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EVANS, Faris Dale

May 20, 1934 – Gainsborough Township, Ontario
April 30, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Faris Dale Evans – avid hiker, lover of maps, intrepid traveller, good neighbour, engaged citizen, and most importantly, much-loved husband, father, son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend – passed away peacefully after a short illness on April 30, 2019, twenty days shy of his 85th birthday. Faris was born in Gainsborough Township (Niagara-on-the Lake), Ontario, to Earl and Edna Evans. As a young man he moved West, working in the petroleum industry his entire career: from the exciting early days of oil exploration in 1950s Iraq to retiring as a computer programmer from Digitech Information Services. Faris loved hiking, cycling, and x-country skiing – solo, with wife Mary, family, or as a member of the Rocky Mountain Ramblers. Hiking meant going far, and high – always on a quest for the “spectacular view”. He also volunteered many hours with Foothills Search and Rescue. The National Park Warden Service and SaR became very dear to his heart after he was the lucky recipient of a successful rescue operation in 1989. Miraculously found and plucked safely from deep within a crevasse after fifty-five hours entombed in the Crowfoot Glacier, Faris didn’t let the experience diminish his love of mountains or adventure. He channelled his considerable energies and talents to support an organization that trains and provides personnel for ground searches.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soul-mate Mary Evans; daughters Peggie-Jean (Patrick) Harder, Michele Evans, Karen Evans, and their mother, Judy Dunbar; granddaughters Jessica (Random) Somers and Leah Somers; grandsons Christopher Harder, Matthew (Dale) Harder, Thomas Harder, and Nicholas Harder; and niece Wendy (Tony) Hill and family.

His only sibling, brother Donald Evans and sister-in-law Joy Evans, predeceased him.

As he wished, there will be no funeral service. Anyone wishing to honour Faris may do so by donating to directly to the Alberta Wilderness Association, 455 – 12th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Y9 Telephone: (403) 283-2025., or to a favourite charity. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Faris Evans, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Mila Carozzi

    Mary, so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing.
    With deepest sympathy,

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  2. Such wonderful words for a very special person off hiking in the highest mountains now. I shall miss his ready smile and laugh, so reminiscent of my own dear Dad. I am so thankful that the Evans’ need to experience and care for the great outdoors has been passed along to me.
    Much love to all.

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  3. Anita O'Reilly

    Dear Mary
    Thinking of you with sincere sympathy on your loss. May your memories surpass your sorrow.

    Kind regards
    Anita O’Reilly

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