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MAKARRA, Bernard William

April 1, 1935 – Bruno, Saskatchewan
December 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Bernard (Bernie) William Makarra passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital on December 30, 2018 at the age of 83 years.

Born on April 1, 1935 in Bruno, Saskatchewan, Bernie met Beverly in Hanna, Alberta in 1962 and married there in 1964 before moving to Calgary. Bernie served as an accountant and controller in the Oil and Gas exploration industry for nearly forty years, after thirteen years with the Royal Bank, working globally. Bernie’s family remembers him enjoying Alberta’s lake and river campgrounds, and in his later years, Bernie greatly enjoyed having coffee and conversation with his wife, friends and family.

Bernie is lovingly remembered by his wife of fifty-four years, Beverly Makarra; his three children, Daniel (Bonnie) Dooley, Donna Dooley (Todd Ibey) and Elizabeth Makarra; along with grandchildren, TC (Tanay) Ibey, Sara Ibey, Scott Dooley and Jordan Dooley. He was predeceased by his parents, Anna and Bill Makarra, along with sister, Hattie Glancey.

A Celebration of Bernie’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the hospitality centre at the funeral home. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through

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

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  1. To Bev Makarra and your family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Bernie. Always know that we are here for you so please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.
    Howard and Joyce Blumhagen

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  2. Nicole Galeski (Nikki Johnston)

    So many memories of such a great childhood with your family. He will always be remembered in a special place in my heart. Thinking of you all

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  3. To Bev and family, I worked with Bernie for many years at Western Geophysical and remember him with fondness and great respect. He was a very efficient and likeable addition to the company, and was missed when he left. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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  4. Diane Cox (nee Brown)

    To Bernie’s family, my condolences. You don’t know me. I knew Bernie when he was with the Royal Bank in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I am pleased to know he was blessed with a long life, a loving wife, and the pleasures that children and grandchildren bring.

    Rest in everlasting peace and joy, my friend.

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