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HARGRAVE, Donald “Don” Reese Fremont

October 19, 1925 – July 22, 2012

Donald Hargrave, beloved husband of Noreen Hargrave of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the age of 86 years.

Don was born and raised in Redcliff, AB. He received his education in Redcliff and Medicine Hat. He joined the Navy in July, 1944 and after the war attended the University of Alberta. He was involved in the early days of seismic exploration starting in 1948, “doodlebugging” all over Canada and the world. He married Noreen Cuyler of Medicine Hat in 1950. During his career as a geophysicist Don worked for several companies including United Geophysical, Accurate Exploration, Seismograph Service Company, Integrated Velocity Services, Globe Universal Sciences in Algeria, Rogers Exploration in Kenya, Resources Engineering & Management in the UK, and back in Canada at PanCanadian, BP Exploration and Home Oil. Don semi-retired in 1990 and consulted until 2000. Don enjoyed his workshop, spending many hours tinkering with his cars and restoring a 1972 right-hand-drive ex-police Volvo that he brought back from England. As the descendant of early Alberta pioneers, Don was always ready to improvise or invent whatever gadgets he needed to get the job done. Don was a fan of jazz piano music and faithfully listened to the Old Disk Jockey on CKUA every week. Every day he completed a crossword puzzle and made several of his famous puns for the amusement of all.

Don is survived by his loving wife Noreen; son David (Janet), daughters Jane (John) of San Carlos, California and Anne (Scott) of Penticton; two grandchildren Ian and Heather Nelson in California . He was predeceased by his brothers Ralph (Mary) and Richard (Jean) and his parents Carl and Aimee Hargrave.

A Memorial Service will be held at McInnis & Holloway Crowfoot Chapel at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, University of Calgary, HRIC 3AC58 3330 Hospital Drive N.W. Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 Phone (403)210-6774 or the Naval Museum of Alberta at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, T2T 5J4, Phone (403)974-2807.

In living memory of Don Hargrave, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Capital Trust Securities :

    Capital Savings Trust Fund Securities.
    We Members of Capital Savings Trust Fund Securities would like to offer our heart felt condolences we are deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Donald R.F. Hargrave who has been one of our esteemed customers in the past years. We hope the family finds peace which comes from the memories of love shared now and in the days to come.
    We pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and he helps you heal from this loss with the passage of time.

    Please Family members or beneficiary of the deceased should contact us via email. Thank You.
    Mr. George R. Smith

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  2. Ina and Phil Waller :

    Noreen and Family.

    Please accept our condolences on your loss of Don. Our friendship goes back many years. Don was a great friend, professional colleague and a true gentleman. He will be missed.

    Ina and Phil

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  3. Harald and Shirley Gunderson :

    Dear Noreen and family,
    We are thinking of you with love today. We have had so many great times together at our Medicine Hat and Calgary Legion Christmas parties . Very special times, very special folks. What a great a great couple. A wonderful life.

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  4. Brenda and Dave Frame :

    We are sending love and hugs your way Noreen. You and Don have had many wonderful adventures and grand memories to treasure over the years. We were blessed to have known Don as a neighbour and a friend.

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  5. Marion and Quentin Sundberg :

    So sorry to read of your sudden and sad loss.

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  6. Donne Hargrave - Wulf :

    Dear Noreen and family,
    We are truly saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I remember well my visits, and his stories and wonderful sense of humour. My father always regarded him as a very special cousin. He will be missed.

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