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LARSEN, Brian Curtis

August 6, 1940 – Calgary, AB
July 31, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Brian Larsen, beloved husband of Helen Larsen of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 31, 2014 with his family by his side at the age of 73 years.

Brian was predeceased by his father Harold, his Mother Margaret and older brother Bruce who passed as an infant. He was also predeceased by his Larsen grandparents and his Peterson grandparents as well as many Uncles, Aunts and cousins.

Brian has left a huge hole in the hearts of his family: his wife of almost fifty-two years, Helen; his son Curtis (Dena); his daughters, Traci (Roger) and Lisa; his precious grandchildren, granddaughters, Ashley (Darcy) and Danielle, and grandson Matthew. He also leaves to mourn him his brothers, Dereck (Yvonne) and Loren; sisters, Leanne (Bill) and Susan (Dorn); as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law. He leaves many nephews and nieces as well as many great-nephews and nieces. Brian has held, cuddled and loved many babies. He was always in awe of the miracle of life. No one loved Babies like Brian did.

Brian joined the Calgary Police Force January 1967. He retired April 1995. Brian had always been very active, running while on the force with his running buddy Phil Crosby, even running marathons. Phil and Brian were instrumental in starting the Police Half Marathon which is one of Calgary’s most popular runs. He curled and golfed for many years, and once retired golfed lots, sometimes 36 holes walking. He also curled 5 times a week as well as bonspiels enjoying the social aspect of the game. He remained reasonably healthy until about 2007 when he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He had been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter in 1998 getting his first of many pacemaker/difibrillators. Brian handled his problems with such dignity. He never felt sorry for himself or treated any of the many family members and health care professionals that looked after him with anything but true gratitude that came from the heart. He truly enjoyed everyday watching out the living room window as he devoured book after book after book, either hard copies or on his iPad. Both Brian and myself are so grateful to the many health care professionals that cared for him over these last years trying everything they had available to give us “Just One More Day”. Brian went into hospital one last time July 23rd and this time was different. The Doctors did everything humanly possible to help him once more fight the infection in his lungs. It was a very hard week for Brian, and in turn for his family watching him struggle to get enough oxygen. Brian passed peacefully at 6 p.m. on July 31st with his family by his side.

Rest in Peace, Papa. You have no idea how much you are and will be missed!

A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #264 (1910 Kensington Road N.W.) on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Calgary Health Trust Respiratory Research Program (#800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB, T2J 6A5).

In living memory of Brian Larsen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. G.W.M. Brand :

    Perhaps the most gracious and humble man I have ever known, May the souls of the faithful Departed through the mercy of God Rest in Peace. We are blessed to have had you among us.

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  2. Bev and Roy Barnes and family :

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May this help to give you and your family strength in the coming days ahead. Hoping the wonderful memories of times with your close family and friends will comfort you as well.
    Always,
    The Barnes family

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  3. Gary Petersen :

    I had no idea that Brian was anything but how I remember him…….running to the point of knee pain (he took me out a couple of times but he was too fleet of foot to keep up to), always eating apples and his first month as District 4 Commander he actually worked night shift in what had been a one man car, taking calls, submitting reports and basically getting acquainted with the district at the Constable level. I regret not knowing that he had been house bound as I would have spent time, either in person or via Skype with him. He left some pretty big foot prints which will take a long time to fill in. I sure don’t want to say good bye so I won’t, instead I’ll say, be seeing you again.

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  4. Verne Fielder :

    I had the privilege of working with Brian for a number of years in the Sex Crimes Unit within the Calgary Police Service. I truly enjoyed those years and continue to have a great deal of respect for Brian. He was and is clearly one of the good guys. My thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the family…he will certainly be missed by all who know him!

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  5. Rodney@Sue Baldrey :

    Brian’s life never ended it only continues, thanks for all you did in this life to enhance the world around you: be well in your journey,”Brian”
    The family will be okay as they are a reflection you; love conquers all.

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  6. Bill and Bev Hutchinson :

    Dearest Helen and Family, We are profoundly saddened by the news of Brian`s passing. I had the pleasure of briefly working with Brian on our tenure at CPS. I was always amazed at Brian`s patience while dealing with very stressful situations; his sense of fairness was a very admirable trait.
    As we were neighbours in North Haven and had children in the same school, we often met at the community events that our children were involved in. Brian always had time to stop and chat. His infectious sense of humor and smile will always be remembered… Rest In Peace Brian

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  7. When I was with CPS I had the oportunity to work with Brian, run the paths with Brian, help Brian with the half maraton and after work I even tipped a few with Brian. It was always a pleasure to be in Brian’s company. RIP Brian and God Bless the family that misses you so!

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  8. Bob Hardstaff :

    So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. I came to know Brian best through curling and he was a great sportsman and a wonderful friend. Spent many wonderful moments both curling with him and in his company. My sincere condolences to Helen and family.

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  9. Richard Powell :

    Very sad to hear of Brian’s passing; please accept my sincere condolences

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  10. Neil & Brenda Murray :

    Brian will always be remembered as a gracious and kind man. He was my first sergeant on graduating and we worked together in “A” District back then.
    Helen and family, so sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing Brian with us.

    Neil and Brenda

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  11. Gerald Lorne Milton :

    I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of Brian. I joined the force shorty after Brian (1969) and we passed paths numerous times over our careers. He always portrayed a positive attitude and was always a great person to talk to and work with. I can truly say that I always enjoyed Brian’s company and although I have not seen him in many years, I will always remember him for what he was, a gentleman an excellent supervisor and family man. May he rest in peace.

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  12. Ralph and Irene Vanover :

    Helen and family, Irene and I wish to express our condolences with the passing of Brian. I know the last few years have not been easy for you and your family.
    I remember Brian as the person who could be counted on when we worked together and I was in awe of his athletic ability on the golf course.
    Rest in peace Brian.

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  13. Dale and Dena Lyons :

    We will truly miss Brian’s generous smile and amazing spirit. Brian and Helen have taught us so much about living life to its fullest with love and compassion. We feel very blessed to have spent time with the two of you at the lake. May peace be with you both.

    With Love,
    Dale and Dena

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  14. Percy Lazdins :

    I still remember walking Brian out on some of the East Calgary beats – the classy part of our beautiful city. The Chicken Inn was a regular stop and good times were had by all. Our condolences to the Larsen family. Percy and Lorna Lazdins

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  15. I never had the chance to work with and run with Brian but I spent 10 weeks of training in Class #31 with him in the spring of 1967.
    I remember him sitting by the pool of our hotel in Puerto Vallarta busily studying for his exams while the rest of our class were laying around enjoying the sunshine!
    I will not forget the good times we had together riding around on our scooters on Raratonga in the Cook Islands where our class went for our 25th Anniversary.
    My condolences to Helen, family and friends with your passing and rest in peace my friend.

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  16. Bernie Gardner CPS #2666 :

    Inspector Larsen was my commander in District 4 earlier in my career. He was one of the most likeable, decent and fair commanders I have ever had the privilege working for. He was one of those individuals that you come across during a lifetime that you think will live forever. Always smiling and ready to shake your hand. I am so sad that he is gone, but so happy that he was part of my professional life. I am proud to be one of the many that will miss him immensely. RIP sir.

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  17. Ken and Grace Kavnaugh :

    We were so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. We spent many hours competing on the curling rink and I was in awe of him continuing his competitive nature even after having health problems. I don’t really think he has left his family, he is just checking out a new venue in which to carry on. Thank you for all the good times Brian until we meet again.

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  18. Dear Lisa and family,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I knew him to be one of the most respected men in our workplace and see how he has passed those admirable traits to his children. Having been blessed with a generous spirit and a loving heart, my heartfelt condolences to you all.

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  19. Marg Matthews :

    On behalf of the Matthews family, Lonnie, Marg, Thomas and Brittany, we would like to extend our sympathies to you and your family. Brian was an amazing person who was kind and giving to all that he met. Lonnie enjoyed their many curling games and socializing after the game. Thomas is grateful for the time and sponsorship Brian gave him during his teen years and junior program at the Elks. Brian was the kind, gentle soul that was trunk of the family. His nuturing ways, his patience, his infinite wisdom and the time he gave of himself will be forever remembered. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt loss is with you.

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  20. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    The Wobma Family

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  21. Sad news, another quiet, gentle man who treated his fellow police officers with respect, receiving it back. I’m not surprised to hear the warm praise of his family. Accept my wife, Eddie, and my condolences and we will pray for him.

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  22. I am so sorry to hear the news about Brian. I worked with him very early in my time with CPS and can only repeat what so many others have said; he was one of the nicest guys on the job. Please accept my condolences and my wife, Yvonne, and I will pray for him.

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  23. My deepest sympathies on your loss. I remember Brian from early and throughout my career as a true gentlemen and an example for us all.

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  24. So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing, many a young constable, looked to him for guidance and always found a listening ear, words of wisdom, and a smile. May God bless his family and all those that knew him, with peace and solace.

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  25. Barbara Feradi :

    Helen, I am soberly sorry you and your family have lost the light of your life. He will be missed.

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  26. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I will deeply miss him and remember fondly the many years spent in fellowship with Brian at the Masons and great times curling. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  27. Phil Crosby-Jones :

    As one scrolls down the loving tributes in honour of this grand and gentle man, I am reminded of the long and winding roads we traveled together as runners, especially the family trip to Lesser Slave Lake for their Marathon. Among the legacies he leaves is his tireless efforts associated with the founding and early years of the Calgary Police Half-Marathon. His race is run, his time has come to cross the finish line. Phil C-J

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  28. Jim and Donna Bergen :

    Our deepest condolences to Helen and Family on Brian’s passing. Donna and I both worked for many years alongside Brian and Helen organizing the Police Half Marathon. Today this race is one of the most popular in Calgary and has become part of Brian’s legacy. All the other Police Half Marathons in Canada had their start with ours. Brian was truly also a humble man. Often when we talked about problems at work and explored solutions he would remind me that the work on the street would get done “in spite of what we do”. Rest in Peace, my good friend.

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  29. Harley Johnson :

    Helen & family
    Just got back from the Coast and received the message of Brian’s passing.
    Sincerest condolences.
    Brian’s caring personality and his joy of life made him a very special person.
    Harley & Lynne

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  30. barbara coman :

    Brian was always cheerful when Pip and I called , and we will both miss his pleasing personality.

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  31. Carol Fielding/Carole Eason :

    Such a valiant man to the very end. Be at peace now Brian.

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  32. Ken. McLaughlin :

    I will miss Brian at the lodge casinos, we often worked together and he used to tell me a lot of stories about when he was with the force, most of them of the comic variety.
    Thanks for the memories Brian.

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  33. Errol Indergaard :

    Helen and family
    My condolences on Brian’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a great athlete.

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  34. Brian was such a great guy; loved the many rounds of golf that we had at the Elks and all the Emails that we sent back and forth. Very much missed.

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  35. sandra aberdeen-mcdougall :

    Please accept my sincere condolence for your heartbreaking loss Helen, Lisa, Ashley and family, I just read the obituary in the Herald. I had so many conversations with Brian and kept him company on many occasions while you settled your affairs in Sylvan Lake. I was not much of a book reader but thanks to Brian I had an opportunity to read a few good books while I kept him company or we kept each other company. He was a very respectable, thoughtful, caring person who will definitely be missed. I hope you don’t mind if I say prayers for all of you in your time of sadness. Your friend Sandra

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  36. Larry and Donna Taylor :

    Helen, we were very sad to hear of Brian’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  37. Roger & Lynda Bechthold :

    Dear Helen & Family
    We were so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. The last few years have not been easy for your family. Over the years while on the job, Brian & I were always employed in different work units, however I was well aware of his reputation as a capable and respected Officer and supervisor.
    My fondest memories of Brian were the many good times we had at out- of- town golf tournaments and curling bonspiels.
    We will miss him and he will be fondly remembered.
    Our condolences.

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  38. Helen & family:
    I was so sorry to learn of Brian’s passing. I have many memories of good times sharing tours of the Elks, ice at the Winter Club (both with him and against him or even behind the glass), and occasionally at lodge. I always was in awe of his effortless athletic abilities and his overall gentle approach to life’s intricacies and was grateful to be one of his e-mail buddies, even as recently as July 22nd.
    His many friends have missed his presence for some time and I can only say I was fortunate to have known him at his best. My sincere condolences to you and all of your and Brian’s family.

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  39. Keith and Irene & David Graham :

    Helen and Family
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all especially during these difficult times. We share your grief and assure you that Brian rests in peace after an amazing life and journey.
    Our friendship has not been long but ever so meaningful. It is a privilege to have known Brian and shared such interesting and thoughtful conversations. His dedication to family and profession is a remarkable example to us all. We will miss him.
    Irene Keith and David – Lake friends

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  40. Neil & Leanne (Pedersen) Hilton :

    Helen, Curtis, Traci, Lisa, Ashley, Danielle and Matthew: Sending you all hugs! It’s so hard to believe that ‘Uncle Brian’ is no longer physically with us… He was such an incredible man and so devoted to you all!! He certainly holds a very special place in my families’ hearts! Who will ever forget our Mara Lake years and all the antics? Such great memories….I won’t ever forget his calm reaction to this country bumpkin’s move-in day into the city when I got into an accident.. My hero! Or the fact that he played a key role in my Dad adopting me? He always made me feel so special!! Love you Uncle B… we know you’re playing some incredible golf games and your button draws are forever perfect! Cheers/Skoal >3

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  41. I would like to thank everyone for the incredible support our family has received from family, friends and neighbors. Brian would be overwhelmed with the celebration and turn out of so many of his friends and colleagues. I am so fortunate that we have incredible neighbors not only at our family home which we have lived in for over 48 years, but also at our beloved Sylvan Lake which we have loved and enjoyed since the spring of 1998. Brian loved it there. Thank you Thank you. Love Helen

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  42. A true gentleman. One of the best inspectors I ever worked for. RIP Brian

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  43. Linda Ascah :

    I just heard about Brian’s passing. I am so sorry at his untimely departure. My condolences.

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