April 8, 1916 – Montreal, QC
December 5, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Ernest Frederick Potter beloved husband of the late Murial “Mickie” Potter of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Rockyview Hospital with his family by his side on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the age of 97 years.
Ernie was born in in Verdun, Quebec, the youngest of three children. He had two older sisters who may have helped shape his charming and gentle personality. He was also a natural athlete and enjoyed all sports, especially hockey. At the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in the Canadian army attaining the rank of Sergeant in the 2nd Canadian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Mobile). It was while stationed in England that he met his future bride Muriel (Mickie). Ernie was smitten with her “nice gams” and her great dancing when they met at a party in London. In 1945, the newly married Potters settled in Laval, Quebec where Ernie became a repairman for Bell Telephone Company. His strong work ethic, unwavering patience, and uncanny ability to fix just about anything made this a great occupation for Ernie. At 55, Ernie retired and he and Mickie moved to Oxford, Nova Scotia where they resided for the next 15 years. Ernie spent most of his time working on the house, tinkering with the boat, or tending the gardens. It was during this time that they began vacationing in Barbados for 3 months every year. For the next thirty years, the Potters would treat themselves to sunshine, sand, and socializing with a group of remarkable island friends. In 1994 Ernie and Mickie moved to Calgary to be closer to son Barry and his family. Ernie was a fixture in the stands at all of his grandchildren’s sporting events, even becoming the “team grandpa”, complete with jacket for the ringette team. The Potters were also avid Calgary Stampeders fans and were season ticket holders well into their 80’s. Ernie was a true gentleman; he never passed up an opportunity to offer his arm to help Mickie across a slippery stretch of pavement or to open her car door. He was truly devoted to his wife and spent the last 3 years of Mickie’s life caring for her in their home. His loyalty to and pride in his family were unwavering.
Ernie is survived by his sons, Barry and Keith Potter (Sandra Fitzgibbon); grandchildren, Christopher (Holly) and Shelley Potter (Katherine Pratt); and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Natalie, Brooke, and Tucker Potter, and Jack and Olivia Potter-Pratt. He was predeceased by his sisters, Helen Killen and Dorothy Paterson; his loving wife of 67 years, Mickie in December of 2009; and his daughter-in-law and caregiver Diana, wife of Barry in October of 2008.
The world has lost a kind gentle soul that loved many, laughed heartily and enjoyed life to its fullest. May you rest in peace Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa. We will miss you and will take comfort from knowing that you will always be part of us.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends and family so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Diana Potter Endowment Fund for Therapeutic Play at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Telephone: 403-955-8818.
In living memory of Ernest Potter, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences