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GRISDALE, John Edward (Ted)

November 21, 1932 – December 6, 2012

Ted Grisdale, beloved husband of Margaret Grisdale of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the age of 80 years.

Ted is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years and his four sons and their families which made him extremely proud; John (Nancy), Dan (Tamara), Rob (Kerri), and Brent (Tiffany) including eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Audrey Grisdale, his sisters Marilyn Trigg and Neila (Don) Russell, and Victoria (Tony) Stubbs. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Audrey Grisdale, his brother Gerry Grisdale, and his brothers-in-law Richard Trigg and Lorne Indridason. Ted was also very fond of his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends enjoying their company at all of the family events over his lifetime.

Ted was very devoted to his wife and family. He was tremendously active in the communities in which he lived and was well known for his selfless volunteer work with organizations that he and his family were involved. This included: coaching hockey and girls soft ball in the communities he lived, supporting the development of the Junior “A” Royals/Mustang’s hockey team, a founding director for “Canada’s challenge for the America’s Cup”, various board positions in the Willow Park/Maple Ridge Community Association, The 400 Club, the University of Calgary Diving Club, Alberta Section of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association and Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. He also volunteered with The Calgary Stampede, Foothills Academy, and the Kinsmen Club. The family would like to thank all his doctors and many caregivers for their excellent care during his illness.

Funeral Services will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers donations could be sent to the Foothills Academy or the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

In living memory of Ted Grisdale, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Laurie Bromberg & Darrell Craig :

    Dan, John, Rob, Brent & Marg: Our thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of loss.

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  2. Art and Rosalie Meinhardt :

    Our deepest condolences go out to you and your family in this time of loss.

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  3. Margo (Grisdale) McMillan :

    Margaret and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Ted for his humor, enthusiasm and his wonderful talent for story telling.
    Thinking of you,
    Margo (Grisdale), Brent, Scott & Dale McMillan

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  4. Allan and Monica Grisdale :

    Ted Grisdale…what can we say, he was larger than life, was proud of and passionately loved his wife and sons as well as his daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. Ted always had a story to tell, filled a room with laughter, and always left people feeling happier. He was the first to offer help, kept in close contact with his siblings, family and friends. The world was a better place with Ted in it. His memory will keep us all smiling through this time of sadness. Margaret, John, Dan, Brent and Rob how lucky you were to have such a wonderful person to share your lives with!

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  5. Lynn L'Hirondelle :

    I knew this call would come some day and I knew I would remember laughter, compassion, and a man that left behind great memories, love and the world a better place. Thinking of all the family and sending forth our prayers. Lynn & Mike L’Hirondelle

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  6. Dan & Desiree Belot :

    With deepest sympathy.

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  7. Don and Doreen Warren :

    Margaret & family – with our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. May your wonderful memories of Ted sustain you.

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  8. Dino and Becky Petrakos :

    Dear Grisdale family,

    We were very saddened to hear about your loss. Although, we didn’t get to know Ted as well as we would of liked the few times that we had the pleasure of his company at Dan and Tamara’s BBQ’s he struck us as one of the most genine and nice people we’d ever met. Our thoughts, prayers and love, are with the whole family at this difficult time.

    Dino and Becky Petrakos

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  9. Mike & Barb Parker (Baker) :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Grisdale family during this difficult time.

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  10. Gordon Bullivant :

    Ted was a wonderful man, always thinking of friends and his family; he was very involved in our Fundraising Cabinet at Foothills Academy and was instrumental in assisting us in so many ways. Ted will be remembered by us all for his continuous laughter, his genuine spirit of giving, and his undaunted optimism. As his second cousin, I will miss him dearly.

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  11. Tony & Sue Holyoake :

    We will miss Ted very much new him for over 40 years and always had a good laugh together along with many rounds of golf
    Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

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  12. All my love and thoughts are with you. I loved Uncle Ted and his beautiful laugh and smile.

    xxoo

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  13. Hi Marg, I was so sorry to read in this mornings paper about Ted’s Passing. I know exactly what you will be going through, but it will help if you will always think about all the happy and wonderful times you had together and with your family. Looking forward to seeing you next year at bridge.

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  14. I was so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He was always ready with a funny story, making his visits to Rigstar so very enjoyable. I know how proud he was of all of you.

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  15. My deepest condolences to the Grisdale Family. Ted will always be in your hearts. He was a lovely person.

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  16. Greg & Betty Anne Moore :

    Ted was a great guy and had a wonderfull outlook on life. Sincere sympathies to the entire family. We hope he’s enjoying a rum and coke!

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  17. Sean Gange and family :

    God speed Uncle Ted! Many memories of family visits and listening to your stories, jokes and of course your big, beautiful laugh. We will miss you and we will always remember you through your legacy of your wonderful family!

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  18. Having known ALL of you Grisdales for many years, I pass on my condolences to everyone. I know the pain of losing a parent all too well. My thoughts and prayers are with you. So very sorry for your profound loss, Barb Long (nee Orr).

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  19. My deepest sympathies to my beautiful Auntie Margaret and all my cousins during this difficult heartbreaking time. I loved Uncle Ted and will remember his beautiful smile, his big laugh and his love of pranks! Hawaii will always be a cherished memory for me with Margie, Ted and my mommy! Bless the Grisdale family. xo

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  20. I am so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I enjoyed working with him as a volunteer for many years at the Stampede, and really appreciated his dedication, insight and his wry sense of humour. My heart goes out to your family. May you hold your memories close to you in this tough time.
    Carol Guay

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  21. Angela & Conally MacLean :

    What a lovely man he was. Our condolences to you Auntie Marg and all of the family. Love Angela and Family.

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  22. Margaret and family – I’m so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I spent many enjoyable years with him when he was involved with the Stampede Indian Events Committee. He was well-liked by everyone associated with the Indian Village. My condolences to you and your family.
    Fred Saunders

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  23. Joan Halldorson Helbling :

    Dear Cousin Margaret, I remember meeting your husband Ted at Cousin Pat’s house in San Francisco and then the fun times we had at the Long’s Anniversary Celebration. I only wish I had connected with you sooner. It was a beautiful write up of Ted’s life and it is obvious how special he was to his community and to you. My love and thoughts are with you along with blessings. His memories will live in the hearts of many. Cousin Joan

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  24. Colleen Blumeris & family (Melbourne Australia) :

    Our deepest sympathy to the Grisdale family.

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  25. Patricia and Terry Kirkland :

    Our thoughts are with the whole family and we know that you will be celebrating Ted’s life and all your wonderful memories of him.

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  26. Don & Maxine McGavern :

    Marg and family,
    There isn’t enough space here to tell you how much Ted meant in our lives. He was an instrumental part associated with our first moving to Edmonton and then onto Calgary to enhance Alberta springboard and platform diving. His positive energy, support of sport activities, interest in the well being of others and of course his love and care for his family are just the tip of a massive and most dynamic life of engagement. He will be missed; however, his legacy of commitment to others and living life to the fullest will be remembered forever.

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  27. George Noreen Karch & Family :

    To all the family of Ted Grisdale, Our deepest sympathy on Teds passing. He was so instrumental in developing our children and their sports. He will long be remembered for his many facets of careing for all he met. Our thoughts are with all of you.
    George Noreen Karch and Family

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  28. Carol & Joe Hastey :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you have wonderful memories of Ted in the days ahead.

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  29. To the Grisdale Family:
    So sorry to learn about Ted’s passing. He was a great guy and he will be missed.
    Our condolences, Bob & Maureen Sumner

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  30. Gary Baker and Family :

    My condolences to all of the Grisdales in your time of sorrow.

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  31. Rob & Angela Burns :

    Margaret, John, Dan, Rob & Brent and all of the extended Grisdales, sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all in your time of sorrow.
    Rob & Angela Burns

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  32. Vere and Julie Glines :

    We have only the best of memories of a truly fine man. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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  33. Jim Powell and Karen McLean :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  34. Don Cooke & Darrell Cooke :

    Our thoughts are with Margaret & the family. Dad fondly remembers all the good times you had.

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  35. Janie & Bob Smith :

    Dear Marg, We were so sorry to hear of your loss and extend our sympathy to you and your family.

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  36. Michael, Lydia, Alexis, Chanel Palmer :

    Dear Margaret & Grisdale Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ted was such an amazing person & leader of life! I remember first meeting Ted when I worked with you at Jarvis in the early 80s. He was such an inspiring person with an incredible sense of humour. You are always in our thoughts.
    Sincerely, Michael (Lydia, Alexis & Chanel) Palmer

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  37. Ann McCaig and family :

    At this time I would like to tell Ted’s family a story; It was Christmas time in 1976, the year my first husband Roger McCaig passed away on Christmas Eve – Joan and Don Wilson organized Margaret and Ted to come over to our house and play Santa for my children. It was a very difficult time for my children who were so young and myself. I knew this took away from you, their family to bring happiness to my children when we were totally consumed by the sadness at the loss of my husband and the children’s father. Both Ted and Margaret gave themselves to others and I wanted to share that story with you as it has impacted my life greatly. I often think of that year and as the sadness fades I think of the gift they gave of themselves and their time to my family that Christmas. It was a life well lived and a life shared with so many. My thoughts are with all of you this Christmas Season. I will be making a donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Ted’s name. Sincerely Ann McCaig

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  38. Valerie Desrochers :

    Dear Auntie Marg, John, Dan, Rob and Brent and families, my deepest of sympathy to you all at this very sad time. Uncle Ted has always had a very special place in my heart and I will truly miss him. May he rest in peace.
    Love Val , Marc and family.

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  39. Helen Masciangelo :

    We are so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Your family will get you through the hard times.
    Bob & Helen (Barker) Masciangelo

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  40. Helga Sigurdson :

    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. Our thoughts are with you. We have many happy memories of I.N.L. meetings in Calgary.
    Helga Sigurdson and family

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