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Honourable M. Earl Lomas Q.C.

April 27, 1930 – September 26, 2009

Earl was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, the youngest of the six children of George and Amy Lomas. In 1934 the family moved to Calgary’s Elbow Park, where Earl grew up and went to school. He also attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton, graduating in 1950 in Commerce and 1953 in Law. Returning to Calgary, he articled in law at Macleod Dixon, as it became known, then in time became a partner and practiced law there for 28 years. It was an exciting time in the oil patch and he worked closely with many influential people and projects that became almost legends as time passed. In 1981 Earl was appointed a Justice of The Court of Queen’s Bench, retiring from there in 2003. His many accomplishments include being appointed a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Yukon and conducting several trials in the Yukon, including what at that time was the first Yukon Supreme Court trial ever held in Carcross, Y.T. As well, he was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the North West Territories. Earl always enjoyed the challenges of his working life, and the people he met there, but he also had time for other activities. He became a Scoutmaster and was also a Board Member of the YMCA. He was chairman of the committee which oversaw the relocation of Camp Chief Hector to its present location just off Highway #1 at Morley. He also enjoyed trail riding, hiking, and canoeing, serving in 1964 as president of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. There is no doubt, though, that his chief recreational love was golf. He became a golfer at the age of twelve at the Calgary Golf and Country Club and could always be found there on the slightest excuse. He served several years on the Board and also as President from 1989 – 1990.

Earl is survived by Dorothy, his loving wife and partner of 55 years, daughter Margaret, and sons Rob, Stuart (Janet) and Ken (Sheri) also by grandchildren Alex and Chloe. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Bill Upton and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park ( 3602 – 8 Street S.W.) on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Calgary Foundation (#700, 999 – 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1J5) www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Special thanks are given to the kind and caring staff of the Foothills Medical Centre, unit 32 and Dr Jim Mayhew.

In living memory of Earl Lomas, 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. You have my sincere condolences.

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  2. Catherine C. Harradence :

    Dear Margret and Family,
    My mother, Terry and I were so very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. It is such a trying time for the family. We know all that you are feeling right now and have every sympathy. Our thoughts have been with you. I often think of the afternoon when I thought we were meeting at your parent’s home and your mother and I had a lovely visit complete with ice tea!! She will need you and your siblings very much now. Enjoy being with her now as your visits will be very special to her in the days and times to come.

    Thinking of you,

    Catherine Harradence

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  3. My condolences to you, even though we have not met.
    I am the granddaughter of William John Lomas b. 1872 in Staffordshire, brother of George Lomas b. 1866 who was M.Earl’s grandfather. For many years I have been trying to write a biographical history of our ancestors and have quite a few records. I would love to correspond with you to share some information.
    May your memories of Earl comfort and sustain you at this time.
    Trudi Manley

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