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ZAHARKO, Russell John

March 25, 1941 – December 17, 2011

Russ Zaharko, beloved husband of Vicki Zaharko (nee Aldridge) of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the age of 70 years.

Russ was born in Edmonton and graduated as a Petroleum Engineer from the University of Alberta in 1963. He was an inspiration and mentor to many in the oil and gas industry. He held senior positions in numerous companies such as Chevron, Candel, Sulpetro, Imperial Oil, Canor Energy and lastly as C.O.O. of Navarone Energy.

Besides his loving wife of twenty years, Russ will be remembered by two daughters, Karen (Brad) Beisel and Loni Zaharko (Richard Hawryluk); two grandchildren, Courtney and Zachery Beisel. He is also survived by his siblings, Elizabeth (Keith) Cumming of Edmonton; Jeanette (Michael) Pick, Zorea (Bob) McDonald, Orest (Dorothy) Zaharko all of Calgary and Ken (Debbie) Zaharko of Vancouver and their families. Russ was predeceased by his parents Anne and John Zaharko of Calmar, AB.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to Child Haven International 19014 Concession 7, Maxville, ON K0C 1T0 Telephone: (613) 527-2829 www.childhaven.ca.

In living memory of Russ Zaharko, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Dearest, Vicki and Family
    Loss is a difficult journey to take at any time in our lives expected or not. May you find great joy and comfort in all the wonderful memories you have. My thoughts are truly with you, my heart goes out to you in comfort. And may one day the smiles come quicker than tears when you think of Russell. All My love Nancy Keough and Family

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  2. Vicki,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time. May you find peace in knowing that he will forever remain in your heart and will always be by your side.
    Big hugs and lots of Love

    Jennifer Holm

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  3. Marjorie and Leo Aucoin :

    Dear Vicki and family:

    Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you as you grieve the passing of Russ. Please know that St. Thomas folk stand with you, your loss is felt deeply by all of us. Let the love of those around you envelop you and give you some measure of peace. Our very deepest sympathy, Marj & Leo Aucoin

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  4. It’s been a while Vicki but I want to tell you that my thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Russ was a great guy. I look back fondly at the times we had together both as friends & in business. Elaine & I spoke often of what a fun couple you & Russ were.
    Stay strong,& take comfort in the fact that Russ will be remembered as a great friend by those of us who knew him.

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  5. Dear Vicki & Family
    Our hearts & prayers go out to the Zaharko family for the incredible loss you have suffered.

    Pat & Don

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  6. Zaharko Family,
    I had the pleasure of working with Russ in the oil industry. He was a great man and I have many good memories of his support and encouragement for the next drill or oil and gas prospect we were working on. He helped shape my career and was a real oil man. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Scott Hadley

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  7. Vicki,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time in your life. May the memories of happy times carry you through.

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  8. Cheryl & Brian Kane :

    Dear Vicki

    We are so sorry to hear of Russell’s passing. Our
    hearts and prayers are with you and your family at
    this most difficult time.

    Love Cheryl and Brian

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  9. Vicki, Loni and everyone,

    I send you my deepest condolences on your loss of a very fine and wonderful man. I hope that Faith and them memories of Russ as a good husband and father and a great guy will sustain you at this time of grief and loss. Thinking of you, grateful for having known Russ.
    best, Tom Donaghy

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  10. I worked with Russ for a couple of years in the oil patch. The thing I remember the most was that he was always in a good mood and he had a great laugh. We’ll miss you Russ.

    Rita

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  11. Dear Vicki,

    I am so sad. This has been a trying time for all of you. I shall treasure my memories of our time in Cardston and Big Fork when the group of us were together and so happy.

    Sent from Maui.

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  12. Clive Williams :

    I happened on Russ’s obituary whilst looking for a closer to family obituary. I had the pleasure working for him at Sulpetro on the Wapiti and Buck Lake gas projects in the early eighties.
    I have fond memories of him and am saddened at his passing.
    Condolences to the family.
    Clive Williams
    Redruth
    England

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  13. Sandy And Brett :

    Dear Vicki, Loni, Rick and Karen,

    We sure did love your husband and dad! Brett and I will remember all the good times that we shared together, playing cards, cracking jokes and eating good food. Your dad (husband) was one awesome guy, generous and funny, always ready with a smartalec remark. He enjoyed life, and it was evident how much he loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief and sorrow.
    Love Sandy and Brett

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  14. Christine Roulston :

    Loni,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your Dad was a great guy and I know how very close you both were.

    May you all take peace and comfort with your fond memories of him in the days and years ahead.

    Christine Roulston

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  15. Vicki and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss – I will carry with me fond memories of Russell and your family at the Calgary Farmer’s Market where the “gang” would congregate on Sundays. My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time and always.

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  16. Hi Vicky. has been a long time since we saw you and Russ. SO sorry for your loss. Russ was a neat guy with personality, hard work ethic, aggressive when needed, good foresight, athletic etc. I mainly knew him with engineering design of gas processing facilities thru DPH and Can Del, Sulpetro, and Imperial companies that he worked for. I will cherish my shared memories with Russ forever.

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  17. E. & G. Hamlilton :

    Vicki & Family,
    Our thoughts are with you at this time. We will retain good memories of our time together.

    Eric & Gayleen

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  18. Joanne & John Hampson :

    Dear Vicki & Family:
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Russ’s sudden passing. Russ was very instrumental in the moulding of my work career and, as well, we became close friends with he and his family. We will forever cherish the memories of many happy times we shared to-gether.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness.

    Love, Joanne and John

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  19. Vicki, Karen, Loni and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you all.

    Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this very sad time in your lives.

    May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

    It was an honor to have known Russ.

    Love Tracey

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  20. charlotte clarke :

    Russ was an amazing man. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed. Our hearts go out to you at this tough time.

    Paul and Charlotte

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  21. doug & linda church :

    Vicky & family
    Russ was always a valuable and trusted coworker and friend. We will miss him.

    Linda & Doug

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  22. Loni

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know you were close and will miss him my thoughts are with you.
    Kelli

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