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UMBRITE, John Griffin

March 30, 1920 – Gleichen, Alberta
December 11, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

John Griffin Umbrite of Calgary passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the age of 94 years.

John was born, raised and educated at Gleichen, later attending U of A, Agriculture Faculty. He joined the RCMP in 1940, serving until 1945, stationed in Nova Scotia. John spent fifty years in the life insurance industry and was Field Supervisor, County Kneehill from 1946 – 1948. He was the Charter President of the Three Hills Kinsmen in 1949, Past President of the Calgary Kennel Club, Past President of the Calgary Life Underwriters Association, Past Potentate of the Alazhar Shrine, and was a sixty year member of the Masonic Order, Past Director of the Calgary YMCA and was a member for fifty-four years, Honourary Life Member of the Alberta Road Builder and Heavy Construction Association and was a member of the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club since 1975.

John is survived by two sons, George (Sandra) of Vernon, BC and Barry of Vancouver, BC; grandson Michael (Cara) of Dawson Creek, BC; and his sister Elizabeth Castella of Delta, BC. He was predeceased by Annie, his wife of sixty-five years, on July 22, 2008 and his sister Ruth Bird of Bend, OR.

A private service will be held in Vernon, BC at a later date. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to YMCA Calgary through

In living memory of John Umbrite, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Cathy & Doug Isman :

    Dear George and Sandy, We were glad to read about John’s many accomplishments in this notice. Dale posted it on line for all of us. Everyone sends their thoughts to you both, Take Care, Cathy

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    We send our thoughts and love,
    Sue and Chris

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  3. Margie McArthur of Sagewood, Strathmore :

    Condolences to John’s two sons and sisters Betty and Ruth. My husband Don died January, 2014. He grew up with them and had fond memories of all.

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