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PITT – C. “Red”

May 15, 1925 – November 28, 2010

It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of our Dad and Grandfather, Red, on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the age of 85 years.

Red was born in Blairmore, AB to Dora and Arthur Pitt, the third oldest in his family of eight children. He is survived by three daughters, Dianne (Leigh), Cathy, Shirley (Doug); three grandsons, Jeff (Anna), Clint (Thea) and Kel (Laurel); and two granddaughters, Deanne and Kari (Jeff). He also had three great-grandchildren, Amanda, Tony and Melissa. His wife Dorothy and son Jim predeceased him.

At the age of 17, “Torchy” lied about his age to join the navy in 1942. He saw a great deal while serving on an aircraft carrier and made a few very special lifelong friends. Upon his discharge in 1945 he married “Dot” and started his career as an electrician with Wilkinson Electric. He went on to own the company in 1971 and he ran it until he “wound it down” in 1992 and retired. In 1974, his dream to own a country home became a reality when he built the “Ranch” south of Water Valley. Friends and family have many wonderful memories of the good times there! The Ranch was Red’s favourite place to be. Red was driven by his desire to provide a better life for his family than the one he had growing up. He was very ambitious and very successful. He strove to pass his work ethic on to his children and grandchildren. As a young man, Red loved to fish in the Elk Valley and later his love turned to golf. Up until a few years ago, Red still went out hunting for the perfect Christmas tree to fill the large living room at the Ranch. One of his soft spots was always children, so we ask that donations be made in his memory directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818.

A Celebration of Red’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Chaplehow Branch #284 (606 – 38 Avenue N.E.) on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through

In living memory of Red Pitt, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Zani and Peter Mollica :

    Our deepest sympathies.

    Love Zani and Peter

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  2. Joyce Saunders :

    Our deepest sympathy to all of the family of Red Pitt from my family. We had some great times traveling with Red and Dorothy to Lethbridge and places in the United States. Many enjoyable evenings were spent at the “Ranch”.
    Great Memories.
    Joyce Saunders and Family

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  3. Shirley, Doug, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Take care and my prayers are with you.
    Love Barry

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  4. Terry & John Beek :

    Katie -we’re both so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, however, he has fought hard and had a great life. I’m not sure what he would have done without such a dedicated daughter. You have strived to make his last couple of years as much fun as you possibly could. You are such a tower of strength and always willing to give 110% – I know your dad really appreciated all that you did for him.
    We’re thinking of you and our hearts are with you.
    Love John & Terry

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  5. To the Pitt Family’
    Although you would not have met or known me, I was just browsing through the Herald today and noticed with great sadness the passing of Mr. Pitt. I truly have some fond memories of “Red” when I recall the privilgege of joining him, (the late) Joe Yozzie and Jim lotwin from the Elks Club on a golf trip to Amelia Island Plantation back in the 80’s. It was a was an outing I still recall with sincere memories and pictures of the four of us. It is with great respect and fond memories that I will always carry with me when I think of Red. What an honour and privilege for me to have had the opportunity to both know Red and have spent some quality time with him.

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  6. Anne & John Pearce :

    Dianne, Leigh, Kari and family. Please accept our condolences at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you peace now and throughout the days to come.

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  7. Hank and Sue Leeferink and family :

    Dear Dianne, Leigh and family;
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Love, Sue, Hank and family

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  8. Cathy Dollmaier (Gariepy) :

    My sincere condolences to the entire Pitt family. You were all my second family in my early teens. Your Dad and Shirley introduced me to Chestermere Lake, the cabin and skidooing, we had great fun. I always remember your Dad as such a big man and someone we all respected. My thoughts are with you all.

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  9. Armand Misuraca { Mex} :

    You probably don’t know who I am so I’ll tell you that I am Louis Ennis { Mutt } brother-in-law. I met Red for the first time when Louis came down to Calgary and we met Red to have a few beer down town. He was working down I think on 7th Ave. just off of Centre St. It was interesting having a fewwww
    beer with those two and just listening to the many stories of their teenage and young years in Blairmore and their time in the Navy. Red had supper with Hazel and I on a couple of occasions of course after a few beers at our local Legion.
    The last time Mutt and I saw him was in the hospital and were sorry to see him like that.
    So we send you our sincere condolences.
    Sincerely Mex and Hazel

    `My First Christmas
    I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below.
    With tiny lights like heaven’s stars reflecting on the snow.
    The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear.
    For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
    I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
    But the sounds of music can’t compare
    With the Christmas choir up here.
    I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring
    For it’s beyond description to hear the angles sing.
    I know how much you miss me; I see the pain in your heart
    But I am not so far away, we really are not apart.
    So be happy for me dear ones, you know I hold you dear
    And be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
    I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above
    I send you each a memory of my undying love.
    After all, love is the gift more precious then gold
    It was always more important in the stories Jesus told.
    Please love and keep each other as my Father said to do
    For I can’t count the blessings or the love he has for you.
    So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear
    Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

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