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Age 88, Halifax, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at home with his wife of 66 years and family by his side on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was born in Tate Saskatchewan May 24, 1924 and married his true love Jacqueline (Jackie) on August 24, 1946 in Regina Saskatchewan. He was long retired from Air Canada where he worked as a production planner in the aircraft maintenance department, but that was only his day job. He also worked as a contractor building houses and owned a general store for ten years. He had the opportunity to relocate to many different cities and towns, from Winnipeg to McCreary to Montreal to Springhill, Florida, then Kelowna and finally to Halifax where he could be closer to family. He had helped many family and friends over the years with house repairs and renovations and was always willing to take time to help out anyone in need. He met friends easily and kept in touch with every one of them over the years. He was a past president of the Rotary Club, was involved in the Lion's Club, was an elder at the McCreary United Church, and did volunteer contractor work to help build schools in Manitoba. He loved shuffle board and built his own shuffle board court in his yard in Florida where he and Jackie hosted many shuffle board and bocce tournaments. He loved to golf, bowl and curl and most of all he was a die-hard football fan and Sundays were dedicated to watching the games. He was always willing to explain the rules and tactics of the game whether you wanted the lesson or not. He loved to laugh and tell stories of his world travels and his time spent in the Navy during WWII. He was always interested in hearing about everyone else's lives and and was especially interested in his great- grandchildren's stories and he enjoyed their visits immensely. He loved animals and always enjoyed visits from rambunctious family dogs. He is survived by his wife Jackie (Ehrie) who will miss him terribly, his daughters Heather (Walter) McCalllum, Tracey (Bob), his sons Greg (Marielle) and Jeff (Anne) and his sister Kay McNeil, 8 grandchildren, Rob (Wendy) McCallum, Ryan (Janis) McCallum, Ellen (George) Bryan, Emily (Ethan Hrychuk) Harris, Marlowe Harris, Logan (Stephanie) Harris, Luc (Alexandra Smith) Lessard and Lianne Lessard, 7 great-grandchildren, Duncan, Georgia, Ayla, Nora, Dawson, Felix and Flora. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews with whom he was very close. He will be sadly missed by all. He was predeceased by his sisters Elvretta and Marjorie and his brother Maitland. A private ceremony was held Sunday, May 19, 2013, where he was proudly piped in for the next part of his journey. A special thank you goes to health care aide Jennifer Griffiths for her loving care in his last few months which I know he was very grateful. Thank you also to Dr. D. MacNeil, Dr. G. Bailey, palliative care nurse Glenna and VON nurse Dave for their extra attention and support. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. For online condolences please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com
Published in The Calgary Herald on May 21, 2013