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RICHARDSON, John Belmain

December 7, 1921 – Coronation, Alberta
July 9, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

John Richardson, beloved father, grandfather and uncle, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the age of 96 years.

John was born in Coronation, AB on December 7, 1921 and was raised on a farm in the Silver Heights area. He went to school at Whitelock and Mount Lookout. He later attended Olds School of Agriculture and NAIT which led him to his many pursuits in business. John joined the Armed Forces in 1942, the Irish Regiment, 5th Division as a Signalman. He served in England, N. Africa and Italy. He was wounded in Italy on May 24, 1944 and spent seven months recovering. He was discharged in December 1944.

His business career started at Paintearth Municipality, Castor, AB. He moved to Timmins, ON and worked at Mountjoy Lumber, owned a partnership in a pool and bowling alley, started a carpet cleaning partnership with his brother-in-law Joe Handley and later his own business Richardson Rug and Upholstery Cleaners. It was in Timmins he met Eve and they married on July 14, 1951 and shortly thereafter moved to Calgary and raised their family, Karyn, Carleen and Kent.

They resided in Calgary, Priddis and High River over their lifetime. Many would remember the pig roasts, BBQs, parties, horse shoes, swimming in the creek, skating, player piano and singing. When John retired at 54, he had the time to pursue his love of golf, and you would find him on the golf course four to six days a week. After retirement, for seven years during the summer, John helped the Brogden brothers in Priddis with their farming operation, planting and harvesting. He later leased land, farmed and rented their equipment. During the winter John and Eve enjoyed being snow birds in Arizona. He loved golf, warm weather, kite flying, trips to Mexico and Las Vegas, dances. John attributes his long life to being active and going to Arizona. He travelled to Hawaii, East Coast Canada and Alaska in their motor home and took a cruise to Portugal/Italy.

John is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Karyn and Bob Merrick; son Kent Richardson (Mary Maclean); son-in-law Marty Jones; grandchildren, Rob (Natalie), April, Megan and Jaida; sister-in-law Margo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. John will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Family Graveside Service to be held at the Fairfield Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made in John’s Memory directly to the Poppy Fund, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403) 265-6304.

In living memory of John Richardson, 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. LaToya Johnson

    To the family and friends of John Belmain, I am truly sorry for the lost that your family is feeling. Experiencing the lost of a beloved family member is one of the hardest thing that any of us can go thru. And because of that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. During this extremely difficult time, please turn to God for comfort and support. He promise to give your family the strength needed in order to endure this great lost. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Something else that can bring your family comfort is cherishing the wonderful memories that you have of Mr. John. These precious memories will console the family in the day’s ahead.

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  2. Mary Ellen and Wayne MacCallum

    Dear Karyn and Kent
    We are so sorry to hear that John has left us. I (Mary Ellen) have many fond memories of your Dad (and Mom). He was a wonderful person.
    May you find comfort in the many memories he has left behind, and in his legacy of a life well lived.
    Warm wishes and condolences to the whole family.
    Mary Ellen

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  3. My sincere condolences on the loss of your father , please pass my condolences on to your family.

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  4. Donna Gustavson

    Karyn, Bob, Kent, Mary and Marty, so many memories are skating through my mind at the moment. 20th Street, Chinook Park, Southwood, Priddis. Our family and yours – close to 60 years and our parent’s friendship that survived all the moves. I just watched an 8mm movie of us kids skating on the rink your Dad poured in your backyard on 20th St. Your Dad or my Dad driving every weekend to accommodate sleepovers for Carleen and me. Summers in Priddis riding, living in the bunkhouse, swimming in the creek and skating on it in the winter. Barbeques and so many laughs. Driving Dad to celebrate John’s 90th bday – I have a marvelous picture of the two of them. I fondly remember a warm, generous, kind and funny man. I’m sorry I won’t be in Calgary on Friday to share his sendoff with all of you. With heartfelt condolences Donna and family.

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  5. Mary-Lynn Perizzolo & Norma Brooks (Doucet)

    Karen & Kent,
    Norma and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your families on the loss of your father. We have fond memories from our childhood spending time with your family at your home in Chinook Park as well as Priddis. May your memories of your dad help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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