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GILMORE, Kurt William

March 4, 1949 – Lincoln, Nebraska
December 18, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Kurt Gilmore, beloved husband of Maxine, passed away on December 18, 2014 as a result of cancer, at the age of 65 years.

Kurt was born March 4, 1949 in Lincoln, Nebraska to parents Keith and Betty Jo Gilmore. Not long after his birth, his family moved to Callaway, Nebraska to one of the original farms owned by his paternal grandfather and the original home of his father. In his early years, he walked (on good days) with his older brother, Kent to attend the Redfern County School. The family moved to Calgary in June of 1956 so that his father could assume management of The Canadian Hereford Digest.

While in junior high school, Kurt developed an interest in competitive swimming and by the time he finished high school was a nationally rated competitor. Kurt was offered an athletic scholarship at Washington State University and entered there in the fall of 1967 majoring in animal science. After one year, he decided to work for the university farm and moved to and managed their beef production test facility for three years.

Between college terms he worked two summers on the Budd Hereford Ranch in Wyoming and his future in the registered Hereford business was assured. Following graduation in 1971, he joined the field staff of The Canadian Hereford Digest, and visited breeders throughout Alberta and British Columbia. In 1980, he purchased the publication from his father.

Following the death of his father in 1987, Kurt took a keen interest in the promotion and success of the Keith Gilmore Foundation which provides agricultural scholarships to worthy young farm students from throughout Canada. He served as its chief fundraiser for many years and was elected as a trustee in 2009.

In 1998, he met Maxine Williams, the love of his life, which led to their marriage on June 28, 2002. They lived for five years at their acreage north of Cochrane and then moved to Calgary in the fall of 2003.

They spent many wonderful and happy years together, often travelling on vacation as well as business. Kurt and Maxine loved all of their grandchildren and attended their sporting events and competitions, Christmas concerts and many family and holiday get-togethers. Those were special times when any of the grandchildren came for a “sleepover” with “Gramma” and “Poppa”.

Kurt enjoyed good food and loved to cook. Maxine and Kurt loved hosting dinner parties for family and friends at their home on a regular basis.

One of the highlights of springtime was always his annual fishing trip with close friends in search of Walleye at lakes in northern Saskatchewan. As official camp cook, his co-fishermen never lacked for prime rib, crab or steak with all the fixings.

Kurt was honoured for his long time service to the Calgary Bull sale by the Alberta Cattle Breeders in 2009 and was inducted to the Alberta Hereford Association Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2013, he was admitted as a member to the Canadian Hereford Association Honour Roll.

Following the sale of The Canadian Hereford Digest to The Canadian Hereford Association in 2009, Kurt took on a new career in real estate sales with CIR Realty and worked closely with his friend of over forty years, Perry Wilkes.

Kurt is survived by his loving wife, Maxine; three children Julie (Chad) Smith, Jeanie (Mike) Colling, and Kevin (Catherine) Gilmore; stepson Kevin (Carrie) Williams; brothers Kent and Karl (Alyda); sister Karen (Norris) Graham; seven grandchildren Evan, Easten, Kaden, Avree, Sydney, Kylie and Chase; nephews and nieces Tom (Melissa) Graham, Marianne (Jeff) Shigematsu, Steven (Chelsey) Gilmore, Nicole Gilmore, and Christy (Clark) Camp. Kurt was predeceased by his parents Keith and Betty Jo Gilmore and by his first wife Virginia Gilmore.

Funeral Services will be held at Bow Valley Baptist Church (54 West Aarsby Road, Cochrane, AB) on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

It was Kurt’s special request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Keith Gilmore Foundation Scholarship Fund, 5160 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6V1, www.keithgilmorefoundation.com.

In living memory of Kurt Gilmore, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Gordon and Lorna Otto :

    Our deepest sympathy. We always enjoyed Kurt’s big smile and hello
    at the bull sales we attended. We also enjoyed giving him a tour of
    ” our lakes ” when he came for a tour of our ranch in Manitoba. And
    many thanks for buying many of our purchases at the sales, he would
    phone and say ” I got them under budget. ” He was a proud asset to
    the many Hereford breeders, and will be missed.

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  2. Maxine and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time. With time your heart will be filled with all the happy memories brought to you by having Kurt in your life. Being on the other side of the Country, we did not have frequent occasions to get together, but whenever we were in town he was always genuinely happy to have a visit and get caught up in our life. It was clear to see that he loved being a grandpa, enjoying any time he could spend with the grandchildren. It is sad to have lost Kurt at such a young age, but he is no longer in pain.

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  3. Cameron Faminow :

    Karl and family
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Kurt. Our thoughts are with you.
    Cameron and Sheryl Faminow

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  4. James W. Rummerfield :

    My sincere condolences on the passing of Kurt.
    Kurt helped me find early editions of the Canadian Hereford Digest to add to my collection.

    My thoughts are with you.
    Thanking you.
    James W. Rummerfield
    Sunderland, Ontario

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  5. Heather Sutherland :

    Maxine and family:
    On behalf of the management, staff and residents, we send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Kurt. He was an amazing man in so many ways and will be missed.
    Take care and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  6. Boyd and Vicki Henuset :

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you share your beautiful memories with family and friends during this sad time. Peace be with you all.

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  7. Laurel MacPhail :

    Maxine and Family,

    Our deepest symapthy on the passing of Kurt. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have all shared together. God Bless!

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  8. Pat & Sue Inglis :

    Dear Maxine and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kurt was an excellent neighbour who would do anything for you. We loved his stories and appreciated his insights. An exceptional cook and a man who appreciated Scotch, but it was the spontaneous gatherings in the neighbourhood, that we so enjoyed. The richness of life is the people we get to meet and we are very thankful to have been touched with the kindness and laughter of Kurt.

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  9. Russell, Patricia & David Wiechnik :

    Maxine and Family,
    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear. May you feel a gentle hug each time you think of Kurt.
    Sincere sympathy,
    Russell, Patricia & David Wiechnik

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  10. Bjorger, Anita Pettersen and fam. :

    Maxine and family: Our deepest condolences to you all. What shocking news! Every now and again I would run into Kurt at Day Medicine at the Foothills hosital. The last time I was there, abour 4 weeks ago, I sadly missed seeing him by one day. Our memories also goes out to Kurt that started with the CHD about the time we started in the Hereford business, throughout all those years he helped us with advertising, purchases and ringing at all our sales. Kurt the memories will live but we will sadly miss you.

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  11. To Maxine and family;

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Kurt. I truly hope that the memories of the wonderful experiences you shared with him will sustain you in the days and years to come. My thoughts are with you at such a sad time. Peace be with you.

    Take care,

    Sincerely, Gail

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  12. Doug & Jill Richards & Family :

    We have many happy memories of Kurt and all our kids up at the cabin in Windermere….. -BQ’s at the ranch, 4-H , and school with our kids. Kurt was a loving, generous, fun man who adored his children and grandchildren and always made time for everyone. He knew of what he spoke and enjoyed a good laugh. Kurt believed in the value of the agriculture contribution to society and especially, of course, in the beef sector !! Julie, Jeannie, and Kevin – your Dad was a respected, kind and good man….he was so proud of you all. We will miss him, too.

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  13. Maxine…My thoughts & sympathies are with you and your family during this time ..John

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  14. Arden & Joanne Hotte :

    Maxine and family,

    We were shocked and saddened on hearing of Kurt’s passing. We offer our deepest condolences to all of you. Kurt was the greatest person to represent the Hereford industry that we knew. We spent many coffee conversations when he got the chance to get to Beaverlodge in Northern Alberta, discussing cattle, grandchildren and of course FISHING!! We will truly miss his always smiling face and know he’s discussing fishing with someone up above.

    Arden and Joanne Hotte
    Spring Mountain Stock Farm
    Beaverlodge, Ab

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  15. Maxine and family

    I was so sorry to hear your sad news that Kurt had passed away. You have been there for him throughout his illness. My heart goes out to you and all your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely
    Eileen Paulson

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  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Alan Tennant, CEO on behalf of CREB® board of directors, members, and staff.

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  17. We are very saddened to hear about the loss of Kurt. My condolences go out to his family and all of his loved ones.

    Luigi “The Barber” Valente

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  18. Cathy and Peter Bauer :

    Those we love don’t go away
    They walk beside us everyday…unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed.

    Maxine We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We hope you find comfort in your wonderful memories.

    Sincerely, Cathy and Peter Bauer

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  19. Renwood C Flagg :

    Kent, Karl and Karen; so sorry to hear of Kurt’s passing. I have lots of wonderful memories of you all and your parents.

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