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BURFORD – Neville Charles (Peter)

May 2, 1923 – February 18, 2011

Peter Burford of Calgary passed away peacefully on Friday, February 18, 2011, after a brief illness, at the age of 87 years.

Peter was born May 2, 1923 in Gillingham, Kent, England. He was raised in Lima, Peru, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Peter served with the Australian Military Forces from 1942 to February 1943 and the Royal Australian Air Force from February 20, 1943 to September 24, 1945. He met Alice in Calgary while he was training at the Number 2 Wireless School (Polytechnic). They were married in Kew, Melbourne on October 27, 1945. Peter worked for Lifesavers Candy Company in Australia from 1940 to 1941 and for one year after the war. Peter and Alice then returned to Canada were he worked for thirty-six years with Imperial Oil until his retirement in 1982. Peter was an avid hiker, skier and world traveller. With his family he hiked a great number of the National Park trails and with the Calgary Senior’s Ski Club, he skied most of the western Canadian and northwest USA resorts. He and Alice travelled and cruised the world upon his retirement. Peter and Alice were long time members of Crescent Heights Baptist Church and the Royal Canadian Legion North Branch #264 and more recently the Chapelhow Branch #284. He was also a member the Esso Annuitants.

Peter is survived by his son Gary Burford (Sherry) of Edgewater, BC, and daughter Karen Burford (Tim Sheltens) of Calgary. He was predeceased by his wife of sixty-five years, Alice Burford on September 26, 2010.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403) 265-6304, www.calgarypoppyfund.com. Special thanks to the all the staff on Unit 43 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, Dr. Tsoi, Barbara, Karen, and Anthony for their professionalism and caring over the past ten days.

In living memory of Peter Burford, a tree will be planted Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Bill Ketcheson :

    Karen, Gary and families;
    We heard today about your Dad’s passing. He was a longtime friend who we thought very highly of. We always enjoyed the social times we had together including lunches at the Ranchmens Club where your Dad would always order the oysters. Shelly and I were guests of your Mom & Dad many times at the Professional Club, those were special events. Peter was a good and caring man. We will miss him. Bill and Shelly Ketcheson.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Mr. Burford three years ago as a dental assistant at his dentist office. A smile would come across my face when I would see his name on the day sheet. As I looked forward to his many stories of the war and world travels. He was a very nice man who loved to talk. I will miss him. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family on your loss.

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  3. Elizabeth and Bob Andrews :

    Sincere sympathy to family. We knew Alice and Peter through business and industry social events over many years. Unfortunately we are out of town and will not be able to attend his funeral.

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  4. Hi Gary,
    Saw your Dad’s obituary in the Herald this week. I remember talking to him many times “back in the day” when you lived in Calgary. Great person, and I’m sure an even greater Dad. Take care, I’m sure you have many happy memories of both he and your mother.

    Dick Wigington

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  5. Gloria Wilkinson :

    Peter was a pleasure to know through work at Imperial Oil. My sincerest condolences.
    Ray Wilkinson

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  6. Karen , so very sorry for your loss , I very much enjoyed your Dad , sorry I did not know your Mom passed away ,, We always sat together at Xmas at the George Boyack in case you are wondering who I am , My Mom passed away last FEBRUARY , My heart goes out to you very much , Your Dad and I always had a few chuckles when we would see one another ,, again I send my Sympathy to all the family ,,Love Judy

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  7. Shelly Bartel (Dawson) :

    Gary and Karen,
    Through a very strange coincidence I heard of your Dad’s passing and wish to send you my sincere condolences. I also read that your Mom passed away only a few short months before your Dad. They were both so very kind to me back in the days and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as this must have been a difficult year for you both. But with fond memories ..how your mom ever got all those gifts past customs … and the look on your Dad’s face…
    There are memories I will never forget.
    Blessings to you both and your families
    Shelly

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  8. The Cooper's :

    Karen & Gary
    Very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We
    all have great memories of those summer
    vacations in Kelowna. We all send our sincerest
    condolences.
    Ernie & Debbie Cooper

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