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Donald Edward Klapecki

January 15, 1953 ~ September 24, 2021 (age 68)


It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Don has been taken from this earth for a higher purpose. Don will be lovingly remembered and extremely missed by the love of his life of 40 years Angel Klapecki; his two daughters Jessica (Cody) and Virginia (Greg); and the apple of his eye, granddaughter Olivia. Don also leaves behind his two brothers Gerry (Evangeline) and Reg (Melanie) as well as numerous family members. He was predeceased by his parents Ted and Eleanor and mother-in-law Josephine DelGuercio and survived by his father in-law Tony DelGuercio. For anyone who knew Don, they knew that he would want us to find comfort with each other and peace that he is with his angels and loved ones that have passed on before him. It was a life well lived with intention and purpose.

Don was born in Winnipeg and soon after the family relocated to Edmonton, eventually to Kamloops and finally Calgary where Don stayed to live out the rest of his life.  At a young age, Don pursued a level of excellence at sports that lead to great success in high school, university and created a lifetime of dedication to being an athlete. He attended University to become an educator and had an illustrious career that was dedicated to guiding youth on their path towards success. Don was someone who always strived to live in the present and to be judgement free.  He held great knowledge and had a passion for lifelong learning which brought him  into the many branches of discovering his own spirituality. 

Don loved so many things: being in nature, travelling the world, creating delicious and nutritious meals, skiing, camping, and caring for his growing family. There are many things that he surrounded himself with: music, books, photographs, family, friends and most of all knick knacks! 

Don always marched to the beat of his own drum and the last years of his life were spent doing exactly that in his retirement.  He was always ready to be of service (“Don on Demand”), lend a listening ear, or to offer guidance and most importantly humour.  Please go forward with love and light just as Don did. 

A Public Viewing* will take place at Evan J. Strong Funeral Services on Friday October 1, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00pm following Covid-19 rules outlined below.  The funeral service took place on Sunday October 3, 2021 at 1:00pm. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woods Homes Foundation in support of at risk youth.


*In accordance with City of Calgary bylaw, all guests over the age of 12 attending the Viewing must provide one of the following:
       - Proof of Covid-19 vaccination  
       - A negative Covid-19 test (from within the last 72 hours)
       - a letter of medical exemption 



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Viewing (Open to the Public)
October 1, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St SW
Calgary, AB T2H 0G9

Funeral Service (Closed to the Public due to Covid-19 restrictions)
October 3, 2021

1:00 PM
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St SW
Calgary, AB T2H 0G9


Woods Home Foundation
805 37 St. NW, Calgary AB T2N 4N8
Tel: 1-403-270-4102

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