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WARES, Cherryl Elizabeth

February 3, 1945 – Kingston, ON
March 25, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that the family of Cherryl Wares announces her passing on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the age of 69 years.

Born in Kingston, ON to Muir and Ruth McDonald, Cherryl became a Calgarian when she married Don 45 years ago. She will be profoundly missed by her loving husband; her three adored children, Brennan, Carolyn (Jed), and Daniel (Molly) and a sister, Judy (David) Kerr of Ottawa, Ontario. Over the last six years Cherryl was blessed with immense joy and happiness in the company of her six GRANDchildren, Eddie, Charlotte, and Natalie Wares of Calgary and Addison, Cole, and Walker Dorfman of Larchmont, New York.

Cherryl graduated as a Radiotherapy Technician from the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and pursued her career both in Toronto and Calgary. Once all her children were in school, Cherryl returned to her chosen field of Cancer Care as the founding Director of Volunteer Services at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and later as Director of Fund Development with the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The Tom Baker Charity Golf Classic, the Playing for Life Concert Series and the creation of the Ride to Conquer Cancer were her favourite projects. These three events have raised more than forty million dollars for Cancer Research in Alberta.

Cherryl always enjoyed many sports and outdoor activities, and was an active member of the Glencoe Club as well as the Golf Course. But perhaps her happiest summertime memories were of the 20 years spent vacationing at Priest Lake, Idaho with her family and close friends. Throughout her life, Cherryl orchestrated a variety of unique adventures and holidays, and continued to nurture her friendships of many years with unfaltering loyalty and genuine attentiveness.

The family would like to thank many people, including those at Hillhurst United Church where she found great joy in the choir, as well as the fellowship of good friends. For the health care, comfort and support that Cherryl received over the years, we would especially like to thank Dr. Keith Laatsch, Dr. Wally Temple and Dr. Paul Beck. And for the kind attention of her loving caregiver, Marilou, we are enormously grateful.

A Memorial Service will be held at Hillhurst United Church (1227 Kensington Close N.W.) on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Dr. John Pentland presiding. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of Cherryl Wares, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Cindy and Tom Melling :

    We are so sorry to hear of Cherryl’s passing. She was a wonderful person and contributed so much to so many. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Cindy and Tom Melling

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  2. Beverley Young :

    Don;
    Scott and I both wish to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Know that we send support and energy to you in this difficult time. From your yoga friends.

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  3. Nancy Schmautz (Zukas) :

    Dear Don and family,

    We were saddened to see of Cherryl’s passing and are thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Nancy and Terry Schmautz

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  4. Mary Jardine :

    Cherryl and I were colleagues many years ago. I will not soon forget her passion, dedication, and superb skills in dealing with many issues in the “volunteer” world. Extending my deepest sympathy to Don and all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mary Jardine

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  5. Hi Don, Brennan, Carolyn, Dan and families,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts. Cherryl was an accomplished woman who we were happy to have known. We will be in attendance at the service on Tuesday.

    Gord and Nicky

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  6. John & Irene Black :

    Don,
    We were so sorry to hear of Cherryl’s passing. It’s been some time since we got together and will always remember the great day we all had at the concert series and golf game in Kananaskis followed by dinner in Longview, many summers ago.
    We hope and trust you and the kids are holding up as best you can. We would be at the service on Tuesday but unfortunately we will be away. I’ll be in touch come May as I would enjoy a game of golf with you this summer.
    Thinking of you, our sincere condolences.
    John and Irene

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  7. Bonnie DÁntoni :

    Dear Don, So sorry to read about Cherryl. She was an amazing woman who accomplished a lot. I know that you and your family will have many wonderful memories. Take good care of yourself Don.
    Sincerely,
    Bonnie D’Antoni

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  8. Carol Greene :

    I am so sorry to hear of Cherryl’s passing. I know how your heart is hurting and I will be praying for some semblance of comfort. It has been a year and a half since I lost my son and I felt the love and caring of many friends and family helps. Hold each other closely.

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  9. Tom & Joan Henry :

    So very sorry to hear of Cherryl’s death. Our thoughts are with the entire family at this very difficult time.
    Sincerely, Tom & Joan Henry

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  10. What wonderful memories I have of Cherryl and the whole Wares family. I know she’ll leave a big hole in your lives but her spirit remains in each of you. My condolences and best thoughts, Milt.

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  11. Amanda and Cam Reid :

    To Don, Brennan, Carolyn, Dan and families,
    We were very sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. We know she was an amazing woman and will be missed very much.
    Thinking of you with our sincere condolences
    Amanda and Cam Reid

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  12. Diane Hutchison :

    I am deeply saddened by the news of Cherryl’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

    Diane

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  13. Dear Don, Brennan, Carolyn and Jed, Dan and Molly ,
    Cherryl was one of the most remarkable women I have ever met. Her warmth and beauty and courageous spirit always impressed me . Throughout her life ,she was a lady who made an important difference in the lives of many others. Cherryl will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Sincerely,
    Iris Evans

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  14. Larry & Patti O'Connor :

    Hi Don,
    We were saddened to read of the passing of
    Cherryl and wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
    Our condolences on your loss.
    Kindest regards.
    Patti & Larry

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  15. Brian and Liz Fozzard :

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear wife, mother and grandmother Cherryl.
    May God hold you all in the palm of His hand.
    Love Brian and Liz Fozzard

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