Calgary Herald : 2020-05-30



classified C13 SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 CALGARY HERALD HAWTHORNE, Nancy Alison GACEK, Walter Frank June 26, 1926 - Winnipeg, Manitoba May 27, 2020 - Calgary, Alberta June 27, 1957 - Edmonton, Alberta May 25, 2020 - Calgary, Alberta DAY, Cecil 1932 - 2020 Walter Gacek, beloved husband of, Frances Gacek (nee Borek) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 93 years. With profound sadness we announce the passing of Cecil Day on May 25, 2020. Cec was the youngest of five children born to Maggie and Stanley Day Meyronne, SK on November 5, 1932 and was raised on the family farm. He married Joan Roszell on August 8, 1953 in Moose Jaw, SK and together they raised three children. Cec became a licensed auto mechanic and worked at a Chrysler dealership for many years before operating his own service station, South Trail Shell, for 25 years. He provided skilled and honest service and built many lasting friendship­s. Cec was committed to volunteeri­ng his time. Over the years, he served with the South Calgary YMCA Men’s Club and assisted with fundraisin­g, worked on the Provincial Apprentice­ship Committee for motor mechanics for 6 years, and volunteere­d at Heritage Park and Gasoline Alley for 24 years. He was a long time, active member of Mcdougall United Church where he enjoyed participat­ing and serving in many capacities. Cec’s many hobbies included travelling, gardening, watching the Calgary Flames and antique cars (he was a member of the Alberta Pioneer Auto Club). Cec had a rare talent for rememberin­g everyone he met and engaging in conversati­on with genuine interest and compassion. He was the best grandpa that his grandchild­ren could have asked for. He always had time for them and made each of them feel special. He was always up for games, conversati­ons, and lots of laughter. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Cec is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan, his children, Stuart (Terry) of Briercrest, SK, Kevin (Erin) of Draper, Utah, and Denise (Daren) Patterson of Calgary. He was loved by his grandchild­ren, Alex Day, Raymond Friesen, Ian (Lisa) Friesen, Brittany (Scott) O’shea, Breanne (Ian) Savage, Elizabeth Patterson (Kevin Merkl), Jenna Patterson (Callum Mudd), Douglas Patterson, Adam Day, and Emily Day and great-grandchild­ren, Jackson, Ethan, and Izzy O’shea, Graham Savage, Riley and Evan Friesen, and Jacob Friesen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Myrtle, Chester, Phyllis, and Clifford. The family wishes to thank the staff of the ICU and Unit 29 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital for their care and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date once permitted. Nancy Hawthorne, beloved wife of John Hawthorne, was taken from this world too early after a brief battle with metastatic lung cancer, on Monday, May 25, 2020. Nancy was loved by all who knew her, both in Canada and in Ireland, where she became a citizen after marrying John in 1999. She had a heart of gold, and would do anything for her family and friends. Her infectious smile and frequent laughter are what we will remember the most about her. Nancy was born in Edmonton, AB, but grew up in Calgary. Nancy met John in Galway in 1997 while on a tour of Ireland, and they were inseparabl­e from that moment until her passing on Monday. They were married in Banff, and John liked Canada so much that they moved here in 2002. Nancy is survived by her husband John, mother Alison (Ken); sisters, Catherine and Lesley (Joe); brother Peter; mother-in-law Mary; sister and brother-in-law, Susan (John) and David (Cavina); nieces, Sarah, Jennifer, and Lindsey; nephew Justin (Anna); daughter-in-law Dani (Keith); and other members of her extended family and friends, too numerous to mention. Nancy was predecease­d by her father and brother, William and Gregory Laureshen, and her father-in-law Danny Hawthorne. A private Mass will be celebrated for Nancy at a later date. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.mcinnisand­ The family would like to thank Dr. Gwyn Bebb, his nurse Kate, and the rest of the team at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their amazing care of Nancy during her illness. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacan­ In living memory of Nancy Hawthorne, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservati­on Area. in Walter was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 26, 1926 where he received his early education. After one year at the University of Manitoba, Wally attended the University of Michigan on a hockey scholarshi­p where he received his Bachelor of Science and a Masters’ Degree in Petroleum Geology. Wally was nominated as an All American in 1948 and 1949, to the all time Michigan All-star team for the past fifty years and the Michigan Hall of Honor in 2006. After graduation Wally worked for Gulf Oil for thirty-five years achieving the position of Exploratio­n Manager. He worked in Stettler, Pittsburgh, Red Deer and Calgary. After taking early retirement at the age of sixty, Wally worked for Canada North Energy as V.P. of Exploratio­n for three years, which involved travelling to Europe and Asia. Wally is survived by his loving wife, Frankie of sixty-four years; his children, Linda (Steve), Matt (Ursula) and Lori (Lee); sisters-in-law, Judy Gacek of Winnipeg, Rosella Borek of Dawson Creek and Elizabeth Borek of Victoria; and many nieces and nephews. He was predecease­d by his parents, Matthew and Mary Gacek; sister Sophie (Stephen); brothers, Stan, Kaz (Joyce) of Winnipeg; brother Ted (Daphne) of Denver; and sister Lil (Stan) of Washington, D.C. He had a great sense of humour and quick wit. Wally enjoyed golfing with his friends at Earl Grey, gardening and assisted Frankie with her farming operation. Family was very important to Wally. Wally, Frankie and family attended most wedding and anniversar­y celebratio­ns in Winnipeg, Stettler and Dawson Creek. Of all the activities Wally enjoyed going to dinner with his family and the celebratio­ns at Christmas, Easter, Thanksgivi­ng and birthdays. Vacations at Winnipeg Beach, Hawaii, Palm Desert and Europe, also cruising to the Caribbean, Mediterran­ean, Panama Canal and Alaska. As per Wally’s wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Condolence­s, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Wally’s obituary at www.mcinnisand­ If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. full gatherings are Condolence­s may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.edenbrookc­ The family would like to thank Dr. I Khosla, Nirmal, Andrea and Dr. Sharma at the Cardiac Clinic and the staff at United Active Living for the excellent care he received. In living memory of Walter Gacek, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservati­on Area. FESIK, Ellnor 1935 - May 24, 2020 On May 24, Ellnor, a true 'force of nature' , passed away - likely the same way she entered this world - abruptly. During her 84 years she touched the lives of all she met with her legendary hospitalit­y and unwavering faith in Jehovah God. Ellnor was a member of the Bowness congregati­on of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 65 years. She never feared to speak up for what was right. A remarkable mother of 5, Ellnor worked in the hospitalit­y industry for 30 years. Many will remember her as the manager of Andy's Villa Restaurant. Her presence will be so very deeply missed. She was predecease­d by her soulmate of 67 years, John, and survived by her sons: Jonathan(anne-marie), Brent(kelly), Richard(diana), Tim(cherlyn), and daughter Wendy. 13 grandchild­ren and 7 great-grandchild­ren. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday June 6th, 2020 at 2pm MST via Zoom - please email for details. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the World Wide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses at: HUMPHRYS, Paul Stratton January 12, 1942 - Vancouver, British Columbia May 24, 2020 - Calgary, Alberta It is with deep sadness and shock that we announce the passing of Paul Stratton Humphrys, suddenly at home, on Sunday morning, May 24, 2020 at the age of 78 years. Paul was born in Vancouver, BC, on January 12, 1942. His family moved to Calgary when he was 14 and has lived there ever since. He always had a heart for Vancouver and loved living and just being by the water. He attended Balmoral Jr. High, Crescent Heights High School and U of C, graduating with a degree in education. He began his teaching career in 1966, retiring in 2001. He and Marlene began dating at the end of grade twelve, married in 1964 and would have celebrated 56 years of marriage in August. They were blessed with three daughters and eventually eight granddaugh­ters. Paul was so proud of all his girls! JENNER, Gordon Alfred James June 4, 1943 - Regina, Saskatchew­an May 17, 2020 - Calgary, Alberta FLEMING, Glenn George January 5, 1946 - May 21, 2020 Glenn was born and raised on the family farm in Pakenham, ON before moving to Calgary in 1966. He worked in the automotive industry most of his life, mechanic to managing service stations. Known for his genuine interest in how you were doing and his good sense of humour, he will be sadly missed. He is survived by his daughter, Natalie; grandsons, Jay, Mathew and Robert; and nephews, Steve and Ted. Glenn loved animals, especially cats. In lieu of flowers, donations in Glenn’s memory may be made to an animal shelter or rescue group of your choice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternat­ Most of his career was spent in the gym, teaching, coaching and shooting hoops when there was time. Many lasting friendship­s were forged along the way and continue to this day. Often someone would approach him, even in distant places, and ask, "Are you Mr. Humphrys? You taught me phys. ed." Gordon Jenner passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the age of 76 years. Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Louanne; daughters, Sherilen (Darrel Decorby) and Corianne (Alan Irving); brother, David (Dian); sisters, Betty (Al Paananen) and Valerie (Bob Holmes, predecease­d); brother-in-law, Bob Graham and his son, Matthew; as well as many nieces and nephews. Gordon was predecease­d by his granddaugh­ter, Edie. In accordance with the provincial regarding COVID-19, there will not be a funeral scheduled at this time. The family will plan a memorial at a future date. If anyone wants to commemorat­e Gordon’s life, please consider making a donation to an animal rescue charity of your choice. Please forward condolence­s through He was a big guy with a big heart and had a great life. He will be deeply missed by his large circle of family and friends. Summers at Shuswap Lake will be remembered forever, especially by the future sons-in-law who had to prove their worth with their abilities to hammer and build, chop down the occasional tree, haul wood, carry back breaking loads and dig holes. Even after passing the test, work for the boys continued when their families visited. It wasn’t all work. Paul enjoyed all the water sports, boating, having friends and family spend time with him and Marlene and reading on the deck. In retirement Paul and Marlene were able to travel a lot and enjoyed faraway places they never thought they would get to see, sometimes on their own and sometimes with dear friends. Paul leaves behind the love of his life, Marlene; Amanda and Rod Iwanow, Arden and Emily; Lisa and Perry Sellars, Erin, Alyssa, Tara and Robyn; Tanya and Chris Molcan, Riley and Parker; brothers - Peter and Claudette of Vancouver, BC, Noel and Carol and their families of Brisbane, Australia. He will be missed and remembered by many dear friends. ALTERNATIV­ES® FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES Serving Calgary and Surroundin­g Areas since 1997 403-216-5111 A private family service will be held sometime Anglican Church, Calgary, AB. in the future at St. James If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made online directly to the EMS Foundation of Canada http://emsfoundat­ or Calgary Firefighte­rs Charitable Foundation https://calgaryfir­­rs-charitable-fou ndation. Condolence­s, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Paul’s obituary at www.mcinnisand­ In living memory of Paul Humphrys, a tree Sandy Cross Conservati­on Area. will be planted in the Ann & The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. ~Jean Paul Richter

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