KURTZ, Mervyn Oliver


April 12, 1938 – April 25, 2012

Mervyn peacefully left this world on April 25, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. Born April 12, 1938 in a farmhouse near Kinistino, Saskatchewan to a family of 13 children. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, soul mates for 58 years and their children and grandchildren. Daughter Rhonda Murray (Keith), their 2 loving children Sean and Rachel of Oakville, Ontario. Son Rob Kurtz of High River, Alberta and daughter JoAnne Kurtz of Toronto, Ontario. He also leaves behind 11 brothers and sisters and their families. A teacher at heart Merv dedicated his life to public education most known for his work as Superintendant of schools throughout Alberta including High Prairie School Division, East Smokey School Division, and the County of Lacombe. In retirement Merv continued in leadership roles at the Canadian Rocky School Division and Westmount Charter School until the age of 70. Merv was a thoughtful and caring leader, husband, father, and grandfather. His warm smile and loving support will be missed by everyone he touched. A Celebration of Merv’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Cochrane, Alberta on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2:00pm . In lieu of flowers, if you wish donations may be made directly to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada or the Agape Hospice in Calgary, Alberta.

  1. On 27/04/2012 at 5:36 pm Anita Gillard Said:

    Dear Barbara and family. So sorry to hear of Merv’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a mentor to me. I wish I could attend his services, but am unable to. Please know that my thoughts are with you Barb and I send love and light.
    sincerely
    anita gillard

  2. On 28/04/2012 at 4:50 am Phoebe Edmond Said:

    Please accept my sincere condolences. Death is our great enemy. However we can find hope and comfort in the words of John 5:28,29 when ” all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…”

  3. On 28/04/2012 at 7:35 am Mel Fenske Said:

    Our sincere condolences on Merv’s passing. As an educational colleague I very much appreciated Merv’s contribution to Education in each of the jurisdictions with which he was involved. The positive contributions always made in a considerate and caring manner left a legacy for others to emulate.

  4. On 28/04/2012 at 8:19 am Alison Gray Said:

    So very sorry to hear this news. I was on the Westmount Charter School Board when Merv was Superintendent and he was an exceptional man and an exceptional leader. More importantly, he was always kind, caring and measured in his approach. He made a very strong impact on the school at an important time in its development and his legacy lives on through the school community. He was a rare person and I was very priviledged to work with Merv and learn from him. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  5. On 30/04/2012 at 3:54 am Anonymous Said:

    On 29/04/2012 at 8:25 pm Darlene Crawford Said:
    Condolences to Barb Kurt and her family for the loss of Merv. He was superintendent at the County of Lacombe for many of my teaching years and I respected him very much for his expertise and leadership. Merv was very kind to me and was a very caring person. I especially remember his kindness towards me in 1992 when my granddaughter had open heart surgery at age 5 weeks and merv granted me leave with pay to be at the hospital for a month to be with family while Josie was in the PICU at the Stollery hospital.
    He touched my life, as I kow he did many others, and my thoughts and prayewrs are with you and your family.

    With sympathy,
    Darlene Crawford

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