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SMOLKIN, Colleen (nee Ward)

February 2, 1959 – July 4, 2012

Colleen Smolkin, beloved wife of Geoff Smolkin, mother to Tyler and Laura and dear grandmother to Kade, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2012 in the presence of her family at the age of 53 years.

Colleen was born and raised in Calgary. Geoff and Colleen were married on February 28, 1978. Colleen worked for many years in the banking industry, taking time off to raise her family. Colleen’s greatest joy was travelling with her family. She loved the excitement of New York, the peacefulness of Hawaii, the mystery of India and cruising Europe. Colleen loved to entertain and insisted on hosting every special holiday. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a vivacious woman who had a zest for life, sparkle in her eye, and an infectious smile. Everyday was to be cherished and nothing taken for granted. She fought her disease with courage, and was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Colleen is also survived by her siblings Jeannie (John) Crundwell, Colin Ward, Charlene (Jim) Irvine; brother-in-law Doran (Julie) Smolkin; sister-in-law Jill Smolkin; mother-in-law and father-in-law Debby and Barry Smolkin; Michelle Rechtmann-Smolkin and Glenda Elliott as well as many devoted nieces and nephews. Colleen was predeceased by her parents Mary and Earl Ward.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes 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. The family would like to thank the caring staff on Unit 47 at the Tom Baker Center and in particular Dr. Lupichuck and Dr. Sharma for their loving care.

In living memory of Colleen Smolkin, 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. I was very saddened to hear that Colleen had passed away yesterday. Geoff, you are in my thoughts daily.

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  2. Clint and Sandi :

    Geoff, Tyler, Laura, out heartfelt condolences and love to you.

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  3. Ana Dunn and Dwight Dunn :

    My deepest sympathy to the family, may the memories comfort you at this difficult time..Geoff, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. Joe and Pat Strathern :

    Our condolences to the Smolkin and Ward families. Our family was deeply saddened to find out about Colleen’s passing.

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  5. Bernie Katchen :

    Dear Geoff, Tyler, Laura, Barry and Debby,
    Very sorry to hear the sad news. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and joyful memories.
    Love,
    Cousin Bernie

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  6. Lucy W (WCR) :

    I am very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and support during this difficult time.

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  7. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  8. Peggy N. Kelson :

    My deepest sympathy to Barry, Debby & Smolkin Family.

    Peggy Kelson

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  9. Marion Harwood :

    Our sincere condolences to Geoff and family. Our thoughts are with you all.

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  10. Bruce Sestak :

    Geoff, Tyler and family – I am humbled as again I am reminded how finite and fragile life is. I am saddened for your loss and offer my sincere condolences.

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  11. Barry Glotman :

    Geoff , Tyler and Laura ,Lauri and I are very sad to hear of the loss of Colleen your wife and mother . Colleen will always have a special place in our heart dating back to our beginnings in Saskatoon together. I will always rememberColleen with a positive attitude and a smile on her face . We will all miss her . Barry and Lauri

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  12. Sandy Hemsing :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Sandy Hemsing

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  13. Rosalie and Bob Kane :

    Geoff, Laura, Tyler, Barry and Debby–we just want to add our condolences. We did not have many opportunities to be with Colleen over the years but we had enough chances during family occasions to appreciate her friendly charm, great personality, and love of family–and we know that these were in full force in these last years. I hope happy memories will make the loss easier.

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  14. Jennifer Descheneau :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  15. Lilly and Ron Stokes :

    To Geoff and family, we were saddened to hear of Colleen’s passing. May all your memories help to comfort you and ease the sorrow that you all feel.
    With deepest sympathy, Lilly and Ron.

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  16. I am so sorry to hear the passing of Colleen.
    I was honoured to be able to have known Colleen for a short while and will cherish the memories of that.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Geoff and family.
    Doreen (Tom Baker Cancer Centre )

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  17. Wayne and Lois Stubbard :

    Geoff,Tyler and Laura.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Lois and Wayne

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  18. Chris and Lynda Woods :

    To Geoff and family, we were very sorry and saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Chris and Lynda Woods

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  19. Dear Geoff
    With my best condolences to say I remember and I think of you

    Claude & Eliot

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  20. Odiel and Margaret Sanders :

    Tyler
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. May your wonderful memories of her bring you comfort. May her love for you give you strength and peace.

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  21. Kevin & Petra Wise :

    Geoff and family, Petra and I are very saddened to hear of Colleen’s passing. Memories of our loved ones are what keeps us strong in difficult times, we wish you well in this time of grief.
    Kevin / Petra wise

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  22. Benjy Katchen :

    Dear Geoff, Tyler, Laura, Barry and Debby,

    My sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you.

    Your cousin Benjy

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  23. Don and Nina Kryskow :

    Dear Geoff,
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May your grief be lessened by the everlasting memories that you and Colleen made together.
    Love,
    Don and Nina

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  24. Rick & Judy Jordan :

    Dear Geoff,
    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family!
    Love
    Rick & Judy

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  25. Arliss levine and Myles Rempel :

    We deeply regret that we were out of town when we heard the news about Colleen. Our sincerest condolences to your family

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