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GEDDES, Lloyd George (Hap)

August 13, 1916 – October 15, 2011

Lloyd George (Hap) Geddes died Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 95 years of age.

He leaves to mourn his son Clinton (Marilyn) and grandchildren Julian, Esther, Anna and Sean; and his daughter Jennifer (Gregg) and grandchildren Cathryn (Cameron), Joel (Callie), and Clare.

Born and raised in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Hap joined the RCAF early in WWII. He served as a navigator and was imprisoned in Stalag Luft III for the last three years of the war. On returning, he met and married his beloved Dorothy in 1946; they enjoyed 59 years together, most of them in Calgary. Hap will be fondly remembered by so many for his gentle spirit and delightful sense of humour. A true gentleman, he welcomed and appreciated each one who came his way.

A Funeral Service in celebration of Hap’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 – 75 Avenue S.W.) on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If so desired, please make a donation to a charity of your choice, in Hap’s honour. Heartfelt thanks from the family are extended to the many kind and caring staff in the Lancaster Wing of the Colonel Belcher Carewest (Calgary) who helped him through his last few years. Our deep gratitude goes out to Barbara Cadman who, as Hap’s caregiver and companion, added so much to the quality of Hap’s life.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Jennifer, Gregg, Cathryn, Joel, Clare, Cameron and Callie,

    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this time.

    Wendy, Gareth and Ryan,

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  2. Dear Jen, Greg and family
    Our heartfelt thoughts are with you. May you find peace and love through God’s grace and each other.
    Remember the good times and the smiles…
    they will give you strength.
    God’s blessings on Friday and in the days ahead.
    with love, Lyn and Bud

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  3. Eleanor Ryan-Jones :

    To the Geddes Family:
    For two reasons your Father holds a special place in the hearts of the Ryan family. As sons and daughters of Jack Ryan, we will always remember Hap as a true friend of our Father. Whenever the going got tough for Dad – there was Hap, with that wonderful smile, a word of encouragement and some excuse to play music. As Canadians, we will never forget his sacrifice for our country and our freedom. Please know that tonight the Geddes family is in the hearts and prayers of the Ryan family.

    The Ryans
    John, Tim, Katherine (Granson), Eleanor (Jones), Margaret (Harris) and Patrick

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  4. Scott Marchand :

    I was very sorry to hear about Hap’s passing away. He was a kind & funny man that I was fortunate to have known and he made a postive impact on so many people for so many reasons. Blue Skys Hap.

    Scott Marchand

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  5. Lynda deForest :

    Clint, Jennifer & families, My heartfelt condolences to you all. Hap was such an integral part of my life for so many years. Always kind, always smiling, very special. I will never forget how good he was with Hardie in his final daysI I am so glad he was able to go to Colonel Belcher and I’m grateful he got such good care. I imagine he, Hardie and Pappy will be enjoying a visit, just as they did here. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I regret I am unable to attend the service on Friday but I will be thinking of you.

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  6. Clint, Jennifer and families:
    We have such wonderful memories of your kind and gentle dad. His huge smile and always so sharply dressed!
    May you find comfort in the thought that he is together again with your loving mother.
    We share your sadness and pain and offer our condolences and prayers.

    Chris & Debra King and family.

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  7. My thoughts and condolences are with Jennifer and Clint, and all of Hap’s extended family. Uncle Hap has held an important place in my life and I have many good memories of the times we spent together. My lasting memory is of a kind and gentle man whose sense of humour and good nature was an example for all who knew him – God speed, Hap.

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  8. Paul Tobolski :

    I am very sorry a great gentleman passed. Nevertheless, Hap had many GREAT years of life and was able to contribute to our great Country. Joyce and I will remember the many memorable times we had with Hap.

    On the other hand , nearly 67 years ago my father F/L Pawel Tobolski was a great escaper who’s widow was devastated when she learned the news my dad was murdered by the Gestapo in 1944. I will be at the funeral to HONOUR a great gentleman. Joyce is in Edmonton this week-end.

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  9. I wanted to convey my heartfelt condolences, to you, Kathie, and to your family on the passing of your grandfather… and to you, too, McKenna, on the passing of your great grandfather. I think of you often.
    Mrs. Shea

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  10. Clint, Marilyn and family,
    My condolences to all of you. Loss is hard to adjust to even when it is expected. Be strong and lean on each other.

    All the best,

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  11. I’m very sorry to hear of Hap’s passing, we knew each other when he was in the band and I acted in the plays and reviews onstage at our Stalag Luft III theatre, 1943-45. I will pass this very sad news along to our friend Bobby Laumans who was also in so many of those memorable productions at Stalag 3 prisoner of war camp.
    Don Edy and family

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  12. Clinton and Jennifer. I learned of your Dad’s passing only today, what a huge shame. I thought Hap was just the greatest guy and my folks loved your Dad and Mom, as did we kids. Our heartfelt condolences for your loss but it is not too many who can say they led the good life for that long that your Dad did. John

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  13. travis l short, Calgary, Alberta :

    My sincere condolences to all of Hap’s family, friends, and fellow Great Escapers. Thank you, Mr Geddes, for your sacrifice, and service to the RCAF, Canada, and the Allied Victory of World War Two, we are all forever in your debt. Rest Peacefully Sir.

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