CLASSIFIED C12 SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 CALGARY HERALD THE CALGARY HERALD NOTES THE FOLLOWING OBITUARIES IN TODAY’S PAPER. To view a notice online, share your memories or express condolences, go to: calgaryherald.com/remembering ALBERT, Kenneth BAEKELAND, Allen BERTENS, Peter BLAKE, Elsa BOUSHY, Ernie DAY, Cecil DYSON, George FESIK, Ellnor FLEMING, Glenn GACEK, Walter HAWTHORNE, Nancy HUMPHRYS, Paul HURST, John JAKAB, Piroska JENNER, Gordon KAY, Pauline KAYTOR, Aline KELLEY, Larry MCWHINNEY, Hugh MERIAM, Larry MUIR, Allan MUNGIELLO, Lucia PACHECO, Mario STEELE, Irving STOTT, Mary THOMPSON, Roger THORPE, Trevor TINK, Robert WRAY, John BOUSHY, Ernie Elmer November 14, 1933 - Gilbert Plains, Manitoba May 25, 2020 - Calgary, Alberta BAEKELAND, Allen It is with great sadness that the family of Ernie Boushy announces his passing from cancer on Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 86 years. Ernie was born in Gilbert Plains, and raised in Dauphin, Manitoba, where he learned to curl and play baseball. Ernie excelled at both sports, playing baseball with the Dauphin Redbirds, Carman Cardinals, the Appalachian League in Welch, West Virginia, and the Piedmont League in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ernie won a batting title with an average of .349 in 1953 and was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. From 1964 to 1967, Ernie skipped his curling team to four consecutive Manitoba Mixed Curling Championship titles, winning the inaugural Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in 1964, and then again in 1966. In 1967, Ernie skipped his team to a silver medal at the first Canada Winter Games in Quebec City. Ernie and his team were inducted into Manitoba’s Curling Hall of Fame in 1990 and Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, having won 104 victories in 122 games. Ernie met his wife, Phyllis, in Dauphin, and they married in Eriksdale in 1955. It was there that Ernie began his career in the oil business, where promotions took him to Winnipeg, and then Calgary until his retirement in 1989. Ernie will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis; his son, David (Carrie) Boushy; daughters, Joanne (Ken) Paetsch and Debbie (John) Bender; grandchildren, Jacqueline (Michael) Conte, Katherine Paetsch, and Riley, Carson and Spencer Bender and great-grandchildren, Joseph Conte and Carter Paetsch. Ernie will also be lovingly remembered by his sisters-in-law, Linda (Robert) Ames and Patricia Thompson; great friends, Anita and Jim Fyfe and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ernie was predeceased by his grandson, Tyler Bender in 1991 and his brother-in-law, Don Thompson in 2016. Ernie lived his life to fullest. He loved to laugh, play sports, and play Bridge (was a Silver Life Master). He loved to listen to bluegrass music and attended the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival near Nanton every year. And, most of all, Ernie loved spending time with his family. He made an impression on everybody he met and will be missed by everybody who knew him. Ernie’s favourite saying was: "It is what it is, and if it wasn’t this, it would be something else." The family would like to thank Ernie’s team of doctors, Drs. Chatha, Heng, and Kawakami, as well as the excellent care and support provided by the staff of Agecare Skypointe. At Ernie’s request, there will be no funeral. A private family gathering will take place when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. If friends and family so desire, memorial donations may be made in Ernie’s name to the Salvation Army. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Ernie, please visit www.choicememorial.com. November 6th, 1959 - May 23rd, 2020 Far too soon we have lost Allen Baekeland-loving husband, cherished son and brother, uncompromising mentor to a vast community of musicians in Calgary and Toronto. Born in Calgary to Roger and Lee Baekeland (nee Janssens) of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Allen’s wide-ranging life featured formative stops in the UK, New York, Toronto and Greece. Each left its mark on a career that included community radio, film and television production and, most notably, music. He spent his teens in London, soaking up the nascent punk scene before returning to Calgary and finishing high school at Bishop Carroll. Next came the University of Calgary, studying political science while joking that his real major was CJSW, the campus/community radio station. Along with friends Grant Burns, Bill Reynolds and Nick Diochnos, he was a driving force in turning the station into a hub of the Calgary music and art scene in the ’80s. That’s also when his deep knowledge and love of music extended to live performance and a lifelong journey in musicianship. Earning a Masters degree in Television, Radio and Film from Syracuse University’s Newhouse College, Allen moved to Toronto in 1985 and worked briefly in those fields. However, once performing became his focus, he decided that being a letter carrier for Canada Post would be more conducive to the lifestyle. A close friendship with Terry Tompkins sparked the formation of the band Lost and Profound, and to his ongoing passion for country music. Allen continued broadcasting as a popular programmer at CIUT, the station where he met fellow DJ, Jennifer Norfolk, and proceeded to sweep her off her feet. Notices may not appear alphabetically due to space requirements. They wed in 1992. Missing his roots, Allen brought Jennifer to Calgary in 1995. He reconnected with Nick and became enamoured with the intricate rhythms and melodies of traditional Greek music, culminating in the formation of the Rembetika Hipsters, with whom Allen recorded and toured for over 20 years. Allen leaves behind his adoring family: wife, Jen, mother Lee (Roger passed away in 2015), brothers Steven (Holly) and Gregg, and nieces Page and Kamaren. There’s also a loving contingent of aunts, uncles and cousins in Edmonton, Fernie, Winnipeg and Lethbridge. He will be dearly missed by his brother-in-law Jeff Norfolk and parents-in-law Luella and Don Sine, plus an enormous group of friends, acquaintances and musicians across the country and around the globe. ALBERT, Kenneth E. June 14, 1952 - May 24, 2020 Our deepest thanks extend to the healthcare staff who cared for Allen this past year at Foothills Hospital, especially Dr. Dean Ruether and nurse Dania and the Tom Baker oncology team. Calgary EMS and Palliative Care rushed in to help just when needed; thank you Nicki, Robin, Lindsay, Amy and Dr. Szeto. Special thanks to our cherished friend, Dr. Paula Fayerman, who tenderly helped us say goodbye, and to Sharon Stevens and the Union Choir, who heroically staged a Covid-respectful procession just to sing him off under a blue Alberta sky. Allen was a true legend, whose radiant smile and gentle spirit will forever be remembered. Ken Albert passed from this life at home on Sunday, May 24, 2020, after a mighty fight against cancer. The disease may have claimed his body, but his heart forever belongs to Gerry, his wife of 44 years, and daughters, Liane (Will) and Kendra (Chris). He was born in Calgary, Alberta. During his young life, he and his family moved to several Canadian Forces bases across Canada. Beginning at the young age of 12, selling fresh donuts door to door, he worked at various odd jobs until the age of 20 when he began a 46 year career with the Royal Bank of Canada, taking him to various branches in Alberta. The highlights of his career were winning a General Managers Special Achievement award, 2 Royal Performance cruises and the prestigious Leo award for being one of the top 500 bankers in Canada. Upon retirement, he and Gerry enjoyed many vacations to Kauai and having caught the cruise "bug," sailed throughout the Caribbean and the Pacific meeting new friends while enjoying the sun, sand, sea and the "occasional" cold beer. Friends and family will remember him for his quirky sense of humor, his ability to always find the "best deal," his knowledge and intelligence, but mostly his dedication to family. He was never shy about offering his opinion (whether it was asked for or not!) and always willing to offer advice when needed. Sadly, our time with him was cut short and he will leave a huge void in the lives of his two grandsons, Benjamin and Cruz, his sisters Angela, Susan (Mario), and his brother Keith (Robin). If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2, Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. A Family Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at MCINNIS & HOLLOWAY. A Gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Ken’s obituary at www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Donations may be made in Allen’s name to Kids Cancer Care, L’arche Calgary, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary Health Trust or the charity of your choice. When the spirit moves you, please sing loudly and long. Allen would love that. BERTENS, Peter Jan DYSON, George Witton January 15, 1976 - May 27, 2020 May 7, 1979 - May 25, 2020 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Peter Jan Bertens, who left this world peacefully on May 27, 2020 at the Rockyview Hospital, at the age of 44 years old. Peter is survived by his son Willem, his mother Anne Bertens, his sister Amy Webster (Robbie), his nephew Jack Webster and niece Anneke Webster. Peter was predeceased by his father John Peter Bertens, in November, 2019. Peter is also survived by numerous cousins and aunts and uncles. Peter loved the great outdoors; his love of winter camping and being in nature is what made him happiest. He loved spending time at the family cottage in Northern Ontario; fishing, picking blueberries and exploring Fairbank Lake, which he knew like the back of his hand. Above everything else, Peter loved his son Willem with all his heart, he was so proud to be his father. A private family funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Church. Interment to follow at a later date, at St. Mary’s Cemetery where Peter’s ashes will be laid to rest beside his father John. We would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all the nursing and medical staff on Unit 94 at the Rockyview Hospital. Their professionalism and compassion during Peter’s long stay were deeply appreciated. Photos, memories and condolences can be shared with Peter’s family at www.evanjstrong.com. George Dyson passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 41 years after a recent relapse of his neuropathic condition. George was born in Calgary, moving to Edmonton for a few years and then to Lethbridge. He graduated from LCI and then earned a BFA from the University of Lethbridge. After marrying his soulmate, Kate, in 2003, they settled in Calgary, where he reinvented himself as an engineering draftsman for the last 15 years. George lived his life to the fullest. He was an avid fish hobbyist and skilled stained glass artisan. He loved his dog, Casey, and thereafter his dog, Lexa, and had a way with "whispering" dogs. Many will remember George for his love of family and friends; his solid bond with Kate; his iron will; and his patience, courage, kindness and consideration for others. George is survived by his wife, Kate Dyson; his parents, Ian and Mavis Dyson; his brother, Eric Dyson (Amber, Ty, Eliza, Vanessa, and Nora); his sister-in-law, Sarah Sheets (Bryan, Gavin, and Bailey); his grandmother, Tillie Breuer; his grandmother, Stella Yakiwchuk; his mother-in-law, Linda Mcelravy (Norman); his father-in-law, Wesley Mcelravy (Bernice); and his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends especially Jordan Pankhurst and Adair Cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Alan (2002) and Alice Dyson (2014), Melvin Yakiwchuk (2019), and Otto Breuer (2009). The family thanks all the staff on Unit 58 at South Health Campus for their kindness and compassion during his stay this year. It was George’s wishes that he be cremated, interred in the Columbia Valley, and that a small private gathering be held. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with George’s family through www.evanjstrong.com. If so desired, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Nature Conservancy of Canada (www.natureconservancy.ca/en/), World Vision Canada (www.worldvision.ca/), or a charity of choice. BLAKE, Elsa (nee Joyce Elsa May Williams) May 15, 1926 Woodside, Jamaica May 2, 2020 Calgary, Alberta It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Elsa Blake. Elsa passed away peacefully with her beloved son by her side holding her hand on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Elsa was born in Woodside, Jamaica where she spent much of her young life. Woodside remained one of her most favourite places where, as a young child, and the eldest of six, she was able to run wild and play with her brothers and sisters. She went on to St. Andrews School for Girls in Kingston where she spent some of her happiest times as a boarding student. She was a top class student and was very proud of making the First Eleven, as a goalkeeper, on her school's field hockey team. Elsa was also a skilled tennis player and it remained one of her favourite sports - a sport she passed onto and played with her own 2 children. Endlessly curious she left Jamaica in her early twenties and immigrated to Canada, first to Toronto and then Montreal where she and her husband Roy lived while he attended medical school at Mcgill. Venturing west with 2 young children in tow the family settled in Calgary - the river running through the city being a great draw for her. Elsa loved Calgary and was proud of the home she built for her family. She participated in the community, worked for a time with the government and her great facility with numbers allowed her to be an independent business woman. Elsa loved travel and was able to travel with her children and husband to a variety of the world's great destinations. An avid reader, her imagination and curiosity were fulfilled in this manner as well. She loved her church, Varsity Acres Presbyterian, and was an active member there. Elsa loved tinkering in her garden, she loved the pets she had throughout her life including her childhood pet hen. Elsa spent the last couple years of her life at Bow-crest Long Term Care Home where she was a favourite of the nurses and staff there. They will no doubt miss her warmth, sweetness and radiant smile. A very special thanks to the caring staff at Bowcrest. Elsa loved volunteering and charity work. The Mustard Seed was one of her favourite to be involved in. Elsa was one of the kindest, most caring, compassionate, empathetic, forgiving people one could hope to encounter. She was an absolutely amazing mother. If kindness were a person it would be Elsa. She negotiated life with an inherent and unerring decency and grace. Elsa had a multitude of friends and family members all of whom she loved and touched deeply. She is survived by her husband Roy and son Jason. Elsa was predeceased by her daughter Shauna, her mother and father, hers sisters Cecily and Florence, and brothers Keith and Orville. She is survived by her brother Neville. Due to current events no funeral service is scheduled at this time but a "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date where we can celebrate this beautiful soul. For those wishing to make donations in Elsa's memory choose a charity of your choice. She had a particular affinity for The Mustard Seed and for children's and animal organizations. Elsa will be greatly missed. May the angels safely keep her memory. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.net. Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts. ~ Dorothy Ferguson
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