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Rhonda ten Haaft | October 27, 1963 - December 16, 2019

Rhonda was born in Calgary AB on October 27, 1963 to Helen and Leonard Stotz. Her family moved to Golden BC in 1968. Rhonda graduated from Golden Secondary School in 1981. In 1982, she graduated with an Office Management Diploma from the Henderson College of Calgary AB. Rhonda was a well known and active member in the community of Golden. As a youth, she participated in Junior Forest Wardens 1973 – 1979. As an adult she worked diligently providing front line customer support for various businesses and volunteered much of her spare time with Scouts, Kinette’s, and the fabrication of dance and figure skating costumes for several youth performances. Rhonda was married in 1987 and divorced in 2004. She has three children: Leonard-1988, Casey-1990, and Sasha-1992. Rhonda was a loving and devoted mother. She joyfully opened her heart and home to her family, friends, and several energetic dogs that gladly kept her busy and entertained as well. Rhonda was diagnosed with Merkel Cell Carcinoma in December 2015. She underwent surgery and radiation treatments and was declared cancer free on May 20, 2016, however still required continual wound care for the next 2 1⁄2 yrs. Unfortunately, the cancer returned September 2019 and in November, she was diagnosed with having stage 4 metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma and given 3 to 6 months to live. Rhonda was able to spend her final weeks in her home with loved ones in palliative care. Sadly, she passed away earlier than expected in the Golden District Hospital on December 16, 2019 at 2:15am from respiratory failure due to cancer complications. Rhonda was predeceased by her father in March 1999. She is survived by her three children, mother, two brothers (Sheldon Stotz, Kenneth Stotz and their families) as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who will all miss her dearly.
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John Matheson | December 13, 1978 - December 04, 2019

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 our dearly loved John passed away, taking his own life in Golden, B.C. at age 40. John leaves to mourn his beloved "Angel" Melanie Gourdes and their two beloved dogs, Duke and Baron of Banff, Alberta, his loving parents Jack and Del of Winnipeg. John is also survived by his uncles, George (Norma) and Allan (Valerie) and their families, Del's sister-in-law Carol Patterson, nieces, nephews and special family, Lily and Naomi, mother-in-law Claire (father Gaetan deceased), sister-in-law Genevieve (Steve) and their families in Quebec. He also leaves behind an overwhelming extended family of friends spanning from the Vancouver area, through Golden, Banff, Canmore, on to Brandon, Clear Lake and Winnipeg. John was diagnosed with bipolar depression more than 20 years ago but this did not stop him from pursing his real passion of snowboarding. John moved in the Canadian Rockies and settled in Golden BC for almost 10 years, where he met the "love of his life", Melanie. John and Mel relocated in Banff about six year ago, where John continues following his amazing artistic skills, love for snowboarding and work in retail. Unfortunately, the last few years became more difficult for John due to his illness. His latest depression hit him long and hard, and although he fought with tremendous courage and strength, the pain was just too much for John to bear. John's creativity, gratefulness, kind soul, love of family, snowboarding and of course his love for Golden, will be forever missed. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of John's life will eventually be held in Golden. Further information will be available at a later time. Until then, please remember John by snowboarding, painting, fishing, skateboarding and by following your passion in life. We have lost our son and soul's companion A life linked with our own And day by day, we miss him more As we walk through life without him
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Ingrid Hambruch | August 20, 1930 - December 01, 2019

Ingrid passed away at the Golden District General Hospital after a brief illness. She is survived by daughter Sabine (Garry) , grandchildren Christine (Bill) Elora , Annita (Charles) Emily, Alex Anthony (Kirsten), her son Christoph (Terri), Dassie, Kyla (Josh) Devony, Mackenna, Juliana, Sylvie, Shylo (Dave) Jayla Ingrid was predeceased by her husband Paul in 2012, her brother Hansel in 2013 and sister-in-law Erica in 2019. Ingrid was able to be active to the end and now joins her beloved husband.
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James Whitford | March 05, 1968 - November 21, 2019

Arrangements entrusted to Hindman Bowers Funeral Home.
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Poul Olsen | August 18, 1949 - November 19, 2019

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Reg Higginson | June 08, 1951 - November 15, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Reg Higginson on November 15, 2019 at Apache Junction, Arizona at the age of 68. The families wishes are to hold a Celebration of Life in the spring of 2020.
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Betty Hamilton | August 07, 1923 - October 20, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Kathleen Hamilton announce her passing on Sunday, October 20th, 2019, at the age of 96. Betty was born in 1923, near Wolverhampton, England. In 1943 she joined the WRNS (Womens Royal Navy Service) during WW2 where she worked as a Steward in the mobile unit. In 1945 she married John Hamilton, a Canadian Seaman serving overseas, and they welcomed the arrival of their first child in England. In 1946 they boarded the final voyage of the SS Aquitania which brought them to Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and they settled for a short time in Ontario. They remained in Canada and raised their family, John’s career with the Armed Forces had them living in many provinces over the years. In 1992 they purchased a home in Golden BC where they remained until their passing’s. Betty enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; bowling, singing in the choir, baking, reading, quilting, chatting with friends and family. Her door was always open to those who stopped in for a tea and chat or cold Ginger Ale. Right up to her last days she especially looked forward to Saturday afternoons when she and her friend Pat would spend the afternoon sipping tea and having a good tongue wag. Her birthdays became a regular celebration for family gatherings bringing them together in Golden from England and other parts of Canada. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Janet, Arnold (Sheila), Mark (Kathy) and Ruth. Betty will also be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many who adopted Granny as their own, by her brother Oliver Johnson, nieces and nephews and by numerous friends in Golden. She was predeceased by her husband John in 2015, to whom she was married for 70 years. Family and friends whose lives Betty touched are invited to come for tea, an informal gathering at the Golden Baptist Church on Saturday, October 26, 2019 starting at 1:30pm to remember and reminisce. Betty’s final request was for the family to gather once again in Golden BC for a “Bang Up Wake” which will take place at her home on Mother’s Day 2020. At this time the family will select a location to scatter her ashes.
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Gordon Daniel Collins | December 11, 1942 - September 18, 2019

COLLINS, Gordon Daniel passed away at Durand Manor, Golden, BC on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the age of 76 years. Gordon was born at Edmonton, AB on December 11, 1942. He moved to Golden with his parents, Joe and Rose when he was 17 years old. He had worked for 20 years with the Department of Highways. He enjoyed camping, houseboat trips on the Shuswap Lake and fishing. Gordon is survived by his cousins; adopted family, Al and Debbie White, Marla and Ben Catbagan and their children, Jadelynne and Josefina, Vicki Roberts and her children, Dallas, Katelyn and Lacy. He was predeceased by his parents, Joe in 1978 and Rose in 2017.
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Georgia Rodgers | December 03, 1944 - September 14, 2019

Georgia Ann Rodgers passed away at Durand Manor in Golden on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the age of 74 years. There will be no formal service by Georgia’s request. Georgia was born on December 3, 1944 in Deloraine, Manitoba. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
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Edward "Ed" Lucas | June 25, 1928 - September 12, 2019

LUCAS, Edward “Ed” passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at Durand Manor in Golden, BC on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 91 years. Ed was born at Edmonton, AB on June 25, 1928. He grew up in Peve Pine Creek, AB and had resided in Golden for the past 65 years. Ed had worked as a groundman for BC Hydro for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting and walking. Ed will be loving remembered by his wife of 65 years, Bessie and his daughter, Bert (Kevin) Zdanovich. He was predeceased by his daughter, Delores in 1989 and son, Edward in 2015. The family wishes to thank Ed’s nurses and staff at Durand Manor who took such amazing care of him. There will be no formal funeral service. His cremated remains will be interred in the Golden Community Cemetery.
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