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DEARDEN, John Edmund (Ed)

June 10, 1920 – April 25, 2013

Ed Dearden beloved husband of Audrey of Calgary passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the age of 92 years.

Ed was born and raised in Kamsack, SK. He served our country proudly during WWII as a member of the Winnipeg Grenadiers. He was captured during the fall of Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941, and survived four years as a prisoner of war in Japan. In addition to his numerous Service Medals, Ed was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Besides his loving wife Audrey, Ed is survived by his four children and their spouses, Laura-Mae Miller (Robert), Douglas Salmon, Linda Salmon (Wayne Love) and Brenda Lee Cherry (Gordon); son-in-law David Breiddal; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Hope Dearden and numerous nephew’s. Ed was predeceased by his daughter Marilyn Breiddal in 2012 and brothers Jim and Eric Dearden.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank, Suite 1, 4539 – 6 Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6. The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of McKenzie Towne Retirement Residence for their loving care and also to Peg Andersen of Vacationland Holidays for her close friendship.

In living memory of John Dearden, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Claudia Mansell

    I was sorry to read of Ed’s passing. I remember his smile at family gatherings, as well as he and Audrey’s friendship with Mom and Dad. My condolences to Audrey, Brenda, Gord, Elliott, Graeme and all your family.

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  2. Sue & Bob Clarke

    Audrey we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ed, he was a lovely man. Our condolences to the family.

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  3. Margo Alexander

    In Memory of Ed Dearden
    To Audrey and Family:
    It was my privilege and honour to have known Ed, and Audrey, while working at McKenzie Towne Retirement Centre. I worked in Recreation/Bus Driver for 6 years, and enjoyed many good times with them. Ed and I always had a good chuckle to share or story to relate to one another. I so enjoyed having their company on the many bus trips to various parts of Calgary and Alberta. He contributed so much to the camaraderie and friendship at the residence. On my last visit to MTRR Ed gave me such a warm welcome. I will always have fond memories of Ed and his wonderful sense of humour and joy of life!
    My condolences are extended to all the family.
    Margo Alexander
    Former staff at MTRR (retired 2010)

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  4. On behalf of Marlene and Neil Duff, Nancy Nash and my family, Scott and Piper we are so sorry for your loss. Eddie was a true gentleman and an amazing role model for his grandchildren. Elliott and Graeme always speak so highly of him. I always looked forward to supper with the Cherry’s more so when I knew that you, Audrey, and Eddie would be there. He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts are with your family.

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  5. Phil Dodxdridge

    My sincere sympathy to Ed’s family and friends. Another comrade gone.

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  6. I just learned of John’s passing and I am so sad for his families loss. I knew him as John as that was on his file at my former place of employment. He always made me smile when he came in, joking and laughing and giving me warm handshakes with both his hands that made my day. He would be dressed up so nice, especially during Stampede. I really liked it when he came in the office..he was know there affectionately as my favorite client. Very sorry for your loss.

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