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ZOLMER, Terrance James

March 17, 1952 – Calgary, Alberta
February 6, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Terry (Mitch) James Zolmer of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 after a short, hard-fought battle with Cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones.

Terry was born in Calgary on St. Patrick’s Day, 1952 but was raised in Beiseker were many lifelong friendships were made and continued to this day. Hockey drafts will not be the same without Mitch’s turn to pick!

Terry was driving cars, grain trucks and combines at a very early age and having to stand on the clutch to change gears. Working for his Dad at the Beiseker Body Shop and on his uncles’ farms gave Terry a huge work ethic that continued throughout his working career. He could do almost everything.

After graduating from high school, Terry attended SAIT for a very short time before working for Water Survey of Canada in Alberta and later in the Northwest Territories. Terry would cross a stream or river much later in life and often point out where he, Mervin and Cam placed a gauge. During this time, he married Karen Boston and they had two sons, Ryan and Steve.

Terry worked at many jobs and in many different capacities. He worked for the City of Airdrie and then the City of Calgary where he became a Roads Foreman. He knew all the roads and streets and how to get anywhere the quickest route.

Terry married Mary (nee Terryberry) on July 14, 2007 and they enjoyed traveling throughout Canada, usually to some golf course or to fish. Terry loved to golf and usually hit a couple of “chili peppers” just to make John’s day!

Terry was to retire on June 6, 2018 but was diagnosed with cancer on June 1st.

Aside from his loving wife Mary, Terry is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Melissa Zolmer of Strathmore, AB; son, Steve Zolmer of Calgary, AB; stepdaughter, Kara Wilson (Christopher) of Brantford, ON; stepson, Ryan Cabak of Hamilton, ON; seven grandchildren: Sylus and Grayson Zolmer; Lillian, Roslynn, and Cord Cabak; and Lucas and Justin Wilson. He is also survived by sister, Mae McFarland and brother-in-law, Doug; brothers, Rick Zolmer and sister-in-law, Jackie, and Dennis Zolmer and sister-in-law Norma-Lynn.

Terry was predeceased by his father, John Zolmer on November 13, 1977, and his mother, Edith Zolmer (nee Hempel) on November 28, 1976.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McInnis & Holloway (Chapel of the Bells. 2720 Centre Street N, Calgary, AB) Calgary on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Terry’s Life will take place at the Beiseker Community Centre (410 5 St, Beiseker, AB T0M 0G0) on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Zion United Church Cemetery. Lunch to follow at Beiseker Community Centre.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Dulcina Hospice, 110 Evanspark Manor NW, Calgary, Alberta T3P 0N4, Telephone: 587-230-5500. Condolences may be forwarded through

The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Dulcina Hospice, especially Vicky (his dancing partner), Amber and Darlington for their exceptional care and professionalism during Terry’s last few weeks.

In living memory of Terry Zolmer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary Alberta T2E 2V6, Telephone 403-243-8200

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss Mary. Terry was one of my favourite foremen to work with. Always willing to help and willing to share his cookies with me. His stories of his work up north were always entertaining, and when he talked about his grand kids and their sports, you could see how proud he was of his family. It was very cute how much he loved you Mary and how highly he spoke of you to me. He will be greatly missed by many people at the Roads Department!

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  2. I am so very sorry at the loss of such a wonderful man!! I worked with Terry at Roads Maintenance with the City of Calgary. He always had a smile to share … I had alot of respect for him! The Heavens have gained a beautiful Angel! Rest in Peace, my friend!

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  3. My deepest condolences to you Mary, and the rest of the Zolmer Family, on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather, and brother Mitch. I will remember him as a kind and caring guy. Always up for a fun time. I have known Mitch for a good part of my life. He was a very good friend to my brother growing up in Beiseker, so needless to say, I saw him a lot, growing up. He was a good guy. We’ll miss you Mitch, but I am sure you are enjoying visiting with all those you knew who have gone before you. RIP Your friend Lynn

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  4. Tim and Janice Varley

    So many happy memories with cousin Terry as children, teenagers and adults starting our own families. Condolences to the family on your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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  5. Charles McKaig Savage

    Our hearts are with you all at this time of loss. As you well know, Terry will be sitting on a cloud looking down willing you to get on and enjoy life.

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  6. Dear Mary,
    I was stunned late last evening after coming home from celebrating my birthday to learn by voice mail from Richard Metzger that Terry had passed away. I share your grief and want you to know I thought the world of Terry. We shared an apartment in Calgary and worked together for Water Survey of Canada all over Alberta. He was a hard worker, had a good sense of humour, and loved life. I am missing him sorely and share in your loss. I loved his parents too and have fond memories of being in their home. His mother was a gracious hostess who loved to entertain. With my heartfelt condolences and sincere wishes for you, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Courage. Ken Anderson. Terrace, BC.

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