Bernard DUFFY

DUFFY Bernard William Duffy passed away on December 31, 2004 in the Red Deer Nursing Home at the age of 90. Bernard was born at Nevis, AB, worked on the family farm, in the coal mines around Drumheller, hauled fuel from Turner Valley to the Lacombe area. In September 1939 the war broke out, he enlisted in the Canadian Army on October 21. He and Agnes were married and in November was sent overseas until the end of the war. Upon returning home he and Agnes lived east of Lacombe, after Ruth was born they moved to Fort Smith, NWT where he served as Park Warden. They then moved to the Spring Valley District and took up farming. During this time he also ran a small sawmill and sold lumber to several Hutterite Colonies in eastern Alberta. This same sawmill was used to cut the lumber for their house, barn and all of the corrals on the farm. Bernard ran a successful cow/calf operation as well as a large feedlot. He was the first farmer in the region to use silage as a feed source for his animals. During the 70’s he imported Limousine heifers from France and gradually built up a sizable herd of pure breds which were kept on a ranch southwest of Calgary. In the mid 70’s Bernard and Agnes built a house in Red Deer where they lived for several years, they then moved to Blackfalds until Agnes’s passing in 1991. During their retirement years Bernard and Agnes loved to travel often spending winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Bernard loved to golf and enjoyed golfing right up until he entered the nursing home. After losing his sight he continued to be an avid golfer. Predeceased by his wife Agnes in 1991, his brother Leland, Paul, Melvin, Howard, Clarence, sister Lucille and his parents Pat and Julie, he is survived by his sister Marie Bilsborrow of Red Deer, his children Ruth of Calgary, Carol of Red Deer, Fred (Gloria) of Calgary, six grandchildren, Lauren (Simon) Whitfield of Calgary, Patrick Gardiner (Monica) of Calgary, Brett (Shanna) Cundal of Seattle Washington, Alicia Cundal of Red Deer, Colin (Michelle) Duffy of Calgary, Eric Duffy of Edmonton, two great grandchildren Ethan and Seth of Calgary and many nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrew’s United Church Lacombe, AB on Wednesday January 5, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation will follow at the Central Alberta Crematorium. If friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Red Cross 3030-55 St. Red Deer, AB T4P 3S6 or The Salvation Army 4837-54 St. Red Deer, AB T4N 2G5. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to (subject Duffy) WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL Serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. (403) 782-3366 (403) 843-3388. "A Caring Family, Caring For Families"

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