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GILES, John

November 28, 1926 – Calgary, AB
March 9, 2014 – Calgary, AB

John Giles, beloved husband of Beverly of Cochrane, passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital, on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the age of 87 years.

John was born and raised in the Shepard area, and was a long time resident of the Cochrane area.

He is survived by his wife Beverly; daughters, Laurie Borden (Michael) of Vancouver B.C., and Linda Harvey (Glenn) of Fort St. John, B.C.; grandchildren, Sarah, Alison, Ryan (Danica), Laura and Erik; great-grandchildren, Zaya, Kiptyn and Brinxton. As well as his siblings, Jean, Terrance, Dennis, Mervyn (Claudia) and Joan.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded 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 Dr. Duff Horne; the EMS in Cochrane; Cochrane Urgent Care and the Staff of the Foothills Emergency for their care.

In living memory of John Giles, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Sharon & Rob Berthot :

    Bev, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Hoping that in time memories will help to heal your heart. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.

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  2. Juliana Giles :

    Our sincere condolences Aunt Bev, Laurie and Linda and families.
    Although today it is difficult to see past the sorrow, may looking back through all the memories help to comfort you tomorrow.
    Uncle John’s memory will forever be captured in our hearts.

    Sincerely Dennis and Family
    Randy, Mickey, Murray, Julie, Janet

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  3. Shirley Rennie (Nowlin) :

    I am sorry for your loss of Johnny. I have fond memories of our Shepard group. Shirley (Nowlin) Rennie

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  4. Hello Bev and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of John’s passing. I and the staff at the clinic got to know John a little and he always was a pleasure to deal with. He never complained much and when he did it was for good reason. I think Bev Kee , our nursing aide will be particularly sad to know he passed. I appreciate the pictures of the moose in his yard you showed me and love to know there are people around who still appreciate wildlife.

    Duff Horne

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  5. So sorry to hear of John passing – our thought are with you Bev and your family. It was a pleasure to know John over the years and was also nice to see him at the Belcher when you both visited Bugs. God Bless
    Ted and Joan

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  6. Chris and Carol O'Neil :

    Linda and family, Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  7. Heidi McCartney :

    My sincerest and heart felt sympathies to the family of John Giles, I remember him as a very nice man the few times I met him at family gatherings.

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  8. I first met John when I was two or three, most likely four years old, none of us can remember that far back. I was inducted into the Gray/Giles family at an early age and really never knew how priceless and what a privilege this was, to be a part of this family. A lot of things I was taught by John were the terms like Amoral, chamois, oil, grease and a what ton of paper towels would do.. to produce the most ‘shinyist’ truck/canopy, boat, snowmobile, or semi, or really what had an engine involved. To this day I value the approach to having a well maintained, clean vehicle. Because of John and his even keel demeanor and sense of humor and wry smile, that got a few of us through a few bumps in the road… and these ones were for real. One time with ‘Grampa Gile’s’ we encountered a flash flood whilst fishing. The Bow River backed up, and the new truck and us were stranded in the flow. We escaped to the top of the canopy and John took six of us to safety on his back to escape the dangerous cold waters. We had a few snowmobiling adventures through the years and really, thank goodness we didn’t too much four wheeling or we would still be wiping to make the best truck on the planet. As Always Love Mary.

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  9. Liz McCartney :

    Linda and Glenn,

    Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your dad lives on, in you and your children, and a lifetime of special memories.

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers through this extremely difficult time.

    Liz and Donna McCartney

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