September 20th, 2020

June 9, 2020

By Obituaries on June 9, 2020.

1973 ~ JERRY DUNHAM ~ 2020

Gerald “Jerry” William Dunham of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of 46 years. He leaves to cherish his memory two children, Reydian and Atlin both of Palmerston, Ontario and their mother and soul friend Krista Lambier; his parents Karen and Gerald Dunham and two sisters, Dawn Audette and her son Reece Dunham; Barb Dunham and her bonus daughter Paige Miller as well as his second family the Lambiers of Palmerston, Ontario. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at Redcliff Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Jerry Dunham, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence.
Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2


May 27, 1983 ~ May 29, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Brandon J Niwa on Friday, May 29th, 2020.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Ashly, parents, Greg and Janice Niwa, big sister, Lindsay (Kris Mathers) and nephew, Parker. As well as his grandma, Marie Niwa, Ashly’s parents, Wendy and Duncan Macdiarmid, sisters-in-law, Kyly (Mike) Houde and Haily Macdiarmid and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandpa, Dennis Niwa, and maternal grandparents, Orv and Terry Kope and his best “friend,” Missy, his most loyal companion.

Brandon was born and raised in Medicine Hat. He graduated from McCoy High School in 2001. Brandon made so many long lasting friendships throughout his life, many starting in early elementary school and thru sports like minor hockey. He was able to carry many of those friendships even through the current years. It wasn’t unusual to wake up to his closest buddies Teeg, Leif or Oveson camping on the couches on the weekend. He was there
for so many when support was needed.

When he graduated he went to work with his Dad at Niwa Crane. It was there he spent 20 years working alongside his Dad and Uncle Bruce who was pivotal in him becoming one of the best crane operators around. He loved his job and he worked so hard. He was the backbone of Niwa Crane. Everyone there is going to miss him so much.

August 8th, 2015 Brandon married his best friend, the love of his life, Ashly Macdiarmid. When their busy work schedule allowed you could often find them camped out in the basement or curled up in bed with their fur babies watching movies or Netflix. If feeling adventurous, you could find them touring the world to see Metallica. Whitefish was their favourite getaway and they spent many winter weekends away snowboarding Big Mountain, or cozying up by the fire at the family cabin. In the summer they loved to spend the days on the lake, and in the evening lay in the boat looking at stars and listening to Brandon’s terrible “house music” or Metallica- Nothing Else Matters. And just be there. July 4th was always spent in Whitefish with family, where Uncle Brandon would be Parker’s hero buying out every firework vendor and putting on a show that usually ended up with a small disaster.

Aside from work and married life it was not uncommon for Brandon to spend time with several of his closest friends, playing poker, causing innocent trouble and playing numerous pranks. As one of his friends aptly put it, “Brandon was a walking memory…” These memories and stories will make us laugh for years to come. We will miss him terribly. He was loved by so many…

A private service is to be held. The family is planning a celebration of Brandon’s life in the future with details to come as well as Cubs Alumni game.

In lieu of flowers or food please consider a donation to the Niwa Family Fund c/o the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta, (430 6 Ave SE #104, Medicine Hat, AB T1A. Through our Family Fund, donations go to our Communities greatest needs, we will keep Brandon’s memory alive for many, many years to come.

(Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455
"Locally owned & directed"


1928 ~ 2020

Joan Archibald Arthur (nee Peachey) passed away peacefully at her home in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the age of 91 years. Joan’s memory will live on within her sons, Robert, Ken (Linda), and Hugh (Melinda); sister, Shirley Bowler and family; grandchildren, Rhyan (Darren), Adam (Jocelyn), Nigel, Nathan, Derek and Jacqueline; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Brody as well as all those who held a special place in her heart. Joan was predeceased by her husband Bill; parents, Eugene and Gertrude Peachey; sister, Marion (Bob) Smith and brother-in-law, Joe Bowler. A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Due to restrictions in place regarding COVID – 19 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – funeral services are now limited to no more than 50 attendees including family and funeral home staff. As a courtesy, the celebration of Joan's life will be live streamed through Cook Southland's website. Those wishing to watch the service via the live stream should go to Cook’s website and click the video stream button on the homepage at service time. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455
"Locally owned & directed"


June 26, 1923 –June 2, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Vern on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the age of 96. Predeceased by his wife Eileen in 2012, Vern will be lovingly remembered by his children Linda and Arthur (Sandi Hill); grandson Lyle (Aaryn-Marie) and 3 great grandsons. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families also mourn his passing. The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowlands Retirement Home, Medicine Hospital and Agecare Valleyview for their care of Vern. Owing to Covid-19 a memorial service will be held at a later date. To express condolences, please visit:

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