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SPARKS – Derek (Rick) Kelly

July 17, 1934 – October 5, 2009

Derek Sparks, beloved husband of Marvel Sparks of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 5, 2009 at the age of 75 years.

Thirty three years of Derek’s career was spent with Hoffman LaRoche. Upon retirement he was a White Hatter, Golf Marshall at Shaganappi, driver for Skate Canada and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Name.

Besides his loving wife Marvel, Derek is survived by his son Norman and daughters Kimberly and Michele (Mark) LaDuke; five grandchildren Baaron, Trevor, Ariel, Sarah and Stephen.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Holy Name Catholic Church (2223 – 34 Street S.W.) on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church (2223 – 34 Street S.W.) on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Holy Name Building Fund.

In living memory of Derek Sparks, 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. Jennifer Herman :

    I am Rick and Marvel’s cousin and was so saddened to hear of his death. Rick was always such a kind man, particularly when my brother’s and sisters and I were growing up. He always took the time to talk to the kids and see how we were doing. This always meant alot to all of us. Rick you will be missed by all who knew you. May god bless your family in this hard time.

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  2. Ralph & Alice Boser :

    Our heart’s and thought’s are with you and your family Marvel.

    Tonnes of Love
    Alice

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  3. Kimberly Sparks :

    When I was home 3 weeks ago my Dad told me he was not afraid of dying because he knew he was going to heaven and that God would take care of him. His worry was for his beloved wife of 53 years and for his family. I reassured him that God also would be taking care of Mom and all of us too. My dad was one of a kind and loved God and his family more than maybe any of us could have ever realized. Please make his wish come true by continuing to support our Mom Marvel long after the funeral is over and the true grief and loss have set in. My parents were soul mates in the truest sense of the word and I can’t imagine the hole that will be left in my mother’s life and heart from the loss of her “lover” as she always affectionately called him. I love you Mom and Dad and Michele, Mark, Trev, Norman, Sarah, and Stephen as do my beautiful daughters Baaron and Ariel. They miss their Papa so much already. We will get through this all together as Dad would have wanted.

    Love Kim

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  4. Brenda Walker :

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you and your family now and in the days ahead.

    Love
    Cousin Brenda

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  5. Anne Heilman and family :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and may God comfort you through this difficult time.

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  6. Doug Brockway :

    I am a long time friend of Kim’s living in Vancouver. It was not long after I first met Kim some thirty years ago that I also had the good fortune of meeting her amazing family. To this day I remember the loving embrace extended my way from them all. And it is this embrace that I continue to feel to this day.

    Marvel, Norman, Kim and Michele, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    I feel truly blessed to have known Rick, a kind, gentle and humorous man.

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  7. David Marshall :

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Rick was a great man with alot of integrity. He definately put family first, and was a great example of what a man of character should look like. I appreciated many things about him, his sense of humor, his loyalty to those he cared about, his work ethic and his openness to share himself with stranger and friend alike. He will be missed. My prayers go to his family and friends as they grieve his loss

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  8. Glenn and Claire Kyle :

    We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and may God comfort you through this great loss.

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  9. Jon-Paul Voroney :

    We were all very touched at Tom Baker by how Marvel and Rick stuck together through a very difficult time. They took a series of pieces of bad news and unfortunate events with equanimity, and I admired their strength.

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  10. Glenn and Claire Kyle :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and may God comfort you through this great loss

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  11. Brad Couldwell :

    In the short time that I knew Rick as his pharmacist I realized quickly his kindness and patience. Marvel, Michele and family I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.

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  12. I am very saddened to hear of Dereks’ passing. I have many fond memories of the times we shared when we visited with you and you with us. I send my prayers to you the family and ask that You find comfort in knowing he is “just away”. I expect there was a great reunion of family in heaven. God Bless you and give you courage and strength…love diane

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  13. Dom Di Curzio :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing away of Derek. I remember Derek as loyal & committed Roche employee who was respected by all of us.

    Dom, Barbara and Dante Di Curzio

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  14. Shannon and Rodger Sheldon :

    Dear Marvel and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies to you all at this difficult and sad time. Please know our thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Shannon and Rodger Sheldon

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  15. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to your family at this time. I am a very good friend of Kim’s from Vancouver. Though I never had the chance to meet any of you or Kim’s father, she has told me what an incredible person he was. May you find comfort in the company of each other and the knowledge that others are sending their love and support your way at this very sad time.

    All my love,

    Linda Shaw

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  16. Dear Sparks Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on loss of your dear father, husband, papa and uncle. I was saddened to hear the news of Rick’s untimely passing and my heart goes out to the family. Although it has been a few years since I have seen Rick and Marvel, I feel honored that we still keep in touch and I will always remember Rick for his genuine kindness and I’ll never forget his playful nature. Although no words can ever alleviate your pain, I know you are consumed with grieving at this sad time, but please remember to take care of yourself Marvel, and know that you are loved. You are in my thoughts today and always. Rick will be missed.
    God Bless,
    Diana

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  17. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very diffiult time. I have known Derek and the family for years and know that he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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