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McCORRISTER, Calvin

June 4, 1974 – Calgary, AB
June 24, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Calvin Baird McCorrister, 39, of Calgary, AB passed away suddenly on Monday, June 24th, 2013 as a result of a workplace accident. Calvin is survived by Amy Barkhouse, his loving partner of 6 years, and their two children, Connor, 3 and Lacey, 2.

He is lovingly remembered by his mother Darlene McCorrister (Strathmore, AB), father Barrie McCorrister (Clara) (Penticton, BC), sister Cheryl McCorrister (Strathmore, AB), brother Jason (Maria) McCorrister, (Brunei), in-laws David and June Barkhouse, (Antigonish, NS), sisters-in-law Krista (Patrick) McKenna (Antigonish, NS), Debra Barkhouse (Halifax, NS), brother-in-law Darren (Vivette) Barkhouse, (London, ON), along with nieces and nephews Carly Eadie (Rob) (Hanna, AB), Cayla Eadie (Calgary, AB), Nicholas McCorrister (Brunei), Abby, Katie and Liam McKenna, (Antigonish, NS), great-niece Penny Kittridge (Hanna, AB) and his extended family and friends.

Calvin was born in Calgary on June 4, 1974. He grew up in Cheadle, AB and was a very active yet accident-prone child who was kind, always championing the underdog. He graduated from Strathmore High School in 1992. He worked various positions on the rigs, deployed and retrieved seismic lines before becoming a skilled and well-respected finishing grader operator, working with various companies over the past 10 years. Calvin found true happiness with Amy, who stole his heart. They had many hopes and dreams for their family and were just starting to build their life together. The love they shared was evident to everyone who knew them. ‘Pa’ was a devoted, loving and active father who was fascinated by his children, squeezing in extra cuddles whenever he could. He showed an immense love from the moment he first held each of them. Calvin enjoyed teaching Connor how to fix things around the house and showing Lacey his fancy dance moves. He will be forever looking down and guiding them as they journey through life. His famous Sunday night family dinners will always be remembered.

Time spent with “the boys” – with or without Jack – was a meaningful and important part of his life, and a void will be felt amongst his close group of longstanding friends. His quick wit and sarcasm kept most everyone laughing. Calvin worked hard to provide for his family, often putting in 80+-hour workweeks without complaint. He took great pride in his job and enjoyed revisiting the roads he helped build. He was a known joker on the jobsite and kept his co-workers on their toes. Cal did not hesitate to help someone in need and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Calvin’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a benefit fund in Connor and Lacey’s name at RBC,  number 06892 – 003 – 517-184-8.

In living memory of Calvin McCorrister 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. Bergengren - St. Andrews Branch :

    Sending our sympathies during your difficult loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  2. Leo Callahan :

    Heartfelt sympathies to all of you during this horrific period. I pray you find strength and courage to assist you in all your needs.

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  3. Bieny Pryor :

    My sincere sympathy goes out to Calvin’s family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. Mari McCabe :

    Amy, you and the children have been on my mind since I heard the tragic news. I wish I was close enough to give you a hug. You have a great and supportive family who will help you through this, as I am sure Calvin’s family will – you will need each other. I only met him once but he seemed such a nice person and you have been so happy. Words don’t mean much at this time but hopefully we will see one another soon. My love and prayers Mari.

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  5. Bernice Callahan :

    So very saddened by the tragic news. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs Bernice and Bryan

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  6. Kathy and Mike Hinchey :

    Deepest sympathies to your entire family on your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take Care

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  7. Herb & Ann Callahan :

    Amy & family — Please accept our sincere sympathies during this tragic time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know that with the support of family and friends you will find the strength to carry on in your time of need.

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  8. Alice Callahan :

    I’m so sorry for your very tragic loss. I will be thinking of you and you will be in my prayers.

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  9. Donna Mitchel :

    Such a wonderful soul taken too soon. The love of family will see you through this difficult time.

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  10. John & Shirley Beaton :

    Amy, Connor & Lacey, we were so shocked when Danielle called with the very sad news. You and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  11. Amy Hazelwood :

    Amy you have been on my mind so much in the past few days, this is such a tragedy. I know you have a lot of family support, which is wonderful, and makes me feel just a bit better knowing you will have them to help you through. I wish we could be closer to you, but you are definitely in our thoughts here in Manitoba.

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  12. Marilyn MacDonald :

    “For some moments in life, there are no words.” Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. With all our sympathy and love, Marilyn and Mike

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  13. Yvette Jean-Jacques :

    May the memories of Calvin help you find peace.

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller

    From: Yvette Jean-Jacques

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  14. Gordon & Lorraine Stangnesa :

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Amy & family on your terrible loss. To our good friend Darlene – our thoughts & prayers are with you. Your loss is inconsolable.

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  15. Susan and Ted Rieseberg :

    Our deepest sympathy to the McCorrister families. It seems like only yesterday that Calvin was catching the school bus in Cheadle, and demonstrating calm, responsible leadership to his nieces and their friends so it is no surprise to read that he had become a great husband and father as well. Calvin’s death will leave a huge void in many lives and our hearts go out to all of you at this tragic time.

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  16. Brian & Dodi Cortens :

    Darlene, You are in our thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something I could say that would help you through this terrible time. Even though we haven’t kept in touch I have often thought of you and have fond memories when we were all in Winnipeg.

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  17. Lynette, Arthur and Rebecca D'souza :

    Dear Amy, Connor and Lacey – only the good die young. Calvin will forever be remembered for his love for the three of you. We are praying that you will receive the strength and comfort you need at this tragic time. Our love and prayers we add to those of your family and friends.

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  18. Krista Fraser :

    Thoughts and prayers with family and friends, Calvin was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

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  19. Larry and Theresa Legge :

    Dear Amy
    So sorry for your loss.
    You and your children will be in our prayers.xoxox

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  20. Mel Lenihan :

    Amy, my heart goes out to you, your beautiful children and the rest of your family. Times like this are never easy but the support of family and friends will help you get through it. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  21. Debbie Horne :

    My sympathy to the entire family. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  22. Allan Armsworthy & Shirley Vinten :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you throughout this difficult time. God bless.

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  23. Tessie & Hugh MacFarlane and all the girls :

    Dear Amy, the sweet, artistic, and totally lovely neighbour. We are so sorry for this loss to you and the children and your entire family. Our deepest sympathies.

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  24. Kim MacInnis(Collin) :

    The last time I saw Calvin was graduation, which seems like just a few short years ago. I will remember Calvin for being such a kind and funny person! My condolences for Amy and your beautiful children and all the rest of the family and friends.

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  25. Stoney Creek YMCA :

    We are all very sadden by your tragic loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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  26. Stephen McKenna :

    Sending my sympathies to you and yours. Certainly in my thoughts and prayers. A great man who will be greatly missed.

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  27. Sam Wolf Leg :

    My old friend, hard to believe so much time has passed since high school. You were always sincere and passionate in all that you do. My condolences go out to Amy and your little ones during these difficult times. Also, to all your family and friends.

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  28. Colin & Irene Chisholm :

    Amy and children, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our sympathy to your family. Take care, and know that the loving memories you have will help you in the days ahead.

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  29. Jerry&Linda Melvin Nova Scotia :

    There are no words to say how sad we feel for you and your dear little children. I was talking to him in May at the birthday party and he was telling me about all his plans for the future for you and the kiddies. Almost every time we went to visit Sandy, we would see him. Such a sad sad loss.

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  30. Paula DeLorey :

    Amy and family, SO sorry for your loss hun. Take your incredible memories and bank them forever. He will always be watching over you all with pride and support. Use your faith and friends love to get you through this difficult time. Antigonish is thinking of you all.

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  31. Michelle Easton :

    Hello to Calvin’s partner Amy, his children and his family. I wish to convey my condolences to you all. I am Scott Easton’s ex-wife and knew Cal for almost 30 years. I was shocked and saddened by his sudden death and wish to convey my condolences to you. Unfortunately due to previous commitments, I will be unable to attend his funeral on Saturday, but I want you to know that he was an important person in my life and I will always remember him for his kind, humorous and giving nature. He will forever be remembered as the sweet fun loving guy that he was.

    Sincerely
    Michelle Easton

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  32. Tracy Jessen :

    Amy, Connor and Lacey – I’m so sorry to hear about Calvin.

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  33. Finley and Margie Farrell :

    Dear Amy, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You have two beautiful children to keep you going. You are in our prayers now and will be in the future.

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  34. Glenn Black :

    Although words cannot change your loss, on behalf of all the Black family and June from Sask, our thoughts and condolences are with you.

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  35. Owen, Alison, Ashlyn & Masyn MacLennan :

    Amy and Calvin’s family,
    We send our deepest condolences as you celebrate the life of Calvin. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Owen, Alison, Ashlyn & Masyn MacLennan

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  36. Eugene and Donna Connors :

    Dear Amy…Our sincere condolences to you and your whole family-Take comfort in knowing that you now have an angel watching over you and your children.

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  37. Leah Chisholm :

    Sending love, prayers and strength to all of you! xoxo

    ‘Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.’

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  38. Pat mcKenna and Bob Chisholm :

    Amy and family;

    Bob and I wish to extend our sincere condolences on your unbelievable loss.Also to the McCorrister family,we never had the privilege of knowing Calvin but by all accounts he was an outstanding father and an outstanding human being.Our thoughts and prayers are with you

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  39. Owen, Alison, Ashlyn & Masyn MacLennan :

    Amy and Calvin’s family,
    We are truly sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you as you celebrate Calvin’s life. May your memories get you through this difficult time.

    Owen, Alison, Ashlyn & Masyn MacLennan

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  40. Craig and Dianne Green :

    Dear Amy, We are so deeply sorry about the loss of Calvin! He was so very proud of you and the children. Our home and family will savor the laughs, good times and antics of the “Fearless Foursome Boys” and the loss of Calvin has left a huge void. Amy, may the memories of Calvin remain close to your heart and help you through this most difficult time of sadness. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and the McCorristers. Sincerely Craig and Dianne Green

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  41. Dorothy & Paul Doiron :

    Amy & Family: We were very shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your loving partner,Calvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your children and all the family.You are thought of dearly in our home and in all of Clydesdale.

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  42. Rodney, Julianne and Ryan Sullivan :

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts will be with you always.

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  43. Judy & Paul Barry :

    Amy, Connor & Lacey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  44. Sandra DeNolf :

    Amy and family.
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are will you.
    Love Sandra DeNolf

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  45. Sandra DeNolf :

    Amy and family.
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Love Sandra DeNolf

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  46. Sharon Eastveld :

    So very, deeply sorry for your great loss. I know words cannot hope to say enough. My prayers are with all the family, especially Calvin’s partner and children. His body may be gone, but his heart and soul will always be with you.

    Sharon Eastveld

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  47. Jennifer & Mark Purcell :

    Amy and family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies go out to you.

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  48. Marie & Wayne Partridge :

    We are so sorry for your loss Amy. Our sympathies to You, Lacey, Connor, and all extended Family. You are in our thoughts daily.

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  49. Pat Connolly :

    Dear Amy: I hope you had a great chance to enjoy your new home. I met Calvin and yourself when he purchased that home. Very nice gentleman to work with. So sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you and your family. Pat

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  50. David and Marlene Mackenzie :

    So sorry for your loss Amy.Our thoughts and prayers go to you, Colin, Lacy, your wonderful parents and extended family.

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  51. Ken Davidson :

    I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Calvin off and on for several years. He was a great guy as well as a dedicated worker!

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  52. Denise Bond :

    Barkhouse and McCorrister families:
    Sincerest condolences to you all. I only got to know a bit about you from June and her wonderful family tales and the pride and love expresses has in relating them is very evident. Such a tragic loss of someone so loved is difficult for all. Find comfort in each other and the love Calvin had for you all.

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  53. Maureen Bowman :

    Dear Amy,Connor and Lacey

    Such a loss to you and your families. I felt like I knew all of you through your mom’s stories as she painted a very nice picture, she spoke fondly of Calvin and your family unit. May you gain comfort in the support of your family circle, God bless you all.

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  54. Cheryl DeWit :

    Dear Darlene & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and hope that you may find some comfort in your memories. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this sad time.

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