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SMITHSON, Wilburn John (Jack)

June 4, 1932 – July 7, 2012

Jack Smithson, beloved husband of Geraldine Smithson of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the age of 80 years.

Jack worked for Sask. Tel, A.G.T and Alberta One Call for over fifty years. He was an active parishioner at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and a morning fixture at the Talisman Centre. Jack’s passion was gardening.

Jack is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, John Smithson and Toby Herrig, Jeff and Sherri Smithson, Mike and Rhonda Smithson; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Jamie Hendrick; three grandchildren Sean Herrig, Megan Smithson, and Matthew Smithson. He is also survived by his sister Bernice Powell; brothers Ken and Morley Smithson; sister-in-law Rosalie Mlazgar and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Ruby Zimmer and Joyce Uhl and infant sister Marguerite Smithson.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Jack Smithson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Denis and Carol Hendrick :

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

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  2. Michelle and Jim Carroll :

    Our thoughts are with you.

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  3. Laraine Lawson :

    Gerry and family, my deepest sympathy on your loss, Jack was one of the good guys; he was a joy to work with and he taught me that honesty and integrity are the most important traits in life. Jack had a great sense of fun and was always there when I needed advice or just to listen.

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  4. Cheryl Mazur :

    Rhonda & Mike
    My sympathy to you on your loss.

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  5. My deepest condolences to Gerry and the family. Jack was an absolute sweetheart who made me smile every time he visited us at One-Call. He always had a joke or a kind word to brighten our day. We will all miss him very much.

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  6. Cheryl Steffen :

    On behalf of the Steffen family in Melville SK, we wish to express our sympathy on the passing of Jack. He used to come out and visit my parents (Peter & Elsie) on the farm and we had lots of nice memories of him. Cherish all the good memories of him and hold them close to your heart. Take Care
    Sincerely, Glenn, Lorne, Cheryl, Jim , Karen.

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  7. The Jim Stirling Family :

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by your precious memories of Jack as you go through this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Shirley, Kim, Brent, and Troy

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  8. Adam and Caroline Diewold :

    Very sorry for your loss….our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Although we did not spend much time together, I thought of you as a very nice person, husband and father. Alot of people will be missing you as will I. May God rest your soul. You are loved very much by all who know you, including my wife and I.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Adam and Caroline

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  9. Gordon Lyall :

    I worked both for and with Jack at AGT/Telus for many years. Jack taught me a lot about people and management. He will be missed.

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  10. Glenda Rowley :

    I’m sad for your whole family. He was a great father, as evidenced by his caring grown-up children, and he made a big contribution to his community of people.

    The eulogy was a lovely story of who Jack was; thank you for sharing it with us.

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  11. Jack Smithson was the epitome of generous, caring prairie folk. He regularly brought in armfuls of kale, rhubarb, celery and garlic with the admonishment that the last item would separate your true friends from the others.

    We loved him at the Talisman Centre. He had his finger on the pulse of all the early work-out crowd and it will certainly not be the same place without him.

    Bless you all and thanks for sharing him with us.

    Rae Scott.

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  12. Dave Appleton :

    Hello Gerry. Sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. He was always so upbeat and positive and was one of my favorite clients. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Dave Appleton

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