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EKVALL – Herbert Vincent

July 27, 1925 – November 19, 2009

Herb Ekvall, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully with family at his side on November 19 at the age of 84 years.

Herb was born on July 27, 1925 in Fusilier, SK, the son of Swedish immigrants. In 1940, his family moved to Alix, AB where he attended high school. After completing grade eleven, he “joined up” and served in the RCAF until the end of hostilities in 1945. He then went to Calgary to finish his high school education. In 1965, he also graduated from the management program at the Banff School of Advanced Management. Herb began his life-time career as a “pipeliner” in 1947 in the midst of the Leduc oil fever. He served in a number of capacities with Imperial Pipe Line and in 1956 was Field Superintendent of Westspur Pipeline Company in Estevan, SK When Producers Pipeline was formed in 1958, Herb accepted the position of General Superintendent. He transferred to Regina in 1965 and became Operations Manager in 1966. In 1971, he and his family moved to Calgary with Dome Petroleum. He retired in 1984, as manager of ethane operations. His crowning achievement was as manager of operations from 1975 to 1982 for the entire Cochin pipeline system in Canada and the U.S. He also provided tremendous input into its design and construction. Herb strongly believed in providing service to his community. In 1958 he joined the Knights of Columbus in Estevan. He was elected to a number of local and provincial positions including Grand Knight and District Deputy. In 1968, he was elected to one of the highest offices in the Knights of Columbus, that of State Deputy for the province of Saskatchewan. He was also very active in Lions Clubs, the Canadian Legion, the Catholic School Board, and as President of the Chamber of Commerce. Herb was known as a leader and an innovator, initiating such projects as the 1969 province-wide walkathon called “Hikes for Tykes” which raised $100,000 in support of St. Anne’s Children’s home in Ituna, SK. Herb enjoyed a number of leisure activities throughout his life including curling, golfing (two holes-in-one!), gardening, and smoking a good cigar. In his later years, he particularly looked forward to planning special events for his family such as his annual Christmas party and birthday parties. Dad will long be remembered as a gentleman who displayed courage, dedication, and a generous spirit.

Herb is survived by his wife Eileen; children Dennis (Shirley), Monica Ekvall (Charlie Stokes), Elaine Munce, Vincent (Mary), Christine Roeder (Michael), and their mother Frances Ekvall; grandchildren Michelle, Laura, Adam, Ginny, Steven, Connor, Julia, Lauren, Griffin; great-granddaughter Grace; Eileen’s children Bonni MacKenzie (Dave), Lesli Nessim (Maher), Pat Worthington (Kathy) and eight grandchildren; and his siblings Eva Mott (Bill), Conrad (Dorothy), and Esther Hammond. He was predeceased by his parents Anton and Elsie.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W.), on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. You may forward condolences through . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, .or, Hospice Calgary, 1245 – 70th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8, Telephone: (403) 263-4525, . Herb and his family are appreciative of the care and support given to all of them by the staff at Eau Claire Retirement Home and the Newport Harbour Care Centre.

In living memory of Herbert Ekvall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Bob and Donna Needham :

    Herb was an efficient fun guy both at work and play.
    I will alway remember the good times curling with Amos Carpenter, Gord Davies, and Herb. Herb would slide out of the hack while looking at the rock; then his head would pop up like a peacock and somehow he would be right on the broom. The tighter the situation, the more likely it would be a good shot…..often on the light side to give the sweepers a good workout.
    He will be missed.
    We are in Arizona so will miss the service.
    Bob Needham

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  2. David Goodenough :

    For Eileen and all the family. Having worked for Herb in both Estevan and Calgary we know Herb as a knowledgeable, honourable, dedicated man with a great sense of humour. Ruth and I have known Herb since the early ’70s both working and playing (curling!) and we will all miss him very much. We do know that his passing represents a great loss to his family and our sympathies are with you all.

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  3. Eileen – Sorry to hear of you husband’s passing and not having the opportunity to meet him. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Joyce and Al Bailey

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  4. Carolynn Anderson, Ken and Dallas Comeau :

    Vince and Mary: So sorry to read of the passing of Vince’s father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family as you mourn the loss of your father, father-in-law and grandfather.

    Carolynn, Ken and Dallas

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  5. Eileen and family,
    We wish to convey our sincere condolences with the passing of Herbert your husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
    Even though we did not know him, he sounds like he was a real gentleman.

    Henry and Anne Pal……

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  6. Bob & Wynne Carlson :

    Dear Eileen:
    We were very saddened to learn of your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Bob & Wynne Carlson

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  7. toma and shirley swanby :

    Dear Eileen

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and yours at this time.

    Tom and Shirley

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  8. Hello Eileen and family – so sorry to hear of your loss. I am thinking of you all with kind and caring thoughts – Doreen Huck

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  9. Jim and Janice Williams :

    We offer our condolences to you on the death of Herb. He was not only a great person to work for, but he was a good friend. Through Herb, his family and loved ones, the world became a nicer place.
    With warmest regards
    Jim and Janice Williams

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  10. Dona Vine-Mutton :

    Dear Eileen and Family,
    My sincere sympathy on Herbs’ death.
    I didn’t know him but the obituary was
    well done and enlightening, thank you.
    Best wishes, Love, Dona

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  11. To Eileen and family
    Herbert will be missed by all of you. I never met him but know he was very special to his family, and family was very special to him. He will always be in your hearts.

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  12. Agneta Johnsson :

    We offer our condolences to you on the death of Herbert Ekvall.
    With warmest regards
    Ingrid Arwedson, Huskvarna Sweden
    Agneta & Christer Johnsson, Huskvarna Sweden

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