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PRITCHARD, Darren Blair

April 30, 1968 – Calgary, AB
August 11, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Darren Blair Pritchard, beloved fiancé of Andrea “Andy” Kottmeier Moar, passed away at his home of 22 years at the age of 45.

Darren graduated in the early 1990’s from the University of Calgary (BA in Kinesiology), and later continued his post-secondary education at SAIT (Computer Technology). He worked for such companies as IBM and was director of “Jade Computer Solutions”, a company he founded in 2011.

He was a passionate traveler; on safari in Kenya and Tanzania; scuba diving in Australia; trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal; exploring Ecuador and Machu Picchu in Peru. He most recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica in 2011.

Darren was a compassionate and natural teacher. Quality time with his daughter was what he lived for.

He was involved in sports, playing soccer with the University Dino team, adventure-racing in the “Full Moon in June” and most recently, fishing, cycling and playing volleyball. Darren was an ardent music lover and woodworker. There was meaning and purpose to all his endeavours.

He will be held in loving memory by his beautiful daughter Abelynne Rose Langille Pritchard; her mother Jennifer; his fiancé Andrea (Andy) Kottmeier Moar; his mother June Pritchard (nee Dalby); his sister Tracy Carmelo (Darren), his treasured niece Nicola Carmelo; his step-mother Valerie Pritchard; and all his other family and friends. He will be sorely missed by his cherished dogs Sydney and Summit. Darren was predeceased by his father Gordon Pritchard in December of 2012.

A Celebration of Darren’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations are requested by the family to the Thorpe Recovery Center (P.O. Box 291 Blackfoot, AB T0B 0L0) Telephone: 780.875.8890 info@thorperecoverycentre.org.

In living memory of Darren Pritchard, 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.

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  1. Rebecca Raworth :

    Darren, you lived and loved passionately and I’ll miss you forever. Be in peace.
    Your cousin,
    Rebecca xo

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  2. I had only known Darren for a short time however, in that time I saw much growth in his, determination, acceptance, and humility. Rest in peace Darren, you left us much too soon.

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  3. Dear Andrea, Abbey, June, Tracey, Darren, Nicola and Val,

    When I think of Darren I will recall the beautiful artistic space he lovingly created to live in, the perfect playroom he designed for Abbey, the thoughtfulness he put into the gifts he gave to us all, most especially my daughter Andrea, the love of his life. I’ll think back to the Saturday afternoons the three of us spent singing and dancing together to his amazing collection of music, the intimate and private conversations we shared and his determination to beat me at any game we played. I will remain forever blessed to have shared space and time with him. I encourage you all to shine your own lights brightly and pursue your hope and dreams as he would wish for you. That will become part of his legacy.

    Patty Moar

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  4. I am so saddened by the news. Darren had a huge influence on my life and I have thought about him often over the years. My deepest sympathies to his family. Wishing you all love and peace.

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  5. I also only knew Darren for a short period of time while at TRC. Darren was very knowledgeable and intelligent man. I really appreciated his perspective on life and sharing. He was also very perceptive and would call me on it if I was not being forthright. I admire him for doing that.
    His family and fiancée really meant a lot to him. My condolences go to each of you.
    Rest in peace Darren.

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  6. Lacey McMahon :

    I have so many fond memories of Darren and was so saddened to hear of his passing. Darren impacted my life in a huge way and I will be forever grateful to have known him. My heart goes out to June, Tracy and the rest of Darren’s family.

    Lacey

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  7. I just met Darren at the beginning of May this year yet I felt like we had been brothers for years.

    I will miss his harmonious singing of Mother and the gleam in his eye as he threw a witty pun to those gathered around him. Such a great life lived and loss for all who knew him.

    My condolences to his family & thanx for nurturing such a gentle loving soul.

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  8. I haven’t seen Darren for a long time, but I have no bad memories of him at all – I remember alot of laughs, humour, support, and enthusiasm. I think we might have done one or two stupid things together, along with Perry and Anthony – he will be missed by his old friends – sincere condolences to his family.

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  9. Mary Beth Farrell :

    Andy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Mary Beth

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  10. Diane and I hadn’t seen Darren in many many years but the memories we have of him were his infectious smile, his caring soul and his love of life. Reading Patty Moar’s note above gave a real sense of the young man he was to the man he became. Our hearts go out to his daughter, fiance and family.

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  11. This is a tragic ending to the beginning of an absolutely amazing friendship. I will never forget the look in your eye when I was right and you were wrong, it happened so seldom that it is forever with me. You were a man of such integrity, wisdom and compassion. Truly inspiring to so many. You and I clicked so well together that it seemed we were cut from the same cloth. The many lessons and meaningful advice that you gave me I will always cherish. You left a big hole in my heart and many others. I believe you are in a better place now, free from all that ailed you. Enjoy your rest my friend, you will be forever missed. I know your family meant everything to you and my most sincere condolences go out to all of them.

    Miss you buddy
    Mike

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  12. Jessica Duvenage :

    It is with great sadness that I just recently found out about Darren. I only knew him for a short time but in that time he made a huge impact in my life. I will forever be grateful for the lessons Darren allowed me to learn. He was a kind man with a huge heart.
    Thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter, friends, and the rest of his family.
    Rest in Paradise Darren, Jess

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  13. My Friend,
    I only just learned today of your passing. I am so sad. We became immediate friends when we met. I learned from you, I looked up to you. Your kind and gentle ways made it so easy to be around you.
    Your daughter was your everything as was mine. Our time together was fantastic and our friendship will never be forgotten. Give your Poppa a kiss for me and we shall see you up there again one day Pee Wee. Love you my Brother. Don

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