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KAPUSTA, Al

April 23, 1938 – Pollau, Czech Republic
November 26, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Al Kapusta passed away on Wednesday November 26, 2014 at the age of 76 after a long and courageous battle with cancer with his wife Helga and daughter in-law Cindy by his side. He was born to the late Anna and Josef Kapusta on April 23, 1938 in Pollau, Czechoslovakia, Germany. He learned his trade of cabinet maker in Germany and immigrated to Canada when he was 17. He sent for his sweetheart Helga Elisabeth Zeller 3 years later and they married immediately in 1960 in Montreal, Quebec and relocated to Calgary, Alberta in 1967.

Al cofounded the Millwork Company Artek and in 1987 it merged with B.C. Millwork to form one of the largest Millwork manufacturing and interior contracting firms in Western Canada. He leaves a legacy of projects around the world but his favourite achievement was the designing and constructing of the animation desks for Walt Disney Animation. He was a perfectionist and that led to his great success! He was an avid skier, sailor, and craftsman, a man who would try anything once, or twice! But his greatest love was for his family.

Albert Pike wrote “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Al did everything for his family!

Survived by his wife Helga Kapusta, daughter Daisy Kapusta (husband Ron Humeny), son Stephen Kapusta (wife Cindy Kapusta). Grandsons Nicholas Jones, Daniel Kapusta (wife Laura Thomson), Christopher Kapusta (Jen Fisher), numerous loving nieces and nephews extended family and many great friends. He is predeceased by his only sibling, brother, Joe Kapusta (survived sister in-law Jean Kapusta).

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Ostomy Society at 110, 305- 4625 Varsity Dr. NW, Calgary T3A-0Z9 or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff of AHS South Health Campus in particular Unit 58 and the Palliative and Home Care teams. Also, the family wishes to thank We Care Home Health Services and Home Instead Senior Care.

In living memory of Al Kapusta, 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. Teresa and Henryk Kacperski :

    We would like to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  2. Gayle Heslegrave :

    Daisy and family,

    My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.

    Love, Gayle

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  3. Dear Daisy – sending love to you and your family on the sad loss of your father. His wonderful attributes live on in you and your family.

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  4. Walter Klimuszko :

    Dear Helga,
    I was saddened to hear of Al’s passing. I have many good memories of our years together at Artect. My deepest sympathy to you , Daisy and Stephen.

    Walter Klimuszko

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  5. PETER HUETTEMANN :

    TO HELGA AND HER FAMILY, OUR DEEPEST AND SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO YOU FROM THE HUETTEMANN FAMILY .

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  6. Bromberg Family :

    Helga, Daisy, Stephen, Cindy and family.
    You are all in our hearts and prayers…
    We have many wonderful memories of Al over the years and are ever so grateful we were blessed to know him.
    Love Laurie & Darrell, Rob& Perri, Gwen, Lynda

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  7. Nick Lobello and Family :

    To Helga and family,
    It saddened us all here at Nick’s Woodcraft to hear about Al’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you all. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
    Sincerely from all of us at Nick’s Woodcraft
    Nick Lobello and Family.

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  8. Dear Helga and family,
    I would like to send from our family our heartfelt sympathy to you all in your family and our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time . May you find strength and courage in this difficult time.
    Fritz and Helga Wagner

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  9. Henry Johnston :

    Dear Helga,

    Both Lorna and I were deeply saddened to hear about Al. We have fond memories of our time with Al, you and the family in Calgary and the Rockies many moons ago. We were two poor students a long way from home in Northern Ireland and Al was particularly kind and generous to us. Our thoughts are with you, Daisy and Stephen and the rest of your lovely family.

    Yours sincerely

    Henry

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  10. Eton Sillner, Paul & Jo Anne Partlo :

    So sorry to hear the news of Al’s passing. He was one of a kind. Lots of great memories…the Artek family…our wedding so many years ago…a few parties with a few beverages…perms…the house in Bonavista….we will miss him.
    Egon, Jo Anne and Paul

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