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FENDALL, Dennis William

August 13, 1947 – Calgary AB
April 12, 2014 – Calgary AB

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Dennis William Fendall of Calgary on Saturday April 12, 2014 at the age of 66 years.

Dennis was born in Calgary on August 13, 1947. He received his education at Sacred Heart School and St. Mary’s High School. He received his Bachelor degree at the University of Alberta, 2 diplomas in Education at the University of Calgary and a Masters from the Gonzaga University in Education Administration. Dennis spent 25 years of service with the Calgary Catholic Board of Education and then with The Learning Centre as the Executive Director.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Anne Czarnacki; stepfather, Stan; his four sisters Leona (Sid) Squance, Joyce (Robert) Steen, Sheila Fendall (Bill); six nieces and nephews; best friend James Cook.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219-18th Avenue S.W.) on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

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

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  1. Glenda Kemp (nee Fisher) :

    Dear Leona and Joyce: I am so sorry for your loss. It has been many years but I still remember Dennis from when I was 8 years old, at Sacred Heart School. Please extend my condolences to your mother and the rest of your family.

    Warmest regards,


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  2. Joyce and family, with sincere sympathy and condolences.


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  3. Michael Duggan :

    Dennis and I spent the summer of 1967 taking the census of Sacred Heart Parish. We walked door to door throughout all the neighborhoods from 8th Street to 24th Street and the Bow River to 37Avenue S.W. Dennis was a wonderful human being who loved people and delighted in the eccentricities that make each person unique. I will always cherish his wit and wisdom. He was an inspiration to me and all his friends.

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  4. Patricia Adams :

    We knew Dennis as a friend of our late brother, Raymond, from Elementary through High School and beyond. We will always appreciate his kindness to our brother throughout his illness and wish to extend our condolences to his Mother, Sisters and extended family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bernard & Patricia Adams

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  5. My deepest sympathies are offered at the passing of Dennis. I was fortunate to have been a teacher at St. Thomas More School when Dennis was principal. He was a supportive and caring mentor. It was with great pleasure that I was assigned principal of St. Thomas More and Dennis came to some of our celebrations.

    I am currently in Northern Ontario so will not be able to attend the funeral; but, my thoughts and prayers are with all of Dennis` family and especially with you, Jim.

    Jan Labbe (nee Brown)

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  6. Gail Maitland :

    Dennis was my principal when I first became a young administrator. He was a wonderful mentor who generously shared his experience, knowledge and wisdom. He was compassionate, caring and incredibly supportive. We shared much laughter and I learned so much from my friend and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with you.?

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  7. Del and Rosemarie Hack :

    Both of us were both shocked and saddened at the news of Dennis’ passing. We remember him fondly, Del, as a fellow administrator and Rosemarie, as a colleague at St. Vincent de Paul School. It seems not all that long ago, we met at some function and found it fun to take a “trip down Memory Lane” , recalling some zany happenings when we taught together at St. V. de P.
    That was when we were MUCH younger. I remember Dennis saying,” We were a bit crazy in those days, right?”
    Anyway, we want you to know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Let all the good times dominate your thoughts.
    Del and Rosemarie Hack

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  8. John McCarthy :

    I was a colleague of Dennis’ at Calgary Catholic School Board for 20 years and I would just like to express my condolences. I worked with Dennis every day for 20 years. He was a marvellous worker and educator. I’m so sorry he died so young. I sincerely regret that I will not be able to attend the funeral on thursday.

    John McCarthy

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  9. Louise Hamilton :

    Thoughts and prayers.
    Dennis, now at peace! Until we meet again!

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  10. Donna Arseniuk :

    My sincere condolences to Dennis’ family and friends who will miss him so much. I enjoyed having Dennis as my principal several years ago at St. Thomas More. He certainly had an engaging sense of humor, a compassionate heart and was dedicated to teaching and learning. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  11. Lois ( Grainger) Chibry :

    Dear Fandall Family, I was so sorry to read about Dennis’ passing. I have such happy memories of our time together while working at the downtown Library durning our high school years. We were known as Dennis’ harem!! How well we worked together and how much we learned from him, and how much fun we had. On more than one occasion I remember Miss Marshal come into the back room where we worked and in a sharp voice said ” Keep it down ! There will be no laughter here… This IS a Library”. As soon as she left we laughed so hard { quietly of course } Dennis was never short with us, and well he deserved to be some times, but was always kind, joyful and ALWAYS competent. I am afraid we might have been a bad influence on him, on occasion, but he seemed to take it well. I only regret that I have not seen him for awhile and I so would have liked to reminisce with him. There is so much to look forward to in heaven. There we can see the people who meant a lot to us and say thank you for being you, and bringing so much into our lives. This I will do one day with Dennis. He was a special friend to me and I will always appreciate his place in my life. May many happy memories surround you as you grieve the loss of one so special. God is Good. May His love be your comfort. Lois { Grainger} Chibry

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  12. Dear Leona,Lisa and Rodney,
    We are very sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. He was a compassionate and caring person and a fantastic principal. I would certainly be at the service but am in Flroida until May 1.
    Andy Fahey

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  13. Eric LeBlanc, Montreal Quebec :

    Dennis and I were best of friends while I lived in Calgary from 1980-1991, he was actually my best friend, we shared so many moments together, good times, bad times, travels, my best buddy and he brought me such good support on almost a daily basis hanging out together that I am so grateful for and due to different circumstances we lost contact when I moved to Montreal. I am under total shock and sadness. He will be remembered forever in my thoughts and prayers.
    I will spend some time in church tomorrow and burn a candle and pray for him during his funeral celebrations. I want to express my sincere condolences to all his immediate family and close friends! May GOD grant us all the strength and courage we will need to go on without him! He will be remembered and missed forever!

    Eric LeBlanc

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  14. Phyllis (Kalmanovitch) Sandals :

    Sincere condolences to Dennis’ family.
    I will always remember Dennis for his commitment to education and his empathic, caring manner. It was a true pleasure to work under his leadership when he was a superintendent and I was a supervisor of special education at the Calgary Catholic School District. Farewell, Dennis, until we meet again.
    Phyllis Sandals (Kalmanovitch)
    Punta Gorda, Florida

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  15. Jan Phillips :

    So shocked and saddened to hear today of the sudden passing of Dennis. Dennis was the first principal I worked for as a young, inexperienced teacher, and he truly was a supportive, caring mentor. He got me through those first overwhelming years. My sincere sympathy and condolences to family and friends of this dear man.

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  16. I am sad to find out today that Dennis passed away months ago. I live in Red Deer now but knew Dennis and Jim years ago. My heart goes out to Jim. I lost contact with Dennis for various reasons years ago but always wished him well. I hope or rather I know God is with him. Funny, caring guy. Till we met again. John Roulson

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