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THORPE, John Bernt

January 22, 1938 – Calgary, Alberta
October 9, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

John Thorpe, beloved husband of Elsje Happel of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

John passed away peacefully at the Rockyview Hospital. The world has lost a gentle and kind soul. Born in Calgary, he was a valuable member of our community and giving back was something that he held close to his heart. He was involved with the Calgary Flames, Al Azhar Shriners and Calgary Stampede for most of his life.

Left to remember John are his daughters; Nancy, her husband Richard and their two boys, William and Jack, and Alison, her husband Jan and their two daughters Laura and Nichole. He also leaves behind his brother Roy and sister-in-law, Janet. He will be missed by cousins Nelda, Beverly, Audrey and Frank. John was well loved by his extended family and countless close friends and will be missed dearly.

At John’s request, a Private Family Service was held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 5225 – 101ST St. N.W., Calgary Ab T3L 1S4 Telephone: (403) 239-0030.

In living memory of John Thorpe, 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. My very sadness for all the family members that have been Johns life.

    Best Regards,
    Kim Fischer

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  2. Chuck Berridge :

    Our condolences to John’s family. We will always remember John from our school days. Many a day spent with our old cars.
    A real friend. He was our best man at our wedding 63 years ago.

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  3. Shauna Crombie :

    Nancy, Allison and family, thinking of you with love. It always hurts to see those we love leave us. It doesn’t matter if it is expected or not their passing leaves a whole in your lives. Remember the laughter, the fun, the good times you had with your dad and he will live on in your thoughts.
    Shauna and Doug Crombie

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  4. Alison And Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. My heart goes out to you both. I have many good memories of your Dad . Patti

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  5. Barbara LaGrandeur :

    Nancy and Allison, Terry and I are deeply saddened by your dads passing! We have been looking for him for the last 3 years. So very sorry we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye or tell him again how much he means to us. Wishing you peace of mind and of heart.

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  6. Nelle Pedersen :

    Nancy & Alison: I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a man who could always make me laugh, and he had a great sense of humour. He knew how blessed he was to have you two girls for children. I have so many wonderful memories of us all sharing Sunday dinners together on Lakeside Cr. back in the good ‘ol days. Cherish those memories.
    Love Nelle

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  7. Nancy Stasiuk :

    Elsje and family,
    We were very sorry to hear about John’s passing. Our deepest condolences.
    Brian and Nancy Stasiuk

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  8. Heartfelt sympathy to John’s family. So many happy memories of the times I spent with John and Roy at their home.

    Don

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  9. Ken and Lorraine Weller :

    Dear Elsje
    We send our heartfelt sympathies to you and all of John’s family. We knew John through the Al Azhar Shriners and enjoyed his leadership and quiet, effective ways. John was always very pleasant and welcoming. He will be missed.

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  10. To Allison and Family , and Nancy and Family
    Our sincere sympathy to you all on the recent passing of your Dad and Grandfather . We remember John as our former neighbor. John was an amiable, lovely man. Someone who was a joy to know and to have met and to always remember. May you all find peace now and treasure your happy memories always, within your heart. Kindest regards, Connie and Bill Fowle and Family

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