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SAUNDERS, Edward (Paddy) James

May 4, 1931 – January 3, 2010

Edward (Paddy) James Saunders of Calgary passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the age of 78 years.

Paddy was born on May 4, 1931 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He immigrated to Canada in 1952 where he met and married Joyce Kowal.

Paddy is survived by his loving wife Joyce of fifty-six years; his daughter Elizabeth (Bill); sons Patrick, Ned (Therese), Bill (Tammy), Matthew (Valerie); and daughter Brenda (Sean); eleven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; as well as two sisters Brenda (Frank) Devany, and Mary (Andrew) Dunne. He was predeceased by his father (Isaac), mother (Elizabeth), and sister (Deirdre) in Ireland.

Paddy founded a series of successful commercial paint contracting firms that completed work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. He had a passion for the game of golf which he instilled in his family.

“We will miss you Paddy!”

A Private Family Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . The family would like to thank Dr. Indira Fridhandler and her staff, the staff at the Tom Baker and Holy Cross Cancer Centers, the palliative care nurses, especially Kris Rushforth and Lana Smid, for their kindness and support. Donations in lieu of flowers 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: (403) 521-3433.

In living memory of Paddy Saunders, 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. Wayne and Lorna Wishlow :

    Our sincere condolences to Joyce and the family from Wayne and Lorna Wishlow. May he rest in peace.

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  2. Bill & June Phythian :

    Dear Saunders Family, We were saddened by the news of Paddy’s passing. We know how much he will be missed each and every day. We also know of the wonderful memories he has left with you and know these will comfort you on those down days. An extra big hug for you Brenda.
    Sincerely
    Bill & June Phythian and Family

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  3. Kay McNeil and Family :

    Joyce, we are so sorry to hear of Paddys’ passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences and know that we are thinking of you and your family.

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  4. My sincere condolences to all of you at the passing of your husband, father, grandfather. I am sure Paddy was blessed at Heaven’s Gate. Bev

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  5. Don and Aileen Ohorodnyk :

    To Joyce Saunders and Family,
    We are so saddened by Paddy’s passing. Please accecpt our deepest sympathies.
    Aileen and Don Ohorodnyk

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  6. Dear Brenda,
    I was so very sorry to hear of your Fathers’ passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Elaine Bates

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  7. Brian & Debra Beck and family :

    Joyce and family – just want you to know how very much you’re being thought about with sympathy, caring and friendship in the loss of Paddy. Our prayers are with you.

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  8. My condolences to the entire family. Paddy’s quick wit was always appreciated whether I was the target at the time or not. Remember the good times you shared.

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  9. Dean Schwengler :

    Sorry on your loss our prayers are with you, all the best in moving on. Dean Schwengler.

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  10. We offer our sincere condolences to the Saunders family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I still foundly remember the days I spent with Paddy, Joyce and Matt and friends in Palm Springs, golfing, eating and enjoying the Saunders’ hospitality. Great times, great people.

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  11. My thoughts and love are with you today. Bless you all and I’ll be in touch Joyce.

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  12. Hugh,Victoria and Morgan Saunders :

    To Joyce and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are truly saddened by the loss of Paddy and we will miss him very much. It was a pleasure to know Paddy and we truly felt like he was part of our family. All our Love, Hugh, Victoria, and Morgan

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  13. PLease accept my condolences on Paddy’s passing. I had known Paddy for quite a few years, playing in the same group at the Elks Club and on several trips to Montana while that great program lasted. We always got along very well as I tried, without much success but always amicably, to match his skill. Later I was able on a few occasions, but not as many as I would have liked, to share a coffee and friendship with him at the North Hill gab sessions. I was sorry to learn last fall about his illness and now to learn that he has gone. I know he will be missed by many and my thoughts are with you all today.

    Gordon Kelso

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  14. Joyce and Family:

    May time’s passing somehow help to ease your loss and sorrow.

    Deepest Sympathy
    Joan Lahey

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  15. Jim and Margie Cassidy :

    Dear Joyce, Betty, Patrick, Ned, Bill, Matthew, and Brenda:

    We were so sorry to read of Paddy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Deak and Margie

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  16. Seamus & Kathleen McDonnell :

    To Joyce, Ned and the rest of the family. Our sincere condolences on Paddy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time.

    Seamus and Kathleen

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  17. Robert W Smith (Bob} Victoria B.C. :

    Was saddened to hear of Paddy’s passing
    my sympathy goes out to his family.

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  18. April Lee Saunders :

    Dear Joyce and Family, it was with a great sense of loss when I heard of Paddy’s passing away. I know many years have passed us by, but I wanted to let you know that you and your family have my greatest sympathy with the loss of your husband and father.

    Paddy will always remain in mine and Jason’s heart.

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the future.

    My deepest sympathy to you all and may all of you grieve in your own way for your loss and may God give you strength to carry on with your lives.

    With my deepest sympathy,

    April and Jason Saunders

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  19. Dwight & Sandra Bettcher :

    Dear Joyce & Family:
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the passing of Paddy. It was so nice to see both of you last fall. We have such fond memories of you both.
    So please take care and God bless you.
    Love & Prayers
    Dwight & Sandra Bettcher

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  20. Murray & Mari-Anna McCargar :

    Our sincere condolences to the Saunders family on the loss of Paddy. He was a great man and a dear friend of ours. We will miss him at the Coffee gathering at the North Hill Shopping Centre.

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