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CANTWELL – Neil John “Toby”

October 11, 1919 – June 18, 2011

Neil John “Toby” Cantwell of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the age of 91 years.

Toby was born in Toronto in 1919, and at ten years of age, his parents moved the family to Calgary. Upon completing his education, he headed to Turner Valley and started his career in the oil patch. When duty called, he joined the military and trained with the Calgary Detachment and was later transferred to Lethbridge where they were deployed for World War II. Upon his arrival in Britain, he was transferred to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) where he continued training and made Lieutenant before heading to the front lines. He was honourably discharged September 25, 1945 and returned home to Calgary. For the next five years, he headed to South America and drilled for oil and gas in Trinidad and Venezuela. In 1951 he returned home to Alberta at the height of the oil boom and remained active in the Oil & Gas Industry until 1970. After retiring early from the oil patch, Toby embarked on a new career as a managing director with the Calgary Parking Authority and fully retired in 1984. Among his many professional affiliations, Toby was most proud of his ongoing support of the YMCA and his continued membership of over 75 years. Throughout their retirement Gisela and Toby enjoyed travelling to Palm Springs, CA, throughout Europe, and camping closer to home in Kananaskis and Sundre. Toby was very proud of his sons Robert and Jack also having careers in Oil & Gas Industry, and of Andrew and Joe serving their country and communities as members of the R.C.M.P.

Toby is survived by his wife Gisela; sons, Robert (Sandy) and Jack; daughter Gabriel (Rob); Joe (Nancy); grandchildren, Jeanette (Mike), Andrew (Jolene); great-grandchildren, Brett, Sarah, Rachael, and Megan; and his sister Mary Kay.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Gathering to celebrate Toby’s Life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Please forward condolences through Toby’s family would like to thank the staff at the Foothills Medical Center (Unit 46) for their relentless care and compassion.

In living memory of Toby Cantwell, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Lana Dionne, GM Fniancial Development, YMCA Calgary :

    Gisela and family – our hearts are with you at this difficult time. We will remember Toby fondly from his morning YMCA swims and his kind, caring ways.

    All of us here at the YMCA are sending prayers your way.

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  2. Audrey Martineau Davies :

    Bob and Jack
    I am so sorry for your loss, your mom and dad were very special to me and had a big influence in youth. They taught me good work ethics and the preciousness of family. I spoke to your dad on the phone several years ago and it was nice to hear his voice again. I lost my dad last October at the young age of 77 so you were blessed with many more years with your dad than I. However your mother and Lynn were way too young. I think of your mom often and the fun times we had. I hope you are well .
    Thinking of you
    Edmonton, Ab

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  3. Ron and Elke Brock :

    Gisela and family- Our deepest condolences. We too will always remember Toby. His knowledge of everything and his sense of humor was always a delight for our whole family. We will miss Toby. Love, Ron and Elke

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  4. Gisela and family
    I’m sorry to hear about Toby. I always loved having you guys as neighbors in Water Valley. Toby always brightened my day. Thinking of you. Love, Deb

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  5. Gisela,
    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. Toby was a great boss and a dear friend. I still remember visiting both you and Toby in Koblanz, Germany.
    He will surley be missed.
    Toni Lambert
    Calgary Parking Authority

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  6. So sorry for your lost Jack, we were trying to to locate you and discovered the passing of your Dad. Give our best to your Mom looking forward to re-connect

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