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BLUMELL, John

1956 – Magrath, AB
2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce that John, beloved husband of Barbara Blumell (nee Ogden) of Calgary, AB, passed away on November 3, 2013 at the age of 57 years.

John was born May 15, 1956 in Magrath, Alberta, to Emerson and Lois Blumell, and was the youngest of their six children. Emerson was a high school principal and taught John the importance of a good education. Lois was warm and generous and passed onto John her love of dancing. John was an easygoing and pleasant child who was generally doted on by his older siblings. When John was five the Blumell’s moved to Hanna, Alberta, where Emerson worked as the Superintendent of the school division. Emerson moved the family to northwest Calgary to work in the provincial department of education when John was 10 and John called Calgary his home for the rest of his life. During high school, John became best friends with Barb Ogden. He had a crush on her from the moment he noticed her and it wasn’t too long until she felt the same way about him.

In May of 1975, John was thrilled with the opportunity to go on a mission to the Maritimes for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although John experienced some abdominal pain before his mission, while on his mission the pain increased and became severe. John was devastated to have to come home from his mission after only four months because he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. John considered having to come home premature from his mission as his greatest regret in life. Crohn’s is a devastating disease that can be extremely painful and significantly affect a person’s quality of life, but John managed the disease with fortitude and with what he referred to as his PMA – positive mental attitude. One doctor commented that he had never seen a patient manage with Crohn’s disease as well as John did. John was determined not to let this disease get in the way of his life.

On August 13, 1977 John married his high school sweetheart, Barb, in the Cardston, Alberta LDS temple. That September John resumed his school at the University of Calgary. Every night he came home doubled over in pain from the Crohn’s disease and Barb cared for him. Surgery the following year allowed John to move forward in life without daily pain. In March of 1979, Barb gave birth to a little girl, the first of six children, the last of whom was born on John’s birthday in 1990. John considered his greatest accomplishment to be the children he and Barb raised together. As a father, John loved to share his passions with his children. Whether he was currently interested in investing money, politics, country music, or the next family vacation, John would talk about it with enthusiasm until everyone else was as worked up about the subject as he was.

John completed his B. Comm at the University of Calgary and completed many other courses and designations relating to his career in accounting, including his CMA. John was always a wise steward of his resources and he passed his financial assiduousness onto his children, going so far as to purchase a whiteboard, which he used to teach financial principles like the “rule of 72”. In addition to working full-time as an employee, most recently at Condominium First Services, John always did personal and corporate taxes on the side and many of his tax clients became his good friends. The Blumell children grew up knowing not to plan too much during “tax season”, and often eagerly awaited May 1st, as only an accountant’s children could. John’s children always knew their dad worked hard to support their family. On top of his “day jobs”, John also considered himself an entrepreneur and started a few small businesses throughout his life. Many of his children were able to work part-time for his courier company, Eagle Express.

John was very involved in the Scouting program throughout his life and he passed on his love of the outdoors to many young people, including his children. A cherished family memory is of canoe trips down the North Saskatchewan River every summer. John could always tell a good story, and stories of canoeing adventures were family favorites. John successfully used Scouting as a way to help youth learn important life skills, like working hard, keeping a positive attitude, and helping others.

John loved to dance. John and Barb spent their teenage years dancing together at the “Saturday night dances” at the LDS church on 17th Ave. before going to Peter’s Drive-In for milkshakes, a tradition which continued for all six of their children. John taught all of his children how to jive and many nights around the Blumell house evolved into an informal family dance. Someone would turn on a song and soon everyone was dancing, sometimes for hours.

Given his warm personality, John accumulated many good friends. For thirty years John and Barb were part of a Rook Club. What began as a night to get together and play a favorite card game evolved into lifelong friends who became like family. John was also well loved by his extended family, where he was known as a devoted son-in-law, a kind brother-in-law and a fun uncle.

One of the greatest lessons John taught his children was to be kind to everyone. John was always the person who made a newcomer to any group feel welcome. He was always warm, approachable, fun and energetic. A party was more fun if John was there. John had an ability to love everyone unconditionally. He displayed these traits with his friends and with his church service, including as a Bishop of the Brentwood Young Adult Ward. John was a particularly great mentor for youth that he worked with through church.

In the final moments of John’s life, Barb leaned over and whispered that the grandkids would miss their Papa John. Although seemingly unconscious, two tears rolled down John’s cheeks. He loved being a grandpa and he will miss Kung Fu fighting and making Root Beer “Frosties” with his grandchildren. He would often hold a grandbaby and say, “Life doesn’t get any better than this.” He regularly told his children, “I want 20 grandkids, you do the math.” So far he has 13 grandkids, with one more on the way.

Besides his loving wife, John is survived by his children Sarah and Brent Bieber of Calgary, Jennifer and Chad Simmonds of Medicine Hat, Jason and Melissa Blumell of Lethbridge, Laura and Chris Stephan of Red Deer, Katie and Greg Pecharsky of Cochrane, and Scott and Kirsten Blumell of Rexburg, Idaho. ‘Papa John’ will be fondly remembered by his 13 adoring grandchildren. John is also survived by his siblings and their families, Bruce (Jean) Blumell, Richard (Carmen) Blumell, Janine (Bruce) Barnard, Debbie (Greg) Sutor, brother-in-law Judd Bunnage, as well as his father-and-mother-in-law, Gordon and Betty Ogden, and the extended Ogden family. After a brief battle with cancer, John is now reunited with his parents, Emerson and Lois Blumell, and his sister Linda Bunnage.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bow Valley Chapel (2526 – 24 Avenue N.W.), on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The Blumell family would like to thank the wonderful nursing staff of Unit 44 at PLC for their kind and loving care. They helped to make our journey easier.

John’s family would appreciate if you would wear a poppy to his funeral in honour of our fallen soldiers. John loved to tell stories of brave Canadian soldiers and wore a poppy with pride every Remembrance Day.

In living memory of John Blumell, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Candice Coffyne :

    Condolences to you and your family Barb in your time of loss.

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  2. My thoughts go out to the Blumell family on your loss. John’s story sounds like a life well lived and I am sure he will live on through your memories and thoughts of him.

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  3. Barb,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  4. Cory Litzenberger :

    Laura, Chris and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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  5. Carolyn Quantz :

    Barb and family,

    I hope that the devastating loss you feel now is in time replaced with the wonderful memory of the beautiful and loving person that John was. My most heartfelt condolences to you.

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  6. Colin & Karen Nemeth :

    Dear Barb and family,

    Our sincere condolences go out to you and your entire family – Blumell and Ogdens. John was such an incredible example. This beautiful tribute to his life and and family really says it all. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Colin & Karen Nemeth :

    Barb and family;
    Our sincere condolences to you and your entire Blumell and Ogden families. John was truly an amazing guy and you have captured his life so well in this beautiful obituary. He was an example and inspiration. May you know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. John’s smile was contagious and something I will always remember.

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  8. I can only say with great sorrow how sorry I am for your loss, John was an amazing man, happy, positive always smiling, he was a great person to have around, always made your day. I know how his family feels and how deep this loss is, as I lost my mother almost 1 yr. ago, the hurt is something you can not explain, but know that he now is resting and has great company, with his parents and sister, now all of them can look after their accomplishment, which is His Family. He will always be proud of his children and grandchildren, as he used to say “Life doesn’t get better than this”
    May God bless you all and give you the strength at moment.
    Maria Zepeda FirstService Residential employee.

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  9. What a beautiful tribute! I remember John’s enthusiastic dancing at Sarah and Brent’s wedding. His positive attitude was catching; he was a real pleasure to be around. Our hearts go out to the Blumells, may God bless and comfort each of you.

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  10. Bruce and Dawn Comfort :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known John since I was 15 and he remains in my mind as such a positive person, with an incredible passion for life and family. He was a great husband, father and friend. I will so miss sitting with him and tax time and talking about old times and new. I know John will watch over his family on the other side as much as he can and looks forward to being reunited with his family one day.

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  11. John and Brenda Winkler :

    The light you are to others continues to shine on in your posterity here. Grateful we are for the blessing you and yours have been in our lives. We are better for the privilege of “touching shoulders” with you and yours. May you all have comfort in your hour of need. You are so wonderful…

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  12. Katrina Heninger(Hampshire) :

    John was such a wonderful person and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to know him and I know he touched so many lives. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

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  13. Rebeca Alvarez :

    Though he had to leave the missionfield early in Halifax, I KNOW he will be an incredible missionary on the other side, as he proclaims the joyous news that Christ attoned for all mankind.
    Bishop Blumell became a dear friend. I would always leave our visits with a firm dedicated to be more loving, to always work hard, and to be a better disciple of Christ. My prayers are with you all at this time.

    more loving, to work hard

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  14. Cathy and Kevin Strange :

    Dear Barb and Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear about John. We hope that you may find comfort in remembering all of the wonderful memories that you have created together over the years. The tribute that has been written is very special and gives a glimpse of the truly remarkable man John was. You are in our thoughts and prayers,
    Cathy and Kevin

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  15. Joe and Sandra Lootens :

    A million laughs, a million memories, a million tears. Now that is a life well lived. We love you.

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  16. Barb,
    What a lovely obituary. It is very clear that John had an unbelievable impact on all his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Tell the Grandkids to always keep “Papa John” close and talk lots about the wonderful times they had together. Take care of yourself and your family. God Bless you and your family.

    Darin

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  17. Melissa Barbour :

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Laura, Sarah, Jason, and the rest of the Blumell family. I did not know John personally, but knowing a few of his children, he was a wonderful man who was very loved. His goodness will forever shine through his children and beloved grandchildren. What a great man to devote so much of his life to others while battling his own health issues- he made a great impact in the world and the lives of others. May he rest in peace.

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  18. Sister Blumell and family, I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was an inspiration to me with both his positive attitude and active participation in LDS church activities. I am very sorry that he is gone, but I am sure he knew where he came from and where he is going. I am hopeful that his family can take sollice in knowing he is happily joining those who have gone before. Sincerely, David S. Copley

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  19. Louise Geldorp :

    My condolences to all of you, who shared John’s life and will miss him dearly. I cannot help but remember the joy of life and vibrancy he had about him. He was always willing to listen and to offer advice and chocolate or homemade cookies. I will never forget this wonderful man who I knew for only a short while but showed me how special everyone is and that everyone has a song to sing. Thank you for all your love John, may God keep you well with a steady supply of chocolate!

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  20. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Your dad is safe in Heaven.
    God bless,
    Ludy

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  21. Linda Lonsdale :

    So much gratitude in our hearts for the blessing of knowing you and John. In the past as well as so grateful for the great bishop he was to our daughter Heather. Our prayers and love are with you. We are so sorry he has been called home so soon…we know that he will be watching over you always.

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  22. Justin Ouellette :

    He was a wonderful man, and I will always remember him as a great Father to his children, a sincere friend, and an amazing example of devotion, truth, and he will be missed very much. Our hearts go out to you all in your time of need. He truly loved you all very much.

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  23. Kimberley Schneider :

    When I think about John, I think of his smile. Some words that describe John are loving, kind, funny, happy and caring. He was always so happy to see you and he gave you his full attention, listening intently. At the last Ogden Christmas dinner we attended, the karaoke was set up and my kids wanted to sing, so John stayed the longest so he could sing with my kids.

    My heart breaks for your family. This really sucks and I wish I could take away your pain.

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  24. Sheryl Newton :

    Godspeed John Emerson Blumell. You are one of the nicest men I know. You are going to be terribly missed by so many. I have such fond memories of our time together during high school and I treasure them.
    Barb we are so saddened to hear about John. We love and pray for you. It was great to see you at the temple last year with your sweet Katie. I’m grateful to be connected to her.
    You are strong, brave and capable and I know you are going to continue on faithfully until you meet your sweetheart again.
    All our love,
    Sheryl and Scott xoxoxo

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  25. Bruce & Lynn Tyers :

    Barb, It is with great sadness that we offer you and your family our sincerest condolences. John was such an important influence in my younger adult years and I have been blessed for having known him. I will always remember John’s ready smile, hearty laugh, and generous soul. There were many basketball and ping pong games played, and dances attended. And always there was that exuberant smile! We know that God will be with you, and hope that you and your family are comforted in the knowledge that you will be together again.

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  26. Con and Caron Buzunis :

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    He is so loved and will surely be missed. Our heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and the family.
    We will always remember his goodness and especially his dancing feet.
    Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all.
    Con & Caron, Langley B.C.

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  27. Seyed Mohammad Reza Mirhadi & Tooran Karbassioun :

    John was a wonderful man. I found him to be a great husband, great dad and even a greater grandpa.
    He enjoyed life, never complained, had a very strong faith, was happy and smiling all the time.
    Our hearts go out to all of you
    Our prayers go with you all
    John was a very good man and his thoughts will live on in so many good memories we have from him

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  28. Janet (Jan) Morris :

    Barb & Family,

    My deepest condolences to you all. I have know John since I moved to Calgary 1995, as he became my accountant. John was the best accountant anyone could ever ask for, he always had a story to tell and could always make you smile and laugh. John would always take the time to ask me how my Crohn’s Disease was doing and I inturn would ask him… This year we also got to swap cancer stories. The last story John shared with me while we were both hooked up to IVs at the Tom Baker was an amazing one of his trip to Montana with all of his family. You could hear it in his voice how happy that trip made him and how proud he was of all his children and grand children! The pictures were wonderful too!

    Barb and Family, may the beautiful memories of your loved one John always remain as keepsakes for your heart. He was an amazing man!

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  29. Bridget Shea nee McCulloch :

    My deepest condolences to the lovely Blumell family. I worked with John at Oggo/Workwell Group of Companies for several years while he was CFO and I have very fond memories of John. His easy and humorous approach to work was a quality in leadership hard to find these days. Thank you John for this as you provided me, in my career, a softer approach to life/work. God Bless.

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  30. Gary and Carla Dwyer :

    To the Bunnage and Blumell Families;

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  31. I am shocked and saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a great man and I am very proud to have known him and to have been able to call him a friend. He helped me with my accounting when I was in Calgary and I am ever appreciative of his kindness, patience and generosity. So sad to see another great one gone too soon. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. I wish I could be there for the service but I’m on the other side of the world. My thoughts will be with you all this weekend.

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  32. John has been a dear friend and colleague for many years. I feel that I have become a better person for having gotten to know John and his family. There was always a warm welcome when I visited we all will miss him dearly.

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  33. Penny Rachwalski :

    John is one of those rare individuals who truly did make the world a better place.
    Through my tears I am still able to smile when I think of his exuberance and total love of life.
    I appreciate his kindness and genuine goodness.
    I am most grateful for his obvious love for my dear nephew Brent and their four special children.
    At times like this, how grateful I am for the Plan of Salvation and the hope of joyous re-unions.
    Sadly I cannot attend the funeral as I am in Mesa, AZ but know that my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and I shall be wearing a poppy.
    Much love
    Penny

    Sadly I cannot attend the funeral as I am in Mesa, AZ but you shall be in my prayers

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  34. Lavanya Ranganathan :

    I knew John from 2005. He was my manager at Condominiumfirst. It was so comforting to talk to him when I was going through a dark period. Over the years on working with him I have always admired his genuine nature. He has made me to desire to be a better human

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  35. Margaret & George Ziroff :

    Barb,
    We are so sad about John. We will remember him smiling and dancing. He was such a kind, warm person and made everyone around him feel good. We did not know him well or see him often but his warm personality shone through always, making the world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  36. Helen melchin :

    It was a wonderful experience reading this life sketch. What great memories your family has created. The veil is very thin and that will continue to keep your family very close. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and extended families at this time.
    Helen melchin

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  37. Lorna and Jack O'Brien :

    Dear Barb and Family
    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. We are so grateful for life eternal and the knowledge that we will be with our families again some day. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Love
    Lorna and Jack O’Brien and Family

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  38. There are many fond memories of being in your home and feeling the special bonds that your family had with each other. John was such an example to us young men of enjoying life and making everyone feel so welcome in his home. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family during this difficult time.

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  39. Dearest Barb & family;

    I am so sorry for to hear of the loss of John I remember when you were first married and in our ward what a special couple you were. My love and prayers go out to you and your family. Barb you come from a strong family you can lean on them during this time.

    Love Linda

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  40. To the Blumells and Ogdens. I am so sorry for your loss. John was such an awesome person as is his family. My sincere condolences to you all. It seems only a few years ago that John was going on his mission – but not so – it has been many years. He has accomplished so much with a wonderful and loving wife and family.
    Love Gladys

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  41. Brent and Andrea Burrows :

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Your family is a wonderful example to all of us with your love and devotion to your father and to each other. We love you and may the Lord continue to bless and sustain you at this time.

    Andrea and Brent Burrows xo

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  42. Bill & Cecile Kirk :

    Barb and Family.

    Although John had told us the Drs. had given him a time, we were shocked to find the time had been cut short & John was taken from us.
    Our Accountant for over 20 years, John was always upbeat & gracious about everything. We recall many times, the day we met him for lunch. Upon leaving the restaurant, I noticed a parked BMW. Jokingly, I asked John if that was his BMW. Without hesitation, John said ” No, that is my BMW” & then pointed to large passenger Van. ” My big Mormon Wagon”. We still laugh at that one.
    My Family & I miss John.
    Take care of each other.
    Love,
    Bill & Cecile

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