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CURRIE, Donald (Don) Edgar

July 26, 1930 – Calgary, Alberta
August 31, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Don Currie, beloved husband of Doreen Currie of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the age of 84 years.

Don was employed by Greyhound Lines (Canada). His main hobby was sports of all types. He coached junior football (Calgary Bronks and North Hill Colts) in the 1950’s to early 1970’s. Don’s greatest achievement and joy in life was his family – wife Doreen, daughter Leeanne and in particular his grandsons Ian and Daniel and great-granddaughter Mia. He was profoundly proud of them and their sports (Ian), artistic tech savvy (Daniel) and their musical talent and ability. They were very close; the boys affectionately calling him “Don”. He will be remembered as a funny, fun, young at heart, irreverent, generous, compassionate and all around stand up guy. He was always cracking people up with his wit and humour. Don was well loved and will be well missed.

Besides his loving wife of sixty-two years, Don is survived by his daughter Leeanne Betzler; two grandsons Ian Betzler (Kristyn) and their daughter Mia, and Daniel Betzler (Kansas). He is also survived by his brother Archie (Carmen) Currie; sisters-in-law Helen Currie, Joy Currie, Maureen (Brian) Belway, Pat (Bob) Lowry and Ruth Doble. Don was predeceased by his parents Violet and John (Jack) Currie and two brothers Jack Currie and Vic Currie.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Don Currie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Archie and family,

    My sincere condolences to you and the family. I hope you are doing well, and sorry we have not been in touch all these years.


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  2. Dear Leeanne, Doreen and family,

    My first thought upon learning of Don’s death is that he seemed to me to be ageless, looking pretty much the same in the early 2000’s as he had when I first met him in the late 70’s. My next thoughts were of how well he and Doreen were matched; and that, in respect of talkativeness, the match was of the “Jack Sprat and his wife” variety. Doreen, and Leeanne, enjoy talking; Don less so. Don seemed to me to treat words as if they were precious objects, not to be overused. As the obituary says, humour was perhaps his favourite vehicle of verbal communication. I remember Don as stalwart, and utterly dependable; a real mensch. I will miss him.

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  3. We are very, very sorry to hear of Don’s passing and hope to pass on condolences personally to Doreen, Leeanne and the lads when next in Calgary, A very difficult time for you all– and all would agree that Don was a great character who will also be sadly missed by his many long time friends. He had the wit and wisdom to bridge the generations and his measure is the love and loyalties he leaves behind. Here’s to you Don.

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  4. Natalie Muto and Family :

    Leeanne and family. Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I remember him coming to watch the boys play hockey and baseball. He was such a character and fun to be around. Please pass on my condolences to your mom, Doreen also. I’m sure she will feel the loss the most. Take care and try to stay strong though these sad times. Natalie, Aron, Ardith and Amanda.

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  5. Doreen and Leeanne, Daniel and Ian and Kristyn: Sharing your sadness that Don’s moved on. Such a terrific guy, and what an honour to have gotten to know him these recent years, visits full of great conversation and laughter. Our final get-together back in June is an evening I’ll always treasure. A melancholy time, but I know you’re all taking strength from the wealth of happy memories Don leaves behind. Your loving friend, Michael

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  6. Michael Betzler :

    “When Doreen dies I’m having her ashes spread over Market Mall”
    “Pretty soon the only scale you’ll be able to weigh yourself on is the one down at the zoo.”

    Don was great at the deadpanned witticism. I remember how well my mom enjoyed his company and his “Scotsman’s way of looking at things.”

    Don was mischievous and would utter outrageous statements. He kept a straight face for a few moments and then would fall into an exaggerated and theatrical guffaw. He always treated me like his own son.

    Everyone will miss him.

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  7. Gwen Katrenicz (Harder) :

    Leeanne, and family. I am sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I know he will be truly missed by all of you. My Condolences to your mom. Wow such great memories come back, of being with the boys at hockey and baseball… It was always so nice to see Don and Doreen supporting the kids…..Gwen

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  8. todd l. Davidson :

    Heartfelt condolences to my favourite Calgary family, the Betzlers. I have fond memories of the great patriarch Don & our special times together with the family watching football! I am forever grateful for that.
    He will be greatly missed.

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