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MERRYFIELD, George John “Jack”

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.

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  1. Paul and Liz-Anne Jonassen :

    We are very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing but if we all can lead as full a life as he did we will be very satisfied. Jack was a good man and a pleasure to have known. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

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  2. My deapest condolences to Joan and family on Jack’s passing. I met Jack 12 years ago when I started working for the Townsite of Redwood Meadows. He was always a kind and genle man. He will be missed.

    Pat Evans

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  3. Hi Carol and family,
    Your Daddy was a hero like my dad. Love ya. See you next year for breakfast.
    Mike

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  4. Eldon Morrison :

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of your father. Words seem so inadequate to express my feelings. My family and myself have you in our prayers and are here to support you with anything you may need.

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  5. John Patton, Tony Iati and family :

    We will miss Jack and his tireless energy for the community, Remembrance Day, his comrades, and his family and friends. God Bless his long time with us and our thoughts and prayers go to his family.

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  6. macsam2@gmail.com :

    Carol and Family,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sally and Bill McLean

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  7. Jim Arnett Major (Ret'd) :

    Jack was a remarkable individual, a friend to all and a delightful story teller. His presence in the community will be sorely missed especially at Remembrance Day. It is an honour to have known him. On behalf of myself, my wife Sheila and members of the Redwood Meadows Seniors Wild Rose Club, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Joan and the rest of Jack’s family.

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  8. Barb & Jim Peace :

    We’re so sorry Uncle Jack is gone; he was an honourable man and we’ll really miss him. We loved his positive outlook on life, the way he would relish sharing his stories [to us they never got old in the retelling!] and his wonderful sense of humour. We were truly blessed to have him in our lives. We know you’ll miss him in yours.

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  9. Carol Borschneck :

    I offer my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of many conversations with Jack at Big Hill Lodge. He was a fine gentleman, with a kind heart and a warm smile. We will miss him.

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  10. Mike and Lindy McIntyre :

    Dear Joan, George, Carol, Marie and Jim – please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Jack. The world is indeed a lessor place without him, and he will be missed. All our love and warm thoughts. Mike and Lindy.

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  11. Mike and Lindy McIntyre :

    Dear Joan, George, Carol, Marie and Jim – please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Jack. The world will indeed be a lessor place without him, and he will be missed. All our love and warm thoughts. Mike and Lindy

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