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John BURNS

John Douglas Burns, a cherished husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, at the age of 76, after bravely battling ALS. He was surrounded by his loved ones during his final moments, leaving behind an irreplaceable void in our lives. However, his memory will forever bring warmth to our hearts. John achieved a Structural Technician Certificate from SAIT in Calgary and began his career at the National Department of Defense in Ottawa. Upon his return to Calgary, he held various positions at Canada Safeway before retiring in 2011. John had an immense love for travel and took pleasure in planning trips to destinations such as Sedona, Mexico, and St. Ives and the Shuswap in B.C. He cherished moments spent listening to music at concerts, especially at Stage West, alongside his soulmate, Yvonne. Photography and leisurely drives were among his other passions. John was an enthusiastic sports fan and passionately supported teams like the Flames, the Stampeders, and the Cannons. His humorous jokes brought groans from his family, and he maintained his sense of humor until the very end. An inspiration to us all, John is survived by his beloved wife, Yvonne, his daughters, Candace and Yvette (Jason), as well as his grandchildren, Ashley, Mitchell, and Sophie. He is also survived by his sister Barbara (Harold), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was preceded in death by his father Bruce, step-father Gordon, mother Elsie, and brother Ken. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the ALS Society of Alberta for their incredible support over the past 2.5 years. They also express their appreciation to Dr. Jessica Simon and the compassionate staff in Unit 93 at the Rockyview Hospital who cared for John during his final days. Visitation will be held at Shepherd King Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To celebrate John’s life, a service will be held at Shepherd King Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, a light lunch and refreshments will be provided. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to the ALS Society of Alberta. To view and share photos, condolences, and memories of John with the family, please visit http://www.choicememorial.com.

John Douglas Burns, a beloved spouse, father, sibling, grandfather, uncle, as well as a dear friend, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, at the age of 76 after displaying immense courage throughout his battle with ALS. He was surrounded by his loved ones, who now face an irreplaceable void in their lives. Yet, his memory will forever fill their hearts with warmth. John acquired a Structural Technician Certificate from SAIT in Calgary and served at the National Department of Defense in Ottawa. Upon returning to Calgary, he held various positions at Canada Safeway before retiring in 2011. John had a deep passion for traveling and took pleasure in organizing trips to Sedona, Mexico, as well as St. Ives and the Shuswap in B.C., among other destinations. He derived immense joy from attending concerts and listening to music, often accompanied by his soulmate, Yvonne. Additionally, John found delight in photography and leisurely drives. He was an ardent sports enthusiast, fervently supporting teams such as the Flames, the Stampeders, and the Cannons. Infamous for his humorous jokes that often drew groans from his family, John maintained his sense of humor until his final moments. He served as an inspiration to those around him. John leaves behind his beloved wife, Yvonne, as well as his daughters, Candace and Yvette (Jason), and his cherished grandchildren, Ashley, Mitchell, and Sophie. He is also survived by his sister Barbara (Harold), along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceasing John were his father Bruce, step-father Gordon, mother Elsie, and brother Ken. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the ALS Society of Alberta for their incredible support over the last 2.5 years, as well as to Dr. Jessica Simon and the compassionate staff in Unit 93 at the Rockyview Hospital, who provided John with exceptional care during his final days. Visitations will be held at Shepherd King Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of John’s life will take place at Shepherd King Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a light lunch and refreshments. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the ALS Society of Alberta. To share photos, condolences, and memories of John with the family, please visit http://www.choicememorial.com.

John Douglas Burns, a dear husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend, peacefully passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, at the age of 76 after his courageous battle with ALS. Surrounded by loved ones, his departure has left an irreplaceable void in their lives. However, his memory will forever bring solace and happiness to their hearts. John earned a Structural Technician Certificate from SAIT in Calgary and dedicated his skills to the National Department of Defense in Ottawa. Upon returning to Calgary, he embarked on a professional journey at Canada Safeway, where he assumed various roles until his retirement in 2011. The wanderlust within John led him to explore different corners of the world, including Sedona, Mexico, and St. Ives, as well as the Shuswap in B.C. He found joy in attending concerts and embracing the magic of music, often accompanied by his beloved Yvonne. Photography and leisurely drives were among his other cherished pastimes. An avid sports enthusiast, John passionately rooted for the Flames, the Stampeders, and the Cannons. His infectious humor illuminated numerous family gatherings, with his jokes often met with groans yet always fostering laughter. He will forever remain an inspiration to all who knew him. John is survived by his cherished wife, Yvonne, his devoted daughters, Candace and Yvette (Jason), and his adored grandchildren, Ashley, Mitchell, and Sophie. He is also survived by his sister Barbara (Harold) and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Bruce, step-father Gordon, mother Elsie, and brother Ken. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the ALS Society of Alberta for their phenomenal support during the past 2.5 years. They also express sincere appreciation to Dr. Jessica Simon and the compassionate staff from Unit 93 at the Rockyview Hospital for their exceptional care during John’s final days. Visitations will be held at Shepherd King Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of John’s life will be held at Shepherd King Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a light lunch and refreshments. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made in John’s memory to the ALS Society of Alberta. To view and share cherished photos, condolences, and memories of John with the family, please visit http://www.choicememorial.com.

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