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VOLK – Harry Bert

November 11, 1937 – May 14, 2010

Harry, beloved husband of Betty Volk of Calgary died Friday, May 14, 2010 after a long illness, at the age of 72.

Harry was born on November 11, 1937 in Young, Saskatchewan and lived in a number of small towns, eventually settling in Saskatoon and attending High School. Harry joined the Air Cadets and later received his commission in the R.C.A.F., Squadron No. 406 as a pilot officer, flying Mitchell B25 and Harvards. Harry then moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend University and then taught flying at Rose Aviation. He then headed north to Calgary in the early 1970’s where he worked for Canadian Western Natural Gas Company. Harry was involved with the design of the Olympic Cauldrons for the Calgary Tower and Nikiska Village for the 1988 Olympics. Upon retiring from C.W.N.G. in 1994, he moved to Victoria, B.C., then Nanton, AB and finally returning to Calgary in 2005.

Harry enjoyed designing, building and flying model airplanes. Over the years, Harry belonged to the Calgary, Victoria, and Nanton Air Museums. He also enjoyed English sports cars, and had owned many over the years including a Jaguar XKE and MGA. He was an enthusiastic Formula One race fan. Harry will be lovingly remembered by his wife Betty, Geoffrey, Cathy, Lucas and Matthew Pipe, Isabel and Dennis Roughley, Carol and Ted Bal and Jim Volk.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke or the Lung Foundation.

In living memory of Harry Volk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Chris & Walter Janeshewski :

    We were very saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. Walter & I have many happy memories of going to Watrous on the long weekend so the guys could go duck hunting. We also looked forward to seeing Betty & Harry each May when they were on their way to the island. We will be thinking of all the family on May 20th. Love, Chris & Walter

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  2. Marg & Gord Hulbert :

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Harry’s demise. He was a good man and we’ll miss him at our ‘old timer’s’ lunch meetings.

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  3. Bryan & Dawn Huggard :

    We were very sad to hear of Harry’s passing. As Bryan said he was a wonderful boss and real gentle man. He will be missed but with very fond memories. Betty and family, we are so very sad that we are unfortunately unavailable to attend Harry’s funeral as we wlll be out of town but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Bryan & Dawn Huggard :

    We were very saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. Bryan said he was a wonderful boss and a real gentleman. We are so sorry that we are unable to attend Harry’s funeral as we will be out of town but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  5. Yvonne Pigott :

    Dear Betty. I am so sorry to read of your loss of Harry. Please accept my deepest condolences – to you and your family.
    I hope you will be consoled by many good memories from the past and that with the passage of time, the pain of this moment will be fade. My thoughts are with you. Hugs. Yvonne

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  6. Art and Deanna Cairns :

    Dear Betty May and Family,
    It is with heartfelt sadness that Deanna and I received the news of Harry’s death. We were pleased to spend some time with Gord and Marg this past winter so we were aware that his health was failing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and hearts tomorrow.
    Love, Art and Deanna.

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  7. Diana Holmes :

    Dear Betty,
    We are so going to miss Harry with all his chats about the good old flying days. We read the very nice obit in the Times Colonist.
    He is surely in a better place now, no more suffering.
    Love you lots and lots,
    Hugs, Di and Lary

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