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BIRD, Vernon “Vern” Frederick Alfred

September 27, 1932 – Delburne, AB
June 12, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Updated 06/21/13 6:00pm – Services will proceed as scheduled below:

Vern, beloved husband, dad, granddad, great-granddad, brother, uncle and friend passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the age of 80.

Vern is survived by his loving wife of fifty-nine years Patricia; his daughters Debbie Court (Bob) and Dianne Cox (Rob); grandchildren, Nicole Cruz (Carlo), Nathan Court (Rochelle), Megan Cox, Colin Cox and Paul Cox; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Nicholas Cruz, and Taya, Joshua and Andrew Court; three brothers and a sister, Derek Bird, Keith (Betty) Bird, Jackie (Keith) Tagg and Fred (Bonnie) Bird; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vern was born on the family farm in Delburne, Alberta and at the age of twelve, they moved to Calgary where he soon met his childhood sweetheart and future wife Pat. Marrying in 1953, they made their home in the community of Kingsland in Calgary where they raised their two daughters. Vern spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry at Great Plains Oil Company and later Norcen Energy Resources Limited until his retirement in 1987.

A Gathering will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, #271, 339 – 50 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2B3 Telephone: (403) 265-9039, The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Rockyview General Hospital for their care and compassion.

In living memory of Vern Bird, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Mrs Shirlye Court& All the Hayward Family :

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Vern, he was a very kind and loving person, he will be greatly missed by very many people besides his family . God bless to all his close family and friends.

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  2. Marian Burke :

    To Pat and family: The world is now poorer for having lost such a pure, kind, wonderful man. It’s over 40 years since I worked with Vern (and attended Great Plains parties with the both of you) and, although I’ve not seen either of you for years, you have remained in my memory as one of the finest couples I’ve ever met. Vern was unfailingly pleasant, fair, ethical–I could go on forever with the adjectives. I literally cannot picture him without a warm smile on his face. May your memories carry you through this difficult time and know that he was loved and admired by many. My prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Marian Burke

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  3. Catherine Garden (Stroppel) :

    To The Bird Family,

    You were great neighbors growing up in Kingsland.

    I am so sorry to hear of Vern’s passing and I wish Pat a speedy recovery.

    Hugs, from Cathy

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  4. Vern was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of working with. We share your grief.

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  5. Pat; I was very sorry to hear of “Tiny’s” passing and offer my sincere condolences. I fully intended to attend today’s service gathering but unfortunately suffered a concusion and am not yet very steady on my feet. Vern was a great friend in our youth and we shared some great memories. I looked forward to meeting you and some of the old gang at the gathering. Vic

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