Gwen North died on March 12, 2016 at the age of 83. She will be missed by her sisters Ruth and Suzanne; her nieces Catherine, Nancy, and Beverly; her nephews Ian and Steve; her beloved great niece and nephews Lauren, Sean, Thomas, and Justin who always referred to her as "A.G."; and by her many friends. Gwen had a long career as a devoted high school teacher and librarian in Calgary. She will be remembered by the countless students she was so passionate about helping, and the colleagues she enjoyed working with. Gwen loved to travel, and spent many happy summers overseas walking through the cities of Europe, particularly London and its surrounding areas. In her later years, she stayed closer to home, but still enjoyed visiting friends and family across Canada, along with the occasional jaunt to sunny climates like Hawaii and Mexico. Gwen loved music and the theatre. She spent many happy evenings at concerts with friends both at home and while travelling. She enjoyed entertaining, and dinners at her home were a welcome regular event for both friends and family. Gwen never missed the opportunity to mail out a card, many of which she made herself. Equally, she loved to receive them and was known to drop broad hints when her friends and family went on vacation or during the holidays. She was in every way an exceptional individual, respected and loved by all who had the good fortune to know her. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of their choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Gwen North, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Mar. 15, 2016

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April 21, 1927 – Calgary, Alberta       February 17, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta
 
Betty Wolfe of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Betty was a native Calgarian. She attended Crescent Heights High School, and graduated from UBC in 1949. After marriage in 1950, she and Howie lived in Vancouver before moving back to Calgary. She earned a B.Ed from the University of Calgary in 1971, followed by an M.Ed. in 1981. Betty taught Home Economics for many years with the Calgary Separate School Board. She was a lifelong music lover and singer, a dedicated teacher and a loving mother and grandmother. Betty is survived by her children Ann Calvert, Evelyn, Ted, John and Patricia Wolfe and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Howarth in 2006. A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 - 19th Street N.W.) on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12 noon. A Graveside Service will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Please forward condolences through www.calgarycrematorium.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Music programs at the University of Calgary, https:/ /netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/bettywolfe, or to The Anglican Parish of Holy Cross, 2828 - 19 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3V8.  Published in The Calgary Herald from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2016.

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April 12, 1926 - February 9, 2016

Ruby Hutton of Calgary, AB, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the age of 89 years. Ruby taught for the Calgary Board of Education for twenty-eight years before she retired. She had a servant's heart and reached out and touched many people around her. Her love for the outdoors, music, sports, and gardening were an active part of her lifestyle. During retirement Ruby and Tom enjoyed trips to the mountains within Alberta, British Columbia, many different States, cruises, and numerous trips back to Ireland to visit family and friends. Ruby is survived by a brother, Jack Coulter of Northern Ireland; two brother-in-laws and three sisters-in-law, Hugh and Gertie Hutton of Crossgar, Northern Ireland, Billy and Joan Hutton of Tacoma, WA and Mary Mallon of Hillsborough, Northern Ireland. She is also survived by nephews and nieces in Ireland and Australia and many other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Hutton in November 2011, three brothers, James, Hamilton, and Bertie and three sisters Bessie, Alice and Muriel. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Graveside Service will be held at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (Lower Springbank Road and 17th Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Funeral Services will be held at Bethel United Reformed Church (730 – 101st Street S.W.) on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Ruby Hutton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Feb. 20, 2016.

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August 31, 1916 – Maple Creek, Saskatchewan   February 15, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan to parents of pioneering families (Carl Russell- Janet Lochhead), Alice learned the value of self-reliance, dependability and frugality early, lessons she carried with her for her entire life. Before she was 14, she was firing up steam-driven tractors, driving teams of heavy horses, and shouldering her share of farm work. Determined to be self-sufficient, Alice attended Normal School in Regina and thereafter sought work teaching school. But that was the Depression; work was scarce and salaries even more so, but after over 100 applications, she found work in the Manitou District of central Saskatchewan. Not long afterward, she met George, the love of her life. They married in January 1942, and for several years worked hard on their farm at Neilburg, SK where their two children were born. In 1948, for health reasons they left the farm, heading west to Cedar, BC, and then just a year later to Bragg Creek, AB where they owned a local store and post office. In 1950, they moved to Calgary, AB which gave Alice the opportunity to resume her teaching career. Many Grade 3 students remember her for the music she shared, her love of nature, and her fairness. Living only blocks from her grandchildren, she was a beloved fixture in their lives, canoeing and camping, attending all events big and small from sports to ballet, making dinners and organizing picnics. Upon retirement, Alice and George traveled the world, hiked the Rockies with the Second Sixties Club, and attended Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, among so many other activities. At 98, Alice could still set up and ride her exercise bike. Strong, determined, unflaggingly cheerful, Alice appreciated all that life had to offer until her final days, retaining until the end a wry sense of humour and a deep regard for all living things, wild or tame. Survived by her two children, Lorne (Dale Lamont) and Verna (Bob Johnson); and two grandchildren, Alissa and Laurence, Alice will be missed more than we can express. At a time and place to be determined later, family and friends will gather to celebrate Alice's inspiring life. For information, contact Lorne at 403-283-1223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Finally, her ashes, along with George's, will be returned home to the Manitou Cemetery in Saskatchewan. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Alice's honour may be made directly to Nature Conservancy (donate.natureconservancy.ca). Deepest thanks to caregivers at Boardwalk Retirement Residence, Scenic Acres Retirement Community, and the Fanning Rehab Centre, who gave her so much support every step of her final years. In living memory of Alice Perry, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Published in The Calgary Herald from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2016.

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November 14, 1942 – Bow Island, AB                        February 13, 2016 – Calgary, AB

George Dorscher passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the age of 73 years. He grew up on a farm outside of Bow Island, AB. He graduated with his Education Degree from the U of C and completed his Masters of Math and Science at the University of Oregon in 1979. He was a dedicated math and science teacher for over 30 years, including 17 at St. Mary's High School. After retirement, he channeled his energy into helping the less fortunate through his tireless work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Calgary Food Bank. The thousands of lives he touched through teaching and his charity work are all richer because of him. George was a loving Father and Grandfather who will be greatly missed by his three children Tim (Heather) Dorscher, Jennifer Dorscher and Tara (Ben) Lee, four granddaughters Sydney, Caitlyn, Marla and Toriana, five surviving brothers and sisters, Betty, Ken, Doreen, Elvin and Joe, their families, neighbours and friends. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (404 Northmount Place N.W.) on Wednesday, February 17 at 10:30 a.m. If friends and family so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of George Dorscher, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Feb. 16, 2016

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August 25th, 1954 - January 2nd, 2016

Richard Garth Stafford passed away at his home on January 2nd, 2016 after a recent cancer diagnosis. Born and raised in Fredericton, NB, on August 25th, 1954, Rick travelled out West as a young adult, cultivating his career and raising his family in Calgary, AB. Rick was an artist and a school teacher. His formal art education started at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he majored in painting (1971-73). At the age of 20 in 1975, he moved to Calgary where he started his career in sign writing with Vogue Signs. In his early 30's Rick returned to the University of Calgary, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education. He taught for more than 20 years with the Calgary Board of Education at Sherwood School and Senator Patrick Burns Junior High School. His final 3 years of teaching prior to retirement, Rick acted as the head of the Art Department, fulfilling his dream of combining his artistry with his passion for teaching. Rick was a hands-on parent to his children. He loved music, nature and making people laugh. He was a kind and gentle man. Rick was the eldest of 5 siblings to Yvonne Stafford and the late Richard Stafford. Left to remember him dearly are his partner Sheila Newlands of Fredericton, NB; his children Audrey (Steve) Rasmussen and Leland (Brittney) Stafford his three young grandchildren; his mother Yvonne (Bonnie) Stafford; siblings, Karen, Peter, Elaine, and Lisa.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Jan. 25, 2016.

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March 7, 1928 – January 15, 2016

Dave beloved husband of Phyllis passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the age of 87 years. Dave was born and raised in Calgary. He worked as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education for 25 years. After retirement he embarked on a second career, combining his love of history and trains, working as an interpreter in the Heritage Park roundhouse for 21 years. Dave is survived by his wife of 59 years Phyllis, 3 children Sheila (Gary), Jim (Margot) and Steve (Taryn), and 7 grandchildren, Chris, Stephanie, and Erik Hanson, Caitlin, Josh and Nick Thomson and Zach Chiste. Dave was predeceased by his father Thomas and mother Gladys. Special thanks to staff at Sarcee C3 and Hospice and Rockyview Hospital unit 47 for their care and compassion. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of David Thomson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Jan. 19, 2016.

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Joanna Marie Barr passed away peacefully at MacKenzie Care Centre in Calgary on January 8, 2016 at the age of 88 years. She is survived by her sister Frances (Wendell) Opheim of Lethbridge; nieces: Wanda Opheim (Ken Yurkovich) of Calgary, Karen (Tom) Schmitz of Ontario; nephews: Eric (Carol) Dieter, Miles Dieter of Calgary and Phil Dieter of Hanna. Joanna was born in Olds to Joseph and Cora Damsgard. At an early age, she lived in Brooks and Lanfine before moving to Chinook, Alberta where she received her high school education. Following high school, she attended Calgary Normal School and became a teacher in Calgary for many years. After retiring from teaching, she worked in a dress shop which she enjoyed very much as she loved clothes. She was predeceased by her parents, brother John Damsgard and sister Evelyn Dieter. The family is thankful for the skilled and loving care provided by MacKenzie Care Centre. At this time, we also want to thank Herb and Ida who were companions to Joanna for thirteen years. They were her best friends for all that time. Memorial donations in Joanna's memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary (#201, 222-58 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2H 2S3). Private Family services were held. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Jan. 15, 2016.

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February 1, 1940 – Calgary, Alberta                December 31, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

With immense sadness, the family of Wayne Kimmel announce his sudden passing at home on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the age of 75 years. Wayne was a man of integrity, generosity, and strength. A keen fly fisherman, he was a member of the Calgary Hook and Hackle Club. Wayne was a strong supporter of many environmental, social and political action groups. Wayne is survived by his wife Sharon; daughter and son-in-law Cathleen and Pete Shipley; son David; grandchildren, Stephen John, Haley Shipley, Joseph Taylor and his mother Sonia Taylor; and many cherished relatives, friends and former students. A Celebration of Wayne's Life will be held in the Collingwood Room at the Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Drive N.W.) on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Wayne's honour may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Wayne Kimmel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2016.

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February 10, 1943 - December 30, 2015

Father, Husband and Grandfather. In his early years Howard was very athletic, playing all sports including running, curling, golfing and coaching basketball. He served in the military as a physical education teacher and then later taught junior and high school students English and Social Studies. He had an open heart and a natural capacity to help others, which extended to his friends, family and the AA community. His kindness and generosity was a gift that he shared with many who knew him. Howard spent most of his life in Calgary, retiring in his later years to Winnipeg with his wife Edna. He cherished his three grandsons Rowan, Cooper, Miles and spent quality time with them, reading, playing pool, tag and so much more. Howard is survived by his wife Edna, three daughters Michelle, Heather (Mike), Marlene, brother Hugh and sister Kathy. He was predeceased by his parents and four brothers. Howard's family invites you to celebrate his life at Red Deer Lake United Church, on highway 22x ,January 12 at 4 pm.A special thank you to the caring staff at Riverwood Square. The family appreciates donations to the Alzheimer's Society in lieu of flowers.  Published in The Calgary Herald on Jan. 7, 2016.

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