Irvine Steve Almadi

23 April, 193414 June, 2020

Irv Almadi passed away on Sunday. June 14, 2020 with family by his side, he was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

Irv was a family man with numerous interests. His career took him too many locations, but his heart remained in his hometown East Coulee, Alberta.

Irv’s father, Joseph Almadi, left Hungary in 1928 to settle in the Coulee where he worked as a coal miner. It took him 5 years to earn the money to bring his wife Margaret and daughter Helen to join him. Irvine was born in Drumheller April 23, 1934.

Listening to Irv share stories of East Coulee was captivating for those lucky enough to hear them. They carried with them, the humour of a time when kids were free to roam the town and the hills. Irv’s stories would have entertained W.O. Mitchell.

In 1953, Irv and his Coulee friends, Julius Bodor, Ed Bennett and Joe Fulop set out to attend Oklahoma University. Irv met Luther Cunningham a quintessential Texan who remained his kindred spirit to the end. Graduating in 1956 with his Petroleum Engineering degree he joined APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta).

It was an apple core tossed by Laura at the handsome lad at Mount Royal College that led to their marriage in 1958 and a 62 year love affair. Irv was proud of his two daughters Karen, a lawyer, and Kimberly, a science teacher.

Irv’s career was an adventure that took him from Virden, Manitoba, to Fort Saint John, BC where he met Bill Hunka (Evelyn); this friendship resulted in Irv and Laura following the Hunka’s to Port Dover, Ontario where Irv worked on an offshore drilling platform on Lake Erie.

In 1963 Irv joined TransCanada PipeLine where he spent 16 years becoming Manager of Operations, Alberta Supply. It was there that he met his dear friends Fez Qureshi (Pat) and Moe Thomas (Donna). TCPL was a combination of work and play. Monthly trips to Toronto had a way of conveniently coinciding with CFL games. Irv also travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to consult with the Danish government as they were developing, their oil and gas holding in the North Sea.

In 1979, Irv’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to leave TCPL. He established Almadi Resource Consultants Ltd. which was active until he retired in 1998.

The day Irv and Laura moved into their new home in 1967, their first visitor that winter was a bare-footed, army coat wearing teenager - Beth Hetherington (Kyla, Danauca, Kathy, Cameron and Isabelle). Our families have been intertwined since.

In 1970, Irv returned to his home town of East Coulee with Kimberly. Sitting on the bank of the Red Deer River, Kim commented on how quiet it was, to which Irv replied, “It’s the end of the Earth”. Irv and Laura bought a run-down, weed infested property where Irv envisioned our cottage “WrenDee”. The Hunka’s purple school bus became home for a couple years as Irv and Laura built the cabin. The Coulee kept Irv busy in numerous ways. Locals enjoyed coming by to share time out on the deck with Mr. A – Monica Schwarz, the Stols, Lanzer, Izzy, Janet Grabner, the Stewarts, the Gerlingers and Bob Ellaby to name a few.

Irv is survived by his wife Laura, daughters Karen (Lori) and Kim (Reta), his “son” Ken Cameron, and his niece Julia Whyte and nephew Dr. Gregory Whyte. He was predeceased by his parents – Joseph (1982) and Margaret (2004), his baby brother Frank (1927), and his beloved sister Helen (2009). A Celebration of Life will be held In East Coulee in August. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the East Coulee School Museum at or mail to PO BOX 514, East Coulee, AB Canada T0J 1B0


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John Hennessey

6 July 2020

I met Irvin in 1947 when I moved to East Coulee from Nova Scotia. We went thru high school together, played on the same hockey teams and traveled in the same social groups. He was a good friend and shall be really missed.

Kim Almadi

3 July 2020

Yvonne Markotic & Martin McSween
Jun 30, 2020. East Coulee
We will miss Irv and his zest for life. He had playful spirit and was always friendly and had time to shoot the breeze. He was part of the community and helped make East Coulee unique. I remember when he helped Martin fix the furnace ducts, we were young and inexperienced and he was willingly to share his knowledge and expertise and kindness. We will miss his wave and smile from the tractor and his good hearted nature.
Our sympathies are with you.
Yvonne & Martin

Gloria Chamchuk

Jun 26, 2020.
The family of the late Roman Chamchuk express their sincere condolences to Irvine’s

John Schissel

23 June 2020

John and Jackie Schissel
Jun 19, 2020
Laura- sorry to hear of Irv’s passing. Although We didn’t stay in touch in the later years, I’ll never forget a great boss who, among other things, taught me how to play craps in Vegas and to enjoy Ballantines scotch.

Don and Linda Gerlinger

23 June 2020

Sad to hear that Irv has left us. We will miss his drop in visits and stories about almost everything under the sun and East Coulee history in particular. A very knowledgeable, wise, pleasant and just plain smart man. The community of East Coulee will definitely miss him. We extend our sincere condolences to Laura and family.

Deanna Snell

21 June 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Irv's passing and he will be missed by many. His generosity, sense of humour, and kindness, (same qualities shared by Laura) always made everyone who visited the Almadi home feel like they were part of the family. He also gave me the great gift of discovering East Coulee, the badlands, and Springfest through his daughter, Karen. I've enjoyed walking down the middle of the streets of the coulee, kicking stones and hearing stories about this wonderful little town.

Rest in peace, Irv, I will miss you.


Janice Whitley

20 June 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm thinking of you at this difficult time.

Janice Whitley

Janet Grabner

19 June 2020

I am going to miss you Irv. Your visits to my studio to shoot the breeze were always interesting. Every time I hear a lawn tractor I will check to see if it's you.. Thanks for being such a good friend and neighbor. I hope you are with your beloved sister now. She is there for you again.❤

Jack Serna

19 June 2020

Sincere condolences to the Almadi family. Irv, "Mody" was always a happy and likeable fellow, who I enjoyed reminiscing with in later years at the annual East Coulee breakfast. Irv, you will be sorely missed.

Jack Serna

Bob Liddle

19 June 2020

It's sad to lose one of life's genuine "good guys." As a new TCPL employee back in the early days of our careers I was very glad to have had the opportunity for Irv to introduce me to the TCPL Toronto trips. I was happy to have an enjoyable phone visit with Irv a couple of weeks before his passing sharing some memories of those trips. One highlight we had a good laugh about was Irv's introduction to me of a Rusty Nail cocktail, a favourite of his. It is a quite potent mix of Scotch and Drambuie. We did of course have to do some work on those trips but somehow the memory of the work is not quite as sharp! My wife Carol and I pass on our condolences to all the family. Irv will be sorely missed by all.
Bob Liddle

Marilyn FEEG

19 June 2020

I just read Irv's Obit in Calgary Herald.

I want to say Congratulations to Whoever wrote his obit.
It is a very Interesting, heart warming story.

Did he attend Mt. Royal After OK Univ.?
Why did a barefoot teen end up on doorstep?
What town / lake / river was Cottage/ Cabin located near?

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