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MACFARLAN, Edward “Ed”

May 8, 1924 – September 12, 2012

Edward Macfarlan passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Peter Lougheed Centre at the age of 88 years.

Ed was born in Calgary May 8, 1924. He was educated at King George Elementary, Balmoral Junior High, and Crescent Heights High School. He joined the Reserve Army (Calgary Tank Regiment) at age 17. Upon graduation from high school, Ed went on active service with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in which he served on the high seas (frigate “New Glasgow”) until the end of WW II.

After the war, he worked with C.P.R. Hotel Systems as coal passer, fireman, shift engineer, 2nd engineer, and chief engineer at Chateau Lake Louise until 1956. During this period he met and married his wife Robin (1954) and they were married until her death in October 1999. From 1956 to 1960, while employed by Calgary Power Ltd. (Transalta) he studied and received his 1st Class Power Engineering Certificate by correspondence. He finished his time at Calgary Power as a shift supervisor, moving on to Calgary where he was employed from 1960 to 1985 as an instructor and assistant department head in the Power Engineering Department at SAIT. After retirement in 1985, his main interests were his family and wood working projects.

Ed is survived by his sons, Ward (Antonia) of Calgary and Neil of Vancouver; his beloved grandchildren, Ian and Jeff; as well as his sisters, Jean and Chris Macfarlan. Ed was predeceased by his wife Robin Macfarlan (nee Clarke); brother Donald, mother Ann, and father Edward.

At Ed’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. His ashes will become part of his favorite fishing spot during his favorite fishing time of year. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, Ed requested that memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111,

In living memory of Edward Macfarlan, 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. Matt Livingstone :

    On behalf of Matt (William) Livingstone please accept his condolences on the passing of Ed.
    Matt is presently in a nursing home across Crowchild Trail from Ed’s home.
    Matt joined up with Ed, for WW2 RCN service, it was Ed who told Matt what the letters were on the eye chart. So having memorized them Matt could pass the eye exam, you see that Matt was blind in one eye, and was in the RCN thanks to Ed.

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  2. Marilynn Sander :

    Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Ed Macfarlan. He will be missed by many.

    SAIT’s Alive (retired and former colleagues from SAIT)

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