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WARRINER – Gordon Edward (Ed)

April 17, 1921 – January 30, 2010

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Gordon Edward Warriner, he quietly passed away in his sleep with his family nearby on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 88 years.

Survived by his loving wife Verna with whom he cherished their sixty-seven years of marriage, Ed and Verna were blessed with three sons Gordon (Beverly), Gregory and Ross (Lynn), eight Grandchildren Kedar (Karen), Genevieve, Reid (Stamatina), Kevin (Jennifer), Jennifer (Glen), Steffanie (Aaron), Andrea (Paul) and Sarah Lynn, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his brother Trent; sisters Florence, Grace and Kathleen; step-sister Mary and step-brothers Jack and Dave.

Ed was born in Toronto on April 17, 1921. Following his education he joined the Toronto Dominion Bank in 1939. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and became a Flying Officer/ Instructor. He served at a number of stations across Canada before being posted overseas to a Mosquito Squadron. On returning to Canada in 1945, he resumed his banking career with the Toronto Dominion Bank. In 1962 Ed accepted a move with the bank to Winnipeg and then on to Calgary where he retired in 1981. He subsequently started a second career with Citibank Canada as Vice President of their Energy Resources Division. In his early years, Ed was actively involved in community work. He played a key role in the financing and construction of St. Mathews Anglican Church in Etobicoke, Toronto. He was Past President of the Kingsway Kiwanis Club and District Governor elect. Ed was an ardent golfer, curler and fisherman. He especially enjoyed camping and boating across Canada with Verna and their three sons. Ed was a member of the Calgary Golf & Country Club and the Glencoe Club. He had a keen sense of humour and a very positive outlook on life.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Doctors, Dr. Fred Moriarty, Dr. Donald Meldrum and Dr. Annie Yau, the doctors, nurses and staff at Rockyview Hospital, nurse Liz Ennis and staff of the Calgary Health Region Homecare and the staff and caregivers at the Southwood Hospice.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If so desired, in lieu of flowers, tributes in Ed’s name can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, or directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Ed Warriner, 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. Bev. & Brian Warriner :

    We had the pleasure of Aunt Verna & Uncle Ed’s visit to our cottage in Northern Ontario more than once. I also had the pleasure when in Calgary at a conference to take extra few days staying at their home.

    Bev. & I think the world of Verna & Ed and he will be sadly missed.

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  2. You have lost a wonderful Gentleman. I will remember Ed for his calm, pleasant and positive demeanor. A true friend to my parents [Jack & Katie] and a sincere inquirer of what and how I was doing. It had been sometime since I had contacted Ed, but a phone call to request his attendance at my Mom’s 90th Birthday celebration brought me back in touch with this easy to talk to man from my youth. I asked if he and Verna could attend, he answered yes of course we would be pleased to attend. It was a pleasure to be in his company again, realizing the major effort that he and Verna had gone to be with us at the party. Ed’s example of courage, friendship and perseverance will remain with me always.
    My sincere condolences for your loss.

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  3. Stephen Smylie :

    It is with great sadness that I learn of Ed’s passing. He was a remarkable man, and I feel honoured to have known him. I will always remember and treasure our conversations and shared experiences, and will miss him dearly.
    I regret my current condition prevents my ability to visit Verna and family. Please accept my condolences.

    Stephen Smylie

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  4. He was a pleasure to work with and he did a great job for TD. A very successful life

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  5. Carlos Coelho :

    For Kevin and the Warriner Family: I just happened upon the obituary while reading the Calgary Herald. Kevin, I am very sorry for the loss of your Grandfather, from what I read he led an extremely full and rewarding life. My sincere condolences.

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  6. Mary Margaret (McLafferty) Brajcich :

    Dear Verna and Family, I was just looking at some pictures of Ed and Verna and my mom and dad (Larry and Margie McLafferty) and thinking of how much fun they had together in Florida. Ed and Verna were so fun to be around and mom and dad dearly loved them. I loved our lunch at “Rotten Ralphs” when I was visiting. Ed died on the same date as my mom did 4 years ago! I was thinking so much of her on Saturday and now I will also think of dear Ed. He and my dad’s birthdays were a day apart too. Thank you and Verna for being such special friends and for all the happy memories you shared together. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness.
    Fondly Mary Margaret

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    Dear Verna, We were very sorry to read in the Globe about Ed. He was a very fine man and we enjoyed his company on so many occasions, especially when we were in Calgary. You and Ed were so very kind to us. Our sympathy to you and all the family
    Guido and Kay Marini

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