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TARGETT, John “Jim” Reginald

August 1, 1931 – Portsmouth, England
October 30, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

John Reginald Targett passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the age of 85 years, after a lengthy illness.

John is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, June N. Targett, son John (Kerry) and daughter Jane (Jeff). He also leaves to mourn his brother, in England, Michael (Norma), as well as brother-in-law, Gordon (Mary), sister-in-law, Lorraine (Doug) and numerous dear cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

Born in Portsmouth, England, John was a pilot in the RAF. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 and worked for CP Rail for 32 years. He always had a story to tell, or something to fix, and was creative with his hands, entering many of his marquetry pictures into the Calgary Stampede handicraft exhibits.

A Memorial Service will be held at Foothills Alliance Church (333 Edgepark Boulevard N.W.), on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Debbie & Don Edwards

    We are all so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We pray that you are able to find peace in knowing he has gone to a good place and you will one day be together again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

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  2. My condolences to you and your family at this time, John.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing, both my Father and I worked with John at CP Rail at the Palliser Square location for many years. He always had a good story to tell and will be fondly remembered. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

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  4. Maureen Loveder

    It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of John. My husband and I knew him well before he went to Canada and have had the pleasure of visiting him and June in Calgary over many years. He was part of our early married life, teaching us to drive in our first car.
    I have many very happy memories of him and his family. Rest in Peace John.

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  5. I met John late in the 70s when I started work at CP. He struck me as a gentleman and a good man to work for. Over the years a friendship grew, and my initial impression never changed. Always a gentleman, with a story to tell. Oh the stories. He should have written a book. A few I heard twice, but not many. John would always be willing to listen and give good advice.
    Over the years at CP, and continuing after we both retired, we’ve stayed in touch. Pat and I would read John’s emails with enthusiasm. Our visits to Calgary always included a visit with John and June, where we would laugh and enjoy the company so much.
    Please know that John is in heaven watching over you. I’m sure he’s regaling all there with the odd story or two as well.
    We will miss John very much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  6. Natalie Letourneau

    Mrs. Targett, Jane and Jeff, John and Carrie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Condolences to you all.
    Natalie Letourneau

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