Obituaries

Tony James Erwin

13/11/1965 - 11/04/2021

Obituary For Tony James Erwin

It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we announce the loss of Tony, a great man and loving, respected family member.

He passed away unexpectedly in Grande Prairie at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital at the age of 55 years. As we struggle to come to terms with his sudden passing, we remember the hard working man who would give endlessly to others. From a young man operating heavy equipment to a pipeline supervisor and foreman spending his years mentoring others, he was well respected by so many.

His love for nature and the outdoors kept him going as he worked within it’s beauty to support his family. Not only at work, as we’ve spent many days on the trails as a family in his beloved Jeep exploring the rivers, mountains and wildlife. If only he had more time to spend with his hobbies of fishing, hunting and camping…

Tony is survived by his wife of almost 12 years Trudi, his children Tiahnna, Michelle, Jeff, Toni and Taylor, step-children Dezirae and Cyrena, his grandchildren Alice, Skylar and Jayden, his mom Beverley as well as his brothers Jerry and Joe.

He is pre-deceased by his father Orval.

A celebration of Tony’s Life will be held by invitation at Bear Creek Funeral Home on Sunday April 18th, 2021. For those unable to attend, a livestream of Tony’s celebration of life will be available beginning at 1pm.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Sending our deepest sympathy and Condolences, Bob McGuire and Kelly McGuire-Chukwuma
- Kelly McGuire-Chukwuma
You are all in our thoughts and prayers condolences rest in peace Tony
- Carol Matlock
So very sorry to hear about Tony. Our deepest condolences to his family. We were from Tweed also and would run into Tony occasionally and have a chat. Thinking of you all. Charlene & Peter Clement
- Charlene Clement
No words can describe the pain and sorrow of losing a loved one so unexpectedly, Tony was a true gentleman in all facets of life and work. We, the management and staff of AECOM Rainbow Lake, offer our deep condolences to all of you at this most difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.
- Jason Grant
He may have passed, but he will always be in our hearts and with us spiritually. My favourite memories with him were when we would drive down to the river and sit by it, throwing rocks and skipping them. I also remember going camping and helping set up the tent, get wood, and fishing in the lake. I loved the way he would start the fires, it always fascinated me with his creativity. He always had an amazing sense of humour and if I had a bad day before coming over, hearing a joke from him- no matter how much of a dad joke it was - always made me smile and laugh. I'll miss him a lot, but he is always with us in our memories. Fly high Tony.
- Talynn Bradshaw
We extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. May he rest in peace. - Lori & Rick Crellin
- Lori Crellin
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss 💜
- Angie Bradshaw

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at http://www.afsrb.ab.ca/  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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