March 19, 1928 – August 30, 2012
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Eric Falch Bryant on August 30, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta at age 84 after living with the effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy for the last couple of years.
Eric was born March 19, 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta to William (Bill) and Elizabeth Bryant. He grew up in Fort Chipewyan and Edmonton where his father served in the RNWMP/RCMP. As a young man, he “worked in the woods”, logging near Ladysmith, BC, and later at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Vancouver. In 1953, he moved to Calgary and began his thirty-five year production accounting career with Texaco Canada where he met his wife, Ruth. They married in 1954, and raised two daughters over their forty-two years together. After Ruth’s death in 1996, Eric took a new partner, Doris Scharf. Although they never married, Eric and Doris shared many happy years in the town of Nanton. Eventually, Eric’s failing health and increasing care needs led to their separation, although they remained close friends to the end.
Eric loved to putter in his workshop – the smell of sawdust was always in the air. Fishing for trout in the fast-flowing streams of the southern Kananaskis or in the still waters of a beautiful mountain lake was another passion he indulged, usually with family or friends in tow. Eric was an active member of the community and a willing volunteer no matter where he lived. His keen interest in current events and politics always led to lively discussions, often over a good meal. He had a sharp wit and a wonderful smile that will be greatly missed. He loved to laugh, danced beautifully, enjoyed entertaining in his home, and loved a good game of bridge, gin rummy, or cribbage.
Eric is survived by his daughters Leslie (Keith) Young and Diana (Dave) Stremick; four grandsons, Kyle Stremick, Andrew Young (Chikugo, Fukuoka, Japan), Dustin Stremick, and Michael Young; his brother and sisters, Nancy Kervin (Elliot Lake), Dick Bryant (Sidney, BC) and Mary Morrison (Ottawa); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is warmly remembered and missed by his dear friend Doris Scharf. Eric was predeceased by his mother and father, William (Bill) and Elizabeth, and his wife Ruth (1996).
In accordance with Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place at Mountain View Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eric was most at home in blue jeans and a casual shirt, so if you like, the family welcomes you to dress likewise in honour of his memory. Final disposition and memorial placement will take place at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be directed to The Nanton Lancaster Society (Bomber Command Museum of Canada), PO Box 1051, Nanton AB T0L 1R0 Telephone: (403) 646-2270, www.bombercommandmuseum.ca.
The family extends their sincere thanks to all of the wonderful caregivers and companions who supported Dad over these last difficult years. To the staff of Cedars Villa (Primrose Unit) and the companions from Comfort Keepers for the attentive, cheerful care they provided Dad over the last seven months of his life – the smiles, laughs, hugs, music, and trivia challenges shared. And special appreciation to the compassionate doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and physiotherapists on Unit 36 at Foothills Hospital who helped Dad and us through his final days and hours, particularly Dr. Jhandir, Vanessa, and Bailey.
In living memory of Eric Bryant, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences