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POETKER, Alvin “Al” Henry

July 17, 1958 – Winnipeg, MB
April 6, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Alvin “Al” Henry Poetker beloved husband of Bev of Calgary, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the age of 55years.

Besides his loving wife Bev, Al is survived by his daughter Kelsey Worth (Darrin); grandson Kieghan and granddaughter Siobhan; step-daughter Ashley (Ryan) Anderson and step-son Jeff Emms; and two other special children in his life, Candace (Jeff) Burkey and Corey Chesson; parents Jacob and Elma Poetker of New Bothwell, MB; four brothers, Norman (Joan) of Vita, MB, Harvey (Bernice) of New Bothwell, Brian of New Bothwell and Wayne of Calgary; three sisters Valerie (Randy) Verestiuk of Mitchell, MB, Angela (Brian) Falk of Mitchell and Irene Abrams of Winnipeg, MB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Al Poetker, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Leanne Woodward :

    Al was a great help to me. His quiet wisdom and sense of humour always made my day a little brighter. He will be greatly missed. It was an honour to have worked with him. My deepest sympathy to all who will feel his loss.

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  2. Michelle Moses :

    I’ve prayed so much for Al on his final journey. Also for Bev and all of Al’s family, for the deepest loss they’ve endured. May you have all of the strength and courage for the many difficult days ahead.

    Al made an impact on everyone he knew. And everyone who knew Al learned something remarkable from him. Either it be about work, vitality, integrity, strength, character, health, respect, diversity, wisdom, dignity or courage. I saw a man who truly loved life and lived each day to the fullest.
    He is so sadly missed and I am honoured to have known him.

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  3. Gary and Mary Kaechele :

    Tribute to Al Poetker
    Maintenance Director
    Emerald Management & Realty Ltd

    Each person who comes into our lives leaves an imprint on our hearts, and that imprint remains with us forever.

    Al imprinted all of our lives with his inward strength of character and courage. It was inspiring to hear and see how Al overcame tremendous obstacles to return to work and a normal life style, regaining and sustaining his physical strength following his major lung surgery. Also, how that strength and character propelled him to keep seeking ways to improve his physical ability and personal performance.

    It was a privilege to have known and worked with Al, we will always be grateful for having Al as a part of our team at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., and for the role he played in providing direction and development in managing the Maintenance department.

    Courage is an outgrowth of who we are. Exterior supports may temporarily sustain, but only inward character creates courage, and Al left us with his example of courage and direction in overcoming adversity in life.

    Al will be greatly missed and always remembered by those who knew and worked with him.

    Gary and Mary Kaechele
    Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.

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  4. Jo-El Buerlen :

    Dearest Bev, although it is difficult to see beyond your sorrow, may all your memories help comfort you moving forward. You truly completed Al, we all could see the happiness. He will be dearly missed….much love, comfort and prayers to you & family during this difficult time.

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  5. Keith Phillips :

    Irene, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. The last couple of years has been very hard on you and your family with the loss of your sister and now your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

    Keith and Donna Phillips and all your colleagues at Wyatt Dowling

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  6. Harry Friess :

    Thank you Al and Bev for touching my life. My deepest condolences as you grief his loss. I am saddened over his loss. But I have fond memories of his smile, kind words, even keel attitude and wisdom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We stand together with you in this most difficult time.

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  7. I wish to leave my condolence. The short time that I worked with him was a blessing. I will always remember how funny and helpful Al was. Sorry for your loss.

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  8. Shauna Mitchell :

    So sorry to hear of your loss Bev – thinking of you and wishing you well.

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  9. Jack Anning :

    Dear Jacob and Elma, and family. I was shocked to learn of your loss of Alvin. It’s been a while now since we have made any contact. My most sincere condolences go out to you and all of your family.
    Sincerely, Jack

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