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BURROWS, John William

December 17, 1927 – January 10, 2013

It is with profound sadness that we, the family of John William Burrows, announce his unexpected and sudden passing at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, early in the morning of January 10, 2013.

He was the devoted and beloved husband of Judy, the loving and respected father and father-in-law of Susan (Earl Hickok) Anne (Alan Hallman) and Kelly (David Ghandour) and the adored and adoring Grampi of Bryson, Caleb and Celeste Hickok, Chad and Paige Hallman, Hussein and Moe Ghandour, all of Calgary. He is also survived by his sister Maureen Stewart (Spence) of Baltimore, Ontario and his brother Fred Burrows (Liette) of La Sarre, Quebec as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his precious wee granddaughter, Zoe Hallman, his parents, infant brother Patrick, sister Carmen Crossman and nephew Peter Crossman.

John was born in Chapleau, Ontario on December 17, 1927 to parents William (Bunt) and Frances Burrows. After completing high school in Chapleau, he continued his education at St. Michaels College, University of Toronto, with post-graduate studies in Transportation Economics at Queen’s and Yale Universities. He began his career in Winnipeg with the Canadian Pacific Railway. While in Winnipeg he met, and on December 31, 1960, married Judy Phelan.

His entrepreneurial spirit took him to Penticton, B.C. in 1962 where he and a partner conceived, built and operated Pilgram House Motor Hotel (now the Ramada Inn). This venture was but the first of several adventures that eventually led him to Calgary in 1965, and then to Canmore in 1985. Once again Calgary called, and in 2007 John and Judy returned to Calgary to be closer to their family.

John spent over six decades in the business world and helped launch a number of companies in transportation, hospitality, oil and gas and technology in addition to volunteering his time tirelessly to the political and non-profit sectors. He shared his exceptional business experience and time generously with his many partners and employees and created a family environment and culture that will move forward for many years to come.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude for the valiant efforts of the EMT’s and to the amazing staff at Foothills Medical Centre for their exceptional skills and compassion. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818 in John’s memory and in that of his granddaughter, Zoe Hallman, or to any other worthy charity will be deeply appreciated.

In living memory of John Burrows, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Lochlann Magennis :

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a warm and welcoming neighbour, and with Judy made my arrival in Calgary a pleasant one. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time, and may you gain strength from your fond memories of John.

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  2. Tanis Massel (Fraser) :

    Mrs. Burrows, Susan, Anne and Kelly:
    Please accept my sympathies as you deal with the loss of your husband and father and all that he meant to you and your families.

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  3. Hi Earl, I just heard about John’s passing, and want to offer our prayers and thoughts to all of your family during this time.
    Sincerely, Don Hiebert

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  4. Judy, Susan, Anne and Kelly, so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have such strong wonderful memories of him. He was an amazing, warm and caring man. So sorry not to be in town for the service. Much love to all. Ken & Patti Gordon

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  5. Judy Cosgrave Patterson :

    Dear Judy and Family – I am so sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. I worked for John as a very young girl (18) and he was always so kind and patient with me. I will never forget his wonderful laugh and sense of humour. My brother Bill(Cosgrave) adored him and will miss him terribly. Please know I am thinking of you at this time.
    With deepest sympathy, Judy Cosgrave Patterson

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  6. Michael Hayduk :

    Dear Earl and Family,
    My condolences on the passing of John. I very much enjoyed meeting and working with John over the years. He was always a gentleman and I know will be greatly missed by you and your family.
    With sincere sympathy, Michael Hayduk

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  7. Joanne and David Dial :

    John always had a smile with a twinkle that seemed to suggest that – really, it was all going to be okay. We’ll always remember that as it was heartening. We are thinking of John’s whole family while they navigate through what must be an unexpected and unwelcomed load of emotions. Regardless of age – it would be nice if the great ones could stay around forever. John was a titan and his goodness reached far and won’t be forgotten. With hugs, Joanne and Dave

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  8. Judy deForest :

    To Judy and all of John’s Family –

    I am so saddened to learn of John’s passing. Judy, you know how much I enjoyed resurrecting old memories and old times with you and with John these past years at Maureen’s. I always remember John as an ethical and caring man whose wonderful sense of humor added to every meeting. His kindness and charm, along with his love of you and of his family, made him a real peach. As I am out of the country, I will be unable to attend John’s service, but please know that I am celebrating his life and sending you a personal hug. Bless you!

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  9. Greg and Pat Stevens :

    Dear Judy and family: We are stunned at the news of John’s passing. We can still see him and hear his voice. We know how much he has meant to each of you and we want you to know that he meant a great deal to us as well.

    John had the gift of never feeling pessimistic or of showing uncertainty, but always he was positive,engaging and thoughtful .

    What a kind man!

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  10. Jody and John O'Rourke and Family :

    Susan and Earl, we are truly sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you and your entire family at this sad time and offer our support and prayers for all of you! XO

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  11. Arlene Schmalz :

    Dear Judy, Susan, Anne, Kelly and Families,
    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a lovely, eloquent man. May your wonderful memories of him help you through this difficult time.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Arlene Schmalz

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  12. Monique Efonoff :

    Dear Mrs. Burrows, Susan, Anne and Kelly

    My deepest sympathy on your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Monique Efonoff (Beauregard)

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  13. Mac and Marg Austin :

    To Judy and the girls,Maureen and Fred
    Our prayers are with you all.
    John sounded like a million dollars in our conversation on Dec 17/12–just as he did at the opening of the Chapleau World’s Fair in 1939–and on so many other happy occasions since. It is difficult to accept that this year will be different.

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  14. Peter & Jerie Roxburgh :

    We were sorry to read of Johns death. We treasure our memories of the fun times we spent with him and Judy when they lived on Lake Louise Way.
    Jerie andPeter Roxburgh

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  15. Jacques St Jacques, Josée and Hélene :

    I was sadenned when I heard from Fred that his beloved brother, John, had passed away last week. We would like to offer our condolences to John’s family, friends and acquaintances. I will have a Special Mass celebrated by a friend of mine (Priest Jean-Yves Isabel (PME)) to honour his memory. Jacques St Jacques and family

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  16. John B. Austin :

    Dear Judy,
    Marjory and I were devastated to learn of John’s demise. Our sympathy and love to you and your family. A tear in my achillies tendon prevents me from joining you on Wednesday to make my farwell to my oldest and closest friend.
    Sincerely, John

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  17. Dearest Judy, Susan, Anne, Kelly and families:
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. John was a lovely man — full of integrity and humour and love. Wish we could be closer to give you hugs.
    Anne Daniels and Anthony and Campbell Bryson (Judy’s godchildren)

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  18. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Judy,
    I had hoped to be able to attend John’s Celebration of Life today, but I am not able to do so. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. John was an amazing gentleman and will be deeply missed by so many. I am filled with lovely memories of times gone by when Vic and I enjoyed fun times with you and John – especially in Canmore. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss Judy.
    Marion Rogers

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  19. Dennis and Laxie Chorney :

    Dear Susan, Earl and Family,
    Our sincere condolences on John’s passing. What a wonderful, compassionate and sincere man he was. I will always cherish the memory of his friendship.
    Dennis and Lexie Chorney

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  20. Terry and Maxine Lawrence :

    Dear Susan, Earl & family:
    We were so saddened to hear about John’s passing. He was so much more than a parent to you, he was also a close friend. Our hearrts are with you.

    T & Max Lawrence

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  21. Patricia Compton :

    Judy and family, my deepest condolences. John was an absolute delight and I know will be missed by many. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Patricia Compton, Canmore

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  22. Peter and Marika McCaffrey :

    Many fond memories are here.

    Bless you all.

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