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FIELL, Andrew Victor

January 25, 1937 – January 29, 2012

With a profound sense of loss, the family announces the passing of Andy Fiell on Sunday, January 29, 2012, four days after his 75th birthday. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, and in the comfort of his home.

Andy was a native Calgarian, and lived his entire life in the city. He grew up in Riverside and attended Crescent Heights High School and went on to become a successful independent business owner. Many Calgarians will remember him as the long-time proprietor of Harold Runions Shoes, and later, Bearspaw Gas. He was a respected businessman with a highly skilled emphasis on customer service.

With an abundance of charm, a ready smile, a beautifully turned out and handsome appearance, Dad was a very attractive and popular personality. He was a gentleman who adored fine clothing, travel, social gatherings, cocktails, a good story, and most of all, dancing to Frank Sinatra with his beloved Betty. Dad had a superlative knowledge and appreciation for fine music, and his family were the lucky beneficiaries of listening to beautiful music every day. A long-time and talented fly fisherman, Dad also loved and deeply enjoyed the great outdoors. He spent many happy hours fly fishing in the Purcell’s and on the Bow River, and cross country skiing in Kananaskis.

We are very grateful for his unique and wonderful kindness as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an extremely devoted husband and tenderly and lovingly cared for his wife during her long illness. His powerful support, love, and charm will never be forgotten and we will treasure his vast and deep contribution to our lives.

Predeceased by Betty, his dearly loved wife and partner of 48 years, Andy is survived by his children Nancy Calvin (Bruce) and Michael Fiell (Lisa), and his grandchildren Spencer Calvin and Lindsey and Sean Fiell. He is also survived by his siblings John Fiell, Joan Jaskulski, Bob Fiell, Connie Fiell Mahoney, Terry Fiell, and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Trout Unlimited, Suite 160, 6712 Fisher Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2A7 Tel: 403-221-8360.

“Out of the tree of life, I just picked me a plum”.

In living memory of Andrew Fiell, 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. Ron & Anne Allbright :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you – we are so sorry for your loss.

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  2. Wendy Aubut (Thomson) :

    I am truly sorry that you have lost your dad, I do remember his smile and laugh. I worked part time for him in Airdrie many years ago. My mom Klare Thomson worked for them for many years, and we just lost her on Jan .22. Best wishes to all of you.

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  3. Leigh & Franquie Parkinson :

    Our sincere sympathies Nancy – I know he meant a lot to you.

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  4. Richard and Carolina Walls & family :

    Dear Nancy, Bruce and Spencer
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Dad and Grandfather. He sounded like a wonderful gentleman that embraced all the great things that life had to offer him .
    Our sincere sympathies
    The Walls family

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  5. Nancy & Michael: my condolences to you both, and my prayers are with you and your families.

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  6. Glen and Johann Vouri :

    People pass the window of your life and are gone…
    Some pause for awhile and a few leave an echo in your heart…
    Andy left an echo in his family’s hearts and in all the hearts of those who knew him.

    I met Andy 58 years ago. Sadness prevails… Keep on trucking Andy, and hook the big one up there in the sky..

    With sympathy
    Glen and Johann Vouri

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  7. To all of Andy’s family and friends

    I knew Andy well, dealing with him over the years at Bearspaw Gas. He was a super guy to deal with ,winning smile , great sense of humor, and looked through rose colored glasses. Great outlook was contagious… whenever I felt down he would lift my spirits

    He shall be missed RIP Andy

    Paul and Judy Price

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  8. Sorry to read that Andrew passed away. What a guy he was always jovial.. had many occasions to see Andy on the street.. when we bumped into each other we had exchanged jokes etc etc etc. We have lost a gem. He shall be missed.

    Brian Smith

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  9. I got a email telling me that Andy had passed. Boy, that was a shock. He was the best story teller I have ever met. We met camping. He told so many funny stories I could hardly contain myself.

    I wish to send condolences to his family and friends. We have lost another Will Rogers… God bless you Andy. You made life pleasant for others.

    Ken Stilson

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  10. Cameron daJey :

    Nancy, Bruce & Spencer

    May the wisdom, courage, and love your father shared continue to inspire you forever.

    Much Love & Many Blessings

    Cameron daJey

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  11. Paul and Leslie Stouse :

    We were so sad to hear the news about Uncle Andy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and Michael and your families. Your dad was a great guy. Now your mom and dad are together dancing to their favourite tunes. May they both rest in peace. Much love to you all.

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  12. Relatives and Friends of A V Fiell

    What was not likeable about Andy? Answer.. Nothing

    God Bless you Andy..

    Jim

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  13. Richard, Shirley Day and Family :

    Nancy and Michael,
    We will miss Andy. So many memories of the great times we had together at their lovely home at Bearspaw Estates. My little Sister Betty, was always an elegant Lady and gourmet cook. I miss her each and every day. Andy, always a superb host had many interesting stories to tell. I always called him my favorite Brother in Law, but we would laugh then as I only had one. Together they raised a wonderful, loving family. They are together now. Rest in Peace,
    Shirley Day.

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  14. Dear Nancy and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Reading your touching words, it is abundantly clear how deeply you loved and were loved by your father. May your cherished memories carry you through these sad days and be your companions always. A spirit like your Dad’s is never really gone…he will be with you always.

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  15. Gene and Bev Brailsford :

    Andy was always upbeat and enthusiastic; a consumate entertainer, he could be absolutely hilarious. We were privaledged to have known him. His was a life well lived.
    “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
    Gene and Bev Brailsford

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  16. Hello Fiell Family, my deepest condolences on Andys passing. It was a great pleasure to have him as my landlord and friend next door. A wonderful person, always ready to give advice and help.

    Marlis Haage

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  17. Harvey Merkley :

    Hi John, Bob and Joan. Andy was a great friend and a great man. I’ll never forget hob nobbing with him at Waikiki. And the pair of shoes he gave me before I went on my LDS mission to Hawaii. Best wishes, Harvey Merkley Salt Lake City.

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