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GOLEMBLASKI, Walter (Wally)

July 9, 1931 – February 15, 2012

Walter (Wally) Golemblaski beloved husband of Marcia of Calgary, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the age of 80 years.

During the last three years Wally took on the challenges of his illness with truly great dignity. He had new adventures, making a trip to Vancouver Island and moving into a new home. He celebrated his eightieth birthday, sharing many stories about growing up and was especially grateful for all the changes he had experienced in his lifetime…indoor plumbing, electricity! He loved the Shuswap area of British Columbia and traveled there to visit family and friends as much as possible. Every day he read his morning newspaper, checked in with his kids, watched his favourite game shows, and of course, followed almost every sporting event possible. At the beginning of this new year, Wally’s health took a turn. He needed more help from more people. Wally was always determined to take one more step, and so you could hear us all counting along with him to make that possible. Wherever you might be as you read this, in Wally’s honour, please count along with us… 1, 2, 3 and stand up with Wally!

Besides his loving wife Marcia of fifty-eight years, Wally is survived by children, Denise, Grant, Kelly and Craig; daughter-in-law Lisa; grandchildren Meghan and Rebecca; sister Mary Ann Paul; and brothers Tony and Harvey. He was predeceased by his son Jamie.

At Wally’s request, please join us for a gathering of friends and family at The Royal Canadian Legion 264 (1910 Kensington Rd. N.W.) on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary AB T2V 4Y8, Telephone: (403) 258-0040. Wally was helped by so many during his long battle with cancer. Thank you to the fine medical team at Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Palliative Home Care Team and the caring, hardworking staff at the Chinook Hospice. Your kindness and care helped Wally and our entire family in so many ways.

In living memory of Wally Golemblaski, 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. John and Lesley Hicklin :

    So sorry to read about Wally. He will surely be missed at the golf course. Wally never forgot to greet all members as we came to the clubhouse, never forgot a name. He was always smiling and so jolly. Our condolences to the family. Rest in peace Wally.

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  2. Dear Marcia and family we are all sorry to hear of your loss we understand as you continue to go forward 1..2..3.. with Wally be sure to enjoy all the life experinces/stories you have had 1..2..3..Wally Thinking of you all Louise Doug Rhonda & family

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  3. Vicki Matheson :

    Kelly, I am very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I send you and your family my condolences and please know I am thinking about you.

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  4. Dear Kelly and family

    Sincere condolences to you on the loss of your dear dad from my family and the Alberta Landmark Wisdom group. We are sending you much love and strength at this difficult time.
    Kathy Fedori

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  5. Donna, Don and Kayla MacGregor :

    Aunt Marcia, cousins, Denise, Grant, Kelly and Craig

    So sad about Uncle Wally’s passing. I know he is with my Dad and all the relatives that have passed away.
    We are thinking of you.

    Donna, Don and Kayla

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  6. Barb and Nellie :

    Dear Marcia, Kelly, Denise, Craig and Lisa, Meghan and Rebecca
    Our love goes out to all of you. We share your loss – Wally has been a great friend and a stalwart in our lives with his optimism and sunny smile always ready to greet us – no matter what he had to deal with. We’ll miss him greatly but he will always be a part of our lives.
    Thinking about you from Barbados with love Barb and Nellie

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  7. For Kelly and all family and friends,
    No matter how much we think we are prepared or even accepting of death – it shakes us deeply when it comes – taking away that person we have come to love and rely on. Their absence is a hole in our heart and in our lives, that can heal too slowly. Know that you can fill that hole with the love I and your family and community send you now and always, Shannon

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  8. Marcia and Family:

    So sorry to hear of Wally’s illness and subsequent passing.

    Best wishes,
    Marg Gerke

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  9. Maxine McReynolds :

    So sorry to hear of Wally’s passing. As we remember Wally we remember all the fun times we had in Sherwood Park with our boys hockey and all the parents get togethers. Marcia you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  10. Judy Flewelling :

    Dear Marcia,
    It has been 30+ years since the days that we worked at Strathcona County. Thinking of you and your family at this time.
    Judy Flewelling

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  11. Dear Craig and Family,

    So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing – may you find comfort in the love for each other…..the loss of a Husband, Dad and Grandfather leave very much of a void that can never be replaced. Our prayers are with you all.

    Carrol Rumpel, Justin, Chad, Tyler and Families

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  12. Margaret Miller :

    Dear Marcia and family.
    It is with much sympathy that I write this note of condolence. We have fond memories of Wally from our days of playing badminton at W.P.Wagner High School to wonderful times at your backyard barbeques.
    May your family draw especially near to you at this time to comfort your heart.
    with love and prayers,
    Margaret Miller, Donna Thachuk, & Karen Macpherson

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  13. Lorne and Myrna Howell :

    Dear Marcia-
    Our deepest synpathies go out to you. It has been many years since we first met Wally and have many fond memories of our days with B.A. Oil and in Westgate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.
    Fondly remembered- Lorne and Myrna

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  14. Bill & June Phythian (nee Ager) :

    Dear Marcia and Family,
    My memories of your dear husband and father goes way back to the time Marcia and Wally met. That would be at Western. He stood out around the school because of the uniform.
    I know the love of family and friends will see you through this deep loss.
    June Phythian (Ager)

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  15. Please accept our deepest sympathies. We have the fondest memories of “the Wooge” and your whole family. God bless you all.

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  16. Ernie and Linda Kambeitz :

    Marcia and family
    We were so sorry to hear about Wally’s passing. We were going to come down for the memorial on Saturday but for the storm and highway conditions. I have many fond memories of Wally, you, Grant and Craig. Again, so sorry.

    Ernie

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