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GAREAU, John Martin Forsyth

February 12, 1929 – Regina, SK
July 30, 2014 – Calgary, AB

John Gareau passed away suddenly at the age of 85 at the Rockyview General Hospital on the morning of July 30, 2014 with
his loving wife Ethelene (nee McKinnon) at his side.

John was born in Regina and spent his formative years there, learning of the importance of family and friends. After graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science degree, he began a long and successful career as a landman and executive in the oil and gas industry, initially in Regina and then in Calgary, with a two-year period in Houston, Texas.

John will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Ethelene, and his five children Paula (John) Galotta, Andrea (Stan) Boucher, Jonathan (Liz) Gareau, Timothy (Lisa) Gareau and Jennifer Gareau. He will also be fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren Carolyn, Kathryn, and Julia Galotta, Timothy and Holly Gareau, Carmen (Chris) Gordon, Andrea and Sean Gareau, and Nathan Gareau, and his three great-grandchildren Evie, Jared, and Alexis. John is also survived by his brother Dr. Paul Gareau and sisters Yvonne Rudichuk, Donelly Armitage and Jewell Wahlstrom, and was predeceased by his parents Dr. Urban and Irene Gareau and his brother Richard Gareau.

John had a strong appreciation for fine art and classical music. He strongly believed in giving back to his community through many endeavours, including with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Andrew’s United Church, the Oi Kwan Foundation, and McGill University. John loved the peace and tranquility of his family’s retreats at Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan and at ‘Toranglen’ west of Millarville, Alberta. The family would like to extend their deepest thanks for the professional and compassionate care provided to John in his final days by Nurse Marcelle Morier and Dr. Nowell Fine at the South Health Campus – Calgary and Nurse Ken at the Rockyview General Hospital Emergency Ward.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Matthew’s United Church (2039 – 26A Street S.W.) on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tribute’s in John’s name may be made directly to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation by mail to 2nd Floor, 205 – 8th Ave. SE, Calgary, AB, T2G OK9, www.cpo-live.com or to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of John Gareau, 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. Roberto Minczuk :

    Dear Family Members ,

    My deepest condolences for the passing of our dear friend John.
    I admired him greatly for his love of music and his love for his Calgary Philharmonic !
    I will miss greeting him at every performance, sharing his joy and appreciation of the concerts, participating in everything concerning our institution , giving generously and dedicating so much of his time to us!
    May God be with you,

    Roberto Minczuk

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  2. Rafael Hoekman :

    I am shocked and saddened by this news. I will never forget John and his wife Ethelene sitting in the front row of my first solo concert in Okotoks performing Bach. I met him later at a CPO fundraiser, and he introduced himself and was so enthusiastic about the music. He made me feel very special. He really knew what he was talking about, which I find to be a rare thing. His love for music was so evident. I also remember a passionate speach he delivered impromptu at a special CPO event trying to get people to give money when the CPO was facing a deficit. Such people are so rare. I also had no idea he was in his eighties. I pegged him as being in his sixties! Please accept my most sincere condolences. I am so sad to think we will not play music for him again.

    Rafael Hoekman

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  3. Michel Gareau :

    Dear family I am deeply saddened to not have had a last chance to share with dear Uncle John one last time.
    To Aunt Eddie, aunts and uncles, cousin’s and all of John’s offspring, I would like to share my deepest of sympathies to the loss of a precious man.
    It brings back the painful memories of the loss of my father Richard (John and Paul’s younger brother) way back in 2006.
    Time flies so quickly!!!! But thankfully the great memories never leave us.
    Dear uncle may you rest in peace!
    Until we meet again

    Love from
    Gabby, Mathieu, Carrie and Michel

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  4. Letha MacLachlan :

    Dear Ethelene
    It is with great sadness that we learned of John’s passing. Together you have been such staunch supporters of the CPO and provided much wisdom and direction over the years. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the CPO, I extend our condolences and our support. We will miss John’s presence in the CPO family.
    Letha MacLachlan, Q.C.
    Chair, CPO Board

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  5. Larry and Donna Morningstar :

    The Morningstar family sends our deepest sympathy to Ethelene and all of John’s family.
    Sincerely
    Larry and Donna

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  6. Norman and ary Bartel :

    Dear Gareau family:
    We are very saddened by the news of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Gareau. Our love and prayers are with you all at this time of loss!
    Norman and Mary Bartel

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  7. Gloria Wilkinson :

    Eddie and family,
    Deepest sympathy on John’s sudden passing.
    Ray and Gloria Wilkinson

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  8. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Eddie and Gareau Family all,
    I am so sorry for your loss, and ask that you please accept my deepest sympathy. John was a most special human being, with deep passion for what he loved best. His and your support of the CPO will certainly be remembered as one of his great legacies. Thank you John and Eddie.
    May you find strength at this time of loss and may you soon be able to enjoy the wonderful memories you have been left to remember the good times.
    Marion Rogers

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  9. I was deeply saddened when I heard the news of Uncle Johns passing. Someone who I truly admired and respected. My heart goes out to all the family and friends. May you find strength in the lovely memories you shared together and keep them close to your heart. Rest in piece Uncle John.

    Pam Worobec

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  10. My late husband, Rev. David Wen of the Chinese United Church, spoke often of his respect for, and appreciation of the work John devoted to the Oi Kwan Foundation. John served on the board of this Foundation during the planning, construction and operation of our two senior citizens’ homes, the Oi Kwan building and Wai Kwan Manor. His suggestions and advice were invaluable and contributed to the success of the two projects. The Church as well as Chinatown are the beneficiaries of John’s dedication. Please accept our sincere condolences and our gratitude for the time he spent on this endeavor.

    Bertha Wen

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  11. Barbara Klebanoff & Tony Settari :

    We will miss John very much- he has been such a fixture in our musical lives! I remember fondly the many hours I spent with John working on Cork & Canvas for the CPO. He always kept the best interests of the Orchestra foremost in his volunteer work and had an intelligent point of view to share with our group.

    We extend our condolences to his family. His loss must be so greatly felt.

    Tony and I consider it our good fortune to have known him, and been beneficiaries of his, and his family’s generosity and enthusiasm for music and the arts.

    He will be missed.

    With warm wishes,
    Barbara & Tony

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  12. Tom and Leslie Lyons :

    Dear Aunt Ethelene and Family:

    We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Johns passing. Please know how much you are in our hearts and thoughts.

    “It is said the souls of those we love become part of our own souls forever”

    Our love and condolences,
    Leslie and Tom

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  13. Ray and Yvette McNeil :

    Dear Gareau Family
    Our deepest sympathy to Ethelene and Family. Our little visits were most enlightning at art
    functions and at the Leighton Art Centre.
    Ray and Yvette McNeil

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  14. Szakacs Family :

    Jon, Liz, Eddie and Family,
    We are very saddened to hear of your loss. May you find some comfort in knowing our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely,
    The Szakacs’

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  15. David Sussman :

    Dear Eddy and Family,
    I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing. As a member of the CPO, I not only benefited from John’s wonderful philanthropy, but from his great love, dedication and service to the CPO and music in Calgary. He knew so many of us in the orchestra personally and we mourn his passing with you. May you be comforted by the love of family and friends and by many warm memories.
    Sincerely,
    David Sussman

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  16. Julie Gareau Meakins :

    Dear Uncle John. I write to you as I know your spirit is still with all of your loved ones and you can hear us even though you are no longer with us in body. Thank you for the last few times we spoke. I felt your unconditional love which meant so much to me. Bless all of your family and especially Auntie Eddie at this time.
    Much love and prayers,
    Julie

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  17. Paul Lathrop :

    Sending my condolences to the family.
    My thoughts are with you.

    Paul Lathrop

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  18. Knifewear & K.O.I. :

    Dear Nathan and Family,

    We offer you our most sincere condolences.

    Big Hug!

    Your friends and colleagues

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  19. Hugh and Lois MacKenzie :

    Dear Eddie and Family: It was a shock to see Johns passing in the paper. I gather it was quite sudden tho when I talked to you he had tests but we didn’t feel it was that serious. It would be hard on you all when you were not expecting it. I was going to call you, but will leave it for a week or so. We would love to be there tomorrow but it’s not to be. We will be thinking of you all at 10:30. Love to all. Lois and Hugh

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  20. Glenn Bilton :

    I was sorry to see the notice of John’s passing. May I extend to you and your family my sincere sympathy and condolence. It was always pleasant to talk with John when we met.
    Sincerely,
    Glenn Bilton

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  21. Maureen and Frank Ottenbreit :

    Dear Eddie. Frank and I send our sympathy to you and your family. We were saddened to learn of John’s passing. How the years have flown by since we used to play Oil Wives bridge! It was good to visit with you both after a Regina Symphony Orchestra concert a few years ago when you were both Maestro Sawa’s guests. John will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Maureen and Frank Ottenbreit

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  22. Maureen and Frank Ottenbreit :

    Maureen and Frank Ottenbreit
    August 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Dear Eddie. Frank and I send our sympathy to you and your family. We were saddened to learn of John’s passing. How the years have flown by since we used to play Oil Wives bridge! It was good to visit with you both after a Regina Symphony Orchestra concert a few years ago when you were both Maestro Sawa’s guests. John will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Maureen and Frank Ottenbreit

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  23. My deepest condolences to John’s family. I have known John for many years during his working career; he was an excellent and honourable man in our industry.

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  24. Linda Garriott :

    Dear Jon,

    Please accept my belated condolences. I remember your dad fondly and enjoyed spending time with him and your entire family in Waskesiu.

    Warm regards,
    Linda (Filger) Garriott
    Boston, MA

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