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THOMAS, Edward

September 29, 1919 – March 18, 2013

Edward Thomas of Calgary, AB passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the age of 93 years. Born September 29, 1919 in Taber AB, Edward was the eldest of six children. When his mother became ill and passed away leaving young children at home, Edward took on the responsibility of nurturing and guiding his younger siblings. In 1940 Edward joined the Royal Canadian Navy to serve in WWII. Edward met Hilda Pepperdine in 1936 and married on February 27, 1942. Together they had three daughters. In 1945 Edward began a long career with Alberta Government Telephones, retiring in 1982. Edward loved to spend time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed spending winter months in Santa Cruz, CA. Ted, as he was known in “swimming circles”, volunteered for over fifteen years as a coach and mentor to many young swimmers. First with the Calgary Sharkettes and later with the Killarney Swim Club in Calgary and the Jasper Place Swim Club in Edmonton. Ted was an exceptional coach who inspired many youth to be the best they could be in swimming and their future lives. He was Head Coach for the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in Mexico City (1968) and Munich (1972) and the Pan-American Games (1971). Edward was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Edward is survived by his wife of 71 years, Hilda, and daughters Ann (Dean) and Glynis (Karen). He is also survived by four grandsons, Mark, Jeffery (Karen), David (Ashley) and Scott (Jenn); as well as four great-grandchildren, Tristan, Hunter, Anderson, and London; his sisters Betty and Shirley; and brother Donald. He was also loved by Dave, Katie and Blake and Mike, Shannon and Garner. Edward was predeceased by infant daughter Janice Lynne (1950), parents Maryann Howell and Edward Thomas, and brothers John and Glyn Thomas.

Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful team of Doctors and Nurses at the Rockyview General Hospital for their commitment, care and sincerity.

In living memory of Edward Thomas, 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. Robert Forrest :

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Robert Forrest & family

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  2. Mr. and Mrs. Manny and Lin Samson :

    Our dear Hilda, Ann, Dean and Ted’s beloved family,
    Please accept our heartfelt and sincerest sympathy. May Ted’s soul rest in peace. We will surely miss him around the neighbourhood. You were such a great inspiration, a pillar of strength and humility!
    Manny, Lin and family

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  3. Lorraine Tuck :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. My thoughts are with you at this time.

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  4. Glennis Kennedy :

    Glynis and family, my heart goes out to you with sincerest sympathy for the loss of your dad and husband. Your dad was a special man, especially to you but to so many others as well.

    I am thinking of you,

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  5. Martinson Family :

    Ed will be dearly missed by all who knew him, we will always remember his warm and welcoming smile. Our thoughts are with you.

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  6. Aaron Seiler (was Graham) :

    Ann and Family

    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Mr. Ed was an amazing and funny man and I will forever keep those memories close to my heart.


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  7. Sarah, Chris and Lori Luby :

    We cannot express enough our love for Uncle Ed, and how saddened we are for you his wonderful family. Please know we are thinking of you and sending thoughts of peace and rejuvination as you move forward.

    Our love to you all.
    Sarah, Chris and Lori

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