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KILROE, John Earl “Jack”

March 22, 1937- Calgary, AB
December 2, 2013 – Calgary, AB

John Earl “Jack” Kilroe, 76, of Calgary, passed away of natural causes on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Jack was born March 22, 1937 to the late Myrtle and Stephen Kilroe and was the youngest of seven children.

Jack is survived by his partner, Elsa Landeros, the mother of his children Cleo Kilroe, sons Kent and Brett, four grandchildren: Declan, Nathan, Bowie and Asher, brother Bob, aka Rock (Ida) Kilroe, and sisters Marguerite Dippel, Eileen Mather, Vivian Prior, and Erma (Jack) Burrell.

Jack spent 10 years in the Human Resources Department of Sears Canada before moving into the oil business in Calgary. Once his children were grown, he relocated to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the winters and worked in the vacation industry for 15 years. Aside from his family, Jack’s proudest accomplishments came from his 20 year involvement as a coach in both minor hockey and little league baseball in Calgary.

To those who called him “coach”, Jack was known as a fierce leader with a maverick streak who demonstrated unwavering integrity. He took great pride and responsibility instilling that integrity, discipline and heart into every single player he coached. His “matter of fact” coaching philosophy was built on the concept of “we” over “me. Being a member of a team was a privilege that, Jack felt, came with a sincere responsibility that would become an essential tool for future success.

Jack will also be remembered for his acerbic wit, razor sharp intelligence and his fun-loving cantankerous nature.

Skate with your head up and keep your stick on the ice Jack!

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held at Inglewood Community Centre (1740 – 24 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.

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

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  1. Sherrie Laur (nee deKeyser) :

    Cleo, Brett & Kent –

    Our thoughts are with you all! I have very fond memories of Jack and spending time with all of you. Take good care of yourselves.

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  2. Very deepest sympathy to all of you.

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  3. The obituary in the Herald described Jack to the letter.
    He was a good, good man.
    Sincere condolences.
    See you on January 25th.

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  4. Gary Greenway :

    During high school at Western and for a couple of years after, I hung around with Jack and a few other Inglewood boys (Jack Whitely, Vic Wormworth, Terry and John Hogan, John Gough). The obituary described Jack’s personality and acerbic wit with accuracy.

    The years and distance caused us to lose touch, so I was delighted to re-connect with Jack at the Western high school 100th re-union. He looked great, with his full head of white hair, tan and flowered shirt.

    We had a chance to spend several hours together. Jack was the same guy from high school….smart, quick, funny. We talked about meeting in Puerto Vallarta, but never got around to it. I’m so sorry.

    After 75 years and knowing hundreds of people, the unique style of Jack Kilroe sticks in my head. The world has lost an all round good guy.

    Condolences to Jack’s partner Elsa and to Cleo and Jack’s family.

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