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MCGUFFIN, John William

February 19, 1930 – February 11, 2017

A firm handshake, a warm smile and a kind heart. John passed away peacefully at the Rockyview hospital in his 87th year. He was the son of Dr. Gordon Lionel and Mary McGuffin and brother to Gordon. He’s survived by his wife Elizabeth. He was the proud father of Ronald John McGuffin and Alison Elizabeth Muir and a very proud grandfather of his four beautiful granddaughters Sarah Elizabeth and Emily Margaret McGuffin and Kennedy Ralston and Ellen Mary Muir. John was born at Calgary General Hospital and attended Crescent Heights High school. He went to the University of Alberta for a period and then went to work for Sinclair Oil as an oil scout in northern Alberta. In June 1959 he married M. Elizabeth Ralston. In the late 60’s John came to work with his father-in-law Ron Ralston at Marshall Knop Western LTD. in Calgary, where he eventually became president until 1981. After that he transitioned into the insurance business and eventually into the hearing aid business becoming a certified hearing aid practitioner. Dad loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker. He was also a member of the Masons and a Shriner. John was a long time member of the Glencoe Club where he enjoyed curling, tennis and squash. He spent many summers at the Shuswap and winters occasionally in Maui with family. He was also a member and past usher at Grace Presbyterian Church where he and Elizabeth were married.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church Chapel (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through 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,

In living memory of John McGuffin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Bill and Peggy Clark :

    We were so sorry to read of the passing of John. We remember him as a kind ,loving person with a great sense of humour–and a good curler too. Our sincere condolences to Liz, Allison and the rest of the McGuffin family.

    Bill and Peggy Clark

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  2. Marguerite Boisjolie :

    My deepest sympathy to you all. You are in my thoughts at this trying time.
    Marguerite Boisjolie

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  3. Dr. Art Piercy :

    Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He and his family were great neighbours when I was growing up in Chinook Park in the 1960’s. Always remembered him to be a kind and thoughtful person. My sincere condolences to the family. He will be missed.

    Dr. Arthur Piercy

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