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RIPHAGEN, Patricia Mary

February 12, 1925– Glasgow, Scotland
August 18, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with profound sadness we say goodbye to Pat. Born Patricia Mary Cunningham in Glasgow, Scotland, she grew up in Mozambique where she met and married the love of her life, Sybren Riphagen (Rip) before moving to South Africa where they raised their family. In 1984, they immigrated to Canada to be closer to their sons and their families. She loved her adopted country of Canada but, first and foremost, she was a proud Scot.

Pat was predeceased by her loving husband Rip in 2002. She is survived by her sons Brian (Sue) of Kelowna and Derek (Colleen) of Longview; and by her grandchildren: Alan (Joyce) and her first great-grandchild, Zoe, in Toronto; Neil (Jenn) in Victoria; and Craig, Kirsten and Mark. She remained very proud of all her grandchildren and loved to be involved in each of their life events and accomplishments.

Health issues were an incredible challenge for Pat for most of her life. She confronted this with grace, dignity and an iron will to prevail, continuing to confound the medical profession with her determination no matter how daunting the issue nor how gloomy the prognosis might be. This continued into her final days and her desire to preserve her independence.

A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences 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.

In living memory of Patricia Riphagen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Margaret & David Boone :

    We extend our deepest sympathy to Brian & Sue, Derek & Colleen & Families in the loss of their devoted Mother & Grandmother . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the peace which comes from the memories you shared comfort you now and in the coming days. Gentle, Kind and a Great Friend is how Pat will be remembered by us. Take comfort in knowing that she lives on in each of you.
    Margaret, David & Family

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  2. Derek, I am very sorry to hear about your mom. I wish you and your family all the best as you go through this time of grieving and hope you find peace in the good memories and fun times with your mother.

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  3. Lin & Bill Barnett :

    So sad to learn of Pat’s passing. Pat and Rip were like grandparents to Andrew and Elaine when we lived in Midnapore. Andrew in particular loved to run along the street to visit with them. And of course Pat and Andrew shared the bond of being Glaswegians!!
    We always looked forward to Pat’s Christmas letter and hearing how all of your family were doing. Our heartfelt condolences to you all.

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  4. Muriel Veldhoen :

    My sincerest condolences to the Riphagen family. I have known Pat for a number of years through the church. I enjoyed her calm, peaceful, quiet disposition. May the fun times you shared become happy memories for years to come.

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  5. Gayle Basaraba :

    Pat and Rip together at last, and not as we remember them, but strong, youthful and overflowing with interesting stories and extending love to all. Gosh, what a team!
    Never forgotten!

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  6. Shirley Otway :

    So very sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your families at this sad time.

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  7. Bob Mitchell and Joanne Dixon :

    Derek, Colleen and family,

    We are very sorry to hear this news and your loss of the family matriarch. She must have been very special to have raised such a wonderful family.

    You have our deepest sympathy,
    Bob and Joanne

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  8. Carolyn Craig :

    Derek, Mark and I are very sorry about your mom. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. We hope you take comfort in fond memories.

    With sympathy,

    Carolyn and Mark Craig

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  9. Derek and Family,

    I was sad to read about the passing of Pat. My condolences on your loss.
    Sincerely
    Don

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