Below are members who regrettably have passed away. We recognize them and their contributions to safety in the mining industry.
Keith BlackOctober 10, 1971 – June 10, 2022
Keith was born on October 10, 1971 in Saint John, New Brunswick. He moved with his family to Tumbler Ridge, BC at the age of twelve. This is where he spent his teenage and early adult years. Keith loved to play hockey, he loved the outdoors, camping and boating. He always spoke so fondly of his time at “The Camp” with his family in New Brunswick. It was in TR where his love for mining began. When the mines in TR closed, Keith moved to Sylvan Lake AB in 1999. He had a career change and started into a plumbing apprenticeship. In 2001 Keith and his family moved to Fort McMurray, AB to pursue his career and love of mining. He started at Suncor as an operator. With his strong work ethic, personality and dedication he advanced to be Superintendent of Mining Operations at Albian. He had many accomplishments in his life, but his greatest accomplishment was his family! He will be missed by all.
Rita Cyprien1965 - 2019
Rita was born in Fort McMurray and grew up in Fort Chipewyan with her 11 brothers and sisters of which she was the youngest. Rita was employed with Syncrude Canada for 29 years. Rita spent her free time giving back to the community. She volunteered with the Oil Barons organization, United Way and Northern Lights Regional Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees and Spring Fling, among many other organizations. She contributed to Alberta Mine Safety Association Mine Rescue Committee for many years, most notability working with Mine Rescue Committee for adjudicating scoring for the Annual Mine Rescue Competition. Rita passed away peacefully at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre on Saturday, August 31st, 2019.
Cliff BarlettMay 5, 1935 - February 20, 2019
Cliff started his mining career in Telsequa, BC in the mid-50s. Through the early years he participated in many first aid and safety courses and earned his first Mine Rescue certificate in 1964. Cliff started at Cardinal River Coals (Now Teck) in 1976 working in the Safety department. Cliff was instrumental in the development of the first Fire rescue team at CRC in 1978. From Fire rescue it was formed into what we now know as Alberta Surface mine rescue. Cliff was on the committee that wrote the first Alberta surface Mine rescue Manual. Cliff had coached numerous teams to win many awards in First aid and mine rescue including the Provincial championships for both Mine Rescue and First Aid in 1993. Cliff retired in 1996 from Cardinal River and has since passed away Feb 15th of this year. He is missed by many.
Perry Giles1964 - 2019
Perry was born in Springdale, Newfoundland on October 12, 1964. Perry was a volunteer firefighter for many years as he started at the Little Bay Newfoundland Fire department until moving to British Columbia in the 80’s. Perry started his mining career with Quintette Coal in Tumbler Ridge as a Heavy Equipment Operator and later with the Blasting crew. Perry first joined Mine rescue there and was a part of their team for 15 years. After leaving Tumbler Ridge in 2003 for personal reasons, he and his family moved to Fort McMurray, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Albian Sands for 11 years. Perry immediately joined the Fire auxiliary and Mine Rescue Team at Albian. In 2006 Perry was a part of the Albian Mine Rescue Team that competed in International Mine Rescue competition held in Gillette Wyoming and won first place. Perry continued with mine rescue when he moved back to Tumbler Ridge for another 5 years for a total of 32 years. He suddenly passed away in February of 2019. Perry was a loving husband and father and a great friend to anybody that knew him. This world is a better place because he was here.