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JACK (nee Roberge), Laura Marie

June 1, 1928 – Banff, AB
February 8, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Jack, Laura Marie (nee Roberge) born June 01, 1928 in Banff, Albertan passed away peacefully with family by her side on February 8, 2017 in Calgary. She was predeceased by her parents Isadore Robert Roberge of Pointe Gatineaux, Quebec, and Gladys Mae (Lumb) Roberge of Southport, Lancashire, England, her loving husband Leonard Craigie Jack of Calgary and younger brother Albert Roberge of Edmonton. She is survived by her brother William (Bill) Roberge of Banff, sisters –in –law Margot and Marion; children and grandchildren-Lois (Bill) Kimberley, Hillary; Robert (Wendy) William, Ewan, Ben; Holly-Skylar; Richard (Susan) Ryan, Ben.; 4 nephews, 4 nieces, 5 grandnephews, 4 grandnieces, and 1 great grandniece.

She enjoyed the extraordinary opportunity of growing up in Banff, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, waking up each day to the glory of Cascade Mountain and it’s waterfall. Laura attended school through grade 12 in Banff. While she was diagnosed with polio as a very young child she endeavored to never let it slow her down. She was president of the Mounteen Club which provided many volunteer and social opportunities often reciprocally shared with the comparable Calgary Sateen Club. Early work opportunities included the Upper Hot Springs and the Ski Lodge Food Services at Mount Norquay. Laura moved to Calgary after graduation taking a position in the Cosmetics department at the Hudson’s Bay Company. Given her outgoing and social disposition, she loved working with the public in her various sales positions. During this time, she met her soul mate, Len Jack who invited her out to a hockey game for their first date and which created a fondness for following sports the rest of her life. After Len’s sudden passing in 1965 Laura raised their 4 children on her own and took pride in her career as a mother and homemaker, while also maintaining positions as a Sales Representative for World Book Encyclopedia; AdCom Market Research as a Call Centre Manager and a women’s/children’s clothing store clerk. Laura was an accomplished swimmer, sewer, knitter and enjoyed crafts, gardening and music, in particular a love for opera. For many years, she was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church participating in the women’s group (last position as CWL secretary), and in church activities, back door lunches, bazaars and rummage sales. She cherished the friendships made with neighbours, colleagues and in her church community. Laura felt very blessed to have four terrific kids and eight wonderful grandchildren whom she adored and was able to share special times with despite geographical distances. She loved life, lived it to the fullest and did it her way! We will always love you and will forever miss you
– Rest with the Angels Mom.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 1112, or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

In living memory of Laura Jack, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Lois, Robbie, Holly and Ritchie,

    I am so sad to hear of Laura’s passing. I was just wondering the other day how everybody was. Please let us Bailies know when the memorial service will be.

    Lots of love,
    John Bailie

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  2. Mrs Jack, that is what we called her. A great friend for many years to my Mom , Pat Lindsay. Visited my Mom and my Dad all the time. She was always happy when visiting. Always gave great support and love. My sister and I loved her for what she did for Mom and Dad. I am saddened for her passing but I think she did the best that she could do with a smile on her face and a bit of a jump in her step. It was not easy raising a family by herself but she did it. Both my sister and I will think fondly of her great gift. The gift of friendship. I have not seen Mrs Jack in many a year. Will remember her with great respect and fondness.

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  3. Colonel Lee Thompson :

    my wife Liz and myself with two very small children arrived in Calgary in 1955 and the two first people to befriend us were Laura and Len Jack. They were more than just friends, Len got me my first automobile, Laura was always helping Liz and the children. We did not have much and the Jacks friendship and assistance was one of those thing you just never forget. We joined Knox Presbyterian and were overjoyed to always spend time with Laura after Len’s terrible accident.
    To us Laura was always the perfect example of a good Christian, always helping others, displaying a courage that few possess, just a wonderful woman all around. Please accept the sincere condolences of all the Thompson family members, we all have great memories of kids at Xmas parties at Hangar 6 etc., it has been a long road. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  4. Sorry to hear about Laura even though it has been a long time since I’ve seen her or any of the family. She was always good to us when we hung around the house. Hope to be able to attend the Memorial at a later date and see the rest of the family.


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  5. Louise Kempton McCormick :

    To the Jack family….Lois…My sincere condolences to you and all members of your family. I always enjoyed the times I spent with your mom. Hold your memories close to your heart. Louise (and Jim)

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s death. I have wonderful memories of her when we would go into Calgary from Emerald Lake, Lois, or when she would come to visit in Banff, Holly. She really was a wonderful person.

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