November 11, 1981 – February 13, 2017
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Captain (Ret’d) Jeffrey Michael Bird on February 13, 2017 near Calgary, Alberta.
Jeff was born in Calgary and graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School. He attended the University of Calgary where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He worked at Westfair Foods, where he met his beloved wife.
In 2005, Jeff joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and was posted to 4 Wing Cold Lake. He completed his flight training in Portage La Prairie, Moose Jaw and Gagetown.
Jeff was awarded his wings in 2009, and was then posted to 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, Alberta. He was deployed to Afghanistan from March to September 2011. In 2012, he was posted to Moose Jaw as an instructor pilot until his retirement from the RCAF in 2016.
After his retirement, Jeff and his family moved home to Calgary, where he accepted a position as a flight instructor at Mount Royal University.
Jeff is survived by his wife Carly Barnett, daughter Celeste Bird, son Shane Bird, mother Dinah Kruze (Bob), father George Bird (Anie), brother David Bird (Ashley), as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A Memorial service will be held at Bella Concert Hall, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, Mount Royal University, (4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., Calgary) on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeff’s name to YMCA Strong Kids Campaign http://ymca.ca/donate. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Jeffrey Bird, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences