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BRIMACOMBE – Karen (nee Crawford)

March 8, 1943 – November 21, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Karen Brimacombe on Sunday, November 21, 2010.

Karen was born in Edmonton, AB where she attended school and received her B.Ed. from the U of A. She moved to Calgary where she met and married Ron Brimacombe in 1966. Her biggest project besides her children, was being an Author and Publisher, together with The Best Of Bridge. They would impact the cook book market for over thirty years winning numerous awards and selling millions of books. Karen enjoyed cooking with her close group of friends and will be remembered for her extreme kindness, her intelligence and grace, her command of the English language, especially when doing crossword puzzles and loyalties as a friend. She will be missed.

Karen is survived by her three children, Alan (Gretel) Brimacombe, Nancy (Amedeo) Cortese, Peter (Katie) Brimacombe all of Calgary, eleven grandchildren; Adeline, Jody, Rachael, Tyler and Heather Brimacombe, Amedeo and Gianluca Cortese, Chloe, Sophie, Lola and Ellie Brimacombe, and a brother David (Madeline) Crawford. Karen will be remembered by her children and grandchildren for her marvellous family dinners, tea parties, swimming in the pool and throwing rocks in the river.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Verna Crawford, a brother Johnny Crawford and a grandson Ryan Brimacombe.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:30 p.m Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Carma House (Wellspring), 1404 Home Road N.W. Calgary, Alberta T3B 1G7 www.wellspringcalgary.ca/giving.asp. , or directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada, #112, 2025 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6J 1Z6 Tel: (1-888) 822-9474, www.makeawish.ca., or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Karen Brimacombe, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Neil Brimacombe :

    Over the 40+ years that I had the pleasure of knowing Karen, she was not only beautiful but a caring woman with great poise, social grace and a wit second to none. I shall miss her.
    My condolences to niece Nancy and nephews Alan and Peter.

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  2. susan nordlund :

    I always felt it was an honour to help Karen with her interior design needs. Over the years we developed a friendship. She was a kind and funny lady. I will truly miss her and I feel a deep sense of loss with her passing. My thoughts are with her family.

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  3. Dear Peter,

    Not sure if you remember me, you were in my class when Mr. Weir and I taught together.
    I just heard about your mom. I am so sorry and I want you to know I am thinking of you and what you and your family must be going through right now.

    Your mother was a great role model and was a wonderful cook. I still use her cookbooks regularly.

    Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you.

    With Sincere Condolences,
    Bev Browne

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  4. I was sad to read of Karen’s passing on Sunday. Although it has been many years since I spent time with Karen, I have many fond memories of our younger lives and times. May your family find peace in your loving memories of her.

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  5. Barry and Donna Bowie :

    Allan, Peter, Nancy and families,
    We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a wonderful person and is not suffering anymore. Our thoughts are with all of you at this time and we will see you on Saturday.
    All our love,
    Barry and Donna Bowie

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  6. Tracy Lindemann (nee: Williams) :

    To Peter and family:

    Sorry Peter to hear of your loss. My prayers to you and yours during your time of mourning.

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  7. Alan, Nancy, Peter and families,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a warm and wonderful person who will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences to you all.

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  8. You will all miss your Mom. She was a fine lady and a loss to all.

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  9. To The Brimacombe Family
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    Karen was a wonderfull person.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Colin and Linda Larson

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  10. Nancy, Peter & Alan, my thoughts are with you at this time. Your mom was a really wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.

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  11. Carlo & Linda Nicastro :

    Nancy, Deo and Family,
    Our sincere condolences on you loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. elizabeth gouthro, courtney and Bretton Hills :

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Karen’s passing. We were her neighbours for many years and always enjoyed her kindness , friendliness and generosity. Even Harold, her cat, a frequent visitor to our home, modeled her caring spirit. She always had time to chat to myself and daughters Bretton and Courtney. Many Kindest regards to the family

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  13. Claudette Fryer :

    We send our thoughts on the loss of your beautiful Mother Karen, please accept Harry and I’s sincere sympathy, a special piece of our earth’s existence has left us but she will allways be in your hearts and being. Take care and give each other lots of hugs in this time of sorrow. Claudette and Harry, Edmonton, Alberta

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  14. Kellie Bowden/Militano :

    Peter, Katie and kids, My sincere condolences to you and your loved ones. I know this is a very difficult and busy time. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you need anything.

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  15. Peter, Nancy and Alan and your families.
    My deepest condolences to you all. I was fortunate to have met your Mother and she was always kind, and gracious. I never saw her without a smile on her face.
    She was a wonderful woman.
    Peter

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  16. Roman & Linda Derkach :

    To Karen’s Family,
    Our deepest sympathy is with you all at this time of your loss. Karen was such a wonderful woman, and will be missed greatly. Please accept our condolences during this time of your grief.

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  17. Paula & Clancy Fuerst :

    Our sincerest condolences to you all. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that caring is all around you. Many others are also thinking of you and adding their strength to yours during this difficult time.

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  18. This lovely lady was my grade 3 teacher at Glengarry Elementary School in Calgary. It was probably her first teaching job when she graduated from University. She was quite young at the time. She had an impact on my life as I remember so much about her and the way she taught the class. She was my favorite teacher.

    Sincerely,

    Brenda Haener (nee Dunphy)

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  19. Lynne Siddle (nee Brimacombe) :

    Alan, Nancy, Peter and Families. I was very sorry to hear about your Mom. I was only with Karen a few times but always enjoyed her energy and sense of fun. Very sincerely, Lynne Siddle (nee
    Brimacombe)

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