In Memoriam

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of  who passed away on Friday, July 8. Byron was an employee with Canora Ambulance Care Ltd.

The funeral service for Byron Chayeski will commence at 14:00 hours on Friday, July 15th, 2011. There will be no interment as Byron was from Alberta and his ashes will be taken their at a later date. After the service there will be refreshments and a time to visit and remember a special person that touched each one of our lives.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Wyatt aged 58 of Cut Knife Saskatchewan.  He lost his life due to a motor vehicle accident at Neilburg, Saskatchewan on May 28, 2011.  He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Ann, three daughters, and their families, his father and two sisters.

Rick was an EMR and a valuable member of our Ambulance crew in Cut Knife since February 1998.  He could always be counted on to take on-call shifts and the week-ends when no one else wanted them.  He was also an active member of the community, always donating his time to some worth while cause, he was a member of the Elks and a member on the fire and rescue team in Cut Knife.

Keith Robinson passed away on March 22, 2011. Keith has been courageously battling cancer for the last year. Keith worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital EMS as an EMR since 2007. Keith will be greatly missed by all staff and the members of the community.

RUETZ, Tracy Lynn (nee McEachern) On October 20, 2009 Tracy Ruetz was suddenly taken away from us at the young age of 37 years. She will be sadly missed by her husband Jeff; children Megan, Olivia and Anthony; parents Doug and Julie McEachern; grandmothers Mary Haugen and Lucille McEachern; brother Shaun (Donna Thomas) McEachern; sister Jodi (Colin) Chamberlain; niece Kendall; nephew Asher; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her grandfathers Leonard Haugen and Gerry McEachern; and uncle Michael McEachern.

Westman, Karen Elaine (nee Hemmingway) passed away suddenly on Sunday July 19, 2009 at the age of 56. Karen is survived by her husband of 37 years, Rod Westman of Vermilion, AB; three children, Trent (Leslie) of Vermilion, Trevor of Vermilion, and Dana (Sheldon Gale) of Lloydminster; two precious granddaughters, Madisyn and Karsyn. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Bob (Bette) Hemmingway, Ron (Mary) Hemmingway, Glenn (Lorraine) Hemmingway and Lynn (Clint) Landalls; her mother-in-law, Ollie Westman; in-laws, Ross (Karen) Westman, Craig (Pat) Westman, Nick (Ruth) Westman, Brian (Caroline) Westman, Della (Mark) Stumborg, Gayle (Garth) MacDonald, Lyle (Nadine) Westman; and numerous relatives in her extended family.

The unexpected passing of Local medical icon Irene MacCuish occurred Sunday November 9 2008 at Humboldt District Hospital. Graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1953, Irene moved to LeRoy Sk. in 1963 as Matron of the local hospital. Upon its conversion to the Lerose Lodge she maintained her position there. Irene was well known as a "nurse on call" for the local residents and founder of the LeRoy Ambulance Service in 1976 using a station wagon for transport.

Dutchak, Michael Paul Passed away Saturday Oct. 11, 2008 at Royal University Hospital at the age of 87. Michael was predeceased by his wife, Ida in 1973. His parents, Paul and Rose Dutchak, his brother Walter (Stella) Dutchak, his sister Marie (Johnny) Panchuk, and his nephew Dennis Dutchak. Michael leaves to cherish his memory, Mary Billay of Saskatoon, and his children, Barry (Donna) Dutchak of Emma Lake, SK and their children; Lee Ann (Dennis) and their children Kurtis and Ashley; Brenda Dutchak; Trevor (Coralee) Dutchak and their children Nicholas and Jacob. Wayne Dutchak of Saskatoon, SK and his children; Christopher (Brandi) Dutchak; Scott (Debbie) Dutchak. Barbara (Henry) Woytiuk of Blaine Lake, Sk and their children; Kieth (Diana) Woytiuk and their children Garrett and Chloe; Kirk (Marcie) Woytiuk and their children Carson and Easton. Gail (Gary) St. Onge of Spiritwood, Sk and their children; Matthew (Rhegan) St. Onge; Luke St. Onge and his daughter Tesa-James. David (Shannon) Dutchak of Saskatoon, Sk and their children; Reilley (Fiance Jamie); Kaela; Joshua; Katie and Jordan. Wayne (Maria) Billay of Meath Park, Sk and their children; Tyler (Shelley) Billay; Emily Billay. His Brother Peter (Susie) Dutchak of Blaine Lake, Sk. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and countless friends.

It is with overwhelming sadness to announce the sudden, and tragic death of an up-in-coming EMS professional Geoffrey Matthew Gilchrist.

On March 1st, 2007 at approximately 0630hrs on his way to a clinical rotation with MD Ambulance (Saskatoon), Geoffrey was involved in a single vehicle accident. He had succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at Royal University Hospital.

Homer Charles Robertson was born August 30, 1957 and passed August 4, 2006.

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Marjorie "Joan" Olson was born September 11th, 1932 and passed August 3, 2006.

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Shaping Our Industry

This section is designed to remember the individuals of the EMS family that have in some way been involved and/or shape the Emergency Medical Services industry. A memoriam is a special reflection and often a celebration of a loved one’s life, far more than a somber reflection on his or her death.

EMS is a small, but close family and we need to take the time to remember those that have impacted the profession, those that have dedicated the time and commitment it takes to put others first and help those in need. Operators, practitioners, volunteers, anyone involved in this industry deserves to be remembered as someone special.