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ARKUS, Theodore Leslie (Ted)

March 5, 1936 – Gyor, Hungary
May 14, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ted Arkus, beloved husband of Lilly Arkus of Calgary, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Ted was born on March 5, 1936 in Gyor, Hungary where he went to school to become a petroleum engineer. He came to Canada in 1956 to pursue his career and ended up in Calgary. It was here that he met his love, Lilly in English classes at the YMCA. They married on June 8, 1963 and had two children, Tom and Judy. He traveled a lot with work and his family went with him but came back to Calgary in 1972 and remained here until succumbing to his cancer.

He always loved adventure and was an avid skier, golfer, loved curling, tried his hand at fishing, tennis, bobsledding and many other dangerous endeavors. Ted and Lilly loved travelling and took many cruises and trips to Europe to visit family. Family has always been important to Ted. He was a wonderful husband and father and will be greatly missed.

Besides his loving wife, Lilly, Ted is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Corley; and his daughter Judy.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Ted Arkus, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Verne & Shirley :

    To Lil and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Ted was a very special person..always so generous and kind. He will be sadly missed.
    Verne and Shirley Evans

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  2. Michael Sepa :

    Lilly, Judy, Tom,

    From our family to yours, our heartfelt condolences.

    We have many fond memories of dinners, playing cards and even a few vacations together. Ted was a good man who even now makes us smile when we recall some of his goofy jokes. We’ll all miss him.

    Sending all our love to your family.

    Sincerely,
    The Sepa Family, Hilde, Kim, Mitchell, Michael & Pauline

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  3. Brydon Foote :

    Lilly, Tom and Judy,

    Words are escaping me.

    A warm hug for all of you at this time…with an extra special one for you Lilly. Your whole family has always been so kind (except when we almost drove the ball hockey ball through the front window…it really was Tom’s fault….. 😉 )

    Our parents were neighbours for 46 years…………….

    I am sure my Mom and Lorne have already recruited Ted to join their new team. That ain’t thunder you’ll hear this summer…it will be the crashing of heavenly rocks with the ever present, “Hurry…hurry…harder…harder…”

    All our Love from the Foote Clan,

    Brydon, Catherine, Tamila, Sheri and Lee

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  4. Darshan Killy :

    Lily, Tom and Judy:
    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Ted. Many stories, golf games, skiing trips are part of the memory. Ted was a competitive yet fun loving guy and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. God Bless

    With our love – Darshan & Diana

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  5. VIolette Clemente :

    So sorry for your loss Lilly and Tom. We have many fond memories of meals shared together, going to dances in the city. We will miss his jovial personality.

    All our love to your family.

    VIolette and Jose

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  6. STAN MILLER :

    To Lilly and family,
    So sorry to hear about Ted’s passing. He was a special guy! We had many laughs and good times together. We extend our thoughts and prayers.
    Stan and Darlene

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  7. To Lilly and family
    When you lose someone very precious, no one else can really know that all you feel.
    Ted was a good friend with the 55+ group doing exercises with us seniors every week at Trico gym. At coffee break, we always had a good laugh, friendship and we discovered Ted through his stories while working in the oil and gas industry, all the trips he did with his wife.

    Ted we will miss you at the gym and we will remember you forever.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Jean (John) Brien

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