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TAJCNAR, William (Bill)

December 30, 1940 - Lethbridge, Alberta

December 12, 2021 - Calgary, Alberta


Bill Tajcnar of Springbank, Calgary, AB, beloved husband of Shirley and father to Kevin, Lia and Neil, father-in-law to Val and Larine and grandpa to Alexander and Jonah, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at the age of 80 years.


Bill was born on December 30, 1940, in Lethbridge, AB. His parents were new immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. Bill grew up in a lively family of eight on a farm in Barnwell, AB. He went to high school in Taber and obtained a BSc in Mathematics and a Teaching Diploma from U of A followed by a Diploma in Education Administration from U of C. During his university years, Bill’s outgoing personality and excellent driving skills were put to good use each summer when he drove a Brewster Touring Bus in the Banff Lake Louise area.


Bill and Shirley met at U of A and were married on April 20, 1965. They took their young family to Africa from 1969 to 1974 where Bill, under the auspices of the Canadian International Development Agency, taught at a Teacher Training College in Ghana, West Africa. They built their Springbank home in 1975. Bill taught math at several Calgary High Schools until his retirement in 1996. He had a strong sense of community; volunteering regularly to work at fund raising casinos, was a founder member of the Springbank Lions Club and served terms as president of both the Springbank Curling and Heritage Clubs.

He was an avid reader, and enjoyed driving, camping, fishing, gardening, skiing, curling, dancing and social sessions of cards.



A private Memorial Service took place on Thursday, December 23, 2021. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held sometime in the Spring.  Condolences, memories and photos can also be shared and viewed on For those who were unable to view live, a recording of the service has been posted. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, or to the  to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,


The family would like to sincerely thank his medical team, especially his primary physicians, Dr. Unryn, Dr. Keeley from the Cardiac Function Clinic and Dr. Kahlon from the Nephrology Division and all the staff on unit thirty-seven at the Foothills Hospital. Special thanks go to his nurses, Robin from Nephrology and Maria from the Cardiac Function Clinic whose compassion and care made such a difference in supporting Bill and his family with his medical challenges. We would also like to thank Bill's nephew, Ken Poznikoff and his wife Kristine, who generously provided rapid testing for all attending the service. We would also like to acknowledge the excellent service provided by the Rocky View Community Bus.



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