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CARSON, Lorne “Vance”

July 27, 1926 – Roblin, Manitoba
October 31, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Vance Carson, beloved husband of Sybil Carson (nee Macdonald) of Calgary, passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Vance graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1951 with a BA degree and financed his 4 years of University by attending the University Naval Training Division in Esquimalt during the summers and acquired his commission in the Royal Canadian Navy. He then met Sybil while they were volunteering at HMCS Chippewa in Winnipeg during the flood of 1951 and they began a future of memories together. Joining Schlumberger Canada as a junior field engineer, Vance advanced to Senior Management positions where he was transferred to other divisions in Michigan, New York and then eventually, Beirut, Lebanon. While stationed in Beirut, he had fantastic travelling opportunities such as exploring his enjoyment of sailing; spending a summer cruising around the Greek Islands with his family.

Vance retired from Schlumberger when he turned 47 and returned to Canada where he and Sybil built a home-style ranch on Rider Lake Mountain outside Chilliwack, complete with guest cabin and stable. His love of the sea called upon him to buy a sailboat in England, which he then sailed through the French canals to the Mediterranean, through Gibraltar to the Atlantic ending up in Barbados. He sailed the Islands for 8 years with Sybil, family and many friends joining regularly.

With the sailing lifestyle conquered, Vance turned his thoughts to family and joined Sybil in Calgary as their permanent home together. His passion for woodworking started a third chapter of his life. Building furniture for family and friends quickly escalated to household renovations, performed in a business partnership with good friends. At the age of 75, the heavy lifting took a physical toll and Vance reduced his activities in construction, instead turning his attentions to travel. The freedom of retirement allowed Vance and Sybil to experience interesting Cruises, travel across Canada, USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. He formally retired from his handyman career at the age of 82.

Vance always set goals for himself; and with the love and support of his family, he met them all during his 88 years. Recently he was asked the question, “What else do you want to do?” and he replied…”My bucket is empty.”

Besides his loving wife of sixty-two years, Vance is survived by five daughters and three sons-in-law, Karen and Gene Blakely, Cathy Carson, Lynda and Rory Smith, Tracy Carson and Jane and Scott Sibley; twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Wright and Margaret Beddoes and numerous relatives.

A Gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial directly to the Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary AB T2V 4Y8, Telephone: (403 258-0040.

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

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  1. Kim and Wayne Collens :

    We were so sad to hear of the recent passing of your father, husband, grandfather and friend. Such a traumatic time for everyone to lose a special person in your lives and our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Vance was a lucky man to have had such a wonderful and full life and I know appreciated having his family by his side. Love Kim and Wayne

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  2. Coreen Calvert :

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Vance will leave a big hole in the Carson family but your memories of him will be around forever. I will miss his stories and especially trying out his wine creations.

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  3. Steve Churchill :

    My deepest condolences to the whole family. Terribly sorry for your loss. What a full life to celebrate.

    Steve

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  4. There are no words except to say I will really miss one of the best neighbors there ever was.
    Rest in peace Vance. Deepest condolences to all of you.

    Mary

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  5. Stephen Seheult :

    Dearest Sybil and family,
    I was incredibly saddened by the news of Vance’s passing.
    I have so many very fond memories of a very personal connection with this wonderful man over the few years that I was privileged to have known him and I can only imagine the immense void that must be felt by all who were closest to him.
    Please accept my sincere condolences on your family’s loss.
    Stephen

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  6. Sybil, you know how much we loved being your neighbors and have many stories and happy memories involving both you and Vance. The guy was a force of nature to be sure and we will always think of him swinging a hammer or yelling at Wally about something. The dining room table he built for us is a treasured artifact and Kirsten will inherit it from us when it is time. Please take some comfort from the fact that the many wonderful things he built for his family and friends are like the man who built them: strong, long lasting and loved.

    Len, Faith, Kirsten (Colin) and baby Finley

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  7. Shirley Disney (Moore) :

    Hi Sybil

    So sorry to hear of Vance’s passing. My family and I have many fond memories of our time in Lebanon with you and Vance and the girls.

    Best regards, Shirley

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  8. Eunice & Brian Richter :

    So sad that this quiet, gentle giant has left this earth. But – he gave so much to so many and created a legacy for many family members to come.

    Eunice & Brian
    Nicaragua, C.A.

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  9. Hi Tracy,

    Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Lise Kuss
    Calgary, AB

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  10. My deepest sympathies go out to Sybil and her children on the loss of their husband/Dad. I met Vance and Sybil once a few years ago while visiting my brother Ray Aubie (their neighbor). My brother and his wife Mary have talked about Vance and Sybil regularly over the years and what wonderful people they were. What an amazing life Vance had to be able to say his “bucket was empty), we should all be so lucky! Please accept our thoughts and prayers now as your family goes through this very difficult time.
    Anne Aubie, Montreal, Quebec

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  11. Annalee and Laird Siemens :

    Sybil and family:
    Our most sincere condolences to you all. We remember the Carson family with fondness and smile at the love you have for each other. These are difficult times and we stand with you. May peace and comfort be yours during these tough times. Annalee and Laird

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  12. Ray and Beth Chenosky :

    Beth and I will always remember our visit with you in Calgary.
    Fond memory. Glad we had that time together. Ray

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  13. Hi Tracy and Jenn,
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

    Lynn Lalonde,
    Calgary Alberta

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  14. Joyce Washburn :

    My sincerest sympathy to Karen and Gene and their family at the loss of your dad and grandpa. Keep your special memories close to your hearts, and know that you have friends who wish you peace and love in your loss. Remember him well!

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  15. Betty & Pat Hartigan :

    Dear Sybil, Lynda and family,
    We were deeply saddened by the news of Vance’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May strength and courage surround you during this difficult time.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Betty and Pat Hartigan

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  16. Sybil
    I am deeply saddened by the news of Vance’s death. It has been a long and wonderful journey from 327 and 331 Cambridge. You and your family have my sincere sympathy and prayers.
    Jim

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  17. Gereraldine Nicholson :

    Dear Sybil, Karen, Kathie, Linda, Tracy, and Jane, and all those who remember Vance with great affection,
    Vance loved to laugh, and his kindly sense of humour endeared him to friends and neighbors all his life. Vance was a problem solver, carpenter, and storyteller. He was a caring father, and grandfather too.
    But he was a partner to Sybil. Whenever possible they teamed up and worked together. They helped so many of us: installed something, built something, sewed something. They masterminded it and saw it through.
    Vance remembered his friends, generously stayed in touch, visited, went out of his way for others. We remember all these lights that he brought into our lives, and are thankful.

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  18. Raymond B Smith :

    I have fond memories of Vance from my early years with Schlumberger in Edmonton. I kind of lost track of him when I went to work in South America. It was good to learn he had a long and adventurous life.
    May he rest in peace!

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  19. Robert McCamus :

    Our thoughts are with you all, and our condolence for your loss. Vance was a wonderful soul who we will always remember with the spirit of love he gave to many. I have fond memories of the time I had the privilage of, to spend with Vance, Sybil and the family.
    I wish for you, that your pain will pass and that you will be able to linger in the memories of the happy times with Vance. Vance will be missed, may he rest in peace. Our Love goes out to you all.

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  20. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I know this is an enormously difficult time for all of you. From personal experience our family knows that despite a terminal illness, the end is still a shock. Sybil, I feel certain that the love and support of your children along with so many other relatives and friends will help you negotiate this challenging path. At one time I thought that the condolence, “I hope the memories shared by you and others will comfort you in your loss” was over used. However, I have learned that it is indeed a comfort and I hope it has been so for you and yours. For all of you, please know that many loving prayers for your strength are in the hearts of all that know you. It was an honor to know Vance. The loyal friendship of decades, shown by you, Sybil, and your dear Vance will never be forgotten.

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  21. Dear Sybil,
    I offer my deepest condolences to you and your girls. My long friendship with Vance was pure joy for me even though we were together only a year or so in Beirut. Our correspondence during our retired years gave me so much pleasure. His emails always contained something a bit surprising, always amusing. In Beirut with Vance as my boss, work was a joy, but we accomplished a lot. Today is not quite as bright for me. We were all fortunate to
    have had him in our lives. Much love to all.

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  22. TO CATHY AND THE FAMILY,
    WORDS DURING THESE TIMES ARE HARD TO FIND…..
    I PRAY FOR ALL THAT YOU BE BLESSED WITH COURAGE TO COPE DURING THESE TIMES.
    AND….. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE – AMEN

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