It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Louis Durand on July 2, 2020– taken from us too soon at the age of 64. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of over 35 years, Tracy, and his three daughters Shannon Durand, Katelan Bain (Bryce), and Jamie Durand. His five grandchildren, Alexandra, Charlotte, Jackson, Evangeline and Alistair will greatly miss their Pepe. John will be remembered with deep affection by his two aunts, Louise Belisle and Muriel Marshall and his four sisters Andrienne Beckstead (Doug), Michele Connelly (Tim), Denise Durand and Jacqueline Peltier (Brad). He will also be fondly remembered by Tracy’s family – Mom Helen Boast, and siblings Peter, Ian (Kathy), Wendy and Cindy as well as 16 nieces and nephews, 12 great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins from coast to coast.
John earned a degree in Public Relations at Mount Royal College and pursued endeavours in the Marketing field for a period of time. Following that John spent the bulk of his career in the newspaper business starting as a paperboy in his local neighbourhood of Haysboro and eventually managing the distribution of the Globe and Mail in Calgary for 34 years. Four years ago he discovered his dream job as a concierge at ‘The Mark on Tenth’. He loved the residents and they loved him.
The lacrosse community wouldn’t have been the same without John. He played the game as a teenager competing at a national level and enjoyed a 50-year association with the sport he loved. His involvement was as a player, a coach, a certified national referee, an official and he served as a member of the Alberta Lacrosse Referee Association. He left a lasting impression on hundreds of aspiring lacrosse players, including his own three nephews.
In addition to his interest in lacrosse he played high school football, community baseball, golfed, skied and played darts. After becoming a father of three girls he found himself supporting his daughters in baseball, swimming, and horseback riding. From there he branched out into the arts as his daughters became involved in Youth Singers and various choirs which earned him the title of ‘Backstage Dad’.
Above all, John loved his family. He was fortunate to spend time with his wife Tracy, his girls and grandchildren. He cherished getting together with his siblings playing cards and singing songs. John had a huge circle of friends from all aspects of his life who were like family to him. He will be remembered as a happy, fun-loving, positive guy who could light up any room with his presence. There will be a hole in our lives forever.
“Sad news. Yesterday John Durand passed away. John’s background in Calgary lacrosse goes back to the 1970s. He played for the original
team and then moved to
(winning PC in 1983). He also reffed for decades (minor, jr, sr, and masters)”
Sad news. Yesterday John Durand passed away. John's background in Calgary lacrosse goes back to the 1970s. He played for the original @JrBMountaineers team and then moved to @srbmounties (winning PC in 1983). He also reffed for decades (minor, jr, sr, and masters). pic.twitter.com/QAUexSDjaX
— Duane Bratt (@DuaneBratt) July 3, 2020