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LANGE, Paul Arthur

May 5, 1921 – Winterburn, Alberta
February 3, 2017 – Canmore, Alberta

Paul Arthur Lange of Calgary and Canmore Alberta, died peacefully on Friday February 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. He inhabited the planet with great equanimity for 95 years.

Paul was born on May 5, 1921 on a farm in Winterburn Alberta, the youngest of 13 children and is the last of his siblings. Paul spent his career working for Parks Canada, where he was a passionate conservationist. He retired in 1983 as superintendent of Banff National Park. Later, Paul stayed active as a realtor and was an active volunteer for the Liberal Party, the Kerby Centre and the Rotary Club. He was a hardworking and dedicated man who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Paul is survived by He is survived by his children Jan Hrabec, Bruce (Kathleen) and Pat Lange; his grandchildren Eden and Wyatt Hrabec, and Val Lange (Jacob Simpson).

Paul was predeceased by his wife Evelyn, with whom he was married for 65 years.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. A private family ceremony will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Origin at Spring Creek for their kindness and loving care.

In living memory of Paul Lange, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Kimberly Taylor (nee Lange)

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Paul. Seems like only yesterday we were in Calgary celebrating his 80th birthday. His passing marks the end of an era for the Lange family. We will plant a tree at our home in Duncan this summer in memory of Paul. His will be near to Sam’s tree.

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  2. Sorry for your loss. Paul was the first superintendent I met. When I started with Parks he always stopped by the file room to say hi whenever he came to the Calgary office. He was a kind and friendly man and will be missed by all who knew him.

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  3. Please accept my sympathy. Paul Lange was superintendent at Banff when I first worked for the park. He would occasionally stop by the seasonal naturalists’ office in the basement of the Info Centre to say hello. Looking back, I realize how thoughtful it was that he took time out of a busy day to do that, especially since we were so in awe of his position that we could barely stammer out a response!

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  4. Paul was my favourite of all the superintendents I knew. I met him first while my late husband Ron Seale and I were working in Banff. Paul supported Ron and I when we were going through personal upheavals in Banff. For this I am eternally grateful.
    I will not be at the funeral as I am travelling in Egypt but I will thinking about all whom Paul left behind.
    Paul knew Banff would be his last position in National Parks. Unlike other superintendents, he was not swayed by political pressures and was deeply committed to conservation. The Bow Valley Naturalists prepared their first State of Banff National Park for him… and he listened. He ordered the speed limit in the “sheep zone” above Vermillion lakes to be decreased. Bravo Paul.
    I always looked forward to seeing Paul and chatting with him at the Parks Heritage Society Christmas parties. I will miss him and Evelyn every time I gather with Parks people.

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  5. Bruce Lange (son of Sam Lange).

    Paul lived his life with honesty and integrity (as did all the Lange family members). The Lange’s knew how to live life to the fullest. They have passed on their best traits to the rest of us. It was wonderful when I saw many of them together as they all REALLY looked like brothers 🙂

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  6. He was a wonderful gentleman, a great person to volunteer with, and will be missed by all who know him.

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  7. Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Edna and I knew Paul and Evelyn through our activities in the Liberal Party. They were a great couple. Paul will be missed.

    Jack Kenny, RCMP Retired

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  8. Our condolences; Barry Lange, son of Sam Lange.

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  9. Gail and Steve Kun

    Paul will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends. Steve worked for many years with him and we always enjoyed his company. He was a great help to us when we were looking for a retirement acreage. We spent many weekends with him then. The Parks Christmas party will not be the same without him.
    With sincere sympathy,

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  10. My deepest sympathy on Paul’s passing. He was one of the first people I met when I came to Calgary from Ottawa in 2004. He became my mentor when I voluntered at the FSNA. Always provided great advice and assistance. He was a first-rate gentleman and a top-notch public servant. Reg Tyo

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  11. Mike & Shirley Ford ( daughter of Louis Lange )

    Saddened to hear of Uncle Paul’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit with him when the family gathered in Edmonton for the celebration of life services for both Aunt Florence and Uncle Ben. Mike still has the business card that Uncle Paul gave him simply stating ” Retired”, it makes us smile. We will always remember him with fondness and a donation to L’arche will be made in his memory.

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