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PFEFFER, Beverley James

April 22, 1937 – April 22, 2012

Beverley (Bev) James Pfeffer passed away in the morning of Sunday, April 22, 2012, the day of his 75th birthday, at his home in Calgary.

Bev was a loving husband, a superb father, a doting grandfather, and a great friend. His generous and independent spirit was a delight to those who knew him.

Bev grew up on a sandy farm near Elbow, Saskatchewan, together with his twin sister Barbara. His mother always insisted “Bev, you are NOT going to be a farmer,” so a prestigious career in geology followed a BEng (‘59) and MSc (‘63) in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan. His persistence and drive took him through the ups and downs of forty-five eventful years in the Alberta Oil Patch, the final decades of which were spent as a respected independent consultant.

Bev’s many interests reflected his love of company, ideas, history, and the great outdoors, and they included biking, cross-country skiing, travelling the world with his wife, and reading. He had a lively interest in politics that sometimes made him a rebel to the conventional cause and that led him to serve in a variety of positions at the riding level. Bev was a lifetime member of APEGGA. He had recently semi-retired and had started to volunteer at The Military Museums of Calgary.

Bev is survived by his best friend and loving wife June; his daughter Jacqueline and her husband Tom Merrill and their children Henry and Rosalind; his son James and his wife Nadia Minian and their daughter Natasha; and his twin sister Barbara Sadler.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Flowers gratefully declined; friends, if they wish, may make a donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (2210-2nd Street SW; Calgary AB; T2S 3C3) with the notation “Catherine Pearson Sarcoma Research Fund in memory of Beverley J. Pfeffer” or to a charity of their choice.

In living memory of Bev Pfeffer a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Phoebe Edmond :

    I am very sorry for your loss. Death is our great enemy. May you find comfort and hope in the words of John 5:28,29 when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…”

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  2. Karen and Gordie Crowell :

    June, Karen and I would like to extend our heart felt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your husband and best friend Bev. We have known Bev for many years and will miss him. — Gordie and Karen Crowell, Calgary

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  3. May I offer my deepest condolences to June, family members and sister Barbara on the passing of Bev. Bev was a classmate,colleague, and most of all a friend. We will miss his outlook on life and among other things, his views on politics.May peace be wiyh you.

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  4. Una Lewis. Née Joel :

    Sincere sympathy to all the family. I have many memories of good times in Elbow.

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  5. Rev. Pastor Paul Pfeffer :

    Dear June, Jackie, Jim & Barb,
    Sorry I couldn’t be with you to celebrate Bev’s life. I do remember all the summer’s we spent in Elbow, a long time ago. I did send you several prayer books, which I hope will be helpful.
    May our Lord’s comfort be with all of you at the difficult time.

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  6. Alan & Mary Ann Clark :

    We would like to express our sympathy to June and all the family on the passing of Bev. Al first met Bev in grad school and kept in touch in the oil patch ever since. Bev will always be remembered for his wisdom and humor which were always a great part of the many lunches we had together.

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  7. My deepest condolenses to the Pfeffer family for the great loss. Bev was sincere, kind and wonderful man.

    Michael Lo

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  8. Norman Fischbuch :

    Dear friends and family of Bev:

    I have been associated with Bev as a geological compatriot for many years. And since we are both graduates of the University of Saskatchewan we had a lot in common. I will dearly miss our extended conversations about Devonian reefs.
    My sincere condolences go out to all of you.

    Norman Fischbuch

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