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LEARY, Howard

October 10, 1918 – October 14, 2011

Howard Leary, beloved husband of Athlyn Leary of Calgary, passed away on October 14, 2011 at the age of 93 years.

Howard commenced his journey through life on October 10, 1918, in the family farm home, in the Ghost Pine Creek area, east of Three Hills, Alberta. He completed that adventurous journey on October 14, 2011 at Calgary when his Lord and Saviour called him home. He started school at the Lumni one roomed school in Ghost Pine Creek. But after four months, the family moved to Calgary where he continued with his education and graduated from C.C.I with a Senior Matric in 1937. Howard was also a graduate from the RCMP College in Regina and BSAM in Banff. After a short business course in 1938 at Mt. Royal College he was employed with a construction company as a payroll and cost accountant. He joined the Calgary Police Service in 1940 and always considered it a great privilege to have served the Calgary citizens for thirty-eight years, the last five as Deputy Chief of Field Operations. In retirement, Howard and Athlyn have spent many enjoyable years camping and hiking in the mountains. They also travelled thousands of kilometres in their motor homes throughout North America, and went on several cruises and trips to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Howard was a founding and life member of the Calgary Police Veterans Association as well as a volunteer and Life Member of the Calgary Stampede.

Left with happy memories are Athlyn, his loving wife and best buddy of thirty-eight years; his precious daughter Sandra (Dwight) Bettcher of Ontario; three much loved grandchildren, Talia, Glenn (Kim) and Michelle and six wonderful great-grandchildren, Brandon, Josh, Alexa, Alaynna, Sarah, and Shelby. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Leary of Gorrie, ON and Evelyn Fells of Kamloops, B.C. as well as many nieces and nephews.

Howard was predeceased by his first wife of thirty-two years Helen Mae (nee Asselstine) in 1972; father Wallace in 1958, mother Phoeba in 1981 and his brother Kenneth in 2010.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank all the staff of Unit 64, Foothills Medical Center for the exceptional and compassionate care and consideration shown to Howard and the family. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319, www.theseed.ca or the Diakonos Retreat Society, BVPO Box 20194, Calgary, Alberta T2P 4L2, Telephone: (403) 201-9945, www.diakonosretreat.com.

In living memory of Howard Leary, 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. Gordon & Rose Helbak :

    Athlyn & Sandra & Dwight & Families
    Having been neighbors for many years we are going to miss our dear friend. Our condolences to the family.
    Rose & Gordon Helbak

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  2. Orville and Anne Dungey :

    Athlyn Sandra and Dwight and families: We are keeping you in our hearts and in our prayers. God gave us memories so we might have roses in December. love Orville and Anne

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  3. Donald & Paulette Leary :

    Athlyn Sandra Dwight & Family
    Please accept our heart felt condolences
    Howard was a great uncle, who will be missed by all who knew him. All our love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Don Paulette and Family.

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  4. Terry Coleman :

    Howard helped me out many years ago for which I will for ever be grateful. A wonderful, kind and compassionate man. We will miss him.
    TC

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  5. Jim & Charlotte Mathews :

    We are so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing, and want to express our sincerest condolences to Athlyn and family. Howard was a true GENTLEMAN, and a great friend to a young cop! He will be greatly missed, and it was a tremendous privilege to have known him, and worked for him. Charlotte and I will not be here for his service, but will think of him often. Jim & Charlotte Mathews

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  6. Harolyn Long (nee Barefoot) :

    I am so glad I contacted Howard and Athlyn to reconnect with Howard’s daughter Sandra. We are both the only children/daughters of Calgary Police Officers that we were so proud of and raised to have a high regard for. Sandra and I shared many police Christmas parties together as well as our first place of employment after high school in Data Processing for the City of Calgary. I will attend the service in support of my friend and with fond memories of a kind gentleman.

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  7. Doug and Gayle Green :

    Our hearfelt condolences to Athlyn and family on the loss of their loved one. Over the course of more than 50 years, we’ve known Howard as an outstanding human being in every way, and the epitome of the word ‘gentleman’. He will be lovingly and respectfully remembered by a great many friends.

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  8. jeannine palardy :

    I am sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. Ray always thought very highly of Howard and their history went back many years. We always looked forward to seeing Howard at the monthly luncheons….Jeannine Palardy

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  9. Sharon thomas :

    You were a very special, loving and generous man. I felt loved in your presence and will miss you.

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  10. Ken & Grace Kavanaugh :

    Our deepest sympathy to Howards family, unfortunately we will be unable to attend the celebration of Howards journey but our thoughts will be with you.

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  11. Harley Johnson :

    I will always remember Howard as a strong and very compassionate supervisor/friend.
    Our sincerest condolences to his family.
    Harley & Lynne

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  12. I have known Howard since 1958 when he was a staff sergeant with the City Police. He was always friendly and very fair regardless of the rank he hel, and was the most respected and Deputy Chief I ever worked under. In his later years he was a great supporter of the Police Veterans assn. and was well liked by all of the Police Vets who enjoyed his company. He will be missed, and Lina and I send our condolences to Athlene and all the family. Lina and Ron Tarrant

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  13. Ralph Vanover :

    My condolences to Howard’s family. He lived a great life. As a police officer he was one of the best and treated everyone with dignity and respect. He will be missed in the police community.

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  14. Hi Athlyn. I’m deeply saddened by Howard’s passing. As a boss, he was considerate, kind and encouraging and so he also became my friend. Donna and I send our condolences to you and your family. May he rest in peace.
    Jim Bergen

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  15. Jack Mullins (and wife Beverley) :

    We have many fond memories of Howard, both at the CPS, and, on Social Occasions. We are very sorry to hear of his passing and we extend our sincerest condolonces to all the LEARY family.

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  16. Frank & Wollene Mitchell :

    We are sorry to learn about Howard’s passing. Always a gentleman, a great individual and a credit to the police profession. I considered him to be one of my mentors. We are out of the country and will unfortunately miss his service. Condolences to Athlyn. Frank & Wollene

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  17. Howard and I had many discussions when I was an executive with the Calgary Police Association, I could always count on him being fair and compassionate and was to everybody a true gentlemen. I always remember him saying to me, when I was about to be given a written warning or worse “bring your mouthpiece” I didn’t bother as I knew his discipline would be just and equitable……and it was!
    A wonderful boss and a true “mate” rest in peace my friend.

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  18. My most sincere condolences
    Paul Forrayi

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  19. Len and Fran Esler :

    Athlyn, Sandra, Dwight & Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Howard was a great friend to all of us. I have known him since I was a raw rookie in 1963. He treated us all with respect far greater than we deserved. No doubt you all will miss him. Howard has left us all with such great memories to treasure.
    Sincerely, Len Esler

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  20. With deepest sympathy.
    Bruce Kribs

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  21. 'Mary Tougas-Taylor (Binnie) :

    Athlyn, we are so sorry for your loss.
    Mary and family

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  22. I am sorry to hear of the passing of my Uncle Howard – in my memories from sporadic visits to Calgary in recent times and years ago when I was a child. I will miss him and his sensible views on life. My condolences to Aunt Athlyn and the Leary family.

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  23. Bob and Carol Grant :

    We are sorry to hear of Howard’s passing and want to express our condolences to Athylyn and family. Howard was a wonderful man and I truly enjoyed working with him.

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  24. Roger & Lynda Bechthold :

    Athlyn, Sandra, Dwight & Family
    Athlyn we have spoken but I just wanted to share with you some additional thoughts about my memories of Howard. I will always think of him as one of the great guys. He was truly a genuine person and I greatly enjoyed his company. Early on in my career I remember meeting Howard with two of my uncles whom he had befriended. I came to admire and respect Howard during my career and later in life. He was always personable and genuinely interested in those he had contact with
    We all enjoyed Howard’s company at the Retired Senior Officer luncheons and yearly Socials.
    Lynda & I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to you Athlyn and the Leary family.

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  25. It is interesting how many times the word FAIR comes up when talking about Howard. From the time I joined Calgary Police in 1958, I always found Howard approachable, friendly and understanding. Howard never acted on impulse. His decisions were always very considered and FAIR. He was one of the most highly respected officers that I ever knew in RCMP and Calgary. I have kind thoughts of him and am glad to have worked under him. I am proud to have been one of his many friends. My sincere sympathy to the Leary family on the loss of a great man.

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  26. Dear Athlyn, Sandra and Dwight,
    My deepest condolences to the Leary’s. It was always a pleasure to enjoy Athlyn and Howard’s company when they visited the Okanagan. His gentleness and quiet strength were evident. A true gentleman! To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. Sincerest sympathy…Athlyn. Take care. Marge Noble and Family.

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  27. Gabe Boucher, Police Court Reporter, October 19,2011. :

    So sorry to hear that Howard passed on. Howard and I became good friends in the days that I was a reporter in Police Court. My most sincere condolences to Howard’s family.

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  28. Richard (Dick) Caines :

    My DEEPEST SYMPATHY, sorry I am unable to attend the service. Will see you sometime later

    Sincerly Dick Caines

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  29. Richard George Morehouse :

    I did not know Howard well – but well enough to see his works of concern and compassion for fellow police officers and their families. When my father, George Morehouse, passed away, Howard was there before and after dad’s “departure”, to assist Helen with all the details in a kind and caring manner. He will be missed by many. Love & condolences from the Morehouse Family

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