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FOOTE, Marvin Lloyd

September 29, 1932 – Newmarket, Ontario
April 14, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Marvin (Marv) Foote, of Calgary, AB passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the age of 86 years.

Marv was born 29 Sep 1932 in Newmarket, ON. As he became a young man, he heard the call of the West. So in the mid 50’s he & a few friends made that pilgrimage. Marv eventually settled in Banff. It is there he fell in love with a beautiful young teacher who became his wife for the next 55 years, Cora, who sadly left us 5 years ago. After stops in Calgary, Tsawwassen, & Edmonton, Calgary became “home” in ‘68 when they quickly bought a “temporary” place in Lk Bonavista. A home they raised their family in & never left.

Marv had a long career in Sales eventually retiring from the travel industry at the young age of 80. All during this time Marv enjoyed many activities including 50 years with the Masonic Lodge (Zetland – past Master), & volunteer pursuits including the Stampede Promotion Committee (past Chairman), & the Rotary Club of Calgary North (past President). He very much enjoyed giving to the community. In the early 60’s “Coach” took the ragtag basketball team at the Sprinkbank School to new heights (where wife “Corkie” taught). Later Marv coached his Son’s various baseball teams until he was old enough to fly on his own. Marv loved watching college basketball, especially the Final Four (a passion enjoyed by his Daughter when she headed south to Arizona State), curling, golfing & taking in the odd Flames & Stamps games. And Marv simply loved “putzing”, taking pride in the best manicured lawn in Bonavista…as well as eagerly helping his kids with their home projects. Grandpa of course loved spending as much time as possible with 9 yr old granddaughter Tamila.

Marv will be dearly missed by Tamila who brought light to his eyes to the very end. Marv will also be missed by Tamila’s Dad Brydon & wife Catherine of Calgary; daughter Sheri & husband Lee of Denver; sister-in-law Norma & husband Austin of Kelowna, & sister-in-law Gloria of Edmonton.

As per Marv’s wishes there will be no Service. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada will be gratefully welcomed & encouraged & can be made at Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Marv Foote, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Michelle MacKenzie

    I knew Marv thru Stampede and his passion for giving back to the community and Stampede pride was beyond compare. Rest easy Marv, we will close the gate for you.

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  2. Marv’s great smile and friendly handshake welcomed me into the Calgary Stampede Promotion committee over 30 years ago.
    Marv’s dedication, wisdom, kindness and sense of fun was infectious. Many stories and experiences will be repeated and never forgotten. Thank you for your friendship! Happy Trails to You!
    Sincere Condolences to all the family, especially Corkey, his lovely wife and companion.

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  3. Corkey and Family – Marv’s ready smile, great stories and dedication made him such fun to be around and to do Stampede events with – he will be sorely missed but the memories will last forever! Thanks for sharing him with us!
    My sincere sympathy to you all.

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  4. Shona and Sherri Gillis

    Marv will be truly missed. He was one of the best! He had a great sense of humour and loved promoting the Calgary Stampede. We had such great fun during his term as Chairman of the Promotion Committee during the 1988 Olympics. I truly enjoyed volunteering with both Marv and Corkey – they were quite a team, promoting both the City as well as the Stampede. As sad as it may be, Marv is now with Corkey in the great roundup in the sky. Deepest sympathy to Brydon, Sheri and their families.

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  5. Grant and Carolyn Straub

    Brydon and Sheri,
    Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dad. I worked with Marv for years at the travel agency with Pat Grace. He used to take me for lunch during Stampede which was so sweet and kind of him. My husband and I went to Europe with your parents to help out on his battlefield tour. We really got to know your parents on that trip. They were so young at heart. We walked along the Seine river for hours in Paris – they were 30 years older than us but boy did they keep up! We walked them all through the Louvre and they never just wanted to meet us at the coffee shop and rest – they were always game to do what we wanted to do. Seeing the Notre Dame on fire this week made me sad thinking of them when we explored the cathedral together. Your parents hold a very special place in our heart. We are happy that they are reunited again. We miss then both. They were so kind and gentle. All our best to you during this difficult time. Keep the good memories you have close to your heart.
    Love. Grant and Carolyn Straub

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  6. I remember being on Promotion’s when there was Oh 30 or 40 of us. Marv was one of those originals. Always a great pleasure to be around him, weather at a meeting, or doing an event together. He had such a good heart.. And always a good story. I’d never be able to fill his “boots”.. My thought’s go out to Brydon & Sheri. Your and Corkeys memories will go on forever.

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  7. Brydon and Sheri,
    My sincere condolences to the two of you and your family.
    I remember my first day I met Marv at a Stampede breakfast, I was the rookie and very nervous, he took me under his wing and taught me everything I know today as far as mixing,flipping and setting up the grills for pancake breakfasts for the kids at schools.
    It did not end at the Stampede we would meet at Humpty’s and have a pan scramble ( seemed to be his favorite), we also would get together at the Coast Plaza hotel for Sunday brunch with Corkey and Marv.
    I remember his humor, his smile and he always gave back, leftover pancakes he would take them to the mustard seed, he taught me these attributes and I continue them to this day, although I cannot be the same, as mentioned in other messages his boots are way to big to fill.
    Thank you for sharing Marv with us at the Stampede Promotion, he will never be forgotten. My thoughts and Prayers to the Foote Family

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  8. When Marv looked at you he had a twinkle in his eye a big smile & always made you feel welcome. You and Corkey are back together again. Condolences to Sherri & Bryden. Our thoughts are with you.

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  9. Kim & Esther Stainsby

    We have lost a dear friend of many years. Marv always had a bright smile and positive attitude. His love of Stampede ran deep. Condolences to Sherri & Bryden and families.

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  10. Sherri, Bryden and Families

    I first met Marv when I joined Zetland Lodge in 2009, and had the honor of being master of the lodge in 2016 when he received his 50 year jewel recognizing his time as a mason.

    When Marv found out that I had been born and raised in the Canmore / Banff area he would always share stories with me about his time out there in his younger days and it was great to hear his stories about people I grew up around.

    One of the best pieces of wisdom I ever got from Marv was when he was talking with a group of us younger guys and he said “no matter how bad of a day I am having, that all changes when I visit the lodge..” it;s something that I have always carried with me .

    Words cannot express the admiration and respect I had for both your Father and your Mother, they were both amazing people and are greatly missed.

    Brent Kaleta
    Past Master Zetland Lodge 2016

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  11. My sincere condolences to the Foote family. I worked with Marv at Tier One Travel formally Travel Masters. He was such a kind man who loved to work. During Stampede he always came to the office with the pancake wagon and treated all the staff to a Stampede breakfast.

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  12. Heather & Jan Rasmussen

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. We would see Marv and Corkey walking up the hill from us also volunteering on the Promotion Committee.

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  13. Karl & Pat Hansen

    Dear Brydon & Sheri:
    Farewell dear friend!
    Marv was a great Masonic friend and brother. From being Zetland’s Worshipful Master in 1978 and later as District Deputy Grand Master, he made a significant contribution to the life of the Lodge and the Craft. Marv was always up to a challenge and with any proposal his answer was always, “let’s do it”.
    Marv loved to tell the story of the night he left Sunshine Village to head north to visit his girlfriend Corkie and her family. He had the car window down to offer someone a ride. While the passenger was getting into the car, a bear took a swipe at him through the open car window. Then he and to explain to Corkie’s family his appearance from being slapped in the face by a bear.
    Marv and Corkie were always up to a good time, particularly when dancing was involved. We enjoyed many good times together with them; many rounds of golf and lots of socializing. We miss them both.
    Karl & Pat

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  14. Stan & Sietske Carver

    I shall always remember Marv’s happy spirit and his willingness to share his knowledge in Promoting Calgary and especially The Calgary Stampede.
    A great Volunteer for many organizations over the years and a great mentor to others.

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