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WOODS, Albert Ernest

January 16, 1922 – Barnet, England
November 18, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Albert beloved husband of the late Jane Elizabeth Woods (nee Clowes) of Calgary, AB, passed away on November 18, 2014 at the age of 92 years.

Albert was born in Barnet, England on January 16, 1922. He met his future wife, Jane Elizabeth Clowes, in 1938 and they were married during WWII at Sutton Courtnay Parrish in Berkshire on November 16, 1942. Albert served as a pilot in the RAF during the war, attaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant. The family immigrated to Canada in 1959, initially settling in Don Mills, ON. Albert and Jane adapted quickly to life in Canada, quick to buy a car and camping equipment, and holidaying in all corners of the country. Using his carpentry skills and knowledge as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Specification Writer, Albert built his own cottage on Georgian Bay in Lafontaine, Ontario. Throughout his years, Albert had a sense of adventure, a love of family and was guided by an abiding integrity.

Albert will be remembered with great love and affection by his three married children, Valerie (Wayne) Harris, Ray (Agnes) and Tim (Lynelle Spring); his six grandchildren, Carol (Nick) Jaeger, Mike (Juliana) Harris, Rob (Caroline Gregg), Julie (Paul Ashford), Colin (Andrea) and Erica; his five great grandchildren, Nicky and Mike Jaeger, Reilly and London Harris, and Connor Woods; and also his four step-great grandchildren, Colleen Sheppard and Caitlin, Quinn and Brooklyn Ashford. Albert was predeceased by his loving wife and six brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through 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, or directly to the Rett Syndrome Society of Alberta, Box 3165, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T2, Telephone: 780-717-3581. Albert’s family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Calgary’s Revera Scenic Acres Retirement Residence for the outstanding care they provided for Albert, particularly during the past year. They were magnificent!

In living memory of Albert Woods, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Carol and Chris Jermey :

    We are sorry to hear this sad news. We send our love and condolences to all the family, especially to Ray, Valerie, Tim and their spouses. My Uncle Bert was so very lovely and he will always have a special place in my heart, his letters to my Mum were always eagerly read and enjoyed by us all – he had a unique talent with words and was always so humerous. Our love to you all.

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  2. Michael and Valerie Woods :

    So sorry and sad to learn of the death of Uncle Bert, even at this time of my life he was Uncle Bert and I have fond and lasting memories of him with my dad and Uncle Alf together when we used to visit Barnet as a child. He was to me always the dashing archetypal RAF pilot.
    The Woods of Barnet family story and the story of his life are treasured keepsakes and were the catalyst of this Woods family’s story that is providing our children, grand children and great grand child a historical narrative of their origins. So thank you Bert for providing the spark.
    To all in Canada we send our heart felt condolences. Love to all Michael.

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  3. Marian and Graham Stokes :

    I was very sorry to hear of Uncle Bert’s death as he was the last of my mother’s siblings. Bert was one of my favourite uncles, and our families were always close, especially when we lived in Barnet and later in Harlow. Bert was always fun to be with and very caring.
    When I was about five we went on holiday with Bert’s family to Clacton. Valerie, Ray, Anthony and I enjoyed making sand walls and waiting for the tide to come in and demolish them.
    Later, when everyone lived in Harlow, Uncle Bert would take us cycling to the nearest swimming pool, armed with sandwiches and cakes Mum and Aunt Jane had made.
    We continued to see Bert whenever he returned to England , and I was particularly pleased that he and Jane were able to come to our wedding in 1968. We still have the tray with all the then Canadian provinces on which Bert and Jane gave us as a wedding present.
    Graham and I send you our sincere condolences. We will always remember Uncle Bert with affection.

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  4. Christine Jones :

    Until I lived in Toronto for a few months in the 70’s, I only met Uncle Bert occasionally on his fleeting trips to London, but he made a real impression on me and was classed as a favourite uncle. It was his sheer joie de vivre, his sense of humour and love of his home country and most of all his love and pride in his family both old and young, especially his own children, that so impressed me. He always asked to be taken to a typical English pub where he would wax lyrical about good old England, and talk nostalgically of his family life and time in the RAF. He did what so many of us should do and don’t, and wrote a book about his family history which now that the last of Nanna Wood’s children have gone, will become even more precious amongst the family possessions. Love to Ray Valerie and Tim and your families from Christine and Peter ( Doris’s daughter)

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  5. Cathy Ruffles and David Biggs :

    So sorry to hear your sad news about Bert but will always remember him with a lot of affection. We were only 6 & 8 when Bert and Jane emigrated to Canada so most of our memories are of the fun they both bought on their visits to England.
    Later Bert visited us both in Torquay and Broxbourne when he and our mum(Mary) were involved in a round the world trip that included seeing all the Australian relatives. They came back with a lot of happy memories, though we are not sure who would have talked the most on the trip. The Woods were legendary for talking!
    It is an end of an era for all the Woods cousins but I hope their legacy of how important family was will live on.

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  6. Hi Tim and Family,
    I just wanted to pass on my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I recently lost my mother that was the same age and as much as they have had a long lifes it still leaves a hole in your life.
    Be well,

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  7. John and Barbara Dixon :

    I remember Uncle Bert with much affection for many reasons. For his love and pride in his family. For the long and sometimes heated political discussions ( especially when he said my mother looked like Maggie Thatcher and nearly started WW111). For his competitive nature – I recall snooker in the basement. For his long and interesting letters to the family and to the newspapers. We will miss him

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