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FEARS – John “Jack” Benjamin

September 24, 1910 – August 27, 2010

Jack Fears of Calgary passed away on Friday, August 27, 2010 at the age of 99 years.

Jack was born in Medicine Hat and moved to Calgary when he was a child. At the age of fourteen, Jack began working to support himself. He was a “Jack Of All Trades”, and will be remembered for helping anyone in need, welcoming anyone in his home and assisting organizations throughout Calgary. Jack was a Steam Fitter, Field Engineer, Draftsman, and was well learned and self taught in many other areas as well. Jack volunteered at many Catholic Churches throughout Calgary on building committees and pastoral care at Rockyview General Hospital for fourteen years. In his 99 years, Jack did so much for so many people it’s impossible to acknowledge all of his efforts. He remained independent for 97 years.

Jack is survived by his daughter Rosemary Fears of Calgary, three grandchildren; Mike Fears, Dan Fears and Melanie Hogarth, and a son-in-law Tom Hogarth. He was predeceased by his wife Catherine in 1989, a daughter Jeannette Hogarth in 1992, and seven brothers and sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Jack Fears, 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. Honourable Nick Taylor :

    My condolences but most of all my thankfulness for having known and worked with one of the most cheerful and most talented people I have known. It is a long time now bur I first met Jack on Bill Dickie’s first campaign so many years ago. God Bless.

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  2. To the Family of “Jack” FEARS

    Please accept my condolences at this time.

    I knew Jack at Sacred Heart Church when I was Chair of the Lectors for over 25 years. Jack was always friendly and willing to step in when some reader (lector) could not attend.

    He was MOST friendly and amenable to ALL persons at the church

    Please know that Jack and his Family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time


    J. Timothy Buehner

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  3. I want to express my Sincere Sympathy to you all in the loss of your dear Dad and Grandfather Jack. He was an old friend of my husbands family, and I saw him at my sister in law Clara Bullen’s funeral in Dec. 2006. He was a very special man. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Sheila Berke

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  4. Sister Anne Hemstock :

    Dear Rosemary,
    I remember your Dad as a warm, friendly man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


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  5. Dear Fears Family:

    It is with sadness that I read in this mornings newspaper of the passing of Mr. Fears. My condolences to all of the family.

    I grew up in the house directly “kitty corner” from Mr. Fears house on 15 Street. We were on the corner across the street from him and Mrs. Fears. My parents, June and Howard Watkins built their house in 1959. Mr. and Mrs. Fears were in their house about two years earlier. At that time, my grandfather was most unhappy with my dad for building our house, “so far away from downtown.” Altadore was almost on the edge of the city!

    I remember Mr. Fears as being one of the nicest and most polite persons I have ever met. He always had a kind word and helping hand for everyone in the neighborhood. When I was a child there was a neighboured bully who lived next door to Mr. Fears. He had some battles with that kid and his parents, but never once did Mr. Fears say a bad word about him to anyone. I also remember the time that I was fooling around with some kids on a Friday night and we started jumping into Mr. Fears hedge and damaging it. (the dumb things you do as a kid….) Mr. Fears came outside, walked across the street and calmly and politely asked us to stop behaving so badly. He also told us that if we didn’t, “a charge will be laid against you by the police.” I felt soooo badly about it! (and it never happened again) He remained calm the whole time and never even raised his voice.

    Years later as a businessman I owned a small manufacturing plant. We were having problems with some equipment and discovered that we needed to increase the humidity in the plant. I told my dad this and he happened to mention it to Mr. Fears. Next thing I know, Mr. Fears gave me a “swamp cooler.” It was a type of rustic humidifier, and it worked like a charm for years! It actually was part of the business when I sold it eight years ago. He never did accept any payment for it.

    If there was ever an example of what a Christian is supposed to be, it was Mr. Fears. I will always remember him as he was a “measuring stick” of what each of us should attain to become in life.

    As his family, I know you have nothing but a sense of pride and thanks in knowing him as your father, father-in-law, and grandfather. You have been very richly blessed by his life as many many other people have been as well.


    Stuart R. Watkins
    Okotoks, AB

    P.S. I am unable to attend the service, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  6. Kathy (Olmstead) Martin :


    You may not have known but Jack was my Godfather. I still have a small plastic angel that was given to me as a memory of my baptism. I moved from Calgary in 1979 and never moved back which prevented me from getting to know him better but we exchanged Christmas cards most years. I always enjoyed the challenge of reading them without punctuation and sometimes without capitalization at the beginning of sentences. I remember your father with great fondness. I remember talking to him at my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary promising that I would come and celebrate his 100th birthday with him. May his amazing spirit, zest for life & learning inspire & live within all of us. With sympathy, Kathy

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  7. Habib Espanioli DC :

    Jack has been a family friend for many years. We first met him when he designed our family shop in Airdrie over 30 years ago. He put so much care and effort in everything he did no matter how small. My condolences On behalf of my dad, brothers and myself. We love you jack. I am going to miss your smile.

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