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WIESER, Siegfried

October 30, 1933 – August 4, 2012

Siegfried Wieser beloved husband of Joan Xauen Wieser (nee Quick) of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the age of 78 years.

Born in Linz, Austria, Sig and his brother were raised by their mother Michaella Josefa Burgstaller-Kaufmann. Whilst completing his education, he worked as a member of the Landestheater Opera Chorus in Linz. Sig received a diploma in Electrical Engineering, and worked at the newly rebuilt Voest Steel Works. Immigrating to Canada in 1955, Sig became a Canadian citizen in 1965. He worked for Shell Oil for seven years, returned to university and graduated with an Honours B.Sc. degree in Physics. In 1966, after completing two years for his M.Sc. in Mathematics and Astronomy, he embarked on a distinguished career as Executive Director at the Centennial Planetarium (1966-1986) and Executive Director of the Alberta Science Centre (1986-1991).

Sig was a founding member of many of Calgary’s cultural institutions and received several awards. After serving seven years with C.R.A.F., he proudly received the Calgary Immigrants of Distinction Arts and Culture Award in 2002 and for several years thereafter did school visitations as a speaker with the Dominion Institute.

Besides his loving wife Joan of fifty years, he also leaves behind his, sons Leo (Becky) and Bernie (Lisa); grandchildren, Sasha, Erin, Patrick, Somea and Pierson; brother Helmut (Meta); niece Caroline (Paul); and nephew Michael.

At Sig’s request, no service will be held. A gathering of friends and family will be announced. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandhollowaycom. 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.

Special thanks to Sharon Holbrook for her guidance, to the WeCare caregivers, to his friends at Club 36, Beaverdam Day Programs, to Access Calgary drivers, and to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary for making a difficult and complex disease tolerable. Thank you also to Doctors Tkalych and Silvius for their continuing care.

In living memory of Siegfried Wieser, a tree will be planted in Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I am very sorry to hear of Sig’s passing. He helped establish and guide the Planetarium and early science centre, passing on a legacy that continues to this day in the form of the new science centre and digital planetarium in Calgary. The community has benefitted immensely from Sig’s contributions. My condolences to the family.

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  2. Sig hired me as a young graphic artist right out of Art College 1980 where I worked for the next 32 years.
    Thanks to Sig I had a great job!
    My condolences, remember all the memories he has left you.

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  3. Sig had helped shape the Arts and Science sectors of Calgary and we are all richer for his immense contribution.

    To Joan, Leo, Bernie and their families…enjoy his legacy.

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