A memorial service was held July 28, 2012 for Kevin John White of South Cooking Lake, Edmonton, at the Full Gospel Assembly, Atikokan. Pastor Mikael Mantyla led the service and the internment which was held on July 27, 2012 at Little Falls Cemetery.
Kevin was born on December 5, 1960 and passed away in the arms of his loving daughter, Jenna on June 9, 2012 in the Royal Alex hospital in Edmonton due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Kevin’s brother, Gary, went to Beijing, China in 2008 to assist Kevin through stem-cell treatment. Many friends and relatives contributed to paying for Kevin’s trip and treatment, for which he and his family were very grateful. Treatment was not successful due to food poisoning and other ailments, causing Kevin to have toxic shock and leading him to a close call with death.
Kevin graduated from Atikokan High School in 1978 and went to Sault Ste. Marie College with aspirations of working in the electrical technology field. He married Joanne Hope on April 27, 1991 and had two beautiful girls, Amy, 20 and Jenna, 17. Kevin held various jobs as an electrical apprentice; he made and installed satellite dishes, he managed at Foot Locker, hauled supplies to the oil fields, and his last position was working security at the Edmonton International Airport.
He had a great passion for sky diving (253 jumps), scuba diving, downhill skiing and anything that would give him an adrenaline rush. Kevin joined the Royal Scottish Regiment in Thunder Bay and transferred to Edmonton in 1986 where he became part of the Airborne Infantry Regiment. He had also written to CBC’s Thrill of a Life Time TV program to skydive with the Canadian National Sky Diving Team where he was chosen to be on the team and headed out to Clairsholm, Alberta.
Though Kevin had developed Parkinson’s disease in 2004 he never gave up or lost hope or his sense of humour and was always positive.
Left to mourn are his daughters Amy and Jenna of Edmonton, parents John and Lois White of Niobe Lake, Atikokan, Ontario, brother Gary (Donna), Kira, Karl White of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, sister Susan (Victor), Victoria, John and Michelle Iannandrea of Milton, Ontario, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Cynthia (Cyndy) White
Mrs. Cynthia (Cyndy) Anne White (nee Baxter), 61, of Atikokan, Ontario, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, with her loving husband at her side.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1951, she was the third of six children born to Rev. Bert and Lenora Baxter.
At the age of 14, she moved, with her family, to Atikokan where she attended Atikokan High School. In 1969, she married the love of her life, Hugh.
She was a lifelong, active member of First Baptist Church, where she dedicated her time to the children’s programs and was lovingly known as ‘Auntie Cyndy’. She will be remembered for her love of the Lord, which she so freely shared with many people. She will also be remembered for her delicious cookies and the beautiful cakes she made for many family birthdays and weddings.
Cyndy loved spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. She especially enjoyed the family camping trips to White Otter Lake. In recent years, Hawaiian vacations and fly-in fishing trips to Kashabowie Outpost cabins with her hubby brought many smiles to Cyndy’s face. Her generous love for her family will always be remembered.
She is survived by Hugh, her husband of almost 43 years; son Robert (Dianna) White; daughters Susan (Corey) Hayes, and Rachel White; seven grandchildren, Calvin, James, Hannah, Brady, Joel, Jenna, and Dustin… all of Atikokan. She is also survived by her dad, Rev. Bert Baxter, sisters, brothers and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.
Cyndy was predeceased by her beloved grand-daughter, Samara Rayanne Hayes in 2004; her mother, Lenora in 2008; brother-in-law James White in 2008 and nephew Ryan White in 2008.
Funeral services for Cyndy White were held Monday, August 13, with family and friends assembling at First Baptist Church (Atikokan), with Pastor Ken Stainthorpe officiating. Private interment will be at the family plot in Little Falls Cemetery. A luncheon followed at the Legion.
Pallbearers were Cyndy’s grandson, Calvin Hayes, her son-in-law, Corey Hayes, and her brothers-in-law Mark White, Paul White, Glen Strom and Ed Boyko.
Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons James White, Brady White, Joel Hayes and Dustin White, as well as her nephew, Rob Strom.
In lieu of flowers, donations to First Baptist Church barrier-free fund (Box 306 Atikokan, Ontario P0T 1C0) would be greatly appreciated. Online, condolences can be left at www.EverestOfThunderBay.com.
Henry Francis ‘Elmer’ Brandrick
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Henry Francis ‘Elmer’ Brandrick , 86, our husband and friend, of 13 Rawn Rd., Atikokan, Ontario. Elmer passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Atikokan General Hospital.
Elmer was born July 11, 1926, in D’Arcy, Saskatchewan to the late Ivan and Sarah Brandrick. Elmer moved to the Rainy River District with his family in 1928 and settled in Devlin. At the age of 18, he was conscripted to the Army and served in Canada during WWII. In 1946, he moved to Atikokan to work in the Steep Rock Mine, where he operated heavy machinery, and later as a machinist at Caland Mine until the mine closed in 1981. He met Sylvia Paterson in 1971, and they were united in marriage on May 12, 1972.
Elmer was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, boating, all terrain vehicles, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed travelling and in later years, spent most of their free time in the couple’s camper-trailer. Elmer was a small engine enthusiast, who loved working on and building engines, almost as much as he loved to talk about them. Elmer was a member of the Atikokan Sportsman Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 145 in Atikokan. Although they never had children of their own, Elmer was like a second father to many generations of children for whom he and Sylvia cared.
He was predeceased by brothers, Eric and Bernard (Pat) Brandrick, sister Marie Haver, and four sisters-in-law, Bonnie, Hazel, Shirley and Lorna Brandrick.
Elmer is survived by his wife Sylvia, brother, Ken Brandrick of Devlin, Ontario, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, August 8, at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ontario. Reverend Barbara Miller officiated, with interment in the Devlin Cemetery. The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Color Guard provided a military tribute during the service. Active pallbearers were Adam Hodgson, Brent Dyhm, Tim Scott, D.J. Gillies, Ed Taylor and Rob Brandrick. Honourary pallbearers were Kristie Gillies, Lacey Gillies, Becky Hodgson, Jesse Anderson, Alacia Henderson and Chandra Gillies.
Memorial donations may be made to the Atikokan General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made in care of www.GreenFuneralHomeFortFrances.com.