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COLEY, Edward Charles

April 23, 1915 – Gananoque, ON
June 25, 2013 – Invermere, BC

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our father Ed Coley at the Invermere & District Hospital on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Ed was born in Gananoque, ON and raised on the family farm in Clyde, AB. During World War II he served with the Royal Canadian Navy Medical Branch. After working nine years in the pharmacy at Cowles Drugs in Edmonton, Ed became a pharmaceutical sales representative spending the majority of his career with Pfizer Canada, until his retirement in 1982. Starting in 1948 he was active in all levels of the Royal Canadian Legion at both the provincial and dominion levels, rising to the position of Dominion President from 1978 – 1980. Ed was an avid curler in the winter and loved to spend his summers at his cottage in Fairmont, BC golfing at Coy’s and windsurfing on Columbia Lake.

He is survived by his children Sandra (Lawrence) Magee, Sharron (John) White, and Don (Pat) Coley; step-children Gordon (Brenda) MacCalder and Donna (John) Balcers; grandchildren Jay (Erika), Tara (Cory), David, Adene, Ryan (Daniela), Ross, Carmen, Scott (Melody) and Marni (Morris); great grandchildren Erica, Olivia, Nolan, Adea, Jake, Mitchell, Makayla, Katrina, and Justin.

Ed was predeceased by the love of his life Agnes in 2008; brothers Tom and George and sister Phyllis.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through We offer our deepest gratitude to the health care staff of the Invermere & District Hospital for their kind and compassionate care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Invermere & District Hospital, 850 – 10th Avenue, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Telephone: (250) 342-9201

In living memory of Ed Coley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Alberta-NWT Command of The Royal Canadian Legion :

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Coley family.

    Comrade Ed was a true Legionnaire and consummate gentleman. His tremendous contributions toward the Legion over the years will not be forgotten.


    The Alberta-NWT Command Senior Officers and Staff of The Royal Canadian Legion

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  2. Caroline Legion :

    Our deepest condolences to the family of a fallen Comrade.
    Caroline Legion
    Branch #177

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  3. We are truly saddened to hear of Ed’s passing and would like to express our sincere condolences to the family. Ed was truly an amazing person and a great neighbour out here in Fairmont Hot Springs who touched the lives of many.
    Brian, Sue & Kelsey

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  4. William Maxwell, Dominion Command :

    On behalf of Dominion President Gordon Moore, the Senior Elected Officers of The and all 320,000 members of The Royal Canadian Legion, we extend our sincere condolences to the Coley family.

    We will Remember him.

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