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TARP, Mike (Aage)

April 12, 1943 – Fejo, Denmark
July 15, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mike was born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada in 1961. He settled in Toronto, where he met Margaret and they were married in 1970. Mike started in the automobile business in Toronto where he became very successful as a sales manager. He soon caught the attention of Chrysler Canada and in 1985 he was offered the opportunity to buy Renfrew Chrysler in Calgary. Mike and Margaret moved to Willow Park in Calgary, and Mike soon made Renfrew Chrysler one of the highest volume dealerships for Chrysler in Canada. In 1988 Renfrew moved to its present location and Mike started Alberta Jeep Eagle, at Renfrew’s former location, with son Steven at the helm. That dealership soon also became one of the largest volume Jeep dealerships in Canada. He was a regular member of The Presidents Club and The Chairman’s Club for Chrysler, in recognition of his ability to “Sell Cars”. His favorite saying was, “nothing happens until somebody sells something”. Mike and Margaret started to winter in Florida, where he became very active in thoroughbred horse racing. His crowning achievement was when his mare, Go Maggy Go, won the “Black Eyed Susan”, horse racings equivalent of a Triple Crown race for mares. Mike was an avid golfer, and a member at Willow Park Golf and Country Club, those who played with him can attest to his amazing ability of making those thirty foot putts, when money was on the line. He also took the opportunity to play at some of the top golf courses in North America, such as Pebble Beach and several TPC courses; he was a regular for several years at the PGA’s Las Vegas Open. Mike became very involved in the Willow Park Golf classic, one of the major charity tournaments in Calgary. He was active in many other charity golf tournaments, such as Between Friends, The George Reid, The Flames Foundation, The Stampeder Alumni, and numerous others. He would provide vehicles for Hole-in-one prizes, many of which were claimed by those lucky golfers. He was a regular at the prize tables at most tournaments he played at. Mike was very active in the community and with many different charities. He was a major participant in the Save our Stamps (SOS) campaign in the late 80’s, Recovery Acres Society, and numerous other charities. He was also the Bnai Brith Man of the Year in 1996, which recognized his commitment to the City of Calgary. In the late 2000’s he sold Renfrew Chrysler and enjoyed several years of retirement with Margaret, playing golf and enjoying his horses in Florida and Kentucky. Mike was one of those unique individuals who made instant friendships and was always fun to be around. He was larger than life itself.

Mike is survived by his wife Margaret; son Steve; three grandsons, Michael, Tyler and Brendan. Mike is also survived by sister Inge; and nephew Jan in Denmark.

Funeral Services will be held at Danish Lutheran Church (210 10 Ave NE, Calgary, AB) on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Danish Canadian Club (727 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB) at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Sian, Dr. G. Gelfand, and the nursing staff at Rockyview Hospital, Unit 47. They treated Mike with dignity, going above and beyond their duty.

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  1. Caspar Pfenninger

    Dear Margaret
    My most sincere condolences to you and the whole family on the passing of your beloved husband, sibling, uncle, father and grandfather, and my friend Mike.
    May God rest his soul.

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  2. Laura O’Neil

    Uncle Mike, I will forever remember your laugh… I am reminded of Sunday dinners & holidays that were filled with that great laugh, while playing a very serious game of cards with perhaps a wee Dram… You will be missed xo

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  3. I met Mike and Marg through my Uncle Tony Duberry in the late 70’s. He was so kind that a few years later after they moved to Calgary he was kind enough to “rent” a car to my wife and I when we visited Calgary. (He never charged us for the rental!!). He was a wonderful man!

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  4. Lorraine Carpenter

    Margaret and Family
    I am sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My sincere thoughts are with you at this time.

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  5. Gustav Rasmussen

    Rita and I are sorry to hear about Mikes passing.
    Our sincere Condolences to the Family.
    We purchased a new car from him in 1991, shortly after
    Her Majesty Queen Margrethe The 2 . Off Denmark came to visit Dickson Alberta.
    I always enjoyed speaking to Mike at the D.B.A and the Danish Canadian Club. He was always happy and cheerful

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  6. Tari (Romans Racing)

    Dear Margaret,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was such a dear man; always so kind when we spoke. It was an honor to know him, and always my pleasure to assist him with his horse win photos, licensing, and other items. Always showing appreciation, cracking jokes, a true gentleman. He will be missed so dearly by everyone who had the honor and privilege to know him. His equine family; American County, Go Maggie Go, and all his “Tarpy” horses will carry on his legacy, as well.
    My deepest sympathy is with you and your family.

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  7. Margaret & family
    Mike will be remembered always, so treasure the memories for they will stay with you. Do read – “Live Your Dash” by Linda Ellis (2010).
    With sympathy and understanding ……Liz Burney & family, Calgary

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  8. Margaret, Steve and Family,
    Mike was a true individual and taught me many things early in my career. Lesley and I are thinking of you at this very difficult time and sending our condolences.
    Sincerely,
    Gord & Lesley Stang

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  9. Gord & Lesley Stang

    Margaret, Steve and Family,
    Mike was a true individual and taught me many things early in my career. Lesley and I are thinking of you at this very difficult time and sending our condolences.
    Sincerely,
    Gord & Lesley Stang

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  10. Marg
    My sincere condolences on Mike’s passing. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed time spent with him.
    Jim McManes

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  11. Dear Steve (and family),

    Deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Recently lost my mom as well. Words cannot express…

    I hold you in my heart. It’s Donna. I knew you from Scarborough Church, Sunday evenings. Once upon a time, I was married to a certain Rob and had little white Maltese named Picolo. We went to auctions together, and you were our realtor. If you need or would like to talk, I’m here for you. Please email.

    Blessings and sending you love and light in this very difficult time.

    Donna Dixon

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  12. We will never forget how much our lives changed for the better the day we met Mike Tarp. On of a kind! rest in peace, Mikey!!

    Dave and Judy Hoeght

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