On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Darrell Edward Peter Tomanek of Nipawin, SK, husband, son, brother, uncle and step grandpa, passed away at the age 50 after years of health issues and a brief battle with cancer. Darrell was born on May 21, 1969 in North Battleford, SK. In his youth, Darrell worked on the Tomanek family farm when he was not going to school or working at North Battleford Co-op. At a young age, on the farm, Darrell rode calves with his aunty, drove Baba to pick berries, hauled grain, worked the fields and tended to cattle on horseback. He learned to be an expert horseman. He was also able to operate, adjust or repair any machinery. If not at the farm, he was at his family’s cabin at Turtle Lake, hunting or scouting out areas for hunting. Hunting was his passion.
He held various positions with Co-op; including Dairy Manager, Grocery Manager, and managed the Cut Knife Coop for a time. In 2003, he took the Grocery Manager position at the Humboldt Co-op and moved there. Humboldt is where Darrell met Alaine Edwards (Crozier), both were on common ground as they were a couple of imports with new jobs with the Co-op and they started dating. Darrell moved to Whitecourt, AB in 2005 and Alaine followed a few months after. There, he worked for Trican Well Service Ltd. as a Coil Tubing Operator for 5 years. The job allowed him to travel all over SK, AB and BC where he would return home to the couple’s Pineview Bed and Breakfast that they ran out of their home. Darrell also worked for Cal Frac Well Services in Grand Prairie, AB. He enjoyed his position as Air Tanker Base Supervisor in Whitecourt where he was recognized for this forethought and organizational abilities to plan ahead. He was diligent at watching the weather, planning for planes to fill with fire retardant and suppling meals and beverages for the pilots. In 2009 Darrell and Alaine took over an outfitting camp, Delta Big Game Outfitters, north of Nipawin at Cumberland House, SK. They had 5 fabulous years doing what Darrell loved best. They made some great friends, worked hard and enjoyed every minute of it. In 2012, the couple moved to Nipawin, SK to get closer to the camp that ran seasonally; spring bear hunts and fall bear, moose and deer hunts and fishing. Darrell started working for Aylsham Agro in the spring of 2014 hauling and delivering to farmers anhydrous, fertilizer, and spraying product. He learned quickly where farmers lived and made many friends. Darrell kept in touch with everyone. He was always on his phone calling his Mom every day, or an old high school friend, a new friend, a past hunter, or a new farmer.
Over the years, Darrell always had a dog. Shadow, Dane, Jag, Meesha, Merlin and Ares.
Darrell’s heart was as big as he was. He was always reaching out to make sure his friends and family we “doing ok”. He was always joking around and telling stories.
He will be missed by his wife of 12 years (16 together) Alaine, mother Margaret and father Ed Tomanek, sister Chantelle Moser (nieces Brandy and Ashley), brother Jason (Tiny) Tomanek, and cousin Chelsea Schmidt (as she was much like a sister).
A Celebration of life will be held at Aylsham Agro south of Nipawin, SK at a later date. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, we welcome you to share memories and fond stories of Darrell virtually, please search on Facebook the page: In Memory of Darrell Tomanek.