Lillian Beatrice Tickles

3 December , 193315 May , 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Lillian Beatrice Tickles (née Hunter) passed away peacefully, with her family nearby, on the morning of May 15, 2019. Lillian was born “on the farm” in Radisson, Saskatchewan on December 3, 1933. For the next 85 years she personified the role of vanguard as a loving partner, mother, grandmother and educator. From the classroom to the library, from the University Senate to the Women’s Literary Club, Lillian always served others with the goal of making learning a priority.

On August 20, 1960, Lillian and her journey partner Edward tied the knot in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, then set out in their white Pontiac to build a future in Calgary. Over the course of the next 59 years, children were born and raised, summer trips were taken, and countless hands of bridge were bid. In the early years there were careers to establish and cultivate; then later, the translation of all that hard work into the family’s prized cabin on Rosen Lake, a place to restore balance and make cherished memories. Deeply committed to faith and her spiritual beliefs,

Lillian appreciated all the blessings in her life. Her friends were also her confidants. She had many passions, from getting in nine holes of golf before the heat became too oppressive, to making sure there were enough butter tarts stashed away for after school. To the colleagues and family who knew her well, her dedication to gifted education and the young people who she helped prepare for tomorrow will always be remembered and admired.

Lillian’s siblings, Richard Hunter, Dorothy Gullion, George Hunter, and Lorraine Hunter; as well as her children Laurel and Dean Tickles; daughter-in-law Janis Tickles; grandson Riley Tickles; and of course her husband and best friend Edward Tickles, have many fond memories that will never be forgotten.

In the spirit of her favourite happy place with people “beside the dock,” she wanted those who could attend to participate in a Celebration of Life, to take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Holy Nativity Anglican Church, (12707 Lake Bonaventure Drive S.E.).

For those wishing to honour Lillian’s memory, the family suggests that donations to the Calgary Public Library would make a fitting tribute to a priority Lillian always held close to her heart.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, 22 May , 2019


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Gladys Wensley (nee Tapley)

15 June 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of a great lady. I had the privilege of knowing Lillian in her "growing-up" years. She was fun and loved books ; so it's not surprising that was carried on.

So happy for the many good memories!

Sympathy and prayers for the world's loss.

Gladys Wensley.

Maureen Leew

19 May 2019

My condolences are with the family at this sad time. May your memories of Lillian's spirited approach to life sustain you through these difficult days. I have many fond memories of our time together at Rideau Park. Many times in my career, I used examples from Lilllian's leadership to inform my own practice. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Len Thompson

19 May 2019

Ed, Laurel, Dean, Janis and Riley I extend my deepest sympathy at this very sad time.

Len Thompson

Juane Priest

18 May 2019

I am sending my deepest sympathy on the passing of Lillian, your dear wife, a mother and a grandmother.
I had the pleasure of becoming a colleague and friend to Lillian some thirty years ago during our work at the CBE. Lillian was someone I greatly admired. She was an excellent teacher, school librarian and a source of inspiration to all who knew her and worked with her. She had a strong work ethic, was knowledgeable, articulate, witty, kind and generous. What stands out for me was Lillian’s dedication to ‘gifted education’ and her commitment to working with teachers to ensure that students’ needs were met.
Lillian will missed by many CBE colleagues and students.
Blessings to all of you as you make this journey through your grief.

Jean and Norman Senn

18 May 2019

Dear Ed and your family.
Jean and Norman send our thoughts to you all at this time of loss. It is with sadness we send this message but with thoughts of happiness for her great life and her many achievements. We know her as a great person, a great wife for you, Ed, and a loving mother to your children. This day is only one of a lifetime and her lifetime is so full of memories for all of you.
God bless you--

Marlene McCool

18 May 2019

Laurel and family. My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mother. May the special bond you shared and a lifetime of precious memories comfort you now and in the days to come. May God grant you comfort and strength. Sincerely, Marlene McCool

Kay McGannon

17 May 2019

Dear Ed and family ,
I send my heartfelt sympathy to all of you in the loss of a dear wife, mother , grandmother and mother-in-law.
I had many happy times with Lillian over the years and so many great
bridge. games together.
I will miss a true friend.
Kay McGannon