June 8, 1921 – November 21, 2016
Bill passed away on November 21, 2016 at the respectable age of 95 years in Haven Hill Care Facility in Penticton. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy in 2009. He is survived by his children, Gail, Lorrie and Tom; grandchildren, Sean, Mike, Chris, Riley, Sam and Hannah. There will be a Memorial Mass arranged in the spring at St. Pius X Parish in Calgary, time will be posted nearer the event.

 

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September 27th, 1942 Peggy Noreen Jackson 1942-2016 Peggy was born in Preeceville Saskatchewan. lived on a small rural mixed farm.Rode a horse four miles for grades one to eight. Graduated at 16 and received her fist degree at the U of Sask at 18 then finished her B Ed and masters at U of Calgary.  Married for 51 tears to Edward Jackson survived by daughter Jeryl Lynn Harvey and son Edward J and two grandchildren Joshua and Kate.She was killed in a freak car accident in NW Arizona by a speeding driver. Peggy was an exceptional cook, vegetarian, avid racket ball, golf and a certified fitness instructor. Predeceased by her granddaughter Laura whom she spent many a night at the Alberta Children's hospital fighting cancer. A teacher at Western Canada High School where she retired in 1998.

 

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 John James June 27, 1928 – Punnichy, S November 27, 2016 – Calgary, AB John James Gleason of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the age of 88 years. John was born June 27, 1928 in Punnichy, SK. He spent his early years in several small towns in Saskatchewan and moved to Regina at the age of 10, where he lived until he moved to study and work in Winona, MN, South Bend, IN, Ottawa, ON, and Saskatoon, SK. While studying Education in Saskatoon, John met Patricia and they married on August 2, 1958. He and Patricia lived in Regina (1958-1966), Minneapolis - St. Paul (1966-1967), Regina (1967-1968) and Calgary (1968 onward). A gifted teacher, John began his teaching career in Regina and then taught for the Calgary Separate School Board for nearly 30 years. He particularly enjoyed teaching junior high, where he helped countless teenagers develop their potential, sharing with them his love of learning, literature, history and his staunch faith. His other passions included a love of classical music, particularly opera, singing, playing cards, enjoying good food and wine, and most especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. John was an active member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish since its inception. His concern for social justice inspired him to take an active role in politics, including running for public office in a federal election. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, John spent the last decade of his life tenderly caring for Patricia, after her health began to fail, until her death in 2015. John is survived by his three children, Mary Gleason (Gaëtan Mercier), Tom (Kim) Gleason, Cathy (Michael) Lesyk; ten grandchildren, Catherine, John, Caroline, Jeff, Mark, Sean, Maggie, Jay, Sarah and Emma; siblings, Sr. Aileen Gleason, Joseph Gleason, Patrick Gleason and Bernadette Hopfauf. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia.

 

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MACDONALD, Alexander(Sandy) Hugh
March 14, 1937 Judique, Cape Breton
November 23, 2016 Calgary, Alberta
Sandy MacDonald passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in Calgary after a brief illness. Sandy was a proud and loyal Cape Bretoner. He was a graduate of both St. Francis Xavier University and Gonzaga University. His career in education took him to Halifax, Labrador City and Kingston prior to his 26-year employment with the Calgary Separate School Board, primarily at St. Francis High School. As well as being an avid hockey fan, Sandy played hockey all his life starting on the pond in Judique through to the Calgary Old Timers Hockey Association. He also took great pleasure in gardening. Sandy was an active member of the Dalhousie Community coaching both hockey and baseball as well as being a Beaver Cub leader. He was an active member of St. Luke's Catholic Church. Sandy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet, and their children Nancy (Joe Lizotte), Trevor (Ena Kano) and Danny as well as by grandchildren Elizabeth, Emily and Charlotte Lizotte, and Alasdair and Sarah MacDonald. He was predeceased by his parents Willie and Jessie and brother Donald. He is survived by sisters Peggy, Christina and Marie as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

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Sharon Pearl Christian June 11, 1950 - July 6, 2015. Sharon Christian was an artist from her soul to her fingertips, from a small child till the day of her death. Sharon died on July 6th, 2015 in Chilliwack, BC weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Sharon was born to Roy and Mary (nee Zwarych) Christian in Stettler Alberta in 1950, and raised on the family farm west of Innisfail. She is survived by partner Brian Becker, their son Dwayne and his family, brother Glenn Christian (Dale), and sister Gay Holm (Carl), and many nieces and nephews. Sharon painted under her married name, Sharon Holmes (George) until her divorce in the eighties, and then Sharon reverted to her maiden name for the remainder of her career.

After graduating from the University of Calgary with a B Sc. in Education, Sharon taught high school art at H.D. Cartwright Secondary School in Calgary for seven years. In 1976 Sharon chose to be a full time artist and to further study at the Alberta College of Art. She continued to teach classes privately and within the West Vancouver school system into the 1990's. When 29, Sharon was the youngest person to be named to The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. She also became a member of the Alberta Society of Artists (a jury by peers). While in Calgary, Sharon was represented by the Masters Gallery and Gold Design Fine Arts (Wallace Galleries). Subsequently she was in various private galleries and had numerous shows in public galleries in Alberta and BC.

Sharon painted contemporary life as she saw it, and lived through it. That appreciation for life, people, animals large and small, as well as nature, were fundamental to her beliefs and enjoyment of painting. That passion came from a deep study and love of nature that was reflected in her unique view of art and its role in life. Enjoying each day to the fullest was fundamental to Sharon's painting and that included daily walks to commune in the forest, gardening, and being a wonderful cook, enjoying good books, movies, and music.

Sharon was very dedicated and prolific in her painting having completed over 2,000 paintings and sculptures. She always chose the size, medium and approach for each subject, and the results were paintings that ranged from 8"x8" to 5'x7', done in watercolour, acrylics, oils, and many mixed media styles. Sharon was also a master in figure and represented them in a range of approaches from realistic to abstract. In Sharon's words, "My work changes, and I work in series, most of which are very different from the others, so that when someone sees one of my pieces they have not seen them all. It is not unusual for collectors to acquire from each series. At the same time there is a common thread, an approach to ideas that is constant. People tell me they recognize my style." Her work is in numerous collections, and in particular in the homes of many patrons who supported her throughout her career.

The dedication at the show that opened days after her death and included her work, read: "In loving memory of a great artist and a kind heart." A family celebration of Sharon's life was held in Chilliwack on June 11, 2016 and was filled with remembrances and smiles, as well as everyone being surrounded by and enjoying her work - her lifelong calling and passion.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
PALLAT, Monika 
April 25, 1937 - November 14, 2016
Monika died suddenly after struggling valiantly against the effects of Parkinson's disease, She is deeply missed by her sister, Regine Moorcroft (nee Pallat), her nephew Marc, her nieces Annemarie and Cecilia, and many friends. After being transplanted as a teenager from Germany to Saskatchewan, she became a successful teacher near Indian Head, then Canmore, and for the longest period in Calgary, at Midnapore. Her talent as an artist enriched her life, all our lives, especially that of her students. They all remembered her neat ideas for art projects, rather than the arithmetic and spelling lessons. 

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LEFEBVRE, Theresa Louise
March 4, 1927 – November 1, 2016
Louise Lefebvre peacefully took her leave of us on All Saints Day. In the end she still knew us all, and was very much with us right until the last. Those who remain are her three children, Anne, John (Hilary) and Ted; four grandchildren, Jesse, Emily (Pádraig), Carolyn (Phil) and Heather; great-granddaughter, Ida and a large extended family of Cullens and Lefebvres.
Our Mom was born in Calgary to Harold and Florence (O'Sullivan) Cullen. She had seven brothers and sisters, of whom Martin, Aileen (Haan), Joan, Martha and little Harry have gone before. She is survived by brothers, Cassin and Jack (Doris). 
Louise graduated from St Mary's Girls' High School. In 1948, she married Lieutenant Joseph Edmund Lefebvre, PPCLI, and they had a charmed and short life together, at Camp Borden, Barrie, ON, CFB Kingston, ON, and finally CFB Chatham, NB. Ed died tragically, in March 1955 at age 29, in a blizzard in New Brunswick, returning from a weekend Officers' Training Course. So, at 28, Mom, with three children five years and under, returned to Calgary to the bosom of family and old friends. 
Louise worked at Western Airlines for a time, then at Catholic Family Services. She earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta at Calgary, taught English at her alma mater and while teaching, earned her Grad Diploma in Ed Psych from University of Calgary. She completed her Master's Degree, specializing in Guidance Counseling from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington and stayed at St Mary's Girls' (later amalgamated into St. Mary's Senior High) as its first Guidance Counselor, until the last four years at Bishop Grandin High, retiring in 1991.
 
 
 

Bonnie Mary Sheila Laing passed away at the Bowcrest Care Centre on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the age of 79 years. She was born in Calgary, AB in 1937, married her beloved Wyatt in 1967. Bonnie was active in the church and community. She belonged to numerous groups and was dedicated to helping others. That dedication carried her through a 26 year teaching career and into 3 terms as an MLA for Calgary Bow from 1989 – 2001. After 2001, she continued to serve her community and will be remembered for her generous spirit. Bonnie is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter Starr Morrissey, son Wade Laing, extended family and friends in the community. She was predeceased by her husband Wyatt Laing, brother John Paul, infant son Cameron Bruce and parents John Angus and Alice Louise Paul.

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George John Sackman January 18, 1925 - November 9, 2016 

Dad left us quietly after a brief illness at age 91.

Born in Irvine, Alberta, Dad's formative years were spent on a small farm during the Great Depression. Not exactly enamoured with farm life, Dad left the farm as a young man and began his teaching career in rural Alberta. Soon after, he moved to Calgary. A devout church-goer, Dad was told to make sure he went to St. John's Lutheran Church to hear Rev. Jacob Leinweber. There he met the Reverend's daughter, Ruth. They were married in 1950 and their love and mutual respect grew for 66 years.

Education was, of course, very important to Dad. He spent much of his working life upgrading through summer school and sabbatical. This led him to rise to the position of principal in the elementary school system at a relatively young age and ultimately to his Master of Education degree in 1970. Dad taught for the Calgary Board of Education for 35 years. He and Mom retired and moved to Victoria in 1981.

Dad is survived by his beloved Ruth, sons David and Paul, grandchildren Marc, Ryan, and Clare, great granddaughter Raphaelle, and niece Linda who was much like a daughter to him.
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RAMSAY, Marie Antoinette
August 19, 1957 - September 16, 2016
Marie Ramsay passed away at the age of 59 years, after a lengthy illness. Marie is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Gaspar, and her three children; Leo, Victoria and Max Gaspar. Born in Quebec and having later moved to Calgary, Alberta, Marie pursued her passion for teaching at the Calgary French School followed by 10 years with the Calgary Board of Education.
 
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