September 28, 1932 - May 19, 2022
May 30, 2022 14 Condolences Print Obituary
Emil passed away peacefully on May the 19th at the UofA hospital. He is survived, and will be dearly missed, by his son Dale (Heather), daughter Dean, and their mother Anne, partner Gerri and eldest sister Nellie. Also by his grandchildren Kyle, Carly and Kristen. He also leaves behind a few relatives and many friends.
Emil was born on Sept. 28, 1932, in the Vermilion Hospital and spent his early life on the family farm near Derwent, Alberta. When he left home for Edmonton, he initially worked at a meat packing plant.
Emil spent a good portion of his working life in the automotive industry. He worked in various capacities but mainly as a tower operator. He worked for several dealerships over the years. Starting at South Park Motors, then Koch's, North Gate Pontiac and Freedom Ford. He met and made many friends along the way. Always with an "hello", handshake and a smile.
He tried retirement but could never really slow down. He told his son, more than once, "maybe I should slow down a little" but that was not Emil.
He really enjoyed working on his yard and his daily ritual of going to nearby store to pick up newspapers, have a chat, then to McDonald's for a muffin and a coffee. He always spent some time, every afternoon, reading his Bible.
He was a kind, caring and compassionate man. Always ready to lend a hand. He will always be remembered for his willingness to "stand up for the underdogs of this world".
He was a humble man, who will be deeply missed. Many cherished memories are left with those who knew and loved him.
May he Rest in Peace.
If you so wish, donations can be made to Edmonton Food Bank or a Charity of your choice.
As per his request, there will not be a service.
Special thanks to all the staff on 5G3 @ UofA Hospital for the care and attention they provided during his short time there. Special mention to Errol. God Bless you All.
  1. Such a beautiful man, life will not be the same lots of love Heather

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
    Scott and Susan Hyde

    • Thank you.

  3. He will be so very missed. I’ll miss his hugs especially. Love you Gedo.

  4. Always such a quiet gentle person. He will be so missed!

    May you find comfort and peace in the memories of his life and kind, caring ways!

  5. Anne, Dale, Dean, Kristen

    Are heart felt condolences on the passing of your father, dido, friend. Tho his life here in this world is over, he will always be with those who loved him and those he loved guiding you through yours.

    Chris, Susan

  6. Dear Dale and Dean
    Very sorry to hear about your Dad, he was a wonderful man.
    From the Ropcean family

    • Thanks so much Jan…hope all is well with you!

  7. Dale, Dean and Family, Frank and I send out our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family, We got to know your dad when I worked with your mom at the TD in Londonderry Mall. What fun we had, so many laughs and so many memories. Pass HI to your mom. Hugs to all.

  8. Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the sudden passing of Emil. He was a great person and will be sadly missed.

    We are neighbours from down the street and first met Emil when we were all walking West Edmonton Mall early in the morning after our retirement and my husband and him had coffee at McDonald’s sometimes.

  9. To Anne’s Family, our thoughts are with you during this sad time. Stella Pearson, Lynn Moloney, Lois and Pat Henebury

  10. Dale & Heather,

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your dad. I hope your many special memories will comfort your sad heart. He sounded like he enjoyed life and being with you. Take care and warm hugs to you,


  11. Dean Dale and Anne, my condolences on your dads(emils) passing, although a long time ago i have many fond memories of spending time with emil. all the best to everyone.

    • Thanks Gord….it means a lot!

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