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RASBERRY, Gordon John

September 29, 1934 – Chatham, Ontario
November 29, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Gord Rasberry, beloved husband and father, passed on to his next life, surrounded by his loving wife and sons on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the age of 80 years.

Gord was born in Chatham, Ontario, the only son of Florence and Ivan Rasberry. He started his working life in the aircraft industry working on the CF100 Arrow and when this project was stopped he moved on to become a Independent milkman. When ill health forced him from this he worked his way up to Vice President of Sales for Dempsters Bread in Toronto. In 1978 he moved the family to Calgary where he was self employed in the restaurant business till the end of his working career. Gord was a multi-talented person.

Throughout his life he planned and created many rock features, he wrote short stories, wrote his own life story, taught Life Story writing classes at Chinook College, was a stained glass artist also doing multi-layer glass carving, leather tooling and lately hot glass work. Gord was an active volunteer in the Church cafe, a White Hatter and loved to bake his own bread and cheesecakes.

Gord’s greatest joy was his family, and he was happiest when we were all together.

Besides his loving wife of sixty years Marnel, Gord is survived by his sons, Steven (Nikki), Douglas (Patti), Philip (Donna), Michael (Laura), and Richard; his grandchildren, Cody, Nicholas, Kristopher, Mitchell, Brian, Mark, Jay, Bradley, Victoria, Leanne, Adam, Matthew, and Jenna; and his great-grandchildren, Deven, Kayla, Riley, Cheyenne, and Brynlee. Gord was predeceased by his granddaughter Beverley in 1981.

Funeral Services will be held at the Chapel at Centre Street Church (3900 – 2nd Street N.E.) on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Gord’s honour may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice or the Calgary Food Bank. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Two working hands at rest;
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
When the days are sad and lonely,
And everything goes wrong;
We seem to hear you whisper,
“Cheer up and carry on.”
Each time we see your picture
You seem to smile and say,
“We’ll meet again some day.”
God saw you getting tired,
And the cure was not to be;
He wrapped you in his loving arms,
And whispers “Come with me”
You tried so hard to stay with us,
Your fight was all in vain;
And so He gave you peace,
Never does a day go by,
We do not think of you.

In living memory of Gord Rasberry, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dave & Lucy MacKeigan :

    Dear Mike, Laura and the entire Rasberry Family,

    We are saddened by the passing of Gord and offer our sincere condolences for your loss.

    We hope you will find comfort in knowing Gord’s friendship and humour touched our lives.

    You are in our prayers

    Dave and Lucy MacKeigan

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  2. Miriam Mollering :

    Gordon brought such joy every time he served in the church Cafe. We will miss him. He was such a blessing an inspiration to us. May the peace of God comfort you as family and thanks for sharing your loved one with us. Pastor Miriam

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  3. Joan MacKeigan :

    Dear Mike and Laura and family : My son , Dave let us know of the peaceful passing of your Dad ; a wonderful Father and Family man who will be missed . Please accept our condolences and know that you are in our thoughts . We are all praying for you , and your Mom and your entire Family . God Bless .. … Love from – The MacKeigan Family , Joan, John, Dan & Maureen , Dave & Lucy

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  4. My condolences to the family. I remember taking one of John’s interesting, informative, and inspiring life story courses when I lived at Cochrane. A wonderful man.

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  5. My sincere condolences to all of the Rasberry family. My heart and thoughts are with you at this time.

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  6. David and Linda Harris :

    Dearest Marnel:
    We are surely going to miss Gordon. We think often of the fun times we had together.
    We pray God will comfort and bring peace to you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
    We love you, David and Linda

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  7. I’m saddened by the news of dear friend Gord. We met in Creative Writing at VDO in Arizona. Our paths only crossed in Arizona. He brought a smile to my thoughts and was fun, energetic and an inspiration to our class. The year he was the MC for our Evening with the Writers was a wonderful change of pace.
    Thank you for sharing his passing with me, I will pass it on to other class members.
    With sympathy Jan and Bob Burg

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  8. Fred and Sharon Lambert :

    Dearest Marnel and Your Precious Family,
    Though the miles separate us, our hearts and thoughts are with you, We share the ache and void, that comes with the passing of Gord, our dear, dear friend. Because, he brought laughter, love, memories, and the joy of living into our lives, he will always be with us. With our love, Fred and Sharon

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  9. I know it has been many years since I have conversed with you however I would like to send my sincere and heart felt condolences. I remember way back in the late 70’s when Mr. Rasberry got me a summer job at Toastmaster. A great job but jobs like that certainly gave me incentive to finish my schooling. Rest in Peace Mr.Rasberry.

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  10. Michelle & Gordon Cross :

    Marnel & Family,
    Words can’t express our sadness
    Gordon was a beautiful man, always smiling, always a kind word to say,
    We will miss him terribly, gone but never forgotten,
    We will cherish memories when we were all together, always laughing, and denigrating each others hockey teams if not each other, of course he was never right
    Always in our thoughts
    Love always, Michelle & Gordon

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  11. Kirby Onishenko :

    I am very saddened and sorry to the Rasberry family for your loss, yes Gord was a very smart, intelligent , giving man, I personally learned lots from Gord, your loss will never heal, but will get easier to deal with!!! With time, love you all, God bless, Kirby Ps, Rich Luv u Bro

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  12. Curtis Lambert, Cheryl, Cadence & Clinton :

    Dear Marnel and the entire Rasberry family,
    We extend our sincerest condolences on the passing of such a warm and caring man.
    Gord was a truly inspiring human being, and I always looked up to him.
    He had a way of making people laugh, and equally important, he could laugh at himself just as well.
    He would go out of his way to make you comfortable and welcome in his presence.
    He was a true gentleman. God bless, and Rest in Peace, Mr. Rasberry…

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  13. Gord – what an amazing man! Every time I ever spoke with him I either received great words of wisdom or laughed my butt off-or both! I’m sure his greatest accomplishment was landing his wonderful wife Marnell. Gord, you have left an everlasting legacy and will be missed by many!

    Steve

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  14. So sad to hear of Gord’s passing. When I think of him it puts a smile on my face as I have sooo many fond memories of him. I had the pleasure of being around Gord and his beautiful family lots years ago. Big hugs to all of the family.
    Love from Lori Adams (Onishenko)

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  15. Russ Osinchuk :

    Although it’s been such a long time since I had the privilege to be in Gord’s (Mr. Rasberry to me) company, I’ve always had and will continue to hold such fond memories. He was a great man. My condolences to the Rasberry family for your loss and may your memories last forever.

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  16. So very saddened to hear the news of jolly old Mr. Rasberry’s passing. Grandpa Gord as we called him, took such good care of Jenna and I when we lived in Calgary for College. Marnell & Gord opened up their houses and their hearts and were the kindest souls I’ve met. So thankful to have met you, and to have shared your presence.

    My deepest condolences to the Rasberry family.
    Harveen Bhatti

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  17. Lynn Sweeting & Family :

    May the love of your family, the care of your friends and the warmth of your memories bring you comfort in this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  18. Keith Liedtke and Elizabeth Doyle :

    Mike and Laura – we are thinking of you and the entire Rasberry family. Mike, I always enjoyed speaking with your father. He was a very smart man who worked hard and set the bar high. The strong, loving family unit of the Rasberry family is a wonderful legacy! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keith Liedtke and Elizabeth Doyle. Richmond, B.C.

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  19. Carole Daintree :

    The Cochrane Chicks are going to miss you, your bright smiling face, your sweet comments, witty remarks and crazy antics. The world has lost a shining star! Our deepest sympathies to Margaret and family. We know Gordon is honking his horn all over Heaven

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  20. Genna & Bella :

    The Rasberry family.

    We are so saddened by Gord’s passing. Bella and I are blessed to have known him and he will always be an amazing man in our hearts. We send our deepest condolences and love at this time. Big hugs to all xo.

    Love always,

    Genna & Bella

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  21. Lori Galiardi :

    “I carry Gord with me into the world, into the smell of rain & the words that dance between people & for me, it will always be this way, walking in the light, remembering being alive together,” whispers Lori.
    Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    God bless you, hold you tightly Marnel… My heart loves better because of you and Gord…Love, Lo

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  22. Joyce, Bill, Erin and Tara :

    Mike, Laura, Adam, Matt, Jenna and the entire Rasberry family. I was so very sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. Although it has been many years since I’ve seen Gord, he had such a wonderful presence, that I remember him as if it was only yesterday. I know he was a wonderful father/grandfather and he blessed anyone who was fortunate enough to know him. My love goes out to all of you at this difficult time.
    Joyce, Bill, Erin and Tara

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  23. Our deepest sympathy to you Marnell and your whole family. We have many fond memories from when we were neighbors at Whiskey Cove. Our thoughts will always be with you. Patti & Devin Crosby

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  24. Judy Bromhead :

    Rich, I was very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I always admired your closeness with your dad and enjoyed listening to your stories about him. I will remember the fantastic cinnamon buns he made that you brought into work and were devoured instantly. Please take care Rich and again my condolences.

    Judy B

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  25. Helena Lister :

    My dear Marnel I will leave my condolences here but I shall ring you very soon. We spent so many happy times together both in Canada and in other countries and I want to thank you for your friendship and the happy times we had together. It was a great way of meeting people on a tour and we seemed to match up very well.
    I am sorry that we were not in contact in the last year or so, but life had changed for me after my darling Alan died, I moved into a retirement village and everything went topsy turvy. But I am now on familiar ground and enjoying it all very much.
    Dear Marnel I know how you must be feeling and I grieve with you and for you and all your family.
    Take great care of yourself and enjoy the company of your boys and their families.
    With fondest love from Helena

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  26. Janice Rieger :

    Dear Marnel and Family,
    Gordon will be sadly missed around the house and in the backyard with the dogs. He always put a smile on our faces with his jokes across the lawn. Please let us help out in whatever way possible.

    Janice, Chad, Quinn & Caden Rieger, The Neighbours

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  27. John Mac Intyre :

    Rest In Peace Gord…You Were A Good Man.

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  28. Michelle & Gordon Cross :

    Our lives go on as usual,
    Though nothing is the same
    We try to hide our heartache
    When someone says your name
    Sad are the hearts that love you
    Silent are the tears that fall
    Living life without you
    Is the hardest part of all
    The special times will not return
    When we were all together
    But the love that is inside our hearts
    Will be with us forever
    Love always, Michelle & Gordon xoxo

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