Ted Thomas of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 5, 2008 at the age of 88 years.
Ted was born in Calgary on September 2nd, 1920. He will be lovingly remembered by his four children, Donna (William) Morrow, Eve Thomas and Gary (Carlann) Thomas all of Calgary; Patricia (Adrian) Crane of Edmonton; his four grandchildren, Neil and Heather Thomas, and Stephanie (Stephen) London and Jonathan (Megan) Crane; his 2 great grandchildren, Claire and Sarah London. Ted was predeceased by his wife of 56 years Violet (nee Engelhardt) in 2002, his parents Benjamin and Ellen (nee Grimshaw) and his brothers Arthur, Benjamin, William (Phyllis) and his sister Eva (Ernest) Bowler.
Ted became a skilled metal worker when he served as an Air Frame Mechanic in the RCAF during WWII. Ted and Violet moved to Bowness in 1949 where they enjoyed the home they built surrounded by massive vegetable and flower gardens. Ted started T & C Sheet Metal Enterprises in the early 60’s. Ted operated the successful business until 1985 when he and Violet retired to an active life pursuing their lifelong interest in the outdoors including gardening, developing new varieties of African Violets, bird watching, hiking and cross-country skiing. They made many special friends at the Second 60’s Club, Calgary Garden Club, African Violet Society and Bowness Seniors Association.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle, N.W.) on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire a memorial tribute may be made to The Nature Conservancy of Canada (#830, 1202 Centre Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 5A5 Phone 403-262-1253) Ted’s family wishes to thank the Home Care staff at Colonel Belcher Residence and the staff of Unit 81 Foothills Hospital for their compassionate care.
In living memory of Edwin Thomas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences