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  • Obituary Image - ULLRICH, Clayton Kenneth, Reg. No. 142

    ULLRICH, Clayton Kenneth, Reg. No. 142


    On March 4, 2021 Clay Ullrich of Edmonton passed away at the age of 90 years.

    Clay will be missed and lovingly remembered by his son, Clayton (Linda), and their children, Thomas and Jennifer; by his son, Douglas (Sherrill), and their children, Syd and Hugh; by his very special friend, Helene Howlett, she was his travelling companion, his dancing partner and his confidant for more than fifteen years; by one brother, Loyd (Elizabeth) Ullrich; by two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ullrich and Viola Turner; and by a number of nieces and nephews. Clay was predeceased by his wife, Ethel Jean, who passed away on September 5, 2001; also, by his father, Gustav Ullrich; his mother, Charlotte Ullrich; and his brothers, Elmer and Wilfred Ullrich.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at Clay’s wish, a Memorial Service will not be held. Clay’s final resting place will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon. Floral tributes and memorial donations graciously declined. Published on March 13, 2021

    Clay Ullrich commenced his policing career in Edmonton on April 1st, 1957 as a member of Recruit Training Class 5. After about 9 years in Patrol Division, Clay was promoted to Sergeant in Patrol. He later transferred to Personnel Section and in 1971 and 1976 respectively, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant then Inspector. Between 1979 and 19??, Clay had other Inspector assignments in Recruiting Section, as Duty Officer, Homicide & Sex Crimes, Fraud & Commercial Crimes Section and Court Division. In 1987, Clay was promoted to Superintendent back in his old stomping grounds of Personnel Division. His retirement date was October 17th, 1990.

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  • Obituary Image - HANNA, William (Bill) Robert, Reg. No. 173

    HANNA, William (Bill) Robert, Reg. No. 173


    April 26, 1937 - February 23, 2021

    Bill passed away peacefully at the age of 83, with his family by his side on February 23, 2021.

    Inspector Bill Hanna was a loved leader, husband, and father, and is survived by his loving wife Doreen (née Fraser) Hanna; eldest daughter Dawn Hanna (Brent Dorion) and step-grandson Nicolas; middle daughter Kelly Hanna (Ken Moen); and youngest daughter Hilary Hanna (Terry Charles), grandchild Leelan Charles, and step-grandchildren Tanya Forsyth and Kyle Charles, as well as step-great-grandchildren Corbin and Rowan Forsyth and Avery Charles. His memory will be cherished by his siblings: his brother Jim (Maureen) and sister Evie (Norman); brothers-in-law Gazley and Robert; sister-in-law Edie; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by siblings: Betty (Dennis), Ernie (Sylvia), Sadie (Ken), Noleen, Alfred, and Roberta.

    Born to Robert & Elizabeth (née Montgomery) Hanna in the village of Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Bill was the eldest of nine children. He served for two years on the Royal Ulster Constabulary before setting sail for Canada. Bill immigrated to Canada, the only one in his immediate family, and arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 10, 1957. After emptying his pockets at the train station, he was told he could travel as far as Edmonton, Alberta; so that is where he settled. In Edmonton, he found work as a mechanic and eventually joined the Edmonton City Police, along with the Police Pipe Band. He was the second officer in the Edmonton Police Force to train in the new frontier of Technological Surveillance, an integral part of modern-day crime prevention. Bill was proud to serve and enjoyed a 32-year career with the City of Edmonton Police Force. Bill was the responding officer to a reported prowler incident, and this is where Bill met Doreen. They married in Ponoka, Alberta in 1961 and raised their three daughters on an acreage just outside of Sherwood Park, AB. On Bill’s days off he could be found working in the garage on one of the family vehicles; repairing just about anything brought to him, from furniture to shoes; or tending chickens, one of the three gardens, or the rest of the 3.5-acre acreage.

    Known as a kind and gentle man, devoted father, husband, respected Policeman and Elder, who proudly and steadfastly served his family and community, Bill led with action and taught by example. No matter where you are, you are forever a guiding star. Thank you, Dad, with all our hearts.

    The family is grateful for the special care and attention Bill received, from the caregivers and medical staff, during his last three years living at David Lloyd Jones Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to David Lloyd Jones Home, A Gift to Honour Someone www.seniorsservicessociety.ca/donate The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join the Funeral Service online by Livestream on March 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. To view the Livestream/recording or send the family condolences please visit his obituary page by clicking the link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/hanna-william-bill-robert

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    Bill and Noreen Hanna with friends at the 2015 EPSVA Christmas Party.

    Bill Hanna started his career with Edmonton Police on September 15th, 1958. As a constable, he worked Patrol Division, Traffic Division And Case Supervisors Unit. Bill was promoted to detective in 1970 and worked in General Investigations Section, Criminal Intelligence Section and Technical Support Unit. Promotion to Staff Sergeant in “A” Division came in 1978 and he also had assignments at that rank inTactical Unit, C.I.S. “C” Division, Integrated Intelligence Unit and “B” Division. Bill was promoted to Inspector in “B” Division in 1987. Later assignments included “D” Division and Court Division. He retired from the service on September 15th, 1990.

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  • Obituary Image - SLIWKANICH, Nick, Reg. No. 281

    SLIWKANICH, Nick, Reg. No. 281


    On Feb 16th, Nick Sliwkanich passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. Nick was 84 years of age and is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Nettie, numerous nieces, nephews, as well as many special friends, sisters, and brothers-in-law. He was predeceased by his parents: George and Mary, sister; Annie Kitt, brothers: George, John, and Bill.

    Cremation has already taken place and due to Covid-19 requirements no memorial service will be held.

    In lieu of flowers, donations in Nick’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of one’s choice. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook (https://www.echovita.com/ca/obituaries/ab/edmonton/nick-sliwkanich-12331587) and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Nick.

    Nick Sliwkanich joined the City of Edmonton Police Department on March 30th, 1964. He was a member of Recruit Training Class 19. The first half of Nick’s career was in Patrol Division. In 1977, he was promoted to Detective in General Investigation Section followed, in 1979, by a transfer to Auto Theft Unit. 1984 saw Nick swap back to uniform as a Sergeant in “B” Division. A year and a half later, he switched to C.I.S. in “B” Division and he stayed there until his retirement date of July 8th, 1985.

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  • Obituary Image - FENNEMA, Kenneth, Reg. No. 446

    FENNEMA, Kenneth, Reg. No. 446


    Ken Fennema passed away at 10:20 p.m. on January 9th. Ken was in hospital for surgery when he contracted Covid and died of pneumonia symptoms from the disease. No funeral arrangements are known at this time. No obituary was located marking Ken’s passing.

    Ken Fennema joined the Edmonton Police Department on March 18th, 1968 as a member of Recruit Training Class 27. Ken was a Constable throughout his career. The majority of Ken’s career was spent in the Patrol Divisions though over his nearly thirty years of service, he had assignments in Communications Division (x 3), Youth Unit, Property Control Unit, Capital City Parks Unit as well as Information and Reception Unit. Ken retired on April 11th, 1997.

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  • Obituary Image - McGEADY, Dennis  Reg. No. 884

    McGEADY, Dennis Reg. No. 884


    MCGEADY, Dennis, age 64, late of Calgary, passed away December 14 in the Calgary Rockyview Hospital following a brief illness.

    Dennis was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Meta McGeady and his nephews Ryan Wadsworth and Robbie Curtis. He is survived by his wife Donna Hastings; his daughters Tracey (Tom) Stark of Mukilteo Washington, Tara (Dave) Markel of Port Coquitlam, his siblings Mary (Ray) Wadsworth of Emerald Park, Pat (Ken) Curtis of Regina, Pete (Karen) McGeady of Regina, nieces and nephews Kerri (Dean) Grobowsky, Candace (Devin) Curle, Daniel McGeady, Shannon McGeady and their families. Dennis is also survived by special Edmonton friends Jim and Anna McMorran and Jim and Lori Johnstone.

    Dennis’ career with EPS spanned July 1976 to April 2008. He was well known and respected as the longest serving homicide detective in Canada. Following retirement from EPS he was a founding member of ASIRT South. In all settings, Dennis was renowned for his unique sense of humor.

    Following cremation and due to COVID restrictions, a memorial will be arranged at a later date. Those wanting to donate in Dennis’ memory may do so in accordance with his wishes to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

    Dennis started his career in policing in Edmonton on July 26th, 1976 as a member of Recruit Training Class 43. After Class he was off to Patrol Division “C”. In 1981 he got the call to transfer to Communications but managed to squeak out of that assignment after only a couple of months when he was reassigned to Street Crimes Unit. Fou years later, he was back in Patrol “C”. In 1988, whilst on a brief loan to Homicide Unit, Dennis was promoted to Detective. As a Detective he started in C.I.S. “B” Division, moved to Sex Crimes & Child Abuse Unit. Dennis transferred to Homicide Unit in 1990 and remained there until he retired on April 18th, 2008.

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  • Obituary Image - MORRISON, Buddy Delbert  Reg. No. 187

    MORRISON, Buddy Delbert Reg. No. 187


    March 13, 1930 - November 6, 2020

    Bud Morrison died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90 years. Born near the town of Shellmouth, Manitoba, Bud moved to Edmonton in 1959 and spent 30 years with the Edmonton City Police. Bud loved hockey and coached several teams. He is survived by his wife Arlene, sons Brian and Ken (Holly), and grandchildren Duncan, Gavan, Quinn, and Rachael. To send condolences visit https://www.braendlebrucefs.ca/listings

    Bud Morrison began his career in policing in Edmonton on April 6th, 1959 as a member of Recruit Training Class 9. As a constable, Bud spent his first eight or so years in Patrol Division before transferring to Communications Section. In 1968, he was promoted to Detective in C.I.D. Other assignments as a detective included Youth Section, Integrated Intelligence Unit, Youth Liaison Unit, Youth Detail in ‘B’ Division and C.I.D. in ‘A’ and ‘B’ Divisions. In 1983, Bud changed rank to sergeant in Detention Unit. After about two years there, Bud then spent a couple of years each in ‘C’ then ‘A’ Division where he remained until he retired on July 9th, 1989.

    Several members told me they played football with Bud and were very complimentary about Bud’s skills and sportsmanship.

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