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KUTNEY, J. Chris

June 15, 1954 – January 2, 2011

Chris Kutney beloved husband of Carolyn of Calgary, passed away on January 2, 2011 at the age of 56 years.

Chris enjoyed spending his time golfing at the Redwood Meadows Golf course, or fishing at the Bow River and Livingstine River. In the winter, Chris enjoyed curling at the Garrison Curling Club and was also a certified ice technician. Chris retired from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in 2004 and held a Master of Business.

Chris is survived by his sons, Kelly and Kent both of Calgary. He will always be remembered by parents, Jo and Jim Kutney; sisters, Kim (Al) Hewlett and Karen (Joe Soluri) Kutney; nephew Evan Soluer; and cousin, Brian (Nicole and son Adien) Krawchyshyn.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Chris Kutney, 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. I had the pleasure of interacting with Chris when I was in the Towers Perrin Vancouver office in the late 80s and 90s when the two offices came together for various initiatives. I was always so impressed by the passion, energy and commitment Chris showed for his work, clients and colleagues. I have not seen him since I moved to the US in 2000 but Chris’s personna still brings a smile to my face when I think about him. My deepest sympathies to the Kutney family.

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  2. Claire Wheeler (Schick) and family :

    Chris was a dedicated husband to my sister Carolyn, a dedicated father to Kelly and Kent, and a fun uncle for all the nieces and nephews from Winnipeg. Chris had a lot of fun with his many in-laws when he visited Winnipeg. He was close to all of us. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing and fishing and joining in with us in whatever was going on at the time! We loved having him as part of our family. When we visited Calgary, he made us very comfortable and always showed us a great time! We will really really miss him.

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  3. I worked with Chris at Towers Perrin in Calgary- had the office next to him. He was a great guy- witty and humorous. Haven’t seen him in a couple of years but he will be sorely missed! I am unble to attend his service- you will be in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy,
    Dale L. Johnson

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  4. My sincere condolences to the Kutney family on the sudden and tragic loss of Chris. I worked with Chris as a colleague at Towers and knew Chris as a person who brought a high level of intelligence and commitment to his client projects. May his memory be a source of comfort to the entire family.

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  5. I was saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. I learned many things from Chris from our years working together at Towers Perrin. I also have many funny stories courtesy of his unique actuarial personality! He was an important part of the Calgary office for many years, and played a key role in my career. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  6. I am proud to say that Chris was a good friend for more than 20 years. We met at Towers Perrin Calgary in 1989 and enjoyed the challenges of work, golf, and “retirement life” together.
    We kept in touch after Towers Perrin, most recently chatting not more than a month ago.
    I am deeply saddened by his passing. I will miss our golf games and conversations. Chris had a very unique and interesting perspective on many subjects.
    We kidded each other, since our birthdays are very close. Chris was born a week after me, but I always told him that I looked younger.
    My most sincere condolences to Carolyn and family. Like them, I will miss Chris but I will always have good memories.

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  7. Our thoughts are with you Carolyn, Kelly and Kent. I had twenty memorable years of working with Chris. I will never forget my job interview with him – I told him I had lived on the Queen Charlotte Islands as a child, and the discussion focussed on fishing for the rest of our visit. Chris was so dedicated to being an actuary, and I was fortunate to learn so much from him. We will all miss him dearly. Dea

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  8. Kimberlee & Andreas Schultze :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about your husband and father, although I never had the pleasure of meeting Chris, I know how much he was loved by his family. Karen is one of my dear friends and I have known Jo for years as I used to work at the clinic with Karen. My heart goes out to you all during this horrific time and please know that there are so many people that are thinking of you all, even ones that you’ve never met.

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  10. My Sincere condolences Carolyn, Kelly and Kent. Chris had a wonderful and significant impact on me, my career and my disposition on how to enjoy life. I very much enjoyed my work experiences with Chris (that spanned 15 years), but particularly enjoyed golfing with him at Redwood. Chris made a study out of the game of golf and it was particularly enjoyable to watch him in his early days learning to golf. His back swing was so deliberate that you could time a hardboiled egg from it. We loved it. All of which improved as he finessed the game. And for those who had the pleasure of golfing with Chris, they know when I say affectionately that Chris never missed a 3 foot putt. I also enjoyed the occassional Friday lunch at the James Joyce with Chris and other Towers Perrin friends, but most importantly, I enjoyed Chris’ humor, his intelligence, his zen on different subjects and am most grateful for his mentorship at Towers Perrin. I smile knowing Chris was enjoying his retirement doing that which gave him pleasure, his sporting activities and in particular his family. To a wonderul friend and family man. I am saddened that he is gone, but celebrate the life he lived. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend his funeral, but my thoughts will be with you, Kelly and Kent. Sincerely…Rob Berger

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  11. So very sorry for your loss, it was such a blow when I heard. I still fondly remember his corner office at TP, the golf memorabilia, the endless actuarial formulae on his white board and his humourous stories about both. I will miss him. My condolences to Carolyn, the boys and the rest of his family.

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  12. Mark Campbell :

    Chris was a colleague and a friend for over 25 years. He had the rare ability to work hard and have fun at the same time. When there was a difficult work-related problem to solve, Chris was the go-to guy. Despite being meticulous, he saw the big picture very well. Chris laughed easily, loved a good joke, was a skilled raconteur and never took himself or anyone else too seriously. He was a great guy and his passing is a tremendous loss to his family, his many friends and the actuarial profession. Louise and I extend our sincere condolences and best wishes to Carolyn, Kelly and Kent.

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  13. Redwood Meadows Seniors :

    We are sorry to have lost a valued member of Redwood Meadows Golf Club. Although Chris was a member of our senior group for only a short time, his participation was much enjoyed and he will be missed.

    Redwood Meadows Senior Golf

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  14. Tony Williams :

    It was a great shock to hear that Chris had passed away. Hazel and I send our deepest sympathies to to you Carolyn, Kelly and Kent. Chris and I started work on the same day in 1976 at Monarch Life in Winnipeg. Chris also helped me join Turnbull & Turnbull and then TPF&C Calgary in 1987. Chris and I both worked our way through the actuarial exams at the same time. Carolyn, you and Chris were very kind and helpful to Hazel & I when we moved to Calgary in 1983. I enjoyed many games of golf with Chris as well as many great hikes in the Rockies. We also curled many times. Hazel & I are sorry that we won’t be able to attend the funeral, but we will be thinking of all of you. Tony & Hazel

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  15. The Sumka Kids :

    Dear Uncle Chris,

    Boy are we gonna miss you! You were a great uncle and the best god parent I (Dawn) could ask for! You had the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face and we always looked forward to a visit with you, auntie Carolyn, Kelly & Kent. You made us laugh and we enjoyed poking fun with you! As much as we hated the lingering smell of your stinky cigarettes and the strange taste of your fancy beers, family gatherings, including Gondola Pizza Night will never be the same without you!

    Watching you through our eyes, even as little kiddies, we saw the family man you were. When we venture out and we take the steps to starting our own little family we will remember how to be like you, and put our family first! Thank you for being a fun uncle a great person and a fantastic role model!

    Please look over us from above and have fun helping Grandpa build his projects and let Grandma win a few hands of cards from time to time!

    We love you and will never forget…

    -Your God Daughter Dawn & Nathan, Lisa & Lynn, Gerry, Tara & Maurizio.

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  16. To: Carolyn, Kelly and Kent Kutney
    Jo and Jim Kutney
    Kim Kutney and Al Hewlett
    Karen Kutney and Joe Soluri

    There are no words to properly express the sorrow and sympathy I feel for you now. Chris will always be in your heart and with you forever.

    With sympathy,
    Radka

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  17. Chris was a special friend to me since 1984. We spent a significant time during our time at Towers Perrin on client work, sharing family tidbits and just hanging around. We watched some of the World cup soccer games over lunch. We talked sports – unfortunately, I never got him to fully understand the nuances of English cricket. He was my ‘go-to-person’. Once he retired (and when I could get hold of him from his curling, fishing and golf), we talked for a very long time on anything and everything. I will miss Chris. At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn, Kelly, Kent and all the family…Minaz

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  18. Carole Chesham :

    Chris was a special person with a great sense of humour that will be greatly missed by all. I am sorry that I won’t be able to attend the funeral but my thoughts are with you Carolyn, Kelly and Kent. Love, Aunt Carole

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  19. Carole Chesham :

    Chris was a special person with a great sense of humour that will be missed by all who knew him. I am sorry that I won’t be able to attend the funeral but my thoughts are with you Carolyn, Kelly and Kent.

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  20. Stephen Bristow Garrison Curling Club :

    We are all going to miss Chris’s great smile and sense of humour. There was never a dull moment on the curling ice when you played against him or with him and Kelly, he really made you laugh. It was great fun and he will be missed by all at the curling rink.

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  21. Chris was a wonderful colleague, friend and mentor to me over many years working at the Towers Perrin Calgary office. Chris was never too busy to explain some arcane actuarial concept to this non-actuary, or to share ideas and a humorous viewpoint on any topic. I believe all who worked with Chris will carry many happy memories of our times together. Heartfelt condolences to Carolyn and the family.

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  22. Leann and Mario Patacic :

    Mario and I were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Chris’ sudden passing. Chris was a great colleague, mentor, friend and family man. We will cherish the fond and oh so many amusing memories we had together over the past 25 years. His great sense of humour, his zest for life, his guidance and, most of all, his friendship will be greatly missed. It was truly an honour to have known Chris and we were blessed to have him as our friend.
    Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to Carolyn, Kelly, Kent and family. Leann & Mario

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  23. Philip Rutherford :

    I got to know Chris a few years ago when we started to curl together, first as a spare and then as his third on his Wednesday night mens team at the Garrison CC. I also had the good fortune to play several games of golf with Chris at Redwood Meadows. I always enjoyed his company and he will be greatly missed by me and all the other folks that had the opportunity to know him.

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  24. Carolyn, Kelly and Kent. I am so sorry to hear about Chris. Chris was a great mentor to me over the 13 years we worked together at Towers Perrin. I will miss his great sense of humour and always remember him fondly.

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  25. Carolyn, Kelly and Kent, the foregoing tributes are a testament to the great person Chris was. I can only add that I regret not having spent more time with him! Our thoughts are with you this day as we celebrate his life.

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  26. I knew Chris at Towers Perrin and shared several assignments with him. I admired his work and enjoyed his company; it’s sad that he is gone.

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  27. I am saddened to learn of Chris’ recent passing. While I was a member of Towers Perrin’s Toronto office, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Chris on TP’s Quality initiatives. His high standards and dedication were always in evidence, and an example to all. He also had the charming ability to communicate the essence of an issue with a deft, humourous turn of phrase, usually delivered with the straightest of faces. It makes me smile now, but not without a tear, as I think of some of those instances. My sincerest condolences to his family.

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  28. Mark Toniatti :

    I was saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. I had the pleasure and privilege to work with Chris on several assignments during our time at Towers Perrin. We traveled throughout the firm and worked together to audit many of our offices. We would spend several days reviewing how our offices conducted their work. Although we worked hard, Chris always knew how to have fun. His laugh and energy level were contagious. I and all his colleagues will miss him.

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  29. Shiraz Bharmal :

    The news of Chris’ untimely passing came as a great shock to me. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I had the privilege of working with Chris from time to time when I was with Towers Perrin. I found Keith to be a great and a kind human being, with high sense of ethics, commitment and diligence. I hope his memories will bring solace to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  30. Carolyn Kutney :

    To my loving dear husband. It was a privilege to have known you and to have loved and been loved by you. It was a privilege to be your wife. You and our boys where the best things that ever happened in my life. You where taken to early from us, but I know God had other plans for you.
    I know you are with me everyday, I feel you in my heart and I have seen and felt the messages you have sent me from above. Feeling your love keeps me going everyday. Because of your love I know I can be the best person that I can be on earth until I am with you in heaven. I will always miss your face and your caring ways. Your loving wife.

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