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VATANEN– Erik Johannes

May 9, 1971 – March 30, 2011

Erik Vatanen passed away at Rosedale Hospice on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, at the age of 39 years.  Kathy, his wife of sixteen years, and his precious daughter Tessa were at his side.  Erik was an avid cyclist who, over many years, pushed himself to the limit in ultra-endurance events and in a variety of mountain and road bike races.  Even after his diagnosis Erik rode in the 2010 Ride to Conquer Cancer and was in the top five out of almost nineteen hundred riders to finish the epic ride.  He was a hero and an inspiration to us all.  Erik’s quiet humour and amazing smile will be missed by all who knew him.  His kindness, determination and easy-going nature will live on in his beautiful four year old daughter.  His love for his wife and daughter was undeniable.

A gathering to celebrate Erik’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.  You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.  If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to Tessa Vatanen at Tuscany Scotia Bank or  the Rosedale Hospice #920 – 7A Street NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3J3 Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195.

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  1. Kathy sorry for your loss thinking of you

    joe

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  2. Arja, Seymour and Brandon Grosser :

    On behalf of Erik’s grandmother (mummo) and my entire family, we are mourning the loss of a wonderful man. Erik was the first child born into our family and he will be in our hearts and thoughts forever. That smile will never be forgotten and our heartfelt thoughts go out to Kathy and Tessa at this difficult time. Loving you all now and forever.
    Auntie Arja, Uncle Seymour and Cousin Brandon.

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  3. Pam Weinberger :

    Kathy & Tessa,
    Our deepest condolences and warmest thoughts to you both. I am so very sad to hear that Erik has past. We are sorry that we are away and will miss Erik’s memorial. We are thinking of you both and sending all our thoughts and hugs your way.

    Pam, Brent, Colby and Maclean

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  4. Judi and Alan Page :

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Erik was truly an inspiration and a wonderful person. It was a great pleasure listening to Erik talk about his family and his second love of cycling. Please know that we are only a phone call away if there is anything you need.

    Alan & Judi Page

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during these hard times

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  6. Kasia & Cam Curry :

    For Kathy, Tessa and all of your loved ones. We are so sorry for your terrible loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you and we wish you strength.

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  7. gaynor roberts :

    Our sincere thoughts and condolences to you, Kathy and Tessa, during this very trying and tragic time. Gaynor Roberts & Bob Fekete

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  8. Heather Piper :

    To Beth, Christopher, Kathy and Tessa and all family members of Erik, I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful young man. Beth, Erik was an exceptional loving son and I am much honored to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. His contagious optimism will continue to inspire us all.

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  9. Rolly Arseneau :

    Kathy, Tessa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am honoured to have worked with and cycled to work with Erik. He was truly an inspiration to everyone who had the privilege to know him.

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  10. John & Stacey Ward :

    Dear Kathy & Tessa, we are so very sorry for your loss. Erik was a fantasic & inspirational man. We are fortunate to have got to know Erik & yourself. You are in our thoughts everyday & will always be here if you ever need us. All our love, John, Stacey & family.

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  11. Marie Bridge :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything – perhaps a tea when everyone goes home I am here.

    Marie and Richard
    at 61 Tuscany Springs

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  12. Sherri Liddle :

    Kathy, Tessa and Family. I am very sorry for your loss and am thinking of you all today. Love, hugs and my warmest thoughts are with you today and always.

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  13. Deborah Hubman :

    Kathy, Tessa and Family. I’m so sorry that I was unable to make it to Erik’s Service. I would really like to get together with you soon. Love, hugs and warmest thoughts in these very difficult days. Call me soon at home. Love Deb

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