December 30, 1915 – April 5, 2012
It is with heavy hearts we share the loss of Harry Irbine Simper on April 5th, 2012. He was 96 years old, a true native Calgarian born at the Calgary General Hospital December 30th, 1915. He leaves behind a legacy of love, fond memories and valued friendships. He died after a brief illness and the fullest of lives.
Harry graduated from Crescent Heights High School before he proudly served his country during WWII as a flying officer in the RCAF. He was a flight instructor in southern Alberta and later flew Lancaster bombers off the East Coast based in Halifax. He flew many missions including escort missions across the Atlantic. After WWII he joined Trans Canada Airlines in Lethbridge, moving back to Calgary in 1961 and remaining with Air Canada until he retired in 1980. Harry loved his career with Air Canada where he guided tours all over the world, arranged travel events in Calgary, and was proud to represent Calgary at the 1988 Olympics as Chairman of the Travel Bureau. One of his most enjoyable responsibilities was to organize and travel with the Calgary Stampeders from 1966 to 1980. He served with distinction as a board member of many organizations, including one of his most satisfying at St. David’s United Church where he was also a charter member since 1961.
After retirement Harry changed careers to accounting and continued to work 23 more years to the age of 88. He was an avid curler with the Air Canada league past his 90th year and enjoyed his relationship with the Pionaires. He was also a keen participant with the seniors exercise group at Varsity Community Centre. Harry loved his life with Sylvia, their home and garden and the endearing love of family and friends.
Harry has now taken his last flight home.
Harry is survived by Sylvia, his beloved wife of 33 years; and his loving daughters, Gail (Graham Doyle) Simper and Lark (Alex) McInnis. His love was shared by Sylvia’s daughters, Leanne (Gordon) Serr, Janine McNeill and Vanda (Barry) Nicholls. His grandchildren were shining lights for Harry – Meaghan (Tim), Taylor, Lyndsay (Vince), Courtney (Mike), Kyle, Shayna and Devin. He was also survived by his younger brothers, Bob (Catherine) Simper andTom Simper; and sisters, Dorothy (Gordon) Johnson and Kay (Gary) Heal.
Harry was predeceased by Irene, his first wife of 35 years, and his three younger brothers, Edward, George and Jack.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2M 2R2) at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. David’s United Church Foundation or the Santuari Hospice – Unit 42 at Peter Lougheed Hospital c/o Calgary Health Trust, 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary Alberta T2J 6A5.
In living memory of Harry Simper, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences