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DURLING, William (Bill)

December 21, 1938 – February 7, 2013

William (Bill) Durling of Calgary passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the age of 74 years.

Bill was born in Halifax, NS, and also raised in Vancouver and Edmonton. He worked his whole career with the Royal Bank of Canada with positions throughout Alberta, Winnipeg and Montréal. Bill pushed the boundaries of medicine for all of us through his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer since 2004.

Bill is survived by his two sons, Robert (Bob) Durling and Andrew Durling; his fiancée Gloria Spielman and her family; a sister and brother-in-law Anne and Bernard Bordeleau of Lorraine, QC; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his wife Barbara Durling (nee Brown) on June 5, 2001 and his parents Burpee and Edith Durling.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Bill’s honour may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. Thank you to all his medical support staff with special thanks to Dr. John L. Fernandes, Dr. Francis R. Sutherland, Dr. Alison Murray and Dr. Scot D. Dowden.

In remembrance of Bill, please wear blue.

In living memory of Bill Durling, 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. Phyllis and Ron Hamilton :

    Dear Bob and Andrew, we’re very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.
    Phyllis and Ron Hamilton

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  2. Bernie Laatsch :

    We met Bill in our dance club a few years ago. He was always such a “Gentle” man and a “Gentleman”. I am so happy that I had many a dance and laugh with him. We will miss his lovely quiet demeanor and his presence at all of the functions. As the song goes. “I hope you dance” Bill! Our condolences to you, his family, at such a sad time.

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  3. Janie & Bob Smith :

    Our sympathy to the family. Bill did fight a remarkable battle.

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  4. Sorry to hear about Bill. He was a wonderful person and I will miss him dearly.

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  5. Judy, Brad & Dylan Thomas :

    We were so very saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. Our family came to know him as a man with such a good heart, and we were so grateful for the kindnesses he showed towards our mother. His courage and dignity in the face of his fight with cancer was an inspiration to us all. We’ll miss him. Our deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.

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  6. Bill and I were coworkers in Winnipeg and in Calgary. He was fun to watch as he was ahead of the curve in so many ways. Watching others trying to catch up, was almost as much fun. The only thing that I could ever teach him was to be a better fisherman because it was one of the few things he knew squat about when he started. R.I.P. my friend. You will always be in my memories.

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  7. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, he fought a long and hard battle. I’ll miss our phone calls, and cribbage games whenever we were together. RIP.
    Love to Bob and Andrew.
    Aunt Kathy

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  8. Dear Bob and Andrew,
    I am so thankful that I was with you during this very hard time. Your dad was a very inspiring person and you were always on your best behaviour, he was a proud man and I will miss his love and friendship. Love Aunt Donna
    xoxoxo

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  9. Deepest sympathies to Bob and family. Our prayers are with you. May your Dad rest in peace. Take care.

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  10. Wendy & George Buchan :

    Bob & Andrew: Very sorry to hear of your dads passing. We were very close while working in Montreal together in 1969. He will be sadly missed by all.

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  11. Although I got to know Bill at the dances I loved to kid him and his freind Gloria
    He always struck as a gentleman of the first order.

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  12. Sorry to hear about Bill. His infectious smile will be dearly missed. He served as an inspiration to all of us, doing what loved till the end. I certainly wish that I’m that active when I’m his age. Anyways, he’ll definitely be missed by all who knew him in the dance community! My condolences to the family.

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  13. Lisa,Tim,Lauren & Haley Knoke :

    We were saddened to learn about Bill’s passing he was very kind to our family and we were lucky to have gotten to know him. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

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  14. ATB Investor Services :

    On behalf of all that work with Bob Durling we want to express our deepest condolences to Bob and his family during this very difficult time.

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  15. So sorry to heard about Bill’s passing.
    May loving memories help to bring comfort and healing to your heart.

    I was in Tofino this weekend thinking about our last trip…lots of memories!

    Lots of Love,
    Janice
    xoxo

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  16. Sincere condolences to Robert and Andrew Durling.

    Your DAD was such a gentleman! Your Mom passed away on my birthday so I always remember.

    Clare Beers
    Transit 00009
    RBC Main Branch
    Pensioner

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  17. Kevin & Nancy Norbury :

    I first met Bill through Andy at work about 14 years ago. I did after hours work for Bill on his car. My memory of him is he is one tough customer. Everything had to be perfect and if it wasn’t you sure heard about it. I hope everything is just so for you Bill and try not to be too hard on them up there. Keep watching over your boys and give them hell when they need it. You’ve touched us all in some way.
    Your friend, Kevin

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  18. I just wanted to pass on my condolences and sympathies on Bill’s passing. You don’t know me but I rode on the Ranchlands Express bus with Bill for many years. We, among others, became friends as “bus buddies” can do. Our conversations and political debates made commuting enjoyable. Later on we occasionally ran into each other downtown and always took the time to catch up. It was a pleasure to be Bill’s friend. All the best to you at this time.

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  19. Andrew Durling :

    Thank you to everyone for their kind words, support, and transit numbers. (No shortage of bankers). It still hasn’t hit home for me yet, I keep waiting to see you walk through the door, or give me shit for something. The more I think about you, the more I realise that we are the same. Probably why we butted heads so much. You taught me so many things that made me who I am today, and I am still learning from you. Thank you for everything you have done for me, and for being the best dad I ever had, lol. Your legacy will be my mission statement for the rest of my life. Aside from that, you would be proud to know that your life provided sight for two people. I know I am proud of that sorry we “parted” you out though. All I know is that I love and miss you very much. In the end you brought a knife to a gun fight. You did good Dad, and I am honoured to be your son, a part of your life, an apprentice (if you will), and a partner in your battle with cancer. Thanks again Dad.

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  20. Gary & Sandra Simms and family :

    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Bill. We all lose too many family members to the dreaded cancer disease. Bill was a distant cousin as my grandmother was a member of the Durling family.
    Kind regards,
    Gary (son of Francis Simms)

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