February 13, 1916 – December 20, 2012
George John (Jack) Merryfield passed away peacefully at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in his 97th year.
Jack was born in Toronto in 1916, one of five children of Edward and Mary Merryfield. The family settled in Calgary in 1930 where he completed his education at Western Canada Technical School. From 1941 to 1945 he served as a pilot in the RCAF with one year overseas in Fighter Command. Jack spent many days at Bragg Creek and this is where he met his future wife Joan Burby. They married in September of 1946 and made their home in Bragg Creek. After fifty-one years in Bragg Creek, Jack and Joan moved to Redwood Meadows until their move to Big Hill Lodge in Cochrane.
A firm believer in supporting his community, Jack was a long time member of the Bragg Creek Community Association. He will be remembered for his dedication and participation in the annual Bragg Creek Remembrance Day Service which he and a small group of veterans initiated in 1993.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years, Joan; son George; daughter Marie (John) Nylund; son Jim and daughter Carol Storey. Jack is also survived by five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers Gordon and Victor Merryfield.
A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held in the spring of 2013. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made directly to The Royal Canadian Legion #15,
114 – 5 Ave W, Cochrane, AB, 403-932-2011 or to The Big Hill Lodge, 98 Carolina Drive Cochrane, AB T4C 1X5, 403-932-3355, www.rockyviewfoundation.org. In living memory of Jack Merryfield, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.