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CARROW, James Oliver

October 28, 1924 – August 5, 2012

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of husband and father, James (Jimmie) Carrow at the age of 87.

Born in Beaufort County, North Carolina, to L.T. and Lillian (nee Cutler) Carrow, Jimmie attended college in NC and began his career in the late 1940’s as a seismologist in northern Alberta. In 1950, he and native Calgarian Norma Jean Wright were married in Calgary, commencing their life together travelling as work led Jimmie back to Northern Alberta and then across the continent to the Southern USA, where their first two daughters were born. After years of travelling and working for GSI, Jimmie and Norma again found themselves living in Calgary, where they chose to put down roots and where they were blessed with two more daughters. Jimmie took great pride in the growth of his adopted city, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1973. In the late 1950’s, Jimmie became a pioneer in the area of data storage when he recognized the growing need for storage and management of geophysical records in Alberta and, ultimately, across North America. STACS Ltd, the first company of its kind in Alberta, opened its doors as a data management service for the oil industry in 1961. In 1977, Jimmie retired from STACS but not from the industry. He commenced work as a highly-respected consultant for numerous oil companies in Alberta as well as for foreign governments until the late 1980’s.

Over the years, Jimmie and Norma were avid Doodlebuggers and always thoroughly enjoyed time spent with fellow CSEG-ers. Jimmie was a kind, caring and generous man. His wit and his gentle humour never faltered, despite his battle with Alzheimer’s for the last ten years.

Jimmie will be forever loved and deeply missed by his wife of sixty-two years, Norma, and his daughters: Lynne Rose (David), Diane Pulleyblank (Bill) and Laurel Carrow. Jimmie was sadly predeceased in 2009 by his beloved daughter, Nancy Carrow, and, in 2000, by his adored granddaughter, Whitney Poffenroth. He is also remembered with love by his grandchildren, Geordie Rose, Morgan Pulleyblank and Oliver Pulleyblank – and although he was not able to meet his great-grandson, Devon Pulleyblank, Jimmie was thrilled to learn he was a great-grandpa. Jimmie is also survived by his sister, Thelma Batts, of NC, and his brother, Guy Carrow, of OK, as well as numerous nephews and nieces in Alberta and the USA and his extended family in the USA.

The family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, aides and staff on Memory Lane (Level 7) at the Bethany Care Centre, for their patience, concern and genuine compassion over the last three years. We also sincerely thank Rev. Marilyn Evans for the time she spent with Jimmie. In lieu of flowers, we would be honoured to have tributes made in Jimmie’s name to the Bethany Care Centre, care of the Bethany Care Foundation, #1001 – 17th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2E5, Telephone: (403) 210-4600, email:,

Jimmie and Barney are now walking the fields of gold with Whitney, Chance, Nancy and Max. We miss you all.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of James Carrow a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Susan and Cameron Black :

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, please know our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  2. Hi Norma:
    So sorry to learn about Jim’s passing. I enjoyed knowing him when we lived in Meadowlark Park. He was a nice guy and he will be missed.
    My condolences,
    Bob Sumner

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  3. Nicki Ferguson :

    I’m sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts to you during this difficult time.

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  4. Bob and Nola Rintoul :

    To Norma and the family

    Nola and I wish to send our deepest sympathy for your loss of Jim. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor

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