McInnis & Holloway
Funeral Homes

McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes
“The opportunity to serve” is the highest compliment
McInnis & Holloway could receive.
Call (403) 243-8200 or 1-800-661-1599

KARPETZ, Edward John ( Lieutenant-Colonel, Retired

September 12, 1952 – December 11, 2010

Ed passed away at the Rockyview Hospital at the age of 58 after bravely facing ALS for 2 years. He will always be lovingly remembered by his three children Jonathan, Lindsay and Caitlin; his two sisters Linda (John and Mathew) Broschak and Diane (Val, Melissa, Steven and Jack) Mirosh, of Calgary; and his many friends especially his dear friend Nancy.

Ed was born in Winnipeg and attended the U of C before joining the Canadian Forces in 1974. He received his pilot wings in 1976 and served as a fighter pilot in both Cold Lake and Baden-Sollingen, Germany where he flew CF 104s with 421 Squadron. Ed returned to Edmonton in 1982 to earn his degree in dentistry. He served as a military dentist, including a tour in Somalia in 1993. The desire to fly never left Ed and he once again took to the air as a CF pilot in 1998, this time flying helicopters. He served twice in Bosnia-Herzegovina and finished his military career as the Commanding Officer of 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. Ed was flying with Air Sprint in 2008 when he was diagnosed with ALS. Over the past 2 years, this devastating illness gradually took away Ed’s ability to do the things he loved, but he faced the journey with amazing grace and with his unfailing, quirky sense of humour firmly intact.

Ed was proud to be the 2010 Ambassador for Betty’s Run for ALS. The load on Ed and his family was made lighter by the love and support of many family and friends, most importantly “Aunty Linda”; the amazing support of Jane and the team at the ALS Society of Alberta; special thanks to Amy, Allah and Judith who walked beside us all these difficult months.

A viewing followed by a celebration of Ed’s life will take place starting at 10 a.m. at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, December 17, 2010. Graveside Service to follow in the Field of Honour at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the ALS Society of Alberta. Messages of condolence may be sent to # 1501, 525 – 75 Avenue S.W.

In living memory of Ed Karpetz, 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

Offer Condolence for the family of KARPETZ, Edward John ( Lieutenant-Colonel, Retired

Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. Jonathan, Lindsay and Caitlin, you can be truly proud of your father. He carried himself with dignity through life and he handled his illness the same way. His rapid deterioration was very sad. Fiona and I watched Ed as he was being prepared to address the audience as the Ambassador for Betty’s Run for ALS last summer in Glenmore Park, and we believe he was pretty thrilled to be able to take on that role.

    Nancy and Linda together with Ed’s children; you all did a fabulous job in supporting Ed during this difficult time. Over the last few days I’ve talked with a number of Ed’s old friends all of whom found it very difficult to visit Ed in the recent months. Thank you for tremendous efforts.

    ALS is truly a horrible disease but Ed handled it with dignity and grace. We will remember him fondly from better times, for his warmth, his interesting perspective on life, his sense of humour.

    Doctor, Lieutenant-Colonel, ALS Ambassador, childhood friend and all-round nice guy; Ed, you will be greatly missed.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  2. Jon,
    We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. It’s always hard to find the right words at a time like this. We hope you find strength from memories of happier times and comfort from those around.

    Ivy & Rob Hoffman

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  3. Col Drouin, Commander 1 Wing :

    A true friend, a great pilot, and a wonderful spirit. Ed was an integral member of the tactical aviation family for many years. His service to his country, either with us, or prior to taking us as his adoptive community, was second to none.

    As the Commanding Officer of 400 Squadron his mentorship was instrumental in the development of many young servicemen. He was an outstanding leader, and a kind soul.

    On behalf of all of the members of 1 Wing and the tactical aviation community, our most sincere condolences.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  4. Infrastructure Ontario :

    Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family at this time.
    Civil team at Infrastructure Ontario

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  5. Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Goheen :

    Sincere condolences to the Karpetz family from the Commanding Officer of 1 Dental Unit. Ed and I served as Detachment Commanders in 12 Dental Unit during the 1980s where he was seen to be a highly effective leader and a dedicated dental officer. His loyalty to the Canadian Forces and Canada will be missed.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  6. Major |Jeff Fenske :

    It is with heart felt regret that I have learned of Ed’s passing. I served with Ed in Chatham NB where I received some of the best caring dental work I have ever received in the CF. Ed was a professional, a caring gentleman, a rennaisance man, read fast air oilot… dentist… helicopter pilot who mentored many and a family man. It was simply an honour to have served alongside Ed who remains an inspiration to this day. Kindest regards to the Karpetz family during your time of sorrow.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  7. Dear Jon, Lindsay and Caitlin,

    I was so sorry to get the news of your loss and immediately got in touch with David and Lesley to let them know that Ed had gone. We all feel so sad that he had to go through these years of fighting ALS. It’s such a cruel disease.

    Your hearts must be breaking at this time, so please know that your friends and family are grieving with you and we wish that we could be closer and able to help. Unfortunately, distance prevents this but we will be with you in spirit on Friday.

    With sincere sympathy
    from the Barrett side of the family.

    Auntie May.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  8. Maj Frank Tos 400 Sqn Borden :

    Commanding Officer Karpetz,(the CO), was a great guy and an excellent boss. He treated everyone fairly, was quick to make decisions and get down to business. Most of all, he was a lot of fun to be around. He was seldom down and if he was would joke about it. He always had a good story to tell. I sometimes thought he did so many different things in his life just so he could tell the stories. I only knew him for the two years he served at 400 Sqn but gained a lot through his example as a fine officer and friend. He will be sadly missed by myself and all who served with him.
    Take care Ed

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  9. Tim and Crystal Morash and family :

    Our sincere condolences to the Karpetz family. I served with John in Petawawa around the time he deployed to Somalia and eventually retired. Unfortunately, I was the alternate Dental Assitant for Somolia and did not have the opportunity to deploy with him. I will remember him as an excellent teacher and friend. As a Canadian Forces Officer, I learned much from him about leadership. As a friend and and Officer he taught me how to best treat people, which served me well throughout my career.

    Especially to his children, whom I heard heartfelt stories of everyday, I offer my sincere condolences. On a daily basis he spoke of you all and expressed his pride in you and loved you deeply.

    Tim Morash (retired MWO)

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  10. Neville Symonds :

    To Ed’s family I share your grief. I am sorry that I have not had the privilege to share more time with him over the years.
    My short few years flying with “The Rug” on 421 Sqn was enhanced by his skill and joy of flying and his ever-ready sense of humour and quick wit.
    A good friend and colleague.
    “Per Ardua Ad Astra”

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  11. Shirley Neville, (lieutenant-Colonel, Retd :

    Jonathan, Lindsay and Caitlin:

    I served with your father in Chatham, NB between 1987 – 1990. I especially remember you, Johnathan and Lindsay, running around in the adjoining yards between Toronto and Vancouver Crescents with my niece Karyn Jourdeuil. Caitlin – my sister, Denyse, who was a nurse at CFB Chatham, working with your father, remembers the day you joined the family. You caused must discussion in the MQ patch as Ed’s license plate said “4 Rugs” rather than ” 4 Karpetz” – we were not sure if Ed was going to change his personalized license plate or not. We are sad to hear this news – we remember your father fondly – he will not be forgotten.

    Mary, Shirley, Denyse, Chari Neville and Karyn Jourdeuil

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  12. Lorie Burns and Andrea Horwood :

    Dear Lindsay, Catlin and Jon,

    Although we never had the pleasure of meeting your father, his love and dedication for the three of you and his wonderful sense of humour have been evident in the many stories Lindsay has shared with us about your father.

    Over the past two very challenging years it has also become evident how much love and dedication you have for your father, through the altruistic devotion, support and loyalty you have consistently shown your father throughout his battle with ALS.

    We offer you, and all of the Karpetz family, our heartfelt condolences. Although we can’t physically be there, please know we will be with you in spirit on Friday.

    Lorie and Andrea

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  13. Tom and Sharen Whitburn :

    To Ed’s Family, please accept our sincerest and deepest sympathies for your recent loss of Ed. Ed and I first met in Basic Training in Chilliwack, BC, in 1974, and remained friends from that point onward. Ed was the classic Officer and a Gentleman, always positive and outgoing with a great sense of humour. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

    Sincerely, Tom and Sharen.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  14. Laura Lundquist :

    Hello Jonathan, Lindsay & Caitlin,

    Hope that this message finds you coping well with a difficult week. I was so sorry to get the news yesterday & wanted to reach out and let you know I’m thinking about all of you, and your dad.

    Take care,

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  15. Major Bob MacDonald (retired) and wife Anna :

    To the entire Karpetz family, we wish to offer our deepest condolences to all of you. We have many good memories of the family while stationed in Chatham, N.B.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  16. Christopher Shelley (Colonel - Retired) :

    Ed was an outstanding man, officer and pilot. I first got to know Ed at 408 Squadron when I was his commanding officer, both in Canada and in Bosnia. His previous flying experience, coupled with his international experience in Somalia and his confident, easygoing manner quickly made him an unofficial leader in the unit. A quick story from Bosnia – I consistently sent Ed to fly the division commander, Major-General Rick Hillier, because he knew how to handle that task with tact and efficiency. Soon after our arrival in Bosnia, we received a highly complimentary review of the unit from General Hillier, and this was in no small measure due to Ed’s efforts. Many were the times when Ed would knock on my door and say, “Sir, can we have a chat?” I think because we were close in age and experience we found it easy to talk about most things, and I know that often the younger pilots would ask Ed to tackle me on some issue or another, and I soon grew to trust his judgment on a wide range of issues. Later, when as 1 Wing Commander I was looking for a commanding officer for 400 Squadron, I had no doubt as to who I wanted for the job – Ed! He accepted with alacrity, much to the benefit of the squadron and the wing. He was someone on who I could always depend, and who never disappointed. It seems as if even in his final battle with ALS, he never gave up the fight and the things that we treasured about Ed still shone through. I sincerely regret his passing; he will be missed.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  17. Cam and Jan Palmer :

    Dear Diane, Val, Linda, John, Nancy and Family,

    Our love and deepest sympathy goes out to you all at this very difficult time.

    We have always felt a part of your family and know how much Ed meant to you and what an important part he played in your lives. We will remember Ed for his enthusiasm, sense of humour and joy of life. We have great admiration for the courage he showed in facing his devastating illness. He is an example to us all!

    Jonathon, Lindsay and Caitlin; we have enjoyed meeting you over the years and can only imagine how difficult it is to lose your dad at this young age.

    Most Sincerely,
    Cam and Jan Palmer

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  18. I came to know Ed as one of (my husband) Al’s childhood friends, one of a gang of warm-hearted and down-to-earth guys. I never heard Ed utter a mean word, although he certainly had his own perspective on life and its quirks. You could always be comfortable with him, didn’t have to worry about impressing him or offending him – Ed just wasn’t the judgemental type. And he was happy to share to laugh or lend an ear. Ed will be fondly remembered in a world that is now a sorrier place without him.

    Fiona Law, Calgary

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  19. Judy & Don Barker :

    Diane & Family

    Our condolences to you in your recent loss of Edward…may you keep his memory of a life well-lived and special times shared to cherish.

    Judy & Don Barker

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  20. Miriam Ziegler-Goldberg :

    Dear Lindsay and family

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you find strength in your memories.

    Miriam Ziegler-Goldberg

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  21. Milt and Kathy Ness :

    Jon, Lindsay, and Caitlan, I want to thank you for the great honour of accompanying your Dad to his final resting spot. Your choice was wonderful. We will all find peace in that spot when we visit him in the future. When I was seriously ill, Ed came to see me and shared with me how our friendship had affected his life. I want to do the same for you. Your Dad has affected many others; how they have lived their lives and the choices they have made. You talked about how he found his true self in the sky and I understand that completely. I am working to make a difference in my personal life and professional life every day at least in part because of the example your Dad set. In spite of the fact that we were so different, we could sit down after a year apart and start up conversations that we hadn’t finished years before. Invariably our conversations turned to bragging about our kids. He was always so proud of all 3 of you. The last time I visted him, he was having trouble speaking, but we laughed, told stories, and bragged for an hour and a half in spite of that. Your Dad’s sense of humour, sense of service, pride in family and love of life are things that I will always remember and cherish. Kathy and I consider Ed to be one of the most special people we have ever had the priviledge to know.
    All our love,
    Milt and Kathy

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  22. My condolences to his family on their loss. I met Ed in basic training in the Air Force. A shared sense of humour made us friends. What was best about him, perhaps, aside from his ability to see the ridiculous, was his sense of duty. I was glad to have known him, and will miss him.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  23. My condolences and news to which I believe LCol Karpetz would appreciate. It has been over 10 years since I worked with LCol Karpetz – I was the primary officer in charge of Operation Ho Ho Ho (having Santa’s Elves deliver toys to all the children who must spend the Christmas Holiday Season at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children). It was under his command that this venture was first put forward. Prior to his passing he had said to me that throughout his entire military career that this operation was the most significant and the hi-light of his career. I simply wanted you to know that the legacy continues and the operation has now continued in his memory: over ten years and counting. We have delivered toys and donations for Toronto Sick Kids Hospital now and have achieved over $10,000 annually for the kids every year. On behalf of Sick Kids I would like to express my deepest thanks to LCol Karpetz and his family for his steadfast support in making this operation possible.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Leave Your Condolence


In order to confirm this has been completed by a human, kindly answer the below equation. *