George Eklund

George Russell Eklund

Friday, December 6th, 1946 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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EKLUND, Russell George

December 6, 1946 – Assiniboia, SK
December 28, 2019 – Calgary, AB

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Russell George Eklund of Calgary, AB, which occurred after a lengthy battle with Kennedy’s Disease on December 28, 2019. He passed away in his home surrounded by his family at the age of 73. Russell is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy Eklund; son, Clinton (Shelley) of Calgary; daughter, Anita (Chad) Sankey of Rhode Island; grandchildren, Jasmine, Jordan, Gabriella and Isabella who were the light of his life. He is also survived by his brothers, Danny (Verna) Eklund of Calgary and Clifford Dillon of Lethbridge, along with, numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents George and Margaret Eklund; 3 brothers, Walter, Erik, and most recently in June of 2019 Roy Eklund of Edmonton.

Russell was born on December 6, 1946 in Assiniboia, SK; married Nancy in 1966, and moved to Calgary in 1967. Russell loved being in the wilderness and was an avid big game hunter and fisherman. Russell was a truck driver, traveling across North America and made many friends along the way. He also owned a small construction company running backhoes and worked with Enmax for many years until he retired. He was very mechanical and there wasn't anything he couldn't fix.He loved being around friends and family and was always there to give a helping hand. He loved to tell tall tales, jokes, and pulling pranks. He loved life and being around people.

A Celebration of Russell’s Life will be held at Choice Memorial (105 4715 13th Street NE) on January 2, 2020 at 1pm. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ALS society.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Russell please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Posted at 11:55am
Anita - so very sorry for your loss. May the fond and happy memories carry you through this very difficult time. Take solace that his suffering has ended and he will be with you always in your heart, mind and memories. My deepest condolences to you, Chad, the girls and your entire family. Nancy

Jim & Sheri Sankey

Posted at 05:20pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Daniel Cantone

Posted at 12:43pm
Anita... so sorry to hear of your loss. What a great picture of him and great way to memorialize him. My condolences to you and your family.

Dan Cantone

Linda Saad

Posted at 10:29am
So sorry to hear of Russells passing. I remember him as a fun-loving person who could make you laugh no matter how bad you were feeling. Our condolences to all of his family.

Linda and Abe Saad

Carol pickens

Posted at 04:46pm
I called him my big brother for when I was going to Calgary for cancer treatments he was always there for me will miss him terribly

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