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RAVENSDALE – Geoffrey Arnold

September 2, 1945 – October 4, 2010

Geoffrey beloved husband of Martha of Carstairs, AB., passed away on October 4, 2010 at the age of 65 years.

Jeff was born in Cobourg, ON. September 2, 1945. He was an avid sportsman as a young man enjoying basketball and football while attending Cobourg High School. Jeff met Martha in 1967 and they were married in 1968 and raised two very successful children. Jeff has been a very attentive husband, father and grandfather. He was intensely proud of his family and focused much of his time and energy on them. After school, and a short transportation career in Ontario, the family relocated to Leduc, AB. Where Jeff felt very much at home, He worked hard through his career eventually managing a large department within the Department of Transportation (maintenance division) in Grande Prairie where the family lived for eighteen years. Jeff retired in 2006, but it didn’t last long. He missed the camaraderie in the workplace and soon started working again once he and Martha relocated to Carstairs. Jeff loved to drive with his wife Martha to visit his grandchildren who live in Brandon, MB. Jeff will be remembered for his commitment and loyalty to his family and friends.

Geoffrey is survived by his wife, Martha; son Paul (Shelly); granddaughters Amber, Chantel and Micaela, grandson Colin; daughter Cyndi (Fiancé John Trapp).

Geoffrey was predeceased by his parents, Frances and Arthur Ravensdale.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Geoffrey, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. Geoffrey Ravensdale

    Martha – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. Take comfort that Geoff is in a better place now. I never had a chance to get to know Geoff on a personal level, but certainly enjoyed the many years of working with you in our efforts to survive Grade 5. I have crossed paths with several of them, and they seem to be doing well, so I guess all our efforts paid off. Take care and God Bless! Joe Quinn

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  2. Lynn Kirby Ramsay :

    Dear Ravensdale Family
    I just read about Jeff in the Cobourg paper. I went to school with Jeff. He was such a gentle giant to me (5′l). I remember in one class he sat behind me and his legs would come right up and past my desk.

    I am so sorry for your loss at such an early age. My thoughts will be with you all on Saturday.

    Lynn Ramsay

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  3. Robert 7 Marlene Jenkins :

    My condolences to Geoffrey Ravensdale family.. Geof and myself attended Public School and High school together and where great friends. I met Geof a few years ago at the school reunion. My wife Marlene Mcann was also could friend of Geof. To you his family you will miss a great man and wonderful human bean.My heart goes out to you and your family…

    Bob Jenkins 5538 Rice Lake Sc.Drive, RR#1 Gores Landing, Ontario. Kok2e0 was from Cobourg Ontario

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  4. I was shocked and saddened to read about Geoffrey’s passing in the Cobourg paper. I used to be good friends with Geoffrey in the 50’s. In fact, we played together all the time as he lived on Bagot Street and I lived on Nunn Street. We were friends through elementary and high school. I was thrilled to see him again when he returned to Cobourg for our high school reunion. He will be missed by many.

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  5. Betty Montague :

    Dear Martha: Thank you, Paul, for phoning me to tell me about your father. He had been through so much.

    I have many fond memories of you and Jeff, especially of your wedding. It was easy being Jeff’s stepmother, and remember my visit to you in Leduc after Art died. You coped with having me there during an Air Canada strike, and managed to get a place for me on the train so I could get back to work in Cobourg.

    I will phone you in a few weeks– you will be very busy for a while. It is good to be able to talk to you on the phone.


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  6. Gord Matthews :

    My condolences to the Ravensdale Family. I was saddened to read of Jeff’s passing in the Cobourg newspaper. I have many memories of Jeff while growing up as neighbours. My thoughts are with you all, Gord (brother of the late Bill Matthews)

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  7. James D Jones ( aka Jimmy) :

    Martha and Family

    It is with great sadness that I read about the passing of Geoff. I went to High School in Cobourg with Geoff, and played football and basketball with him. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed his great spirit. Sorry for your loss.

    James D Jones

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  8. I played football and basketball with Jeff, he was a great guy and good competitor, my condolences to the Ravensdale family

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  9. Sandra and Gordon Maser :

    Gordon and I were shocked to read of Geoff’s passing in the Leduc paper. We have fond memories of our times together in Leduc and Gordon often spoke of Geoff over the years. In fact just weeks ago we were thinking about you and your family. We were in Calgary at the time of Geoff’s passing and had we known we would have attended. We go to Calgary often and would luv to stop by for a visit. Please email us at – in the meantime take care.

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  10. Like many of the above, I knew Geoff, his parents and brother and sister when I was very young and Geoff was the “giant” but always gentle. I have a vivid memory of watching Geoff in grade 10 basketball at the west collegiate and Geoff scored the basket off the tip.

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  11. Tony Ravensdale :

    In my heart and memories always

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