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TARVES, Laurie D.

April 4, 1920 – October 9, 2014

“You feel smaller when your father dies because he was strong and lifted you, carried you and taught you, and when he’s gone the room feels too big without him.”

Peacefully, and surrounded by his family, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away at the age of 94, leaving us to mourn his loss, but also to celebrate a life so well lived.

Born in Birch Hills Saskatchewan, Dad was proud of his prairie roots, and despite being a Stampeders’ fan, we know he always secretly harboured “Rider Pride”. The family moved to Calgary in 1929, and although his youth was profoundly affected by the Great Depression and World War II, he frequently reminisced with great fondness of those formative years. He and his brothers spent many carefree days fishing, hiking, camping in the Waiparous Creek and Bow Valley area and these happy memories sustained him right to the end of his life.

The Tarves brothers also raised champion racing pigeons and would take a bird with them on their camping expeditions, sending the pigeon home with a note tied to its leg to let their parents know they had safely arrived at their destination. He was a talented athlete who was once offered a hockey scholarship in Santa Rosa, California, but turned it down to join the Royal Canadian Navy.

He served in the Canadian Navy with his three brothers and was among the Allied forces participating in D-Day. On returning to civilian life in Calgary, he joined the Calgary Police Service where he served for 33 years. He was a proud member of the service and often talked fondly about those years and riding his “Harley” (even in -40 temperatures) which justifiably earned him the nickname of “The Ironman” from his co-workers.

Laurie is survived by his children Jill (Jim), Rene (Steve), Kim, Launa and Tracy as well as grandchildren Shauna (Lee), Candice (Jeremy) and Evan, siblings Gordon Tarves, Gail (Jerry) Parcells, and Joan (Gordon) Evans, extended family June Tarves, Margaret Carr and Lavina Tarves as well as great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty one years’ Dallas, infant daughter Wanda, his parents Goldie and Gordon, his brothers Dale, Bruce and Terry as well as sister Beryl.

Dad was a man of great integrity, strength, humor and kindness and a gentleman in the very best sense of the word. He valued his family above all else and was never happier than when he was surrounded by family and friends He leaves us with a lifetime of memories to cherish. Rest in peace #1 Dad, you will always be loved and forever missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Laurie’s life at Rotary House – Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way S.E.) on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Trout Unlimited Canada 160 – 6712 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 2A7 or The Calgary Poppy Fund 1 – 4539 6th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6. Forward condolences through The family is forever grateful for the kind and compassionate care provided by Drs. Robin Dargie and Paul Gladman and the wonderful staff of Dover Unit at Carewest Colonel Belcher Veterans Care Centre. We would also like to extend our thanks for the care Dad received from the doctors and health care professionals on Unit 82 at the Foothills Hospital, your kindness will not be forgotten

In living memory of Laurie Tarves, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Jean& Bill Buchanan :

    The Tarves & Buchanan boys grew up together during the Dirty Thirties & Second World War on the North Hill of Calgary with all 7 of them serving in the RCNVR. Members of both families played football locally and several of them with the Stampeders. Whilst Laurie served with the Calgary Police many years Bill Buchanan served with the RCMP for 34 years. Laurie and his brother Gordon were members of the Calgary Navy Veterans Association for many years and attended various functions with their wives Dallas & Ethel. They will all be sadly missed by their Shipmates at the Corvetter Club. God Bless & Fair Winds & Following Seas. Jean & Bill Buchanan

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  2. Tom Grauer, Debbie & Chad :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

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  3. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I worked for Laura many years ago with the Calgary Police Service. He was a fine gentleman who made a positive mark on the lives of those with whom he worked.

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  4. I am deeply saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. In late 1971, I had the privilege of being assigned to the Traffic Section within the Calgary Police Service and thus worked for then Staff Sergeant Tarves. He was always a gentleman and he treated everyone fairly no matter their seniority. He did have a temper and I recall a day when a particularly obnoxious individual continually pushed the limits to the point where S/Sgt. Tarves leapt the counter (I am sure without even touching it) and arrested the man. Through the years, many good laughs were had around that story. He truly served the citizens of Calgary well throughout his career and was a strong role model for rookies such as I. Please accept my condolences.

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  5. Charles "Chiko" Lee :

    My first introduction to Staff/Sgt Tarves was as a young Calgary Police Service recruit in 1976, newly assigned to his watch at the headquarters building on 7 Ave. Although not tall in stature he was a man who commanded respect and stressed upon me the pride, integrity and professionalism of the Calgary Police Service, he was a gentleman. My condolences on your family loss.

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  6. Bonnie Rothwell :

    Dear Tracy and Family:
    My sincere condolences on the passing of your Father, Laurie. I have intersected with your family in many ways: as a member of the Calgary Police Service with Laurie; through Scouting with your mother, and you Tracy through the Zoo. And of course we all lived in Ramsay. I did not know Laurie well in the Police Service, but knew he was an honorable man who I respected. Laurie and all have served the City of Calgary well and proudly.
    Big hugs Tracy;
    Bonnie Rothwell

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  7. The members of the Calgary Police Veterans Association extend their sincere sympathy to all the Tarves family on the recent passing of Laurie Tarves. He was a long serving and highly regarded member of the Calgary Police Service and many in our Veterans Association will have their special memories of their close association with him. May your own happy memories of him be a comfort to you at this time.

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  8. Dawn Moss Oben :

    Tracy, condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. From the stories about Laurie he sounds like a strong, adventurous man; characteristics he passed on to you. I hope you wil find comfort in your memories of your dad.
    Thinking of you,
    Dawn Moss Oben

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  9. Mary and Peter Gubitz :

    Gail and Gerry Parcells (Laurie’s Sister)
    Our condolences to you and your family.
    Mary and Peter Gubitz

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