May 7, 1918 – April 14, 2013
It is with saddened hearts that we announce that Don Redman, much loved husband of Audrey Redman (Cawsey), passed away Sunday at the age of 94, after 62 happy years of marriage.
Don was born in 1918 in Ottawa, Ontario, while his father served as a Member of Parliament, and became a Calgarian in 1919, when his parents returned home. Calgary remained Don’s home for the duration of his life.
Don’s entire career was spent in the oil and gas industry, which he loved, and through which he made many life-long friends. He worked summers in the Turner Valley oil fields, while attending the University of Alberta, attaining his degree in Mining Engineering. Upon graduating, Don was the first Canadian Engineer to be hired by California Standard (now Chevron). He later worked for Central Del-Rio, before finishing his career as a Vice President and Director with Sulpetro. Throughout his retirement, Don continued to be active in the oil and gas business through his own company, Audon Resources, which will be carried on by his family.
Don was an avid bird hunter and fisherman, always happiest outdoors. He loved his log cabin in Bragg Creek, and spent many happy years chopping wood, hammering nails, wandering the river and passing on his love and appreciation of nature to his children and grandchildren.
Don highly valued relationships in his life, and friends once made, lasted a lifetime. Throughout the years, regardless of his own circumstances, Don was always more than happy and willing to reach out and help anyone who needed it.
Don is survived by his wife Audrey, his children, Shannon Kohut (Wayne), Scott Redman, and Kelly Redman-Jones (Martin), and his grandchildren, Joey and Audrey Redman, and Sam and Ben Jones. Don’s grandchildren were the joy of his life and turned a pragmatic engineer into a teddy bear. He is also survived by Thelma Holder, Godmother to Don and Audrey’s children.
Don was predeceased by his brother, Richard “Dick” (1988) and Jean-Anne “Sally” Milne (2005), as well as by his lifelong friends, Dr. James Hook (1993) and Ross Holder (2002).
Don received much appreciated care and assistance throughout his illness, and the family wishes to thank Home Care, the caregivers from Nurse Next Door, and the Chinook Hospice, who could not have been more kind. A very special thank you from the family goes to Marivic Tingson-Clarke, who left her family in Campbell River to live with and help Don and Audrey, when we needed her most.
“..And the hunter is home from the hills.” Robert Louis Stevenson
A Private Family Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB). A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (924 Heritage Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes in Don’s name may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org.
In living memory of Donald Redman a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences