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McCOOL, Alvin “Joe”

January 8, 1938 – August 20, 2011

Joe McCool, beloved husband of Evelyn of Airdrie, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the age of 73 years.

Joe was born in Calgary on January 8, 1938 and was raised east of Crossfield where he attended school. He married the love of his life Evelyn Latimer on May 10, 1957. They first resided in Calgary and Joe took plumbing at SAIT while apprenticing. From there they went to Whitecourt for a winter while Joe became a Journeyman Pipefitter and joined the 488 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. Joe and Evelyn then went to Lamerton, AB where Joe was an Elevator Agent for the United Grain Growers until it closed after two years. They purchased the farm at Bashaw near the George School, where they raised crops, cattle, and hogs for eleven years. Eventually Joe returned to pipefitting and Evelyn held the fort on the farm. This led to a year in Grand Cache while Joe was the project manager during the construction of the power plant. After a brief return to Bashaw the family moved to Airdrie where they operated Joe’s Plumbing and Heating. Always looking for a challenge he became an instructor at SAIT where for five years he helped hundreds of young people start their lives in the trades. The call of farming was strong so Joe and Evelyn started Black Jack Cattle Company. They then bought the ranch at Hanna where they raised world renowned Saler cattle. It was there that Joe and his neighbour Adrian Durand enjoyed great times working together. The Purebred Saler operation was moved to Bottrel in 1981 where Joe and Evelyn began their career as international marketers, selling their Saler genetics to all parts of the globe from the U.S. to Australia to South America. After many years they sold the cows and moved to Cochrane to enjoy their retirement spending their winters in Mesa with all their friends and acquaintances.

Besides his loving wife, Joe is survived by his son Eldon McCool and daughter Nora Davis (Darcy); grandchildren Kyle (Kalesha) Keon, Justin (Beverly) McCool, Joeline McCool, Skyler Davis, and Crystal Davis; great-grandchildren Dannica, McKenzie, Kyla, Logan, Madeline, and Evelyn.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Crossfield United Church (1005 Ross Street, Crossfield, AB) on, Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Crossfield United Church, P.O. Box 233, Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0 Telephone: 403-946-5514

In living memory of Joe McCool, a tree will be planted at Bill 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. Joseph (Joe) Drisdale :

    Evelyn and McCool Family

    We are sorry for your loss of your Husband, Father, Grandfather Joe. Remember all the good times you spent with Joe

    Joe and Darlene Drisdale

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  2. I regret to hear of Joe’s passing and extend condolences to Nora, Eldon and Evelyn. He was a very special and respected friend of my dad. God Bless.

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  3. Sharron and George Young Kelowna B.C. :

    Dear Evie and Family: As you know Joe was like my big brother and always remained a treasured friend. Such a loss of a very wonderful man and friend. I will especially miss our conversations, his laughter and teasing. Our love thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Sharron and George

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  4. Doreen and Mel Forrester :

    Evie, we have been friends for so many years and spent many good times together. We will miss Joe so very much and will remember him with love and good memories. Love Doreen and Mel

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  5. Bill,Cheryl,Alicia,Kendall,and Mikayla Janssen :

    Evelyn and family; We are shocked and saddened to learn of Joes’ passing. I will always remember the big guy with the “mischievous chuckle” and “twinkle in his eye” that said that he truly enjoyed life and all it had to offer. Cherish the laughs and good times that were shared and our condolences go out to you all at what is surely a difficult time. All the best from the Janssens

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  6. jason and jessica durand :

    We were very sad to hear of Joe’s passing. I will remember the many things Joe did for us and the many happy memories.

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  7. Hipkin, Joyce :

    Dear Evelyn & Family:
    We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    I can still picture him at dance’s at Madden, many year’s ago. He certainly accomplished a lot in his time on this earth. You have been a real gem at his side Evelyn. I hope & pray your health is

    Sincere Sympathy
    Joyce & Bob Hipkin

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