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HEFFERNAN – Gerald Francis

September 16, 1919 – April 2, 2010

Gerry Heffernan passed away peacefully in Calgary, surrounded by family members at the age of 90 years after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

Gerry was born on the family homestead in Grainger, Alberta. Gerry served with the RCAF during WW II. He married his sweetheart Marguerite Lavoie in 1942. After the war, he began a 37 year career as Trainman and Conductor with the Canadian Pacific Railway, retiring in the early eighties as Conductor of the Calgary to Edmonton Dayliner. Gerry was a long time member of the United Transportation Union.

Gerry enjoyed spending time with his large family, as well as camping, fishing, billiards, garage sales and golfing. He was known to family, friends, and neighbours as a Jack of all trades, and could fix almost anything and always had the time to help others. Gerry will be lovingly remembered for his sense of humour, love of dancing, musical and vocal abilities, moral ethics, and his long winded wisdom which he gladly shared with others.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Marguerite in 2000, his father Joseph in 1953, his mother Eva in 1985, and his brother Martin in 1999. Gerry will be greatly missed by his four sons, Brian (Barb), Larry (Kathy), Murray (Holly), Craig (Susan); his two daughters, Jeanine (Jim) Moriarty, and Colleen (Colin) Aitken and his special friend Margie. Gerry has fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Gerry is also survived by his sister, Eileen, and brother, Joseph (Marie), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Holy Name Catholic Church (2223 – 34 Street S.W.) on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church (2223 – 34 Street S.W.) on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow in St. Joseph’s Section at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (#6500, 7007 – 14 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 1P9) Special thanks to the staff at Trinity Lodge, as well as the staff at Chinook Hospice, for the excellent care given to Dad.

In living memory of Gerry Heffernan, 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. Karen and Doug Keller :

    We are sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. I know how much you loved him.
    We are thinking of you and your family.
    Please to not hesitate to call if you need some cheering up.
    Sending you some love and hugs.
    Karen & Doug Keller

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  2. Keith & Renate Pollock :

    Dear Craig, Jesse, Lisa and Family

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Dad Heffernan. He always had a smile on his face for you whenever he met you. I am sure you will all miss him very much.
    May God wrap you in His arms and hold you close as you grieve for your Dad/Grandpa.
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that knowing this will ease your pain.
    With sincere sympathy and love,
    Keith and Nana

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  3. Howard and Bev :

    Hey Craig.. You and the Heffernan gang are in our thoughts.
    I’ll always remember.. Gerry giving you driving lessons on the “Twin Bridges Road”..Was that a Studebaker? Your dad was always up for a challenge.

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  4. Bob Schaeffer :

    Dear Brian,
    I just read on Tuesday of the passing of your father. My best memories of him were when you lived on 23 Ave NE. He was showing us some card tricks and as we drew cards from his hand he correctly identified them all. Also I remember you bringing some cedar boughs to school for show and tell. These, you related were brought by your father from one of his runs (RR) in the mountains. Somehow I pictured your dad leaning out the doorway of a moving train and snatching them up. My condolences to you and your family on this occassion.
    Bob Schaeffer (

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