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EARLE, Lorne Melvin

November 25, 1940 – October 10, 2012

Lorne Earle passed away peacefully at his home in Calgary, on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the age of 71, in the company of his adoring and loving wife, Elaine. Lorne was a dazzling, bright, and charming man who gave so much love to the world around him.

Lorne was born in Lacombe and raised in Vancouver. From Simon Fraser University, he received a double honours degree in Political Science and Sociology (1972) and an MBA (1976). In 1972, he married the love of his life, Elaine, his “Chuckie.” During his varied career, Lorne worked as an intelligence officer with counterespionage operations in the RCMP, Director of Corporate Security for Petro Canada, President of American Protective Services, and President of Earle Security International. He was the first Canadian President of the International Security Management Association.

Lorne is survived by his wife Elaine; daughters Jennifer and Suzanne; sons-in-law Ivan and James; and his three grandchildren, Kieran, Clio and Zoe. He also held a special place in his heart for Peyton. Lorne will be remembered for his way with words, his remarkable stories, his infectious laugh, and his great bear hugs. We will miss him tremendously and will love him always.

A Celebration of Lorne’s Life has been held at the family home. Forward condolences through Lorne’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude, thanks, and appreciation to the wonderful friends who helped Lorne and his family through his final days. Donations in Lorne’s memory can be made to the Salvation Army.

In living memory of Lorne Earle, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Al and Dianne :

    We have very fond memories of our brother in law, Lorne. He had an infectious joy about him; remembering the many birthdays for his daughters, when Lorne played his guitar & entertained the kids. Lovely memories. Lorne offered his wisdom to me and my sons, in the early years. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Taken too young yet my faith says he is an Angel looking down over his family and friends.
    My sincere condolences to my sis, Elaine, Jennifer & Suzanne and families.

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  2. Steve Rosenstein :

    Goodbye to a great friend and cheery companion. His keen wit, generosity and larger than life presence will be sorely missed.

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  3. Gale and Vaughn :

    We will miss all the good times, laughter, hugs and many shared wonderful meals together.

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  4. Lee and Mike Colijn :

    Some people light up a room with their presence, Lorne lit up the world with his. We’ll miss you Lorne.

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  5. Steve and Silvia Faulks :

    Hi Elaine, Monique, Suzanne, and families – very sad to hear of Lorne’s passing but thoughts of him sure bring us smiles and laughter. If I had one word to describe Lorne, it would be “BIG” – not just referring to height, but presence and personality. He was a super uncle to me and then to our girls, who absolutely adored him (and their Auntie Elaine!)
    Thinking about you all. Love H, T, M, M, S, S

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  6. Lorne was a beacon of light and joy to us all. He had an infinite capacity to have us look beyond the boundaries we were accustomed to.
    Together we drank his mighty fine wine, pounded nails on my projects and thoroughly enjoyed our families as we shared holiday times together.
    Over the years we watched, with love and care, our kids grow and have children (our grandkids) of their own.
    My Buddy has not gone but moved on too soon. He is missed. God bless and keep him safe.
    My heart goes out to you Elaine, Suzanne and Monique. Keep Well.

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  7. Elaine, I was deeply saddened by the news of Lorne’s passing. What a remarkable man he was. His wit and his wisdom were highly developed. His boundless energy and engaging manner made working with him a pure joy. He helped me often in the performance of his duties….but I regarded him as a friend. He was kind and patient and full of life. It is hard to imagine the gap that must be in your heart and that of his family. I have made a contribution in his name to the local Salvation Army.

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  8. Tom and rosanne Richards :

    Our sincere condolences to Lorne’s family
    Close to 50 years ago Lorne Don Martin George gulgewich and myself shared a penthouse in North Vancouver
    We were all young RCMP constables at the time
    Many happy memories of those happy days
    We will miss his sense of humor and infectious grin

    God bless

    Tom Richards

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  9. Elaine:
    Lorne was a friend when you lived in Ottawa and I remember visiting your home in Kanata. I remember Lorne helping me plant a cider hedge at my home, and I remember him giving me advice that I often pass on to others, and refer to Lorne when I do. I saw him a few times during his Petro Canada work visits to Ottawa. I will always remember Lorne as someone I looked up to, as a positive leader and an outstanding example of someone who I will never forget.
    Please accept my sincere condolences,
    Dan Riley

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  10. Elaine:
    We were shocked and saddened to learn of Lorne’s death. He was a great friend during our RCMP days and after even though I haven’t seen him for over 10 years.
    Jack and Sylvia McMahon

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  11. John & Donna Pulcini :

    Dear Lorne
    We have been blessed through life with the love of friends like you and Elaine

    Even though we know they will all leave us eventually, some like you, too soon.

    With that being said dear friend you will always be with us
    And when our time has come we will meet you there you will see
    Up in a place we like to call heaven
    Make sure there is room for us when we get there

    We take comfort simply knowing that we will again be by your side when our time comes to cross the river.

    Thank you for the joy and warmth of your friendship for these many years. Now that you are gone, we weep for ourselves as we do for you and your dear family
    Rest in peace dear Calgary cowboy we will miss that infectious smile every remaining day of our lives.

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  12. Adele and Ken Sato :

    Dear Elaine and Family,
    Lorne was an amazing man and wonderful friend. He was captivating, entertaining and brilliant. His conversational skills were such that not only was he interesting with engaging stories and wit, he had the unique and rare ability to make you feel that what you had to say was equally as interesting and important. Besides that, he made it seem so effortless and natural. Yet from conversations in quiet moments, we know that he worked very hard at these social graces. Lorne was a “star” and it was always a pleasure and joy to be in his charismatic glow. His friendship brought a special wealth. As we remember Lorne, his friendship and his actions, there comes a warmth and peace to our hearts.

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  13. Fred and Pat Kaatz :

    Chuck and Family
    What a shock and how sorry we are to hear of the sad news. We have been trying to locate your phone number via your address and 411 but without any success. I would most certainly like to talk to you in person. Jim and Di are away but I was able to contact them and when they get back to Kamloops we will have our own little get together for a day of remembering all of the good times with you and Lorne. You must know that you have our sincerest sympathy and that our thoughts are with you and your family. If you have a moment please send your phone number. Fred and Pat

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  14. Dear Elaine and family,

    Lorne was an amazing man who was always warm, friendly and loving. I will always remember his big smile. He could always fill a room with his laughter and wonderful stories. Lorne always enjoyed his food and I was always impressed that he could just eat a little bit of sushi with his wasabi. Lorne was an amazing person, and my family and I are fortunate to have been able to call him our friend over the many years.

    Just as he could fill a room with love, Lorne has filled my heart with love, laughter and fond memories.

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  15. Elaine,
    I am so sorry for you and you family’s loss. I know how much you and Lorne meant to each other. We will all miss him. He has been my friend since we were in Scouts together in our teens plus a few adventures since – like hitch hiking across Canada to Expo 67 and looking for bears in Fort St James. I will pass the news on to the rest of my family who also knew Lorne well and a few of the others from our scouting days.

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  16. Though our lives drifted apart many years ago and we had only met once in the last 44 years, I have always had a great respect for Lorne and an appreciation of his friendship and humour. We were fellow scouts in Vancouver back in the 50s and I had the honour in 1968 of having him stand up for me at my wedding as my best man.

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  17. To Elaine, Monique, Suzanne and your families, I am deeply sorry for your loss.

    Lorne was one of the most inspirational people I’ve had the privilege of knowing and calling my friend. So loving, convivial and downright fun – Lorne was the life of the party, with an energy that was contagious. It is no wonder that memories I share with Lorne and Elaine are highlights of my life. Lorne’s kindness, charisma and consideration for others were unparalleled. I will deeply miss his wit and wisdom, the laughter and those giant bear hugs.

    Although my heart is heavy, I will continue to celebrate his life each day and to strive to be the type of person he was.

    From one ‘Big Guy’ to another, I’ll miss you, my friend, but I will never forget you!


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  18. connie rosenstein :

    Dear Elaine & Family:
    Thinking of you over the holidays and feel an emptiness as we have had such fun times together then and all year! He was so caring and fun to be with. Will always remember him! We sent a donation to Salvation Army as they are one of our favourite charities as well. Love, Connie

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  19. Lorna & Scott Soderling :

    To Elaine and family,

    We were so sorry to only recently hear of Lorne’s passing. Being around Lorne always brought a smile to our faces. With his big smile and hearty laugh, he always had lots to say and a special way of saying it!

    We surely will miss him but he won’t be forgotten……

    Lorna & Scott

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  20. Marj. Graham and Ed Hemmings :

    Dear Elaine, Jennifer, Suzanne and Families,
    I worked with Lorne for about 8 years and he was the best Boss I ever had! Lorne seemed to know how to get the very best out of all the people in his department. I learned so much from him. His sense of humour was infectious and we all enjoyed it. Ed and I will certainly miss all of your special dinner parties and the good times we had when we got together. We will miss you Lorne but we will never forget you. We have made a donation to the Salvation Army in Lorne’s name and it is one of our favorite charities too.
    Love, Marj & Ed

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  21. Jenna van Steenbergen & Shea Pickering :

    Elaine and Family, Thank you so such for letting us into your lives. I will never forget meeting you both at the coffee shop. Lorne’s personality was larger than life, and there was always a bear hug close by! His kindness and compassion will be greatly missed.
    With Love, Jenna and Shea

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  22. Barbara and Gerry Stanton :

    Dear Elaine, Jennifer and Suzanne and children,
    What wonderful memories we will all hold dear in our hearts of Lorne. Our friendship in Ottawa (Katimivik) was filled with much laughter, great stories, cottage fun, and sincere interest and compassion from Lorne.
    He was a presence like no other,full of life and tremendous love and protectiveness of his family. His caring and support to Elaine’s Mom was so impressive and loving. We will miss you Lorne- your entertaining, huge hugs, and the contagious laughter and love of life you brought to all of us. A truely impressive man taken too soon. Our condolences to you all. Love,Gerry, Barbara, Christopher and Kerri-Lynn Stanton (Pratt)

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  23. Courtney Strachan :

    There are so many memories of Lorne that I will remember and cherish forever. His laugh, his bear hugs, his wisdom, his stories, his kindness, the way he filled a room with his amazing presence, and just how in love he was with “his lady”, Elaine.
    I met Lorne and Elaine about 12 years ago, and they welcomed my daughter, Peyton, and I into their lives like family. Peyton loved her sleepovers with “Lorneylaine”, her routine with Lorne when she first arrived, how Lorne was the only one that would play with her in the hot tub while Elaine and I laughed, took pictures and tried not to get splashed! And of course, his dance on the driveway as we left.
    So many memories – his is missed everyday.
    xoxo Courtney

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  24. Grace Yan Wu :

    When I think of Lorne, I feel warmth in my heart. Whenever he was around, it felt like being with family. Yes, that’s how I feel about him and how I remember him! When I had good news, I shared with him! When I was in trouble, he listened to me, gave me advice and stood up for me! He had such a big heart that he could always lighten up people’s lives! I am lucky to get to know Lorne and Elaine and be friends with you. All those good memories will always be in my heart!


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  25. Beth and Lucien Potvin. :

    Even after so many months since Lorne died, it’s still very difficult to realize that he has gone. I can’t imagine the huge void it must have left in Elaine and the family’s life.
    Lorne was a powerhouse of a man, a person with such a dignified presence. His booming laugh was one of his trademarks.
    We lived right across the street from Lorne and Elaine and the girls in Kanata, Ontario, when our children were very small. We treasure those memories of the wonderful times we had. We feel blessed and privileged to have been able to share those happy years together.
    Our memories of Lorne will stay with us always. He was a gentle giant of a man.
    Beth and Lucien.

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  26. Tara and Sebastian Pietrzak :

    We’re very sorry for your loss. Lorne was a vibrant individual, who knew how to laugh and love. I’ll never forget the pride in his face as he watched Suzanne and James marry – or his sense of humor and his exuberance as he danced with Elaine at our wedding. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since his passing. Our thoughts have been with you and will remain with you during this difficult time.

    Tara, Sebastian, Katie and Amber Pietrzak (Shyluk)

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  27. Andrea Peneycad :

    The times I spent with Lorne were filled with not only endless jokes and laughter, but most importantly, love. As long as I can remember, Lorney would tell me how adorable I was, how smart I was, and make sure that no boys were giving me any trouble – and if they WERE, that I knew who to call!!
    Lorne’s amazing ability to hang the Christmas lights in a straight line (and so enthusiastically!) was the cause of much discussion at our house over the years, and the Christmas he saved our house from burning to the ground – well, that was an important day too.
    Thanksgivings, Christmases and Stampedes were always spent with the Earles – we were family. We miss you, Lorne.

    Thinking of you always,
    Andrea Peneycad and family

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  28. “If you can walk with kings, yet not lose your common touch”
    This expression describes our friend Lorne, better than any other. A true gentleman and scholar, with a huge heart and such humility. Always looking for the good in people and always willing to mentor, learn or simply listen. Even tempered, objective and non judgmental.
    His quick wit, humour and physical presence are still sorely missed, but he has left behind a tremendous legacy.

    Deepest condolences to Elaine, Monique, Suzanne and families.

    Myles, Antoinette, Laura & Owen “Trailblazer” Byrne

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  29. Ashlyn Beatty :

    I think I first met Lorne when I was 5 years old, and growing up he was like a second father to me. I have such great memories of him; taking care of us when my parents were out of town, at birthday dinners, stampede, and especially Christmas! Lorne knew how to celebrate and I was always in awe of his amazing Christmas trees and outside Christmas light display. I still have dreams of having a Christmas tree as amazing as the Earls! I remember how loud he could be, filling up a room with his infectious laughter and incredible stories. But then he could quiet down and draw you in, make you feel special, and always teach you something new. He was so kind and you couldn’t help but smile when you were around him. Such an amazing man will be truly missed. XOX

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  30. Virginia Shyluk :

    To my dear friends Elaine, Monique, Suzanne and your beautiful families,

    I have so many wonderful memories of the warm hospitality, delicious meals and fun times I have had with you and Lorne, in both California and Calgary. Lorne was truly one of a kind – a generous, intelligent, charming and considerate man. I remember, with great affection, his big welcoming bear hugs, his articulate manner of speaking, his infectious laugh, his vast knowledge of most every topic, his great sense of fun, and his friendly personality.

    Lorne was always so willing to include me as one of your friends. I smile when I remember how he liked to call us the “Bobbsey Twins”. It was my great pleasure to know Lorne. He left us far too soon and I know he has been and will continue to be missed immensely by his loving family and many friends.

    Lots of love,

    Virginia Shyluk

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  31. Eileen and Al Checkett :

    The very first time we met Lorne we fell in love with him and his “Lady Elaine”. Elaine and Lorne were the most perfect couple and their love and devotion to each other was so obvious to everyone. We have so many wonderful memories of our times together and we will always be thankful for their friendship. We shared our 35th wedding anniversary renewal of our wedding vows in Calgary and Elaine and Lorne were our Matron and Best Man for the ceremony. It was such a special day, and we shared it with the most special couple. Lorne touched our children with his special warmth and charm, and they will always remember him. We love you Elaine, and we know that you will be always our dearest friend.

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  32. Eileen and Al Checkett :

    After a humble and challenging early life, Lorne reaped the rewards in his cherished careers with both the RCMP and Petro Canada; both of which gave him the opportunity to nurture his abilities as well as develop a platform to meet many people, worldwide, to whom he could profess his sincere love and affection for his beloved country, Canada.

    Collectively, all of the above paled in comparison to his meeting the true love of his life, Elaine, who Lorne adored beyond comparison to any of his life accomplishments, bar none; his one and only lifelong and eternal companion, Lady Elaine.

    Eileen and I were privileged to know Lorne and Elaine, who Lorne would often refer to as his trophy wife, the ultimate and most meaningful core of his existence, closely followed by his two wonderful daughters and each of their respective family members.

    We will never forget the good times shared, as well as the sincere conversations had with our very memorable friends, Lorne and Elaine.
    Eileen and I look forward to our continued friendship with Elaine, whom we both consider to be our very special friend and we love her dearly.

    xo xo

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  33. Eileen and Al Checkett :

    Dear Elaine,

    We fell in love with you and Lorne the very first time we met. Lorne’s magnetic personality was so obvious as he introduced his beautiful “Lady Elaine”. We were so fortunate to have so many wonderful times together, and we are so happy that our children all had the joy of meeting you both. Every year on our anniversary we remember our 35th which we celebrated in Calgary with you and Lorne as our Maid of Honor and Best Man as we renewed our vows. We loved Lorne and we miss him, and you will always be our dear friend. xoxo

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  34. Loralee, Hailey, Tara, Meghan and Madison :

    Dear Elaine, Monique and Suzanne,

    The girls and I have been reminiscing about the wonderful times we all had in Calgary with you and Lorne. What excellent hosts you were and what great memories the girls have – they all remember Lorne’s wonderful stories, his enthusiasm and his ability to make each of them feel special. They all remember his wonderful laugh, his sense of fun and oh the fun they had with you both in Calgary. It was a true highlight of their lives. As for me, he was a good friend, a wonderful brother-in-law and someone to be greatly admired for all he accomplished after a difficult childhood. He truly was one of a kind. We all miss him and can only imagine how difficult this is for you all to be without your husband, best friend, father and grandfather.

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  35. Claudette McLennan :

    Dear Elaine, J Monique, Suzanne and family…

    It is with sadness I write on the loss of your beloved Lorne. I first met this incredible man in Vancouver when our Jennifers were babies and a longstanding friendship developed over the years. As with so many others, I will always remember the times of laughter, insight, caring and complete engagement in whatever Lorne put his mind to. One fond memory is serving on the Montessori Board together which Lorne led with strength, focus and attention to every detail for the benefit of the children. The love he showered on his family, friends and every child he came in contact with speaks to the enormity of his capacity to love with arms wide open and to share his many talents with others. Lorne lived with dignity and died with dignity in spite of the difficulties which transpired. I will always hold Lorne dear in my heart as he touched me and countless others. He remains the ultimate “Dancing King”.

    Love, Claudette

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  36. I was lucky…..Lorne was my friend. I miss him. Sadly I didn’t see him often in the past few years due to our move back to Toronto, but whenever I returned for a visit I was always welcomed with his big smile and his famous bear hug.

    He was a charming,handsome,intelligent, honest and honourable man. He was funny and loved to laugh. He also loved a good debate, and I learned a lot from many “debates” with him. Never heated just animated and fun and always fact filled. He was so smart! But he never made you feel less so. He was my best friend’s husband and her loss is beyond measure. Their magic together was obvious to all.

    He was a good man, who lived a good life and will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him. He will never be forgotten.

    Love, Jan

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  37. We are so sorry to hear of Lorne’s passing. It is difficult to comprehend that he is gone as his very essence was life.

    I’m not sure I have ever known someone so full of life and the unique ability to appreciate every day for what it was, a gift.

    He loved his family and friends but still had so much love to give to the rest of us. Even as a teenager, that fact was never lost on me. My second family down the street, who always had an open door, open arms and a open heart.

    I distinctly remember two things that defined Lorne to me; his hugs and his
    giant Christmas trees! On the surface they were amazing to experience but to dig deeper they represented his true beliefs…give love, enjoy life and never settle for ordinary when extraordinary was possible.

    Even though we didn’t stay in touch often, he never left my thoughts or my heart. There is no one like him, this world has lost an incredible person but his legacy will carry on in everyone that had ever known him.

    From my family, with love

    Craig, Christina, Addisen and Aren Baker

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