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TOWNLEY, Frances June (nee Arbour)

January 25, 1923 – Calgary, Alberta
May 13, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

June Townley of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the age of 96 years, leaving behind a life well lived and well loved.

June will be remembered as strong, loyal, intellectual, forthright and generous. Born in Calgary, June travelled with her parents Jack and Peg Arbour during his NHL playing days along with her two best friends, sisters Donna and Helen. Once settled back in Calgary, the Arbour sisters could be found skating at the Glencoe, spending many cherished hours and making lasting friendships. June married John Townley III in 1955 and enjoyed many years together raising their son John, travelling, golfing, skiing, and entertaining family and friends. Her varied interests included playing bridge, being a most avid reader, an accomplished cook, a volunteer and an active member in her parish and community. She was also fond of the arts. She cherished her close and lasting friends over the years, many of whom stood alongside her during difficult times. June’s indomitable spirit and unwavering faith saw her through the loss of her husband in 1999, and her only child John Townley IV in 2012. June sought comfort from family and her faith knowing her son John would live on through the memories shared by his wife Cyndra and their three children, Macmillan, Stuart and Madeleine. Her love as mother and grandmother extended to not only her grandchildren, but to her many nieces and nephews who essentially grew up with their “Auntie June”. She was steadfast in her love for them and their families ensuring a strong bond which lasted a lifetime.

In addition to Cyndra, Mac, Stuart and Madeleine, June will be fondly remembered by her husband John’s children, Stephen and Deb Townley, Linda and Phil Jury and all of their children, as well as her Hickey and Robertson nieces and nephews. June was also predeceased by her beloved sisters, Donna Hickey and Helen Robertson; her brothers-in-law, Frank Hickey and Stuart Robertson; niece Donna Hickey and her nephew Fletcher Kimmel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street SW, Calgary, AB) on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow and Family Graveside Service at St. Mary’s. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7, Tel; 403-295-1811; www.stars.ca, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

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

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  1. Betty Prentice

    How very fortunate and honoured we have been to be a part of June’s life. Being a friend of her sister Helen, allowed me to witness at close range what an exceptionally kind, generous and thoughtful person June was. Her talents were numerous, her faith fervent and always everything done with grace. She will be greatly missed.
    Rest in peace, dear June. Love, Betty

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  2. With great sadness I offer condolences on the passing of your dear Mom, Grandma, Aunt and friend. June has been in the fabric of our lives for many years because of her deep friendship with my Mom Beryle Nesbitt.
    Much Sympathy,
    Jan Nesbitt

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  3. The Townley Family,
    It is with great sadness that I extend condolences to all of the Townley family on the loss of your Mom, Aunt, Grandma and friend. I, through my Mom Beryle Nesbitt, enjoyed many years of friendship with June. She has part of the fabric of our family for many years.
    With Sympathy,
    Jan Nesbitt

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  4. Susan Stewart

    Today May 24th we celebrated my Aunt June’s life at St. Anthony’s Church. My Aunt June was brave, strong, supportive and loving. She was well put together and classy babe right to the end of her life. Always dressed fashionably with makeup and lipstick tastefully applied. June was a talented seamstress, marvelous cook and killer bridge player. A little known fact was she was a great powder skier and enjoyed skiing up until her 70’s. She spent countless hours on the slopes around Banff with her many friends and family. Sometimes we were even the lucky ones to ski with her. Skiing in the winter and golfing at the Country Club in the summer.
    June knew every short cut in the city. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was very familiar with the easiest routes – this was true even up until her passing. She happily shared these secrets and I use them whenever I can while in Calgary. Through the years June shouldered the passing of her parents, her sisters, her husband and her only son. Adding in the loss of brothers in law and niece and nephew – to most it would be too much to bear. All through these sad and tragic times June’s mantra as not to be a burden. She focused on the needs of each of her loved ones and was present to ease their journeys from this life to the next and to support the rest of us in our shared loss.
    June mused that she and her sisters often said that all their children had 3 mothers. There was hardly a day that I missed speaking with Mom, Donna or June depending on who was near and available for the call. As a child living on the ranch we all grew up knowing their phone numbers. These were our life lines.
    June always said that growing old was not for the faint of heart – that in life you had to adjust or die. She adjusted and led the way with courage and faith for us all to follow. We can only hope that we too can adjust to our loss and lead our lives with courage, strength and love that June personified.
    Back to June’s always being put together – if we happened to be visiting June and remarkably dressed appropriately – defined as not wearing blue jeans – we found ourselves invited to Junes’ favourite dining room – here at the COUNTRY CLUB. June loved this spot. She enjoyed the warm, friendly and accomplished staff, the marvelous meals and the beauty of the surrounding golf course.
    As we say farewell to June, I picture she is now surrounded by her family and friends who have already journeyed to heaven and that they are celebrating her arrival. June was special to so many of us – family and friends – and we will all miss her.

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