McRAE, Stuart Daryl 1947 - 2012 Stu passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2012. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife Terry, sister Brenda, and brother Dale. He also leaves his nieces Sandra (Paul) Selina, and Debbie (Dom) Sabitino and their sons Mathew and Nicholas. Stu had a long and well respected career as a Guidance Counsellor and Specialist with the Calgary Board of Education. He made a difference in many students' lives. Stu enjoyed being with friends, whether taking part in outdoor activities or watching sports on TV. He loved his family. A Celebration of Stu's life will be held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Parkdale United Church from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The programme will begin at 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to The Heart and Stroke Fund of Alberta. Published in The Calgary Herald from August 31 to September 5, 2012
THOMAS, Doris Marion April 3, 1925 - August 31, 2012 Doris Thomas passed away peacefully at Bow Crest Care Centre on Friday, August 31 after several years of declining health. She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Enid (Jim) Whitnack and Avis Thomas; her grandson, Dan (Connie) Whitnack; her great-grandchildren, Eldon and Mei-Lynn; and her sister-in-law, Shirley Humphreys as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Noel; her son, Garth and granddaughter, Shera. Doris was born at home on the farm in a Welsh settlement in South Eastern Saskatchewan. She was the last surviving sibling of nine. She taught elementary school for many years and retired from Chief Crowfoot School in Calgary. Doris always kept active and after retirement was able to spend more time travelling and pursuing her hobbies. She was an active member of Confederation Seniors for several years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 710, 10123 - 99 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1. Thank you to the Bow Crest Care Centre staff who enriched the last few months of Mom's life with their caring and thoughtfulness. A celebration of Doris' life will be held at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery) on Friday, September 7 at 3:30 p.m. with Reverend Tammy Allan officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial. Published in The Calgary Herald on September 6,
BINKLEY, Lorna Rose June 27, 1930 - August 30, 2012 Lorna Rose Binkley (nee Smith) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at the age of 82 years. Lorna received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary in 1967, Diploma of Education in 1974 and a Master of Arts degree in 1975. She began her teaching career in Vauxhall and Taber followed by thirty-one years with the Calgary Board of Education. She was Principal of Stanley Jones, Dalhousie, Westgate and Cappy Smart Elementary Schools. Lorna served on the executives of the Elementary Principal's Association and the Council on School Administration for many years. She was also a member of the Elementary School Program Commission and served on many other educational committees. Lorna was predeceased by her parents, siblings and by her dear husband, Dan, in 1989. Lorna will be fondly remembered by family, friends and those whose lives she touched with her quiet and gentle manner. At Lorna's request there will be no Service. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 (Telephone 403-290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
You can shed tears that she is gone,
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray
That she'll come back,
Or you can open your eyes
And see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because
You can't see her, or you can
Be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back
On tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow
Because of yesterday.
You can remember her and
Only that she's gone, or you can
Cherish her memory
And let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what she'd want:
Smile, open your eyes,
Love and go on.
In living memory of Lorna Binkley, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane. Published in The Calgary Herald from September 4 to September 5, 2012.
BEDDOE, Chelsea Dawn (nee Friesen) May 24, 1984 - August 1, 2012 BEDDOE, Carter Edward August 1, 2012
WRIGHT, Leslie 31 October 1959 - 14 October 2012. Leslie Wright, beloved daughter of Lorna Wright and Bob Wright (Donna), died unexpectedly on October 14. She is also survived by her brothers Bruce Wright (Donna Williams), Barry Wright (Beverley), and Keith Wright (Pamela), her aunts Doris Livingstone and Charlene Brown (Gary), and her nieces and nephews: Jamie, Megan, Anna, Will, Evan, Sophie, Darcey, Finn and Millie. Leslie was born in Edmonton, and educated at the University of Calgary, and at Gonzaga University, Spokane. In recent years she has been the Assistant Principal at Le Roi Daniels School in Calgary. Leslie loved her work and her life. Her sunny disposition endeared her to friends, family, colleagues and students alike. She will be greatly missed. A gathering will be held in Leslie's honor for friends and family at The Country Club on October 29, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations will be welcomed at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Calgary, to support research into the treatment of inflammation mediated cardiomyopathy. Please make cheques payable to University of Calgary. Donations should be mailed to: Faculty of Medicine Fund Development, 3330 Hospital Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N1. Published in The Calgary Herald from October 18 to October 20, 2012
UNRUH, Waldemar R. (Wally) November 8, 1931 - September 29, 2012. As written by Wally. Wally was born to Martin and Suzzana Unruh in Kelstern, Sask. He grew up in Saskatchewan and B.C. and then moved to Alberta at age 17 where he attended Three Hills Bible College and then U of C receiving his teaching certificate. He taught in the Calgary public school system for nine years and then received his PhD (Psychology) at Stanford University after which he spent 22 years as professor of Educational Psychology at U of C. Wally was the youngest of seven children all of whom, in addition to his parents, predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his beloved wife Rebecca Joan (nee Meade) in 1997. They travelled the world together. He was blessed to share the lives of sixteen nieces and nephews and owes thanks to all of them for making his life rich with memories. Special thanks are due to nephew Mark Ketler and his wife Sylvia and their children Michael and Camille who were his mainstay during his later years and last days. To his niece Diane Kope, special thanks for ongoing caring and support. He also leaves to mourn, sisters-in-law Helen Hennessey (Grand Falls, Nfld), Barbara Rehder (London, Ont) and Jeannette Sisk (Vancouver, BC). Wally will miss beautiful skies, music, good books and the many friends he made during his lifetime. Special thanks also to all the staff at Chartwell Eau Claire Retirement Center for the loving care they provided. In keeping with Wally's request, a private family gathering was held in his memory. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Waldemar Unruh, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Published in The Calgary Herald from October 4 to October 6, 2012.
BELLAM, Carol Lee April 30, 1942 - September 10, 2012.
Carol Lee Bellam passed away peacefully at her home with her family beside her on Monday, September 10, 2012. Carol Lee was a passionate educator in her career with the Calgary Board of Education and continued to teach and excel in the bridge community. She was the Canadian nominee for bridge instructor of the year in 2012, an international award, held this year in Nashville, Tennessee. She excelled in everything she did - especially as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She lived a glorious life cut way too short. She will be greatly missed by her husband Edward Faichuk (who cared for her beautifully); her son Terry DeVries (Laura Lee Dyck); and her grandson Nikolas DeVries. She was predeceased by her parents Allen (Ted) and Alice (Dolly) Mundy; her son Dale DeVries; and her husband Ernest Bellam in 2001. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation, please support a "scholarship fund" for students at William Hall Roper Home. Memorial tributes may be made at www.educationmatters.ca in Carol Lee's name. In living memory of Carol Lee Bellam, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Published in The Calgary Herald on September 12, 2012.
MacGREGOR, Anna Laura 1921 - 2012
Teacher to many, example to all. Anna MacGregor, a third generation Albertan and Calgarian, schoolteacher, principal, artist, municipal councilor and tireless family stalwart, passed away on October 2, 2012 at age 91. Anna grew up in Calgary where her father, Frank Patton, ran a garage near McDougall School, and her mother Hazel took in boarders at their house on Twelfth Avenue. Her grandparents, Daniel and Burd Patton, had come to the Calgary area in 1902 and established a farm near Red Deer Lake. Anna and her sister Kay attended Western Canada High School, walking there twice a day - they returned home for lunch. They also helped their mother look after the "housekeeping rooms" of the boarders, as well as cleaning and painting. "Mother made most of our clothes from hand-me-downs. We never had any spending money," Anna said of her childhood. "Yet we never felt that we were living in hard times or were short of money. It was a happy family." There were almost no opportunities for a single girl to find employment in the 1930s in Calgary, and "mother insisted we finish grade twelve," Anna said. While the high school offered commercial (mostly secretarial) courses for girls, the Pattons took only academic courses. After completing high school Anna took the eight month teacher preparation program at The Calgary Normal School, located near today's SAIT. After she graduated she found her first teaching position in a one-room school near Kinsella. Teaching in a one-room country school was an adventure, as Anna recalled. "We had everything to contend with. A child once brought his horse into the class room for me to see!" After years of teaching she realized she would not ever become a Principal without a degree. She enrolled at the University of Calgary when she was 49 and finally, after eight years of night and summer school, she got her degree, all while working full-time and looking after her family. The next year she was made a Principal and under her leadership Rosemount School thrived. She had strong ideas about education and as Principal was able to prove that people who worked together cooperatively could produce exceptional results. The staff who worked with her at Rosemont remain close friends. Anna retired in 1983 at age 62, after 35 and one half years of teaching. She was elected councilor for the Municipal District of Big Horn in 1984 and served four years. Anna married Jack MacGregor on February 25, 1948. She met him while he was recovering during the war at the Colonel Belcher Hospital in Calgary where she was showing the almost 300 injured servicemen there how to make things in the rehabilitation department. After her first meeting with Jack, when she helped him start weaving a MacGregor tartan for a kilt, she found herself invited out to dinner, and soon married. Although Jack never finished his kilt, Anna was able to make a dress and a jacket from the 10 yards of material. A piece of the tartan material they wove together won first prize at both the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian National Exhibition in 1948. Anna and Jack had one son, Ian, born in 1949. Just as her mother had insisted that she finish grade 12, Anna insisted that Ian finish University. Ian went to the bank with her when she borrowed his first year's tuition so that he could attend. Jack worked for Barber Machinery in Calgary for 30 years, and then continued in the oilfield industry helping Ian with his small and struggling welding shop. In 1979, Jack and Anna bought land west of Cochrane on Jamieson Road for their retirement. Here they made many close, supportive, friends. Anna never knew how to take life easy. She was always busy. She did not seem to need to rest. She was creative and enjoyed making things: weaving, pottery, sewing and, most importantly, she was an accomplished painter. Anna was a lifetime member of the Cochrane Art Club and made many good friends there who stayed with her all her life. Painting remained a source of enjoyment throughout Anna's life as evidenced by her motto stuck on the wall of her art room: "Paint only on the days that you eat." For all those who knew her, Anna set an example of doing everything well through relentless, hard work. She got along with everyone, she made and kept many friends, and proved that you could do what you set your mind to. Anna Laura MacGregor is survived by her husband Jack, her son Ian and his wife Sharon, and her grandchildren Kate and Alex, as well as her sister Kay, brother Franklin and her nieces Brenda and Margie. In accordance with Anna's wishes no funeral is planned. A gathering will be held at a later date. Donations to the Cochrane Art Club, Box 683, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1A8, are preferred in lieu of flowers. In living memory of Anna MacGregor, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane. Published in The Calgary Herald from October 5 to October 8, 2012.
HELLER, Hans Heinrich April 14, 1926 - October 8, 2012. The family of Hans Heller mourns the sudden death of our deeply loved father, stepfather, Opa and husband. Hans passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thanksgiving Day, October 8, 2012 after having enjoyed an earlier family gathering. A Calgarian since his emigration from Germany in 1951, Hans touched the lives of numerous people. He began his life in Canada as a carpenter, and later in his 30's enjoyed a second long career as a teacher at Bowness High School until his retirement in 1989. Hans nurtured the development of the German Canadian School to become an accredited private school, receiving an award from the Alberta Department of Education for this accomplishment. After retiring, he enjoyed numerous travels abroad with his wife, Christine. He kept in touch with his family, neighbors, was an active volunteer for the Heart to Heart program and served on the board of directors of the German Canadian Senior Citizen Housing of Calgary for over 30 years. Grateful for his love and support are his wife, Christine; children, Brigitte McKenzie, Rosemarie (Larry) Heller, Peter (Susan) Heller, George Boelcke, Ellen (Chris) Boelcke and Christoph Boelcke; and grandchildren, Erin, Kyle, Annie, and Austin. Hans is predeceased by his first wife, Rotraut. We wish to thank the staff of the Colonel Belcher Seniors Centre, home care staff, Dr. Joyce and the many health care providers who cared for Hans. A Celebration of Hans' Life will be held at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery) on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. You are invited to share a joke, story or a fond memory. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 or the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1 or plant a tree in Hans' memory. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial. Published in The Calgary Herald on October 11, 2012.
McKINNON, Rosemary Geraldine (nee Price) April 30, 1943 - October 24, 2012.
Rosemary McKinnon, mother and grandmother, wife and sister, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the age of 69. Rosemary was born in Branch, Nfld and moved at a young age to Priceville, NB on the banks of the Mirimichi River. After completing Teachers College in St. Andrews, Rosemary moved west to Calgary and found employment with the Calgary Public School Board. While teaching at Victoria Park School, Rosemary met her future husband Mac through curling, which was one of her many social activities. Rosemary will be remembered by her extended family for her prolific letter writing and careful habit to always acknowledge birthdays. Rosemary was an avid volunteer in community groups and the activities of her sons. She felt a calling to help others as seen through her years as a Teacher's Aide to English as a Second Language and developmentally delayed students. Rosemary is survived by her four sons, Robert, John, Daniel, and Michael; as well as four grandchildren. She is remembered by her siblings, Marina, Kevin, Rodger (Butch), and Leonard as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Rosemary was preceded by Mac, her husband of forty- three years, and by her parents Sterling and Annie. Rosemary was a caring, selfless woman whose moral compass never wavered as she made her way through this life and will be greatly missed by family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at LEYDEN'S Chapel of Remembrance (corner of 17 Avenue and 2 Street S.W.) on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.leydens.com. Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM (304 - 18 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB). Telephone: 403-228-4422. Published in The Calgary Herald from October 26 to October 27, 2012.