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WOOLDRIDGE – Stephen “Steve” Anthony

August 9, 1944 – November 24, 2010

Stephen “Steve” Anthony Wooldridge beloved husband of Aileen of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the age of 66 years.

Stephen was born in Trinidad, West Indies on August 9, 1944. He moved to Canada in 1963 to attend St. Mary’s University in Halifax where he graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce Degree. He married the love of his life Aileen in June 1968 and moved to Toronto where he worked for Trans Canada Pipelines until his retirement in Calgary, after serving twenty-nine years. A couple years later Dad decided he was not ready to retire just yet so he got a job at RONA which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Steve was co-founder of the Toronto West Indian Social Club TRINGO as well as CLUB TROPICAN here in Calgary.

Steve loved the game of soccer and passed on that love to his children. He coached his sons for many years and cheered from the stands when he decided to hang up his whistle! He loved to watch the English Premier League and support his two favourite teams, Liverpool and Manchester United.

In 2006, Steve along with his three sons, travelled to Germany for the FIFA WORLD CUP. That was one of his most treasured experiences as got to see his homeland, Trinidad, play against his favourite country England.

Being from Trinidad, he also loved to play cricket. He also wore the blue and white, proudly cheering on his beloved Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. His passion in life was his family and he always motivated us to reach our full potential. Dad was a proud man who adored his wife, children and grandchildren. He and Mom just celebrated their forty- second wedding anniversary this June. He had many friends whom he treasured and loved as well.

Besides his loving wife Aileen, Stephen is survived by his five children, Edward (Kari), Andrew (Susan), Kristine (Scott), Derek and Vanessa; grandchildren, Nicholas, Jack, Cameron, Katie, Rachel, Ashley and Ryan; brother David; and sisters, June, Jocelyn, Patsy, Helen, Shirley, Toni and Maureen. Stephen was predeceased by his parents, Henry Wooldridge and Elma Wooldridge.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (888) 412-4222. or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Stephen Wooldridge, a tree will be planted at 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. Claire & Lynda Glendinning :

    Dearest Aileen and Family: We send you all our love and prayers — I can’t imagine what you have all gone through — especially what poor Steve had endured in the past little while. We are always told that our loved ones are in a better place — but there is still “No place like home!” We have very fond memories of Steve and Aileen, but Claire remembers the days of playing cards at TCPL and then the golfing times. I remember all of us travelling (the 8 of us) to BC and what
    a time we had with many laughs — but I will always remember his beautifull smile and his witt — he always had something funny to say.

    Again, our condolences to all of you, and may you all find peace in knowing that your Dad and Best Friend is also at peace.

    Love to you all, Claire and Lynda

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  2. Dear Aunt Aileen and family – I wanted to let you all know how very sorry I am to hear of Uncle Steve’s passing. He was always a very special person to me – one that had always embraced me into the bosom of his family and made me feel such a part of those he loved. I was part of so many family celebrations with you in your home in Toronto and Calgary and got to see your children grow into wonderful adults and then into marriage with terrific partners and families of their own. Your entire family always had your doors wide open with love and kindness and those are truly the qualities you remember and respect in a person both living and when they are gone – and those qualities Uncle Steve, Aunt Aileen and family always showed in spades. I am so very thankful I got to make the trip from Australia to have a few special moments together with Uncle Steve before his passing and to see the unconditional support and love he received constantly from his family. He will be sadly missed but very fondly remembered by all that knew him! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time and my arms are around each of you! While I will not be able to be at the funeral in person, I will certainly be there in spirit. God bless all of you – you have sent another angel to Heaven!

    With much love always….Scott

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  3. Debbie Davidson :

    Ed, I was saddened to hear the news of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please give my condolences to your family.


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  4. Loic and Sheila Seheult :

    Our thoughts and prayers continue for Steve, Aileen and family.

    Please accept our profound and sincere condolences.

    We will be present at the Mass on Thursday
    to show our love and respect along with so many of your family and friends who all hold you in high regard.

    Peace and Love and Best Wishes

    Loic & Sheila Seheult

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  5. Andrew, Sue and all of the Wooldridge family….So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad, I know what a difficult and sad time this can be. Even though we cannot be with you, all of us, Reid’s, Sider’s and Pare’s are praying for you. We love you and really wish we could be there for you.
    Love from all of us.

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  6. Dear Wooldridge family,

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you, Steve was always very kind to my family and myself, he was very loving. We will miss him greatly.

    God Bless all of you

    Love always
    Chad and Susan Wolfson

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  7. Dear Aileen and family,
    Thank you for your phone message of today, Aileen. To all of you, I would like to express my deepest sympathy on the passing of dear Steve. I will be thinking of you all, especially during the Prayers and Tributes this evening and during the Funeral Mass tomorrow. All my memories of Steve are happy ones: our numerous visits to your home in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s; your family visit to Ottawa when your Andrew graduated from Carleton U., in 1997, I believe; and Kari’s and Edward’s wedding in Calgary in Sept. 2000. God bless you all.
    With love and deepest sympathy,
    Ian XXX

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  8. Mary and David Elliott :

    Dear Aileen and family,

    We have fond memories of Steve as an extraordinarily enthusiastic, warm, and kindly person who is an example to us all. Our deepest sympathy and kindest wishes to all of you.

    Mary and David Elliott

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