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TRENT – Ernest “Ernie” John

March 30, 1929 – October 14, 2010

Ernest “Ernie” J. Trent beloved husband of Shirley of Calgary, moved on in his 81st year on Thursday, October 14, 2010.

Ernie was born in Strangmuir, AB on March 30, 1929 to Helen and Gilbert Trent in the midst of a snow storm. Ernie attended elementary school in Cairn Hill and later High school in Carseland. Ernie moved to Calgary in 1948 to apprentice as a draftsman with Dominion Bridge; where he worked his way up. He remained there working with his best friend John Reid for thirty-five years. One of his many accomplishments includes, the flame at the top of the Calgary Tower. Ernie retired in 1989, his hobbies of gardening, traveling, enjoying time away at “TIKI”, and renovating whatever he could get his hands on became a fulltime passion.

Besides his loving wife Shirley, Ernie is survived by his son Derek (Rowena); daughters, Liza Trent-Parlee (Ken) and Allison Trent (Calum); four grandchildren, Devin, Tanner, Mikela and Caitlin; one great-grandson Owen; beloved cat Shylo; brothers, Alfred, George and Art; and sisters, Florence Alden and Frances Nicholls. Ernie was predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy Scott, Alice Budner, Irene Hansen and Lil Wieshlow; one brother Wilfred Trent; beloved pets, Sandy, Midnight, Blackie, Ralph, Ki and Chaplin.

A Celebration of Ernie’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Horticultural Society, 208 – 50 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2S1 Telephone: (403) 287-3469 or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

In living memory of Ernie Trent, 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. jenny/divino and family :

    Condolences for the family of “TRENT-Ernest “Ernie” John”…

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  2. Dave and Trudy Fonau :

    Dear Shirley and Family: Our Prayers and condolences go out to you during this difficult time.

    All our Love
    Trudy and Dave

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  3. Dear Shirley,
    I am saddened to hear of Ernie’s passing. May your mamories of good times be with you now and as you heal. Take care of yourself.
    My Sympathy, Lois Edey

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  4. Helene LaCoste :

    Dear Shirley,
    I was saddened to read of Ernie’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

    Helene LaCoste

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  5. Thelma Parker and girls :

    Dear Shirley, Derek, Lisa and Alison: We send our sympathy and we know your pain on losing a good dad and husband.
    Ernie was such a good friend of our family and always caring and interested in all of us. George enjoyed their close friendship so much.
    Will pray for things to get easier as the days go by and that all of you will have peace and comfort as you remember all the good years with Ernie.

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  6. Duane and Donna Lebo :

    We are very saddened to hear about Mr. Trent. I know that Duane respected him very much, and in the limited time that the girls and I spent with him, we saw a very kind-hearted and generous man. Even though we cannot be with you today, our thoughts and prayers are. May God bless you and give you strength today and always, and please know that Mr. Trent will be remembered by us.

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  7. Shirley, Alison and Liza: Before I lost my hearing we had some great talks and a lot of laughs and I think Ernie’s sense of humour is what I’ll miss the most. Ernie openly offered his knowledge, assistance and advice, advice that only comes with having lived a full, rich life and wisdom that only comes with age. In my business and personal affairs Ernie gave me some valuable advice that helped me get through some of my tough times. I wish I had some wisdom to offer you and your family now, but I do not. I only have my words that I very much liked and respected Ernie and that I enjoyed his company immensely. I have missed him since leaving Calgary but have thought of him often and will continue to do so. My best wishes to all of you in this difficult time. I may be far away but please know that my heart and thoughts are there with you. I will go out to my own back yard and have a coffee and a “smoke” in remembrance of a good man; a man we will all miss a lot.

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  8. Dear Shirley,
    I am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. I know he will be dearly missed by you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Always cherish the memories!!

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