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TWANOW, Grant Edward

December 28, 1965 – March 18, 2012

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Grant Twanow husband of Rebecca Twanow of Calgary, on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the age of 46.

Grant Edward Twanow was born December 28, 1965 at the Grace Hospital in Calgary. He attended elementary school in Forest Lawn. After moving to Lake Bonavista to grade nine, Grant then moved to DeWinton, to graduate from Okotoks High School. Grant was very active, and a part of the football and rugby teams, but his first love was the outdoors. As a kid he was an accomplished skier, which lead him to mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits. He enjoyed mountaineering, hiking, fishing, motor biking, kayaking, scuba diving, travelling, his work, cooking, and most of all his children. Grant was very spontaneous, living his life to the fullest. He always said that a good pair of shoes were always well worth it, so not to buy cheap ones. He was a great public speaker and an even better storyteller. He loved to talk to people and was always trying to find ways to help others. He loved a good restaurant and a great red wine. Grant had a zest for life, and above all he was an amazing Father, a good son and friend and loved all of us so very much. He will be greatly missed!

He was educated in the oil industry by taking a petroleum technology course at SAIT in Calgary and in 1986 began working with a petroleum wire-line company. With a downturn in the industry Grant upgraded his education at the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1989 as a Petroleum Engineer. Then he started working with Schlumberger of Canada in the petroleum well logging industry, where he first got exposure to open hole well logging and all facets of the industry from the drilling perspective. After that he worked at Sask Oil, on projects in Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC and in South America and Africa. From there he went to Northstrom Energy, CNRL Resources, Pengrowth Energy, Arcan Resources. Grant started his own consulting business around 1999, and is recognized as an expert in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Most people take the safe route and stay on the beaten path and when the journey is over they realize they didn’t do most of the things they wanted to do. Not Grant!

Grant is survived by his wife, Rebecca; four children, Nicola, Philip, Katrina and Isabelle, his Mother, Victoria; Father, Edward; brother James and sister Jill.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Grant Twanow, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. To the Twanow family:

    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Grant. He was one of my more interesting and dynamic patients, and I enjoyed my interactions with him. I know he will be greatly missed by you and his friends and I will pray for the repose of his soul.

    Greg Buchko

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  2. Rick Overton :

    My condolences to all of Grant’s family.

    I was not only shocked but very sad to hear of Grant’s passing away. As we were growing up Grant inspired me with his drive and enthusiasm to take on challenges even though at times I may have disagreed. Even so, I benefited by his friendship and grateful to receive it. He pushed himself and others to be successful as he wanted to live life to it’s fullest, I believe he did. Above all, Grant had a big heart and was very much a family man and a good friend. This is how I’ll remember Grant and thank him for lots of fond memories.

    Unfortunately I can’t be at the funeral as I’m just too far away, but my thoughts will be with his family on this sad day.

    Rick

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  3. Lois Jounrnault (Manchak) Jasper :

    So sorry to hear about Grant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
    at this sad time.

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  4. Lois Jounrnault (Manchak) Jasper :

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you
    all at this very sad time.

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  5. Jeff Shouldice :

    My deepest sympathies to Grant’s family.

    I was lucky enough to have known Grant for 28 years, and to call him one of my best friends. He was absolutely one of the most brilliant, interesting, positive and personable people I will have ever met; always so genuinely glad to see me.

    We’ve lost a powerful presence, but Grant did more fantastic things and made a greater impact in his 46 years, than most could only dream of doing in a lifetime. He always has, and he will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life.

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  6. Pam and Wayne Gaetz :

    To Auntie Victoria, Uncle Ed and family

    We are so sorry that weather conditions are preventing us from being with you today. Our hearts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

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  7. Margaret Heinermann :

    I was very shocked to hear of Grant’s passing I worked with Grant and always found him to be a very upbeat and positive person with a great sense of humour he will be sadly missed by all of those who worked with him my prayers and thoughts are with you and your children as this very sad time.

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  8. To the Twanow Family,

    I was very saddened and shocked to hear the passing of Grant, a long time friend of over 28 yrs. His enthusiasm and passion for life has and will always inspire me. We shared numerous trips to the backcountry together, whether it was climbing, skiing, backpacking, scrambling or wintercamping Grant would always lead the charge on a new adventure and offer up a constant earful of wisdom.

    He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.

    Bondy

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  9. Jean-Luc LAGARIGUE :

    To Jim Twanow

    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother.
    sincere condolences
    Jean-Luc

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  10. Randall Boyd Hicks :

    Rebecca I am profoundly saddened at the news of your Beloved’s passing. As my client, I knew him as a man so infectiously passionate about life. As my friend, his joy for life always filled my tank and left me feeling more vital. I will pray often for you and your children. Please take care.

    Randall Boyd Hicks

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  11. Raelene Tulick Izquierdo :

    To the friends and family of Grant. I cannot begin to tell you how sad I am that Grant is gone. I’m so glad that I had a chance meeting with him couple of years ago and we had a chance to catch up. He was truly one of a kind and I think of him fondly and my prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Raelene

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  12. Terri Bernard (Abrahamson) :

    I recently heard through a friend that Grant had passed away. I knew Grant when he lived in Regina and worked at Sask Oil. He was an amazing person with a zest for life! Grant was an ambitious 27 year old with big dreams. He talked constantly about his wonderful parents and how proud he was of his father. I am glad to hear that he got married and had children. My sympathies go out to all of you.
    Terri Bernard (Abrahamson)

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