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EDELSON – John Albert Maurice

June 1, 1917 – January 13, 2011

After a two year struggle with a major stroke, John has left us to be with his savior Jesus Christ. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family.

John was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 1, 1917. He served in the R.C.A.F. from 1940 to 1946 and was a P.O.W. from 1943 to 1945. He moved to Calgary in 1954 with Stephens Paint Ltd. and was later associated with the Investors Group in Calgary from 1960 to 1980. John was a member of The Calgary Golf and Country Club, The Glencoe Club, Al Azhar Shrine Temple, Foothills Lodge No. 174, ex R.C.A.F. Prisoners of War Association, Aircrew Association, Wartime Pilots and Observers Association, Nanton Lancaster Society and the Conservative Party of Canada

John was an outstanding athlete and worked out daily until his latest illness. Swimming was his most recent passion.

He is survived by his brother Donald of Winnipeg, MB, nieces Heather Payne of Gimli, MB and Marilyn Tomimoto of Calgary, Jennifer Calihan of Pittsburgh, PA and nephews Donald (Cathy) and Davis (Fay) Whitehead all of Calgary and John Gates of San Fransciso, CA.

He was predeceased by his parents, Maurice in 1975 and Margaret in 1968, his most beloved wife Lois Irene MacLean in 1984 and his sister Marnie Clarke Cook in 1985.

Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of John’s Life will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made directly to the Calgary Humane Society or the charity of your choice.

In living memory of John Edelson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Tho I was not acquainted at all with this man, I was fortunate enough to know his grand-niece and we spent a fortnight reading the book that was written about his and his other mates story of internment and the horrors of World War Two.
    Our country is a better place for men such as He.
    Thank you, John.

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  2. Phil and Anne Marie Little-McDonell :

    John served his country during the war and suffered as P.O.W. – we shall not forget them! Our condolences to John’s surviving family – through Heather we have heard of his stories and his struggles in the past few years.

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  3. barry ritchie :

    Uncle Jack was my oldest brother’s godfather, and my father’s best friend. My father and he grew up together in wpg and both served in the war. My parents spent much time with Jack after his release and helped him through his horrible ordeal. In my life, Uncle Jack was always there for me and a great source of inspiration for the business world. I greatly enjoyed his company and his conversation. Just before Uncle Jack’s stroke, I had to inform him that we were moving my father to an assisted living home. Jack felt this was terrible and told me how he could never carry on that way, as he had to be on his own. I am glad he was able to be on his own for so long. I will miss him.

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  4. Chris Hutchings :

    I met John in his later years, at the Glencoe Club, where he swam daily. He was always outgoing, positive, inquisitive and generous. He is an example of someone who overcame major hurdles in his life and achieved success due to his positive outlook. He set an example I will try to follow.

    Rest in peace, John

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