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IPPOLITO, Darcy James

August 3, 1981 – Calgary, Alberta
March 5, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Darcy James Ippolito of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the age of 33 years.

Darcy was an accomplished individual both in academics and martial arts. He had a love for nature and traveling. Darcy managed to often combine many of his loves and accomplishments by studying and working abroad.

Darcy graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in 1999. Darcy, who was on the dean’s list, graduated in 2006 from the University of Calgary with Distinction in Geography. He was selected to attend a special project in the Arctic where he studied the Arctic Ocean ice thickness. Darcy loved nature and spent seven summers tree planting in Canada. In undergrad, Darcy was awarded a student grant to study in South East Asia where his passion for travel was ignited.

After Darcy graduated from the University of Calgary, he travelled to South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Darcy returned to Canada focused and determined to become an engineer. Darcy attended the University of Victoria for engineering. Darcy took a year off to live in Brazil with his close friends Tom, Hilary and Phil, where he furthered his love of capoeira, eco-tourism, tattoos and hiking.

Darcy earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering in April 2013, following in his father’s footsteps. Darcy was an excellent student, working while at school on a research project combining engineering with the science for creating polymer binding proteins. He was a research assistant for an engineering product for surgical intervention in spinal injuries. Darcy earned a work term in Calgary at the prestigious company of Penn West where he was hired on after his work term. Darcy looked forward to attending their training in southwestern Manitoba and was excited to start his career with Penn West.

Darcy was diagnosed with colon cancer on May 5, 2013. Darcy battled cancer as he lived life, determined and with a shy smile. Darcy loved his life and lived it with passion.

Darcy is survived by his devoted girlfriend Mireille Maheu; mother and father Joanne & Rick Ippolito; two sisters and their partners Erin Ippolito & her husband Jose Luis Sandoval and Brianne Ippolito & Jeff Bottriell; two brothers and their partners, Danny Ippolito & Karin Lienhard, Chris Ippolito & his wife Karen MacKenzie-Ippolito, and Darcy’s niece and nephew Clara-Anne Ippolito & Alexander Darcy Ippolito. He is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Art & Sheryl Tweten, his cousins Jason Tweten and Chad Tweten; his uncle and aunt, Vic & Eunice Ippolito; his cousins Stacey Pederson and Colin Ippolito and their families; his uncle and aunt, Glenn & Donna Ippolito and his cousins Darren Ippolito and Candace Ippolito; and his uncle Ray Parsons. Darcy is also survived by many extended relatives and many loyal and wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents Vern & Anne Tweten and Ray & Betsy Ippolito and his aunt Margret Parsons (nee Tweten). Darcy will be forever missed.

A memorial celebrating Darcy’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Surgical Oncology Jennifer Gardiner Chair Fund, www.netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/jennifergardinerfund for the research of new surgical oncology – for another life taken by colon cancer.

In living memory of Darcy Ippolito, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Heather Mitchell :

    Dear Chris and the “One of a Kind”, ever so special, Ippolito family,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. I hope that your fun loving memories of Darcy and the photos in your hearts of his big Ippolito smile, will comfort you during this difficult time.
    Sending you big warm hugs.
    Heather Mitchell
    Calgary

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  2. NORBERT ET RAYMONDE LESSARD :

    Nous vous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances pour le décès de Darcy.Il a eu une vie trop courte mais bien remplie. Nous ne le connaissions pas personnellement, mais notre nièce Mireille partageait sa vie depuis quelques années donc , il faisait partie de notre famille .Nos pensées sont avec vous.
    Norbert et Raymonde Lessard.

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  3. Ed & Angela Dewar :

    We are so sorry to hear of Darcy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

    Angela, Ed, Austin & Adriana Dewar

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  4. Don and Mary Checkley :

    Dear Joey and Rick and family,
    So sorry to read about the death of your son, Darcy. He certainly lived a full life in his 33 years. May the many memories you have help to console you at this most sad and difficult time.
    We send our thoughts and prayers.
    Mary and Don Checkley

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  5. Sandra Jenkins ( Miller) :

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to the family. May the grace of God carry you through these difficult times and may your precious memories bring some consolation.
    Thoughts & Prayers
    Sandra

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  6. (Toni) Lynne Cousineau and Larry Clisby :

    What a beautiful tribute to Darcy, who clearly lived life to the fullest. Sending love, hugs and strength to the extended Ippolito family at this sad and difficult time. May you keep all those happy memories close to your hearts and he will be with you always. Another angel just got his wings…. <3

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  7. Erin and Jose, I am so sorry for your loss. On behalf of the Board of Livingstone House please know our thoughts are with you.

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  8. Nicole Lessard :

    mes sympathies a toute la famille et a Mireille
    mes pensées vous accompagnent dans ce dur moments

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  9. Sherry Kennedy :

    Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your son, brother, uncle, boyfriend. Gone too soon. Sherry Kennedy and family

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  10. Sabina Amaral :

    Words cannot express my sadness for you and your family. My daughter graduated with your son from BCHS in 1999. He obviously lived his life to the fullest. He will never be far from you. Look upon the dark starry night. The newest star is Darcy.

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  11. Jeffrey and Carolyn Smith :

    Dear Erin and the rest of the Ippolito Family: Carolyn and I were deeply saddened and are very sorry to hear of this terrible loss to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you at this extremely sad time. Jeff and Carolyn

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  12. Anne Farineau :

    Dear Ippolito family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Darcy. We met on the fieldschool to SE Asia, a trip none of us could ever forget. I have clear memories of Darcy and the things I remember most were his gentleness and how he glowed with life. I distinctly remember talking about ninjitsu with him, and trying a hip throw on him. I so wish I could attend his memorial. His friends around the world are thinking about him.

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  13. Pauline Groleau :

    J’offre mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille et particulièrement à Mireille ma filleule……son parrain lui envoie aussi un petit coucou….décédé d’un cancer similaire en décembre. Je pense fort à toi…….ferme les yeux
    et tu retrouveras Darcy…xxxxx

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  14. Lisa Belyea :

    So sorry for your loss Chris. My sincere condolences to your parents. They have become members of a world no parent ever wants to be in. In a few months, when your brother gets used to his new world, give me a call and we’ll see how he is.

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  15. Marie and Jim Leach :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our son , Kristian, was at BCHS with Darcy and they were on the football team together. Thinking of you and your family.

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  16. Lyzzy Arones & Todd Anderson :

    Our sincere condolences and sympathies for the Ippolito family. We are so sorry about your loss.

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  17. Joni Winter :

    Darcy was so full of life, wonder & interest.
    His Gentle, pleasant manner made him easy to be around. I am so sorry for the loss of a most wonderful family member. My very deepest sympathies! From his former Art Teacher, Joni Winter (nee Grady)

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  18. Andrew Kryzan :

    Rick, Joey and Ippolito family, so sorry on the loss of a son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Andrew and Karen

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  19. Sad news, it is great to have a brother that you can count on, and get along with. It sounds like he lived an entire lifetime in his few short years.
    Take Care

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  20. Suzanne Groleau et Pierre Yves Doyon :

    Nous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille Ippolito,et particulièrement
    à notre belle nièce Mireille Maheu qui a sue si bien accompagné Darcy dans ce dur combat jusqu’à la fin. Merci Darcy, d avoir été la personne que tu étais. Bon voyage maintenant et prend bien soins de ta famille et de notre Mireille de la haut xxx

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  21. Marianne MacDonald :

    Our deepest sympathy Joanne and Rick to you and all your family…it has been many years since we lived across the street and the kids all played together but we certainly remember what a warm and loving family you were. It sounds like Darcy went on to accomplish many things while enjoying great adventures in his way too short life…we are thinking of all of you and hoping that time will help heal some of your sorrow.
    Marianne, Stu, Shaun and Leanne MacDonald

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  22. Karen Brigden :

    Rick, Joanne, and Family
    Our deepest sympathies to you all in the passing of Darcy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find comfort as a family knowing you had given him the support and love he needed during his battle. May you find comfort knowing he is now wrapped in God’s warmth.
    Love Brian, Karen, Lisa, Cam and Austin Brigden

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  23. Édith Groleau et Clément Maheu :

    Toute notre sympathie à la famille Ippolito et plus particulièrement, à notre fille Mireille. Mireille, tu as accompagné Darcy dans sa maladie, tu en as pris soin jusqu’à la fin. Il n’y a que l’amour qui permette d’apporter un tel soutien! Vous viviez un amour exceptionnel! Maintenant, Darcy est libéré de son corps malade et il ne reste que son énergie qui, j’en suis certaine, t’enveloppera toujours. Son beau sourire et sa gentillesse resteront gravés dans nos coeurs à jamais.

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  24. Marilyn, Michael Martin, and Family :

    Dear Joey, Rick, and Family,

    We are so saddened by the death of this vital young man who fought so hard to win his battle with cancer.
    We send our deepest sympathy and love, always and at this time of grief for you.

    Marilyn, Michael, and Brad & Family, Sean & Famly, and Megan & Family.

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  25. Marcel Cloutier et Monique Groleau :

    Toutes nos condoléances Mireille ainsi qu’à la famille Ippolito.Nous savons que la vie s’arrête un jour et que pour vous tous le chemin sans Darcy sera difficile.Le temps apaisera votre chagrin petit à petit et il restera à jamais vivant dans le coeur de chacun de vous.Mireille ta présence près de lui dans sa maladie lui a été précieuse. Sache qu’on pense fort à toi et nous te souhaitons beaucoup de courage

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  26. Joy Daniels :

    My heart goes out to all all the family and friends of Darcy.He was a very wonderful man.
    May his Memory be a Blessing.

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  27. Valerie Wright(Buchanan) :

    Steve and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Darcy sounded like a wonderful person.

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  28. Douglas de la Mare :

    So very sorry for your loss, Darcy was a great classmate and friend. Extremely saddened by this news.

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  29. Ana Sandoval :

    Dear Erin, Mireille and Ippolito family, I’m so sorry for your loss, I couldn’t imagine how painful is this moment, I only can say try to embrace all the moments that you shared with Darcy and all beautiful memories. Now you have an angel in the sky and I’m sure that he will be with you in your hearts and you could feel him at your side always. My thoughts are with you all. Warm hugs.

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  30. Dear Ippolito family,
    We are very saddened and sorry for your loss. I remember Darcy from childhood with the sports and games we use to play. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Jason and Sara Yao

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  31. Laurie Brigden :

    Dear Ippolito family,
    I am so inspired by the gusto and passion in which Darcy lived his life. In his short time on earth, he lived many lifetimes. There is no finer legacy that can be left behind. I can’t imagine what he’s going to accomplish on the next level other than I know it’s going to be huge! My family sends our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful and wonderful son, brother, and uncle. All our love, Laurie, Adam, Aimee, and Elizabeth.

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  32. Rick and family,
    So sorry to hear of Darcy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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  33. Liana and Darryl Dewar :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your son, Darcy. He clearly lived an amazing life. We are thinking of your family at this very difficult time.

    Liana, Darryl, Sarah and Jacob Dewar

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  34. Pat and Wally Zarowny :

    Though words seem inadequate when suffering the loss of a loved one, Wally and I would like to offer our condolences to you and the family.

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  35. Anne-Marie Maheu :

    J’envoie toutes mes pensées à la chaleureuse et accueillante famille Ippolito et aussi à Mireille, ma petite sœur d’amour. Ce dernier défi, Darcy l’a relevé comme il a su relever tous les autres qui ont parsemé son chemin; avec sagesse et une énorme dose de courage. Ce repos qu’il a finalement trouvé, il l’a tellement mérité……. Mireille, maintenant c’est à son tour de prendre soin de toi de là où il est. J’aurais aimé mieux le connaître, ton beau Darcy, mais même de l’autre bout du pays il a su nous inspirer. Je t’envoie tout mon amour petite sœur. ❤️ Viens nous voir dès que tu en auras l’occasion xxxxxxxx

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  36. Rick, my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.
    Al Bradley

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  37. Robert Tanguay et Marie-Paule Maheu :

    Nous voulons te souhaité toute nos plus sincères condoléance Mireille à toi et à toute la famille Ippolito. Darcy a été béni de t’avoir avec lui pour faire ce dernier bout de chemin. Nous t’envoyons plein d’amour ainsi qu’à ta belle famille.

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  38. Frederic Bussieres :

    I will miss you eternally my friend…

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  39. Dear Ippolito Family,
    Please accept my condolences for your loss. I met Darcy while TAing for several courses in UVic’s engineering program. Darcy stood out as a gifted and thorough engineer. I will remember him for his hard work in academics and his commitment to early mornings in the gym! I enjoyed my short few years with Darcy and was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you.

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  40. Dennis and Lexie Chorney :

    Joey and Rick,
    We are so sorry to hear of your son Darcy’s passing. We can only imagine the sorrow you are all going through right now. May the wonderful memories you have help you through this difficult time and the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dennis and Lexie Chorney

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  41. Tara DiBenedetto :

    I am so sorry to learn of Darcy’s passing. Darcy was a tremendous being, full of warmth, kindness, awareness and intelligence and it was my luck to know him. All my deepest sympathies.

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  42. Rohanna Gibson :

    Mireille and Darcy’s family – hugs to all of you during this most difficult time. Darcy was a fantastic friend and adventure buddy. When we lived in Victoria, he was always up for climbing trips or lazy brunches (when he wasn’t too busy studying away). I’ll always be inspired by his enthusiasm for life, and I wish we could have shared more adventures, laughs, and long chats. While I’m deeply saddened by this loss, I’m super grateful for the time I shared with Darcy and the good memories I have of him. xoxo

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  43. Iam so sorry for the loss of Darcy. I went to school with him at St.Jude. He was my first best friend as a kid. My prayers go out to your whole entire family, deepest condolences, he will be in my prayers.

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  44. Rob Lothian & Lorna Brown :

    Please accept our profound condolences on the passing of Darcy. Our thoughts are with the family and his close friends on this sad occasion. It is hoped that a measure of solace may be found in the broad experiences and wonderful times he did enjoy, despite their foreshortening. Moreover, it is clear he was loved for his good self and respected for his many and strong achievements.

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  45. Rick,
    Please accept my sincere condolences with the passing of your son Darcy.
    Roy Smith

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  46. Kristian Leach :

    My sincere condolences to Mireille and the Ipollito family. Darcy was a good friend of mine through out high school and University. While at the U Of C, Darcy and I lifted weights together at the varsity weight room (while Darcy was on the track and field team). I will always remember his “can-do!”attitude and his quiet and happy confidence. As you know, there was nothing that Darcy couldn’t do.

    Thinking of you all at this time.
    Kristian Leach

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  47. Caroline Maheu et Mario Jacques :

    Mes plus sincères sympathies à toi ma cousine Mireille ainsi qu’à la famille de ton amoureux!!! Je t’embrasse et pense fort à toi ma belle Mireille!! XX

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  48. Lynn and Rick Easton :

    Dear Joey, Rick and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about your son, Darcy. Such a difficult time for you all. On reading about Darcy, it showed a life full of interest and adventure; memories will help keep him close. You are in our thoughts.

    Sincerely, Lynn and Rick Easton

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  49. Michael Popp :

    Dear Chris and Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Darcy and apologize for the delay in offering condolences to you all. I just heard the news today…I wish I could’ve attended his service earlier this month to show my support.

    Chris, your brother was a wonderful person. I remember him well from our school days and remember how close you both were.

    My heart and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Please take care.

    Michael Popp

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