COOKE, Geoffrey
Geoff passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born December 19, 1933 in Speeton, Yorkshire, England. He was predeceased by father Harry, mother Cissie and brother Peter. Geoff is survived by his wife Margaret; son Neil (Donna) and grandchildren Matthew, Chelsea and Nicole of Regina, Saskatchewan; daughter Kathryn (Tony) and grandchildren Erica and Joel of Ardrossan, Alberta; and daughter Jill (Greg) and grandchildren Ella and Abigail of Malmo Sweden.
Dad grew up in Bridlington England, met and married the love of his life Margaret and moved to Curry Rivel England where Neil and Kate were born. Dad and family immigrated to Canada in 1968 where he taught in Neilburg. The family then moved to Kerrobert, where he had accepted a position as a principal and where Jill was born. In 1977, they moved to Biggar where Geoff was also principal at the elementary school. He then retired and continued to be a part of the Biggar community for many years.
Dad liked to golf, bowl and watch the Riders and Jays on TV usually grumbling when they weren’t winning or playing well, but he truly loved watching them. Many who knew him described him as a kind, dignified gentleman. To us he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who loved us unconditionally. He was truly a wonderfully sweet man.
Dad courageously battled cancer for 25 years, first with prostate cancer and for the last 10 years bone metastasis that slowed him down but didn’t prevent him from leading an active independent life. Our family would like to thank his friends from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, residents of Central Park Place in Biggar, Dr. Mueller and the amazing staff at the Biggar Hospital as well as numerous other friends for their help and friendship throughout the years. Special thanks to the Pasqua Palliative care unit in Regina for their exceptional care in his final days.
A family service will be held at a later date as Dad wished.
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The family of Norah Longworth are saddened to announce her passing at Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon on September 29, 2019.
Norah was born to Arthur and Mary McFarlane on May 17, 1929 on the McFarlane homestead near Harris. Norah went to school at Hillview and completed her education at Harris. She worked at Birks Jewellers in Saskatoon, the Royal Bank in Rosetown and Eatonia and Woodwards Department Store in Vancouver. Norah said Albert met her at the train when she returned from Vancouver and they were married on June 20, 1951. Brian was born two years later, followed by Barry, Mary Lee, Sandra and Linda. Norah was a member of the Harris Auxiliary Legion, Harris Museum Board, Eagle Creek Historical Society and Hillview Willing Workers. Nothing gave Norah more joy than caring for her children and especially her grand and great-grandchildren. Her happiest times were spent with family.
Norah is survived by her children Brian, Barry (Karren), Mary Lee (Don) Sapsford, Sandra (Ken) Traynor, Linda (Lorne) Pincemin; grandchildren Rebecca, Shelby, Keri, Julie (James), Scott (Sherry), Corey (Brittany), Jeanelle (Dayton), Nicole, Mitchell (Samantha) and Brooke; great grandchildren Denton and Sam; siblings Edwin, Roy, Sarah and Carle (Heather) McFarlane; sisters-in-law Edna (James) Start, Margie McHale, Barbara (Ted) Rowan, Helen (Elio) Particelli and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Longworth, her granddaughter, Lacey Longworth, her parents Arthur and Mary McFarlane, brothers Tom and Wallace McFarlane, sister Mary Ellen Clayton, mother and father-in-law Mike and Margaret Longworth, in-laws Doreen McFarlane, Betty McFarlane, Donna McFarlane, Tom Clayton, William Longworth, Violet & Allan Campbell, Edith & Ward Clayton, Janet Longworth, Clarence & Marg Longworth, Elmer Longworth, Harold Tyson, Henry Sarich, Ted McHale, Alvin & Norma Longworth and Fred Parney.
A Family Interment was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Harris Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held at 2:00 p.m. at the Harris Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harris Cemetery Fund c/o Village of Harris, P.O. Box 124, Harris, SK, S0L 1K0. To send online condolences please visit Arrangements entrusted to Amanda Starosta