Born: April 23, 1954
Passed: March 07, 2012
After a courageous battle with cancer, Cal Larson passed away on March 7, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Camrose on April 23, 1954, Cal spent his life in the construction and building supply industry. For the past nine years, he took pleasure in working at Timberland Home Hardware in Slave Lake, volunteering with the Youth Justice Committee, and bringing laughter and joy to all who knew him.
A resident of Slave Lake since 2002, Cal and his wife of 40 years Judy had an eventful 2011, losing their apartment home in the May wildfires.
“To our great relief, when we returned to town we discovered we were home,” says Judy. “When Cal was asked about major decisions he had made in his life, he replied: ‘Marrying my wife and deciding to make Slave Lake home.’
“The hugs and shared laughter of dozens of friends, neighbours and colleges and the caring of a community were the things that mattered to him.”
Cal’s most fervent desire was to be home in Slave Lake when he passed – he did not want to be away from home or to die in Edmonton. Everyone worked to make that possible and his last months in palliative care were filled with continued visits. Every day friends stopped, visited and played cards. Towards the end they just came and quietly shared time.
Every week, individuals or groups would stop by to sing or play music for him. He said he was blessed to live in a community like Slave Lake where people understand that community is more than just living in the same area. For Cal, the community here extends past the town boundaries and encompasses all the people who we share our daily lives with.
Cal is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter Linda (James), son Jay (Kassandra), grandchildren Kassy, Phoenix and Caleb, sister Clara (Nick), brother Dwayne (Laureen), numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Cal was predeceased by his parents and one sister.
Family and friends celebrated Cal’s life on March 17 at the Alliance Church in Slave Lake. Cal asked that any donations in his memory be made to the Slave Lake Hospital Palliative Care unit, c/o Box 1248, Slave Lake, AB, T0G 2A0.
Born: April 23, 1954