Church Saturday March 7th at noon with burial taking place at the Lakeview Cemetery at 1:00.pm.

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Bernadette Mary Adele Naskan

March 23, 1935 - February 28, 2021

The late Bernadette Naskan will be returning to Behchoko, NT on Wednesday, March 3rd. Funeral Services and burial to follow on March 4th, 2021. 

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Gabriella Kolausok

March 29, 1942 - February 25, 2021

Funeral Services for the late Gabriella Kolausok will be announced at a later date.

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Jana Panaktalok

January 31, 1971 - February 21, 2021

The late Jana Panaktalok will be returning to Tuktoyaktuk at a date to be determined for funeral services, with burial to follow. 

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Georgina Sarasin

June 9, 1949 - February 20, 2021

Tentatively, Prayers will be held at the McKenna Funeral Home for the late Georgina Sarasin on March 3rd, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with burial to follow at the Lakeview Cemetery. Prayers to begin at 2:00 pm at the funeral home. The visitation has a max of 25 people at one time. Masks and sign-in are required. 

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John Anthony (Tony) Bembridge

August 12, 1937 - February 19, 2021

John Anthony (Tony) Bembridge of Yellowknife, NT and London, ON died peacefully on February 19, 2021 at Yellowknife Stanton Territorial Hospital with Carolyn and Adam by his side. He was in his 84th year. Tony was a retired London Free Press editorial staffer.

Survived by his wife of 62 years Carolyn Elizabeth (Naugle); sons Anthony Adam (Laurie) of Yellowknife, NT; Joel Thomas (Lori) of Grande Prairie, AB; grandsons. Jonathan (Cali), Jeffrey (Sarah), Joshua (Lakesha) of Yellowknife, NT; granddaughters Chelsea of High Prairie, AB, Michelle of Slave Lake, AB; four great-grandchildren, Thomas, Abigail, Ava, Murray; Brothers, Michael (Marion) of Moncton, NB; Paul of Dartmouth, NS; Stephen (Judy) Wood of Dartmouth, NS; Frederick of Montreal; Sister, Phyllis Joyce Awad of Dartmouth, NS. Cremation. He was born August 12, 1937 in Halifax, NS, the son of John and Molly Bembridge.
At his request there will be no visitation, no flowers.

Due to the pandemic, we will have a celebration of life when travel restrictions and Covid-19 risks can be minimized

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Robert (Bob) Francis Stewart

November 27, 1938 - February 18, 2021

Born to James and Mary (Mae) Stewart on Nov 27, 1938 in the Rural Community of Cornwallis, MB and was the younger brother of Mary Stewart.  He lived in St. Norbert on Richardson’s farm where his father worked as a cattle rancher and later moved the family to the United States where he continued to work with cattle.  While he lived in the United States, a very young Bob married Linda Finkle in 1958 with whom he had two children Robert Francis Stewart Jr., and Theresa Stewart.   He returned to Canada at the age of 22 and lived in Winnipeg MB.  Bob worked various jobs in Winnipeg when he met Shirley Ann Laing and they were married on September 8, 1962.  Together they had three daughters Valerie Ann, Tammy Lynn, and Cynthia Louise. 

In 1969 the north began calling out to Bob and he moved his young family to Lynn Lake MB for a six-month period then took a chance again and move them Churchill MB in 1970.  Bob worked in Churchill as a mechanic for Ingelbrickson’s Garage and as a refueler for Gordy Paul’s refueling. Bob opened a small repair shop where he fixed and sold snowmobiles. Bob started to get into the high-powered racing machines and decided he would take up snowmobile racing.  He travelled the racing circuit in Canada and the USA with his high-powered machines winning some and losing some while making lifelong friendships. 

In 1974 Bob decided to take his family even further North by moving them to Rankin Inlet Nunavut where he worked for Lamb Air and the NWT Government.  He would refuel aircraft and the family would provide accommodation and meals to pilots flying throughout Nunavut.  Many pilots came and stayed, and many lifelong friendships were created. In Rankin Inlet Bob involved himself in the community by organizing dances, bingos, snowmobile races and even filled in as a DJ on the local radio station.

In 1976 Bob took a job with NWT Air and again moved his family to what would be home, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  He worked for Mr. Bob Engle managing the Petrocan Aircraft Refueling business at the Yellowknife Airport until his retirement in 1996.  Bob was involved in the snowmobile racing association and the Lions Club in the early years.  Bob loved hunting but especially fishing and taking his three daughters along with him.  Bob and Shirley would divorce but he remained in Yellowknife.

Bob met Venora Erickson, they were married  April 26, 1990 and made their home at Prelude Lake. They have lived at Prelude Lake for well over 30 years and He was often heard saying that he considered their home to be his Ponderosa. He loved, loved, loved the North, the fishing, the hunting, He loved their life and their friends at the lake.  On December 24th, 2020 Bob had a stroke and was rushed to Stanton Territorial Hospital where he would remain until he passed away on February 18, 2021. 

Bob was predeceased by his parents James & Mary (Mae) Stewart, his sister Mary Stewart and his great granddaughter Margaret Tammy Ellis Breen.  Left to grieve is his wife Venora, his children Valerie (James Wilson), Tammy (Randy Hiebert), Cindy (Ellison Watkins), Robert Stewart Jr, and Theresa Francis.  His ten grandchildren Mallory Breen (Torbin), Kyle Pond (Christina), Samantha Saunders (Riley), Kendra Hiebert (Brady), Ryan Pond, Robert Digness (Giselle), Randy Hiebert Jr., Theresa Hardy, Stephanie Myers and Matt Stewart.  He also leaves behind Eleven soon to be twelve great grandchildren.  Due to Covid 19 restrictions, A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a future date.

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Matthew Hamilton

August 9, 1982 - February 12, 2021

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Matthew Hamilton in Inuvik, Northwest Territories at the age of 38.  Matthew leaves behind his beautiful wife Claire and their 2 small children Gus & Ruth.  He was an extraordinary person, husband and most importantly a spectacular father.  His love for his family knew no limits.  He was filled with fascination and pride watching the kids grow and learn; always the encouraging supportive Dad.  He is survived by his mother, Susanne Hamilton, brothers & their wives, Joshua & Leanne, Joel & Shannon, parents-in-law, Guy & June Pettipas and sister-in-law Gennie.  He was a fun loving Uncle to Kelly, Gillian, J.J., Charlotte and Jackson.  Beloved grandson of Ruth & the late “Grandpa Bob” Hamilton.  He will be missed by countless other family members in Ontario & Nova Scotia. 

Matthew grew up in Thornton, Ontario and was an accomplished musician, avid baseball player, swimmer and skier.  He was a fun loving, kind and generous person with a keen sense of adventure.  He was incredibly bright, a lifelong learner with a wicked sense of humor and his smile would light up a room.  Matthew loved animals especially dogs.  He was a casual kind of guy who wore crazy T-Shirts, flip flops and always cheered for his Toronto Maple Leafs.

He was an exceptional ER nurse (Sudbury, Barrie, Saskatoon & Inuvik), accomplished photographer & avid gardener.  He loved to bike, travel, and was passionate about the outdoors.  Along all of his adventures he formed deep friendships that meant so much to him.  He will be deeply missed and we are all better for having known Matthew. 

A celebration of Life & burial at Bond Head United Church Cemetery will be held this summer when restrictions are lifted.  Memorial donations may be made in Matthew’s memory to either:  the Bond Head United Church Sign Fund  or the Barrie, Ontario SPCA.

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