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John Bittorf

October 12, 1945 ~ July 7, 2019 (age 73)

John Bittorf passed away on July 7, 2019 at the age of 73. John grew up in Elmira, Ontario.  He was the oldest of three children and chief antagonist to two younger sisters.  Like many young men, he came out west to join the RCMP and met the love of his life, Shirley. He soon learned the RCMP lifestyle was not his cup of tea and decided to open a restaurant to pursue his love of cooking. Ironically, he discovered that cooking did not feed the family; he wanted more for his growing family. He moved north and west, to Fort Mc Murray and found his career passion—water treatment—which lead him to his home in Red Deer, and travels around the world treating water.

He dearly loved his wife Shirley.  They traveled all over the world visiting every continent except Antarctica. His greatest accomplishment was his two wonderful children, Kevin and Alicya. They managed to give John three amazing grandchildren, Skarlette, Drizzitt and Isabel.  His family was his top priority and Sunday dinner was the highlight of his week. Perfect roast beef and fluffy yorkshire brought great joy to him, his family, and to all those attending.

John was an avid golfer and loved to volunteer. He spent many hours volunteering at the food bank, stocking shelves and cooking at their many events.  He was the best back 9 golfer of all time, but the front 9…not so much.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Shirley Bittorf; children, Kevin Bittorf and Alicya Bittorf  (Keven);  sisters Norma Hayman and Elaine Butler; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

We will be celebrating John’s life at Parkland Funeral Home (6287 67a Street, Red Deer on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. John was a colorful guy, if you are attending the celebration please wear your favorite colour. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with John’s family through  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in lieu of flowers to John’s favorite charities: Red Deer Food Bank ; STARS air ambulance, .  Please mention John Bittorf in your comments.  We will also have envelopes at the service for donation. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES.  (403) 265-1199



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