Obituaries

October, 2017

Albert Bruce Pilgrim

January 16, 1958 to October 5, 2017

Albert Bruce Pilgrim passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the age of 59 years.
Bruce is survived by: his loving wife, Loretta; daughter, Maleishia (Stewart); stepson, Daniel; stepdaughter, Morgan (Marc); grandchildren, Ryker, Tiah, Deacon and Mya; brothers and sisters, Ruby (John), Hilda (Dorman), Flowella (Garry), Alonzo (Patsy), Harold (Gail), Baxter (Gertie), Terry, Randy (Mary), Ruth (Terry), Ivy (Cal), Jim (Denise), Lillian (Norman) and Trevor (Jennifer); mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Donald; brother-in-law, Michael; sisters-in-law, Chris (Luke) and Cathy (Rocky); as well as numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Bruce was predeceased by: his daughter, Becki-Ann; parents, William and Rebecca; and sister, Madaline.
The memorial service for Bruce was conducted from the Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:00pm with Reverend Paul DuVal officiating. Reception followed at the Grace United Church Hall.
The eulogy was presented by Glenn Patey.
The hymns sung were “Amazing Grace” and “In The Sweet By and By”, accompanied by organist, Irene Knowlson.
The processional was “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and recessional was “See You Again” by Charlie Puth.
The urn bearer was Byron Pilgrim.
The interment will be held at the Lloydminster City Cemetery, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan at a later date.
Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to the Lori Craven Memorial Fund.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Eulogy
Albert Bruce Pilgrim was born in St. Anthony, Newfoundland on January 16, 1958 to William and Rebecca Pilgrim. Bruce would often mention how his father took his mother to the hospital by dogsled the day he was born. Bruce was one of 15 children in the family. Bruce grew up in St. Anthony Bight, Newfoundland, where he had many fond memories. Growing up, Bruce helped with the family chores - hauling water, gathering firewood, picking berries, and raising chickens, sheep, goats and cows. When he was old enough to work, he went to work at the fish plant during the summers.
Here is a story about Bruce as a young boy that is often mentioned and brings great laughter.  Mother had salt caplin spread out on the fish flakes to dry. The big red laying hen was picking at the caplin. Mother said, “Bruce go out and kill the hen that is eating the caplin.” Without hesitation, Bruce went out and picked up a rock and threw it at the hen to scare it, but by accident he killed the hen and then brought it in and said, “Here’s the hen that was eating the caplin”. Mother responded, “My Bruce, you never killed my best laying hen”. So eggs were scarce for awhile.
In his early twenty’s, Bruce moved to Ontario with his cousin and went to work as a lumberjack. Bruce worked and lived in several places in Ontario and also spent one winter in Hinton, Alberta. At one point, Bruce decided to move back to The Bight to live. He stayed for awhile, but the power saw called him back to Ontario. Bruce finally settled in Espanola, Ontario where he met and made many good friends during his career as a lumberjack. It was in Ontario that Bruce was blessed with two daughters, Malieshia and Becki-Ann. For several years, Bruce owned and operated his own grapple skidder. There were many stories Bruce told about his work in the bush, however the one that amazed his family the most were the stories about the size of the trees he would cut compared to the small trees they would cut back home.
In 2001, when the lumber industry was in decline, Bruce uprooted and headed for Red Deer, Alberta with a friend. On the way they stopped in Lloydminster to visit Bruce’s nephew, Byron. During this visit, Byron convinced Uncle Bruce to stay and work here. In 2002, Bruce purchased his own home. He worked oilfield jobs the first few years he was here and worked for the City of Lloydminster for a short period, but soon decided that The City was the place he wanted to work and secured a position working on roads and later transferring to parks. During his years working for the city, Bruce was a hard working and extremely valued employee. Of the many tasks he performed, he was most proud of the many trees he fell at the cemetery without damaging a single headstone.
In 2002, Bruce met Loretta and they started their life together. Bruce accepted Loretta’s children, Daniel and Morgan, with open arms. During the next few years, Bruce was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Ryker, Tiah, Deacon, and Mya. Bruce and Loretta purchased some land and set up an acreage, where they enjoyed acreage life.
In spite of the distance to go home, Bruce made many trips to The Bight over the years for both happy and sad occasions. In 2011, Bruce returned home for his Mother’s funeral and his younger brother, Terry, recalled “Me and Bruce were walking to the church and Bruce told me to always remember the good times about our mother”. So Terry took that advise and did just that, and remembered the good times. Terry said he will always remember the good times growing up with his older brother, Bruce, and will always miss him.
On April 23, 2016, Bruce and Loretta started their life together as Mr. and Mrs. Pilgrim.
To Bruce, family were the most important people in his world (and the Montreal Canadiens). It wasn’t hard to tell that he loved his family by the way he would speak about each and everyone of them. The true lights in his life were his grandchildren, and he truly treasured every moment with them.
Sadly, in March 2017, Bruce was diagnosed with cancer, but never once let his diagnoses affect the amazing person he was. During the summer and fall, Bruce had the pleasure of having many brothers, sisters, other family members, and dear friends come to visit. On October 5, 2017, Bruce went to be with his baby girl, Becki-Ann, and many other family members.
Bruce touched the lives of many people and will forever be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him. Forever loved and treasured. Till we meet again.
Card of Thanks
Thank you to Dr. Vernon Naidoo, and all the healthcare workers who cared for Bruce during his illness, Rev. Paul DuVal, Irene Knowlson, Glenn Patey and Tammy LaBrash for helping create a beautiful reflection of Bruce’s life, Grace United Church ladies for lunch, all those who visited, sent food, flowers, well wishes, and prayers, donations to the Lori Craven Memorial Fund, and McCaw Funeral Service for their care and compassion during this difficult time. To all the City workers for their visits, help, support, and prayers, words cannot even begin to express our appreciation.
Loretta Pilgrim and Family

Orval Raymond Callfas

October 7, 1929 to August 16, 2017

Orval Raymond Callfas was born October 7, 1929 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan and passed away at the Jubilee Home, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at the age of 87 years.
Orval leaves to mourn his passing:  sons, Warren (Debbie) and Grant (Susan); grandchildren, Ryan, Michelle, Andrew, Matthew, Morgan Callfas; brother, Lynn Callfas; sister, Hope Sawatzky; sister-in-law, Sheila Lecomte; numerous nieces and nephews.
Orval was predeceased by: his wife of 56 years, Edith Joyce; his parents, Roy and Margaret Callfas, brothers-in-law, Ralph Sawatzky and Lionel LeComte.
The funeral service for Orval was held at the Wild Rose Pavilion on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 with Lee Patmore officiating. 
The eulogy was given by longtime friends, George Mann and Frank Mann and the reading was done by niece, Mary Ann Sawatzky.
Soloist was Raymond Faltermeier singing “It Is No Secret” and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”. Music was supplied by “Country Swing”. 
The honorary pallbearers were: George Mann, Frank Mann, Alan McEwen, Jerry Nelson, Don Sawatzky, Terri Sawatzky, MaryAnn Sawatzky. 
Active Pallbearers were: Ryan Callfas, Andrew Callfas, Matthew Callfas, Morgan Callfas, Kim Sawatzky and Ron Sawatzky.
Interment was held at the Northminster Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Orval may be made to the Jubilee Home or St. Luke’s Northminster Cemetery.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. Of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

CARD OF THANKS
We would like to thank all who attended Dad’s funeral, sent cards, flowers, donations, food and for the visits.  It meant a lot to us.  To Lee Patmore – thank you for your visit and officiating. Your sermon couldn’t have been more suitable. It had so much meaning and was very comforting to us. You are very gifted – we are so appreciative. To George and Frank Mann – you both did a fantastic job with the Eulogy -  we enjoyed hearing your stories and having a laugh. Thank you to all the Pallbearers- you were all special people to Orval. To the Country Swing – thanks for supplying the music, Orval always enjoyed when you played at the Jubilee. Raymond Faltermeier – your singing always amazes us. Thank you so much. To MaryAnn for doing the readings – they were well done – thank you.  A big thank you to Dr. Raf Sayeed for your care you gave Orval through the years. You’re a wonderful doctor and a special friend. To Brett, Donald and McCaw staff – you did a marvelous job with Dad’s funeral. Our minds were at ease knowing everything was looked after so well. Lastly, a huge thank you to the staff at the Jubilee Home – Orval really loved his home there. He thought the world of all of you and always mentioned the wonderful care he got and how safe he felt there. The contributions from the Jubilee Jems were greatly appreciated. You’re all angels.
Warren & Debbie,
Grant & Susan and families

Judy Anne Young

September 8, 1952 to September 9, 2017

EULOGY FOR JUDY ANNE YOUNG

First off, I would like to thank the family for having me share a few thoughts about Judy today. I am honoured. My compliments on the card - Judy sure like her flowers.
Judy was born June 8, 1952 here in Lloydminster and passed away September 9, 2017 in the Lloydminster Hospital at the age of 65 years.
She is survived by: Lewis Young, her husband of 44 years; son, Dan and his fiancé, Penny Manners and his children, Mitchell, Bowen and Cassidy Young; son, Trevor and his wife, Jennifer and their children, Alysha and Brett Young; daughter, Gloria Willard and her husband, Gene Willard and their children, Ryan, Kady, Erin and Leah Willard; daughter, Wendy Young and her husband, Neil Rawluk and their son, Jackson Rawluk; two sisters, Donna Gagne and her husband, Casey Gagne and Sandra Pellerin and her husband, Larry Pellerin; Uncle Irwin Dilts and his wife, Jackie; Aunt Dorothy Hunt and her husband, Alan; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins; Lewis’ siblings, Phyllis and Edwin Papp, Jean Labonte, Charles and Melissa Young; and sister-in-law, Ellie Young; and their extended families.
Judy was predeceased by: her parents, Gordon and Leona Ross; her parents-in-law, Clarence and Margaret Young; and brother-in-law, Bob Young.
Our parents knew each other before either Judy or I were born, having been introduced to each other by Judy’s beloved Aunt Grace and Uncle Rollo Dilts. We grew up together as our parents settled into houses a short block apart.
I have memories of lots of camping trips where all of us siblings (Judy, Donna, Neil and I, with Sandra, coming along a fair bit later) would play together having lots of fun at the lake, cooking outside and then sharing a big rental cabin up at Little Fishing Lake.  Then the trek home Sunday evening and waiting for the Deer Creek Ferry at the North Saskatchewan river.  Occasionally we would be allowed out to play but most likely we had already made our “nests” in the back seat of our respective cars and were sleeping. This was long before the seatbelt era. As the years passed, we graduated to a tent and the Ross’ got a tent trailer. Their family also came along to help my folks do their weekend farming. No matter where we were, us kids just found new ways to have fun. We would be playing outside a lot. Neither family had a TV in those early years and egads: no electronics! We used our imaginations. We would play make-believe where Judy loved being the Mother. Sound familiar? And our respective dogs always were involved.
In the winter time, there were skating or tobogganing activities. Even the parents would be on sleighs or on that great invention: the flying saucer. Once in awhile we got to go to a Saturday matinee and only needed 2 dimes: one to get in and one to get a box of popcorn.
It wasn’t all play: we helped out in the house and we helped in the garden. We picked lots of berries over the years and then there were the beans and peas… we cut up endless amounts of beans (rather we snapped them) and shelled lots of peas as our mothers put up a lot of produce for our families for the winter months. When we were in high school, my Dad came home with a pea sheller. Wow - where was that when we were kids!
And we both attended this church: this United Church for our Sunday School years.
I remember Judy being very ill with rheumatic fever when she was about 8 years old. She had to be extra careful with her activities after that but it didn’t stop her from participating.
Judy and I and a couple of other girlfriends went camping for a few days at Dilberry Lake the summer after I had graduated from high school. We had a blast. Made a lot of memories. But it is like Vegas - what happens at Dilberry stays at Dilberry!
After high school Judy attended university for 2 years: one year of education and one year in psychology. Then Lewis came along… they got married in February of 1973. They lived in Lloydminster until 1979 when they moved out to Kitscoty. Judy loved being a wife to Lewis and a mother to their 4 children. But over the years, Judy found that she had more room in her arms and more love in her heart so she took in children to babysit. She always held a special place in her heart for those people whom she had known as babies. First and foremost her children remember her as a Mom who wore many different hats: nurse, teacher, cook, taxi and warmest caregiver not only to her own children but her god daughter, Amanda Tomayer and the many children she babysat and then to her grandchildren.
She spent many hours at the Kitscoty arena as a hockey mom and a skating mom. And with her love of baking, she was quite popular there with her homemade cookies.
Judy and Lewis’ children have given them 10 grandchildren! Soon Judy and Lewis were watching them at many different activities including dance, hockey, skating etc. That’s where we would tend to see them either at the rink or at the Vic Juba all of us watching the grandkids.
It was those same grandchildren that drew them back to Lloydminster in October 2000. Judy babysat several of them over the years. With them living in Lloyd, it also meant that Judy could help her Mom out more easily after her Dad passed away. And she did spend a lot of time with her Mom almost daily. As well Judy, Lewis and Toni could regularly be seen Friday night out for supper and grocery shopping.
Judy and Lewis weren’t ones to do a lot of travelling but did take a long trip to Ontario and New Brunswick in 2000 to visit family. She came away with wonderful memories but especially enjoyed Anne’s Green Gables and watching a Blue Jay game.
These are but a few memories but who was Judy? To this regard: The following are comments from her children…
• She never judged a person in her life. She always found something good in every person whether they necessarily earned it or not - always gave them the benefit of the doubt.
• She was a gracious and welcoming hostess. Everyone was always welcome in their home. She was ready with tea, baking or a meal.
• She cherished time with her special friends: Sarah Tomayer, Barb Ramsey, Linda Farrell and the late Mary Schofield… Tea time Ladies!
• She was always there to help anyone with anything that she could help them with. Yet she never wanted to inconvenience anyone else. Even in her last months when she was so sick and in such pain, she never wanted to be a bother to anyone.
• She was looking out for us all to the very end. After being in the hospital for about 16 days, Dan and Lewis were having an involved discussion, Mom said “Shut up you two” and then she told Penny to “bonk those two on their head”.
I went to see Judy about a month ago and could see that she was very ill. However, when I suggested she needed to see a doctor, I got that “LOOK” which I hadn’t seen for years. Her mother used to give you that very same “LOOK” if she didn’t like what you were saying or doing. That “LOOK” told me that Judy was going to do things her way. And she did. With dignity and with a great deal of strength. She controlled her care right up to about the last 3 days. Yes she had input. Now for anyone here today thinking to themselves what if I had done something sooner or what if we had got her to a doctor sooner…. I want you all to just delete those thoughts. Please remember that this was Judy’s decision, her choice. I want you to always remember and respect her for doing it her way with dignity and with great, great strength. Yes’m, Yes’m.
Hello everyone. My name is Mitchell. I am Judy’s oldest grandchild. I am speaking to all on behalf of all Judy’s grandchildren today. First, I want to thank all of you for coming here today, to show your love a support and how truly amazing she was.
Our grandmother was the most caring and loving person I knew. She was always there if you needed her. Every time one of us would go over there, she would always get the biggest smile on her face and insist on making us something to eat. My favorite was the pizza bread. It was a simple recipe but it only tasted right when she made it. Plus it was always nice to listen to her tell you a story when she was done cooking and we were sitting at the table. She always loved to tell me a story about her Dad’s budgie that he had brought home from work one day.
She helped all of us grandchildren grow into the people we are today. From when we were little kids getting babysat to when we were in school and onwards. She was always there to guide us and help us grow. No matter what we did or what was happening in our lives, she always loved us. To her we were always the little kids that she babysat so long ago.
But now that she has passed on, we will all miss her in our own ways. Myself, I will miss her always happy attitude, her amazing cooking and her stories. And in all our memories of our always loving Grandmother. Again I thank you all for coming out for her and showing how amazing she was.
Thank you to: ambulance personnel, Dr. Chapelski, Dr. Kostick, Palliative care nurses, Brenda Turgeon, Michelle Sewold, Rev. Paul DuVal Grace United Church, Karen Collins for the eulogy, Colleen Hozack for lunch, all those that sent food, flowers ,caring and support, all the donations to the Fibromyalgia Sask. Association and the Lloydminster Hospital Palliative Care and McCaw’s Funeral Home for their passion and understanding in this difficult time.

Audrey Doreen Symon

Audrey Doreen Symon passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the age of 85 years.
Audrey is survived by: her children, Jim(Barb) Symon, Randy (Sheryl) Symon, Brian (Cindy) Symon, Bonny (Rob) Badmington, Dave (Janice) Symon and Roger Symon; her grandchildren, Ryan, Robbie, Danielle, Ben, Sara, Tim, Travis, Matthew, Michael, Scott, Mark, Morgan, Katiryn and Evan; her fifteen great grandchildren; her brothers, Bob Burns, Vernon Burns and Gerry Burns; sister-in-law, Norma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Audrey was predeceased by: her husband, Roy; her parents, Clarence and Edna; her brothers, Lloyd and Gordon; and brother-in-law, Bill.
The funeral service for Audrey was conducted from the Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
The eulogy was presented David Symon.
The soloist was Kathryn Edwards and she performed “I Will Always Love You.”
The hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “In The Garden.”
The honorary pallbearers were all of Audrey’s granddaughters.
The active pallbearers were all of Audrey’s grandsons.
The interment was held at the Lloydminster City Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Audrey may be made to the Interval Home Lloydminster.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

CARD OF THANKS
The family of Audrey Symon would like to take this opportunity to thank Joel and the McCaw family for the excellent care that they took of our mother, Audrey Symon. Thanks to the Dr. Cooke staff for the years of support that they gave to our mom. We would like to thank Dr. du Plooy for the years of care that mom received and to Dr. Muhki for his care and professionalism while she was in the hospital. Hopefully, you are back on her Christmas Cookie List!! Thanks to the staff at the Lloydminster Hospital for the care and compassion that was given to mom in her final days. You are all so awesome!! Thanks to Reverend Paul DuVal and staff of the Grace United Church and a big thanks to the ladies who supplied the lunch after the service. Thanks to Ann Campbell for playing the piano; to the soloist, Kathryn Edwards; and to Matthew Badmington for his bagpipe solo. Finally, thank you to everyone who gave flowers, donations to the Interval Home and for the food received. It is all so very appreciated.
The Symon Family

Benjamin Joseph Sproull

Benjamin Joseph Sproull passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the age of 89 years.
Ben is survived by: wife, Ruby;  son, Rod (Debbie) Sproull and their children, Dean (Arlene) Sproull and Crystal Sproull; son, Raymond Sproull and his children, Benjamin Sproull (Susan Sebree), Joseph (Elizabeth) Sproull and Katherine (Darcy Olephant) Sproull; son, Kevin (Ardis) Ryall and their children, Colby Ryall and Shelby Dawn Ryall; grandchildren, Marissa Sproull, Graeme Sproull, Maygen Carter, Aurora Carter, Lance Schindle, Desireé Schindle, Brock Olephant, Tristan Olephant, Tabitha Olsvik, Maryanne Olsvik, Navaeh Olephant; brother, Ray (Shan) Sproull; and sister-in-law, Inez Sproull.
Ben is predeceased by: parents William (Ester) Sproull; and brother, Milo Sproull.
The memorial service for Ben was conducted from the First Baptist Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:00pm with Pastor Doug Baynton officiating.
The eulogy was presented by Ben Sproull.
The recessional was “Amazing Grace”.
The active pallbearers were: Ben Sproull, Joseph Sproull, Kevin Ryall, Colby Ryall, Dean Sproull and Graeme Sproull.
Interment was held at the Marshall Cemetery, Marshall, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Ben may be made to the Parkinson’‘s Society of Canada.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

CARD OF THANKS
Ruby Sproull and her family wish to thank McCaw’s for the care given to our beloved father and husband. Thanks to the Lloydminster hospital for the care of Ben in his last days and to Dr. Kerlis and Dr. Anthony.  Thank you for the flowers and to those who came to the funeral. We thank the Baptist Church for allowing us to have the funeral in their lovely chapel and to Pastor Doug Baynton for the fine consideration for the Sproull family.  Thank you to Ben Sproull (grandson) for sharing his memories with us all.  Thank you to the Baptist ladies for the lovely lunch.