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EATON, Arnold Cory

November 23, 1958 – Calgary, AB
August 17, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Arnold Eaton, beloved husband of Joan Eaton (nee O’Lesky) of Calgary, passed away on August 17, 2013 at the age of 54 years.

Arnold is survived by his loving wife Joan; children; grandchildren; mother; brothers and numerous other relatives and friends.

At Arnold’s request, no formal service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through Memorial tributes may be made directly to the A.L.S. Society of Alberta (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Suite 400, 320 – 23 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 0J2 Telephone: (403) 228-3857.

In living memory of Arnold Eaton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. I’m shaken and sad, Arnold was my best and oldest friend in Calgary, for more than thirty years we’ve tried to be there for each other, he did so much for me… and so many other people… and I tried to be there for him when he called me for help with something. So many memories… he was a genuinely good man with high moral and ethical standards. He had “golden hands” and could fix anything, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, locksmithing, mechanics, if he didn’t know how he’d figure it out, I will miss him forever and I’ll never forget him.

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  2. Joan, very sorry to hear of your loss. We are all thinking of you and the family. David, Jennifer, Nicholas and Annalise.

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  3. Gillian Millett :

    We missed Arnold this year and will continue to miss him. He was an avid part of our bicycle community from BMX-Road-MTB and his absence has been felt. I hope in the days to come you are all able to smile remembering the wonderful part he played in, and his excitement for our sport.

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  4. Connie Durand :

    Heartfelt sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time. Reach out if you feel the need.

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  5. Terry Johnson :

    Eaton Family,
    Our sincere condolence for your loss.
    May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.

    Love from
    The Johnson Family

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  6. Frank and Christine Gannon :

    It was with great sadness to read about Arnold’s passing this morning. Arnold was a great man who we met while he was doing work in our home while he was working for Mending Homes. We developed an excellent friendship with Arnold as he worked hard to make our garage renovation perfect (and our bathroom). We are stunned and saddened but thankfully were blessed to meet and have the opportunity not only to meet, but have intellectual conversations, laugh and watch him interact with our two Golden Retrievers, Franki and Tynan. He loved them both.
    Arnold always bragged about his son’s excellent marks in University this past spring, he was so proud.
    Arnold was a good man, we will miss him dearly. Please take care of yourselves.
    Frank, Christine, Franki and Tynan Gannon

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  7. Rod and Shirley Schuhart :

    Joan and Ross
    Arnold will always be in our thoughts with fondest memories. What a guy – always willing to help out a friend at a moments notice. And he knew so many people!! When out riding there was always someone to say ‘hi’ to, whether it was a fireman, lawyer, pipefitter, school teacher – Arnold knew with them all. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with you both.
    – Rod and Shirley

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  8. Thomas Steenaerts :

    Arnold was my good friend with whom I spend many hours officiating for the ABA, skiing and chatting at Roy’s cycle shop. I miss him a lot and wish him peace in heaven. Arnold was simply fun and uplifting to be around with, nothing seemed to be getting the better of him and I always thought we need more Arnolds in this world. Rest in peace my friend I will think of you when I pedal on the campy cranks you installed on my bike only 2 years ago.
    Your friend Tom Steenaerts

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  9. Joan,
    I am praying for you at this sad time. With sympathy to you and your family. I am very sorry for your loss.
    – Sandy

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  10. Peter Steenaerts :

    I fondly remember the countless hours Arnold spent working on my bikes, always ensuring that they were in top shape for the next race. He was a true gentleman and I will always remember the great conversations I had with him over the years. Even as a teenager, Arnold treated you as a peer and an equal and had a tremendous ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

    To Arnold’s family, my very deepest condolences on your loss. Arnold will be forever missed and always remembered. May he rest in peace.

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  11. I met Arnold in 1983 when he was one of the “11th-Street Irregulars” while he worked at his old City Cycle. What we had in common was skiing, however. Arnold was always cycling summer, skiing winter. And the part about skiing he liked best was schmoozing by the hour on days with crowds. He knew so many people from his triple lives of tradesman, cycle tech, and ski tech and was famous for never forgetting a name or face. I often left him behind to ski alone while he chatted with everyone from executives to the working world of the ski industry. He was the man who most would go out of his way to help you out with time or expertise. I have always referred to him as the guy I could never pay back.

    Also, I may be the only one who knows that three and four winters ago, before he had to stop hitting the slopes with me, he finally mastered the athletic form to be expert on the steep, high-speed ice. It happened one cloudy day at Nakiska as we were discussing the usual thoughts of better technique. Somehow, things subconsciously clicked for him and his next run was magic. That’s how it always happens in skiing. He derived immense private, quiet satisfaction from his unexpected entry, at age fifty, to that uppermost, elite level of power and grace in the sacred quest for the perfect carve.

    So until I join you on those heavenly runs, Arnold, remember: keep’em pointed straight down the hill, and save some of the snowboarders for me.

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  12. Carol Mayne and Andy Holmwood :

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time officiating bike races with Arnold – he was always upbeat and ready to do a great job. We missed him very much at the Banff Bike Fest a couple of months ago, and other races in the Calgary area which he routinely worked . Arnold’s contributions to the Alberta Bicycle Association were both significant and much appreciated. He will be missed by the cycling community. Our sincerest condolences are offered to Arnold’s family.

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  13. I am saddened to hear of Arnold’s passing, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to your family for your loss.
    I met Arnold many years ago, we bike raced together as teenagers. Over the years, I have admired Arnold’s passion for cycling, family, his dedication to his work. I am so glad to have met, and known Arnold. His passing is a great loss to us all.

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  14. Joan, Ross and family,
    Although I have worked with Joan for years, I never had the privilege of meeting Arnold. After reading the attached condolences, it is obvious that he was a very special person who touched many lives. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope that his passion for life and many warm memories will help get you through this very sad time.

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  15. Dear Joan, Ross, Jenny & family
    My heart goes out to you with deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and give you strength. God Bless.

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  16. Lori Sahebkar (Williams) :

    So sorry to have heard about Arnold’s passing. He was a good friend of my brother Gary Williams but Gary had lost touch with many of his friends the past 5 to 10 years. I was able to track down Arnold through Parry Brothers and was given the sad news. The reason for trying to locate Arnold was to let him know my brother Gary passed away last week. I know that Gary always spoke fondly of Arnold and had many good memories of their friendship over the years. I wish you and your family peace and offer my condolences.

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