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LEE – Edwin (Ed)

April 17, 1919 – September 25, 2010

Edwin Lee, beloved husband of Viola (Babe) with whom he shared sixty-eight years of marriage, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Viola; daughter Dianne McGrath (Bob); son Dennis; grandchildren, Leanne McKay (Ken), Dean McGrath (Lisa), Robin Lee, and Joel Lee (Carolyn); and great grandchildren, Kyle, Luke, Aleya, and Morgan.

Ed was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. From 1938 to 1940, he was a teacher in southern Saskatchewan. From 1941-45, he was a flight instructor in the RCAF at Yorkton, Winnipeg and Portage Le Prairie. On his discharge, in September 1945, he enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in April 1949 with a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and re-entered the RCAF. For the next few years he served at various bases in Ontario and Quebec. In 1964 he went to Great Falls, Montana as the Deputy Director of Communications and Electronics of the 28th Norad Division until his retirement in 1968. In 1968 he moved to Calgary and worked for the Calgary Board of Education for many years.

Both Ed and Viola enjoyed a very social, active life and traveled quite extensively. Many thanks to the wonderful care he was given by Extendicare Cedar Villas, in particular, the nursing staff from Larkspur and Clover.

A Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Ed’s honour may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Edwin Lee, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad Dennis and Family. I am sure he appreciated all the time you spent caring and visiting both him and your Mum.

    Gail Jones

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  2. I will always be grateful that he was ‘Papa” for Robin and Joel. They (and I) will cherish the great memories of time spent with him. He was a genuinely ‘good guy’. As you say, Dennis, the time was probably right, but that does not necessarily make it any easier for any of you. My thoughts are with you…


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  3. Larry & Verna Holden :

    Dennis, Diane and families, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. We know too well how difficult these times are. Please know our hearts and our deepest sympathy are with you all.

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  4. Babe, Dianne & Dennis. I was very sad to learn of Ed’s passing. The friendship that Ed shared with my parents was passed on and shared with me as well and I will always be grateful for that! God Bless.

    Chris Griffin

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  5. Please convey our deepest condolences to Ed’s family. We remember the many great times we had with Ed and Babe at the various functions at the Clubhouse in Watergrove. Ed will surely be missed by many of his friends.
    Respectfully Sandra and Gerry Dusick

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  6. My sincere condolences to Ed’s wife Viola and all his family members on learning of Ed’s passing. I saw Ed on a weekly basis at the lodge. Early memories in the past five years were when we met for the monthly meeting with Cedars Staff. I enjoyed Ed’s calm and gentlemanly manner at our luncheon meetings. I will miss seeing his presence at the Lodge: Don Vernon

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  7. wendy and chris thomas :

    Babe and family:
    Chris and I just got back from Spain last evening and saw that Ed had passed away. We are very sorry for your loss.
    Ed was a wonderful person.
    Thinking of you,
    Wendy and Chris Thomas

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