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SVENDSEN – John Agner Erik

April 22, 1937 – January 12, 2010

John Svendsen, beloved husband of Bente Svendsen of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at the age of 72 years.

John was born on April 22, 1937 in Copenhagen, Denmark. John married the love of his life Bente in February of 1958. Together they immigrated to Canada from Denmark in 1966 and made their home first in Edmonton and later in Calgary. John loved spending time with his wife and family as well as painting and gardening.

Besides his loving wife Bente, John is survived by a son Steven Svendsen of Edmonton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pia Svendsen-Birhanu (Mengistu Birhanu) and Margit (Glenn) Montgomery, all of Calgary; and four grandchildren, Lisa Montgomery, Shayna Svendsen, Matthew and Eva Birhanu. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Jytte and Lena of Denmark.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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

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  1. To the Svendsen family, my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I have very fond memories of Coach John, my first soccer coach in Crestwood many years ago. He taught me leadership by naming me team captain, even though I was not the best player; there was more to the game than just skill. We had a lot of success, but more importantly, we had FUN! He will be missed.

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  2. Margit,

    Heard of your Fathers’ passing thru Wendy Walters…we are saddened by the news and wanted you to know that you and your family are (and will be) in our thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Bente, I and all at All Weather Windows had the pleasure of enjoying John’s good spirits and hard work . I thoroughly enjoyed his laugh, and caring attitude, all things you know well.
    Although I cannot be with you, I extend my warmest condolences.

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  4. Carlene Dowling :

    Margit and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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  5. Andrea Ryan (nee Goerres) :

    Dear Margit and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Most sincere condolences.

    Andrea

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  6. Mrs. Svendsen and Family:

    It made me sad to learn of Mr. Svendsen’s passing. He was one of those individuals who has such a profound impact on a young person’s life.

    Although I am now a middle aged father and husband I can remember as clear as day the once in a lifetime trip to play soccer in the Denmark Cup 30 years ago. Our competing in that tournament in Coach Sven’s old country was the direct result of his drive and vision. Sven’s kindness and compassion will most certainly be missed, but never forgotten.

    My family’s prayers are with you and your family.

    Jamie Kidd and Family
    St. Albert, Alberta

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  7. Kathy Carlson :

    Margit, Glenn and Family,

    I was saddened to see that your dad passed away. It brought back a lot of great memories to see his picture.

    The Christmas dinner with the rice pudding and almond. Soccer of course with your dad Coaching and the time spent just hanging around.

    The trip to Denmark with the boys and the fun we had after the cup and the boys went home.

    Here’s to your Dad and all the happy memories – Skol!

    Love Kathy

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