CALVIN WARREN FENSOM
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1925 - 2013
Calvin (Cal) Fensom, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on January 2nd 2013 in Saskatoon. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Anne, his first wife Mabel, his three sons Jim (Irene), Warren and Kirk, five grandchildren Erica (David), Kevin (Eileen), Tyler (Sherry), Ben (Lindsay) and Jill and five great-grandchildren. With his marriage to Anne his family expanded as he welcomed Anne's children Guy (Barb) Cowell, Scott (Julie) Cowell, Paula (Brian) Lavigne, and Linda (Gil) Jouan as well as all their children Kevin (Jamie), Michael, Kristin, Adam (Laura), Brennan, Daniel, Bryce, Chantal and Nicole. His extended family, of course, was even larger. His sister Eleanor (Keith) Moore and family also survive him. He was predeceased by his father Warren and mother Lillian Hunter.
Cal was born in Rosetown SK on January 15th 1925. As the sole son of his parents, he carried on the family farm started by his grandfather and father in 1913. The unique brick farmhouse is, this year, 100 years old. Cal received his schooling in a one room school house but went on to receive a Diploma from the University of Saskatchewan School of Agriculture. He returned to the farm until his health in later years changed his occupational direction. He married Mabel (Sutherland) in 1948 and together they farmed and raised their children until the mid 70's. Farming was not his only occupation. He was a self taught upholsterer and earned extra money during the winter months when farm income was low.
His middle years were consumed by community service. As a long standing member of the Kinsman Club of Rosetown, he was an instrumental member of the Rosetown Rink Committee that built the rink which still stands today. He was an avid supporter of the Rosetown Redwings Hockey Club when they were in their 'hayday'. He was colour commentator on the local radio station as well as the announcer for all the home games. He participated for years on the Agricultural Committee of St. Andrew's and stood for provincial political office twice as the Liberal Party candidate in 1975 and 1978.
Cal married Anne (Devine) Cowell in 1984. During this time he sold real estate in Rosetown and later in Saskatoon when he and Anne moved there. With his loving wife Anne at his side, he lived in Saskatoon until his death at the age of 87.
His hobbies were many, but focused on his lifelong love of woodworking - from cabinetry and artistic furniture, to Christmas displays, to building his summer cabin and most of the farm buildings had his hand in their construction. He was an avid curler, and when time allowed in later years, a regular golfer. He hunted for many years with his long term university chums and always managed to supply a deer and an antelope for the family freezer. He was a devoted father and took the time to make sure his sons had every opportunity for hockey, baseball, and football no matter the weather or season. He gave much of himself to others, by his unstinting work ethic, his humour, his love and his genuine interest in the welfare of others. He will be always be remembered.
A Celebration of Cal's life will be held on Saturday January 5th 2013 at 1:00pm at the Redeemer Lutheran Church (Preston Ave. & Main St.) followed by a reception in the church hall. For those so wishing memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Redeemer Lutheran Memorial Fund or a charity of choice, would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2013