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MacCrimmon – Morrison Armstrong (Army) A.L.S.

July 7, 1922 – May 1, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear Army at the Carewest Colonel Belcher surrounded by his loving family.

Army was born in 1922 in Williamstown, Ontario where he spent his childhood. After finishing high school, Army enlisted in the Armed Forces where he proudly served with the 2nd Canadian Survey Regiment RCA. He saw duty in France, Belgium and Holland. In 1995 he attended the fifty year celebrations for the liberation of Holland.

After the war, Army moved west to Calgary in 1950 where he began his surveying career under Bob McCutcheon. It was at this time he met the love of his life, Connie Bell. They married in Winnipeg on May 10, 1952 then settled in Calgary and in the next seven years, had three children. During this time, Army studied then wrote his final exams to become an Alberta Land Surveyor in 1961. Together with partners, in 1965, Wolley-Dod and MacCrimmon Surveys was formed. Army served as President of the Alberta Land Surveyors in 1970. Army enjoyed a long and successful career with his company and was always held in the highest regard by his colleagues as a hard-working, honest and fair man. His quick wit and great sense of humor brought joy to everyone he knew.

In his retirement years, Army enjoyed bird-watching, photography, fishing, family geneology, listening to the CBC radio, as well as leisurely road trips on secondary highways exploring places he hadn’t seen. Army had also kept a daily journal since 1955, chronicling his life and family experiences. We will cherish these forever. Thanks for the memories Dad – c’est bon!

Army is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Connie, daughters Cathy (Glen), Jeannie (Dave) son John (Lisa) as well as six adored grandchildren; Bob, Lauren, Alison, Joanne, Jason and Megan. Army is also survived by his sister Alison MacCrimmon (Jean) and his niece and nephews, Bob, John, Jim and Alison Irvine, as well as brothers-in-law, John (Mary) Bell and Peter (Pat) Bell and their families. He was predeceased by his sister Morag (Jack) Irvine in 1996.

A celebration of Army’s life will be held at the Elbow Springs Golf Club (240086 Lott Creek Drive) on Friday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to either The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca. or the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the caring and compassionate staff at the Colonel Belcher who always made Dad feel at home. Merci! A special thanks to Army’s caregiver and friend Glenn Cameron for all his kindness. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Army MacCrimmon, 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. Don Grant, A.L.S. #305 :

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. While I didn’t know Army well, he always had time to chat and remember past times and mutual acquaintances. He was held in the highest regard by his peers, both young and old.

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  2. Ken Allred :

    Connie and family – Marge and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family on Army’s passing. I know it has been a struggle these last few years but we can all rest assured that Army is at peace in his new home.
    I always liked Army so much – he was so dedicated and always had a warm greeting whenever we met. His subtle sense of humour was a treat to all. He will be missed.

    Ken And Marge

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  3. John and Connie Black :

    John and Lisa, our sincere condolence on the loss of your father.

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  4. Robert Irvine :

    Beautifully written. By God, this fine man left his mark. Great photos as well. Very sorry that attending the celebration is for me not feasible but I will be there in spirit.

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  5. Dick and Jill Bassil :

    Connie and Family :
    We were saddened to hear of Army’s passing. Not only was he a gentleman but also a model of “professionalism”. Army set a great example for members of our profession whether it be “one on one” or in his leadership and official duties with the Association.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Dick and Jill Bassil

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  6. Don and Linda Jaques :

    Dear Connie and family,
    It is with great sadness to hear of Army’s passing. He was a great fellow land surveyor and I learned a lot from him. He will be remembered by us and all of his colleagues as one of the finest Alberta Land Surveyors. It was an honour to know him and to work with him.
    Don Jaques

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  7. Lisa and Mark Matulis :

    We are thinking of you John, and your family.
    Our sincerest condolences for your loss.

    Take good care,
    Lisa and Mark

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  8. Linda Sakatch :

    John,

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you.

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  9. Norma Wolters :

    I was so sad to read Army’s obituary in the paper this morning. I worked for him in the late 80’s and found him to be such a wonderful and gentle man. I won’t be able to attend the celebration of Army’s life but want you to know that he left such a good impression on me. I’ll be thinking especially of you, Connie.

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  10. George Hopkins :

    I recognized the smiling face immediately, and while saddness was my first reaction, I quickly smiled at thought after thought of Army looking sternly at John and I after we had done something questionable. The twinkle that was always in his eye will live on in his kids and grandkids, and please accept my humble apologies for being unable to attend and my deepest sympathies to the whole MacCrimmon family.
    George and Cathy Hopkins

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  11. Vicki Webster :

    Connie & family
    My sincere condolences. Sorry I could not attend the ceremony. My thoughts were with you. Fond memories go way back when.
    Vicki

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  12. Let us not forget that Army volunteered at the Colonel Belcher for several years prior to moving to the new centre at Veterans Way. I had the good fortune of working with Army as the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources at that time. What a sweet and gently, kind man! I am sure your family misses you very much!
    Julie

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