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Marles, John Donald

March 9, 1922 — Jan. 9, 2021

Surrounded by family, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Donald Marles, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at the age of 98. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Ruby, and his son, David.

John was born in Calgary on March 9, 1922. He served in the Canadian Army and Army Reserve for 15 years, retiring as captain in 1957. He attended the University of Alberta and taught in Gem, Fort Macleod and Bruderheim, where he met and married Ruby in 1940. John taught for 35 years, ending his career as a principal with Edmonton Public Schools. He was an avid ham radio operator (VE6B1W) and volunteered for 30 years at the Space Sciences Centre. He loved travel and history, and he and Ruby explored many countries together.

He is survived by his children, Christine (Charles), Cynthia (Bob), Candace (Ben); his grandchildren Albert, Melissa, Sarah, Jennifer, Andrew, Benjamin, Henry, Leanne, Wendy, Heather and Cathy; and numerous great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity.

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