Major Edwin (Ed) George Coombe, beloved husband, father and grandfather, of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at the age of 88 years.
Edwin was born on August 25, 1916 in Cataraquay, ON and served thirty-one years in the RCSC in Europe and the UN Peace Corps in Korea and the Congo. He was proud of the medals he received, especially the “Knight of the Order of Orange” from the Netherlands. After retirement, Edwin was employed in the Clerk’s Office of the City of Calgary for ten years after serving as Calgary Centennial Chairman. Edwin loved his family and enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing and curling. He especially loved to escape to the mountains in his minivan camper. Edwin was also active in the Toastmasters Club, the Second Sixties Hiking Club, and volunteering for UNICEF and Meals on Wheels.
Edwin is survived by his loving wife Pauline, his son Dennis (spouse Janet); his daughter Deborah; his grandchildren, Michelle and Roland; his brother James; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families; his many Korean War Veteran friends and others. Edwin was predeceased by his father Daniel; mother Emily; brother Wilfred and sister Emily.
“We will miss his love and support.”
Funeral Services will be held at St. Mark’s Anglican Church (1802 – 33 Avenue S.W.) on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Bob Bettson and Rev. Philip Costain, Presiders. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Edwin had requested that memorial tributes in lieu of flowers be made directly to The E.G. Coombe Family Bursaries Fund , c/o The University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Telephone: (403)220-5854, or directly to the Calgary Health Trust – Carewest: Colonel Belcher Hospital, 10101 Southport Road S.W., Calgary, AB T2W 3N2 Telephone: (403) 943 – 0615, www.calgaryhealthtrust.org., or directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family would especially like to thank the Tecumseh Staff of the Colonel Belcher Veterans Care Centre for the loving care he received over the last years of his life.
In living memory of Ed Coombe, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences