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PRITCHARD, Gordon

February 9, 1939 – December 23, 2012

Gordon Pritchard passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital on Sunday December 23rd at the age of 73 years.

Gordon was born in Burton upon Trent, England, received his undergraduate training at Imperial College, London and his PhD from the University of Alberta, after which he began his thirty year career in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

He will be forever remembered by his loving wife Valerie; his sister Gillian Chambers; his children Tracy (Darren) Carmelo and Darren (Andrea) Pritchard; his grandchildren Nicola and Abelynne; and his extended family Mark (Sheryl, Ryan, Janine) Preuter and Leonard (Jeri-Lynn) Preuter.

A Celebration of Gordon’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North), on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded 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. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the many doctors and nurses of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre who helped Gordon through the years, but especially to Dr. Karen Valentine for the special care and friendship she gave to Gordon.

In living memory of Gordon 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. Tony and Geraldine Russell :

    Dear Valerie and Family Members,
    Our thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Gordon will be fondly remembered for his grace, gentleness and ever present sense of humour. He was a wonderful colleague and was a big contributor to making the Department of Biological Sciences an enjoyable place to work.
    Sincerely, Tony and Geraldine Russell

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  2. Trish and Jessie Gordon :

    Dear Tracey, Darren, and Nicola,
    We just heard about your loss of your father and grandfather. I am sorry that we didn’t know before but if we can do anything for you just let us know. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your whole family.

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  3. Yvonne Girling :

    Valerie & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Gordon’s fond memories help you in the days ahead.
    Sincerely, Gary & Yvonne Girling

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  4. Mary Reid and Ralph Cartar :

    Dear Valerie and family,
    We are very saddened by Gordon’s passing. He truly was a wonderful colleague, and we will miss him. Our thoughts are with you.
    Mary Reid and Ralph Cartar

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  5. Dear Tracey, Darren, and Nicola,
    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your Father / Grandfather. My thoughts are with you during this time of sadness & healing.
    Sincerely, Mike Clarry

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  6. Ken and Elaine Sanderson :

    Dear Valerie and Family:
    We were very sorry to hear about the loss of Gordon. We have known him for many years, since he first joined the faculty at the University of Calgary. It was a great pleasure to work with him as a colleague. He will be greatly missed.
    Sincerely, Ken and Elaine Sanderson

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  7. Dennis Gidley :

    Valerie and Family
    Our thoughts are with you. Although we only knew Gordon for the last few years through his work with big and small musical groups in Calgary it was great to have had the opportunity to see and hear him perform and to get to know him and share in his many interests.
    Maggie & Dennis

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  8. Tom and Shirley Swaddle :

    Valerie and family:

    We are greatly saddened to hear of Gordon’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Tom and Shirley

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  9. Jannie and CC Chinnappa :

    Dear Valerie and family:
    It is with deep sadness Jannie and I send you our condolences. I will always remember Gordon as a good colleague and a very pleasant personality. I am so glad that I saw him last September. Our thoughts are with you. Our thoughts are with you.
    CC

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  10. Bob & Karin Stebbins :

    Dear Valerie,

    You have our deepest sympathy with respect to Gordon’s passing. We have lost a wonderful musician and personality. He will be sorely missed.

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  11. Brian McMahon :

    Dear Valerie and Gordons family.
    Sorry But I cannot attend the service on the 11th due to a long-standing medical appointment. Nonetheless my heart will be with you
    Brian McMahon

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  12. Rick and Gayla Freitag :

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Gordon was a colleague and a dear friend since our days together in Edmonton during the sixties.
    Rick and Gayla Freitag

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  13. Heather MacLean :

    Dear Valerie and family; I am so sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. I was very glad to have had a chance to talk to him in November and I wish I had been able to know him longer. What a lovely, thoughtful man. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  14. John and Angela Harries :

    Dear Valerie,
    Handsome, academic, charming, gentle, courteous, musical – attributes to which many aspire and few of us possess – yet Gordon did. We shall miss him enormously. With love from us both, John and Angela Harries.

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  15. Carmen & Keith Kemper :

    Our deepest condolences we will remember him and keep him in our prayers

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  16. Valerie, I want you to know how special my time with you and Gordon both has been these past years. The chance to be loved and accepted as a part of the family is tremendous, and I am grateful. I offer my sincerest condolences and love.
    ~Andy

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  17. Lindy and Mel Maschmeyer :

    Andy and Darren
    Please accept our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    It’s never easy to lose a loved one, and we know how special your dad was to you. He had many fine talents and was obviously able to pass on to Darren his passions and boundless curiousity about all living things.

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  18. Robert Woodrow :

    I was shocked and saddened to learn today of the loss of Gordon, and regret being unable to attend the celebration of his life. I remember fondly conversation with Gordon and Val in the Faculty Club and elsewhere. My sincere condolences to Valerie and the family. Robert Woodrow

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