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TROLLOPE, Frederick Hamilton

May 29, 1928 – York (Toronto), Ontario
June 25, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

TROLLOPE, Frederick Hamilton – beloved husband of Janet, father of Scott (Mary), Leslie (Gordon), Susan (Colin), Alison (Edward), grandfather of Ashleigh, Bryna, Alexander, and Brody, passed on Tuesday, June 25. Fred was predeceased by his brother Albert and his sister Hazel. Born May 29, 1928 to Miriam and William, Fred spent his childhood and most of his adolescence in Timmins and Toronto, Ontario. The family then moved to Calgary and Fred graduated from Crescent Heights High School. He obtained his undergraduate (honours) and graduate degrees in geology at University of Alberta, and met Janet Leighton in Edmonton, where they were married in 1953.

In Fred’s early days as a young Geologist at Socony-Vacuum Exploration Company (precursor to Mobil Oil Canada, where he spent his entire 35-year career), he was the wellsite geologist on the discovery well at Pembina 1 in Alberta in 1953. This discovery still ranks as one of the largest conventional oil fields in onshore North America, and had a huge influence on the massive growth in the Canadian oil industry that followed. While working for Socony-Vacuum on their Oil Sands Well No. 27 (McMurray Formation), Fred identified a new foram, Saracenaria trollopei. Fred retired from Mobil in 1986 and consulted for a few years, including as a freelance writer for “Oilweek” from 1988-1998.

The abiding focus of Fred’s life remained Janet, his children and his grandchildren, who always benefitted from his deep wisdom and affection. In full retirement Fred was dedicated to his family, travel, and golf. Over the years, Fred enjoyed many rounds of golf at the Elks Golf Club with longstanding friends. Janet and Fred enjoyed their years of travel together, starting with their honeymoon to Hawaii in 1953, and agreed that they had been fortunate to be able to see everything they had wanted to. All who knew Fred experienced his sound counsel, ability to understand many perspectives, and generosity of spirit.

Fred/Dad/Grandpa — we cannot express how deeply loved you are and how profoundly we will miss you – you will always be with us.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at the Winston Golf Club (formerly Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club – 2502 6 Street NE, Calgary, AB) on Saturday July 13 at 2:00 PM. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Fred Trollope, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of your much loved husband, father and grandfather. Thinking of all of you in your time of sorrow.

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  2. My sincere condolences to Fred’s family and friends on his passing. Many years ago Fred inaugurated a meeting of his Mobil Oil explorationists at the Elks Golf and Country Club on the first Wednesday of the month. He chaired the meeting last Wednesday as usual. Sadly those meetings of friends will never be the same. He enriched our Mobil Oil experience.

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  3. Heather Charbonneau & Ken Cook

    We would like to extend our condolences to Janet and the rest of Trollope family regarding Fred’s passing. Fred always had a story to tell with many interesting and precise facts and keenly loved to hear stories as well. Fred and Janet went out of their way to welcome us to their home as well as the many family events and gathering that we’ve attended since arriving in Calgary back in the mid-90s. He will be sorely missed.

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  4. Brian and Erin Hiebert

    Our thoughts are with Scott and Mary and all of Fred’s family at this time. We hope that all your memories of Fred will be a comfort over the next days and weeks and months.

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  5. Conrad & Esther Wedin

    Janet we are so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. We express our most sincere condolences to you and your family. We regret we will not be able to attend Fred’s memorial but our thoughts are with you.

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  6. Honourable Nick Taylor

    Fred was a good geologist and an even better person.
    He was one of the ones who built Alberta.
    My condolences to the family from another geologist

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