December 17, 1939 - April 17, 2014
Lionel completed his life's journey on April 17.
He was born December 17, 1939 – the youngest of ten children born to Joseph and Minnie Stokes of High Prairie, Alberta. It was here Lionel first took an interest in curling, competing in the 1959 Alberta high school championships that developed into a lifelong passion for the sport. Lionel continued curling after moving north, winning the Yukon championship numerous times. At the 1975 Brier in Fredericton, NB Lionel and his mates finished the competition tied for second place – no playoffs in those days! Their record two years later at the 1977 Brier in Montreal, PQ was not quite as outstanding however Lionel was named All-Star Second. Lionel was also honoured to be a fifth for the Chuck Haines rink at the 1981 and 1991 Briers. In 1982 Lionel & his wife Debra represented the Territories at the Seagram Mixed curling championships in Timmons, Ont. Lifelong friendships were forged along the way as Lionel’s calm and gentle demeanour endeared him to everyone he met.
Lionel brought a sense of loyalty, strong values, sound ethics and integrity to his long career in business. Lionel and the Edgewater were synonymous. He started pouring draft in the pub in 1969 and by 1982 was sole owner of the hotel. Most days he could be seen either at the front desk, in the lounge or the Cellar Dining Room. Lionel was respected and cherished by all those who worked for him during his 40 years at the “Edge.” Suffice it to say that after Lionel sold the business in 2009, the “Edge” was never the same.
Loving and wise, he quietly led his family, teaching them and many others by example. Lionel is survived by his wife Debra, sons Brent (Kathy and Joseph), Brad (Heidi, Kyla and Luke) and daughter Sue (Chris, Brendan and Brody). Also mourning his loss are his brothers Donald (Kathleen) of Rancho Santa Fe, California, Jim (Anna) of High Prairie AB, Wally (Betty) of Grande Prairie AB, Jack of Kinuso AB, and sisters Dora Szusko of Edmonton AB, and June (Nori) Nishio of Nanaimo, BC as well as extended family in the UK and Australia.
Our deepest thanks to Dr. Owen Avrill, Dr. Allison O’Hearn, Dr. Danusia Kanachowski, the entire medical ward and home care team involved for the attentive and compassionate care shown Lionel and his family.
All the special people in Lionel’s life are too numerous to mention - and you know who you are - know that he leaves you with a smile and a glass of wine that is more than half full – so enjoy the memories and have “just the one”.
In accordance with Lionel’s wishes there will be a private family burial. In lieu of flowers Lionel’s family invite you to consider a donation in his memory to a charity of your choice.
Anyone wishing to offer a condolence or share a memory are invited to do so at www.heritagenorth.ca on the obituary page. Also cards can be mailed to Heritage North Funeral Home 412 Cook Street, Whitehorse, Y.T. Y1A 2R1 and they will be forwarded to the family.
Harmeny Daniel (1958-2014) artist, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and aunt (Honey).
Harmeny’s warmth and compassion were unlimited; each day she fulfilled her desire to make the world a better place.
Her passion for writing led her to write a book, plays, poetry, and landed her a stint writing for a local newspaper. Never short of inspiration, Harmeny drew on the energy around her, and had an unparalleled insight.
Harmeny was immensely proud of her two children, Ian and Leifka Vissers. She taught her children to be strong, independent, and always ensured that they felt loved. Harmeny’s lasting influence will always guide Leifka and Ian through exciting, challenging, and loving lives.
Harmeny had an exceptional amount of love for her siblings; to Jann, Colleen, Patrick, and Thorrin she was a constant source of encouragement, love, and humour.
Harmeny is survived by her mother, Jean Maw, whose unwavering support has been with her through every one of life’s adventures.
Harmeny’s life was brightened by the many exceptional friends she surrounded herself with over the years. While Harmeny was born in the lower mainland, she was drawn to the Yukon by its raw beauty, and it is here she found her true home.
Harmeny touched everyone she met – her light will linger.
Due to her immense popularity and resulting demand, there will be celebrations of life in Whitehorse on Saturday April 12th in Rotary Peace Park at 2:00 p.m., with reception to follow at the Whitehorse United Church (601 Main St) and in Langley, British Columbia at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Road on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. Please bring a photo of yourself to the service.
Flowers are respectfully declined; if you wish to honour Harmeny, please consider contributing to a charity of your choice or to one of the charities below in her name;
BC Cancer Society
The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter
126 Tlingit Street
102-211 Hanson St.
Inviting Destiny In
Life and how you live it
open to opportunity and chance
ready to say yes
YES I say
I am ready
I am willing
I am able
And so I invite Destiny in
and whatever work and blessings she
brings with her
Joe Evans passed away in Whitehorse on March 27, 2014 at the age of 56 years.
A memorial service for Joe will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Anglican Church of Northern Apostles, 45 Boxwood Crescent, Porter Creek.
A reception will follow the service. You are welcome to bring your photos and stories of Joe as well as a food platter to share with everyone.
Stephen Mills Jr.
Stephen Mills Jr., left us on March 19th, 2014 at the young age of 21. While we are all deeply saddened, we have been blessed with his kind heart and thoughtful ways, his laughter, his love of life and deep caring for all his friends and family. His spirit lives with the people and the land that he loved.
We welcome friends and family to a viewing on Sunday, March 30th, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Heritage North Funeral Home in Whitehorse.
Stephen's service will be at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:00 followed by a celebration of his life.
Please join us in celebrating Stephen and all that he gave and meant to us.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
I’ll always be with you.
Isabel Jean Tutt
May 31, 1928 - March 20, 2014
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Granny. Isabel Tutt passed away peacefully at Whitehorse General Hospital at the age of 85. Isabel was predeceased by the love of her life Clifford Tutt. She leaves behind 13 children, numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Granny has helped many people throughout her life. Family or not, she was always known as Granny.
A celebration of life for Isabel Tutt will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be held in Whitehorse at the Royal Canadian Legion located at 503 Steele Street.
Granny will be truly missed, but never forgotten by her loving family.
Thomas James Patterson
May 16, 1928 - March 11, 2014
Tom Patterson passed away peacefully at Whitehorse General Hospital on March 11, at the age of 85.
A funeral service for Tom will be held on Saturday March 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Whitehorse Baptist Church located on 2060 - 2nd avenue.
The graveside service will take place at Grey Mountain Cemetery.
A reception will be held at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre in the Grey Mountain Banquet Room. All are welcome to join the family for beverages and snacks.
Antoine (Tony) Eugene Joseph
March 27, 1940 – March 6, 2014
It is with heartfelt sadnesss that I announce the sudden passing of my beloved Tony. Tony was a long-time Yukoner and was known for his generosity and kindness. Tony was an amazing man and an inspiration to many. He was always so happy and his laugh was genuine and contagious.
Tony is survived by his loving partner of 23 years, Cindy Clark, his step-children Jillian and Jamie, his daughter Ann and grandson Justin, daughter Sharon, brother Ray (Linda), nephew Konn (Maureen) and their children Kevin and Teneil, his mother Mary and his many, many friends. Tony is predeceased by his father Eugene.
The family would like to thank the wonderful hospital staff and Dr. Avery for taking such good care of Tony. Also, thank you to Andy for helping us out.
Tony you are forever in our hearts and you will be loved and missed dearly.
At Tony’s request, his wishes were to have no service but for you to have a sip of scotch in the privacy of your own home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Brenda Lea Sam
October 9, 1960 - February 27, 2014
Brenda Lea Sam of Carmacks, Yukon passed away on February 27, 2014 at the age of 53.
A funeral service for Brenda will be held in Carmacks at the Recreation Centre on
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
A potlach for Brenda will be held following the burial service at the Recreation Centre.
All are welcome to attend.
Wayne Richardson Hobbs
Sept 14, 1928-March 1, 2014
Our beautiful Dad lost his 5 year battle with cancer on March 1, 2014. His family was at his bedside until the very end.
Wayne is pre-deceased by his beloved wife Lona, infant daughter Janet and eldest son Doug.
Wayne loved the Yukon and made it his home permanently since 1969. Wayne is survived by his brother Stuart, his children Bill (Carolyn), Patsy, Penny (Gordon), Rick (Jill), Pam (Clive) and Carol. Grandchildren Bill, Bob, Leaha, Ryan, Lora, Sterling, Steven and Theoren. Great Grandchildren Cameron, Jacob and Elizabeth. He will be missed by his many great friends throughout the Yukon and the rest of Canada and beyond.
“Where do you go when you leave the Yukon? You go to Heaven”
A phrase that had a lot of meaning for Wayne signifying that the only way you leave the Yukon is on your final journey.
An informal gathering to celebrate Wayne’s life will take place in the
Grey Mountain Room at Mt. McIntyre centre on
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 6PM-9PM.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the MS Society of Canada.
March 7, 1932 - February 20, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Martha Buyck, of Mayo, Yukon. Martha passed away on February 20, at Whitehorse General Hospital surrounded by family and friends. She was 81 years old.
A viewing will be taking place on Wednesday, February 26 at Heritage North Funeral Home located on 412 Cook Street from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The funeral service for Martha will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mayo Community Hall, in Mayo, Yukon.
A reception will immediately follow the burial at the Mayo Community Hall.