With profound sadness we announce the passing of Cecil Day on May 25, 2020. Cec was the youngest of five children born to Maggie and Stanley Day in Meyronne, SK on November 5, 1932 and was raised on the family farm. He married Joan Roszell on August 8, 1953 in Moose Jaw, SK and together they raised three children. Cec became a licensed auto mechanic and worked at a Chrysler dealership for many years before operating his own service station, South Trail Shell, for 25 years. He provided skilled and honest service and built many lasting friendships. Cec was committed to volunteering his time. Over the years, he served with the South Calgary YMCA Men’s Club and assisted with fundraising, worked on the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee for motor mechanics for 6 years, and volunteered at Heritage Park and Gasoline Alley for 24 years. He was a long time, active member of McDougall United Church where he enjoyed participating and serving in many capacities. Cec’s many hobbies included travelling, gardening, watching the Calgary Flames and antique cars (he was a member of the Alberta Pioneer Auto Club). Cec had a rare talent for remembering everyone he met and engaging in conversation with genuine interest and compassion. He was the best grandpa that his grandchildren could have asked for. He always had time for them and made each of them feel special. He was always up for games, conversations, and lots of laughter. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Cec is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan, his children, Stuart (Terry) of Briercrest, SK, Kevin (Erin) of Draper, Utah, and Denise (Daren) Patterson of Calgary. He was loved by his grandchildren, Alex Day, Raymond Friesen, Ian (Lisa) Friesen, Brittany (Scott) O’Shea, Breanne (Ian) Savage, Elizabeth Patterson (Kevin Merkl), Jenna Patterson (Callum Mudd), Douglas Patterson, Adam Day, and Emily Day and great grandchildren, Jackson, Ethan, and Izzy O’Shea, Graham Savage, Riley and Evan Friesen, and Jacob Friesen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Myrtle, Chester, Phyllis, and Clifford. The family wishes to thank the staff of the ICU and Unit 29 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital for their care and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date once full gatherings are permitted.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Carolyn Sucha | 02-Jun-2020
I was saddened to see that Cec has passed away. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. My very deepest sympathies and condolences to you Joan, Stu and Terry, Kevin and Erin, Denise and Daren and your families.
Posted by Christopher and Shannon Kuntz | 02-Jun-2020
Cec was such a kind and gentle man, always smiling and willing to chat for a few minutes. We enjoyed seeing him at Gasoline Alley and learning something new from him each time. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Joan, Denise, Daren and all your family at this time.