Clarence Allen Weiderick

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Clarence “Al” Allen Weiderick on Easter Weekend at the Salem Manor Nursing Home in Leduc AB. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley; and his son Steve (Michelle). Al was predeceased by his four brothers, Gordon, Walter, Ed, and Harvey (Devona). Al was raised in Wetaskiwin, in 1950 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and fought in the Korean War. After his release from the army Al moved to Edmonton and attended Pilot School at the Edmonton Flying Club – it was there he met his future wife: Shirley Eileen Webb – they married in 1956. Al began his flying career as a bush pilot; he flew the DEW line [Distance Early Warning Line]. He progressed to flying executive aircraft for several oil and gas companies in Alberta. In the latter part of his career he flew a Turbo Prop equipped with Aerial Photography in Central America for the World Bank. Al had a profound love of aircraft and flying them, when he retired at age 70 he had spent 45 years as a pilot and had accumulated over 23,000 flying hours! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
The following poem “High Flight” written by John Magee in 1941 is perfect for the memory of Al:
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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