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It is with great sorrow that the family of Alvin Edward (Buzz) Wickstrom announces his passing on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care with family by his side.

Buzz was born on April 29, 1934 to Otto and Kristina Wickstrom in McIrvine, Ont. He grew up in McIrvine before attending Forestry school. He joined the Ministry of Natural Resources at the age of 19, retiring at the age of 55 in Timber Management.   

After retiring from the MNR, he managed the apartments at Faith Housing. He was united in marriage to Delores Grynol on July 16, 1955 and together they raised four children. 

He was an active member of the Fort Frances community, spending much time at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29, and helping out at Sister Kennedy Centre as well as Rainycrest. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and curling.

He moved to Rainycrest six years ago due to failing health and enjoyed his time there; he was an active participant in many activities and spent happy times visiting with his friend, Kristine.

He was predeceased by his wife, Delores; parents, Otto and Kristina; siblings, John, Allan and Ken Wickstrom and in-laws, Matt and Sophie Grynol.

Buzz leaves behind his children, Debbie and husband Rob Martinson, Cindy and husband Paul Avis, David and wife Brenda Wickstrom, and Curtis and wife Melinda Wickstrom; 10 grandchildren, Amanda, Sara, Holly, Shara, Beri,Jesse, Allan, Amy, Andrew and Joshua; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dane, Rogan, Sawyer, Rowan, Milan, Evie,Ruby, Sydney, Chase and Ethan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Buzz's life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held.

The honourary pallbearers will be Buzz's grandchildren and great grandchildren.

If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest, 700 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 2C8.

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