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HOMER-DIXON– Richard Eugene (Gene)

August 6, 1915 – April 5, 2011

Left to miss Gene’s dynamic presence are his loving companion of twenty-three years, Minda and sons Harry (Jacquie) and Chris. His beloved grandsons Richard and Patrick will be guided by his bravery, a lifetime of loyalty to friends in all walks of life and an example of living life to the fullest. Gene was predeceased by his special friend Alan Hunter whose companionship and council he cherished.

Gene grew up in a family of original homesteaders in the Coldstream area of British Columbia. He attended Vernon Preparatory and Shawnigan Lake Schools, and then worked as a fitness instructor in Vancouver. As a member of the Trois Rivere and the British Columbia’s (Duke of Connaught’s Own) Regiments Gene proudly served in the UK, Central Mediterranean and Continental Europe during WWII. He returned from the war to teach physical education for sixteen years at the Vernon Preparatory School. After settling in Calgary in 1962 he worked for Gordon Pogue as a fitness instructor at Pogue’s Health Club. Gene was years ahead of all others in his belief that physical fitness would lead to a longer, healthier life. He played competitive badminton and tennis until the age of 45 and golfed at Earl Grey Golf and Country Club into his late 80’s.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate Gene’s life at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club, 2502 – 6 Street N.E. on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through Special thanks to extended “family” Bill and Nancy Hay and their family, Phil Haggart and Dr. Neil and Leanne Collins. Thanks to Dr. Gladman and the staff of the Colonel Belcher Care Centre for the exceptional care and attention over the past four years.

In living memory of Gene Homer-Dixon, 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. Garth & Carol Gillespie :

    For Chris and his family. I am sorry to hear about the death of your dear father. Although I did not know Gene, I have known Chris for a number of years and know that you loved your Dad and we offer our sympathy to you and your family. Chris, you made him proud in these last years by leading a clean, spiritual life. Love from Garth and Carol

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  2. Chris & family;
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the recent loss of your Dad.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Your friend, Val

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  3. Gale Boughner :

    Chris & family – your dad was a loving character who even now brings a smile to my face even though it’s been a while since I cooked you and him a turkey. The world will be poorer without him. Minda, my condolences for the loss of your dear partner. May God watch over you and give you peace.

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  4. Dirk Sigalet :

    Dear Harry & Chris: There was a special coincidence – -the day your father died I was having lunch with two of my three adult children who were home for a visit. Graham and Molly asked where I developed my habit of early morning exercise and the value of of keeping fit. You know the answer to that question! Those regular 6:00 a.m. morning runs at VPS; the fitness drills; $5.00 for the first finisher at the end of summer term mass start race across the cricket pitch; badminton and boxing. But when Graham (he now has a phys. ed degree and does some personal training) and Molly (dancer) asked more questions about my life schooling with Gene at the time at VPS I only now realized how he taught me to unobtrusively weave the fitness into regular life. Your Dad thoughtfully taught science and socials, and had the respect (and some awe) of all the VPS boys. Gene’s very occasional and well considered word or two of praise for somethng well done was worth much more than the $5.00 prize. And I recognize now that my children, Katy (runner), Molly and Graham, will share and carry on the legacy of your Dad.
    With kindest and lasting memories,

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  5. Chris I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My heartfelt smypathies are with you and your family. You’re in my prayers and thoughts.
    An old friend, Sandy

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