J. (John) Lovse

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John Lovse, ALS
Known for Father to Bill Lovse, ALS and grand-father to Krista Lovse, ALS

On June 3, 2014, Mr. John Lovse of Calgary passed away peacefully at the age of 89 surrounded by family at the Foothills Country Hospice located in Okotoks, Alberta. He spent fourteen courageous years fighting heart disease.

John was born in Ljubljana, Solvenia (formerly Yugoslavia) on November 30, 1924.

John fled Yugoslavia during World War II due to communist rule and settled in Italy where he attended medical school at the University of Bologna for two years before he immigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1948 with his parents.

John started out in the seismic survey industry in Alberta and began working for W.D. Usher & Associates in Edmonton. He accepted an Articling Student position with A.J. Edwards, ALS in 1964 and obtained his Alberta Land Surveyor Commission #345 on June 19, 1970. Prior to getting his commission, he did seismic surveys in the muskeg country of Alberta.

John’s former assistant, Gerald Whaley, ALS recalled:

“I remember the time we walked into an area where the cats were waiting to cut some lines for seismic. A couple of us young guys were walking quite a bit faster than John and asked him why he was walking so slowly. His answer was that he was setting his own pace and by the end of the day he would be still walking his own pace. We had a fairly long walk through the muskeg cutline to get to the starting point for the layout. John said to carry on and when we got to our starting point, he would not be far behind. We arrived at the starting point and true to his word, John arrived shortly thereafter. On the walk back after a hard days’ work, we were quite far behind John because he was still walking his own pace (Slow but steady wins the race!).

I remember after setting liners for the cats to cut the lines, we would be sitting smoking and trying to keep the mosquitoes away from our faces. While sitting, we decided to count how many mosquitoes a person could burn the wings off with a penny match. It was something to do and the most mosquitoes I got with one match was 23, so we called that a 23 mosquito day. The younger guys were complaining about the mosquitoes, but John never complained or showed that they bothered him.

John showed us how to stabilize the survey tripod by driving part of a spruce tree into the muskeg with the largest part of the trunk at ground level for the tripod legs. We were used to working on dirt so we found it interesting that there was a way to be able to read angles where the ground moved when you shifted your weight.”

John moved to Calgary in the early seventies and began working for DelRay Engineering (A Division of Keith Construction, a Calgary Developer and Home Builder), as an Alberta Land Surveyor. Following his passion, John established a private practice under his own name . John primarily worked on municipal surveys and did most of the subdivision work and building layout in the communities of Parkland, Bonavista, Midnapore and Sundance. He was the Principal and Mentor to many including, Thomas To, ALS, J.W. Lovse, ALS, C.D. Keir, ALS and Krista Lovse, ALS.

In 1990, John established Lovse Surveys Ltd. then sold his interest in 1994 and retired from the firm. He moved with his wife, Dianne, to Invermere, BC shortly after. When health concerns became too great, they reluctantly sold their BC home and returned to Calgary to the house he owned since the late seventies.

John was a laid-back person who was respected by his co-workers and employees.

John was proud to article his son, J.W. Lovse, ALS (now deceased) and grand-daughter, Krista Lovse, ALS.

John loved to read and had a passion for discussing current events and politics. John also enjoyed devoting his time walking with his canine companion, Mala, in Fish Creek Park.

John was predeceased by his son Bill. He is survived his wife Dianne, his daughter-in-law Kathy, his two sons Martin (Margaret) and Tony (Kandi), and six grandchildren.

Thomas To, ALS with major contributions from Gerald Whaley, ALS