It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Elenore Grace Kubik of Calgary, Alberta on May 29, 2018. Elenore was blessed with 75 years of love and happiness, touching all those that surrounded her.
Born on January 10, 1943 in Coleman, Alberta to parents, Gabriel and Muriel D’Amico, Elenore’s independent spirit grew in the small coal mining town of Southern Alberta. She spent her childhood in the Crowsnest Pass with her parents and two sisters, Carol and Trudy before moving to Calgary and completing high school.
After high school, Elenore married Bob Kubik, whom she met during her time in the Crowsnest Pass. They were blessed with a family of five sons, and Elenore devoted herself to nurturing her children’s happiness in their formative years. Following her sons’ growth and independence and an amicable parting with Bob, Elenore began careers in sports management with the Alberta government and the University of Calgary. She moved to many places during her career, including Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, and Richmond BC, where she developed a network of close friends. She fondly remembered her role organizing the alpine ski events at the 1988 Calgary Olympics as one of her career highlights. Elenore found love again with Ken Sorensen, his two sons and their families. Elenore and Ken settled in Calgary and were devoted to one another for twenty-eight years.
An adventurous spirit pushed Elenore to travel the world to places such as Europe, Australia, Africa, India and South America, where she immersed herself in the various cultures. She also loved sports and was an avid hiker and downhill skier. She treasured the annual family ski weekend with her grandchildren. As a skilled potter, Elenore created beautiful bowls, dishes, cups, and teapots in the studio she called her “happy place”. Those pieces were gifted to family and friends as enduring reminders of her love and talent.
Elenore was a true “matriarch” of her family and is an inspiration for a life well lived. She placed family first and loved socializing with friends as she followed her passions. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.
Left to mourn and celebrate her life are her beloved partner, Ken Sorensen of Calgary; her children, Shane (Karen) Kubik of Hillcrest, Billy-Jo (Rae) Kubik of Blairmore, Randy (Lesa) Kubik of Calgary, Ryan (Shelly) Kubik of Calgary, Robin (Angie) Kubik of Lethbridge, Scott (Paula) Sorensen of Vancouver, and Rob (Kerry) Sorensen of London; her grandchildren, Katelyn, Gareth, Reid, Conor, Korben, Devon, Kaden, Lauren, Reid, Robert, Dalaine, Riley, Ryland, Lucas, Piper, and Molly; her great-grandchildren, Jayden and Alexander; her sisters, Carol (George) Perry of Brooks and Trudy ( Rick) Choppe of Kelowna; as well as her extended family and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Gabriel D’Amico, Muriel Radford (Née: Goodwin) and Jim Radford, and her husband, Bob Kubik of Blairmore.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Greenhill Hotel (12326-20 Ave., Blairmore, AB). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Crowsnest Pass Pottery Club (PO Box 703, Coleman, AB T0K 0M0), or the Mustard Seed Homeless Foundation (102 – 11 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0X5). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555