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BAGSTAD, Ernest (Ernie) Alec

March 30, 1924 – October 11, 2011

Ernie Bagstad of Calgary and beloved husband of Lydia passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 87 years of age.

Besides his loving wife of 60 years, Ernie is survived by two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and a son-in-law; David (Georgina), Susan, Matthew, and Barry; and seven grandchildren; Patrick, Michael, Heather, Chris, Tyler, Laura, and Pierce. He was predeceased by his daughter, Dianne.

Ernie was born in Stavely, AB. Prior to the war, he worked on fishing
trawlers off the west coast. He served with the Seaforth Highlanders in the Italian Campaign then returned to Alberta where he met Lydia. In 1958, they settled in Calgary to raise their family. Following his retirement, he volunteered at the Military Museums and gave Remembrance Day presentations for schools throughout Calgary. His story is commemorated on the ‘Mural Mosaic’ at the Military Museums.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church (1407 – 7th Avenue N.W.) on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the Military Museums or another charity in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be forwarded to www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ernie Bagstad, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Eldene and Norman Block :

    Dear Lydia and Family,
    Just a note to let you know that we are thinking of you and praying for you at this difficult time.
    Norman and Eldene Block

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  2. Bernice Legge :

    Dear Lydia and family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and Ernie were so good to my mom (Florence Lawrence) and she appreciated the time spent with you. May your memories comfort you in these days of sorrow.

    Sincerely,
    Bernice Legge

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  3. Nothing I write about Ernie seems to be enough to describe such an amazing human being.

    He had compassion for everyone he encountered. He gave of his time to so many causes, and never asked for anything in return. His gift of time has changed so many people: parishoners at St. Barnabas, youth at the schools he gave his time to, teachers at those same schools, those who went through the military museums and more.

    He will be truly missed.

    My condolences to Lydia and the rest of Ernie’s family.

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  4. James Baldwin :

    Dear Lydia and family,
    I wanted to let you know I have been thinking of you and your family in the last few days. Ernie was both a friend and mentor to me. He was always “straight forward” and was never afraid to state what he thought. We will all miss him.
    James Baldwin

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  5. Roxanne Fuller :

    Dear Lydia and family

    I feel very privileged to have had the honour to know Ernie, he was an amazing man. He touched so many lives, young and old. Ernie will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family at this time and always. We will make an extra donation in his name to the War Vet’s Poppy Fund and Food Bank.

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  6. Lydia, I was so sorry to learn of Ernie’s passing. I’ve enjoyed many talks with him over the years at the Military Museum and as an army friend. I and the Museum will miss him greatly.

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  7. C. B. Sikstrom :

    We are sorry for your loss and Ernie’s passing. We just heard today from my Dad Harold, who also fought in the Italian campaign so long ago. Please accept our condolences.

    Cal and Patti Sikstrom

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  8. Mark Sikstrom :

    Dear David and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing.

    He leaves a fine family. What a tribute that is to a life well lived.

    Mark Sikstrom

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  9. Heather MacLennan :

    Dear Susan, I was saddened to hear about your father’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Heather

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