April 12, 1930 – March 31, 2014
Larry Parakin of Calgary passed away peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014 from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his children, Jim (Kathy) of Calgary, Don (Valerie) of Toronto and Valerie of St. Catharines. Larry was predeceased by his parents who died tragically in 1941 when he was eleven. Larry was also predeceased by his sister Helen, his brother Pete and his brother John. He was born in the town of Lundbreck, AB. Around the time of his parents death, and while still a young boy, Larry developed a desire to fly as he watched British pilots train for WWII at nearby Pincher Creek. Larry realized his boyhood dream when he joined the RCAF in 1949 and ultimately became a navigator. He was most proud of his service in the CF-100 twin jet interceptor "the Clunk", the only fighter jet ever designed in Canada. Larry retired to Victoria, BC where he enjoyed 23 years of retirement prior to relocating to Calgary in 2011. The family would like to thank the staff of Unit 46 of the Foothills Hospital, the staff of the Revera Edgemont Retirement Residence and the staff of Castlecare Care Home for all of the care and kindness provided to Larry as his disease progressed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 (www.alzheimercalgary.ca). Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Apr. 2, 2014