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KOVACS – John Richard

August 22, 1951 – March 18, 2011

John Kovacs beloved husband of Susan Williams of Calgary, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the age of 59 years.

John graduated from U of C with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and went on to work in the oil and gas industry for thirty-seven years. He was a member of the CWLS, SPE, APPEGA and committee member of the CSUG. John received two Wildcatter Awards while working for Schlumberger of Canada and was named an honorary member of the CWLS in 2011.

Besides his loving wife Susan, John is survived by his two sons Matthew and Jesse; his siblings, Jolane LaValley, Ken Kovacs and Don Kovacs. John was predeceased by his parents John and Jolane.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at the Calgary Petroleum Club “McMurray Room” (319 – 5 Avenue S.W.) on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations can be made directly to Foothills Country Hospice, Box 247 Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A5.

In living memory of John Kovacs, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. A longtime friend will be missed and remembered.

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  2. Ahmed Aljubori :

    Sue, Matthew and Jesse
    Please accept my condolences for the loss of a great husband and father. John was always very proud of the great family he has.
    To me, John is a close friend and mentor – I always ran to him for advice. We will miss you John, and we will always have you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace my friend.

    Ahmed Aljubori

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  3. Kim, Dick, JJ and Alida Vanderstam :

    Sue, Matt and Jesse – Our hearts are saddened by the news of John’s passing. He was a truly gentle and wise man. We are thinking of you and remembering lots of the good times with our Fish Creek hockey ‘family’.

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  4. Toni & Brent Cisco :

    Sue, Matt & Jesse,
    Our sympathy is with you all at this sad time. John was a great guy!
    If there is anything we can do, we are just around the corner.
    Take Care!

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  5. Dear Susan, Matt and Jesse,
    I am so sorry that you have lost your special guy! I remember what a caring Dad and husband he was when I taught the boys and I also remember his GREAT BIG GRIN when he heard something funny! I’m sure that you have many wonderful memories to cherish! Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Linda Legg

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  6. John was my hero. He thought a lot about the work he did, wanting to know every detail and to do the best possible job he could, about understanding rocks and gas and oil and why it worked the way it does. There are not many with the insight he had and I will miss him. We all will. Guys like him are the true strength of humanity. I am sorry, Sue, as you will miss him most of all, and although life will go on without him, he will always be in our thoughts. He was my kinda Guy!

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  7. Dave and Patty Hetesy and family :

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

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  8. John LeeAnn and Ryan Muspratt :

    Sue, Matthew and Jesse
    So sorry to hear of your loss of John. Our thougts are with you at this very sad time.

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  9. Susan, Mattie and Jesse,
    Brandon and I would like you to know that we are thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
    Our hearts are with you.

    Susan Osberg and Brandon Bellamy

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  10. Tammy Cruickshank :

    Heartfelt sorrow for your loss of John so young. I hope kinder times are ahead for the family, siblings & close friends.

    I knew John through Schlumberger & Bob Menard (my partner & a good colleague’s of John’s at the Big Blue). Always a friendly way, sharp mind & great work ethic. He will be much missed by his professsional colleagues

    Tammy Cruickshank & Bob Menard

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  11. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with him at Schlumberger and had the pleasure of being his office “neighbour” for a few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  12. Marie-Anne Prestie :

    Sue, Matt and Jesse

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. May you find comfort and strength in knowing that many are thinking of you.

    The Prestie family

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  13. Billy Melville :

    To the Williams-Kovacs Family

    My sincere condolences on the loss of John. When Matt was playing for the Jr. “A” Royals, John was a great help to myself and my dad with the golf tournament and other things. When he worked at Schlumberger I used to run into him from time to time downtown. We are going to miss him.

    Billy Melville

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  14. Louise Bezemer :

    Sue – I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. John always made time to chat and would leave me smiling. Jamie and I are thinking of you and the boys, Regards, Louise

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  15. Tina & Mel McDonald :

    Susan, Matt & Jesse. Mel worked with John years ago at Schlumberger in Red Deer. We are so very sorry to hear of his passing. We went on many ski trips with John and he came to Ontario for a holiday one time and visited with all of Tina’s family as well. He was a great guy and we have very fond memories of spending time with him. Mel and I are in Arizona and won’t be back in time for the Memorial, but we have many pictures we will send you when we get home.
    Tina & Mel McDonald

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  16. Sue, Jesse, Matt and family:

    Deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of John from the entire Hickey family; Denis, Roberta, Daniel and Thomas. We are deeply saddened by your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  17. Angela Reiter :

    I started my career in Petrophysics about 30 odd years ago and I remember John Kovacs was always a face I recognized at CWLS meetings and around town. He always struck me as someone who remained sincere and caring despite how he had gained such status in the petroleum industry. I too will miss his smile.

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  18. Sue,

    It has been many years since we last saw you and John, but Andrea and I have fond memories of the times we spent together socially.

    When I think of Schlumberger of Canada, I can’t but help think of John. His work ethic and his professionalism made me proud to be part of the team that he was on. I last saw John a year or so before he took his early retirement, but as always he had a smile on his face and was full of enthusiasm for what he was doing and life in general.

    He is truly missed and you and the boys are in our thoughts.

    Don and Andrea Gawick

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  19. Gary and Deb Koroluk :

    Sue, Jesse and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of of John We fondly remember many hours spent at hockey games, chatting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Gary, Deb and Carey Koroluk

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  20. Debbie Norrie :

    Sue
    I am so sorry about the passing of John.
    Please take care and know there are alot of friends thinking about you and your boys.

    Debbie Norrie

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  21. Sue,and family,

    So very sorry for Your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with You at this difficult time. May the Lord give You strength and courage to carry on .

    With profound sympathy Ted Kovacs

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  22. Charles Williams :

    I first met John at EOG and was immediately impressed by his professionalism, work ethic and desire to do what was best for the company. A very high standard he set for himself – something we could all hope to attain. John and I talked about going fly fishing but something we never did. That I will always regret.

    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.

    Charlie Williams

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  23. Glen and Brenda Phillips :

    We send our deepest condolences for your loss. We trust that the memories of your happy times together will help you through this difficult time. John had a huge impact on those that he mentored. My memory from early in our careers is his big smile at the end of a successful job, or when he beat the pack on a tour on our dirt bikes, or just because that was John.

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  24. Dear Sue, Matt & Jessie,
    You have been such an important part of my life for so many years. I am so sorry that I am not able to be there to share your sorrow and memories of John’s life. Your always friend, Marg Gobert

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  25. Robert & Brigitte Wolfsberger :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies. John was a friend and very respected work colleague. He leaves us with many great memories!

    Bob & Brigitte

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  26. Bob & Lydia Hetesy :

    Sue, Matthew, Jesse & Families

    Our most heartfelt sympathies go to you all from the Hetesy Families…we felt privileged to know John. We are deeply saddened by your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  27. Heather Meier :

    Dear Sue, Matt and Jesse

    Barry, Ben and I send our sincere condolences for your loss.

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  28. To the Kovacs family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and father. I had the pleasure of meeting and working wtih John through the industry. He was very accomplished and respected in all facets of his life and was always going the extra mile in whatever he pursued. He will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers to all the Kovac’s family.

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  29. Luc Laverdiere :

    Dear Sue,
    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great guy and so much fun to work with. When things got tough, that smile of his made you feel like everything was possible.

    I wish I could be at the Petroleum Club on Friday, but being in Mexico, please extend my heartfelt sympathy to your family. I will always remember John.

    Luc

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  30. Alan Barrett :

    Sue, Matt and Jesse.
    We are sad to hear of John’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
    Alan, Karen and Colin Barrett

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  31. Bob & Sharon Dennis :

    Dear Sue, Matthew and Jesse

    Our deepest condolences for the loss of John. It was a pleasure to work with him and I enjoyed his approach to life… especially many a softball games in the 80’s. A great guy!

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  32. Glass Family :

    Sue, Matt and Jesse
    We are deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. May you find strength knowing that your friends and family share in your loss.
    We’ll always remember John for his big smile that always greeted us whenever we met him!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Glen, Jane, Jeff, Trevor and Kevin

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  33. Paul Augustin :

    To the Kovacs family,
    My deepest sympathy on your loss. As a former colleague, it was a pleasure to meet up with John again in the past few years.

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  34. John Schwarz :

    Sue, Matt, and Jesse

    My deepest condolences to you in your time of loss. John was always so kind to me, (even though I didn’t play for fish creek), always willing to drive me to and from summer hockey practices. Sue, Matt and Jesse you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  35. Robert & Harriet Velasco :

    John was a very nice neighbour, always with a ready smile – surely missed in the neighbourhood of Woodbine.Godspeed!

    Susan, Matt and Jesse – you are in our prayers. We are here for you, just one knock away.

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  36. Ronald Ranger :

    For a brief time in our lives, John became a very close friend and with his leaving so soon, there is a empty spot in my life.
    John, you were always to ask of other peoples needs first, and I am sure your family felt that.

    Good bye my friend,
    Ron

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