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EXTON, Brian Kingsley

May 21, 1930 – Calgary Alberta
January 17, 2015 – Calgary Alberta

Brian Exton of Calgary passed away on January 17, 2015 at the age of 84 years young.

Brian retired from insurance adjusting in 1999; an occupation he was well respected in. The new found time allowed him to dive further into a life of volunteering, travelling to fascinating destinations, music appreciation and connecting regularly with family and friends who meant the world to him. As the ultimate volunteer, Brian contributed endless hours to school children and animals at the Calgary Zoo, the Lougheed House where his garden expertise shone through as well as his seasonal Santa transformation, and his stewardship at the Cross Conservancy. He also contributed to helping save the wee Bluebirds as he was dedicated to managing their trails. The outdoors were a big part of Brian’s passion and this included tennis, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing where he knew every trail in Kananaskis Country and took full advantage of living so close to the mountains.

Brian is survived by two daughters and son-in-laws, Trish (Craeg) Exton–Parder, Barb (Larry) Cohan; grandchildren, Michael, Bryan, Marcus, Jordin, Allison, Janine (T.J.) Babey; and great grandchildren, Hanna, Madison and Kristyne and numerous other extended family members. He was predeceased by his loving wife Marg in 2006.

A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive S.W.) on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Calgary Zoo by calling Aldera Chisholm at 403-232-7774.

In living memory of Brian Exton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Terri Steve and Spencer Jeanes :

    Brian – what a shining star in our lives, a breeze as refreshing as the trails he so cherished. He saw past the thorns and things that hold us back in life and showed us how to just live. He lived with such a complete embrace of all there is to experience, how lucky are any of us who got to share even a part of his journey. A portion of an experience with Brian was more invigorating than an entire trip with most of us, Brian isn’t held down now, he is just going ahead to tell us what’s awesome next! That’s Brian. Celebrate his spirit our dear family. We’re here to love you through it.

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  2. Margaret Sparkes :

    Trish, I was so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing; my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Brian was a true gentleman and it was an honour to know him.

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  3. Brian was always a ray of sunshine spreading goodwill on our street and will be sorely missed on Kerwood Crescent.

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  4. Donna (Taylor) Reid :

    Trish, words cannot express how saddened I was to hear about your dad. I hold on to so many fond memories of him!

    Please accept our wishes of peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Love, Donna Reid and family
    Forever missed, never forgotten – D

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  5. Jennifer MacLeod :

    I knew Brian only through his daughter Trish, whose loving and compassionate nature is most certainly a testament to both of her parents. My condolences to the Exton family. Brian’s zest for life was remarkable and a model for us all.

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  6. While I didn’t know Brian well, I know how much of a warm, caring, loving and spirited man he was. He enjoyed every bit of his life, whether it was through volunteering, enjoying recreational pursuits, or just spending time with his family and friends, who I know will him very very much.

    Trish, family – my heartfelt condolences go out to you and this very difficult time.

    Ritchie

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  7. Margaret Schultz :

    Barb, I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. Although I did not know your dad, I remember hearing the many stories you told that were filled with lots of laughs, fun and adventure. Hold those moments close to your heart, they will be wonderful lifetime memories for you.

    My sincere condolences go out to you and your family during this sad time.

    Margaret

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  8. I am sorry to hear of Mr. Exton’s passing. I volunteered with both your Mom and Dad at the Lougheed House and they were both such lovely people, I am glad to have known them.

    Deepest Sympathies,
    Cindy Schug

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. I knew him through the Seniors’ Outdoor Club of Calgary where we spent many happy hours on the trails together. We also chatted about our travel experiences and of our volunteer experiences. Brian was a very special person and he enriched my life. I knew of his work at the zoo and his pride in Trish there.

    We will miss Brian in the SOCC and his love of nature.

    Barbara King

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  10. Robert (Bob) Moir :

    My most sincere condolences to all the family members of Brian. I only knew him for the past 4 years as a member of the Senior’s Outdoor Club of Calgary but I will always remember him as a most sincere and friendly man. Our group will miss his friendly demeanour. May we all remember him as the heartfelt man that I knew.

    -Bob Moir

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  11. Dear Exton Family – my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. I knew Brian through my father, Bill Campbell. They were very good friends and spent a lot of time together doing the things they loved. Brian was always very kind and friendly. I trust you will find peace in this time of sorrow, and I will remember each of you in my prayers.

    With kind thoughts,
    Janet McLeod

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  12. On every trail we walked – Brian’s smiles made the trails seem lighter and the sun shine brighter.

    My thoughts are with you,

    Anne Nordberg

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  13. Trish & family, I am so very sorry for your loss – indeed for the world’s loss. Your dad’s never-failing smile and positive attitude will be sadly missed and the world is a little less bright without him. However, I know your mom and dad are happily reunited and heaven is glowing with him there. I’m sure he was welcomed back home with “Well done my son!”

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  14. Norm & Bettie Altenhof :

    To The Exton Family:
    We are deeply saddened by the passing or Brian. Words can not express how we feel but want you to know that our prayers are with your entire family. I hiked with Brian, skied with Brian, walked his blue bird trail but most of all I had the great pleasure of being a volunteer at the Calgary Zoo where Brian and I did school programs. What a fine memory I have of “BE”. His style was like non-other and every time we were at the Zoo together, it was a bonus especially for me. I had many good times with Brian and will miss his bubbly style.
    At this difficult time, kindly know that Brian will be remembered by these two earthly souls…

    -Norm and Bettie

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  15. Dear Trish and family, we all grieve with you for the loss of your Dad. He has been a constant and wonderful fixture for all of us at the zoo. As I have thought of him since receiving the sad news, it is his smile that is a constant in every memory, though it is his love for his family and his love and support of the zoo that leaves a truly indelible impression. My heart goes out to you.

    -Sandie

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  16. My deepest sympathies to Trish and her family at the loss of such a wonderful father and friend. I had the great good fortune to sit at Mr. Exton’s dinner table where I enjoyed his quiet, thoughtful company. He was a lovely person and I know that he will be deeply missed.

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  17. Bob and Mary Ann Peel :

    Dear Trish and family:
    Mary Ann and I are sorry to hear about Brian’s passing. Brian was an inspiration for me and all of the staff and volunteers at the Zoo. What a hard working and positive man and such a role model for us all! He will be truly missed, and we share the sorrow of this time but also thankfulness for having known him and receiving his great legacy.

    Bob Peel

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  18. Donna Livingstone :

    By some wonderful happy misunderstanding Marg and Brian became my “adopted parents” and I couldn’t have asked for better, more loving and fun role models. Brian’s Christmas card was always the first one to arrive, and we loved our Lougheed House brunches and cheese shortbread visits. He danced with me at my graduation, attended my wedding and made me laugh with wonder at his stories and many adventures.
    My love and sympathy to my “sisters” and the rest of his family and friends.
    Love
    Donna

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  19. To Barb and her extended family, of which I wouldn’t be familiar, my sincere condolences for the loss of your father Brian. I worked in competition with Brian over a number of our adjusting years and I must say he was always such an articulate gentle man to deal with. In that vein he was or should have been a mentor to all the younger adjusters in the field.
    Celebrate his life and memories with great pride and admiration!
    Sincerely Dennis S. Bymak

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  20. Please accept my sincere condolences on Brian’s passing. I enjoyed every minute I spent with him during and after my time at Lougheed House. He was a wonderful supporter of the gardens and the House, along with his late wife Marg for whom we installed a memorial plaque on the garden arbor, and which Brian and family funded.
    He was a lively, gregarious man of wide interests who I already miss.

    Blane Hogue

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  21. Les M Andrechuk :

    Trish,
    I was taken a back to hear of Brian’s passing. He always was so fit and cheery. Worked with him many a time in our twenty plus years as Zoo Docents. I will miss his pleasant demeanour.
    From a Thursday docent. Les A

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  22. David Greenwood :

    Barb and Trish – we were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad, Brian. Uncle Brian and your Mom were my Godparents and I looked forward to hearing of his exotic travels through his annual Christmas letters as we only got to see him in person but a few times over the years. My first memory of your Dad was going to a truly fancy restaurant in Ottawa (the Mill) where he treated my entire family to dinner. I still remember him encouraging me to have a fancy drink like the adults (a Shirley Temple). More recently he was an outstanding host a few years ago when Diane and I met up with him for a few days in Calgary with Peter and Blair and he treated us to a grand tour of the Calgary Zoo. He went out of his way to take us to a real Western homestead for dinner and stopped to show us where your Mom had been remembered at a trailhead and at Lougheed house. Along the way he pointed out his assigned patch of tiny birdhouses. It was as clear then as every time I spent time with your Dad that he loved your Mom dearly (remembering her so fondly even long after she had passed). He was also so very proud of both of you, and was always smiling – an almost mischievous grin. In a world where people are too quick to complain about the smallest of issues, he stood out as a most kind, gentle, and happy adventurer. May he rest now in eternal peace.

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  23. Cathy Ladiges :

    Trish and Barb, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. I hope the happy memories you have of him are a comfort to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Cathy

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