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LALLY – John Joseph

November 07, 1957 – January 30, 2010

John Lally passed away in Calgary on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the age of 52 years. John was a devoted and proud father to his son Chris and his daughter Erin. He is survived by his wife Paula and his mother Margaret. John was predeceased by his father John Sr. John will be fondly remembered by many relatives and friends, particularly his father-in-law Bill Maskery and his brother-in-law Mike Maskery (Sandra) and his nephew and niece, Josh and Holly.

John was born in Ontario where he worked as a tennis pro to put himself through an undergraduate degree at the University of Ontario. John went on to work at IBM, eventually moving his family to Calgary where he worked with Xerox, SAIT and Axys Environmental, Jacques Whitford, and Stantec. John spent numerous years volunteering for Calgary Minor Hockey and cheering on his two children who shared his love for the sport. He was also an accomplished, self-taught musician; a talent he ensured he passed along to his daughter.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of John to the Cantos Music Foundation at www.cantos.ca

In living memory of John Lally, 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.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. I worked with him at SAIT for several years, and I remember him often as someone who was always ready with a joke and a smile. He was a good man, and he will be greatly missed.

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  2. Dear Paula, Chris and Erin,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. May your wonderful memories of your dad and husband bring you comfort, now and forever.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of this loss, I have had the opportunity to work with John twice – the most recent was at SAIT, we have all moved on since, but I remember him fondly – My thoughts and prayers go to his family and to those who love him.
    Sincerely,

    Amy Budd

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  4. Janice Thompson :

    Dear Paula and Family
    I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Janice & Gerry

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  5. Dear Paula, Chris and Erin;
    John and I grew up together in both grade school and university and played hockey together. He was a great friend and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.

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  6. Dear Paula, Chris and Erin,
    Please know I’m thinking of you all!

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  7. Heather Roselle :

    Erin,

    My thoughts have been with you and your family all week.

    Your dad was your biggest fan and advocate; while the sadness that goes with losing him seems unbearable right now, the gifts he gave to you will give you strength for the rest of your life.

    Ms. Roselle

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  8. Michael, Jo and Katie Pellettier :

    Dear Mrs. Lally, Paula, Chris, and Erin,

    As one of my best friends through adolescence my memories of John are vivid and joyful. The mutual interests and passions we shared were numerous and varied.

    I was fortunate to have John share so much of his youth with me. My first cooking experiences were the result of John showing me how to cook KD for lunch and how to properly throw the pasta at the refrigerator door to see if it was done. If it stuck it was time for Kraft Dinner! John was very advanced, perhaps gifted for his time; this was all prior to university!

    We attended numerous concerts at MLG via the “Bribe The Doorman With $5” scheme which worked every time. We often spent our quarters playing Pin-Ball at Yonge St. dives and received a first hand appreciation for growing up in Lawrence Park. This was without platform shoes!

    We both began our formal tennis teaching careers at Blessed Sacrament and Wanless Park Tennis Clubs which evolved into full time teaching with the Etobicoke Parks and Recreation Department where we often travelled together to the same or different assignments. John is the first person I told “I just met the woman I am going to marry!” after the first group lesson I ever gave Jo. He was supportive in his disbelief.

    Our memories remain and will be recalled fondly, often and reassuringly.

    We send our utmost sympathies and respect.

    The Etobicoke Pellettiers
    ~ Michael, Jo & Katie Pellettier, Etobicoke, Ontari

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  9. Marilynn Sander, Secretary SAIT's Alive :

    Our thoughts are with the Lally Family in the loss of John.

    SAIT’s Alive – Friends and Colleagues from SAIT Polytechnic

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  10. John & Nancy Griffin :

    Paula, Erin, & Chris,

    We are very sad & shocked to hear of John’s passing. In the brief couple of years that we spent with John at the arena, he was a great fan of the Flyers, and an incredible supporter of Erin. We can hardly think of a game when he wasn’t there. We will miss him.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    John & Nancy Griffin

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  11. Leslie Percelly :

    Paula,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss…I can’t imagine losing your husband and the father of your kids… We send our love to you and your family and will remember you in our prayers.
    Love,
    Leslie Gigi and Cori

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  12. I’m so very sorry Paula-my love and prayers are with you at this sad time. May your family find strength and peace through this difficult time. All my love, Rhonda

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  13. I got to know John through hockey in coaching Erin, and I can think of no bigger fan of his daughter, the sport, nor a bigger supporter. He always found time to contribute in a big way to his daughter’s life and her team, and was always 100% supportive. I have many fond memories of John and he will be missed in my life.

    Paula, Chris, Erin, know that you are all in my thoughts and that there are many with you in these difficult days ahead. My thoughts and condolences as well as my support are with you during this difficult time and always.

    Kevin

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  14. I knew John through Paula and her skating world. Everytime we were together John was such a positive spirit, very supportive of the dreams of others. I’m sure he`ll continue to watch over all his family and be your biggest fan.
    All our love, Patti and Megan

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  15. To the family of John Lally,

    Our deepest sympathy from the staff of FMA Heritage who had the pleasure of working with John over the past several years. He will be missed.

    Lisa Bohach
    Ed McCullough
    Gloria Fedirchuk

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