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ROURKE, Floyd Orin

December 9, 1923 – October 24, 2011

We are sad to announce that Floyd Rourke passed on October 24, 2011 at the age of 87 years.

Born December 9, 1923 in the Elkhorn District west of Ponoka, Floyd grew up in that farming community before enlisting in 1941 to serve with the Canadian Armed Forces in northern Europe as a very young man. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his role in battle there. Floyd re-enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces again in 1951 and was deployed with special services in Korea. He served with the Calgary Highlanders until 1966. Floyd was a loyal supporter of the Calgary Highlanders and was a familiar and much loved volunteer at the Museum of Regiments. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #285 and a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd for many years. He was an enthusiastic supporter of many groups and a dancer with the Calgary Square Dance Association. Floyd’s great love was dancing and it was a recent event at the Calgary Danish Canadian Club where he and Jytte enjoyed their last dance together. Many will miss his sense of humour, warmth, dedication and faith. He was an ordinary man who lived through some extraordinary times.

Floyd will be missed by his children, Timothy Rourke, Karen Welch, and Brenda Burwash; six grandchildren, Nina Van Staden, Bradon Brisbourne, Kristie Malone, and James, Joseph, and Hester Welch; two great-grandchildren, Reece and Leah Van Staden; and his sister Millie Nufer. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and his constant and devoted companion Jytte Anderson who shared many happy days with him in his later years. Floyd was predeceased by his parents Samson Orin Rourke and Hester Mary Samantha Rourke (nee Remington) and his uncle William Charles Rourke.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Mewata Armoury, (801 – 11th Street SW) on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Services will be held in the Field of Honour at Fairview Cemetery (Lacombe, AB) at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Poppy Fund, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403) 265-6304.

In living memory of Floyd Rourke, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Calvin & Tina Whillier :

    Uncle Floyd will be missed by us. Our heart felt condolences go out to all his family.

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  2. Gavin S. Mills :

    I had the privilege to sit with Floyd at many functions in the past with our mutual association with the Calgary Highlanders. He was a true citizen and a gentleman of high character. Thank you for your service Floyd. My condolences to all his family and friends.

    Gavin Mills (Mudgee, NSW, Australia)

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  3. Marlene Schneider :

    Floyd will be missed at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. He greeted me and my family with a smile and such grace every Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

    Peace be with you,
    Floyd and Marlene Schneider

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  4. CWO Kent Griffiths :

    This is an end of an era.
    Floyd was such an inspiration to us all. A humble hero. A true Calgary Highlander.
    I will miss his sense of humour most of all.


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  5. CWO Marty Woods :

    I had the pleasure of seeing Floyd from time to time, most recently 2 weeks ago at The Military Museum. Men of his character are all too rare today and he will be missed. My condolences.

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  6. It was an honour to know Floyd this past year. I will never forget what he has done for this country! It gave me pride to help him and I learned alot from him. He will be missed!!

    An honoured Caregiver.

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  7. Tracy Labinowicz :

    It was an honor to know Floyd. He was such a passionate man full of life. My condolences to his family. Jytte, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry I didn’t see the news earlier to have attended the service.

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  8. Hon. consul of the Netherlands Irene Bakker :

    Dear Family and friends of Floyd Rourke,
    My sincere condolences with the passing of Floyd. He was one of the liberators of the Netherlands. When a Walcheren ceremony was held in the Mewata Armoury he was always present.
    Thank you very much Floyd and others for liberating the Netherlands. You will never be forgotten.
    Irene Bakker Hon. Consul of the Netherlands

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  9. I was saddened when I read Floyds obit in the paper. I had spent many Stampedes working with Floyd and Jytte, as they volunteered for the Kinsmen Wheels. He was always so happy and positive, and he enjoyed and did a great job selling those tickets. On behalf of myself and the Kinsmen Club of Calgary Wheels Committee please accept our warmest condolences. We will miss him!!!!!!!!!!

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