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WOOLRICH, Earl Victor

October 8, 1932 – Calgary, Alberta
February 3, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Earl Victor Woolrich beloved husband of Delores Woolrich (nee Rouleau) of Calgary passed away peacefully with family, on Sunday February 3, 2019 at the age of 86 years.

Earl served with the Calgary Fire Service for 37 years, ending his career as Deputy Chief. He was also an active volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee.

Besides his loving wife Delores, Earl is survived by two sons, Steve Woolrich and Bruce Woolrich (Cecily); grandchildren, Shawna (Michael), Ryan, Colton, Treyton; and great-grandchildren, Blaire, Cohen, and Hudson.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Earl’s name to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society (2234 30 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7K9, 403-701-BURN (2876) www.cfbts.org)

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family would like to thank the Calgary Fire Department, the care staff at Bow View Manor and Dulcina Hospice, staff at Peter Lougheed Centre, and friends of the family for all their support.

In living memory of Earl Woolrich, 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. Calgary Fire Department Pensioners Association

    Delores and Family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of “Brother” Earl. He was a pleasure to work with and was always open to new ideas that were presented to him for the betterment of the job. He remained “good ole Earl” after retiring, and during his convalescing at the Talisman Center where he was often seen.

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  2. Delores and family, my heart felt condolences! I have had the pleasure of knowing your family since 1999 when I met Delores. What a powerhouse of inspiration and dedication Earl and Delores have shown for the volunteerism to this City. Delores for her advocacy to save St. Mary’s Girls School, built 1909 but sadly demolished 2002. Delores, I am proud to say that you and I are both museum pieces, as our pictures are part of the St. Mary’s School Society fonds at the Glenbow Archives! Delores, you were my inspiration and muse that helped me stay in the fight that resulted in many positive changes for this city. I met Earl through our many Society meetings for St. Mary’s. I admire the work that Earl has done with the Calgary Stampede! Greatest admiration for both you and Earl. Love and peace.

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  3. My condolences to you, Delores, to Bruce, Steve and all the family. I have fond memories of going to the stampede with you and doing the bar hops where Earl was in his glory running into old friends. Take good care……

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  4. Delores & Family, We offer you our sincere condolences on the passing of Earl. We cherish the thoughts of knowing a truly honorable man. You & Yours will remain in our thoughts & hearts while you endue this painful & memorial loss. Nedra & Family

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  5. Delores, Bruce and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Cindy Hume and Silvia Marinaro and family.

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  6. Suzanne de Courville Nicol (Sawyer)

    Dear Delores, ma chère amie,
    My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of sorrow. I have very fond and special memories of Earl, a kind and clever man, who connected you and I together in 1993. Earl was with the Calgary Stampede Parade committee as the fire and safety inspector for floats entered in the parade. After a first telephone conversation with Earl, to set up a meeting and go over details of rules and regulations, I asked: “ … You wouldn’t happen to know a Delores Woolrich would you? I’ve been researching the history of Rouleauville, Calgary’s French Quarter (1899-1907), at the Glenbow Museum, and I just listened to an archived interview with a Delores Rouleau Woolrich.” Earl chuckled and said: “Yes, I do happen to know Delores … she is my wife.”
    Wow! Talk about a magic moment in time! And so began our very special friendship, Delores, the ongoing research and all the projects and special events focused on “Rouleauville”now Calgary’s Mission district, which I have planned and continue to organize since that time.
    I’ve attached a photo of the float we also entered in the Calgary Stampede Parade in 1994, Calgary’s Centennial. Our float was designed to shine a light on the little-known facts about Calgary’s rich French history and heritage. Children seen on our Francophone community float, were dressed in makeshift period costumes to represent “The Significant Seven”, French and Canadian trailblazing pioneers. My son Daniel Sawyer is dressed in a Judge’s robe, which I borrowed from a friend. Daniel represented your great-great-grandfather, Judge Charles-Borromée Rouleau (1840-1901) who settled in Calgary in 1886. He was the first Justice of the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories. With his membership on the North-West Territorial Council and Board of Education, he championed the doomed causes of French predominance and language rights.
    Meeting Earl in 1993, and following the path which led to the making of the “little French float with a lot of Calgary meaning” connected you and I together, Delores, and therefore to Calgary’s Significant French History and Heritage.

    I firmly believe that Earl was heaven-sent and I treasure the moment in time and the Calgary Stampede Parade, which brought us all together. Earl is dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  7. Delores. Our sincere condolences to you and the family. We have many good memories.

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  8. Chris and Theresa Hustad

    Sincere sympathy to you, Delores, Bruce, Steve and your families. I remember Earl as a ray of sunshine in the room. Always a friendly greeting and anxious to know how you are doing. He was a wonderful man. We will always remember him fondly.

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  9. Cheryl MacKenzie

    Dear Delores and family,

    So sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. He was one of my favourite Chiefs. Him and Clarence Nickel always kidding around and making everyone laugh by calling one or the other their “older brother” and razzing each other. I have lots of fun memories of him at different functions, and it was always nice talking to you as well. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

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  10. Sally and Gary DeMan

    Dear Delores,Bruce and Steve,
    Sally and I were very sorry to read of Earl’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you at this sad time. We remember our long friendship starting at St. Mary’s High School and continuing with the boys at St. Francis and wonderful basketball times.
    May the love of family and friends surround you and comfort you in the days ahead.

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  11. My deepest sympathy to the family. Earl was a great man, firefighter, husband, father, grandfather, and more. We lost a legend.

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  12. Delores, Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. I know that your gals from St. Mary’s have continually given you love and support as you and Earl have gone through this journey over the years. May you find strength and comfort from all those you know and love. Take care of yourself.

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  13. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this sad time. Thinking of all of you, Jim and Jennifer

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  14. For Delores, Steve/Jaycee and Bruce/Cecily,
    We have fun memories of Earl, such a character, always smiling and joking. A huge loss for the family and all your friends. Our hearts and thoughts are with you Woolrich family.
    Love, Heather, Darren, Graeme & Sean Larsen

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  15. Dear Delores,Steve, Bruce and the rest of the family.
    Our sincerest condolences.
    Earl will be missed as he was someone very special in your lives.

    Bruce and Cindy Whale

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  16. Bruce and family, We am very sorry to hear of the passing of Earl. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and hearts.

    Lisa and Maureen (Shannon) Watt

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  17. Treyton Woolrich

    I just found this website and I thank every one of you for the messages. My grandpa was a great man with many funny stories as most of you already know. I will never forget going downstairs, getting on the computer with him and playing games for hours on end. I miss him very much but it is good for him he was very sick and tired, we knew it was his time. The last word he ever said to me were “I love you so much thank you for coming to see me”. Even though it was a faint good bye, the way he said it was like he knew it might be the last time he saw me. I remember that day perfectly like the warm embrace as I was leaving. I’ll miss him so much and even though he can’t read this I want him to know I love him.

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