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ZONDA, Paul Gregory

April 16, 1919 – August 19, 2011

Paul Zonda peacefully and quietly passed away at the age of 92 years.

Paul was born in Szaszregen, Hungary and was the youngest of four children born to Gergely and Rozalia Zonda. He graduated from the University of Engineering in Sopron, Hungary as a Petroleum Engineer. Paul was instrumental in the development of oil exploration in Hungary in the 1940’s and 50’s. He met and married Baba and had two “lovely” daughters, as he would always say, Annie and Susie. Together the family escaped the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and immigrated to Canada eventually settling in Calgary. Paul’s career continued in the oil industry as he worked for Western Minerals, Mobil Oil and Sulpetro. His work was very much respected throughout his career. As one of the founding member’s of the Calgary Winter Club, Paul and Baba enjoyed many years of playing tennis and other club sports and activities that continued years later at the Glencoe Club. Together Paul and Baba loved to travel the world especially on cruises and did many driving holidays throughout Canada and Europe.

Paul will especially be remembered for his kindness and generosity towards others and continued concern for his relatives and friends in Hungary. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife of sixty years Baba and his two daughters and their families; Annie and David Kanaroski and Susie and Don Smith, five grandchildren Jonathan and Tommy Kanaroski, Stephen, Natalie (Ben Shaub) and Michael Smith; and three great grandchildren, Isabella and Ethan Shaub and Rocky Smith. Above all, Paul will be remembered as a true Gentleman by all who knew him.

Our deepest gratitude is extended to the wonderful caregivers at Bethany Harvest Hills where Paul spent the last 21/2 years of his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Bethany Harvest Hills, 19 Harvest Gold Manor N.E., Calgary, AB T3K 4Y1.

Funeral Services and Celebration of Paul’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Paul Zonda, 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. Sherry Malthouse-Dufore :

    My sincere condolences to Annie and all the family. It’s been a long time but I remember your father as a fine gentleman and wonderful father. You’re in my prayers – Sherry

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  2. Barbara & Warren Fenton :

    Baba & family, please except our sympathy for your loss. We are unable to attend Pauls funeral. But will be thinking of your friendship.
    Barb, Warren.

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  3. To All Zondas and Relations;

    I learned with much sadness about Pauls’s passing. He was indeed a real gentleman and a gentle man, helpful and kind. I will always remember him with warm affection; his memory will live on. I particularly remember and appreciate the time during my early years in Calgary, in the late 1950s and early 1960, when the Zonda family took me under their wings. The Sopron spirit at its best.

    My most sincere condolences to you All….Imre Bella from Edmonton

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  4. Jackie (Amantea) Kleiner :

    Annie, Susie and Families

    In sympathy on the loss of your father.

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  5. You have my sincere condolences.

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  6. Sharon Szmolyan :

    Baba, Annie and Susie,
    I am thinking of you all as I read this obituary for Paulie Baci. I am thinking of all the wonderful times I had as a child and then a young woman growing up amongst your beautiful family, of how much I loved the humor and the stories and the gentleness Paulie always shared – it was a magical time and I know that he will be missed. I send you all my love and condolences through this time of the sharing of memories and farewells.
    Sharon Szmolyan

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  7. Marion and Quentin Sundberg :

    Baba
    Sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss and happy memories of tennis at the Winter Club.
    Quentin and Marion

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  8. Joanne Betzler :

    Deepest condolences Susie and Annie. Thinking of you as you celebrate your father’s life.

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  9. Joanne Stalinski :

    Annie and Susie:

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your families on the loss of your dad. How lucky you were to have him with you for all these precious years. And I can well believe how justifiably proud he was of his daughters throughout his life. You and your families are in my thoughts at this time of great loss.

    Joanne

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  10. My profound condolences to the bereaved family of Paul Zonda especially Baba.

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  11. Jeanne Lefebvre :

    Annie and Susie

    I was so sorry to hear of your father’s death. From his obituary, it looked like he lived a very full life. My heart goes out to both of you and your family. You are in my prayers.

    Jeanne Lefebvre

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  12. Sincere condolences to you all

    Balogh family

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