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DUNN, Stephen R.

July 7, 1923 – June 14, 2012

It is with deep sadness that the family of Steve Dunn announces that he passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the age of 88; his passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by his entire family.

Steve was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta in 1923.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; and his four children, Steve, Maureen May (Bruce), Brent (Kathy), Sandra Kinnon (Tony). He will also be greatly missed by his seven grandchildren, Megan, Marianne, Alexandra, Rebecca, Sean, Scott and Amy.

Steve was a veteran of World War II where he served as a pilot and a navigator. Steve briefly studied architecture at the University of Winnipeg before deciding to pursue his living as a Trader on the Calgary Stock Exchange. This experience started a lifetime fascination with the stock markets. Steve eventually left the exchange to strike out on his own in the oil & gas industry. He formed a couple of successful small oil & gas companies. In the early 80’s Steve became interested in oil extraction from the oilsands. He was co-inventor of a process that he continued to champion until shortly before his death.

Steve was an avid hiker and particularly loved the Kananaskis Valley both as a place to hike as well as golf. He was a skilled hockey player, playing pick-up games until his late fifties and enjoyed strenuous four wall handball games until his early sixties. One of Steve’s proudest moments was a hike he undertook to the floor of the Grand Canyon at the age of 75. Steve was a champion bridge player and competed at a very high level where he and his partner John Lange won a major tournament at the masters level. He developed many wonderful friendships around bridge, and really enjoyed playing at many Calgary area clubs over the decades. Steve was very proud of all of his children and grandchildren and it was one of his biggest wishes that his grandchildren would always dare to dream big and pursue their dreams.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Our family would like to thank the staff of the Colonel Belcher for their wonderful compassionate care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6; Telephone: (403) 265-6304, www.calgarypoppyfund.com or to the Royal Canadian Legion, www.legion.ca.

In living memory of Stephen Dunn, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. “Now cracks a noble heart.
    Good night, sweet prince,
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”
    HAMLET Act 5 Scene 2

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  2. I am so sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. He was a true friend to so many who respected his many talents. It is so sad to lose Steve, Jimmy and Gord in such a short period. I think often of the bridge games in Jimmy’s basement and the joy and laughter we all shared.
    I am deeply saddened but will remember him fondly.
    To his loving wife and family our thoughts are with you. He will be missed.

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  3. Lesley, Bob, Nathalie & Kasane :

    Our condolences on the passing of a man who we know through the mark he made on his children. Elizabeth and Sandra, our hearts are with you in this sad time. 88 years is a good long life, but I am sure it feels not long enough – not for those who live on after them. We very much support his legacy of grandchildren who dream big and channel their great energy and enthusiasm into those dreams as he did. xoxoxox Les, Bob, Nathalie & Kasane

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  4. Georgena Higgins :

    Dear Steve, Maureen, Brent and Sandra:
    My deepest sympathy to you and your families in the loss of your Dad. May you take comfort in knowing you were at his side in his final journey and Uncle Steve is now at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love,
    Georgie

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  5. Ashley, Farlin, Tanner and Addison :

    Dear Dunn Family (especially Sandra and Elizabeth)

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Dunn’s passing but know that he is in a better place, one free from pain. I know he is looking over you all. Our deepest sympathies to you at this time and we wish you comfort in the days ahead.

    Love,

    Ashley, Farlin, Tanner and Addison

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  6. Robert Wanjoe :

    I will be in attendance next Saturday. Steve fed me very well after those late night outings with Brent. He always said the door of the fridge would open before the door to the house closed. Steve will be sorely missed but very much remembered fondly in our hearts. Another one that comes to mind was Lake Louise heart fund raiser cross country skiing week end. Steve had a great week end that I was apart of with his kids. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Trying times for sure.

    Robert Wanjoe and Eloise Wanjoe

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  7. Brad, Maggie, Adam and Erin :

    Dear Dunn Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We wish you love to give you comfort and hope to give you strength for the days ahead.
    Love,
    Maggie, Brad, Adam & Erin

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  8. Elizabeth and family,
    I am vey sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Steve taught me the finer points of bridge, the meaning of friendship and I will never forget him.
    Steve will be missed and my thoughts are with you.

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  9. Maureen, Henry, Andrew & Matthew Bustard :

    May you find the peace you need at this trying time. We are thinking of all of you.

    We love you,

    Maureen, Henry, Andrew & Matthew

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  10. Frank Walker :

    My condolences to the Dunn family
    I had the pleasure of getting to know Steve through the basement bridge league. He was a real student of the game and a great teacher to novices like me. I still play bridge using the “Steve Dunn” system. I loved to hear Steve’s stories about the oil business in Calgary in the 50’s and 60’s when deals were done on your word and a handshake. And Steve always wanted to know more about all kinds of subjects like his Bioterra and heavy oil ventures. He had a wonderful story about going out into the field with a doodlebug to see how it worked. His wisdom and insight will be missed
    Frank Walker

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  11. Darwin & Shelly Loewen :

    He is gone from this earth, but will remain in your hearts forever! We are thinking of you all.

    With love,

    Darwin, Shelly and Mitchell

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  12. ray kittlitz :

    Many years ago, wife Jean and I had many pleasant experiences with Steve in the duplicate bridge world; sorry to see that he is gone.

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  13. Tammy Will and Colin Smith :

    Brent,

    Although we did not know your dad well, as children receive many traits of thier parents, the great qualities that we see in you Brent, the strengh, kindness, and values, would have come from a part of your dad, and we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and Kathy, as well as all of your family at this time. Love you, Tammy, Wil and Colin.

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  14. Audry & John Striegl :

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

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  15. Marilyn McBain :

    I met Steve as a roommate in Foothills in September. It was a joy to converse and interact with this true GENTLEMAN. He treated me with the greatest respect and dignity, more than words can say. It was a pleasure to meet some of his family, Sandra and Brent and Amy – you were all so very kind to me. Steve was a most dignified and kind man – we had many talks over the time we were in the same unit. He talked of his family often and loved you all so much. He was so pleased that I got to meet Amy, as was I. Sandra and Brent, thank you for your kindness to me, as well. I was so touched that he came back to see me after he had been transferred to another unit. I wanted so much to visit him but they transferred me to Canmore on such short notice that I was unable to get to see him again and I regret that. I have fond memories of a truly dignified and nice man. May the memories of your dad give you comfort and solace now and in the days ahead.
    We were pleased that he was able to be cared for at the Colonel Belcher. Our condolences to you and your family –
    Marilyn and Harold McBain. We just returned from vacation.I am very well.

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  16. Robert Wanjoe :

    I was thinking about the times golfing with Mr Dunn. He would out play us every time with only four clubs in his bag. Also hand ball. Steve could move like a cat. Brent and I would take on the two Steve’s but never in over 30 games do I remember many wins. He could move! We had a few great floor hocky games up in the barn at Ghost lake and Steve would never miss a game. Good time’s, great life!

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  17. Jan Herman and John Johnsen :

    It is so hard to lose a husband and father and grandpa but we hope you all take comfort in knowing Steve is now at peace and you have lots of good memories of your times together. We also have many good memories.

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