Patricia Gemmel

Obituary of Patricia Gemmel

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of our beloved Pat Gemmel on Saturday, October 18th. She leaves behind her new grandson Campbell, of whom she was extremely proud, her children Taylor, Curtis, his wife Kelly, and Dayna; her mother Helen Philley, sister Kim Obrigewitsch (Charlie) and their children Cameron and Jaylyn. Pat also leaves behind her life partner John Howard and his children David, wife Kerri, Nick, wife Renee and a large extended family and numerous friends. She is predeceased by her father Ray Philley of Regina, SK. Pat grew up in Regina, where she met and married Bob Gemmel. They moved to Calgary in the seventies and raised their three beautiful children. Pat spent the last 22 years as the high school secretary at Calgary Academy where she touched the lives of countless students and staff, especially Lynn Morin, her best friend. She was a second mother to many of her children’s friends, cousins, and numerous family pets. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the Bogard family for their support during this difficult time. Pat was the glue that held her family together. We will all remember her beautiful laugh, sense of humour, and her "special presents" for the people who shared her life. Pat had the enviable gift of making friends with everyone she met. If friends and family so desire, donations may be made to the James E. Chaput Bursary Trust at Calgary Academy, 9400 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T3H 4A6. A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday October 23, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through In living memory of Pat Gemmel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.
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