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UISKA, Uldis (John)

February 16, 1937 – November 8, 2012

Uldis (John) Uiska beloved husband of Arline, passed away suddenly at home in Nanton, Alberta on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the age of 75 years.

John was born on February 16, 1937 in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1949, settling in the Oakville area and later Toronto. He received his Honors B.A. from Western University in 1961, and started his working career with Union Carbide. John moved to Calgary in 1966, working through increasing roles and responsibilities in the oilfield drilling industry. There, he met Arline in the fall of 1968, and they were married in 1972. John was active in the Latvian social circle and church, and was treasurer of the Latvian Church in Calgary at the time of his death. He enjoyed the outdoors through camping, hiking, gardening and fishing, and loved travel to warm spots in the winter, especially Hawaii and Mexico. He appreciated good music, good food, and good wine in the company of friends and family.

Besides his loving wife of forty years Arline, John is survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary Uiska, Shirley (Mel) Weber and Lorna (Len) Yont; brothers-in-law Bill (Anita) Yont and Don (Louise) Yont; nieces and nephews; and numerous relatives in Latvia. He was predeceased by his parents Vilis and Velta Uiska, and twin brother Austris.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Uldis Uiska, 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. Ted and Deanne Psiurski :

    Arline, we are sorry to hear about John. What a shock it was to read your e-mail on Sunday. We will always remember the good times we had with both of you and especially sharing a glass or two of homemade wine. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  2. John was one of the sweetest men I have ever know. He will be missed. Hugs to Arline

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  3. Kerri (nee Yont) Bachtold :

    Our sincerest sympathies to you at this most sad time. I remember John as always having a smile on his face any time we crossed paths with you. Take care all and cherish the happy memories.

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  4. Sheri Yont Screpnek :

    Arline, I am so sorry for your loss, John was a wonderful person. Rest in peace John.

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  5. Bruce, Lydia, James and Katy Cotton :

    Arline,
    We are very very sorry for your loss. We will always remember John as a kind spirit with a generous heart.

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  6. Sandra Mcintosh :

    Arline
    I was saddened to hear about John’s death. I will miss seeing the two of you walking the streets of Nanton. You have 40 years of memories to cherish & give you comfort in the days ahead. May God give you strength at this difficult time.
    Your COP friend
    Sandy McIntosh

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  7. Guntis, Irina, Raimonds & Edgars Kupčs :

    Dear Arline, we received this shocking and tragic news. We express the deepest of our family compassion. We are with you in this difficult time. Uldis live this life as a honest and good man and we believe that God has taken him to Himself. May God give you strength at this time. Rest in peace Uldis.

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  8. Inga Ositis Kirsons :

    Dear Arline,
    I am shocked and saddened by this tragic news. My heart goes out to you. Uldis was one of the last people on this earth who I still remember from my childhood. You were so very fortunate to have someone as wonderful as he was for your life’s companion. I can feel your pain of how much you will miss him.
    My most sincere sympathy
    Inga

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  9. Jackie Kleiner :

    Arline

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Take good care.

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  10. Imants "Ab" Abolins :

    Dear Arline,

    It’s hard to find the words to express my feelings upon hearing the sad news. My most heartfelt and deepest compassion is with you during this difficult time. The world has lost a truly classy person and I myself a very good friend.
    Both of you will remain in my thoughts.

    Imants

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  11. Arlene – I was very sorry to hear of the loss of John. You have both been in my thoughts over the years although we haven’t seen each other too often, and will miss seeing his cheerful face . You will have lots of good memories over the years as I have of our times together.

    If you ever need someone to talk to just give me a call, and weather permitting I could drive to see you in Nanton.
    Thinking of you. Lots pf love. JanI

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  12. Anitra Halliday :

    Arline, I am so sorry that you have lost your life’s companion, Uldis. My deepest condolences to you. I will always remember his beautiful voice in the pew behind me at Latvian Church. God bless you and carry you through this difficult time.
    Anitra

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  13. Carol Reid Prince :

    Arlin, Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of “Johnny”. We were in the same high school class in Oakville and I remember him, even then, as such a kind person, with a twinkle in his eye. He and “Ozzie” were often double trouble! You will have many wonderful memories of your 40 plus years together. Carol

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  14. Maureen Ewasiuk :

    Arline, I haven’t seen you and John for almost ten years but I still think of you often, remembering you both fondly. So I was very sad to hear of his passing, all too young. My thoughts are with you at this time. Regards, Maureen (previously TD 8th&8th)

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  15. Elizabeth Wright Dods :

    Dear Arline,
    Let me echo Carol Prince’s words about our classmate, Johnny. We enjoyed meeting you both at the ‘big’ reunion. It was nice to have some time together there. Jonathon and I send you our sincere condolences.
    Elizabeth

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  16. Our thoughts are with you “Johnny”, our dear friend from our youth. We had some good times together.
    Love, Helga and Janis Kravis

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  17. Pam and John Burt :

    Arline we are so sorry for your loss .Our thoughts and prayers are with you .

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  18. Arline and Family,
    We were so saddend to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    I will treasure the moments we all had together in Mexico. John was a gentleman and a fine person. It was a privilege to have known him.

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  19. ruth (mccausland) Murray :

    Condolences to your family and especially to Austris who I clearly remember he and Uldis starting Oakville Central School in 1949? We were so fortunate to welcome so many ” new Canadians” to such a small community The amazing world of the Internet has this message coming to me here in Fife in Scotland. my thoughts are with you Ruth

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