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WHITAKER, George van Someren
July 27, 1924 - Hollywood, California
March 15, 2014 - Calgary, Alberta
Van Whitaker of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the age of 89 years. Van graduated from University of Toronto as a Metallurgical Engineer and moved with his wife Barb to Alberta in 1951, where they raised their four children. He was a proud WWII Veteran who served in the South Pacific. Van also served as a past Deacon at St. Peter's Anglican Church in SW Calgary. He was a lifetime member of the APEGGA, and proudly spent most of his professional life in oil and gas production with Texaco Canada. In the past, Van's interests included outdoor activities such as skiing, ice boating, and sailing. He and Barb supported their four children in their passion of competitive swimming. Van leaves behind numerous friends at Arbour Lake Retirement Lodge where he enjoyed his final years. Van was very proud of his lineage, both past and present, and is survived by sons Michael (Cindy), Peter (Laurel) Rob; daughter Wendy; grandsons Jesse (Tanya), Paul (Kait), Sean, Tyler, and Kevin Whitaker; granddaughters Stephanie and Becky Rendall; great-grandsons Eric, Kainen and Declan and sister Joy Rodgers. A Celebration of Van's life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Van's name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204 2323 - 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3, Telephone: 403-266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Van Whitaker, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Mar. 17, 2014