October 14, 1921 – January 19, 2015
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of our husband and father after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Dad was born on the Carrot River, Saskatchewan homestead of his parents, Roy and Daisy Sweet. He was the fourth of 11 children. He spent his childhood in Saskatoon and on the family homestead.
In 1941, he joined the Canadian army, and then volunteered for the First Special Service Force, a joint Canadian and American commando unit concentrating on mountainous warfare. He proudly served in the Aleutian Islands and the Italian campaign for which the FSSF is famous. He participated in the taking of Mt. La Difensa where he was wounded by shrapnel; Mt. Sammucro where he was knocked unconscious from an artillery blast; and Mt. Majo where he fell ill from a concussion and infection. Following six weeks of hospitalization, he returned to his unit at the Anzio beachhead. There he endured daily artillery attacks for two long months. Following the bloody Anzio breakout where his company suffered a 70% casualty rate, Dad was hospitalized with exhaustion and did not return to front-line action.
After the war, he moved to Calgary to take training as a house painter. During training, he met our mother, Anne Gerk and married her in 1947. He started his own painting company, and continued to work until he suffered a mild stroke at the age of 79.
Dad’s family was the true center and focus of his life. He loved us more than anything in the universe, and we loved him just as much in return. By example, he taught us honesty, diligence, kindness and generosity.
Dad is survived by Anne, his wife of 67 years; his daughters Jacquie Vincent, Connie Griffiths, Karen Bassie (Rick) and Cathy Kincaid (Jim); his grandchildren Leanne and David Vincent, William, Janine and Jason Kincaid and Elizabeth Bassie; his great-grandchildren Jannah, Minnah, Ibrahim and Basmah; and his siblings Helen Barros, Herb Sweet, Francis Mazurek, Dorothy Crawford and Lucy Remai. We express our deep gratitude to Dr. Meshesha and the staff of Carewest Garrison Green where Dad resided for the last 4 ½ years of his life. At Dad’s request, there will not be a funeral or memorial service. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.Print This Obituary & Condolences