Obituary: NEWELL, Louis

Newell, Louis obitDecember 2, 1923 – May 19, 2014

The family of Louis Newell of Morinville is saddened to announce his passing on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the age of 90 years.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 69 years, Ellen; son, Tom (Nada) of Prince George, BC; daughters: Sherry (Dennis) Rogers of Sturgeon Heights, AB, Kathy (Richard) Greenen of Battleground, Washington State USA; grandchildren: Ken (Shannon) Newell, Tanya Rogers, Tamara (Tom) Johnston, Dayna (Cyrus) Albert, Jacob Strife, Ashley (Matt) Killeen; 8 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Fran (Alvin) Ashcroft; cousin, Ken Redman; cousin-in-law, Bud Dash; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Louis was predeceased by his parents, Lewis and Lillian; brother, William; and sister, Hazel (Alec) Haight.

Lou was born in Edmonton and raised in Smith Alberta enlisting in the Army December 13, 1942 for wartime service. With a small return to railroading (Northern Alberta Railroad & Canadian Pacific Railroad) post war. In 1953 he joined the Air Force and served as an Air Force Policeman until retiring in 1972. He then spent twenty years in Penticton as a Provost Officer for the RCMP before retiring in 1992 and moving to Morinville.

At age seventy, he attended St. Stephens College completing his studies to become a certified Lay Preacher to fulfill a lifetime desire to serve the Lord. Lions International awarded Lou the “Melvin Jones Fellow” in recognition of his humanitarian service, and in his over 35 years tenure in Lions he achieved every office including District Governor. This service, combined with his wartime and peacetime military career, resulted in he being awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal “…in recognition of your contributions to Canada.”

His early work with the railroads lead him to be an avid model railroader, donating many hours on his train sets and layouts. In sports, there was no greater fan of baseball and the Blue Jays, in particular; as in his later life he never missed a televised game. With a life of travel, he enjoyed the world and its wonderment living in four provinces and travelling throughout the country including four years stationed in RCAF Station #3 Fighter Wing, Zweibrucken Germany as well as holiday cruising and returns to Europe. He will be sorrowfully missed by family, friends, parishers, fellow Lions, Veterans, and all people who ever met him.

A Visitation will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Monday, May 26, 2014 at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home. Cremation to follow services.

Memorial Donations may be made in Louis’s name to Namao United Church, 12-24400 Hwy 37, Namao, AB T0A 2N0

To send condolences please visit:

Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home
9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta, 780-458-2222

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