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VALENTINE – Margaret A (Peggy) (nee Barnsley)

June 17,1940 – March 7 ,2011

Peacefully, at Southwood Hospice in Calgary, surrounded by her family after a valiant battle with lung cancer. Peggy is survived by her husband of 48 years, Peter, son Patrick, daughters Dr. Pamela Valentine (Brent Beatty), Megan Valentine (Andrew Bradford), Dr. Becky Valentine (Dr. Roberto Poma – deceased) and grandchildren, Josh, Elizabeth and Maxwell Beatty, Sam, Charlie and Merry Bradford and Valentina and Leonardo Poma. She is also survived by her brother, Arthur Barnsley (Trish) as well as friends and relatives too numerous to mention.
Peggy was born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, daughter of Jean and Art Barnsley, received her early education at Western Canada High School, and subsequently at the University of Alberta. Peggy was an educator, a leader and a community activist. Her numerous endeavours and accomplishments are remembered by many – those most well known include her incredible contribution to the Calgary community through her roles with the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Olympic Development Association, the University of Calgary, the United Way of Calgary and District, The Calgary Stampede Foundation, Alberta Blue Cross and Right to Play.
Beyond her dedication to the community, Peggy had a passionate zest for life and loved cycling, skiing, golf and time in her amazing garden. She will be dearly missed.
Memorial Services will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8 Street S.W.) on Friday, March 11 , 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with the very Reverend Robert T Pynn officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Albert Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331- 29 Street N.W., Calgary AB T2N 4N2. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Jamie Leong-Huxley :

    Peggy was one of the most inspiring women I knew. She welcomed, embraced and cheered on younger women like no other. I will always think fondly of you, Peggy.

    My sincerest sympathies to all, particularly her children. Having lost a Mom myself, I know nothing can ever replace her love.

    Jamie Leong-Huxley

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  2. britannia pharmacy :

    To Peter and Family
    On behalf of all the staff at Britannia Pharmacy we extend our heartfely sympathies .
    Fred and Debbie Boyle and Staff

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  3. Les and Shirley Johannesen :

    Dear Peter and Family

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing. Having known both of you through our work and friendship, we will miss her kindness and caring for others and her zest for life in all that she did. She was very dear to us all.

    Our warm thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

    With kindness & compassion,
    Shirley & Les Johannesen

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  4. Michael & Renae Tims :

    To Peter and to the entire Valentine family:

    We just learned with great regret of your loss of Peggy. This is a significant loss for the entire Calgary community, as she did so much, for so many people and organizations, over so many years. Peggy was such a wonderful, warm-hearted and humourous person; and she was always so kind to everyone. We simply wanted to offer our most sincere sympathy at this very sad time.

    Michael & Renae Tims

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  5. Trevor and Diana Nakka :

    Dear Peter and Family,

    Peggy was a sincere inspiration to many, and sought to enhance our communities and those who she had the opportunity to touch.

    Our deepest condolences to the Valentine family at this difficult time.

    Kindest regards,

    Trevor & Diana Nakka

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  6. Sue Anne Valentine :

    Peter + family,
    How sad we were to hear of Peggy’s passing. We recognize how courageously Peggy lived the past year, and we mourn the exceptional loss of an outstanding woman in our family, and our city. On a very personal note, I would like to express what an incredible role model Peggy has been for myself, and our girls — a woman who has been actively involved in her community + her family — energetic, enthusiastic, brave, wise, composed, a dignified leader. She will be dearly missed by all who have known her. There are no words to express condolences to your immediate family — but please know that we hold you close to our hearts today. Peggy, you accomplished so much in your lifetime, and your spirit is already dearly missed.
    Fondest Condolences,
    Sue Anne, Stephen
    Tegan, Bronwyn, Eliza Valentine

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  7. David Vankka and Heather Heasman :

    Dear Peter and Family,
    Our hearts and thoughts go out to you at this time. Peggy was a wonderful person whose selfless contributions have made Calgary a better place for us all. She will be missed.
    David Vankka and Heather Heasman

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  8. Linda & Philip Blasetti :

    Peter and Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences as you suffer the loss of your Wife, Mother and Grandmother. I had the honor of working with Peggy as we shared in our roles as Trustees for the children of Calgary. While we were on different Boards, Peggy was always ready to mentor and share her beliefs with an open and kind heart. Her legacy will live on through you and the work she did in the community. May you all be blessed with the strength to endure the days ahead.
    Sincerely, Linda Blasetti

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  9. Brian and Cheryl Bland :

    Dear Peter and Family,
    Our condolences.
    Brian & Cheryl

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  10. Lori-Anne Altiok (Skintelligence) :

    I was so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. It was such a pleasure in getting to know such a remarkable woman. I enjoyed the times that she came to visit us. I admired her strength and the love that she had for life. She was a fighter !! I will never forget the woman she was and will always be.

    My thoughts and prayers to Peter and the family.
    Lori-Anne Altiok

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  11. Your Friends at CODA/WinSport Canada :

    We were truly saddened by Peggy’s passing. Peggy was more than just a friend; she was an inspiration to us all.

    Peggy’s contributions to the Community and to the City are evident. She dedicated her time, over the years, to the betterment of the education system, as a fundraiser, as a Champion of young people, and as a responsible manager of a legacy to the City through the Calgary Olympic Development Association.

    Her passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew her. Peter, to you and your family, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    All your friends at CODA/WinSport Canada

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  12. Raymond James :

    On behalf of Raymond James, we offer our most sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with the Valentine Family.

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  13. Judy and Len Holman :

    Peter – Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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  14. Ruben Nelson :

    Peter, and family,

    I will hold you in my prayers.

    Ruben

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  15. Gaetan Caron and Edith Laflamme :

    Dear Peter:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

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  16. Peter and family,
    So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. Hopefully a day will soon come when a cure for cancer is found. I know Peggy fought cancer with determination and dignity. My thoughts are with you and may Peggy now be at peace.

    Susan Ross, Calgary

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  17. Erin and Shannon Lyons :

    To the Valentine Family,

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with you at this time.

    I regret I did not have the opportunity to meet Margaret (I believe I would have called her Mrs. Valentine =). However, as a fellow educator, I feel confident in thinking she would have agreed wholeheartedly in the following, and I have no doubt this is how she lived her life:

    “I challenge you to make your life like a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” — Anthony Robbins

    Peace, Prayers, and Blessings,

    Erin and Shannon Lyons

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  18. Peter,

    I have always respected the contributions you and Peggy have made to our province. Hope you are in good health.

    Neil

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  19. Linda and Teddy Hart :

    Our sincere condolences to Peter and the family. Peggy was a wonderful lady, always a pleasure to be with, and she’ll be missed by us all. May the many memories of her help you to hold her close in your hearts always.

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  20. Pam and Family

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, Pam. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Partlo

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  21. Carol Huber (McMullan) :

    Dear Patrick, Pam, Megan and Becky,
    I read with sadness, the passing of your mother, Peggy. I remember her well, from the days long ago when I taught the four of you at Rideau Park School. I remember her for her strong support for her children, for education, and for her community. I also remember her for her kindness. My deepest sympathy is extended to all of you, to your father, Peter and all your family.
    Most Sincerely,
    Carol Huber (McMullan)

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  22. Dr. E. Lisbeth (Betty) Donaldson :

    Peggy and I attended the same high school, roomed together at the U of A,and were supportive colleagues at the University of Calgary. My fond memories ensure her survival but my condolences to her family at this loss of her presence. Travel well Peggy!
    Betty

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  23. Bob Sainsbury :

    On behalf of Vecova (formally VRRI) and myself I would like to express our sincere sympathies to Peter and his family. Peggy was a good friend to VRRI and I cherished her counsel. She will be sorely missed.

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  24. Debbie Bruckner and Roman Cooney :

    So very sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. She was an amazing woman! Her spirit, tenacity, sense of humor and warmth filled the lives of everyone she met. We share your loss and offer our heartfelt thoughts and support.

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  25. Peter and family please accept my condolences on your tremendous loss. What a wonderful lady in the truest sense who made such an ongoing contribution to a better Calgary for all of us. Ray Clark.

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  26. Robert and Grace Wilson :

    Grace and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Peter and the family on the passing of Peggy. She was a great lady and will be missed
    Bob and Grace Wilson

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  27. Joan MacGougan :

    On behalf of the family of Dr Clara Christie Might, we’d like to offer our condolences to you and your family. She was a wonderful person and I was honoured to have known her.
    Betty Wonnacott and Joan MacGougan

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  28. Vinnette Morgan :

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  29. Carol MacLean :

    It is with sadness and regret that I noted Peggy Valentine’s obituary in the Calgary Herald yesterday. Regret, because I should have made the effort over the last 45 years to contact her in some way and tell her how very much I appreciated her when she taught a science course at Western Canada way back in 1965. I know her primary teaching expertise was in Physical Education, but I note she also taught a couple other classes in various subjects.
    She was that rare teacher you remember that made learning fun, that inspired you to learn, and made you want to succeed in her class so that you wouldn’t disappoint her. Mrs. Valentine will be remembered and honored for her many achievements in both her public and private life, but I will always remember her as a very special teacher.

    Carol MacLean (nee Sutfin)

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  30. Gloria Ebanks :

    Condolences to Peter and Family…you are in my prayers

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  31. Fred and Kathleen Clarke :

    Peter:
    Our thoughts are with you as you deal with the loss of your best friend and soulmate.

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  32. Ernie and Sue McCullough :

    Dearest Peter

    Sue and I are grateful for the part which Peggy played in our lives. The Valentine family has always been a special family for us over many years and Peggy was a special blessing. She was a light which is not extinguished but remains before us in our own journey.

    She turned a world of selfless toil
    To profit all in human coil
    A woman gentle full of grace
    Leaving all a noble trace

    A trace of soul
    Of light Divine
    Forget her not
    For she is Thine

    We shall be together again.

    I have a difficult day on Friday and will not be able to be with you at the funeral, but we will remember her and you Peter in a special way in our prayers tomorrow

    With love and deepest sympathy.

    Ernie and Sue McCullough

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  33. Janet+ Nevin Thompson+ Family :

    Megan + Family, Thinking of you + sending loving Hugs, Janet

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  34. Michele McCarthy :

    Dearest Peter,

    I read with sadness the notice in this morning’s Globe and Mail about Peggy. Since then I have read the wonderful article about her in the Calgary Herald. Peggy was one-of-a-kind. Her contribution to the City is well-documented but her love for you and the family is palpable.

    I know that it has been a long and difficult road for you and so please accept my sincerest condolences. Although I am unable to attend the funeral today, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest condolences,
    Michele D. McCarthy
    McCarthy Law Professional Corporation,

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  35. Steve and Rene Edwards :

    Peter and family please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Peggy. She was an inspiration to so many people and will be greatly missed.

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  36. Jack MacDonald :

    Peter and family,

    Our condolences on the loss of Peggy, one of the all time greats as Normie Kwong used to say. It was a pleasure working with her on the CODA board where her leadership, passion for the community and compassion for all was a constant. We always enjoyed talking/philosophizing about how to make Calgary a better place to live while comparing notes about family. She was a special woman, her passing a great loss. We will remember her always.

    Jack & Lisa MacDonald

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  37. Arthur & Barbara Lutz :

    Our family extends condolences and deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of Peggy. She will live on in her children.

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  38. Patrick and Elisabeth Duffy :

    Dear Peter and the family,

    We offer our sympathy and support in Peggy`s passing. Long time friends from the `50s and CODA, we have felt her presence right through the Olympics here, in Right to Play, and just being pals with the Valentines.

    Love, Patrick and Elisabeth Duffy

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  39. James Maxim and Frances Lecky :

    Our family extends condolences with deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with your family. Frances Lecky and James Maxim

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  40. Connie & Steve Rosenstein :

    Dear Peter & Family:

    I am so sorry to hear about Peggy. I wish you strength as you must have needed during Peggy’s illness and will need in the future. I really enjoyed working with Peggy on the Board of Education as a Trustee. Wish I could be at the funeral but I am out of town.
    Sincerely,
    Connie & Steve Rosenstein

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  41. Heather English :

    Dear Becky and Family,

    I was so sad to hear how much you and your family has been through in the past few years. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. It is clear that your Mom’s superior qualities live on in you. I am sure that you are comforted by so many wonderful memories of her.
    With much love,
    Heather

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  42. John Lynch - Naples, FL :

    Peter & Family,
    I was saddened deeply on reading of Peggy’s passing and remember fondly her warm and welcoming spirit. Aside from her many accomplishments, she had good taste in dogs (Brady and Seamus were the fastest of friends)…oh, and in husbands too. Her contribution to life in Calgary was remarkable. Her passion for education made her a standout. I hope that you will accept my best thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    John

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  43. Mike and Wendy McAdam :

    Peter, Wendy and I were saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  44. Holloway, Larry & Shirley :

    Peter and family

    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Peggy. She was an exceptional woman and our prayers are with you at this time.

    Larry and Shirley Holloway

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  45. Bill and Sheila Clapham :

    Dear Peter,
    Along with so many others, Sheila and I wanted
    to let you know our thoughts are with you each day.
    Peggy really was a great person.
    Bill

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  46. Julia Turnbull :

    I was very sad to learn of Peggy’s passing. She was always positive and supportive and had time for everyone. She will not be forgotten.

    My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time for your family.

    Julia Turnbull

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  47. Paul and Velma Adams :

    Peter and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of Peggy. We were in the U.S. when the announcements and funeral occurred. Peggy was a wonderful colleague on the CBE School Board and under her leadership we accomplished a great deal and made a difference. We still remember fond times shared with Peggy, Peter and her friends. Paul and Velma Adams

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  48. Don and Kenzie Selman :

    Peter and Family
    Kenzie and I were saddened to see Peggy’s obit in the Globe and Mail. We have been talking of the good times we had with the two of you – skiing and adventuring and that Peggy always had a spark to her that challeged and lifted our spirits. We want you to know that your sorrow is shared.
    Don

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  49. Peggy Weddell :

    Dear Peter and Family,
    Lyle and I received news of Peggy’s departure from this world and I am sorry not to be giving you our condolences in person. I am so sorry for your loss of such a remarkable presence in your lives. We will all miss her and will continue to think of Peggy and her enthusiasm for life – hiking, cycling and on the golf course.
    With warm thoughts for all of you during this mournful time.

    Peggy Weddell and Lyle Ford

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