In Memoriam

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2021-05-23CRISP, Kenneth (Ken) R.

Kenneth R. Crisp, 79, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., passed away on May 23rd, 2021 peacefully in hospice after a two-year battle with brain and lung cancer.

He was born in Trail, B.C., on November 29th, 1941, son of the late John and Sylvia Crisp. He is survived by his wife, Sally, and two sons, James and Michael. He is also survived by his brother Arthur and sister Marlene, their children and grandchildren.

Ken graduated from the University of British Columbia and worked for Canada Employment and Immigration. He received a Recognition of Service Award from PSAC for his dedicated service to his union. He received a commendation from Prime Minister Jean Chretien for his 33 years of loyal service upon his retirement.

In 1969, he discovered the two loves of his life, Square Dancing and his then to be wife, Sally. He was a charter member of the Swinging Singles Square Dance Club and was elected president in 1971. He married Sally in 1972. Ken went on to call and teach dancing at many clubs over the years, often travelling great distances and juggling multiple clubs at once. He taught teens to seniors and everyone in-between. He was passionate about dancing and did everything in his power to promote it, calling in parades, malls, senior homes, schools, cruise ships, caves, wherever they would let them. Over the years, family trips usually revolved around getting to a square dance festival. Ken and Sally also ran a square dance clothing and accessory store for many years.

Ken and Sally won the Scroll of Honour in 2001. Ken was awarded a 30 years of Dedicated Leadership award from the Vancouver & District Caller/Teachers Association in 2005. Ken and Sally were honoured for outstanding service to the Square Dance Community with the Sillery Award in 2011. They were presented with the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Square & Round Dance Society in 2013. Kenneth was elected president of the B.C. Square and Round Dance Federation in 2017. He was honoured with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Swinging Singles at their 50th Anniversary in 2019.

Ken was a great lover of all kids of music. He collected it in every format, played the piano and loved to sing in the Silver Chord Choir.

Ken was well loved by family and friends and we will all miss him very much.

2021-05-19PENNER, Theodor (Ted)

it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Theodor (Ted) Penner (Surrey, British Columbia), who passed away on May 19, 2021, at the age of 76, leaving to mourn family and friends.

He and Erica were regular members of the Surrey Square Wheelers square dance club, dancing every Wednesday evening.

2021-05-06TRYSSENAAR, Guido (Guy)

Guy passed away peacefully with his wife of 40 years, Barbara, and his two children, Jason and Sherry, at his side. Guy was a loving husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather, and he is mourned by the Tryssenaar, Donnelly and Erho families and many friends. Guy was kind, helpful and generous, with a ready smile and hearty laugh. He was hard-working and loyal, and was one of the longest serving employees at Houle Electric before his retirement in 2004. Guy loved to garden and was always busy with projects around the home. He also enjoyed square dancing and playing cards. A celebration of Guys life will be planned when we are allowed to gather again. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice are appreciated.

2021-03-25BEATTY, Marie Marguerite (MARGARET)

Margaret, age 92, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. She was born March 21, 1929 in St. Brieux, Saskatchewan. Margaret moved with her family to Creston, British Columbia when she was a child. Margaret is predeceased by her husband Alvin (1985) and her partner Tom Robertson. She is survived by her son David Beatty, his wife Cheryl and Davidís adult children Nicole (husband Edward), their children Erika and Rylee, as well as Davidís son Michael (wife Snezana) and their children Layne, Mika, and Theo, as well as her daughter Linda Beatty and her son Terry.

Also, she will be missed by her sister, Beatrice, and nieces Connie (husband Keith), Joanne (husband Paul), and Denise (husband David) as well as numerous friends throughout the world.

Alvin and Margaret raised their family in Trail. This is where they began Square Dancing and skiing. Margaret was proud of her accomplishments as an LPN in the operating room at the Trail Hospital. She eventually relocated to North Vancouver.

Margaret loved to travel, and her keepsakes include items from the Netherlands, India (Taj Mahal), Russia and other places too numerous to mention. She remained active and outgoing all her life enjoying skiing until her mid-80ís and Square Dancing until her move to Red Deer. She was always reading a book, learning new things and was a wiz at technology too.

In 2019 Margaret relocated to Red Deer, Alberta to be closer to her son, daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She remained active and enjoyed outings with family and getting to know new friends in her new home at Revera, Inglewood.

The family would like to thank the staff at Revera Inglewood for their hospitality and care of Margaret. While COVID-19 is a challenge, their diligence kept Margaretís home COVID-free.

Special thanks to the staff at Lacombe Hospital, Unit B.

The family will have a small, closed gathering to celebrate Margaretís life.

Margaret was an avid reader, so, in remembrance, feel free to donate to the Red Deer Public Library (or your local library) in Margaretís name, or to the Lacombe Health Trust via

2021-02-03CALHOUN, Gilbert Lloyd

With a sad heart, we announce the passing of Gilbert Lloyd Calhoun on February 3, 2021, aged 87, formerly married to Inez Reding and Joyce Toews. He is mourned by his daughter Christine (Anthony) and his son Grant (Judy), his sister Marjorie, grandchildren Jaimie (Benton), Alexander, and Andie, and great-granddaughter Naomi, his niece Diana, his nephew Dan, and his companion Linda Malone, and the many extended family and friends.

Gil was a loving and generous man who taught his children a love for camping and the outdoors. He liked to turn everything into a song, whether walking through the woods or playing crib or poker at home. He also loved to square dance and ballroom dance. Many summers were spent in Penticton for a week of square dancing and calling the dances. After retiring, he took the opportunity to go on many cruises and trips all over the world. Because of his love of travel and dancing he was asked and became a Cruise ship Host dancing with the single ladies and that is where he met Linda.

Volunteering kept him busy when not working at B.C. Tel/Telus nor dancing. He loved going to George Derby to spend time with the seniors there. If not there, he would be delivering food to house-bound people through Meals on Wheels. Working at the Tee Pee at Telus in Burnaby also kept him occupied.

After a lot of searching, Gil found peace of mind, body, and soul through the Worldwide Church of God. Through his church, he had the opportunity to do some traveling for special Feast events and cruises, including a couple of trips to Israel. He was an avid photographer on these occasions and came home with beautiful memories.

The family would like to give a heart-felt thank you to all the staff at the Royal City Manor for the care they took of him up until the end. Now he is at peace though he will be greatly missed.

2021-01-02DEGLAN, Elinor (nee Neumann)

It is with great sadness, we announce that our beloved wife, mother and Nana, passed away on January 2, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Elinor was born in Winnipeg and then moved to Burnaby with her family. She graduated from Burnaby South in 1949 and met the love of her life, Alf, that same year. They were married in 1953 and spent the next 67 years together. They raised their four children in the log house that Alf built in Langley.

Elinor always welcomed family and friends into their homes with open arms. Elinor loved loved to cook, square & round dance, but most of all, she loved spending time with family. She taught us the true meaning of kindness and love, which she shared with everyone she encountered. Anyone who knew Nana, knew she made the world a better place and we will all cherish our memories with her.

Elinor leaves behind her devoted husband Alf and will be lovingly remembered by children, Alf Jr. (Penny), Dorie (Glenn), Wendy (Larry) & Lisa. Nana was an inspiration to all of her favorite grandchildren, Jason, Stephanie (Jamie), Cheryl (Jamie), Ryan (Alyssa), Alfy (Dayna), Melissa, Darnell & Amy. Nana always had a piece of chocolate waiting for her great grandchildren, Kaydence, Madison, Turner, Linden, Miller, Dylan, Alfred, Fynley, Charlotte & Tessa. She especially looked forward to her evening phone call from Maddy. Elinor leaves behind, her sister Edie (Les) & brother Chuck & many special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends across Canada and Germany. Elinor was predeceased by her parents, her brother Albert Newman & her son-in-law Glenn Candy. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to thank Dorie for taking such good care of Mom over the last year.

At this time there will be no service, but we look forward to a celebration of remembering Elinor's life in brighter days. In lieu of flowers, please have a toast of fireball and share a memory in Elinor's name!

See ya later alligator - we love you!

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