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  • Obituary Image - WILLIS, Edward (Skip) Joseph, Reg. No. 250

    WILLIS, Edward (Skip) Joseph, Reg. No. 250


    WILLIS, Edward (Skip) Joseph, Reg.

    No. 250 November 5, 1937 - May 12, 2021

    Edward (Skip) Joseph Willis is predeceased by his loving wife Betty Willis. Skip deeply loved and cared for his dear wife Betty and was looking forward to his reunion with her. Skip passed away on May 12, 2021 at the age of 83 years.

    Skip had an active full life and was a multitalented, gentle, kind man with a strength of character that shone brightly through his personality for all to see. He was a man of impeccable honour and integrity, honesty and fairness at the core of his life’s endeavours. His badge of honour was his credibility, sacred ground when expounding in testimony on anything of importance. Skip was an avid musician, singer, songwriter, who accomplished much, writing over 200 plus songs and creating three full length CDs of his work. Skip and Betty loved their music.

    Skips accolades were varied and many in the areas of leadership, policing, physical fitness, education, and training. He has golfed most of his life and loved the game. His friendly demeanor, jokes, and sense of humour captured the hearts of many who he considered his friends. Skip was a husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather to his loving family. He will be remembered lovingly by all who received his smile and knew the humble man within.

    A private family service was held. Interment was held at the Ryley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to the Zebra Child Protection Centre (https://www.zebracentre.ca/) To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edward Joseph Willis please visit our Tribute Store.

    Skip Willis’ career in policing began on January 21st, 1963 as a member of Recruit Training Class 16. As a Constable he had assignments in Patrol Division, Communications Section and Identification Section. Following a flurry of Acting Sergeant and detective assignments, Skip was confirmed in the Sergeant rank in 1973 in Patrol Division. In 1973, he transferred to Personnel & Training Section where his duties included being a Physical Training Instructor. He changed rank to Detective in 1975 and had assignments in General Investigation Section, Drug Control Section and Morality Control Section. Promotion to Staff Sergeant, in Training Section, followed in 1979 with subsequent assignments in Crisis Intervention/Child Abuse Section and “A” Division. Skip was promoted to Inspector, in “C” Division, in 1987. Later, he transferred tp Crime Scenes Section and his last three years were in North Division until his retirement on January 30th, 1994.

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  • Obituary Image - SPASIUK, Raimon, Reg. No. 196

    SPASIUK, Raimon, Reg. No. 196


    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Raimon Spasiuk, on April 15, 2021 at the age of 89. He is lovingly remembered by his family: children, Diana (Dave) and Greg (Amy); 4 grandchildren: Richard, Ryan, Chris and Rachel; 2 great-grandchildren: Zackery and Justin; and his sister, Helen Shandro; as well as numerous extended family and friends. Raimon was predeceased by his wife, Hazel; his parents, Harry and Sophie Spasiuk; 2 brothers, William and Metro; and 5 sisters, Anne Osoba, Jennie Kindrakewich, Mary Jorgenson, Selena Powley, and Tillie Spasiuk. Raimon will be remembered as a loving and respected father who always supported his family. He had a long career as a Constable with the Edmonton Police Service. Raimon was a man of many talents. He built houses and was a skilled woodworker who meticulously crafted fine hardwood furniture and many other items. He was a beekeeper and was especially proud of the extra-large tomatoes he famously grew. He enjoyed vacationing, was an avid and expert fisherman, and in later years enjoyed golfing and travelling with Hazel in their motorhome. Raimon was known to be able to fix anything but will most fondly be remembered as a giving, generous man who was always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Norwood Palliative Care for their compassionate care for Raimon. Cremation has taken place and Raimon will rest at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Raimon’s Life will take place at a later date when we can all gather together. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in memory of Raimon, to a charity of choice. To send condolences or to share a memory, tribute or photo please visit www.evergreenmemorial.com Published on April 19, 2021

    Raimon Spasiuk’s policing career in Edmonton started on September 14th, 1959 as a member of Recruit Training Class 10. After about 5 years in Patrol, Raimon made several transfers throughout his 30 year career: Gaol Section, Communications Division, Case Supervisors Unit, Tactical Analysis Unit and Information Laison Unit. After completing 30 years, Raimon retired on September 15th, 1989.

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