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RIPLEY, Harry Edward

July 22, 1930 – Edmonton, Alberta
September 12, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Harry Edward Ripley, beloved husband of Edna Ripley of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Harry was a professional engineer and member of APEGGA, the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. He started in the Canadian oil and gas industry as a truck driver for Halliburton and several years later, enrolled in Engineering at the U of A where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, and went on to earn his Masters in Petroleum Engineering. He worked in the oil and gas industry for over forty years, retiring from Halliburton as Manager of Engineering – Canada. Following his retirement, Harry consulted as a petroleum engineer which included teaching classes and training oilfield engineers in China and Russia. He published numerous oilfield services technical articles in well respected publications, including the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology.

Harry enjoyed travelling, walking, dancing, reading, and history. He had a true zest for life.      Harry was a dedicated volunteer for the Prostate Cancer Centre, the Calgary and Alberta Lacrosse Associations, was Calgary Section Chairman (89-90) for the Petroleum Society of C.I.M, and a member of the Oilpatch Old-Timers Association. Harry was a smart, generous, vibrant, straight-forward man who had an excellent sense of humour.

Besides Edna, his loving wife of 55 years, Harry is survived by his children, Marga (Tom) Stanley of Astoria, OR, USA, Charlene (John) Ripley of Vancouver, BC, Kyle (Pati) Ripley, of Calgary, AB; granddaughter Alena Ripley; and sister Margaret Iannacone. He was predeceased by his siblings, Martha, Eva, Charlie, Arthur, Louise, and Norman, and parents Charles Powers Ripley and Eleanor Mary Ripley.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Harry’s life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Prostate Cancer Centre (Southern Alberta Institute of Urology, Rockyview General Hospital), 6500, 7007 – 14 Street S.W. Calgary Alberta, T2V 1P9, Telephone: (403) 943-8888, www.prostatecancercentre.ca. Thank you to Dr. Danny Heng and the staff at Tom Baker Cancer Centre; Dr. Darrell Yip and the nurses and staff of Unit 73 at the Rockyview General Hospital, and the Urban Palliative Home Care nurses and staff.

In loving memory of Harry Ripley, 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. Dearest Edna and family. What a wonderful man Harry was! He had such a delightful combination of kindness, intelligence and playfulness. I am sending you my love and support as you bear this immense loss. Xx

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  2. Gail McClelland :

    Edna, Kyle and Charlene:

    We were shocked and saddened by the passing of Uncle Harry. Please know that our thoughts are with you all at this time.
    I just sent in a memorial donation to the Prostate Cancer Centre on behalf of all of us.
    Please take care and let me know if there is anything we can do for you.

    We were unable to make arrangements to attend the funeral on such short notice but please know we are thinking of you all.

    With love,
    Dale, Gail (Ripley) McClelland, Randy and Rob Ripley

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  3. Edna, Charlene, Kyle, and family. I just heard this morning when talking with Heather and Henry of Harry’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, he was such a kind man.
    Thinking of you at this time.
    Lori

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  4. Harry was definitely one of the good guys. I enjoyed his acquaintance very much. I am also a graduate/volunteer from the Prostate Cancer Centre.

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  5. Dear Edna and family.
    So sorry for Harry’s passing.
    I just heard it from Carrol and Keith.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Adrian.

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