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DE CAEN, Alison Irene

August 21, 1937 – Folkestone, Kent, England
May 17, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Alison de Caen, beloved wife of Roland de Caen, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Alison Irene was born on August 21, 1937 in Folkstone, England, to Percival Charles and Alexandra (nee Ballantyne) Errey. She spent much of her formative years growing up in Persia, and New Zealand, where her father worked for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
In New Zealand, Alison attended Queen Margaret’s in Wellington, and Craighead Girls School in Timaru for much of her childhood, where she competed on the swim team and developed her lifelong love of tennis. She graduated in 1954 and moved to England, where she trained as a nurse at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and later as an Orthoptist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Alison was recruited as an orthoptist in England by Calgary doctor Ernie Johnson, and made her way west to Calgary in October, 1959.
Within a year, she met and married Roland, who changed her life forever. From Calgary, they travelled widely, following his career as a geologist, to Britain, New Zealand, and Los Angeles, finally settling back in Calgary in 1970. Here, she fostered a close group of friends. Alison was a supportive member of her community, spending many years as a Brownie leader (Brown Owl), Glenbow Museum docent, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the Calgary Family History Centre, her children’s school and extracurricular activities. She was a spiritual woman, and a long-time member of the Christ Church congregation; volunteering on the alter guild, for seniors’ lunches, and for many rummage sales.
Alison was an active woman her entire life, and easily spotted in the neighbourhood with Roland as they walked their dogs (for many years huskies, and later terriers). She played tennis at the Elbow Park Tennis Club since the early 1970’s, wrapping up her time on the court just a couple of years ago, but continuing to have coffee with her friends after their games. Her garden was, and is, a marvel, providing a quiet place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. Her passion for people was quenched through her involvement with Engineers Wives, a book club at the library, bridge, mah-jong, music, the theatre, and other social activities in which she could participate.
Alison was much-loved by friends and family. She will be remembered for her vibrant personality and wit, beautiful smile, gleeful laughter, her kindness and sense of humour, and the amazing friendships she formed, right to the end. Though not boastful, she was incredibly proud of her children and grandchildren for all they accomplished.
She is dearly missed by Roland, their son Allan (Jane), and daughter Susan (Richard Smith), their grandchildren Emily (Brian Schlender), Genny (Troy D’Angelo), and Kathleen de Caen; great grand-children Eleanor and Alice Irene Schlender; and little dog Tui.
A memorial gathering will be held for family and friends in late August. For details, please contact the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Morys for his ongoing care and concern, the Palliative Home Nurses and the dedicated staff at the Chinook Hospice.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Alison’s name can be made directly to the “Anglican Parish of Christ Church” Seniors Ministry. Contributions can be made by mail to Christ Church Calgary, 3602 8th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 3A7; in person at the office; over the phone 403-243-4680; or online through the website www.christchurchcalgary.org/steward.htm.
In living memory of Alison, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. My mother (Effie Cotter) used to talk about ALISON , so that I felt that I knew her. I am sad to hear of her passing and send my condolences to you all>
    Jean

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  2. I will miss my correspondence with Alison which took place over many years. My thoughts are with you all

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  3. Alison was a charming and entertaining woman whom we will all miss. My sympathy to Roland and her lovely family. I will be with you in spirit on August 23 and will raise a toast to Alison in Porto Seguro, Brazil !
    With sympathy, Mary

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  4. Alison was the centrepiece of the Elbow Park Tennis Club. She held us all together. Now, we have to do it ourselves. She is missed by all of us. To Roland and all the family, I am so sorry for your loss. But weren’t we lucky to have had her in our lives

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