Terence McCabe

Terry McCabe

Tuesday, August 28th, 1956 - Friday, August 14th, 2020
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Terry McCabe
August 28, 1956 - August 14, 2020

It is with a great amount of shock and grief that we announce the sudden passing of Terry McCabe on August 14th 2020, in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 63.

Terry (‘Ern’) was the son of John Campbell McCabe and Jeanne Josephine McCabe (nee Harnden), born on August 28th 1956 in Toronto, Ontario. Younger brother to Brian and Patrick McCabe, Terry grew up in the Glen Agar neighbourhood of Etobicoke, Toronto.

In the 1970’s Terry moved out west to Alberta for the first time, where his love for the mountains began. A move back to Ontario saw Terry marry Marg McCabe (nee Kilgour) and the birth of his only child, Shannon (‘Bubbs’). The call of the mountains was ever present, and in 1998 Terry, Marg and Shannon made the big move to Cochrane, Alberta. It was in Calgary that Terry began his over 20 year career with FBC as an IT Network Manager, which became the busiest and most successful period of his career.

Although his marriage ended in 2004, Terry stayed in Alberta and continued to be actively involved in the CORE hiking group. Terry spent over 9 years with his partner Ann where they travelled and enjoyed many hiking trails together, before venturing out on his own. In 2016 he became a grandfather to Hannah (‘Banana’) and in 2019 welcomed his grandson Hunter (‘Moon Moon’).

Terry loved sports, sports, and more sports, music, anything computers, laughing, beer, nicknames, and his long distance chats with brother, Brian and nephew, Kyle. Those that knew and loved Terry would know that beyond his sometimes gruff demeanor was a big hearted man that appreciated the simple humours in life; the small moments that together make great memories.

Dad (‘Grandpa T’) – I’ll never forget our singalongs to Paul McCartney and Wings in Cambridge, the adventures in Elora, the hot asphalt summers in Oakville, and the ultimate move to Cochrane that, although I hated it at first, is now forever a part of my life with Jay and the kids. No one made me laugh like you did. Thank you for everything.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Terence please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Chris Wright

Posted at 12:58am
I knew Terry through the hiking club CORE, starting about 2005. We had some great hikes and great laughs! Driving with Terry to the hikes was when you got to chat about life, his bug bear “eurotrash” (slow moving VW campers), and gently ribbing as I was from BC and those “reefer” trucks must be loaded with BC bud! I will always appreciate his geninue personality, his friendship, his sense of adventure, and his safety first take on proper hiking gear. I was very saddened to hear the news of his passing. My sincere condolances to his family and friends.

steven ibbotson

Posted at 07:12pm
I worked with Terry at FBC for over 20 years. Terry had a get it done attitude, you could count on him to be there when you needed anything at any day or time. I loved to hear his stories of the last hike completed and other mountain adventures. One of the truly good guys, he will be greatly missed. Steven Ibbotson


Posted at 02:28pm
Ter-Bear was not only my co-worker...he was my friend. In the 12 years I worked at FBC Calgary we became "buds". I was known to him by many nicknames but a few of my favorite include...Shaboogamoo, Baba Ganoush, and "Kenny".
Terry always spoke of his love for Shannon Shennanigans and adored his 2 grandkids.
We talked of Ontario often and found it amazing that he worked at Collegiate Sports in Scarborough and I used to go shop there a lot as a teenager and that we may have met each other while he was the manager.
Terry was not one to go out a lot with other FBC'ers but I managed to get him to come to my 40th.
Even when I left Calgary and moved back to Ontario, we still talked often and he always made me laugh.
I miss you Terry. I cant believe I will not be able to call you again. I love you very much my friend. Find peace.
Love Ayesha Shaboo-gamoo


Carol Miyagawa

Posted at 12:01am
My husband Harvey and I knew Terry very well from the CORE hiking club. We considered him a good friend. We first met him in 2001 on a combined snowshoe and xc ski trip. We were sad when he stopped being involved with the club about five years ago. During his time with CORE, he was an enthusiastic hiker and adventurer, and wasn't afraid to organize weekend events such as the Stanley Mitchell Hut and Elk Lakes Hut, as well as group camp gatherings in Kananaskis, and weekends in Waterton. He liked to tease and had a wicked sense of humour. He was often sentimental when it came to past adventures and outings with the club. He liked to reminisce about misadventures and funny things that happened on outings, and he often made other members laugh at their own antics. HIs love of the mountains shone through on every trip he made. We will always remember the adventure we shared with him on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and Yukon. We formed a very special bond. Carol Miyagawa and Harvey Kwan

Debbie Fenrick

Posted at 06:04pm
To Shannon and your family. My heart goes out to all of you at this time. I know how difficult this it but know that he will always be with you. I starting chatting with your dad about a year ago and really enjoyed our conversations, his sense of humour and definitely his laugh which was very unique. He had a heart of gold and was like as you said a big teddy bear. Know that he will always have his arms around you. He often spoke of you and his grandkids and was very proud of you and what you have accomplished. He always spoke about how much you were like him. Well Shannon, you got the best parts of your dad that you will carry with you always. I will definitely miss our conversations but will always remember him fondly. Debbie
T Posted at 11:56pm

Hi Debbie he was my heart for the last 6 years ,. Thanks for the lovely condolences he will be remember fondly by meany people.

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