January 14, 1937 - November 18, 2015
It is with great sadness that the family of Ives Clark announces his passing on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the age of 78 years old.
Ives will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Claudette Clark; brother-in-law, Archie Bartusek (Alsanne); sisters-in-law, Susie Seidl (Ken), and Brenda Farrell. Ives will also be fondly remembered by each and everyone of his many nieces and nephews. Ives was predeceased by his father, Hugh Clark; and mother, Olive Clark; as well as his father-in-law, Abdon Bartusek; and mother-in-law, Ann Bartusek; his brothers, Lloyd Clark and his infant brother; his sisters, Louise Powell, Isabel Walper, Donalda Aylward; his brothers-in-law, Charles Powell (Buzz), Harry Walper, Frank Aylward, Wayne Bartusek (Anne) and Donnie Bartusek. He was also predeceased by his nephew, Lloyd Young; and great nephew, Chris McLeod.
Ives was born January 14, 1937 and loved fishing, flying his plane in his earlier years, hunting and spending time at the cottage located at Turtle Lake, Sask.
Ives farmed for many years, and in his memory we share the Farmer's Prayer:
"Time just keeps moving on
Many years have come and gone
But I grow older without regret
My hopes are in what may come yet.
On the farm I work each day
This is where I wish to stay
I watch the seeds each season sprout
From the soil as the plants rise out.
I study Nature and I learn
To know the earth and feel her turn
I love her dearly and all the seasons
For I have learned her secret reasons.
All that will live is in the bosom of Earth
She is the loving mother of all birth
But all that lives must pass away
And go back again to her someday.
My life too will pass from Earth
But do not grieve, I say, there will be other birth
When my body is old and all spent
And my soul to Heaven has went.
Please compost and spread me on this plain
So my body Mother Earth can claim
That is where I wish to be
Then Nature can nourish new life with me.
So do not for me grieve and weep
I did not leave, I only sleep
I am with the soil here below
Where I can nourish life of beauty and glow.
Here I can help the falling rain
Grow golden fields of ripening grain
From here I can join the winds that blow
And meet the softly falling snow.
Here I can help the sun's warming light
Grow food for birds of gliding flight
I can be in the beautiful flowers of spring
And in every other lovely thing.
So do not for me weep and cry
I am here, I do not die."
Ives' wife, Claudette Clark, and family would like to thank Dr. Crane and the nursing staff for his care while he was in the Biggar and District Health Centre. The thanks is extended to Grondin Funeral Home, to those who sent cards, flowers, food and those who visited.
Ives wished to not have a funeral; those who desire, may make a memorial donation in memory of Ives to a place of his or her choice.
We can celebrate the fact that we have known Ives, though he is no longer with us, we can celebrate that we were privileged and honoured to have known him. That he was a part of our lives. May he forever rest in peace.
John Paul Joseph Cormier
August 20, 1952 - January 19, 2016
The passing of John Paul Joseph Cormier of Biggar, Sask. occurred in the Biggar Health Centre Long Term Care on January 19, 2016 at the age of 63 years.
John is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Christine, of Biggar, Sask.; daughters, Marie (Jason) Fedorak and children Cameron and Anastasia; Cecile (Blair) Martin and children, Erika, Lauren and Elias; and Suzanne (Jon) Donnelly; brother and sisters; and several nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Helen Cormier of Regina, Sask. and younger brother, Michael.
Born the oldest of nine children, John worked tirelessly his entire life, raising his younger siblings when his own father passed away when John was only 15 years old. He grew to love cars and spent most of his working years as a Ford parts man in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. In addition to working hard, John also enjoyed playing hard, and was known to tell jokes and play tricks whenever the opportunity arose. Through adversity, John persevered, and always expressed his gratitude to others. His resourcefulness and ability to create something wonderful out of very little was one of his many gifts. His greatest legacy will be that of his children and grandchildren. He loved watching them learn, grow and get into mischief.
Funeral Mass was held on Monday, January 25, 2016 from St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, Biggar, Sask. with Father Michel Bedard as Celebrant. Eulogists were Marie Fedorak and Cecile Cormier; Readers were Bonnie Roesch and Cindy Weekes; Intentions Irene Wald; Offertory Gifts were Suzanne and Jon Donnelly; pianist Karen Jiricka and music by St. Gabriel's Choir. Honourary Casket Bearers were all those who shared in John's life. Active Casket Bearers were Joe Wald, Jon Donnelly, Bill Roesch, Blair Martin, Jason Fedorak, Randy Weekes. Honour Guard was the Knights of Columbus. Interment was held at Biggar Cemetery. Tributes in John's memory may be made to Biggar & District Health Centre Activity Fund, Box 130, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0.
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1962".