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VERAG, Andrew (Andy)

July 4, 1925 – Sajokaza, Megye, Hungary
March 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Andrew passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Andrew came to Canada in September 1929 with his mother Anna and older brother Bill and sister Pearl. Andrew’s schooling was all completed in the Nacmine and Drumheller areas of Alberta. In July 1944 Andy joined the RCAMC, based in Nova Scotia, where he spent most of his service. Before being shipped overseas, the war ended and he was discharged in July 1946. He then enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He always thanked the Canadian and Alberta Government for allowing him to pursue this program after his military service. After graduation, he was employed by Kananaskis Exploration and then in 1951 went to work for Imperial Oil until 1965 when he went back to the University of Calgary to obtain his teaching degree. In 1966 he started to teach at Rideau Elementary School until his retirement in 1977. Retirement was very pleasant and filled with endless travels and meeting people from all over the world. He had maintained many of those friendships, mostly by letter up until his passing. He felt so blessed to have the opportunity to attend both Alberta Universities, that he left a significant endowment to both and contributions were made to DNA Science, a genomics collaboration as they try to determine the roll that genetics has in cancer. Even though staying a bachelor his whole life, he tried to help family as much as possible, especially his late sister Pearl’s family.

Andrew is survived by his nieces and caregivers; Lin and Bob Taverner, Marcy and Jim Kennedy and by his eldest niece Gail Farago. He is also survived by three great nieces and a nephew and many great, great nieces and nephews.

Andrew was predeceased by his parents and all siblings, most recently his nephew Francis M. Farago and sister Rose Helbak.

Condolences may be forwarded through He was active with his church group and would like to acknowledge the kind attention showed by Glen Stewart and Sonia Shepard. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

In living memory of Andrew Verag, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Lin, Bob, Marcie and Jim,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of your Uncle Andy.

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time

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  2. Anna Stambene nee Vespa

    Lin, Bob, Marcie and Jim,

    Our deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow. May Uncle Andy’s memories bring you strength and peace

    Todd Taverner
    Anna Stambene and Julian Stambene

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  3. Condolences to the family as I know they will all have their special memories of Andy and will miss him. Andy has been in my life since 1974 when we were both at Mountain View School – I always thought that he had a most unique relationship with his students and with his colleagues – hard to describe, but he was always interested. We formed such a great “eating out” group which went on even when that staff dispersed, and continued to the present day with those who lived here or visited. He also continued to host get togethers, in small numbers, at his place, and always had give-away cartons of Hungarian food. Andy thought the world of his family and wanted to keep them close. Over the years he visited his homeland and several other parts of the world to keep contact with relatives and friends. Even into his nineties, and finding it difficult to walk, he continued to attend outside activities. Good for you, Andy, we loved having you.

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  4. My name is Pat Rogers and I live in Saskatoon. My husband Bob taught with Andy in Calgary at Mountain View School. After we moved to Saskatoon in 1977 Andy kept in touch with us through Christmas cards and the occasional phone call. It was interesting to hear of his travel adventures. After Bob died in June of 2015 Andy phoned me often on a Sunday evening to check up on me and how I was doing. I looked forward to those calls. I know that in recent times his health was failing but he always sounded positive about still being able to get out a bit and how his nieces were so good to him. When the phone calls stopped I knew something was wrong. I finally googled his name and the obituary came up. He lived a good life and was independent as long as he could be. My sympathies are with you. I will miss him.
    Pat Rogers

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  5. Anthony Williams

    My condolences to Andy’s family since I know that they will have special memories of Andy and they will miss him much. For me I met Andy at Metwatter Barracks, Calgary in July 1944. We have had numerous contacts since that time, making a long friendship. I remember him in Commerce at University while being in Engineering. He came to visit us in Montreal, my wife, two children and I. Over the years we made several trips together as Andy was a great traveller.
    Bon voyage Andy, we will all miss you!

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