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Herbert Clarence (Herb) Luft


Born: 22 Oct 1924, Calgary, Alberta


Died: 09 Aug 2006, Calgary, Alberta


LUFT, Herbert Clarence - of Calgary passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit of the Peter Lougheed Hospital with his family at his side on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at the age of 81 years. Herbert was born in 1924 in Calgary. He was a veteran of World War II, and served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1945. Herbert was employed with C.P.R. from 1946 until 1961, and then was employed until retirement with Teledyne. Beloved Father, Grandpa, Papa, Great-Grandpa, Brother and Uncle, Herbert leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Sheila (Ben) Vase of Calgary, and Bev (Tracy) Wiley of Norman Wells, N.W.T.; one son, Donald (Rosemary) Luft of Calgary; also Pat and Carmen Sobieski; his grandchildren, Angie (Ian) O'Sullivan, Julia Sobieski, David Sobieski, Adam Vase, Cathy Sobieski, Evan Luft, and Kayle Luft; and his great-grandchildren, Ty, Travis, Emma and Evan. He will also be remembered by his one brother Jim (Ethel) Luft of Calgary; and three sisters, Gladys (Bob) Morse of New Jersey, Sammie (Jack) Borton of Sundre and Audrey (Tom) Faulkner of Calgary. Herbert was predeceased by his mother and father, Elizabeth and Adam Luft; soul mate Rita Sobieski; and sister Cleo Clarke. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Halloway's Fish Creek Chapel today, August 12, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through . In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, No. 105, 7500 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 0L9 (Telephone 403-266-0620). In living memory of Herbert Luft, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Halloway Funeral Homes. (Calgary Herald 10 Aug 2006)


LUFT, Herb - was born in 1924. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy between 1942 and 1945 on HMCS Trois Rivieres, a minesweeper, in the Atlantic Ocean. At the end of the European war he was posted to the west coast to HMCS Prince Robert, destined for Japan. The ship made a training stop in Hawaii and while it was there the Americans dropped the A-Bombs, which ended the war. HMCS Prince Robert continued on to Japan and brought back liberated prisoners of war. Herb was employed with the CPR from 1946 to 1961 and Teledyne after that until retirement. He passed away in 2006. (The Royal Canadian Legion Alberta - Northwest Territories Command - 2011 Military Service Recognition Book)


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Herbert (Red) Luft on HMCS Trois Rivieres

From the collection of William Connor



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