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SPARKS, Ernest William

June 14, 1925 – Nanton, AB
November 3, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Ernest William Sparks passed away peacefully at the Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore in Calgary, AB on November 3, 2013 at the age of 88 years.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice, his brother Jerry and sister Isabelle. He is survived by his sisters Jean Alwood, Edith (Garry) Wright; his brother Dennis (Betty); his sister-in-law Margaret Westerman; his children Marjorie (Stan), Jeannette, Larry (Debbie), Kelly and Michael (Caroline); eight grandchildren and their partners; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ernie was born on June 14, 1925 in Nanton, AB. He served in the military in WWII shipping out to England near the end of the war and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion throughout his life hosting many cribbage, dart and social functions. His career spanned four decades first as a rodman / surveyor, then for the Department of Public Works followed by the Department of Water Resources. Working up the chain of command to become an Inspector with the Department of the Environment on major engineering projects through out the Peace River District. After retirement he continued managing structure installations for Environment for an additional 4 years as a contractor before pulling the pin and taking a well-earned retirement hiatus. Then, after selling their home in Devon, Ole Ern and his “sweet Alice” spent 18 nomadic years living and exploring Canada, the US, and Central America in their motorhome before their wanderlust ended, returning to a Rocky Mountain vista and settling in a Canmore apartment for the next 10 years. During that time Ernie ran cribbage nights in the Community Center, showed travel videos in the Senior Lodge and led weekly hikes and exercise programs for the Canmore Hospital Rehab center. He and Alice then moved to the Bow Valley Lodge in Canmore and thereafter to a nursing home in Calgary for the extended care Alice required. Any donations in his memory can be made to: Heart and Stroke Foundation Donations Department, P.O. Box 7008, Station Main, London, ON, N5Y 5W7, by calling 1-888-HSF-INFO (1-888-473-4636) or via the Internet at where you navigate to “Donate Now” in Ernie’s memory; you can obtain a tax receipt by using the online donation method.

In living memory of Ernie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park joining the tree planted last year for Alice by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Helen & Bill Olinik :

    We want you to know or love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. May your wonderful memories offer you comfort and strength during the days ahead.
    I have a file of wonderful travel letters that I love to reread – telling us of their many travels over the years.
    All our love,
    Helen & Bill

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  2. Kathleen Lapeyrouse :

    Dear Cousins,
    It definitely brings tears to my eyes and an ache to my heart to see this photo of Uncle Ernie on top of his obituary and know that I really will not ever see him again in this lifetime. I know that he is in a good place and it must be perfect bliss to be out of his failing body, but my heart is filled with nostalgic good memories. I always enjoyed and loved your dad very much. He brought colour and dynamism to every interaction.
    And I know our Mom is definitely going to miss having her big brother around.
    With love, Kathleen Lapeyrouse

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