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TURKO, Fred

September 4, 1925 – Waskatenau, Alberta
June 26, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Fred Turko of Calgary, passed away peacefully with his daughter and family at his side on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Fred, affectionately known as “Pops” to his family, was born in Waskatenau, AB, one of twelve children. Fred grew up and worked on the farm. He met the love of his life, Mary and they were married in 1948, starting out in Calgary where he worked for CPR as a pipefitter on the steam locomotives. He and Mary then moved back to the Newbrook area where he became a park warden with the Provincial Parks Service. They had four children, William, Patricia, Christopher and Rosemary. While raising his family, Fred built and managed Long Lake Provincial Park, transferred from there to Wabamun Lake then on to Pigeon Lake Provincial Park where he retired in 1986. He and Mary with their own hands built their retirement home in Winfield and their house was filled with their friends and family. They eventually moved back to Calgary where they’ve lived since.

Fred was a dedicated and hard worker, and enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, cooking, carpentry, and fixing anything that needed fixing. Most of all, he loved being with family and friends. He was a compassionate and caring friend and a guiding hand for his family all the while with a genuine smile on his face. He was a keen competitor when it came to playing pool, Crib and Scrabble with friends and especially with his family, playing game after game, often until the wee hours of the morning.

Fred will be forever in the hearts of his surviving daughter Rosemary (Don) Luft; and grandchildren, Evan and Kayle Luft, Kane Turko (Ashley), Krista Turko-Block (Ben), Jordan Turko, Fred and Robert Zotzman; great-grandchildren, Ty and Aspen Turko, and Ava Block; daughter-in-law Shirley Zotzman; sisters Eva Hrycun, Rosie Hrycun, Helen (Howard) Hayden and Emily (Glen) Ollikka; brothers Bill and Mike (Leonie) Turko; as well as many nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary; his daughter Patricia and his sons William and Christopher; and by his parents Mike and Rose Turko, Alex Penchuk; his brothers John, Nick and Anton; and sisters Pauline Melnychuk and Mary McKee.

Fred will always be remembered for the love that he shared, the honesty that he lived by, the true compassion he felt for others, his great sense of humor, and his love of life. He was loved by so many.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Providence Care Centre – Father Lacombe Care Foundation, 270 Providence Boulevard S.E. Calgary, AB T2X 0V6, Telephone: (587) 393-1353, www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/father-lacombe-care-centre-foundation/

In living memory of Fred Turko, 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. Gordon & Ruth Hrycun :

    With our condolences to your family. We will remember Uncle Fred as a fun loving man; always greeting you with that special smile . Remember the great times !

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  2. Brian and Debbie Turko :

    So nice Uncle Fred made it to our family wedding a year ago. Wish I would have spent more time with him. Lots of fond memories staying at Uncle Fred’s and Aunty Mary’s as a youngster. Rose and family, our sincere condolences.

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  3. Frances and Gary Tkachyk :

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing . I remember him as a wonderful man who was very generous when I baby sat for your family many years ago. Your parents were always willing to help anyone who needed help. My deepest sympathy to you and all your family.

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  4. John and Lyn Henry :

    Well Rose its a couple of years since Fred left our Condominium, and in our Tues. night Pool & Cribbage games. His name continues to come up. He loved to play and he loved to win. After hands of 16/18 when he only got 6 or 7 points he was inclined to mumble ” I never ge himselft any cards”. We started the night by playing pool where he acquitted himself quite well. Moreover he put us in our place one night by mentioning that he played with another group on Thursdays and” a they were a h ll of a lot better than we were” Many years Many Memories!

    He lived just down the hall and always had a cheerful hello for Lyn. We both very much enjoyed the association.

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