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DURANT, Russell Keith

February 12, 1926 – August 21, 2011

At last … together again. On August 21, 2011, Russ Durant joined his beloved Bea.

Russ was born February 12, 1926 in Edmonton. He would often say two great men were born that day – Abraham Lincoln and Russ Durant. His father died at an early age of an illness contracted during World War I. Several years later, his mother, Jessie, re-married. Russ spent his early childhood in Lethbridge, where his stepfather, Geoffrey Blake, was warden at the penitentiary. They moved to Calgary later and Russ attended Western Canada High School. There he met, and later married, the love of his life, Mary Beatrice Gibbons. They were married for forty-eight years prior to Bea’s passing in 1997. Russ is survived by their children Marjie (Randy) Ottenbreit, Ron (Fran) Durant, Kathy (Wilf) Wietgrefe, Marilyn Durant, and Doug Durant. In 1980, he was delighted to unite with their daughter Jill (Gord) Cavanagh and granddaughters, Kelly and Jamie. He was very proud of his Irish heritage. Through the years, he always had a dog at his side and dog biscuits in his pocket. Russ was known for his quick wit. You knew he loved you if he teased you. And he teased many, including Joanne Kirk, Casey Vandenboer, nieces, Jan Ford (Tom)  and Nancy Speca and especially his grandchildren, Lee (Kristine), Michelle (Daniel), Jon, Kelly, Jeremy, Michael, and Jessica. Russ and Bea had a large circle of friends, many of whom he met during his thirty-seven years with Macdonalds Consolidated. They loved entertaining, listening to big band music and watching classic movies. He loved the “Rat Pack” – Frank, Dean and Sammy – and his Hollywood hero was John Wayne.

A private graveside ceremony will be held for family and friends at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Russ can be sent to Pound Rescue, Box 17, Site 1, RR1, DeWinton, AB T0L 0X0. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thank you to Russ’ neighbour Arlene Hewer for the care and support she provided him during his final years at home. While his last year presented many challenges, Russ faced them with grace and dignity – never complaining. Thank-you to Deborah for her warm heart while Russ was in Southwood Care Centre and to Southwood’s Hospice staff for the phenomenal care they provided in his final days.

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
– Irish Blessing

In living memory of Russ Durant, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE. Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. Pat and Dave Kelly :

    Marjie, Randy and family. Thinking about you at this difficult time.

    With sympathy, Pat and Dave Kelly

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  2. Pat and Fred button :

    Marjie, Randy, John and Jessica,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Pat and Fred Button

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  3. Chris (Signal Hill Animal Clinic) :

    Marji and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Russell was one of my favorite and most memorable clients ever. He was always so nice, except when he picked on me from being from Kelowna. I will truly miss him.
    My condolences,
    Chris

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  4. Dearest Cousins and Families,
    I am thinking of each and every one of you. Uncle Russ had a big heart and yes, he loved us all. We lost Auntie Bea too soon and seemed to break his heart. May they meet again..
    I look forward to meeting our ‘new’ cousin Jill sometime soon.
    With love, Nancy

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  5. Henry and Judy Michalski :

    Marjie, Randy and family
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts
    are with you.
    Henry Judy and family

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  6. Sara and Garth Whelen :

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

    Our condolences,
    Sara & Garth

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  7. Rosalind Reid :

    Dear Marjie, Randy and family.

    A beauitful Obituary about a great man. He obviously had a lot of blessings in his life, you being one of them Marjie. May you find peace in your heart knowing he is now beside his true love…they are together again. Thinking of you all.

    Rosalind

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  8. Bonnie Johnston and Family :

    To the families of Russell Durant; we were sorry to hear of your loss. That was a lovely story of his life and it brought tears to my eyes. Marjie, I see where you get your good looks from. I wish I had met him.
    Our Condolences,
    Bonnie, Keith, Alex and Scott

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  9. Delores Massey :

    To the family of Russell Durant Ed and I had many good evenings with your parents Russ and Bea at Safeway functions. Your Dad organized those breakfasts at the West Gate Hotel for the retirees.That was a great time for the guys. Your parents were awesome people and the world is a better place because of them.May God bless you and may your memories sustain you as mine of Ed do me. Blessing and Prayers. Delores Massey

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  10. Sandra and Doug Boulton :

    Marjie, Randy and family

    So Sorry to hear of your loss

    Our condolences,

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  11. Mary Goddard (and Kim Whaley) :

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Russ. Mom and I have just heard the news. My parents, Mary and Bill, were very fond of both your parents and valued them as friends.

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