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GOTHARD, Kip

May 15, 1952 – January 30, 2018

Kip, beloved husband of Mary Gothard (nee Archibald), of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the age of 65 surrounded by the love of his family.

Kip’s family were very important to him – he loved them dearly. He loved his family life, the family camping trips and other vacations, and all the fun they had together. He was so so proud of his beautiful daughters, Chloe and Nicola.

Kip was born in Drumheller. After living in various places in Alberta, his family settled in Calgary where Kip attended Lord Beaverbrook High School where he was part of a large group of friends that still party together.

Kip and Mary met in 1982 where he played squash at the Woodbine Racquet Club. Kip loved sports and participated in many sports and outdoor activities including baseball, slow pitch, squash, skiing and weightlifting.

Kip’s career was working with kids at William Roper Hull Home and Fish Creek School. He was passionate about helping kids and positively influenced many lives. His most important career was a trail blazing full-time stay-at-home Dad for daughters, Chloe and Nicola. He played Barbies, mastered pony tails, arranged play dates, drove to many, many dance classes and was always there for his girls.

Kip’s passion was motorcycle touring on his beloved Harleys. He was proud of his Harleys and personalized each of them with chrome and unique “Kip” touches. He traveled many miles on the highways of Alberta, BC, and the US. He made several trips to the Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally, and one summer traveled north to Whitehorse. His motorcycle buddies were very special friends.

Besides his loving wife of 33 years, Mary, Kip is survived by daughters Nicola, Chloe (Rob) and grandson Kade; siblings Gerry (Don) and Lance (Shirlee), parents-in-law, Cameron & Florence Archibald, siblings-in-law Kim (Judy), Colleen (Brian), Robin (Chris), Craig, and Diane (Max); and numerous special cousins, nieces and nephews.

Kip was predeceased by his father, Jim, his mother, Rhoda, and brother, Randy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. The family wants to thank all the doctors and medical staff who took care of Kip during his lifetime. A special thanks to the staff at the South Health Campus Hospital whose compassion and devotion were such a comfort to Kip and the family last week.

In living memory of Kip Gothard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Sherry Koftinoff

    Mary, my deepest condolences to you and your girls. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sherry Koftinoff

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  2. Debra Patterson-Zanin

    Thinking of you at this time of your loss; Mary and all of your family. Words cannot express our thoughts of you at this challenging time . May all your friends and family surround you with all their love.
    Deb and Peter Zanin (RE: Deb Patterson-Zanin)

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  3. Janice Stene Dekkers

    Mary. My heart is aching for you and the girls. You have always had a special place in our family, know you are in my heart and my thoughts.

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  4. Georgina Turner

    My deepest condolences to you Mary, Nicola, and Chloe. I had the great pleasure of seeing Kip’s joy and passion as a stay-at-home Dad when I taught Nicola in Kindergarten and grade one. He was, without doubt, my number one volunteer on a field trip! It was an added pleasure to work with him as a colleague at Fish Creek School; he had such a great way with the kids and was always so proud of his girls as he kept me up to date with their accomplishments. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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  5. Ron & Daphne Jenkins

    Mary, we are sad to read of Kip’s passing. We fondly remember sharing some good times with both of you at various CAPL functions.
    I would have liked to attend his service but I will be away next week with Cam Fraser, Ken Cruickshank and another fellow on our annual ski/snowmobile trip to B.C.
    Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family at this sad time.
    Ron & Daphne Jenkins

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  6. Mary, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Be strong, the love of family and friends will always be with you.

    Ric Crowe

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  7. Mary Ellen and family; So sorry to hear about Kip. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Our sincerest sympathies. Jerry and April Zacharuk

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  8. Dear Mary ,Nicola, Chloe and Rob,
    It is with much sorrow that we learned of Kip’s passing.
    We first met in high school when Kip first moved to town. In those good old days many of us forged our friendships at Bayview [ Glenmore Dam] over the campfire to the tunes of Johnny Cash, Ian Tyson, BB King and many other musical greats. We sang our hearts out every week and dreamed our dreams, set our goals and just shared our friendships and comradery.
    Kip had the fiery red hair and blazing blue eyes then and he could party but even then he had a gentle soul and a sense of wanting to make the world a better place. He did. He was so proud of his family! I loved that he was Mr. Mom for the early years and he was darn proud of it. It shows his devotion and willingness to do whatever it took to have the best family experiences he could give you. The memories you have can never replace the man but they will become a way of keeping Kip alive in your hearts forever. My heart breaks for you all. Hopefully you can take some comfort that Kip prepared you all so well for what can be a wonderful world and provided you with an abundance of love, respect and zest for life. Mary, sadly retirement for you and Kip was not to be. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rely on your family and friends as much as you can, they will give you strength.
    Love and Hugs to you all,
    Leif and Sharin

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  9. Marilyn Bradley

    My heart is saddened by Kip’s passing. I will miss the many years of hearing Kip call me “Cous” and laughing stories of adventures surrounding family and friends. I know he is somewhere riding with Randy or maybe hooking up with Billy and looking down on us and especially proudly with love at his Mary, Chloe and Nicola.

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  10. so sorry to hear of Kip’s passing.will miss visiting with him about motocycles at the gym.God’s Blessing on his wife and daughters.

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  11. Heather Stables Fofonoff

    Mary, we crossed paths a few times during our careers in Land. I heard today about your husband, Kip. I am sorry for your loss. In this tough time in your life, may your family and friends sympathy and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort.

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  12. Dear Mary, Chloe, and Nicola; It is hard to find words, our hearts are deeply saddened for you. How he adored you, all of you and such a proud dad and Husband. We loved to hear him brag about his girls. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Barb and Gary

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  13. Very sorry to hear about Kip’s passing. My wife (Lee) worked with Kip for many years at Fish Creek in the lunch program and our girls played basketball together. We lose our loved ones far too soon. My thoughts are with you and the girls.

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  14. Sherril Shortridge

    Mary, Nicola and Chloe,
    It is with great sadness that we hear of Kip’s passing. Heaven has gained a great man.
    Our sincere condolences to all of you during this time.

    Sherril, Krista, Stuart and Rachel Shortridge

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  15. Mary, we are very sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Kip from our Mexico trip and from Fish Creek school. You and the girls have been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. Sending you much love.

    Doug & Bev Spoulos

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  16. Arnie Brownlees

    We were very sorry to hear of Kip’s passing. Take comfort from friends and family in this difficult time, we are all there for you.
    Arnie and Lynette

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  17. Mary,
    Steve and I were so very sorry to hear of Kip’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters during this very sad and painful time.
    Take care of each other and may you find comfort in your many memories of a wonderful husband and father.
    Margaret

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  18. I am very sorry to hear of Kip’s untimely passing. He was a real big brother to all of Randy’s school buddies including me. We learned how to drive cars, ride motorcycles and to be respectful to our lady friends. You made your mark ol’ friend!!

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  19. Judy and Brian Halhead

    To Mary and Chloe and Nicola,Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Kip. He was a wonderful husband and father. We are so sorry to hear about his passing. We know he has suffered so much and hope that he is now at peace. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. We know that you will miss him so much. Sincerely, Judy and Brian Halhead

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  20. Mary,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Kip. Hope you and your kids can find some comfort in knowing so many friends are thinking about you and hoping you are doing well as possible in this difficult time.
    Dave Bayne

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  21. For Gerry,
    With Kip gone recently and Randy earlier, you’ve now lost two brothers. Two of your own generation gone from your Gothard family, as well as your parents. I hope this doesn’t leave you feeling alone in the world, that your husband (and kids ?) will provide the support that one needs in this sad situation. Further, I hope that you and Lance are close and will get closer. Keep good, close ties with family and friends because you never know when you’ll lose someone else. Those years have begun. I wish you well. From 50 years ago…

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