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SPRUNG, Philip Davis

June 13, 1931 – Calgary, Alberta
March 9, 2015 – Okotoks, Alberta

Philip Davis Sprung passed away peacefully at his home on his ranch in Okotoks on March 9, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Family, close friends, and his beloved pets surrounded him.

Phil will be remembered for his extraordinarily generous spirit, kind heart and his strong business acumen.

Born in Calgary on June 13, 1931, Phil was raised with a strong work ethic and a belief that anyone who worked hard enough could find success.

Phil worked with his father Donald to assist in running the family business that was started by his grandfather Philip Dorland Sprung. In the early years, Phil worked on the apparel side of the business travelling throughout Western Canada and up the Alaska Highway selling outerwear clothing, and western wear shirts.

Sprung manufactured Tents, however Phil saw a need for a better product that could withstand the extreme climates of Alberta. In 1968 he invented the Sprung Instant Structure. Phil was a great motivator of people. He had enormous respect for those he worked with and in turn was generous and rewarding. Phil would, along with his business partners and close friends, Vern Olson and Jimmy Slack, lead an extraordinary hardworking and loyal group, turning a small company into a large international business.

Exceptionally generous to his family, friends and community, Phil believed in giving back and quietly conducted philanthropic activities that supported many local and international organizations.

With all the career successes that Phil enjoyed, it was his time with family that he most treasured. Some of the strongest family memories were from the family cabin at Lake Windermere. One of Phil’s favourite pastimes was fishing, especially when his grandkids could be with him.

Phil leaves behind his partner Aline Peterson; his five children, Kerri (Jim), Dawn, Philip (Cassie), Tim (Shaun), and Brenda; and grandchildren, Davis, Alice, Mikayla, Katrina, Jeremy, Emily, Shelby, Scarlet, Maclean, Gracie and Harrison. Phil was predeceased by his first wife Beverly and second wife Sylvia.

We are forever grateful to Aline Peterson and John Swan, who have been with Phil and the Sprung Family for many years.

The family will be holding a private funeral service. Condolences can be sent to sprung@sprung.com.

In living memory of Philip Sprung, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Lila Engberg :

    Condolences to the family and particularluy Sharon. I knew her long ago in Alberta and lost contact. Lila

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