James Sprague

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Friday, July 29, 2022
McInnis & Holloway, Airdrie
300 Tower Ln Dr SW
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
(403) 948-1100

Obituary of James Clyde Sprague

August 4, 1928 – Gibbons, Alberta

July 24, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta


Jim Sprague of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, July 24, 2022, two weeks before his 94th birthday and his 71st wedding anniversary.


Jim was born in Gibbons, Alberta on August 4, 1928, as the second of what would be 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Jim met and married Mae (nee Erickson) in 1952 in Stettler where he was working in the oilfield. They were blessed with two children, Joanne in 1954 and Doug in 1959.


He graduated from University of Oklahoma in 1960 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and received his PhD at the Iowa State University in 1967. Jim then moved his family to Edmonton where he finished his career as a Professor in Industrial Engineering at the U of A. Jim authored two books on engineering.


Jim loved to fish, golf, play horseshoes and spend time with family and friends. He and Mae travelled much of the world, and some of their best trips were with friends to Hawaii where they loved to play cards.


Besides his loving wife, Jim is survived by his sisters - Mable and Dianne, his son Doug (Bev); grandchildren Dani (Grant) and Brad (Ashley); and great-grandchild; Olive and numerous nieces and nephews.


James was predeceased by his parents, six brothers and one sister; and his daughter Joanne.


Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive) on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Alberta Bursary Fund at the University of Alberta. Click here to make a gift online, or send donations payable to the “University of Alberta” to the Office of the Recording Secretary | 3-501, 10230 Jasper Ave NW | Edmonton AB T5J 4P6, noting your donation is in memory of James Clyde Sprague. For any additional assistance please email giving@ualberta.ca.


In living memory of Jim Sprague, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB T4B 3L8, Telephone: 403-948-1100.


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