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FALCK, William “John”

February 2, 1938 – November 5, 2012

With overwhelming sadness we announce the passing of John Falck on November 5th. At age 74, and with family ever at his side, John had fought an intense battle against complications from kidney disease.

John was born in London, England immigrating to Canada with his parents at an early age, and lived in Toronto until, married and with a young family, he moved to Calgary in 1975. Always a gentleman, John was polite and patient to a fault, and unswervingly loyal to people and principles. He loved riding his horse, especially in autumn; most things British, particularly ale, Monty Python, and Manchester United; pub night every Friday; and Stampede and Grey Cup, on whose committees he was a long-time member.

In his working life, John was with Lennox Industries, Philips Electronics, and briefly London Life Insurance before retirement and riding the trails.

John leaves behind his much-loved family: his wife of fifty years, Anita; his daughters, Melinda Lawryk (Kevin) and Janine (Mike Daniluk); granddaughters, Rachel and Allison Lawryk; and numerous relatives in England.

“Memory rides a quiet horse, with a gentle hand on the rein.”

A Gathering will be held to remember John at the Rotary House in Stampede Park on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in John’s name directly to The Calgary Stampede Foundation, Box 1060, Station M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K8, www.stampedefoundation.com, Telephone: 403-261-9155, or Bear Valley Horse Rescue at Box 19, Site 6, RR2, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0, www.bearvalleyab.org.

In living memory of John Falck, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Eleanor Sled-Kurrle :

    Dear Anita and Family.
    What a wonderful written memorial to John. My sincere thoughts are with you as you remember our good friend, John, on Saturday. Greetings from Ontario.

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  2. Stunned to read of John’s passing. I remember fondly, the regular Friday afternoon meetings at the Crowchild. John’s humor and outlook on life will be missed. My sincere condolences to Anita and family

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  3. Lorraine and I would like to offer Anita and family our sincere condolences about John’s passing. We both have very fond memories of spending time with John at many Grey Cup and Stampede events over the years when we lived in Calgary. Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief.

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  4. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers

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  5. Karl and Annette Wright :

    It is so devastating hearing of Johns passing. We are also thankful for having visited you and John two summers ago, and finally meeting your family. We had a great time, we will remember it forever.
    Love you dear cousin.

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  6. George Jardine :

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    I didn’t know him well but we did play together on the ’54 Junior Football Team at Bloor Collegiate in Toronto that won the Junior B Championship and went to the City Semi-Finals. He’s in the picture hanging over my home-office desk as a ‘tackle’ and part of the ‘fond memories’ from those long-ago good times. Interesting to see that football was a continuing passion. Sincere Condolences to the family.

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  7. Pat and Jim Kieswetter :

    Dear Aunt Anita and cousins, We are so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking of you all. Still hard to believe that John is no longer with you. I hope your memories of him will keep him alive forever in your hearts and minds. Wish we could be there tomorrow. Love Pat and Jim

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  8. Colleen Murphy, And Murphy families :

    Anita and families, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. I’m sure John will be fondly remembered.

    Love Colleen & all the Murphy’s
    XO

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  9. Anita & Family
    My thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time. John was a terrific person and will be sadly missed. We will surely miss his sharp wit and humour.

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  10. Johanna Kollewyn :

    Dear Anita and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. John has known me all my life ever since my mother, Joan, brought me to my first Caravan breakfast. John was great friend and mentor to me, especially in this last year during my first year on Caravan and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you.
    Johanna Kollewyn

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  11. Anita and family–my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time but I know that the multitude of loving memories you all share of John will be with you always.

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  12. Anita: I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him and found him to be such a kind, dependable, solid, fun and a man with tons of integrity!! The world will be a sadder place without his quiet, genuine caring self. I can’t imagine how much you miss him and my thoughts and prayers go out to you!

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