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McNARRY, Leon Robert (L.R.)

September 5, 1916 – Ellice Munic., MB
November 18, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Leon Robert (L.R.) McNarry of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the age of 98 years.

Bob received his B.Sc (Honours) in 1949 and his M. Sc. in 1950. Bob was a Manitoba farm boy who served during WWII in the RCAF. After the war, from 1950 to 1979, he worked as a research scientist at the National Research Council in Ottawa.

Bob is survived by his children, Mary Margaret McNarry, John Robert (Jan) McNarry, David Barclay McNarry and Daniel Gordon (Barb) McNarry; grandchildren, Alan John McNarry, Brian Andrew (Nikki) McNarry, Justin Mellin, Meagan Laura Jean McNarry, and Sarah Irene McNarry. He was predeceased by his loving wife Mavis Laura Jean McNarry (nee Reid); and by his siblings Edgar Garnet McNarry, Ruth (Alan) Meldrum and Mary Kathleen (Ed) Wilson.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thank you to Canyon Meadows staff and residents, Alberta Health Services Homecare staff, and the doctors and nurses at Rockyview General Hospital.

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

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  1. Reva, Stan & Ben :

    Margaret, John, David, Dan and Families: We are saddened to hear of Uncle Mac’s passing. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. He would always get everyone (at any age) involved in conversation and had a sense of humour that fit well within the family! You will each have a memory that will be held in your hearts, and always treasured. Rejoice in his life accomplishments, he is in good hands!

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  2. To Margaret and family- My thoughts are with you and know that you have a lot of good memories of both your Dad and Mom! I was in total awe of your Dad to have finished his books and memoirs in his 90’s.

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  3. My Sincere condolence Margaret to and your family.

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  4. Harvey & Nancy McKinnon :

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. We were fortunate to have met him a few times and know one of his great legacies was the family that he raised.
    Take care – Harvey and Nancy McKinnon

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  5. Margaret Tyler (McKay) :

    Our mother, Marion McKay nee Brown, was a teacher and dear friend of Leon’s from his Foxwarren days. They remained close friends through out the years. We want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Margaret (McKay) and Neil Tyler

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  6. Praying your Family peace and strength during this time of bereavement. Celebrate the wonderful life of your loved one and cherish the loving memories you have secured in your hearts.

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  7. Pat Tierney (LaSalle) :

    John Margaret and family. Just read of your father’s passing and wanted to send my condolences. Bob was a wonderful man and contributed so much to so many particularly in Cumberland. Although I know things are difficult at times like this, you are fortunate to have had him as your family leader for so long. My sympathy to you both and your families

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  8. Norman Griffiths :

    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, happy to see he had a good life.

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  9. Bob was a key influence in my career, particularly in my decision to go to Queen’s. He even drove me from Ottawa to Kingston to enroll.

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  10. Marg, my deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  11. Margaret my condolence on the passing of your Dad.

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  12. Joyce and Donna Reid :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
    Love and Hugs

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  13. Marilyn Zavitz :

    I am so sorry to hear of Mac’s passing.
    He was one of my father’s dearest and longest-term friends, and I had known him since I was a child. He was one of the few adults who always took a child’s questions seriously and I remember enlightening conversations with him from the time I was small.
    I did lose touch with him after my father died and he moved from Ontario, but will be interested to read his newly published works. I know that in the few letters we exchanged after he moved there was included some of the Whimsy.
    The recounting of the huge solar flare and sunspot activity during 2014 had me looking him up to see if I could track him down and see what he had to say about it all, only to discover that he was no longer with us. He just seemed to be one of those people that you thought was just going to keep on truckin’ forever.
    What a huge loss to the scientific community and to his family and friends.
    I am very sorry.

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  14. Allan Benson :

    My sincere heart felt condolences to the family.

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