In Memoriam.ca - Always in our hearts

  • Kristi Gingrich lit a candle on 09/27/2020:
    "We do not know the length our lives will hold and have no control over this. What we can control is the width and depth for how we choose to live. Darwin lived wide and deep. His sudden death is a reminder of the importance of family, love, and living each day to its fullest. May his laughter brighten heaven and warm our hearts as we grieve the loss of him. "

  • Ken Stewart-Smith lit a candle on 09/08/2020:
    "It is with great shock and sadness to learn of the passing of my truly good friend Darwin. We met back in the early 80’s and shared many of life’s triumphs and trying times including 911 and with our common engineering backgrounds, Darwin was the one to called me to tell me about the Space shuttle Colombia disaster. I spent many summer holidays together with Darwin and his wife Sandy, his sister Brenda and husband Cy at our favorite lake (Kalamalka) near Vernon, BC. Darwin loved his Carlson ski boat and took pride in becoming an excellent water skier. We usually skied at around 30-35mph so one day, Darwin was driving the boat and as I was crawling back into the boat after a spectacular wipeout, he turned to me with a grin and said “a little too fast for you, I was only doing 50!” My heart goes out to Sandy and family for their great loss. His contagious laugh, his generosity, kindness, companionship and friendship will be dearly missed. Ken "

  • Alyssa O'Dell lit a candle on 09/09/2020:
    "Uncle Darwin made any room warmer, brighter, and more full of laughter. I am so grateful to him for being such a vibrant example of living life to it’s fullest whenever possible — from his sporting and photography, travel and adventures, to the time spent with the many communities he was a valued part of. I will always treasure the memories of my childhood summer and winter breaks spent with him and Aunt Sandy on the lakes and peaks of Canada’s West –– cruising with Sunshine in the Okanagan or mastering a downhill ski in the Rocky Mountains. My deepest condolences and love to Aunt Sandy and the rest of the family. I love you Uncle Darwin "

About him

Darwin Luft

Darwin Luft

Born: October 27th, 1955

Passed on: August 31st, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Darwin Laurie Luft, of Calgary, Alberta.

Darwin was born October 27, 1955, in Didsbury, Alberta. He passed away August 31, 2020, at the age of 64, at his summer home in Vernon, British Columbia.

Darwin spent the majority of his childhood in Olds, Alberta, where his parents owned and operated an autobody repair shop and where he honed his great love of tools and all things DIY.

He graduated from Olds Junior Senior High School in 1973, and went directly into the School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Darwin’s long career in engineering in the oil and gas industry began with Dome Petroleum in Estevan, Saskatchewan followed by positions in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Rocky Mountain House and back to Calgary. Dome was eventually purchased by Talisman Energy, from which Darwin retired in 2011 as VP of Mergers and Acquisitions.

He enjoyed all things sports, including scuba diving, skiing, cycling, golfing and working out. He approached his hobbies with the same boundless exuberance as with the other aspects of his life. He had logged a thousand kilometers on his bicycle this summer alone. He and his wife Sandra have travelled the world together in their retirements, visiting 50+ countries over the years. Darwin took up underwater photography while diving and when given a digital camera by Sandy for their 25th anniversary, he turned to digital travel photographs to capture the highlights and cultures of the places they visited. If interested, his photos can be viewed at www.imagesbydarwin.smugmug.com. He was also a member of APEGA, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Darwin will be greatly missed for his energetic personality, business sense and laughter that was truly infectious. He was always available to lend a helping hand and a kind heart to anyone who needed it. He was known to his neighbors as the one who shoveled the walks in the winter, and repaired the lawn mowers in the summer.

He is survived by his wife Sandra, whom he married in 1985. They spent 35 happy years together, until his passing; and by his sister, Brenda (Cy) in Enderby, British Columbia. He will also be deeply missed by his cousins Randy (Vancouver, Washington), Lynn (Auburn, California), Kevin (Didsbury, Alberta), Darin (Yellowknife, NWT), Kristi (Didsbury, Alberta) and Stacey (Didsbury, Alberta); as well as nieces and nephews, Ben (Sylvan Lake, Alberta), Bonnie (Port Moody, BC), Luke (Comox, BC) and Alyssa (Ottawa, Ontario).

He was predeceased by his parents Don and Jane Luft of Olds, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Given the current Coronavirus situation, Darwin’s family have decided to forego a celebration of his life for the moment. A memorial to Darwin has been created and can be viewed at darwinluft.inmemoriam.ca. Expressions of condolence as well as photos and memories can be left there as well.

For those wishing to make a tribute to Darwin’s life, donations can be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, at www.heartandstroke.ca.