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BULMER, Charles Arthur Stuart

August 18, 1933 – October 4, 2009

‘Charlie’ passed away at Bethany Centre Cochrane on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at the age of 76 years.

He was born in Bassano, Alberta and later graduated with a BSc in Geology in 1956 from the University of Alberta. He then moved to Calgary and worked for over 40 years as a geologist with Sproule Associates Limited until his retirement in 1997. Charlie had a variety of interests throughout his life, including a love of many sports. He actively played hockey, tennis, and golf until late in life. He will be dearly remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, outgoing personality, intelligence, patience, and joy for life.

Charlie will be lovingly remembered by his wife Agnes, with whom he recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Diane Bulmer (husband Brent Toner) of Calgary; his son Scott Bulmer of Vancouver; three sisters – Sandy Richel of Athabasca, Judy (Richard) Zwicker of Edmonton, and Brenda (Jim) Morris of Qualicum Beach; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.

A Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. – #403-241-0044), on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. You may view a complete bio and forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Charles Bulmer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. In lieu of flowers or donations, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

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  1. Jennifer Jervis :

    Dear Agnes
    Please accept my sincerest condolences.
    I worked with Charlie for many years
    and gained much knowledge of geology through his wisdom and guidance. I will always remember him as one of the best natured persons I have ever met.
    Yours sincerely
    Jennifer Jervis

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  2. Cindy Lavigne ( Sproule Associates Limited) :

    Words, can’t mend your heartache,
    but those who care share your loss and
    wish you comfort and peace of mind.
    May you find strength, in the love of
    family and in the warm embrace of friends.

    Deepest Sympathy

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  3. I would like to send my Sincere Condolences to the Bulmer Family.
    I was fortunate to have worked at Sproule at the same time as Charlie was here. He was a very kind man and I was glad to have known him.
    Sorry, I will not be able to attend the funeral.

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  4. Colin Martindale :

    Back in the late summer of 1980 I was a young geologist, new in town and looking for a job. Charlie interviewed me and a few days later called to say I had come second. However, he had a buddy who was looking for a geologist if I was still looking. I was, and I got the job. For that, thanks Charlie.
    Many years later we were looking for some help with well evaluation and the person we hired was Charlie’s daughter Diane. It’s a small world in the oil patch!

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  5. Darcy Pettigrew :

    I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the Bulmer family. Agnes and Charlie have been such close friends with my parents for so many years, I’ve always enjoyed hearing about how much fun “The Gang” had on those wonderful trips to Athabasca. Charlie, you will be deeply missed and I am sure you and my father Ken are playing 18 holes in heaven as we speak.

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  6. Judy Rich(Steele) :

    Sorry to hear the loss of you father. I have many memories when we were hanging out at the acreage.

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  7. Hari and Vijay Kapil :

    Dear Agnes,
    Our sincere condolences. Hari learned a lot from Charlie and always spoke highly of him. He was a great person and certainly will be missed by family and friends.
    Hari and Vijay

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  8. Olga and Gabriel Toth :

    Dear Agnes.
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts are
    with you and your family during this
    difficult time. Gabriel will always
    remember Charlie as the best and friendliest
    boss, great mentor for 27 years with great sense of humor and compassion.

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  9. Ebb Christensen :

    Dear Agnes,
    I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family.
    Sincerely,
    Ebb & Lise Christensen

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  10. Brian and Pat Murphy :

    Pat & I extend our condolences to Agnes & the entire family on Charlie’s passing. We hope your sadness is softened by the many fond memories you must have of life with Charlie. We consider it a priviledge to have known him.

    Pat & Brian Murphy

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  11. Judy McLellan :

    In May of 1980, Charlie hired me as his secretary at Sproule, my first experience in the oil business. I’m remembering today a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour. My sincere condolences to you all; I know he will be missed.
    Sincerely
    Judy McLellan

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  12. Roberta Upgaard :

    Mrs. Bulmer, Diane and Scott,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Growing up next door to your family, I have many memories of Mr. Bulmer, as I was always welcomed into your house. He was a very kind man, always smiling, laughing and enjoying life. I also had the pleasure of working with him at Sproule and Associates, thanks to his reference.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Roberta Upgaard (Hicks)

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  13. R. A. (Bob) Nixon :

    I will always be grateful to Charlie for hiring me as a green geologist right out of university in 1973. He, and the staff at Sproule, were great to work with and learn about the oil and gas industry. He always had a quick smile and a wonderful sense of humour.

    He will be missed and remembered tremendously.

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  14. Patricia Rutley :

    Agnes & Diane,
    I was very sad to hear of Charlie’s passing. It’s been many years since I spoke with Charlie, but I remember him as a kind and gentle person, with a great sense of humor.

    Patricia Rutley

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  15. Perry & Hanna Nygren :

    We are thinking of you in your time of sorrow over the loss of your father. With deepest sympathy.

    Perry & Hanna Nygren

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  16. Jim Terrill & Shirley :

    Our sincere condolences to Agnes and family. I have many fond memories of my time at Sproule while working with Charlie.

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  17. Jim & Donna Nemrava (Sproule) :

    Agnes, Diane & Scott
    We were sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor to the staff at Sproule.

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  18. Richard Gerritse :

    Our condolences to Agnus, Scott and family; we remember the good times.

    Richard Gerritse & Rhona Telfer

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  19. Agnes,Diane & Scott,
    It is with sincere sadness to hear of Charlie’s passing. I will forever remember his and your guidance as a young man. Charlie was and always will be a great man. I wish you
    Agnes,Diane & Scott nothing less than the best in the future.I am so sorry for your loss.

    Lorne Butt

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  20. Jack Richards :

    Agnes & Family:

    We are saddened indeed to here of the passing of Charley.It was a pleasure knowing and golfing at Bearspaw with him.

    Jack & Pat Richards

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  21. Marg & Doug Lemke :

    Agnes, Diane & Scott
    We were very saddened to hear that Charlie had passed away and are sorry that we were not able to attend the Memorial Service. There are many fond memories of fun times with all of you and our thoughts are with you during this time.
    Marg & Doug

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  22. Dear Agnes, Diane & Scott: I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I just got the news this morning and my thoughts are with you. You were great neighbors at Baptiste Lake for so many years. Do hope your happy memories will stay with you. Love Doreen

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  23. Dear Mrs. Bulmer, Scott and Diane,

    I was very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing, and know that there are many of us who have great memories thanks to all the time and dedication Charlie gave coaching us in hockey and passing on to us his love of sports. He was a very kind and caring man with a great sense of humor, and will be missed.

    My sincere condolences to you all.

    David Halpin

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  24. Christopher Scott :

    Mrs. Bulmer,
    Sorry for my late note, just learned about Charlie … I thank you both for your incredible hospitality, Diane and I were friends!!!!
    Charlie was one of the calmest, most peacefull people I had ever met !!!!
    God bless you and your family. OXOX
    A big hi to Diane… I miss her.
    Chris Scott.

    Hope you are well Agnes !!!!

    Charlie was a lovely man oxox

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