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SARGIOUS – Dr. Michel Amin, BSc, MEng, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Schulich Faculty of Engineering, The University of Calgary

February 26, 1930 – May 8, 2011

Dr. Michel Amin Sargious passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, after a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of forty-three years Samia; his two children, Peter (Bonnie Rush) and Monica (Matthew Beswick); as well as his four grandchildren who have been the joy of his life for the past five years, Gabrielle, James, Luke and Paula. He is also survived by his sisters, Camila and Faiza; his close friend and nephew Dr. Edward Said; as well as extended family in Egypt, Canada and the US. He was predeceased by his sister Athena and his brother Aziz.

Michel was born in Cairo, Egypt to Amin and Bodour. He received his BSc and MEng from the University of Cairo and his PhD from the University of Stuttgart. He worked in Egypt and Kuwait prior to immigrating to Canada. He joined the University of Calgary in 1968, becoming a full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1976, and retiring in 1990. His achievements during that time included: Acting Associate Dean Academic (1984-85), Acting Head of the Department (1986-88), joining CIDA to help establish a Faculty of Engineering in Nepal (1991-97), establishing a meritorious scholarship for civil engineering students, and publishing over 80 technical papers and a book on Pavements. His proudest career moment was receiving the Distinguished Lifetime Leadership Award from the Schulich School of Engineering in 2010. Above all, Michel will be remembered for his love of family, zest for life, and strength of character.

Special thanks go to Dr. Scot Dowden, to all of the other healthcare professionals who provided outstanding care through his illness, and to the entire team at Agape Hospice for their compassion during his final days.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Michel’s honour 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 Michel Sargious, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Helga Reisch :

    Dear Samia, Monica , Peter and Family

    Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all. May God bless you all in this difficult time.

    Love from Helga and Family

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  2. Dr. Kestutis & Ilse Salkauskas :

    We were sorry to hear of Michel’s death. We pray that God will be with you and your family throughout this time of sorrow and will give all of you the strength needed to deal with your loss.

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  3. Len Bruton :

    Dear Samia,

    It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Michel. As you know, I had the privilege of working with Michel for a number of years and was deeply impressed, not just by his abilities as an engineer and manager, but mostly by his love of life and his compassion for people. He was indeed a kind and gentle man and I know you will miss him so much.

    With Love

    Len Bruton

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  4. Philip, Kyoko, Emma and Kai Ghali :

    Dear Tante Samia, Peter, Monica and families –

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. We have many good memories of time spent together.

    Please accept our sincere condolences.

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  5. Marjory McLean :

    Samia,
    So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I send sincere sympathy to you and family.

    Marjory McLean

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  6. Bob and Colleen Hauswirth :

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved husband and father. Our sympathy is extended to you.

    Your former Dalsby Road neighbours,
    Bob and Colleen Hauswirth

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  7. Mourad and Nadia Mina :

    To Samia and all the family,
    May the love of God the Father, the grace of His only begotten Son, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit wipe all tears and give you strength during this difficult time. We are confident Dr. Michel is now with Christ in paradise, and that is far better.
    The Mina family.

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  8. Souad & Samir Hussein :

    It was with profound sadness that we heard the news of Michel’s passing. We have many cherished memories of time spent together in Calgary, and we regret we were unable to extend our deepest condolences in person. Nevertheless, our thoughts and prayers remain with Samia, Peter, Monica (and family).

    Souad & Samir Hussein
    Edmonton, AB

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  9. To Samia and Family
    With great sadness that I found out about the sad news while out of town, please accept my deepest sympathy, my the love of God be with you.
    Fouad Aziz

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  10. Ramesh C. Joshi :

    Mrs. Samia Sargious and family:

    It is with profound sadness that I came to know of the passing away of my good friend and colleague of over 33 years.
    He was a very caring, fair, and honest academic. We were all lucky to have had the opportunity to have his company and guidance in personal and academic matters. He will be surely missed by you and equally by all who came in contact with him.
    Ramesh C. Joshi

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  11. Andrew and Nan Pernal :

    To Mrs. Samia Sargious, Monica, Matthew, and family:
    We heard with much sadness of the death of your dear husband and father. We feel most fortunate to have been able to meet Michel since our move to Calgary. Please accept our deep and sincere sympathy.

    A donation of $50 will be made from us directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation,c/o the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

    Nan and Andrew Pernal

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