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Vansco, Vince
February 9, 1930 - February 22, 2019
Service:Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:00 pm
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Eckville Community Centre. A time of great memories with refreshments to follow.
Notice:  Cards of sympathy and flowers may be brought to the celebration or in lieu, please feel free to make donations to Stars Air Ambulance in Vince Vansco’s name as this was his charity of choice.


Vince Vansco
On Friday, February 22, 2019, with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Vince Vansco.
Vince will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Sheryl, his son-in-law, Bill, and his “Special” grandson, Blayde, his God-child Rosemary Sirko Forsberg (Craig), along with his Best Friend Morley Torris and his step-children, Patricia Pollitt, Greg (Jan) Edwards, and Dick (Brenda) Edwards, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Vince – aka Hooey- had just celebrated his 89th birthday on February 9th and was the most determined and courageous warrior in his battle with Cancer. He lived his life to the fullest and left countless memories which brought much laughter and happiness to those he loved.
He was born in Bukkszek, Hungary to Regina Koska and Gabor Vancso. He studied to become a Veterinarian in Budapest before getting enlisted to fight in the Hungarian Revolution. With strength and determination, he migrated to Canada to his new life. In 1965, he married the love of his life, Sylvia Brulotte Edwards and gained an immediate family with Pat, Dick and Greg Edwards. In 1966, Vince and Sylvia had their only child, Sheryl Lynn. They were married 34 years until Sylvia passed away. Vince lived his entire life at Eckville, Alberta and worked as the main Veterinarian for the surrounding area farmers for the past 50 years. He not only looked after their animals but was a true friend to so many. He was an outstanding Vet and left a Legacy. He loved the outdoors and loved camping, hunting and fishing in the West Country especially Hummingbird. He was involved in community events and was the trainer with the Eckville Eagles Hockey Club, the Pony Chuckwagon Circuit Veterinarian, the Rodeo Parade as a judge as well was an avid curler. He was a Rodeo Dad, a 4-H Dad, and a figure-skating Dad following Sheryl in her years growing up. Sheryl married Bill Melaney in July 1998, and Vince was blessed with a Son-in law who he truly admired. On July 4, 1999 he was gifted with his grandson, Blayde who was his golden treasure. He spent many hours in the hockey rinks and at rodeos watching his grandson with his special talents. He was such a proud Grandpa and they held a very special bond. He had so much pride in his place with an immaculate yard with beautiful flowers and landscaping where he enjoyed feeding his deer and the birds. He will be greatly missed and always loved.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Eckville Community Centre. A time of great memories with refreshments to follow.

Cards of sympathy and flowers may be brought to the celebration or in lieu, please feel free to make donations to Stars Air Ambulance in Vince Vansco’s name as this was his charity of choice.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Adair & Susan McDonald:
Sheryl Bill & Blayde ...Just a note to say we send our condolences in the passing of your wonderful Dad and Grandpa. Vince was a very kind quiet and gentle man. We were at his celebration of life today and apologize for not getting to chat with you as we had another commitment. It was a wonderful farewell with so many kind words and thoughts expressed - all truly deserving! May memories keep your Dad forever close to your hearts. Please know our thoughts are with you.
Skyler and Terry Hughes:
So sad to hear of the passing of your Dad! He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed by all that knew him. I have so many great childhood memories of your Dad and Mom, they were so good to me! Lots of fun babysitting you Sheryl and our times riding and hanging out with the horses were great!! My thoughts are with you and your families at this sad time.
Theresa Kinzel :
I will always remember Vince as a very kind man.He always had a smile and a nod as he walked in town. Condolences to his family and his friends!
Bryan and Merna Cermak:
So sorry to hear of your dads passing, he was for sure a very special man and the memories we will hold on too are many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Stew Stephanson , Rocky Mtn House:
I’m sad to hear the news about the passing of Vince Vansco, my condolence to his family and many friends.
For many years (decades) I worked as a serviceman for the gas Utility that still serves the town of Eckville.
I recall the first time we met, was to meet at his home to sign a contract to install and connect gas to his property.
Once completed, I made many monthly stops to take meter readings. It was always the first stop of my day, and as time went
by, if he was in the yard I would stop for a quick chat. The quick chats often became a leaning on the hood of my service
vehicle and a visit! I recall pleasant visits in the sun, 2 or 3 pony’s just thru the fence watching us, likely in hope of some of
our attention. Horses may have been discussed, our oldest daughter had a couple different saddle horses in her teenage
years that we boarded at friends outside Rocky. I recall that one of the pony’s at Vansco’s yard was a palamino, believe it was about for ages? Although our friendship were brief visits, I really got to have the greatest respect for person he was. After I retired, we seldom met but by chance. But, nothing changed. Reading other comments here, I have to think, this world could
sure use a few more folks like Vince!
Regards to all, and I hope to attend the service.

Neil Speirs:
I’m so saddened to hear of Vince’s passing. He was a part of my childhood, until we moved away from Eckville in 1963. I fondly remember spending many happy times with Vince in the yard and the animal stalls at the veterinary clinic. Sometimes Vince would surprise us, with a treat of candy cigarettes! I also pestered him to go on farm calls, and was thrilled when I was allowed to go. I remember the red VW Karmann Ghia that Vince drove for a time. So many memories come to mind. My sincere condolences to Vince’s family.
Karen Harrison (Takkinen) :
So sorry to hear this news! I have very fond memories of babysitting Sheryl and boarding my horse up at their place. Vince was a great friend to my dad.
May the Lord Jesus comfort all the family during this time and in the days ahead.
Linda Armeneau Carritt:
I send you, Sheryl and family, deep condolences. Vince was a wonderful man and a gift to us all. It funny I neverror thought of anyou other vet in Eckville but him I don'the think I ever will. I remember him taking the time to show me things I could do for my animals that was easy. I remember riding up at the house with Sheryl and taking Monty around town. Lots of special memories. Rest in peace my friend. Sympathy to all.
Brian/Cathy Sherba Family:
Vince, we're going to miss you.
To Sheryl, Bill and Blayde our condolences.
Everyone has a Vince story.... It's hard to pick just one or two...
Vince was that crazy Hungarian man. If you ever fished with him , you soon realized that he didn't know how to count. It was 1,2,3,1,1,1,2,2....You might not be able to understand what he was saying but he always got his point across. He loved to share his food, moonshine or anything else he had.
Our family will always remember Vince with a smile and a laugh.
Sherba Family
Ken Pattison:
Sorry to hear of his passing. Vince provided us with excellent and affordable veterinary services through 15 years in the hog business as well many years in the beef business. He loved animals as well as people. Whenever I met him on the street he had a big smile and made me feel as though he was genuinely interested in me and what I was doing. He never failed to ask “How’s the missus?” He will be missed!
Sue and Terry Shewkenek:
Vince will be so missed! Our children grew up listening for his horn as he drove in the driveway. The horn blast meant Vince and a pocket full of candy had arrived.

I cannot count the numerous times Vince arrived to save the day, whether it was a calf and cow in trouble, or a goat with six babies to untangle. Vince could do the job - and teach us as he fixed the difficulty.

Vince also taught me a lot about plants, and human nature. I will miss his love of life.
Rest easy old friend!

So sorry we can not be there for his funeral. Our sincere condolences to Sheryl and family!
Don & Josie Perepelkin:
So very sorry for your loss. Vince was our main man for helping with our animals and such a great friend. We have wonderful memories of him especially with his kind caring nature and bits of humour while tending our animals . May God bless you as you make your journey home.
Roland Gosse:
Helped me out of a tough spot many years ago. Will likely never forget him.

My Condolences.

Roland Leanne Andy Cassia Gosse
Rhonda Thomas:
So sorry for your loss, Vince was a great man and vet. He will be sadly missed.
Dale Speirs:
My father Cecil relied on Vince to help out in his Eckville practice. Vince was a good friend to the Speirs family. My brother Neil and I mourn his passing.
Wendy Thomson (David):
I had the pleasure serving Vince coffee for a short time at the hotel cafe . He also helped me with my dog cat and a pet calf . He was a gracious kind man and very patient with me during a very sad time when I put my dog down . Condolences to the community
Todd Charla Rhealee Karson and Kolby:
We are lucky to have gotten to know Vince... he was a great neighbor! He always had the best stories to tell the kids and usually a treat too!
Our thoughts and prayers are will you all!!!
Sparrow’s Auto Service Ltd:
So sad to hear of the passing of dearest Vince.
He was a very kind man and will be missed greatly by all who knew him! Our condolences to the family and and dear friends!
Scott and Yvette Kinley
And family, staff of SPARROW’S Auto Kaltire

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