May 19, 1931 – Simcoe, Ontario
May 20, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
At the age of 88 years, Gary Burkholder of Calgary, AB, passed away on May 20.
Gary is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Jean Burkholder (Parlardg); daughters Kim Gaul (Warren), Geri Burkholder (Flemming Nielson), Kelly Pound; son Kent Burkholder; and six grandchildren, Jason, Karisa, Marcia, Casper, Cecilia, and Philippa.
Born in Simcoe, ON, Gary was raised in nearby Waterford, where his parents ran the local dairy and as a boy, Gary delivered milk all over Norfolk County. Gary graduated from Queen’s University in 1961 with his mining engineering degree and moved to Calgary to work as a reservoir engineer with Shell Canada until his retirement in 1991. Gary was an avid athlete, playing baseball, basketball and hockey growing up. Their local baseball team were perennial contenders in the Ontario provincial championships and boasted Red Kelly at third base. His love of sport, family and community led him into volunteering as a soccer coordinator for the Brentwood community. In the mid 70s, he and others started the Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club from Bantam level and up. Over the years, the Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club supported thousands of children learning to play soccer. His love of airplanes transformed into a hobby of building model planes; attempting to fly the planes; picking up the pieces and rebuilding. Gary and Jean were also global travellers and spent summers at the cottage in Port Dover, ON.
A Celebration of Gary’s Life will be held at 3119 Breen Road NW on Sunday, August 25 2:00 p.m. for family and friends. Family can be contacted at email@example.com for details. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Gary’s family through www.McInnisandHolloway.com
The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Schorr and the medical staff of Foothills Medical Centre, units 27 and 37 for their outstanding care.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca.
In living memory of Gary Burkholder, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences