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Trafford, Edward le Marchant

Edward (Ted) le Marchant Trafford of Calgary passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at the age of 91 years. Ted was born on March 5, 1917 in Brighton, England and was the older of two sons of Capt. Edward and Sya Trafford of Natal, South Africa. Ted’s early years were spent in South Africa and when his parents left South Africa to work in the oil business in Trinidad, he and his brother were sent to school in England. In 1938, Ted earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Cambridge University and shortly thereafter joined the Royal Dutch Shell Company in Holland as a trainee petroleum engineer. His first assignment in the Ploesti oil fields in Romania was cut short when the German army overran that country at the start of World War II. He was then transferred to Bakersfield, California and subsequently to Maracaibo in Venezuela. In 1944, on a skiing holiday in Quebec, he met Alice Tyler (1924 – 2004) of Montreal and they were married later that year at Ted’s parent’s home in Trinidad. In 1947, Ted was transferred by Shell to Egypt where he was the company’s chief petroleum engineer. In 1950, he and Alice and their two sons moved to Calgary where their subsequent five children were born. Between 1950 and 1965, Ted founded Trafford and Associates, a petroleum consulting business in Calgary and served as a senior officer and director of several oil companies. He played a significant role in developing the Calgary Ski Club and Calgary’s first bid to host the Winter Olympics. In the mid sixties, Ted became CEO of Burmah Oil Company in Australia and was instrumental in discovering the first of the major offshore oil and gas fields in Western Australia as well as developing the South Australia gas fields. Ted later worked in Ecuador for Burmah Oil before he and Alice returned to their home “Deer Run” in Springbank west of Calgary. Ted was an enthusiastic skier and hiker, and with his family undertook exciting walking and riding trips to Assiniboine, Skoki and the Lake Louise area. Shortly after Ted and Alice arrived in Calgary from Egypt in 1950 they built a cabin at Canmore and this was one of their happiest achievements. Ted was popular and well thought of by the people he worked with in business, government and the local community. Ted will be deeply missed by his seven children, Ted, Tyler, Geof, Bill, Randy, Katie, and Tom, as well as his extended family. Ted was predeceased by his brother who was killed at El Alamein in North Africa in World War II. A Memorial Service will be held at The Glencoe Club (636 29 Avenue SW, Calgary) on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In living memory of Edward Trafford, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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