Robert Leslie Boisvert "Les"
June 2, 1953
September 9, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Les Boisvert at the age of 61. Les was the loving husband of Gloria for 41 & 1/2 years, father of Kathleen (Tyson) of Whitehorse and Roberta of Whitehorse, and a grandfather to his greatest joys in life, Michelle, Taylor, Kent, Isaac, and Benjamin.
We welcome everyone to help the family celebrate his life at the Grey Mountain Room in the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to: Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute @ http://www.parkinsons.ubc.ca
click on the Donate Now link.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Cindy Breitkreutz, Dr. Stephanie Buchanan, Dr. Armando Heredia, and Dr. Rebecca Barnes. As well as the staff of the Medical Unit of Whitehorse General Hospital.
1933 - 2014
Jake passed away in the evening of August 27, 2014 at the age of 81 at Whitehorse General Hospital. Jake was born in Saskatchewan where he went to school and spent his childhood years. He worked for B.C. Hydro as a heavy duty mechanic until he retired in 1988. He then made his journey to the Yukon where he spent the rest of his life.
He will be dearly missed by his brother Emmanual Heisler and sister-in-law Ev, his sister Mary Reibin and brother-in-law Andrew Reibin, as well as his nieces and nephews. As per Jake’s request there will be no service.
Thank you to Home Care, Dr. Adams, Dr. O’Hearn and the nurses at Whitehorse General Hospital.
Wilfred Charles Taylor
August 10, 1921 - August 26, 2014
Wilfred was born August 10, 1921 in Worksop Lincolnshire, England. Wilfred grew up in the foothills of Alberta after travelling from England at a very young age. Upon returning from war time service, Wilfred worked in Canada’s Western National Parks, and later worked with Forestry in Inuvik, NWT and Yukon. After retiring Wilfred returned to Alberta and raised Welsh Ponies. In June 2010, Wilfred returned to the Yukon to dabble with placer mining for gold.
Wilfred is predeceased by his wife Vera and son Bruce, survived by daughters: Joanne (Don) Green of Whitehorse, Lynn (Tom) Hedekar of Nanaimo, Karen Taylor (Darrel) of Edmonton, sons: Charles (Virginia) of Llyodminster and Hugh (Jean) of Creston, sixteen grandchildren, one step-grandchild, seventeen great grandchildren, eight step-great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday September 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, located on 801 Wheeler Street, Whitehorse.
A reception will follow the service at the Legion, located on 503 Steele Street, Whitehorse.
All are welcome to attend.
Fay Eileen White
October 19, 1945 – August 7, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce that Fay White passed away from cancer earlier this month.
Fay enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, her work, Saturday morning coffee, Sunday bingo and shopping, especially for gifts. She loved people and had an impressive memory for names and stories.
Fay lived and worked in the Yukon for 50 years and was known to many Yukoners. She worked for the Royal Bank for thirty years in various capacities and greatly enjoyed working with her colleagues and clients, many of whom remained lifelong friends. In her current position at Yukon Government, where she worked for nine years, she was well known for being one of those rare people who managed to rise above the difficulties of day-to-day life to distinguish herself every day with a ready smile and an uncommon grace. Her wit, wisdom, unflagging professionalism and willingness to help each person who called or came to her desk for assistance were inspirational to her colleagues. Her sincerity and dedication could be discerned by the most anxious callers. They knew they were in good hands, as did the many friends and co-workers who came to her for advice, a pet story or an ear sympathetic to their deepest worries.
Fay had a strong moral compass. She wanted to do, and make things right. The only thing she let slide was discipline for her little dog, Pepper! They adored each other and Pepper could get away with just about anything with Fay. She loved that little dog, as she did all animals, her plants and travel (especially to Vegas), and she loved her family beyond measure. Those passions were just a reflection of how she loved life itself. She was, and remains, an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her.
All those whose lives she touched in so many different ways will miss her. We will wipe away the tears and remember her as the joyful person she was.
Fay is survived by her husband John, her daughter Bonnie, her sister Char, and grandchildren Ashley, Jayleigh and Mathew. She was predeceased by her (first) husband Stewart, son Craig, mother Rosa, father Buck, and sister Karen.
Fay and her family very much appreciated all of the visits and support they’ve received from her many friends and colleagues during these last few months.
Many thanks to Dr. Naylor, Dr. Kanachowski, and all of the nurses, careworkers and staff on the Surgical Ward for their wonderful care of Fay and their kindness and support to family and visitors. Thank you also to Yukon Home Care and Hospice Yukon.
All are welcome to drop in to a gathering of family, friends and colleagues at the Royal Canadian Legion, 503 Steele Street, on Saturday afternoon August 23 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Yukon Humane Society or any charity of your choice.
Brendan James Kinney
September 21st, 1993 -
August 9th, 2014
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce Brendan Kinney’s passing at the tender age of 20.
Brendan was born and raised a Yukoner. He was a gentle, caring, thoughtful, sensitive and compassionate young man. He was a huge music lover, video game slayer, and historian master. He had an uplifting and unique sense of humor. He enjoyed joking around, music, video games, rifles, the outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends.
If you had the opportunity to meet him you would have found a fast friend, always with a smile and comforting manner.
His parents are very proud of the young man he was becoming. His uplifting personality gave his family much laughter over the years. He was an awesome big brother who always kept an eye on his little sister. His practical jokes, goofy faces, and expressions will be greatly missed.
He leaves behind his mom, Linda Powers, his dad Brad Kinney; and the light of his life, his sister Tyra Powers-Chippett. He also leaves behind many friends and family both in the Yukon and in Alberta.
All are welcome to a Celebration of his Life on Tuesday August 19th at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in the Longhouse Room, 1171 Front Street. The Celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m. If you would like you are welcome to bring photos to share. After the service we will have a burning ceremony of letters for Brendan in the fire pit. If you would like to take part please bring a letter you have written for him.
Clare Cherepak October 28, 1998 -
August 9, 2014
With the heaviest of hearts we mourn the loss of our beloved daughter, sister and friend Clare Cherepak.
Please join us at a service in celebration of Clare’s life, Thursday August 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Vanier Catholic Secondary School, 16 Duke Street in Whitehorse. Come as you are, or in bright colours, just as Clare would have liked. A reception will follow.
We invite you to bring memories, written thoughts and photographs of Clare to be displayed at the reception. These will become a keepsake for Richard, Yolande and Rémie.
Clare was loved by many and will be missed by all.
To honour Clare's compassionate and giving nature, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations that assist Yukon's less fortunate:
Whitehorse Food Bank - 867-393-2265http://www.whitehorsefoodbank.ca/contact-us/
Blood Ties Four Directions -867-633-2437 http://www.positivelivingbc.org/organization/blood-ties-four-directions-centre
A private interment will be held at a later date.
February 2, 1937 – July 29, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Boro Dragutinovich. Boro passed away peacefully on July 29, 2014 at the age of 77.
Boro was a loving husband to Marion for 39 wonderful years, his memory will be fondly cherished by all of his family and friends.
A funeral service was held for Boro on August 1, 2014, with burial at Grey Mountain Cemetery.
Boro will forever be remembered as a man with a wonderful sense of humor and charm.
Donald Keith (Don) Knutson
December 5, 1936 – July 7, 2014
In his 77th year of living life to its fullest, Don Knutson passed away suddenly at the Whitehorse General Hospital, with his beloved wife and soul mate Margaret at his side. Don and Marg had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on July 4th.
Don was born in Jasper, Alberta. During the war years, the family lived in various places while Don’s father Wes was serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. The family settled in Edmonton, where Don could be found exploring the river valley, playing trombone with the Edmonton All Boys Marching Band, or spending summers at Jasper with his extended family. His summer job washing railway coaches eventually led to Don’s apprenticeship as an electrician and the start of a career at Canadian National Telecommunications in Edmonton. With a young and growing family, Don began what would become a lifetime of volunteering by getting involved in his sons’ field trips and Cub camps, and by coaching hockey. Some of the family’s best memories are from the summers spent at the cabin in Robb, on the Alberta Coal Branch, where they explored the hills, mountains and lakes. There wasn’t always a lot of money in those times, but Don and Marg taught their kids that real happiness wasn’t something you could buy. They shared their love of canoeing, skiing and being in the outdoors with their boys, and how to find joy in the world around them.
In 1979, Don was transferred to Whitehorse with Northwestel, where his job continued to take him all over the Yukon, Western Arctic and Northern BC as part of the expansion of microwave service. Despite retiring in 1993 after a 40-year career, Don was hardly ready to slow down. Instead he turned his energies to new volunteering opportunities and also to becoming Papa to his cherished grandchildren. Don’s hands were never idle, always building wooden toys, helping his kids with renovations, or whipping up the latest creation in the kitchen. Along the way, Don and Marg sailed the Kaitlin Rose from Vancouver Island to Skagway, where they explored the Lynn Canal for several seasons. Don and Marg also enjoyed travelling, whether to Newfoundland in their 5th wheel, or to Europe, Brazil, and New Zealand. Don’s bass drum kept the beat for the Midnight Sun Pipe Band, representing the Yukon on two trips to Scotland, including a performance for the Queen.
Retirement provided Don the opportunity to pour more energy into his many volunteer roles, most notably his 40-plus years of service to the Royal Canadian Legion. Although Don never served in the military, his commitment to veterans stemmed from his mother’s long time involvement with the Legion, as well as the wartime experience of his father and uncles. Whether it was serving six terms as president, creating the Whistling Pygmies, organizing poppy campaigns, or welcoming visitors to the branch, Don’s enthusiasm for the Legion and its role in the community was unmistakeable.
Don also brought leadership and experience to many other organizations, including Autism Yukon, The Yukon Council on Aging, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, the Transport Canada Recreational Boating Advisory Board, Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon, the New Chelsea Society, Mount Sima, and the Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley. At the time of his death, Don was the driving force behind the Vimy Heritage Housing Society, investing countless hundreds of hours towards realizing his dream of a supportive housing option for seniors in Whitehorse.
Although Don was always modest about formal recognition, he more than earned every award he received, among them the Royal Canadian Legion’s Life Membership, Meritorious Service Medal, and Palm Leaf to the Meritorious Service Medal (the Legion’s highest award); the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service; and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Wes and Iris Knutson, and by his sister Karen Passmore, who always looked up to her big brother. Don will be deeply missed by Margaret, who gave him the support he needed to carry out so much of his work; his sons Doug (Jean Jobagy), Russ (Claudiane Samson), Ken (Trix Tanner), and Thom (Kent Macaulay), who had the best dad, role model and friend anyone could hope for; his grandchildren (Kaitlin, Aven, Tori, Malcolm, Tammy, Sarah, Lou, Clare), for whom Papa will always be a special person in their hearts; brother Ken (Sandy); brother-in-law Terry Passmore; cousin Dennis (Edith) Mackay; extended family, countless friends, colleagues and former coworkers across the miles.
In the spirit of his mother, the greatest gift Don leaves to his family and community is the desire to work towards the needs of others. Don and Marg instilled in their children the values of loyalty and compassion, and to ensuring there was always room at the table for another person. He fought long and hard for the things he cared about, but always with the same smile and witty quips that made people laugh and want to be around him. Don’s shoes will be immensely hard to fill, but the best way to honour his memory is to honour the values he so deeply embodied every day of his life.
A celebration of Don’s life and achievements will be held on Thursday, August 14, at 2 p.m., at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. Please join us afterwards at Don’s favourite watering hole, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #254, 503 Steele Street.
The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Dr. Avery and the compassionate and caring nursing staff at Whitehorse General Hospital; the ambulance crew; and all those who worked to bring the family together in Don’s final moments with us.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s name to Autism Yukon, Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon, or a charity of your choice.
A book of condolences will be available at the Celebration, and at www.heritagenorth.ca/obituaries
February 14, 1931 - July 10, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Berndt of Dawson City. Gordon passed away on July 10, 2014 in Whitehorse at the age of 83 years.
A service for Gordon will be held at a later date in Alberta.
Anyone wishing to offer a condolence or share a memory may contact the family or do so at www.heritagenorth.ca and clicking on the obituary page.
Cards can be mailed to the family or Heritage North Funeral Home 412 Cook Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2R1 and they will be forwarded to the family.
Joseph Louis Couture passed peacefully in the arms of his loving parents on
June 29, 2014. Louis was born at 5:05 pm on June 28, 2014 at BC Woman's Hospital, and was gathered into our heavenly father's warm and loving embrace the following day.
During his short time here on earth he touched many lives and was deeply loved by family and friends. His life was a brief gift that will live on in our hearts and memories forever.
Louis is the beloved son of Guy Couture and Kathy Ellis of Dawson City, Yukon. Louis is survived by his loving big brother Joe Couture of
Dawson City, Yukon, paternal grandparents Gerald and Jan Couture of Dawson City, Yukon, maternal grandparents David and Rezna Ellis of Toronto, Ontario, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and so many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers we would be honoured to have you support the BC Woman's Hospital Neonatal ICU at: Kathy Ellis's online fundraising page through BC Woman's Hospital website (www.bcwomens.ca).
A private family graveside service will be held with a public wake to follow at
St. Mary's Catholic Church Meeting Hall in Dawson City on a date to be announced.