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KIRKER – William P.

September 18, 1929 – September 7, 2010

William P. Kirker (Bill), born September 18, 1929 in Trail, BC died in Invermere, BC on September 7, 2010 with his wife Beverley by his side.

Raised in Trail, BC where his parents, James and Catherine, settled after emigrating from Ireland in 1927, Bill was an avid downhill skier and he loved to play golf. He graduated with a degree in geology from the University of British Columbia in 1951 and enjoyed a long and distinguished career, making a significant contribution to Calgary’s oil patch, and many friends along the way.

Bill and Bev enjoyed fifty-eight great years together and raised three children, Scott (Anne), Craig (Colleen) and Karen (Brian), who all shared their father’s sense of humour and conviviality, more often than not with a fine bottle of Scotch. Bill delighted in spending time with his nine grandchildren, Katie and Ryan; Evan, Bryce, Travis, Miranda, and Kyla; Derek and Brett, all of whom dearly loved and respected him. He was very close to his brothers, Jim (Margaret) and Mervyn (Corinne).

One of his many gifts was his easy manner and the great joy he felt when spending time with his friends and family.

All who knew him will remember him fondly.

In the Irish tradition, a celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the Silver Spring’s Golf & Country Club (1600 Varsity Estates Drive N.W.) on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca.

In living memory of Bill Kirker, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Clem & Diane Dumett :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our most sincere condolences.
    Clem & Diane Dumjett

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  2. Bill Kirker was a very special man and his enthusiasm, sense of humor and wisdom will be dearly missed. I came to know Bill through my sister, Colleen shortly after her marriage to Bill’s son, Craig. It was always a treat to get together at family events and swap stories. Bill was a very good storyteller and his laugh was infectious. He had a genuine interest in all those around him and it was very difficult to leave any conversation without a smile on your face. On behalf of my wife, Maureen and my sons Sean, Joshua and Michael, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to Bill’s wife Bev, their children Scott(Anne), Craig(Colleen), and Karen(Brian) and all the grandchildren.

    Don Finstad & Family

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  3. Colleen and family, I am so sorry to hear of your father-in-laws passing. My prayers are with you at this sad time. Joan Bietz

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  4. Sylvia and Dave Theriault :

    Craig, Colleen and Family,

    We were very sorry to read about your loss. We would like to send our sincere condolences.

    Sincerely, The Theriault Family

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  5. Bob, Barbara and Joyce Harper :

    We were saddened to learn of Bill’s passing, and we wish to express our deepest sympathy to Beverley and the family during this difficut time.

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  6. Gail Dodd (Parry) :

    I was saddened to read about the death of my very favorite boss of all times. Bill put up with me at Texfel Petroleum. I truly loved my time working with him, Art Deyholos, Bud Camden, Gordon Ward, Bill Judd etc. My condolences to all of the family – I now am lucky to have met Craig in his grown up years at the dentist’s office on Northmount Drive. I know you will all have wonderful memories of a wonderful, caring man.

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  7. Bruce and Josette Macdonald :

    We have shared many rewarding experiences with this very special man . Our heart goes out to you Bev in your time of sorrow.

    Bruce and Josette

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  8. Dear Bev and family,
    I am so sad having read of Bill’s passing in this morning’s Herald. He was a very special human being and will be missed. My thoughts are with you as you go through the grieving process. My most sincere condolences, Bev

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  9. Fred and Julie Jackson :

    Sincerely sorry to hear of your great loss, we know how much Bill will be missed within the Kirker Family and by his many friends .
    Fred and Julie Jackson ( Corinne’s brother and wife)

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  10. Dear Beverly and the whole family,
    With deepest sympathy for the loss of someone very dear to you and also to us. Bill will always be remembered.
    Our condolences,
    Milena and Frank Pasek

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  11. Dear Bev, I lost Len in mid July so I have empathy with you and your family. If you are skiing this winter, come and spend a few days with me on the Kimberley hill. Sincerely, Nona Beth

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  12. Sheila Richardson :

    I was very sad to hear of your Father’s passing from my sister Bev Reid. May fond memories give you some peace. I really can empathize with you.

    Thinking of you all!

    Sheila (Hellofs) Richardson

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  13. Lloyd and Bea Flood :

    Dear Bev and Family.

    We too share the loss of Bill. Over the many years I knew him we skied many times and often with brother Jim in Louise and in the BUgaboos. Golf also was his game (a good swinger and player). Again many games played with brother Jim and myself. I might say we had a few wee drams of the best over the years. I also knew Bill as a fellow Geologist and admired his technical and business skills. A good friend and business associate. I will miss him. Please know that he is now safely in the arms of his God and is at peace and comfort. Lloyd Flood

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  14. Frances & Fred Jamieson :

    Bev & family;

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family, Bev. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Frances & Fred

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  15. Dear Bev and family
    Know that Bill’s courage and positive attitude over the many years of his battle with cancer will long be remembered and help others. He played the game of golf as a game, he will be missed by many of us at The Springs for his cheer and the “gimmees” he awarded so generously. A great friend and mentor to many.

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  16. Dave and Adeline Clements :

    Please accept our condolences regarding Bill’s passing. I (Dave) had the pleasure of some minor business discussions as well as enjoying his friendly and courteous manner socially. Unfortunately we will be out of the country on the 14th or we would certainly have come to the gathering. Enjoy the celebration as I know he would have wanted. Dave and Adeline.

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  17. The Kirkers and Poscentes have long felt like extended family, and all of us feel deeply sorry for your loss.

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  18. Dear Bev,

    We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family over the loss of your husband Bill. May loving memories comfort you at this difficult time.

    Hildegard and Rudi Dold

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  19. Bert & Lil Maginley :

    Dear Beverley and Family;
    It is with great sadness that we learned of Bill’s passing from this world. Some fifty-four years ago Bill and I first met as we hired on with DD Feldman Oil. I quickly learned to appreciate both his sense of humor and his intellect which attributes he carried on through all the phases of his productive and rewarding life. He will be well remebered by all who met him along their journey of life.

    With sorrow and with a wish to join in the celebration of his life.

    With love to you and your family

    Bert Maginley

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  20. Dear Bev and family,
    I wish to extend my condolences on your loss. This time of recollection brings to mind the passing of my dad, and how much he enjoyed the friendship and, may I say, competition, that he shared with Bill. You are such a close and loving family, which must be a great comfort during this time of sorrow.

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  21. I have fond memories of skiing with all the families at Kimberley when our kids were small and the motel cost was $5.00 a day.
    He was a super guy, and will be missed
    Larry Darling

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  22. Dear Bev and family,
    We have never met but I have known and done business with Bill over the years and had a great deal of respect for him. He had a wonderful sense of humor, laughed easily and was up front and honest in his business discussions. I am sorry I was not able to make it to the celebration of Bill’s life yesterday to pay my condolences in person but had a commitment I was unable to get out of.
    Again, my condolences,
    Greg Fletcher

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  23. Fred & Kathleen McHenry :

    Bill brought humor and spirit to any gathering. He had an uncanny ability to look on the bright side of cancer, regardless of the prognosis. Bev, you and he achieved great accomlishment as a couple. Now to continue in the same vein in the next chapter of your life.
    Our best wishes to you in doing so.

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  24. Dear Kirker Family,

    Judy and I wish to extend our condolences to you all. May you be comforted my many happy memories of such a close family relationship.

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  25. Jan & Bill Krawchuk :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Craig and family. So sorry for your loss of your wonderful father.

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  26. Cec and Joyce Payne :

    Dear Kirker Family;

    Cec and I were saddened to hear the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather.

    We extend our sincere condolences. He will surely be missed . Cherish the memories.

    With sympathy and caring . Cec an Joyce Payne

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  27. Ann Berezowski :

    I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Kirker passed away. I remember many happy hours spent out at the cabin at Invermere. My sincere condolences to the Kirker family.
    Ann Berezowski

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