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OICKLE, Darrel Vernon

March 17, 1942 – Beaver Harbour, Nova Scotia
November 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Darrell was born and raised in a small oceanside community of Beaver Harbour, Nova Scotia with his eight brothers and sisters. As a child he spent his time swimming, fishing, and hunting with his family.

Darrell joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1961 until his medical discharge in 1977, at which time he was a Master Corporal. During his military career, initially driving tanks, he was able to travel the world with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces. He travelled to Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, and was stationed all over Canada.

While with Calgary’s Lord Strathcona Horse (RC) in 1967, he met his wife Irene. They were married in her home town of Rossland, B.C. Darrell & Irene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017.  Together they had three children Todd (Ngan), Toby, and Kimberlay, all whom attended college/university.

As he raised his family in Calgary, he established himself as an always generous, helpful, handy man at home & where ever he visited. Darrell welcomed all visitors from across Canada and down the street. He was always the Go-To person for neighbors & family for advice, tools, and a helping hand, creating many lifelong friendships.

When Darrell retired from SAIT Polytechnic as a custodial engineer, his life was much busier than he expected. He spent as much time as possible with his grandchildren Tyger, Jett, Aja, whom called him Bubba, Logan, Holden, & Nolan. He was also Uncle Grumpy to Abby & Oliver. He attended/taxied kids to as many sporting events and functions that he could squeeze in.

Darrell never gave up. His battles with diabetes and heart disease among other ailments slowed him down over the years but he still took on projects such as building bird houses, gardening and putting up decoration for holidays. Even when he wasn’t supposed to lift anything or be on ladders. Despite his difficulties, he continued to look forward in his life, and never lost his sense of humour. It carried him through the hard times. Darrell will always be remembered as a caretaker of country, home and family, neighbors and doing it with a smile.

Besides his loving wife, Irene, Darrell is survived by his children Todd, Toby and Kimberlay; his grandchildren and those who call him grumpy Tyger, Jett, Aja, Logan, Holden, Nolan, Abby, and Oliver; his siblings Greta, Joyce, Peter, Lloyd; his grand-dog Casey Jones, in addition to the many friends that he made throughout his lifetime.

Darrell was predeceased by his parents, his siblings Kenneth, Wayne, Barry, and Michail and his beloved dog, Peanuts.

Funeral Services will be held at Avenue Church (7642 – 22 St, SE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Darrell Oickle, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB
T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this sad and difficult time. Chris and Dan Miller.

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  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Irene , Darrel and I were in the Fort Garry Horse in Germany from 1962-1965 . We had a great time . Thru the years and after the military our lives went separate ways . But still think of him periodically.
    So sorry to hera of his passing .

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  3. Aida & Tom Ford

    Our condolences to Irene and Family. Darrell was such a wonderful person, he always had a smile. He will be missed. Much love.

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  4. Lawrence & Dale Bent

    Dear Irene and family,

    Thinking of you and the family at this time. We all thought a lot of Darrell and he will be deeply missed. We enjoyed his friendship and love of life over the years – will always remember him that way. Our prayers are with you and the family – God Bless

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  5. We would like to express our sincere condolences to everyone in Oickle family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Juri & Kerrine Stoll

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  6. I have fond memories of Darrel …”Mr Oickle” as I will always call him,… always had a quick smile or funny remark…especially at our expense which Toby and I likely well deserved…I will remember him as a kind and honorable man… My prayers go out to Toby and his Family…

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  7. Belated condolences to the Oickle Family in the loss of Darrell. He will truly be missed.

    SAIT’s ALIVE (The Association of Retired and Former employees of SAIT and their spouses)

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