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McCORMAC, Joseph Arnold (Spud)

March 5, 1943 – May 24, 2012

Joseph McCormac, beloved husband of Marie McCormac of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the age of 69 years.

Joseph (Spud) was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. After leaving Charlottetown, Spud came to Calgary and joined the Army where he taught Physical Education and later moved to Toronto where he won the Ontario Golden Gloves. While in Toronto he met his wife Marie and they moved to Calgary where he started his own landscaping/excavating business. Later he found his passion for training standardbred horses. The pinnacle of his career came in 2004 when he won the Nat Christie Memorial Stake Race with The Bruster.

Spud always “Did It His Way”. He is loved and will be missed by all.

Joseph is survived by his wife Marie of forty-three years; his sons Joseph (Carolyn) and Brad (Jen); grandchildren Connor and Taylor; and his mother Bertha McCormack. He is also survived by six brothers and one sister, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Joseph was predeceased by his father Alphonsus McCormack and his sister Marion.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W.) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Spud McCormac, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Pat Jarvis (JARV) :

    I’m sorry for the loss of Spuddly. He and I went through a lot of situations over the last 20 some years, some good, some bad. But he will always be in my memory. Joe and Brad should be proud of their father, because I know he was proud of them.

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  2. David and Annette Wilson :

    Marie and family,

    Please accept our condolences. Mom (Marion) always spoke highly of Uncle Spud. Treasure your memories. We are making a donation to our local Heart & Stroke Foundation in memory of Uncle Spud.

    Take care and God bless.

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  3. Mel and Maryann Pasichnuk :

    Marie, Joe and Carolyn, Connor and Taylor, Brad and Jen,
    Our prayers are with you at this time of your loss. Spud as we all knew him will be truly missed for his drive and termination that there was nothing that could not be accomplished. Doing nothing was the most tiresome thing in the world for Spud there were no roadblocks. His love for his horses showed his compassion for all of GODS creatures. He was a kind and loving man and we will all miss him. May he rest in peace. Memory Eternal.

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  4. Al & Georgina Terry :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Spud was a good friend with always a happy smile on his face. Will be truly missed.

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  5. Al & Georgina Terry :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Spud was a good friend with always a happy smile on his face.

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  6. ANGELA MACCORMAC :

    My sincerest sympathy to Spud’s family. I am sure he will be missed by many. Your memories will get you through each day. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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  7. Glen and Ethel Tacey :

    Carolyn and Joe and family
    Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you at this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.
    Sending our love,
    Glen and Ethel Tacey

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  8. Mary (Montgomery) Arseneau :

    Sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Mary (Montgomery) Arseneau & family
    Bear River, PEI

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  9. Barry Hammond :

    I was very sad to hear of Uncle Arnold’s passing. I have fond memories of him from when I was a child. I remember being amazed at how cool he was because he was a boxer and horse trainer and considered myself very lucky to call him my Uncle. Aunt Marie, Joseph and Brad, please accept my deepest condolences from Sharon, Evan and I. Hang on to all the good memories, those are the things you need to help you with get through the tough times ahead. God Bless.

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  10. Roberta (Bert) & Fred :

    Marie and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Unforturnately due to illness I am unable to attend today. Please pass on our condolences to Sheldon and family.

    Our deepest condolences,
    Roberta(Bert) and Fred Mckinnon

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  11. Maribeth Scipior :

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. We remember all the time Luke and Joe spent together as young boys.
    The Scipior Family

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  12. James and Katherine and Tristin Hawkins :

    Marie, Joe and Carolyn, Connor and Taylor, Brad and Jenn,
    We are very sorry for the loss of Spud. We will miss him at all of the family get together’s as he was always so kind. It was obvious to see that he was a loving Papa to Connor and Taylor and a loving father and husband too. We are making a Memorial Tribute to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in his name. Memory Eternal.

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  13. robert shepherd :

    I would like to send his family my condolences. U will all by in prayers. Spud was one of the people that start my harness driving career of in the right foot and had great faith in me. He has been a great friend and is a great guy. I will always remember the nat christie and our always great win. He will be greatly miss and alway remembered. I was always reatful for his faith in me and will never forget

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  14. robert shepherd :

    I would like to send his family my condolences. U will all by in prayers. Spud was one of the people that start my harness driving career off in the right foot and had great faith in me. He has been a great friend and is a great guy. I will always remember the nat christie and our always great win. He will be greatly miss and alway remembered. I was always greatful for his faith in me and will never forget

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  15. Marie, Joe, Brad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Families. Sorry to hear of the passing of Spud he and I had a lot of laughs and fun together also helped me a lot. He was good man whom I respected and I will miss him and also never forget him. The day of the Nat Christie Spud shared that special moment with a lot of people including me. RIP Spudly
    Cy McEwen

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  16. Alex & Barb Jensen :

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Alex was Spuds Farrier & friend. We will never forget when Bruster crossed the finish line to win the Nat Christie that day, Spud was in awe! Spud always had a smile on his face!
    Will time help to heal your broken hearts.
    Regards, Race track friends,
    Alex & Barb Jensen

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  17. Chantell And Jason Robertson :

    Sympathies to the McCormac family. We will always remember what a friendly guy Spud was! He will be missed.

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  18. Jim Lanigan :

    I knew Arnold back in the 1950’s when we used to help Vincy Montgomary with the hay. My sympathies to all his family especialy his Mom Bertha. My thoughts are with you at this time.

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  19. Bridget otoole & Family :

    Marie Joseph Brad Jen & Carlon, our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    The Otoole Family

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  20. I’m very sorry for your loss Mrs. McCormac, Joe, Brad. I didn’t find out Spud passed until today. Talking to a young man in the horse racing world he started telling stories about a guy named Spud. Just so you know the world out there remembers him and is still talking about things he did and said with a smile. He was kind to me and was a positive influence when I had none. I will remember him. Thanks Spud ! Rest well.

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