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ALDRIDGE – Geoffrey (Geoff) David

June 13, 1956 – May 5, 2010

Geoff passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the Southwood Hospice after a valiant fifteen month battle with metastatic melanoma.

He will always be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 32 years Debbie; his daughter Traci (David) Gonzalez; his son David; and his sisters Marion (Dwayne) Puzzie and Gerry (Joe) Smith. He is also survived by Debbie’s parents, Aubrey and Dick Glass and Debbie’s siblings Dianne (Peter) Burnand, Ric (Mary-Dee) Glass, and Jeff (Laura) Glass who Geoff loved as his own family. Geoff will be remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his parents Chris and Ted Aldridge.

Geoff was employed by Excelair Mechanical Services Ltd and was a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 488. A native-born Calgarian, Geoff received his education at Sherwood School, Western Canada High School, and SAIT. Geoff was a wonderfully warm and caring person with an extraordinary zest for life. He was neither rich nor famous. His wealth came in the form of family and friends and he had an abundance of both. He was a devoted Dad and was very proud of Traci and David. Recently, Geoff found the strength to accompany Traci down the aisle at her wedding and to see David complete his third year of Petroleum Engineering at Montana Tech. He loved camping and traveling with Debbie and the kids as well as playing golf and hockey. Geoff loved his home course – Turner Valley Golf Club. For many years, Geoff had a significant and positive influence on numerous young people through coaching Midnapore Hockey, Girls Hockey Calgary, and Axemen Lacrosse. To these young people, Geoff was a mentor and was known as “Coach”! Debbie was always involved in an important supportive role. Geoff was very generous with his time and was readily available to lend a helping hand.

A Celebration of Geoff’s life will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40 Street S.E.) on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. For their wonderful care and support of Geoff during his struggle, Geoff’s family wishes to thank Dr. Jon-Paul Voroney and the staff at the Tom Baker Centre, the Homecare staff, and the staff at the Southwood Hospice. A special thanks to Dianne for her tremendous long-term help and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Geoff’s name may be made to KidSport Society of Calgary ,Suite 750, 2424 – 4 Street S.W. Calgary, T2S 2T4 (403-202-0251) or the Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre 1331 – 29 Street N.W. Calgary T2N 4N2 (403-521-3433) .

In living memory of Geoffrey Aldridge, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Bruce Falconer :

    Debbie & Family: Truly sorry to here of Geoffs passing. I had many many fun times playing football behind his house, playing hockey, having the odd beverage down at the river and just growing up in the same neighborhood wit h Geoff as one of my pals. My thoughts are with you at this time. I’m sure that you are very proud of him as he was indeed a good person. Bruce Falconer

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  2. My deepest condolences to Debbie, Traci David and the entire family, I was so shocked to hear the news of Geoff’s passing. Geoff and I only really knew each other through our sons playing hockey together over the years in Midnapore but he left an impression on me from the first time we met. He was a very down to earth man and we hit it off right away, we would talk hockey stories, and compare stories of our blown out knees every time we ran into each other, he was such an easy going likeable guy. It really opens your eyes that we all need to slow down and smell the roses or life will pass us by. I am saddend today to know that I didn’t get to know Geoff better than I did and that too often we lose the good ones too soon. Our prayers are with the Aldridge family and want you to know that we are thinking of you all at this trying time, The world is a bit sadder place with out guys like Geoff here to make us smile and remember the great things about life. Love Ron, Gail, Jamie and Justin Fry.

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  3. Mr & Mrs Denis Barière :

    Dear Debbie & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Take care and we love you,

    Edna & Denis
    X O X O

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  4. Mary Willard :

    I was totally shocked to hear about Geoff’s passing. I had no idea that he was sick. Knowing Geoff, he would have wanted it that way. Though you must feel devastated right now, hold onto Traci and David for their strength and support. I’m so sorry we lost touch. I was just thinking of you yesterday and tried to look you up on Facebook. I will try to get in touch again soon. Traci married, how wonderful! We obviously have some catching up to do. Geoff and I have very fond memories of our visit to Calgary, sitting on your deck by the pool while your Geoff grilled us up those huge bbq steaks which we chased down with many beers. He will be remembered as a wonderful guy, a terrific husband and a very proud father. Take care of yourself.
    Geoff & Mary Willard

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  5. Please extend our sincere condolences to Debbie and family. My son Adam was aware of Geoff’s condition and was concerned when we noticed EMT’s and fire truck at their house last week. We were wary of his staus at that time.
    We are the Eckstein’s across the cul de sac @ 159, Rick, Valerie and Adam.
    Unfortunately, we didn’t get to know you folks very well and this sudden passing just emphasizes the void there is today in neighborhoods.
    Know that we’re thinking of you and your family during this grievous time.

    R. G. Eckstein

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