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GRAPENTIN, Wilfried “Wilf” Arthur

November 6, 1952 – Kelowna, British Columbia
August 6, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Wilf, beloved husband of Elaine Grapentin of Calgary, passed away on August 6, 2018 at the age of 65 years.

Wilf will be greatly missed by his wife Elaine; his mother Pearl; brother Walter; sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Lyle; niece Amanda (Lance); nephew Cole (Jessica), grand-niece Penelope and grand-nephew Samuel; his aunts and cousins. Also so very missed by Elaine’s family, her mother Marilyne, sisters and brother-in-laws Lorraine (Paul), Annette (Claude) and Jocelyn (Marcel); many nieces and nephews as well as grand-nieces and grand-nephews, aunts and uncles. Wilf was predeceased by his father Heinz.

A Celebration of Wilf’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Wilf Grapentin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12292 – 40 Street S.E., Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Denis Mccrea :

    Denis and I send our heartfelt sympathies.

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  2. Cloverdale Paint Branch 055 :

    Wilf you will be sorrily missed. Rest in Peace

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  3. Randy Gerrits :

    Our prayers to go to your family in this difficult time…we will all miss Wilf and laugh! Randy and Lori Gerrits

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  4. Never an event was held that Wilf was not at the Center of fun, positivity, enthusiasm and good will. His attitude towards life was infectious and impacted all of us fortunate enough to have been able to work with and beside him. He has been an inspiration for all of us with personal challenges on how to focus on what is really important, and accentuate the positive of every situation. We have grown as humans as a result of our contact and connection with Wilf. What an excellent legacy.

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  5. Terry Jennett :

    We all loved Wilf and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with you Elaine.

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  6. John Mustard :

    Wilf has left us far too soon. I have great memories of Wilf’s laugh and a grin that was so infectious. Wilf always had time to talk to everyone, and always delivered on his promises, a role model for all. Wilf will be missed, but he left a little bit in all of us that will help us remember an outstanding friend.

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  7. Marcel J Huel :

    My “little buddy”. We are sure going to miss you Wilf. You made us all laugh and taught us a lot regarding your attitude towards life through good times and personal challenges. I really admired that in you. I loved your jokes and so many times you impressed me and made me stop to say “you did that too?” He really lived to enjoy life and an example for us all. I remember you telling me once what is more important than being with friends and having a few laughs… how true!! I was so intent on kicking your butt in our last golf game 🙂 but that didn’t happen and sadly never will. What laughs we had with some of your silly sayings…. I’m your fazzer, do you speak bee? mo mo mo mole ? Love ya, little buddy!

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  8. Trish MacCormack :

    Elaine and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Wilf’s Passing. Although I hadn’t seen a lot of him over the past few years, I always got a big hug and fun conversation from him when we’d meet mainly at the airport. I have so many memories of him! My first time drinking martinis was with him. He tried to reach me how to make the perfect martini on a few of our events, but mine never did measure up to his! I will miss him!
    If there is anything you need, even just a cup of coffee or a drink, please call me Elaine. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    Trish MacCormack

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  9. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of our friend and “brother”. His humour and company will be missed.
    Rodger & Marilynne Stotz

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  10. Our thoughts are with you Elaine.
    Wilf was always laughing and enjoying the time. Regardless if it was trade show or a golf game. Wilf enjoyed every moment and made others enjoy as well.
    Rest in Peace My Fuazeer
    Your Zohn

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  11. Wilf will be greatly missed. Always funny with a tale to tell. Mostly dealing with silly things he did.

    My condolences to the family and friends.

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  12. Hergen and Denise Tantzen :

    Words cannot describe our loss. Your warmth, kindness, and joy of life will be missed by Hergen, Denise, and family.
    Very deeply we will always think of you

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  13. Bill and Barb Smith :

    Wilf will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Our deepest condolences to all family and friends.

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  14. Elaine -I am so very deeply sorry for your loss. I did not know Wilf but it sounded like he was a man of adventure, wit, integrity, strength and courage. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take good care of yourself.

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  15. Dear Elaine: So very sorry to learn today of Wilf’s passing. Know that you are in our prayers at this time of great loss. Wilf was a gentleman and a friend to all, (well almost all), and is genuinely loved by so many. His absence will be apparent and I am certain that glasses will be raised, and some tears shed, in remembrance of his genuine goodness. May we all pay better attention to the lessons he taught.

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  16. Carol Wagner :

    Dear family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you all.
    Wilf’s Cousin, Carol Wagner

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  17. Todd and Susan Clark, Nanaimo :

    To the Grapentin family.
    Susan and I are so saddened to hear this news. Even though we haven’t seen Wilf for a couple of years, his courage and overall personality has, and always will resonate with us.
    We offer you our deepest sympathies and warmest of memories.

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  18. Carol Beringer :

    Elaine,
    I’m sad to hear of your husband Wilf’s passing. I wish you strength, peace and the comfort of family and friends at this difficult time and always.
    Love and hugs,
    Carol

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  19. Wilf was an original, heartfelt man of action, who always left his mark on anything he did. The positive memories are too many to recount as all who encountered him would attest to. Wilf and Elaine were amazing hosts and always opened their home up to whatever the event was.

    Wilf personally impacted my life and career….when I left Mumby & Assoc….. he was quick to offer his help and assistance in getting me placed with Airlessco & Bennett …….which allowed me to transition to an Independent Agent and still pay the mortgage….. for this I will always be grateful to him, as it was his unselfish and altruistic demeanor that ….positively impacted me and all those around him.

    Rest in Peace

    Bill Rennie

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  20. Connie Pruden :

    My prayers go out to Wilf’s family! He was such a beautiful soul inside & out for the years I knew him through the Alberta Painting Contractors Association, all the way back to when they used to host Christmas dances.
    I offer our condolences on behalf of the staff at Association Plus Inc.

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  21. Matthew Mensing :

    We will miss you Wilf. You lived your life to the fullest, always positive and fun to be around. Never a dull moment with you ol’ Friend. Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss, our hearts go out to you and your family in this difficult time. We will miss him dearly,
    Matthew & Cora Mensing

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  22. Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Anyone who knew Wilf knew how amazing his sense of humour was.
    We all can remember the best laughs we have had in our lives. Wilf was the person whom I had the good fortune of sharing one of those laughs.
    Never a dull moment is the expression I associate with “Wolfy”
    I am grateful for all the time I was able to spend with one of the best people I have had the good fortune of knowing.

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  23. Colleen & Don Hyde :

    Wilf will be missed, especially at all our events, he was quite a character.
    Our thoughts are with you Elaine, at this very sad time.

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  24. Alison Nelson :

    Elaine – I’m so sorry to hear about Wilf as I know he meant the world to you. My deepest condolences for you and your family’s loss. Take care and know many people are thinking about you during this difficult time. Alison

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  25. Bill and Jeannie Jacobs Dayton, Ohio :

    That engaging boyish grin for a stranger on the street or for those in a corporate office would always start the conversation. Everything flowed from that grin, his positive attitude, humor and his willingness to help you succeed!
    At the end of this month it will be a year ago that we enjoyed that beaming grin.
    Yes we are lucky to have known Wilf, we are all better as a result, his grin will live on with us.
    Elaine, some how sympathy does not complete our thoughts for you and Wilf’s loved ones. We are thinking of you, our hearts are heavy, our prayers are many.
    Bill and Jeannie

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  26. Jeff Wike- The Wooster Brush Company

    Elaine: Thank you for sharing Wilf with us. He will be greatly missed. It was a pleasure to watch his passion and devotion. Wilf was a tremendous cheerleader for our product, and respected by all.

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  27. Brad McCluskie :

    My deepest condolences goes out to Wilf’s family. Wilf I new through my business here in Nanaimo, he had been to my office on occasion and I always considered him to be a freind. The last few years we only got together on an annual base usually at the WRLA show and I will miss that. Rest in peace my friend !
    Brad McCluskie , Coast Distributors , Nanaimo, B.C.

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  28. Dear Elaine,
    Please accept our sympathy for your loss. Wilf’s sense of humour and camaraderie will be missed by all of us in the paint industry.

    Sinccerely, Chris and Gord Parsons

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  29. Dave and Joanne Rimmer :

    Wilf was always a bright ray of sunshine in a day – I enjoyed my time with him immensely and wish there could have been more time – he was one the “good ones” and will be missed greatly
    Elaine you are in our thoughts and prayers

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  30. I was very sorry to learn of Wilf’s Passing. He was a well known and highly respected member of the paint and coatings industry and I was fortunate enough to get to know him and spend some fun and memorable times together. A good man gone far too soon.

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  31. Horst Mueller & Shelley Mueller :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wilf will be missing by all of us at Freddie’s Paint.

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  32. Dave and Joanne Rimmer :

    Our Sincere condolences to Elaine – Wilf will be greatly missed but has left us with many fond memories which will always be remembered fondly

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  33. Chris Parsons :

    My deepest condolences to his family. It really can’t be said enough what a positive presence he was to those around him. His laugh and good nature have left us far too soon.

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  34. Terry G in Sask :

    deepest condolences Elaine for your loss and thinking of you. may memories and family help you through this. hugs.

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  35. Carmen Webber :

    Dear Elaine, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the memories of your and Wilf’s beautiful life together. Sending you lots of hugs.

    Carmen

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  36. Cliff Reynolds :

    Very sad news. Wilf was a champion in life, at work and at play. He knew how to have fun and would always make sure you had fun too. The memories will last forever along with the warm thoughts of his friendship. So sorry I cannot be there to celebrate his life. I will hold his smile and humor close to my heart. Rest in peace Wilfie.

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  37. We’ve known the Grapentin family for many years, going back to Grace Baptist in Bridgeland. More recently I saw Wilf regularly through Cloverdale. So sorry to hear the sad news; he was a wonderful man, always concerned about others. Condolences from the entire Jaeger family.

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  38. Brent Anderson :

    Wilf always brought a little more light into everyone’s day with a smile, a vigorous hand shake, and a moment of quick wit and humor. Wilf was certainly one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He will be missed tremendously. My thoughts are with you Elaine at this very sorrowful time.

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  39. Elaine, myself and my family are deeply saddened by the news of Wilf’s passing.
    Since we became neighbor, I had numerous nice chats with Wilf every time we met. He is such a caring and humorous person who has made our life in this neighborhood so much more enjoyable. I will miss him. Sorry I cannot be back to Calgary to celebrate Wilf’s life.
    Most sincere condolences to you from my family.

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  40. Art & Shirley Lowther :

    Dear Elaine….Our hearts go out to you and your family. Wilf was loved by many and we are the better for having known him. Shirley and I, indeed our family, have many fond memories of our times together. Wilf not only lived his life to its fullest, he embraced it! We have never seen him down. He was always positive and optimistic and will be greatly missed by us all.

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  41. Ronald Mensing :

    Wilf shall always be in our memories. Always happy, jovial and a good friend. Our memories of Wilf with his familiar grin and jokes are flooding our minds. Our sincere condolences to Elaine and family. Wilf will be missed by all that knew him and came into his life.

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  42. Ronald Mensing :

    Dearest Elaine, everyone that knew Wilf loved him. Always funny, supportive and building good memories. Wilf is now with the Angels where he belong. Wilf’s memories will live with those that knew him, for life. Thanks Wilf for adding so much to our lives.
    Ron & Nickie Mensing

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  43. Lori Bilevicius :

    Wilf had a love for life and sparkle in his eyes that was contagious. He was dedicated, passionate and professional in his approach. He got the job done but made it a lot of fun getting there. He was a pleasure to work with and will be truly missed.

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  44. Kerry Sales and Branch 56 :

    We are all very sad to hear of Wilf’s passing. He will be fondly remembered and his presence will be missed at both the branches and at future gatherings. Our condolences go out to the Grapentin family.
    Rest in Peace from 56

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  45. Elaine – I’m so sorry to hear about Wilf’s passing. My deepest condolences for you and your family’s loss. I will always missing him-our lovely neighbor.

    Amy

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  46. Bonnie Campbell :

    Dear Elaine,
    Our sincere condolences to you in the passing of Wilf. Our hearts remember the laughs we all had together and makes us smile. Hugs to you, luv Bonnie & Glen Campbell

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  47. Dave Picariello :

    My deepest condolences to you Elaine, always fun times with Wilf. I am fortunate to have spent many years in the Industry with him. Saying this I will hold the memories close. Wilf will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

    Dave Picariello

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  48. Bradford Braaten :

    Dear Elaine,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. I know that you will treasure all the wonderful memories you have of your time spent with Wilf and knowing the significant difference he made in bringing love, joy and laughter to your life together and to the people he met. He will be thought of often and dearly missed.
    Sincerely, Bradford

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  49. Evelyn Hussein :

    Elaine we are so sorry to hear about Wilf. Our deepest condolences. He will be missed by all.

    Hasny and Evelyn Hussein

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  50. Dave and Nancy Baker :

    Our deepest condolences go out to Elaine and the family. Wilf was, without a doubt, one of the good ones and will sorrily be missed. So many fond memories of good times spent together. Rest in peace Wilf.

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  51. Turid and Ralph Nelson :

    Elaine,

    We have lost a very dear neighbour and friend. You have lost a husband, a best friend, a life partner and so much more. At his memorial today we learned just how special he was in so many ways. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

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  52. Cloverdale Branch 064

    Elaine and family our condolences. Wilf was always here to help. Just recently at our BBQ giving away samples. He will be remembered by everyone he talk to and crew here in Red Deer.

    Hugs

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  53. Elaine, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Wilf sounded like the most incredible person. Please let me know if I can support you in any way in your healing journey. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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  54. Theresa Riege :

    Elaine,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you take solace in all the memories you have close to your heart.

    Theresa

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  55. Michael Maguire :

    Wilf was a very good friend who I’ll miss dearly. For many years he worked with us selflessly, sharing the benefit of his experience and tremendous sense of humour.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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  56. Justine Schulz :

    Wilf, from Branch 19 Cloverdale Paint
    We will always remember you, and to your family, our sympathy and hopes
    that the memories you built together will be a comfort

    Justine Schulz

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  57. I just learned the news of your passing from a co-worker & was so sad to hear this. I will miss your friendly smile, warm big heart & caring nature. You will be remembered as such a lovely man by all of us here. My sympathy to your family during this tough time.
    Gina Proctor
    Lifemark Physiotherapy

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  58. Margaret Pedersen :

    Thinking of you Elaine at this most difficult time—

    We will always remember Wilf’s great smile and wonderful
    laugh and for his love of life

    Rick & Margaret Pedersen

    Rick & Margaret Pedersen

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