November 20, 1918 – Calgary, Alberta July 21, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Edna Benedetti passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 98 years. Edna was a native Calgarian; a teacher by trade but she had many passions during a life well-lived. Edna graduated with a Teaching degree from the University of Alberta and spent several years teaching in Calgary. She had a passion for travel and fondly recalled her tours to Russia, China, and Egypt. Edna had an abundant love for animals and animal welfare. One of her favourite past-times was attending the horse races. Edna enjoyed nature, especially Banff and the Rocky Mountains. She loved going for walks on the hill behind her house in Parkdale and took great pride in her garden. Edna often spoke of growing up in Hillhurst and spending time at Riley Park with her siblings. She enjoyed spoiling her treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edna is survived by her daughter Lesley Grant; her grandchildren, Spencer Grant (Susi) and Sarah Grant (Tim); and her great-grandchildren, Jordan Grant, Brennan Bechtold, Aubrey Bechtold and Hailey Grant. She is also survived by her niece Lyn (Bill) Eshom; and her nephew Terry (Peggy) Rowe. Edna was predeceased by her siblings, Ethel Rowe, Olive Morrow and Jack Rowe; son-in-law Don Grant; and nephew David Rowe.
August 30, 1954 - August 23, 2017
Mary Lou had a generous heart and her friendships were far reaching. She touched many of our lives in different ways. She enjoyed running and ran her first marathon when she turned 60. Mary Lou had a passion for teaching and shared her love of reading by filling her classroom with wonderful books. She loved her garden, her bear collection, and most importantly, her beautiful daughter Jessie. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Blaine; mother, Helen; sisters, Jean and Bev; brother, Jim and their families; Jessie's new husband, Sandro Ricioppo and his family and those who were fortunate to call Mary Lou their friend. She was predeceased by her father, Ed; brother, Ted and her sister, Margaret. She enjoyed travelling, being close to the ocean and living in California.
July 21, 1938 – August 11, 2017
Our family mourns the loss of Richard Louis Old. Raised in Blairmore, Alberta, Rich moved to Calgary with his family in 1954. He graduated from St. Mary's Boy's School, and attended the University of Alberta at Calgary where he met his future wife Judy and completed an education degree. He taught in the Calgary Catholic school system for 34 years and was a school principal for 29 of those years. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1972. He is a former president of Local 55 of the Alberta Teachers' Association, and was a committed advocate for social justice. Rich was a man of integrity who provided unwavering support to his children and grandchildren. He loved folk music, exploring family history, and going to the gym. Since their retirement as teachers more than 20 years ago, Rich and Judy have enjoyed travelling, learning to golf, and enjoying each other's company. Rich is survived by his wife and partner of 56 years, Judith Old, and by their children, Michael Old (Roseanne Moran), Nancy Amoruso (Joseph Amoruso) and Timothy Old. He also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Michael and Gemma Amoruso. Rich is survived by his sisters Monica Grainger and Julie Holmes, and their families. He was also very special to Judy's sisters Joanne Volontè, Janie Smith, and Wendy Sparks, and their families. Rich was a much beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. We are so grateful to those who helped Rich over the last few months through his cancer treatment. Our family would especially like to thank the healthcare staff on Unit 61 at Foothills Hospital who provided Rich with excellent and compassionate care in his last days.
April 9, 1931 – Edmonton, Alberta
August 3, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Maureen, beloved wife of Richard McLaren of Calgary, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Maureen and her twin brother Desmond Alexander, were the first of five children born to John Angus and Mary Alice MacPherson (Trainor) along with triplet siblings, Cecelia Alice, Camilla Audrey and Cameron Alton. Maureen is a proud graduate of both the University of Alberta (B. Ed) and the University of Calgary (D. Ed in Kodaly). Maureen followed in her parent's footsteps and became a teacher sharing her love of music and languages with her many, many students in the classroom. Music festivals, carol singing in the malls, annual Christmas concerts and operettas are just a few examples of her giving back over the many years. Maureen taught in Yellowknife and rural schools across Alberta before relocating to Calgary where she was hired to teach in one of the first French immersion programs offered in the 1970's. Maureen enjoyed a long and rewarding teaching career before taking retirement in 1990. In 1962 Maureen married Richard (Dick) McLaren, an RCMP officer, and shared the next 55 years of marriage together. Maureen loved to sing and belonged to an award winning children's chorus, university choruses, church choirs and held membership in the Sweet Adelines. Her fondest memories include singing with fellow colleagues of the C.C.S.D. teachers' choir that performed during the 1988 Winter Olympics. In retirement she curled as a member of the North Hill Curling Club and golfing with good friends. Together with her husband Dick, they enjoyed many warm winters lakeside in Chapala Mexico and traveled throughout Mexico, East Asia, Central and South America, and cruising the Caribbean. Maureen is survived by her husband Richard; daughter and son-in-law Laureen and Tom Geib; her grandchildren, Zacharias, Joseph, Cornelia and John. Maureen was predeceased by her twin brother Desmond Alexander.
March 29, 1929 – July 6, 2017
James (Jim) M. Millius passed away in Calgary on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Jim is survived by his children, Jim (Cheryl Taylor), Annmarie (Bill Scollard) and Mark (Tena Clark); grandchildren Christopher Jones and Erin (Kyle Doyle); great-granddaughter Brooklyn Doyle; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife and best friend Shirley on October 14, 2003; daughter-in-law Candice; his parents, Felix and Christina Millius; brothers, John, Rudy, Ray; his twin Herman; and by sister Loretta. Jim was born on March 29, 1929 in Odessa, Saskatchewan to Russian immigrants Felix and Christina Millius. After serving in the Canadian Air Force reserves, Jim returned to Regina where he attended Normal School to obtain his teaching certificate. He moved to Calgary in 1958 where he taught with the Calgary Separate School Board until his retirement in 1986. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke's Catholic Church (corner of Northmount Drive and Northland Drive NW) on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Jim's family through www.evanjstrong.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) (5060 – 74 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2C 3C9 telephone : 403-250-7377 website: aarcs.ca).
30 July 1941 - 28 June 2017 A beloved teacher and principal with the CBE for more than 40 years, Jim was a respected leader in education. In his free-time, he loved to read and study art, music, politics and film. In his retirement in Truro, he became a master gardener and photography buff. Most importantly to his friends and family, he was the kindest and most generous man that anyone has met. He is survived by his sister Carleen and his niece and her husband, Kenna and Todd. A memorial service will be announced later.
The family is deeply saddened to announce that after a courageous battle with cancer, Laura-Lynn passed away at her home in Calgary, AB. She has gone to heaven to be with her Dad and we know that she will continue to guide and watch over us in everything we do. She was born and raised in Winnipeg and attended Oak Park High School where she fell in love with her future husband Stephen Richard. They both attended the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1994. They were married July 22, 1995 in Winnipeg and moved to Calgary. She was an extremely well-respected and accomplished teacher and had such a positive impact on her students and colleagues. She had a passion for her career and became an Assistant Principal at Christ the King School in 2013 and Vice-Principal at St. Albert the Great School in 2015. She finished her Masters of Education degree from Gonzaga University in the fall of 2016. She was a loving mother, a caring wife, a thoughtful daughter and a wonderful sister. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her time swimming and boating at Lake Koocanusa on the B.C. and Montana border. We were so blessed to have been able to spend the time we had with Laura-Lynn. Our time with her was short but we will forever cherish the memories we made. She will always be in our hearts and with us in everything we do. She is survived by her loving husband Stephen, daughter Melissa, age 17, sons Matthew age 15 and Brendan age 11; mother Elaine Ainslie, sisters Shannon Labrash (husband Lon, children Tanis, Megan and Daniel) of Montreal; Jennifer St. Laurent (husband Mark, children Ashley and Carley) of Winnipeg; Stephen's parents Louis and Jean Richard of Thunder Bay; brother-in-law Kevin Richard (wife Bernadette, children Danielle and Jessica) of Winnipeg and numerous friends and family members. She was predeceased by her loving father Robert Ainslie in September 2016.She will be loved and cherished always by her family. Laura-Lynn was able to spend her final days in the comfort of her own home surrounded by the people she loved. We want to thank the dedicated palliative care team that supported her and her family in her final weeks. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Albert the Great Parish (10 Prestwick Drive SE) on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. We will always love and remember our beautiful Laura-Lynn. To honour her, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.
February 24, 1918 – June 25, 2017
Clara Linea Spry passed away peacefully at Edgemont Retirement Residence in Calgary on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the age of 99 years. Clara was born near Winnifred, Alberta to Swedish immigrant parents, Peter and Gerda Arvidson on February 24, 1918. She moved with her family to Craigmile, Alberta and Three Hills, Alberta, finishing her schooling in Drumheller before attending Normal School in Calgary. She taught in one- room school houses near Peace River and in the Ghost Pine area before marrying Dick Spry in 1941. After raising her family, she taught grade one for the Calgary Public School Board for 20 years. She actively volunteered in many organizations, and her church, as well as travelling extensively. She enjoyed many crafts and learned to paint at age 85. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard (Dick) Grenville Spry, in 1964; her grandson, Kent Robert Baker, in 1978. A Celebration of Clara's Life will be held at Bow Valley Christian Church (5300 53 Ave NW) on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared with Clara's family through evanjstrong.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
August 17, 1947 – Cranbrook, British Columbia June 21, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Bill Leonard, brother, husband, dad and "poppa" on June 21, 2017 at the age of 69 years.
He leaves to cherish his memory; his wife and best friend Susan, his daughter Heather, his son Bruce and his wife Amanda and grandkids Maclean, Charlie and Addison. Bill is also survived by his brother Mike and wife Sue, Jean and Bob Cameron, Jim and Jacquie Estey, special nieces and nephews, and jamming partner cousin Rick Godderis and his wife Joan.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Edward and Elizabeth Leonard and his in-laws Clarence and Virginia Estey.
What brought him the most joy were his three precious grandchildren Maclean, Charlie and Addison. Bill developed incredibly deep relationships with each of his grandchildren and understood what brought each of them joy. No activity was too big or small – hockey, fishing, Lego, reading, wrestling or just sitting on "Poppa's" lap for some cuddles. Bill was truly an incredible role model, friend and confidant to his grandchildren and his depth of character and lessons taught will be reflected in them for generations to come. Bill grew up in Cranbrook, BC, attended Notre Dame University in Nelson BC and the University of Calgary. During Bill's 31 years with the Calgary Board of Education he impacted 1,000's of Elementary School Children. Everyone remembers Mr. Leonard not only for his family fun nights and the annual pie throw in the principal's face, but more importantly for the time he took to build meaningful relationships with students. These relationships were built on compassion and mutual respect. Upon retirement from the CBE Bill was employed by Compton Petroleum as Human Resources Manager. The most gratifying part of his roll at Compton was the community outreach program that he developed which funded many schools and organizations in need. His happiest times were spent at the family cottage at Tie Lake, a place where family and friends have gathered for over 50 years. Bill spent his days at the lake puttering and enriching the lives of those around him. Countless hours were spent driving the boat and teaching kids how to water ski, dirt bike and everything in between. While at the lake, Bill also cherished his time spent at Willow Bend golfing with his family and friends. The lake will forever be a reflection of Bill and a cherished place for our family.
Bill had a great love of all sports and spent many hours watching Maclean and Charlie participate in different sports. He felt strongly that all kids should have the opportunity to experience the magic of sport and asked that any donations be made to KidSport PO Box 94011 Elbow River Post Office, Calgary, Alberta T2S 0S4 Telephone (403)202-0251 kidsportcalgary.ca
In living memory of Bill Leonard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.