Rena McConkey

Rena Eileen McConkey (Fraser)

Tuesday, June 17th, 1952 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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McConkey, Rena Eileen

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rena Eileen McConkey on April 28, 2020 at the age of 67.

Rena is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Billy, Ben (Alison) and Mark (Taylor); sister, Sandy; brother, Jim and leaves behind one grandchild, Owen William and many nieces and nephews. Rena was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Vivienne and her brother, Barry.

Rena was born in Edmonton, Alberta on June 17, 1952 and throughout her childhood lived in Edmonton, Estevan, Wetaskiwin, and Calgary.

After graduating from Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, Rena attended the University of Calgary, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. During university, Rena was a multi-sport athlete, being a member of the field hockey, synchronized swimming and basketball teams. Rena won a Canada West Championship in synchronized swimming in 1973 and a Canadian National Championship in field hockey in 1974.

Over her 37-year teaching career, she taught at St. Matthew’s Junior High School, St. Mary’s High School, Father Lacombe High School and retired in 2012 after teaching at Bishop Grandin High School for 30 years. Rena was a cherished teacher, coach and mentor because of her ability to build connections with students and positively impact many of their lives through her encouragement in their studies and sport. During this time, Rena was a staple in the athletic department coaching volleyball, field hockey and basketball. Rena was very passionate about sports and was well known in the athletic community for her no-nonsense attitude. She had a very successful coaching career winning a dozen city championships and several provincial appearances in multiple sports, many of which were won coaching alongside her husband Bill.

Rena enjoyed skiing in the winter months and swimming and lifeguarding in the summer months. She also taught swimming lessons for 10 years and only ever kicked out one student – her brother Jim.😊

Rena valued physical activity and throughout her life participated in field hockey, synchronized swimming, basketball, and dance. She was often seen running around Shawnessy with her faithful running mates – the family’s three dogs.
Her three boys were her number one passion. She loved watching their success in many sporting activities including hockey, football, lacrosse, and baseball.

She had a passion for reading, knitting and sewing matching outfits for her boys. Special memories were attending Coldplay, Bryan Adams, and Johnny Reid concerts and vacationing in Hawaii, Cayman Islands, and California with her family.

Rena was very young at heart and had a great sense of humour, which was enjoyed by her family and friends.
We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Bethany Riverview for their dedicated and compassionate care.

Due to current restrictions on social gatherings, a Celebration of Rena’s Life will be announced at a later date when family and friends can be together, hug and share fond memories of an amazing woman.

For those who wish to make a donation in Rena’s memory, please do so to:
Kids Sport Calgary (
3555 – 52 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2B 3R3
Animal Rescue Foundation (
PO Box 34160, RPO Westbrook, Calgary, Alberta, T3C 3W2

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Dianne McNabb

Posted at 07:00pm
To The McConkey Family❤️
We are so sad to hear about Rena! We have many great neighbourhood memories with all of you boys growing up together in the cul de sac! So glad she was able to see her boys all grow up to be successful adults and even a little grandson! She will be missed, hugs to all of you!❤️
Sincere condolences from The McNabb family xoxo


Posted at 03:35pm
Bill: My condolences to you on Rena's passing. I know she was your partner and friend for all these years. I know the last few years have been tough for you and the family, but she is resting now. RIP Stay well, my Friend.

Jim McKinnon

Christine Murphy

Posted at 01:36am
I was so saddened to learn that Rena had passed away. I have wonderful memories of being taught, coached and supported by ‘Miss Fraser’/Rena throughout my time at St. Mary’s High School (1978-81). She was an amazing phys ed teacher and coach (volleyball, basketball and field hockey) for me and a tremendous role model for all students who had the privilege to be touched by her incredible talents, gifts and passion. She was tough but always fair, respectful and understanding. She had high standards and expectations for her student athletes and worked tirelessly to bring out the best in us. ‘Miss Fraser’ instilled in me a life long love of sport, physical activity and healthy living, along with important life skills which in turn I have passed along to my athletic boys. My sincere sympathies to the McConkey family on this tremendous loss for you. A special person who touched so many lives has been taken much too soon... may she Rest In Peace. 🙏❤️


Posted at 02:19pm
My condolences to the entire McConkey family, I was fortunate to have been taught and coached by Rena at Father Lacombe and to have taught and coached with her at Bishop Grandin. She was a role model as a mother and teacher. Her sense of humour and passion for her family and sports will how I will always remember her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jocelynn Vryenhoek

Marla Van Gelder (Hassler)

Posted at 12:13pm
Bill and Family. I am so sorry to hear of Rena's passing. She was a wonderful person that gave so much to all of those around her. I never had another coach or teacher so full of passion, spirit and love for her students, athletes and friends. And every time I saw her she gave me such a warm greeting and always asking how everyone was doing and couldn't stop chatting about how proud she was of all of you. I know she will be sadly missed and taken too early. I hope you find comfort in so many fond memories and knowing she was loved by so many.

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