Arlene Viola McCall

August 11, 1926September 11, 2020

Arlene (Gregor) McCall was born August 11, 1926, in Hafford, Saskatchewan, moved to Alberta after her marriage, and died at her residence in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, September 11, 2020, at the age of 94 years.

Mother of Maureen (Ray Kaduck) and Marsha: widow of Jock McCall: sister of Lois Gregor and the late Laurie (Weir). Also survived by several cousins, nephews Greg and Mark Weir: nieces Val Weir and Sheila Bilton, and their spouses and families.

Arlene received a BA in Science from the University of Saskatchewan and worked in the medical field for five years. She then received her ARCT in Piano Pedagogy and taught piano and theory from 1962 until she retired at the age of 91. Arlene was a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association for 49 years and Morning Musicale for 48.

Having celebrated her “wake” at her 80th birthday party, there will be no funeral. She never understood why she gathered so many friends and “extended family” members. There will be no better memorial to Arlene than passing on to others what you feel you received from her.


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Arlene Viola McCall

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Carol and Jack Moore

September 19, 2020

To Arlene's family and friends,
We loved Arlene. She was always such fun and a wonderful person. We have so many nice memories of her.
Love, Carol and Jack.

Janice Dahlberg

September 18, 2020

To Maureen and Marsha - I am writing on behalf of the Royal Conservatory of Music Alumni Association, Calgary Chapter. Arlene was an active and enthusiastic member of the "alums" for many years as well as chair of the Scholarship Committee. We were glad to read that her career went on until her 91st year and that she died at home. She was much loved and admired by her students. Please accept our sympathy - sad that she is gone, but glad for the good life that she led. She was a mentor for many musicians. Sincerely, Janice Dahlberg, President, RCM Alumni, Calgary


September 18, 2020

Since I didn't take piano lessons (with good reason) I didn't get to know Arlene like my brother and sister did.
However I'd like to share a memory going back to the 1970s. Remember, phones were attached to walls and we didn't even have answering machines necessarily then.
My father had died and Arlene called to ask if there was anything she could do. I jokingly said, " answer the phone!". When she asked, I explained that I was having trouble getting into the shower because of the number of phone calls that were coming in and I didn't want mom disturbed as we were trying to have her rest.
Arlene quickly responded that she would be over soon. I tried to tell her I was just joking but she assured me she was on her way.
Sure enough, she arrived at the house with book in hand and sat by our phone, answering calls and taking messages from people, for the next few hours.
Not just caring but practical too!

Denise Blais

September 18, 2020

Oh my teacher, my friend. Thank you for the love given to my Mom and Dad and to me. Laughter and Tears

Colleen Lemire

September 17, 2020

Dear Marsha and Maureen, You have been in my thoughts often since I learned of your Mom’s passing. I will always remember her as cheerful and friendly, and with a smile on her face. I enjoyed many chats with her at the front door as I waited for Marsha to walk to school. You will be reminded of her often and in many ways. I think our elders always inspire and guide us. Dave and I send you our warmest condolences.
Sincerely, Colleen

Josette Jarche

September 17, 2020

Dear Marsha and Maureen
Arlene was one of the most positive, kindest people I ever had the privilege of calling my friend.
My heart is heavy and I will miss her dearly.

Marjorie McCarty

September 17, 2020

I came to Calgary as a stranger, through Sybil and Cynthia I met Arlene and eventually was asked to join them in making a foursome for bridge.
For at least 25 years we met , whenever we felt like it, at each other’s home for cocktails, dinner and bridge. Then Arlene decided to have Christmas in July- she spared no effort in putting up her tree - adding her beautiful crystal- decorating her house- cooking the turkey dinner. She did this for many years.
Grey Cup Sunday became a party day. She was always part of this with special food. I shall miss all these fun times with this beautiful lady and am so sorry for all her troubles in the end.
My sincere sympathy to Maureen and Marsha.
Marge McCarty

Michael Frayne

September 17, 2020

An amazing teacher and person she taught me piano from when I started in elementary school until high school. She fuelled my love for all kinds of music and taught me so many lessons, both in dedication, perseverance, and work ethic.

Pat Hodge

September 16, 2020

Arlene was a major inspiration to me throughout our almost 50 year friendship. She was a treasured member of our piano teachers’ group, that group extending beyond teaching to golf, bridge, many other enjoyable times. She will always be a beacon of light in my thoughts. Sharing your loss, Marsha and Maureen, and all the family, with love and endless memories of Arlene. Pat Hodge

May Carnali (nee Solberg)

September 15, 2020

Arlene was a special person in my life; as my Mother, Rae's best friend and as a family friend and as my daughter's Natasha's piano teacher. (Wasn't she everyone's piano teacher?) She was an amazingly intelligent woman with a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. I am sorry to say I had not seen her in some years; last time was at the mall and we promised to get together for lunch; alas we never did. Here is to a great life lived to the maximum.
Say Hi to Mom for me Arlene.



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