Ollmann, Linda Ann (nee Hoglund, previously Black) of Calgary, AB, formerly Winnipeg, MB

Posted by on March 6, 2019

Linda Ollmann slipped away from us on March 4, 2019 at the age of 74. We were blessed to have had time to reminisce, say our goodbyes, rest in knowing that at the end there was nothing left unspoken. Linda battled against the cancer that took her much the same as she dealt with anything in life, she held on and fought with a vengeance. Linda had her sense of humour with her until the last and laughed more than once at all of the fuss we were making around her in her final hours.

Linda was predeceased by her husband, Joe Ollmann. We are heartened that they are together again after a few years apart. But by now, be assured, his whistling is probably driving her nuts and she is rolling her eyes at him to get him to stop.  Her mother Fran, and her father Ron as well as numerous family and friends were also there to welcome her wonderful soul and help her transition from this life. Their gain is our loss until we are reunited once again.

Linda always spoke about how blessed she was to have a wonderful son and two loving daughters. Jim, Theresa and her daughter-in-law, Kim made her proud and were bright lights in her life. But her truest joy in life was being a Grandma. The guys she loved more than anything in the world were her “pack” as she called them, her grandsons Matthew and Evan. She loved them more than anything and was extremely proud of the young men they have become. Her one regret about leaving us so soon was that she would not be around to see tremendous things they will accomplish in life. The boys will always remember her for the many, many sleepovers, hours of board games played, trips to the park and endless trays of fudge she made with them. They could not have asked for a better Grandma.

For years the kids all marveled at Grandma’s special friendship with Santa Claus. Every year, without fail, he always made time to come to her house and join our family for a special private party. We would sing and share “snackies”, and the night would close with a present for all from the “Jolly Old Elf” himself. Matthew and Evan and cousins; Kaeden, Pierce, Brodie and Sophia were all in awe when Santa showed up. One year he even jumped off the roof right in front of them! That cemented their belief in him for years to come.

Linda spent most of her working life in furniture sales, and she was great at it. We always joked that we felt sorry for the customer that was just wandering in to look around. They didn’t realize they were leaving with a new purchase until it was too late. She was just that good at helping people find what they needed in their lives, even if they didn’t know it yet.

Linda traveled to many places over the years and enjoyed seeing new things but was always happiest to be home. In recent years she had a re-found love of dancing and attended the weekly “Jam Sessions” to listen to live music in her community. We will always see her sitting in her spot on the couch, Pepsi on ice beside her, relaxing with the television blaring or reading a book. She was a prolific reader who kept Theresa very busy finding new books for her e-reader, they had many an argument over the books not downloading fast enough!

She was guided by a strong faith and belief in God but didn’t suffer the trappings of organized religion. Linda always believed that “God only gave you as much as you could handle”. She was strong enough to rise above her own adversities and still have enough strength to carry others and help out whenever she was called upon. There were many Christmases that we would have an extra plate at the table for a friend who would have otherwise been alone for the holiday. It is a tradition that we will all remember and carry on.

The mark of a life well lived is the legacy of those you have touched and the memories you leave behind. It is not surprising that this wonderful soul has managed to leave an extensive legacy. Besides the family members already mentioned, Linda leaves behind her sisters Judy (husband Wayne) and Fran, brothers Ken and Gerry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She has been blessed with many wonderful friends in her life, some old and some new. Linda would want everyone to remember the good times and not dwell on the bad. Carry your memories in you hearts and love each other comforted in knowing that we will all meet again.

In accordance with Linda’s wishes she has been cremated. 

The celebration of Linda’s life will be held on: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 2pm. We invite you join us for an informal gathering of friends and family, followed by a reception. Located at: Parkridge Estates Community Hall, 222 Burroughs Circle NE,  Calgary, AB

In lieu of flowers please forward your donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in her memory.

If you would like to send your condolences and remembrances of Linda to her family, please email to kimblack18@gmail.com. Any photos or special stories that you would like to have shared at her celebration would also be welcome.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Unit 28 nurses, doctors and support workers at Peter Lougheed Centre. We were all warmed by your wonderful care and attention to our Mother in her final days.  You are all true superheroes.

You were given this life…because you were strong enough to live it.

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COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018


“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh


“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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