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DERTELL – Russell (Russ) E.

March 3, 1921 – September 24, 2009

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of Russ on September 24, 2009, at the Foothills Hospital ICU, surrounded by his family.

Russ is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ida-Mae; daughters Michelle and Debbie (Garry Townsend); three beloved grandchildren Whitney (Steve Colborne), Tyler, Ashley (David Nuell) and his great grandson Anderson Pierce Nuell. He is also survived by his brother Allen Dertell of Qualicum Beach, BC.

Russ was born in 1921 in Elstow, SK and raised in Star City, Saskatchewan. He was a Flying Officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943-45. He was an All Star Professional hockey player, playing first for the Air Force team and eventually the Calgary Stampeders Hockey Club. Russ was goalie for the 1946 Allan Cup winning Calgary Stampeders team and was the last surviving member of that team. He spent many years in the Oil Business in Calgary, and was well respected in the business community, retiring as President of General American Oils / Phillips Petroleum in 1985. Russ was a kind caring person, a role model and hero to his family and friends, considered by many to be one of the most honest people on earth….he was a first class guy….a real gentleman! He was a special and much loved husband, father and grandfather and his family was one of the joys of his life. He and Ida-Mae enjoyed many winters in Palm Springs, California and enjoyed their group of friends there as well as their association with Cathedral Canyon Country Club. He was also a member of The Glencoe Club, The Earl Grey Golf Course and the Calgary Golf & Country Club and was still very active and passionate about his golf. Still playing three rounds a week he enjoyed a wonderful association with his group of playing partners at both clubs – playing his last round at the Earl Grey just last week. At 88 years of age he was still a regular at the Glencoe Fitness Centre and up until his passing was working out faithfully three times a week.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the incredible and compassionate staff at the Rockyview Emergency and the Foothills Hospital ICU. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Russell Dertell, 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. Carole Weiner Rothschild :

    Debbie and Family, I am very saddened at the sudden and unexpected loss of your beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. My deepest symapthy

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  2. Dear Ida-Mae
    My mother, (Maureen Fair) just called to tell me that Russ had passed away.
    I wanted to write to say how sorry I am and that I thought Russ was one of the nicest men I ever met.

    I called my father (Bud Emery) to let him know and he was so sorry to hear this news. He proceeded to tell me stories about how you’d all met years ago.

    When I was in my first year of university at U. of C. Russ would come to Eaton’s (where I was working) every Friday night to say hello and check on how I was doing. I thought he was a wonderful man.

    My deepest condolences to you, Michelle, Debbie and your entire family.

    Much love,
    Kerry Fennell

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  3. Debbie, Michelle and family. Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your father.

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  4. Ida-Mae,
    I was shocked and terribly saddened to hear of Russ’ recent passing. Kerry just informed me this morning. I always considered him as a close friend with whom I thought I could reconnect with at any time. I am very, very sorry that I never did. I’m sure he and I will meet again one day.
    Love, Bud

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  5. To the family of Russ Dertell:

    I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Russ. I’ve met many people throughout my life but there is only a small percentage that stand out as “exceptional”. Russ was one such person and he’ll be missed by all who knew him. Please know that we share in your loss of one who truly defined the word, “gentleman”.

    …Johnny Thorson

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  6. Ken&Karen Smith :

    To Ida Mae & Family
    Our sincere condolences. We remember Russ as a kind and gentle man. Ken & Karen Smith

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  7. Michelle: Please accept my heartfelt condolences

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  8. Sonny & Gena Gorasht :

    The last of my childhood heroes has left us, and I am deeply saddened. Gena and I always looked forward so much to seeing Russ and the Dertell and Townsend families in Palm Springs. We will cherish those memories forever.
    Ida-Mae, Debbie, Gary, and all the Townsend family, please accept our deepest sympathy. It is a sad day for all who knew Russ and loved him.

    Sonny & Gena Gorasht

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  9. Barry and Giselle Frank :

    Barry and I were saddened to learn of your father’s passing. We are in Palm Springs and received an email from the HOA regarding his death. Debbie, I feel privileged to have met your Dad in Palm Springs last winter. We are thinking of you and look forward to seeing you soon. Our sincere condolences.

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  10. David Goodall :

    On behalf of the Cathedral Canyon Men’s Golf Club I would like to express our sympathy to the family of our friend Russ Dertell. In recent years we did not see as much of Russ and Ida Mae as we would have liked. To a man we appreciated – Russ for the gentleman he was and the competitiveness and humor he brought to the game. It seems somewhat trite to say we will miss him because a person with Russ’s character only comes along once in awhile. I never heard him say an unkind word, but in his soft spoken way he could certainly chide a golfing partner. As you well know, not having Russ with us is a loss for everyone.

    David Goodall
    Cathedral Canyon Men’s Golf Club

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  11. Jim and Margie Cassidy :

    Dear Ida-Mae,

    We were so sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a kind person, as well as an outstanding athlete. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Deak and Margie

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