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BRUCKNER, Alfred “Gunter”

May 28, 1931 – April 19, 2012

Alfred “Gunter” Bruckner, beloved husband of Lorayne, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the age of 80 years.

Gunter was born on May 28, 1931 in Hirschfeld (East Germany) to Alfred and Gertrud Bruckner. At the age of eighteen, he escaped into West Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1952. Gunter began working at Calgary Transit in 1957 apprenticing as an auto mechanic. He worked his way up in the Amalgamated Transit Union where he was elected as business agent and served until his retirement in 1987.

Gunter loved the outdoors. He was a member of the Evergreen and Calgary Outdoors Clubs. He loved to cross country ski, hike, and bicycle tour. He enjoyed many years of volunteering for the Food Bank and Samaritan’s Purse. The highlight of his retirement was the many years of R.V. travelling with Lorayne, and backpacking the West Coast, Chilkoot and Gros Morne Trails. He was proud to introduce his family and later his grandsons to his birthplace in Germany.

A loving, gracious and generous man, Gunter will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.

Gunter is survived by his loving wife of fifty-six years, Lorayne; daughter Debra (Roman Cooney); son Gary; beloved grandchildren, Conor, Dylan, Reyna, Kendra, Terra and Mya; sisters Rosel and Gisela (Wilfried); and nieces Petra and Margit in Germany.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5, Telephone: (403) 253-2059, www.calgaryfoodbank.com.

In living memory of Gunter Bruckner, 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. Dennis and Betty Cassidy :

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you all on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss Gunter but will always cherish the good times and memories that we have shared over the many years.

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  2. Joanne & Len Thyer :

    The earth has lost a truly compassionate human being.Gunter always had time to aid his fellow mwn.We will miss our friend and wine making mentor.Rest easy Gunter.

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  3. Leonard and Betty Kornfeld :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time,

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  4. Gordon & Emily Berberich :

    Lorayne and family our hearts go out to you at this time of loss. Gunter was a special individual who put his heart and soul into what he believed in. We will miss him. We will always remember those special times that we shared together. You are in our prayers.

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  5. Maurice Tally :

    Sincere condolences to Lorayne and family. I enjoyed hiking with Gunter over the years – he was a great guy and will be sadly missed.

    Maurice Tally (Evergreens)

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  6. We are saddened to hear of Gunters passing. We send our condolences to Lorayne & family. I will always remember dancing the waltz with him….we used to laugh so much then.
    Fran & Rick Lepla

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  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you and wish to say that he was a great person and did look after the membership he represented as well as those less fortunated in our community. He will be missed. RIP my trade unionist friend.

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  8. Petra und Jürgen Jurischka :

    Lorayne and Familie our Hearts and thoughts are with you.I will miss my wonderfull uncle and will always remember the times that we were together.
    love Petra and Jürgen

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  9. Cory McTaggart :

    Gunter’s life was spent in the pursuit of wellness for everyone he came in touch with. His generosity, courage, & loving spirit were widely known and he was deeply respected & admired for them. The world is a better place for having had the pleasure of his company. My sincere condolences to Gunter’s family. May he rest in peace.

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  10. Beryl MacDonald :

    Gunter was one of the first people I met when starting to volunteer at The Food Bank. He was so nice and helpful and such an excellent ambassador . Every week he would greet our small group with a wave and a smile and often a corny joke. He was positive and caring , a good leader and a great person. There will be a huge void at the Food Bank without him on “the line”. We miss him very much . Sincere condolences to his family.

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  11. Joanne & Len Thyer :

    Lorayne and family, please accept our heart felt sympathy. We grieve with you.

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  12. Percy and Barbara Webb :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Percy and Barbara Webb

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  13. Steve and Debra Perron :

    We are sorry to hear of Gunter’s passing and know how he will be missed. We remember him as a man who enjoyed being active and getting things done. He had amazing energy. We are sure that he will be fondly remembered for his active involvement with his beloved family.

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  14. Lynn Connell :

    Debbie, Roman and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Lynn and Craig

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  15. Denise Theunissen :

    Dear Debbie, I am very sorry about the loss of your dad. When I read about his life, I realized that he was a very active man and enjoyed many of the activities I enjoy as well. I also now realize where you got your energy from and why you are working out every day. All the best and be healthy as that is what he would like you to be. Denise

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  16. Moira MacLoughlin :

    Dear Debbie & Family,
    My heart is with you. Your dad will live forever in hids child and grandchildren.
    Debbie, my heart is with you.

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  17. Mieke Kampala :

    To Lorayne and family: I am so sorry about Gunter’s passing. He was an awesome and caring man who totally enjoyed the outdoors. I will always remember his wonderful hugs before getting on the bus, especially after the loss of my husband. Please know that I understand the pain you and your family is in. My condolences to all of you.

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  18. Steve & Craig Singer :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Gunter was an amazing man who touched a lot of people with his kindness and humor. He was a great friend to my father and our family and he will be missed. I will remember him fondly.

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  19. To Gunter’s family: I am very sorry to hear of Gunter’s passing. He was a wonderful member of our Seniors’ Outdoor Club of Calgary and contributed greatly to its success. He and I hiked together at times and I treasure those moments. I hope the support of other family and friends will help you in this time of great sadness.

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  20. Chris Zielke - Samaritan's Purse :

    On behalf of Samaritan’s Purse Canada and the Operation Christmas Child community, I want to express our sincere condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. Gunter was an exceptional man who was caring, hard working and always had a smile to share. He was a key member of the warehouse team during the annual Operation Christmas Child shoe box processing season. Gunter will surely be missed.

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  21. Lois Gatcha :

    Dear Lorayne, Debbie,Gary and families
    I was very saddened to hear of Gunter’s passing today, May 25th. Gunter was a very special friend to me as we worked together for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this
    sad time.

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