Obituary of Albert Leslie Cooling
Our Dad, Albert Leslie Cooling was born Dec. 8, 1932, at Witchekan, to George and Lucy Cooling nee Hutchinson. He was the second child of five. Myrtle (Glen Moore), Dad, Lorne (Donna Cohn), Irene (Werner Stark) and Brenda (Leo Crossland). He grew up on the family farm and attended Twin Bay school. After leaving the family farm, Dad found himself in Alberta for a few years. He spent some years working as a ranch hand and an oil rig hand. He also worked in a sawmill and in the bush cutting railroad ties. He returned to Saskatchewan to Dore Lake where he spent some years fishing commercially and helping on his cousin's mink ranch.
Dad met Mom, Evelyn Bernice Booker, at a ball game at Ranger Cabin school in 1962. They were married in October of 1964. In spring of 1965 they moved from Dore Lake to Ranger area where they bought Burt Transgaard’s land and began farming and raising cattle. They’ve resided in Ranger since 1967 after buying the Ranger Supply Store from the Solonicks and operated the store until 1978. Five children were born to Albert and Evelyn - Janell (Miles Mayer), Jaydene (Roland Loranger), Jade (Sherylyn Beuker), Janisa and Jerrilyn. 12 grandchildren - - Britt, Tyson (Julia) and Madison (Cole Reid) Mayer; Jarrod and Kyara (Richard Lalonde) Loranger; Jorry, Carli, and Jole Cooling; Garret, Gavin (Jordan Heitt) and Griffin (Courtney Smith) Wourms; and Camryn Cooling. 6 great-grandchildren - Axton and Anastacia Mayer; Layla, Walker, and Mia Lalonde; and Piper Reid.
Dad was an avid sportsman. He loved fishing, hunting, and trapping. He played ball, hockey and curled well into his fifties and sixties. He was a 'gamer'! Board games, card games, games of all kinds, he could play for hours if anyone would play along! He watched many a game on TV too, another very favorite pastime. Dad had a great many good stories to tell and very much enjoyed visiting with the many people he knew. He had quite a wry sense of humor and had many funny sayings and jokes to share!
In 2020, due to health reasons, Dad became a resident in the Evergreen Center in Leoville where he passed away peacefully on April 28, 2023, at the venerable age of 90. We are so thankful for the wonderful care Dad received.
He is joining his parents George (1990) and Lucy (1986), sister Myrtle (2022) and brother Lorne (2018), and a lifelong friend Tom Moore (2019), father and mother in-law Stan (1984) and Hazel (2011) Booker, brothers in-law Donald (2015) and Dennis (2022) Booker, along with other family, in-laws and friends.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn of 58 years, sisters Irene Stark of Mossbank, SK and Brenda Crossland of Leoville SK, brothers-in-law Werner Stark and Leo Crossland. He's also survived by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, sister-in-law Mavis and husband Ed Crossland of Spiritwood; brothers-in-law Vernon (Marilyn) Booker and Loren Booker of Ranger area; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Dad's life will be held on May 6, 2023, at 1:00pm at Ranger Hall. Ashes to be interred at a later date.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, R. Mark Muir Funeral Director, Spiritwood, SK (306) 883-3500.
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