WATT, Vinton Melville
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July 25, 1922 - November 29, 2012
It is hard to believe that our dad, with his twinkling blue eyes and quick wit, has passed on. Dad was full of life (and mischief) throughout his 90 years. We will miss him dearly and are grateful for the lessons he has taught us. Through his words and actions, Dad taught us the importance of faith, integrity, hard work and loyalty. He taught us to have fun and laugh in life. Dad described his nine decades of life as a "great run". Vint was born and lived in Calgary his entire life. He reminisced of a past that few of us today can imagine. He spoke of a time when he rode his horse to school, when he would take his sweetheart on a street car to Bowness Park to dance under the stars and when Canada's freedom was endangered and the streets of Calgary were filled with people who bravely signed up to fight in World War II. When Vint was eighteen years old, he joined the navy and spent three years as a marine serving in WWII. When he returned from the navy, Vint joined the CPR and worked his way up from fireman to locomotive engineer. He was an engineer for over forty years for the CPR and was one of the last engineers to drive steam locomotive 5931 which is now on display at Heritage Park. Vint was passionate about anything with wheels from trains, to motorcycles, to pedal bikes and cars. He was always in a hurry and wheels (especially fast ones) fit his needs well. Family was the most important thing to Vint. He was a devoted husband of fifty years to Elsie Watt until her passing in August. A wonderful and supportive father and father-in-law to Heather and Brent Conradson and Sandy and Kelly Kizan, and a fun and loving Papa to his grandchildren, Bronwyn, Ben, Ryanna and Jesse. He was proud of his children and grandchildren to an almost humorous extent. He loved to brag about his family. He was predeceased by his two brothers Reggie (who died as a child) and Larry Watt. He is survived by sister Enid Watt Manson, sister-in-law Maureen Watt, nephew Howard Watt and niece Lisa Watt. He is also survived by many special sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and relatives, long-time friend Bill Locker, and the coffee gang which gave him so much kindness, great conversation and laughter. We would be honored if you would join us to Celebrate Vint's life at Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice, 1245 - 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8 (Telephone 403-284-5195), as they provided Dad with exceptional care and compassion in his last month living with prostate cancer. We would also like to thank the excellent care providers from Qualicare who supported Dad at home. In living memory of Vinton Watt, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane,
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2012