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SWYSTUN, August Emile (Gus)

August 31, 1924 – May 31, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our very dear father, August Emile Swystun (Gus) at the age of 87. Following a terminal brain tumor diagnosis in March, Gus passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Foothills Hospital Unit 47 surrounded by his children, Gail (Raj) Abbi of Calgary, AB, Roy (Sherri) Swystun of Bogotá, Columbia and Heather Swystun (Ian McDonald) of Whitehorse, Yukon.

Gus is also survived by his younger brother Terry Swystun and his wife Dorothy of Regina, SK; as well six grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle and Dana Swystun, Brayden Abbi, and Ayla and Owen McDonald.

Gus was predeceased by his wife of fifty-four years, Doris Catherine Swystun (Sutherland), his father Emil W. Swystun, and his mother Mary Swystun (Konchuk).

Gus was born in Saskatoon and grew up in Blaine Lake, SK where his love of hockey and skiing began. Hunting and fishing with his father and brother were also favorite pastimes. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the U of S Canadian Officer Training Corps.

Gus spent eleven years in the mining, milling and metallurgical plant design, construction and maintenance industry followed by thirty years in the oil and gas pipeline industry. He became a lifetime member of the Association of Professional Engineers in 1988.

Gus met his wife, Doris Sutherland, in Trail, BC. They married in 1956, moving to Calgary in 1957 where they settled, raising three children and making many wonderful friends.

An avid hockey fan, playing himself, teaching his son Roy, and a dedicated follower of his first grandson Tyler’s hockey career, Gus could still be found watching his grandson Brayden play hockey the week before his death.

Gus was an all round athlete, an avid tennis player and expert skier. He played tennis into his 70s and he skied until he was 80. He qualified as a lifetime member of the Calgary Winter Club this year where he played badminton, bowled and gave up curling and bridge just this spring.

Following the death of his wife in 2010, Gus moved to the Lodge at Valley Ridge where he enjoyed the camaraderie of many new friends, wonderful staff and the fantastic services provided by the Lodge. We would like to thank the special caregivers who made it possible for Gus to remain at the Lodge following his diagnosis.

As a father, Gus was the most supportive, encouraging and dedicated man a child could ask for. He was a great provider, a rock solid shoulder to lean on, a patient teacher and a caring friend. Even through his confusion these last two months, he always made a point of making you smile. We will miss him.

There is a link death cannot sever; love and remembrance last forever.

Friends are invited to join us for a celebration of Gus’s life at the Calgary Winter Club (4611 14 Street N.W.) on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00am followed by a reception.

In living memory of August Swystun, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Ronald Nastiuk :

    Im so sorry to hear of the loss of Gus’.I kept in touch with him after the loss of Doris.He always talked about his family with great love and the great respect he got from his family and friends.We will miss Gus

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  2. Chuck & Ann Beckerleg :

    Swystun Family Members

    May memories of your Father, Grandfather help to comfort you. Those precious memories that you all cherish will help you to face the days ahead along with the love that you all shared with your Father, Grandfather.

    I played many games of Senior tennis with and against Gus at CWC and also curling in the Snowy Owl League. Gus was always very sportsman like and a good competitor. Gus and I were on the Senior Men’s Tennis Committee for a number of years.

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