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PANOS, John Elton

September 9, 1957 – Oshawa Ontario
October 10, 2014 – Calgary Alberta

John Panos, beloved husband of Linda Mae McKay-Panos of Calgary, AB, passed away after a lengthy, brave and stoic battle with lung disease, on October 10, 2014 at the age of 57 years.

John was born in Oshawa, Ontario, and moved west with his family at a young age. After graduating from high school in Calgary in 1975, and being very intelligent, but not fond of post secondary education, John went to work as a driver. He worked in home delivery and wholesale, for Palm Dairies (Parmalat Beatrice) for over twenty-five years. He next worked for The City of Calgary, most recently in Recycling Services, where he worked until his illness forced him to leave in 2013. John took great pride in his work, and was highly prized by all of his employers. He enjoyed environmental pursuits, reading the newspaper, playing cards and “green” gardening. A quiet, observant person, with a dry sense of humour, John expressed his thoughts and feelings in small doses.

He leaves to mourn his wife and partner of over thirty years, Linda McKay-Panos; their children, Melanie, Nicholas, special son David; treasured grandson Jasper; mother, Margaret Nelson Panos; brothers, Ted (Pearl) Panos and Robert Panos; two nieces and a nephew, Paul, Grace and Denise; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins in Ontario; His beloved in-laws, Mildred and Ted McKay, Brian and Lori McKay, and their children Cassidy, Will and Ty, will miss him.

John was predeceased by his dear father, Edward C. Panos, and his grandparents.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W.), on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. A Private Graveside Service will follow at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca. Or The Nature Conservancy of Canada, Save the Rainforest Campaign (“the world’s lungs”) http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/

In living memory of John Panos, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Sherry and Les Corbay :

    Our sincerest condolences in your loss Linda. The next year will be so hard on you and the kids both. Know that the cousins in Ontario will be thinking of all of you everyday as you make this journey through the loss of someone so dear to you. The end to the struggle he experienced will make the letting go easier but not the loss itself. That will only be alleviated by time then one day you will realize that memories with him no longer bring tears but comfort and memories are now about your good times together rather than the disease that stripped him of his health and energy. Give his kids a hug every chance you get and time will take care of the rest. God bless and take care.

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  2. Barbara Francis :

    Dear Linda, Melanie, Nicholas, and family,
    I have so many fond memories of John. He was always able to make me laugh. His dry sense of humour and kindness are how I will remember him. May your memories give you strength and peace.

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  3. Jennifer and Fred Butterworth :

    Dear Linda, Melanie, Nicholas and family,

    We have so many fond memories of John going back to when we met him after meeting Ted.
    We are so very sorry for this loss in your lives. May all the memories help you through this time.

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  4. Jennifer and Fred Butterworth :

    Dear Ted, We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We wish that all your memories will help you through this difficult time.

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  5. Melissa Luhtanen :

    My heart goes out to your family as you say goodbye to an important man in your lives. You loved him and took care of him while he was sick and I’m sure he knew how much he was cared for and loved. From my family to yours a fond farewell to John. May he rest in peace. xo Melissa, Berkley, Ruby and Duncan

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  6. Linda, I’m truly sorry for your loss, and am thinking about you through this difficult time. John sounds like he was a remarkable man, and I’m glad you had so many years together.

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  7. Dear Linda and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family as you grieve the loss your partner, a husband, a friend and father. May memories of happier times bring you and your loved ones some measure of peace.

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  8. Linda, I feel sadness for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

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  9. Gordon Strom and Donna (Ross) Strom :

    Ted, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  10. Rita Richardson :

    Dear Linda, Marc and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rita

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  11. Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes :

    My Dearest Linda and Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful husband John.
    May the Creator give you and your family strength and comfort during this sad time of loss and grief. Please know that you are in my prayers and in my heart.
    Sending you love ‘n’ hugs, and lots of healing energy – Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes & Family

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  12. Dear Linda,
    I am so sad to hear this news. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family, and wishing I was still in Calgary so I could visit you more regularly during this difficult time. But I am comforted to know that you are surrounded by people who love and support you just as I do. Don’t hesitate to ask them for help in the difficult days ahead. We are here for you.

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  13. Amina Osuoha-Muhammad :

    Dear Linda and Family,
    Nazeef and I are touched by your loss and have you in our thoughts. We pray that God gives you the fortitude to bear the loss. Take heart in remembering that you had a beautiful life together.
    Lots of Love.
    Amina, Nazeef & Family

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  14. Angela Gallo-Dewar :

    Dear Linda and Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Angela & Ed

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  15. Vicki Lalonde :

    Dear Linda, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    hugs
    Vicki

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  16. Dear Linda,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be thinking of you and your family during this very hard time.

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  17. My dearest Linda,
    Im very sorry for your loss and pray that God give you strength and patience through this difficult time. I did not get to spend much time with John but I know that he was a great man and will always be remembered. I will not be able to come to the funeral as I just found out today and I have a very important appointment that I cannot cancel. Please accept my condolences. Ali sends his regards and condolences to you and family.

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  18. I was so sorry to learn of John’s passing. He was such a sweet guy, and I enjoyed our time together at events over the years. Take care at this difficult time, and I hope that all of your wonderful memories can be of some comfort to you and your family.

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  19. Dear Linda and Family,

    Our prayers are with you during this time. Cam and Marina

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  20. Linda & Family,
    I regret I have not seen John since I was a child, but decades later he is a memorable man. I can easily remember his voice. He was a kind and important man, and he left a great impression on me. My family’s condolences to everyone of John’s.
    Love,
    Cody Will

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  21. Gillian Steward :

    I am so sorry to hear that John died.
    Condolences and best wishes to Linda and all the family.
    Love
    Gillian

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  22. Rob and Ted, My condolences on the loss of your middle brother John. I have many memories of get togethers up in Dalhousie.The best of all were Rob and I jumping into John’s milk truck to do a little cruising by the highschool. I never met John’s wife, but our thoughts are with her as well. We are unable to make the service today due to the flu. Take Care Dan Moore from Banff

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  23. Shahine Dos Ramos :

    Dear Linda,
    We are sorry to hear of John’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you all big hugs from across the globe.

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