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SANDGATHE, Jack Francis

January 12, 1931 – Calgary, Alberta
December 16, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Jack Sandgathe of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

Jack was born in Calgary, Alberta on January 12, 1931 to Howard Sandgathe and Alice Bowlen. Howard was an Alberta rancher and one of the original pilots with Trans Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) and Alice was the daughter of J J Bowlen, house leader for the Alberta Liberal Party in the 1930s and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in the 1950s.
Thus, Jack was an Albertan by birth, by heritage and, over the course of his life, by choice. Aside from a brief stint in Winnipeg as a child and several post-retirement years in BC, his ties to Alberta remained strong his whole life.
During his childhood his parents moved numerous times and Jack attended several different grade schools in Alberta and Winnipeg. In 1950 he graduated from Kelvin High School (Winnipeg) and then studied engineering at the University of Texas (Austin) and the University of Alberta (Edmonton).
In 1958 he began a 30-year career as a landman and technician with Nova Corp (originally Alberta Gas Trunk Line) and in the same year began an almost 50-year long love affair with June Frances Kilgannon.
Jack and June were married in Coleman, Alberta and together raised seven children. Family, rather than career, was always the focus of Jack’s life.
Jack will be remembered by all who knew him as a very kind man and a true gentleman, always humble, respectful, polite, courteous, considerate, soft-spoken, and generous and always there with a helping-hand when someone needed it.
He also had a great sense of humour, loved a good joke and had a talent for terrible word puns.
Throughout his life he was always part of efforts to help others. He was a founding member of the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, and he and June were involved in the formation of Calgary HandiBus.
After family, his other major pre-occupation was hobbies and Jack had a wide variety over the years. As a young country boy, it was camping, fishing and shooting, and over the years as a husband and father and into his retirement his hobbies included woodworking, learning to play different musical instruments, mathematics, astronomy, electronics, computers, robotics, jewellery-making, photography, and genealogy.

Jack is survived by seven children, Shannon, Jim, Gerry, Tara, Maureen, Dennis, and Terry; by his fifteen grandchildren, Karl, Kyra, Mark, Nolan, Jaden, Tyler, Jamie, Katie, Rosie, Nicky, Sarah, Kimmy, Jenny, Holly, and Corey; and by eight great-grandchildren, Callista, Caitlyn, Jasnah, Jacob, Jacqueline, Danielle, Taylor, and Tianna.

He was predeceased by his wife, June Sandgathe (nee Kilgannon), who died April 2, 2010.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 19 , 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Jack Sandgathe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Pat (Patrick) Henker

    My condolences to the family of Jack Sandgathe. I only met Jack in person about 9 years ago at the Granum 100 year reunion where my Grandfather (Felix Sandgathe) was the first mayor. We had a nice picnic with Jack and other Sandgathe cousins, (Rick and Tiz) from Oregon and my brother Terry and I (Pat) as we are sons of Wilda Sandgathe (Henker) from Granum. I enjoyed visiting Jack at two of the care facilities in Calgary over the past few years. Jack was a very nice man.

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  2. Heartfelt Condolences to you all. I have some very fond memories of Jack and June over my childhood years and time in Calgary. From them visiting in the Pass to later visiting with them in Calgary. Memories I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time, may you find peace, hope and comfort knowing Jack is now looking down on his children in the company of his cherished wife.

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  3. Tiz (Sandgathe) Wasson

    Love and condolences to you all. Jack created a such a bond between Alberta and Oregon. He was a driving force and a guide in the search to discover my grandfather’s history and family. I especially enjoyed talking computers and research with him. He was generous in so many ways especially in sharing his home and family with me. He was a close friend and will be greatly missed.

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  4. Will miss Jack’s wise counsel. My late wife Sheila was fond of her closest cousin.
    To Shannon and all the family, my sincere condolences.

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