On Friday, July 6th, 2018, Adam John Calder passed away, at his home, with his family by his side. Adam is survived by his two loves of his life, his children, Madison and Chase, mother Rhonda, father Bill (Sherri), brother Dean (Suzanne), sister Raegan (Adam), his nephews Logan, Kian, Evan, Deacon, and Lawson; step-sisters Nerissa and Kalysha and his grandmother Augusta; his large extended family, relatives and friends from all over the world.
Adam is predeceased by his grandparents, Nanny and Papa (Nicholson) and Grandpa (Calder) and uncle Syd (Nicholson).
Adam was born and raised in Portage. His love of hockey and baseball started at a young age. A fierce competitor, Adam played for his hometown Terriers before earning a scholarship at the University of North Dakota where he added a NCAA National Championship to his Degree in Physical Education. Not many people can make a living out of doing something you love but Adam did. From 1999 onward Adam’s hockey world tour continued with stops in South Carolina (winning another title), the IHL and AHL, Wichita before heading to Europe where he played in Sweden and Italy. He played most of his hockey in Coventry, England where he made his home and met Rebecca and raised his two children. Adam dominated the Elite Ice Hockey League for several years earning several titles (team and personal) and the prestigious Sportsman of the year for the West Midlands beating out an Olympic medalist. It wasn’t until an injury in a game that Adam hung up his skates for good. In December 2015 the Coventry Blaze retired Adam’s jersey. Knowing that there was more to life outside the rink Adam completed his MBA from Coventry University. With his hockey career completed Adam moved onto his next challenge. Adam became a Project Engineer, testing vehicles with Jaguar Landrover. Adam worked at JLR until he passed away.
He was a quiet and humble person who didn’t like the spotlight. He enjoyed spending time with his kids and family. Adam did have his mischievous side and when you saw the smirk you knew something was up.
A celebration of Adam’s life will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the MNP Building, Island Park at 4:00pm, however doors will open at 2:30 to allow time to visit with the family prior to the service. A private family interment will take place at a later date.
A trust fund has been established for Madison and Chase with the Royal Bank of Canada, 140 Sask. Ave. E, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0L1 cheques are to be made payable to Raegan Calder.
A tree will be planted and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com. 204-857-4021