TUPPER Calvin Fos­ter

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March 3, 1926 - June 13, 2016 It is with great sad­ness that we are an­nounc­ing the pass­ing of our fa­ther, Calvin Tupper at the Drumheller Hospi­tal sud­denly on June 13, 2016 at the age of 90. Dad was born in Scots Bay, Nova Sco­tia to Ro­bie and Rena Tupper. He was the 5th child out of 7 chil­dren and is pre­de­ceased by his beloved wife Jane of 56 years in 2004, by his fa­ther and mother; Ro­bie and Rena, broth­ers Har­ley, Orly and Frank as well as his sis­ter Ruth and nephew Ber­tram. Dad is sur­vived by his broth­ers Al­ton and Donny as well as his sis­ters Ruby and Mary­lou and many nieces and neph­ews. Dad will be lov­ingly re­mem­bered by his chil­dren: Kathy and Glenn of Drumheller, Ro­bie (Deanna) of Kim­berly, BC., Kevin of Leth­bridge and Colleen of Ed­mon­ton. Grand­chil­dren: Brent, Lisa and Car­rie (Ken) Kalvin, Kyle and Haylie Blake, Am­ber, Me­gan, Col­lette and Micha. Great grand­chil­dren: Pa­trick, Lewis, Madi­son, Liam, Donte and Janessa. Dad was born and raised in Scots Bay, Nova Sco­tia where he did his school­ing. He re­ported that he was a happy and con­tent child with lov­ing par­ents and a de­cent up­bring­ing. He had a zest for life and took an in­ter­est in learn­ing sur­vival skills from his par­ents. Dad of­ten talked about gar­den­ing with his mom and dad and learn­ing how to plant a gar­den and stor­ing food in both the root cel­lar and leav­ing parsnips in the gar­den over the winter. He canned ga­lore with his par­ents and had many mem­o­ries that would bring a tear to his eyes such as pick­les in large crocks or their milk cow and sto­ries of a calf in the spring to keep meat in the freezer and food in their bel­lies. At 14 dad went to work in an ap­ple or­chard and then in a saw mill. He also sought out odd jobs on the side to earn a buck right up un­til he was in his late teens. Then one day re­al­iz­ing that Nova Sco­tia could not keep his pock­ets filled with money and did not of­fer what he was look­ing for in life, he set off on a dif­fer­ent road to a dif­fer­ent prov­ince with his brother, Frank. Dad and Frank hopped into the back of a Packard truck, re­al­iz­ing that there was more to Canada than just Nova Sco­tia. Their jour­ney took them to Acme, Al­berta find­ing farm work un­til they had enough money to con­tinue on to the Crowsnest pass. Upon their ar­rival, Dad landed him­self a job in Hill­crest Mine. Dur­ing that time Dad was for­tu­nate enough to meet the love of his life and courted Jane Forsyth in 1947 and later mar­ried on July 2, 1948. Dad and Mom set­tled in Belle­vue. Dad made such great wages and with the help of Mom the two of them were able to com­pletely fur­nish the home that they would re­side upon mar­riage. In April of 1949 their first born child, Kathy ar­rived. Dad was such a hard worker and ded­i­cated his time to the mines pick­ing coal and fill­ing min­ing cars. When the mine shut down he was bussed to a mine in Cole­men and con­tin­ued on with his em­ploy­ment. When the Cole­man mines shut down dad went off to a bush camp driv­ing a log­ging truck. Due to Grand­fa­ther Forsyth be­ing a fire boss in the Drumheller area and miss­ing his daugh­ter and grand­child he of­fered dad em­ploy­ment in Mid­land work­ing yet in another mine. When the mine slowed down in Mid­land a move was then made to East Coulee to con­tinue on with work in the open mines. Dad was em­ployed with At­las Coal Mine and Western Monarch Coal Mine. In March of 1954 Calvin and Jane’s sec­ond child, Ro­bie was born fol­lowed by Kevin in July of 1956. In Jan­uary 1960 and June of 1961 Glenn and Colleen were wel­comed into the world with open arms. When the mines even­tu­ally shut down, dad was forced into a new line of work and read­ily wel­comed the change. Dad was for­tu­nate enough to land a job with East Coulee Trans­port for Henry Peltier. From there he moved onto Drumheller Trans­port with Frank West and was hired with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Af­ter work­ing for a num­ber of years with Frank, the busi­ness was sold to dad and a fel­low part­ner. The op­er­a­tion of this busi­ness ended in 1968 when the build­ing burnt down. The busi­ness was then ran out of dad’s house and yard and then even­tu­ally sold to John Ko­hut, and is now known as Hi-way 9. In 1968 dad chose a new line of work and jumped on board with his brother, Frank and worked with Tupper’s Con­tract­ing un­til the busi­ness was sold years later. From there he moved on to Stal­lie Con­struc­tion as a fore­man where he re­mained for many years. Be­cause Dad’s pas­sion laid in the min­ing busi­ness he moved on to Echo Bay Gold Mines run­ning a loader. Dad was forced into early re­tire­ment when he was 56 years old due to be­ing di­ag­nosed with Rheuma­toid arthri­tis which took the wind of his sails un­til he was lucky enough for it to go into re­mis­sion or at least he claimed so. Dad could not stand idle time and was nowhere near re­tire­ment in his own eyes. He went back to work do­ing nu­mer­ous jobs and even­tu­ally was em­ployed by a fam­ily friend work­ing on heavy duty en­gines in the oil­field right up un­til he was 78 years old. Then in 2004 he leaned back, put his feet up and en­joyed life lis­ten­ing to western mu­sic and western movies as well as hang­ing out with close friends, fam­ily and of course sip­ping on cold ones. His big­gest joy in life was his grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren and in 2012 he was blessed with a new found love, Janessa. Dad, his son Glenn and Janessa be­came in­sep­a­ra­ble and he looked for­ward to her vis­its, foot rubs, di­via mo­ments, hu­mor and sass. She lit­er­ally be­came his joy and love again for life. Look­ing back to the 70s and 80s, par­ties at Pine Lake or even in his back yard, dad’s whole life re­volved around fam­ily and get to­gether. His spe­cial­ties were horse­shoes, thirty one and crib along with can­ning, smok­ing and cook­ing. His cook­ing skills were ex­cep­tional, es­pe­cially his mother’s recipes and her rum in her pump­kin pies. Dad en­joyed fish­ing, hunt­ing and loved wild meat, es­pe­cially Cari­boo and deer. He also en­joyed help­ing his daugh­ter Kathy and son-in-law, Wayne out on the farm driv­ing swathing and driv­ing truck. He could frame in and build any­thing just as well as any jour­ney­man. In 1984 his wife Jane went into the Green­house busi­ness and dad was kept busy with this un­til 1993 when Jane closed the doors. He loved his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren un­con­di­tion­ally and knew each and ev­ery­one’s strengths and weak­nesses. Us kids al­ways re­ceived an al­lowance on Satur­day’s for a show and huge bag of candy for the mati­nee. Our bel­lies were al­ways full, re­mem­ber­ing the huge wa­ter­mel­ons he would bring home in the sum­mer, cher­ries in the spring and Ja­panese or­anges in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, 2 wooden boxes tied to­gether with rope and al­ways a huge box of choco­lates at Christ­mas and presents ga­lore. There were three or­ders ev­ery year from Simp­son Sears and Ea­tons. Us kids nearly burst at the seams with ex­cite­ment for each box. Ev­ery month af­ter bills were paid mom and dad were lucky to have two bucks left over bi- weekly. In those days you could by 10 glasses of beer for a dol­lar. Dur­ing this time dad drove truck 5 ½ days per week and then ser­viced trucks on Satur­day af­ter­noons. Then it was his night to howl. Sun­days were ded­i­cated to work­ing on the house that was moved to Drumheller from East Coulee. Our par­ent’s per­se­vered, worked steady and raised 5 chil­dren. At 89 Dad still washed his own clothes, had a clean oven and house, made his bed ev­ery morn­ing, dusted, vac­u­umed and did his own dishes as he was too proud to ac­cept help un­til his ill­ness. A spe­cial thank you to our brother Glenn for all his help and ded­i­ca­tion in look­ing af­ter dad and his con­stant chang­ing needs. Dad could not have sur­vived that long with­out you Bro. You truly made the last years of his life worth liv­ing. Also a spe­cial thank you to Dr. Kuschke and Barb for their years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to­wards our fa­ther as well as home­care nurse, Ta­mara for all her help, sup­port and guid­ance and the home­care staff that came to the home each week to as­sist with care. Due to our fa­ther’s wishes there will not be a fu­neral ser­vice. We will be hav­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of life at a later date and will be an­nounced via Drumheller Mail. Dad’s fi­nal rest­ing place will be in Scot’s Bay, Nova Sco­tia. We would also like to give a shout out to Sean with Court­ney-Win­ters Fu­neral Home for tak­ing care of all the ar­range­ments and mak­ing this very dif­fi­cult time so much eas­ier. Thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts.


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