Wyatt, Martha “Elaine” (nee Richie) aged 57, a resident of Carmacks, Yukon Territory (YT), passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Whitehorse General Hospital on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, after a courageous fight against cancer. Elaine was born February 22, 1957 to Ben and the late Margaret Richie (2012) in Chatham, Ontario. Beloved wife and best friend of Mark C. Wyatt and loving Mom to Mark’s children, Colleen Saur of Kelowna, BC, Jason and Juanita Wyatt and Shauna and Dave Jacobs all of Whitehorse, YT . She will forever be missed by her grandchildren Alexandra, Cassidy, Kiara, Alexander and Sara.
Lovingly remembered by her siblings; Michael (Elsa) Richie, Karen (Harry) Ellis and Jane (Randy) Kovar of Chatham; and from Victoria Marsha Richie and the late David Quinlan (2013). Also in Ontario are niece and nephews Jordan (Kate), Jesse, Megan (TJ), Robert (Corin), Tom (Stephanie) and their son Ben.
Plus many aunts, uncles, cousins and childhood friends from South Western Ontario.
An adventurous soul, Elaine left Chatham seeking her place in the world; living in Sudbury and the Toronto area, before venturing west to Vancouver where she graduated from Langara College majoring in Criminology. In 1991 Elaine's wanderlust brought her to Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, where she fell in love with the vast, majestic and rugged landscape of mountains, alpine lakes, forests and most of all, her soul mate Mark. Elaine and Mark continued their life's journey together, moving to Whitehorse (1992), Inuvik, Northwest Territories (1993) and then in 1995 they hung their hat permanently, relocating southward to Carmacks, where they enjoyed their love for the pristine outdoors; hunting, fishing and spending time at their log cabin on Little Salmon Lake with their loyal canine, Rocky.
Elaine had the respect of the Elders and was a fierce champion of all youth. Passionate, caring, determined and always a straight shooter, Elaine found her niche and purpose when she entered the political arena. With her ability to see the "big-picture" combined with her no nonsense direct approach, Elaine after being elected to Carmacks Municipal Council in October 2003 serving 3 years, and in April 2006 she became acting Mayor and was officially elected as Mayor in October 2006, until the time of her passing. Elaine’s love of the Yukon and her vision for its future, propelled her to run for the Yukon Territorial Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). Likewise, she was instrumental in bringing the "Voice of the North" to the Provincial/Territorial and Federal government tables, as President of the Association of Yukon Communities (AYC). Likewise, most recently Elaine had been recognized and awarded the prestigious Hanseatic award, nominated by her Peers, for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of Yukon municipal government. Elaine was also a humble recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, as well as beloved Mayor of Carmacks, Elaine will forever be loved and remembered. Her legacy lives on.
Our heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care received by the Whitehorse General Hospital staff, doctors, nurses, First Nation Health Alliance and the palliative care team.
In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to Hospice Yukon, 409 Jarvis St, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2H4.
A celebration of Elaine's life and spirit will be held on December 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Carmacks Recreation/Community Center.
Patricia Anne Parker (nee Campbell)
April 12,1953 to August 14,2014
It is with great sadness that we announce that Patricia passed away peacefully in Whitehorse on August 14, 2014. Trish recently retired from the Yukon Government after 22 years of service where she was known for her bright smile and loving manner by all that knew her. She will be deeply missed by her family in the Yukon and Ontario and by her many friends she made over her lifetime.
A private celebration to honor Trish’s life was held recently held at Marsh Lake.
Trish was predeceased by her mother and father, John and Kathleen Campbell and her younger brother Patrick.
She leaves behind her two sons, Shayne of Whitehorse (Renée), Jamie of Ontario (Jen) and little grandson Isaiah.
Trish held a special place in her heart for her beloved pets Cheyenne, Scooter, Kelly and Wease.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter.
Leonard Jacob Hiebert
September 7, 1937 - October 20, 2014
On Monday October 20, 2014, Len started his journey home after a lengthy and strong illness with ALS.
He is survived by his wife Gayle, sisters Marieanne & Betty, along with his three children, two step children, and numerous other family members.
He is predeceased by his parents David and Tina, brother Albert, and sister Elsie.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the outstanding care and compassion he received while residing at Copper Ridge Place.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you make a donation in Len’s name to the ALS society of B.C./ Yukon.
Our sincere thanks for all the care and support in our time of need. He will be greatly missed by all.
Michael Bruce Laforet
July 10, 1940 – October 18, 2014
“Black Mike” Laforet has exited the Yukon for the final time, after a prolonged and valiant battle against C.O.P.D. and emphysema. He first came to the Yukon in May of 1966, with partner Jim Winberg, to prospect for gold in the Tombstone Mountains. This was a major departure from his previous history, where he had made his mark in Olympic-style wrestling, the Martial arts and as a Military Policeman. He had also succeeded in the business of advertising, with newspapers, radio, and National ad agencies. Old-timers may remember Mike from seven years as the bouncer at the old Whitehorse Inn, working with “The Canucks.” Those were different and exciting times, but he could brag that he never started a fight, and never lost one. He also made his mark, for six years, with a weekly column, “The Sourdough Sage” in the Yukon News, as well as a daily morning feature on CBC Northern Service. He then left the Yukon for two years to accept a position as Chairman of the Communications Department for a prominent Ontario college.
Back in the Yukon, Mike began a new career when he opened “Black Mike’s Gold Mines” on a promising property 20 miles south of Whitehorse. For 15 years, he entertained and educated Yukon visitors about the importance and history of Yukon placer mining. During this time, he was called on by fellow placer miners to champion their fight against the bureaucracy. This led to the bi-weekly newspaper, “The Placer Mining Times,” where Mike was both editor and Publisher. When he married a pretty Swedish girl on August 17, 1980, the event was called the “Social Event of the Season” by local media. Black Mike had been divorced since 1985, and had, long ago, lost touch with family members, once based in Brampton, Ontario. Mike was especially proud of his 30-year membership in Whitehorse Toastmasters, where he excelled at training newcomers in the areas of “Using humor in Public Speaking,” and in the effective evaluation techniques.
In recent years, Mike was featured in the local media, now and then. After two seasons on the Whitehorse Trolley, telling his jokes and sharing our history, Mike made news. Sometimes he would write biting and funny Letters To The Editor, defending the rights of the placer miners against excessive bureaucracy. He told friends he had once been the emcee at a totally nude beach wedding, and he noted, “Boy, you could sure tell who the Best Man was.”
As a tough old guy, he wasn’t afraid of death. He kept busy everyday, creating Water Licenses and Y.E.S.A.B. applications for old placer mining buddies. His long-time friend, Jim Robb, defines his as “definitely one of our colorful five-percent.”
The Yukon is a somewhat lesser place today, as the likes of “Black Mike” Laforet will be missed.
Caroline Rose McCarthy
August 9, 1946 - September 24, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carloline McCarthy. Caroline passed away on September 24, 2014 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
A funeral service for Carol will take place on Monday September 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, located on Fourth Avenue and Steele Street.
A reception will follow the service at the CYO hall located in the basement of Sacred Heart.
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.