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GERNHARD – Eugen Benno

April 24, 1935 – September 22, 2010

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Eugen Benno Gernhard, beloved husband of Olga of Calgary, on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at the age of 75 years.

Eugen was born in Lutz, Poland and came to Canada with his parents, Alfred and Else in 1950. The family eventually settled in Winnipeg, MB. There he began his thirty-two year career with Great-West Life. He was a devoted member of Lutheran Church of the Cross and it was there that he met his wife Olga. In 1997, after retiring, they moved to Calgary, AB to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He enjoyed his second career as a Wal-Mart greeter where his friendly and kind demeanour was a natural fit. Eugen and Olga celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on September 3, 2010.

Besides his loving wife Olga, Eugen is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kathy; daughter and son-in-law, Cinthia and Ian; grandchildren, Kristin, Bryce, Collin and Cody; and extended family in Manitoba and British Columbia.

A Celebration of Eugen’s Life will be held at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (8831 Fairmount Drive S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 0Z4) on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. The family would like to thank the staff at the Millrise Intercare Nursing Home for the kind and excellent care they provided during his last year.

In living memory of Eugen Gernhard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. The Trottier Family :

    Dear Olga, Robert and Cinthia and Family,
    We send our condolences to you on the passing of your wonderful father. We will always remember Eugen sitting on his front steps with a big smile on his face. He always made you feel welcome.
    Eugen was such a generous, happy person. It meant alot to know that Eugen and Olga lived across the street from us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your friends always,
    Jeanne Mulvenna, Phil & Pat Trottier

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  2. To: Rob and family:

    My condolences to you, your mother and the rest of the family on the passing of your father.

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  3. Wood and Mulvenna Family :

    Dear Olga, Robert, Cinthia and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. Your father will be remembered as caring, loving, fun and selfless. He was always helping others…even during a blizzard, Eugen was outside shoveling neighbours’ driveways….in the summer taking us to Dairy Queen for a sweet treat.
    He was a wonderful husband, father and friend.

    Your friends always,
    Jeanne Mulvenna, Julie Sue,Trent and Riley Wood

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  4. Dear Olga, Robert, Cinthia and family,
    We have many great memories of spending time with you and Eugene. Your husband and father was a wonderful person who always cared for others. He always had a joke or two and brightened our spirits whenever we were together. Thom andd I always looked forward to rides in the Volvo. Our thoughts are with you.
    Stephen, Thom, Fred and Alice.

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  5. It is with great sadness I offer you our condolences on the passing of my Uncle Eugene. I have many happy memories of our times in Winnipeg as a child playing with him and spending time with him. I am so glad that we were able to renew our relationship with him just a few years ago. Our love and prayers are with you Aunt Olga and our cousins. May God give you His comfort during this time of sorrow. God bless you all

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  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this trying time. I greatly enjoyed working with Gene all those years at GWL. He was a kind, hard working man whom I greatly respected.

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  7. So sorry to hear about Eugen. We have many memories of his kind and caring ways. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Barbara Lord
    Terry & Catherine Lord & Family
    Debbie McNeill

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