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POWELL, Edward (Ed) Albert

July 5, 1929 – January 6, 2013

Ed Powell, our dear Dad and proud Papa’s valiant struggle with Parkinson’s and heart disease ended at the Chinook Care Centre on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

A native Calgarian, Ed was born July 5, 1929, the eldest son of Albert (Bert) and Eva Powell and brother to Bill (Carole) Powell.

After nearly fifty-seven years of marriage, Ed was predeceased by his loving wife, Joan, in April 2011. He is survived by his much loved children, Shelley, Trudy (Chuck) Sawyer, John (Rinde), and Stephen (Tracey Hyde); and grandchildren, Julie (Kyle) Seidel, David Sawyer, Stephanie and Joanne Powell, and Diana and Lauren Powell, who will always treasure the happy times spent with Papa. Ed will also be fondly remembered by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hatfield and Kathleen Welham; nieces, Barb, Kate, Linda, Sue, Bev, and Tricia; and nephews, James and David; as well as many cousins and friends.

Ed attended the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, beginning his career as a pharmacist/owner of Capitol Hill Drugs and Collingwood Drugs. Ed later moved into managerial positions with Zellers Pharmacy in several locations until his formal retirement. Finally going back to his pharmacy roots, Ed ended his career working with several old friends on a part time basis. Always active in professional organizations, Ed was on the Board of Directors for Northwest Drug Co. Ltd for many years. He also served his community as the President of the Cambrian Heights Community Association, and he was a member of the Pleasant Heights and Wild Rose United Church’s Official Board, charter member of the Calgary Winter Club, Zone Captain for the Heart Fund, and Volunteer Pharmacist at Heritage Park.

Ed enjoyed curling, fishing, gardening, hockey games, classical music, walking his dog, and travelling with Joan. He was devoted to his family, friends, Church and community and we will all miss his wisdom, enthusiasm for life, and especially his keen sense of humour.

The Powell family wish to thank the dedicated staff at the Chinook Care Centre for their support and compassionate care of Ed over the past two years.

A Memorial Service will be held at Wild Rose United Church (1317 – 1st Street N.W.) on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, or to the Wild Rose United Church Foundation, 1317 – 1st Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 2S5, Telephone: 403-277-5576.

In living memory of Edward Powell, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Denise Christensen :

    John, Rinde, Stephanie & Joanne:

    My sincere condolences for your loss. May the happy times you shared together carry you through this difficult time.

    Thinking of you,

    Denise Lee Christensen & Family

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  2. Judy and Peter Beyeler :

    Dear Shelley and family
    We are sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. You will undoubtedly remember many great things, adventures and moments you shared with him, once the grief has passed.
    Thinking of you
    Judy and Peter

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  3. Doug Marteinson :

    To Shelley, Trudy, John, Stephen and families: I offer my deepest sympathy over the loss of your father. He left a very positive impression on me from my Cambrian Heights youth. To me, he was “Ed Powell” not “Mr. Powell” — he radiated warmth and accepting of others with his perennial smile. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

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  4. Cathy Boyd- Belanger :

    My deepest sympathies to your family. We lived one street over on Connaught. Growing up I remember fondly all of you “Powells” The hours and hours we played together- we roamed the yards of neighbors exploring, raiding gardens, playing hide and seek, only now looking back do I have a sense of how “safe” we were, we had parents who cared, who were involved, who let us be kids. I did not know your father well but I knew he was a pillar of the community, respected and admired and involved. Thank-you to Mr Powell for helping to create a neighborhood and community like no other. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Cathy (Boyd) Belanger

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