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RUUS, Ivar

January 27, 1931 -Tallinn, Estonia
August 30, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Ivar Ruus passed away peacefully on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the age of 82 years. Ivar was born in Tallinn, Estonia on January 27, 1931 and immigrated to Canada in 1949. In the summer he worked on a farm in the Barons, Alberta area and in the winter worked for the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration until enrolling in the petroleum engineering program at the University of Alberta in 1951. After graduating in 1954, he began his career in the petroleum industry and finished his career at Norcen Energy as Manager of Heavy Oil Operations. While working at Norcen, Ivar obtained a Management Diploma from the University of Calgary and was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. Ivar was also a committed family man, dedicating many hours to coach his sons in their sporting activities and celebrating their many achievements. In 1986, Ivar retired from Norcen after which he worked as a consultant in the oil and gas industry for several years.

Upon Ivar’s retirement from the oil and gas industry he led an active life of travelling, hiking, golfing and cross country skiing. He was also actively involved in the Norcen Seniors Club and a great supporter of classical musical performances in Calgary. But his main love was his family and he was keenly interested in their activities and accomplishments. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Ivar is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years marriage, Lea Ruus; his three loving sons (daughter-in-laws), Allan (Karen) and grandsons Michael, Garvin, and Gregory Ruus of Calgary; Mark (Sarina) and grandchildren Christopher, Marisa, Caroline, and Jonathan Ruus of Vancouver; Alexander (Lisa) and grandchildren Nicholas and Isabelle Ruus of Toronto; brother Allan Ruus of Calgary; and niece Kirsten Ruus of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Irma Ruus and sister-in-law Rosemary Ruus.
A Celebration of Ivar’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6,

In living memory of Ivar Ruus, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Peeter & Helgi Leesment :

    Ivar Ruus was an exemplary person in every way. We knew him for over 40 years and always saw him as a gentleman in the true sense of the word. In addition he was competent in everything he undertook and concerned for the well-being of others whether they were part of his family or other social connection. One cannot ask more from a human being. In a small way we are honoured that my photo of him has been deemed suitable for the newspaper obituary. It is at least a small contribution from us to help the family in its time of deep sorrow.

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  2. Helen & Robert Russell :

    Our sympathy goes out to Ivar’s wonderful family who treasured him & loved him. Not only was he a fine gentleman, a scholar, a leader & a wonderful friend to many people ,he was exceptional in every way. He will be greatly missed by so many whose life he touched with kindness, joy & intelligence. It was a great honour to have known him

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  3. My sincere condolences are extended to Lea Russ and family. I worked with Ivar in Edmonton in 1962 to 1964, and was always impressed with his knowledge and perseverance in finding the right answer to any problem. I only wish I had been able to keep in touch with Ivar over the years since we worked together. I would have enjoyed knowing of his many successes

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  4. doug&linda church :

    Lea & family: We are sorry we could not attend the memorial for Ivor, I have had some health problems lately. Ivor was always a true gentleman and will be sorely missed. Please accept our condolences, and we wish you best wishes for the future.
    Doug C Class of 54.

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