On Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, Calvin “Cal” Radbourne, 57, passed away suddenly while doing what he loved—being at camp.
Cal lived life to the fullest each and every moment, whether at work or play.
Cal worked as the Building and Maintenance Supervisor at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium for more than 20 years. He was respected and loved by his co-workers, and took great pride in his work there.
A member of the Elks organization, Cal played hockey, remained involved in the community, and always enjoyed the fellowship of good friends.
Cal was born on July 14, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ont. He grew up in Emo, Ont. and moved to Thunder Bay in 1968.
He loved Thunder Bay and the region, and enjoyed its natural beauty and recreational pursuits, including hunting, fishing, riding snowmobiles, walking, boating, and camp, and he was a true son of Northwestern Ontario.
Cal and his wife of 37 years, Betty, raised three children, Dwayne, Jason, and Kirsten in Thunder Bay. Cal cherished the time spent with his wife and family, especially his two grandchildren, whether at home, at their sports and recreational activities, or at camp.
His grandchildren held a special place in his heart and “Papa” took enormous pride in being with them as often as possible.
Camp was the fulfillment of a life-long dream; a place for family and friends to gather in the glory of the outdoors for fun, friendship, love, and peace. His passing leaves an enormous gulf in both the community and his family, and he will be sorely missed.
Cal is survived by his wife and best friend, Betty; children, Dwayne (Christy), Jason (Kathleen), and Kirsten (Mike); grandchildren, Caitlynn and Lucas; sister, Barb (Joe) Hickerson; nephews, Dave (Marla) Hickerson and Don (Kathleen) Hickerson; sister and brothers-in-law, JoyAnne (Gary) Tolen, Doug (Linda) Bourre, Drew (Denyse) Bourre, and Everett Jackson; and mother-in-law, Joy Bourre.
Cal was predeceased by his mother and father, Minnie and Leonard Radbourne; and sister-in-law, Carol Bourre.
A memorial service and celebration of Cal’s life will take place Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 from 1-3 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. A private family service will occur Wednesday, Oct. 3.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.