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Obituary - Eric Reesor

Eric Reesor

1945 - 2023

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Reesor(2023)

Eric Leslie Reesor was born on July 7, 1945, and departed this earth on October 24, 2023, at the age of 78 years.

Eric leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Margo Reesor and children, Dawn (Chris) Reesor, Penny (Mike) Pacholek, Kathryn Reesor, Jacky Goring, Lynn Reesor, Gail (Scott) Sapergia, Dan Reesor and Ryan (Chanda) Bressler as well as his first wife Deanna Reesor. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Moch, Terrence Moch, Hannah Basso, Zachary Basso, Lonnie Basso, Amanda Gould, Kassidy Malone, Saraya Goring, Tonisha Goring, Rylee Besnoska and Blakely and Audrina Bressler as well as his great-grandchildren, Domanick, Chloe, and Madilynn, Liam, Aubrey, Kaison, Kohen, and Benson.

Eric was the eldest of 7 children born to Helen and Keith Reesor. His memory will live on as well with his siblings Lyle (Karen) Reesor and their children Kyle and Kristy; Shane (Emmy) Reesor and their children, Rob and Jolene; Dan Reesor; Scott (Theresa) Reesor and their children, Jason, Joan, and Leanne; Kevin Reesor and his children, Amanda, Colin, Shawn and Tessa; Jeanne (Bill) Hanson and their children, Jodie, Leslie, Kara, Jana, Chance and Clay as well as many other in-laws, outlaws and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Eric was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Keith Reesor and son-in-law, Trevor Goring.

Dad spent his early years playing cowboys and indians on the ranch; a typical ranch kid, big brother, oldest son and friend to all animals. Trucks and tractors and all make of things with moving parts were just puzzles for dad to solve. Participating in 4-H with winning steers kept him busy, besides helping in the ranch work.

Graduating high school and going on to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1967 was an important milestone in his life. Mom and Dad began a family in 1969. He worked more hours for less pay than anyone else I know. Feeding us couldn't have been easy at the best of times, but we never went hungry as it was a busy life keeping the old place running. Dad made pancakes on Sunday nights and that old griddle was seasoned just right. There was never a failed pancake!

My Dad could fix things and he knew things; parts and pieces and a bit of imagination and magic happened. Parts of three trucks could make one run, and bikes we had, those chains were oiled and tires on straight. Dad imported some of the first Tarentaise cattle from France in the early 70's with something of a dream and it was a quite a thing to take part in showing those beautiful cattle. Besides farm and ranch work, Dad had a passion for computers, software, games, programming, building spreadsheets and when computers were just getting popular, he became one of the first distributors for the TRS 80. I don't know if people told my Dad he shouldn't or couldn't, I just know that he did. We played cards and fished and took part in pulling apart beaver dams, berry picking and tinkering at the workbench. Wine making was a hobby that brought a lot of satisfaction, root beer was an adventure – till the batch that blew up in the kitchen cupboard. A wealth of information, why do clocks go clockwise? Do fish sleep? How to get rich, books and the internet were a world unto itself.

Dad and Margo married in 1993, and moved to Paradise Valley for a number of years. Having his own fish pond was an adventure and the garden and yard there were beautiful with the combined effort. Grandchildren were a huge highlight. Dad worked his way up from a water truck driver to operator in the oilfield and built production reporting spreadsheets and numerous other important information gathering documents. When they moved back to Medicine Hat, there were new opportunities with computer related projects and operating in the oilfield. He was a part of a sawmill operation for a number of years. To dad, the smell of fresh cut wood and sawdust just made a lot of sense as he found his true passion in that wood. He went on to create some of the most beautiful furniture and boxes, picture frames and other various wood based projects. Dad enjoyed a variety of music and games, spending time with all the children and grandchildren. He found camaraderie at the Veiner Center in the last few years, good friends and game partners. The time we had may have been cut short, but cherish the time we had; we will. Forever loved and forever missed!

A gathering will be planned for summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either Redi Enterprises, 860 Allowance Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 7S6 or to the Women's Shelter Society, PO Box 2500, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0G8.


  1. Chris Thronberg:
    Oct 26, 2023 at 11:11 PM

    Eric was a very interesting and knowledgeable man. Cherish time spent with Eric and enjoy your memories with him

  2. Brian and Fran Ziemmer:
    Oct 27, 2023 at 10:40 AM

    Condolences to all of Eric’s family, He was such a great man. In Paradise Valley I asked him to build me a sewing table, and goodness it’s the best ever, still going strong. Eric and Margo and Brian and I have many many great memories from that time from the four door orange truck to the bottle fed calves!!

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers, RIP Eric, a life well lived!

  3. Sandra Crawford:
    Oct 27, 2023 at 11:15 AM

    We had the priviledge of meeting Eric at the Veiner Center playing Lose Your Marbles. We shared lots of laughs during those evenings. We will miss Eric. May he rest in peace.

    Sandy and Phil Crawford

  4. Betty Morin:
    Oct 27, 2023 at 02:09 PM

    My condolences to the Reesor family, I had the pleasure of getting to know Eric playing canasta with him at the Veiner Centre. He always had interesting stories to share. RIP Eric 😢

  5. Martha & Lloyd Harty:
    Oct 27, 2023 at 03:23 PM

    We would like to extend our condolences to our neighbours (Eric) and family. We didn’t know much about them, but shared Fifth Street with them for many years. We admired their beautiful backyard. Reading the wonderful obituary, we know he will be missed by a large, loving family.
    Martha & Lloyd Harty

  6. Paul and Verna Wiebe:
    Oct 27, 2023 at 05:26 PM

    So sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. He was a good friend and I enjoyed working with him. A man of many talents! He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Margo and family.

  7. Marcia Pratt:
    Oct 27, 2023 at 07:37 PM

    So sorry for such a huge loss. I know he will be missed at the Veiner Centre. I knew that he would be there to play cards and have a visit. He was always so pleasant to be around. He will be so missed. RIP

  8. Pat and Nadine McKnight:
    Oct 28, 2023 at 02:03 AM

    Sending our sincere condolences. We have many fond memories of Eric from poker games to the beautiful furniture he built for our home. He will be missed.

  9. Jody Bowyer:
    Oct 29, 2023 at 01:03 AM

    My sincere condolences.
    Eric was a talented, kind, wonderful man who always had a smile and hug to give. I always enjoyed our visits. I am lucky to have some of his beautiful woodwork in my home, he put care and thought into each piece he created. He will be missed but thought of often.

  10. Rebecca Wilke:
    Oct 29, 2023 at 10:00 PM

    I met Eric after I noticed his beautiful barnwood frames at local Medicine Hat craft sales and shops. I asked him if he'd frame my photographs on canvas to which he agreed and did the most amazing job! Very talented. It will be hard to replace his wood work. He just knew exactly which piece of wood looked best. RIP 🙏

  11. Rea Carlson:
    Oct 29, 2023 at 11:31 PM

    Sending our condolences to you and your family, Dawn. Losing a parent is difficult at any age. May your wonderful memories bring you some comfort now and always.

  12. Ron Anderson:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 12:59 PM

    Condolences to all of Eric’s family. Eric and I worked together in Lloydminster. You couldn't have asked for a better mentor than Eric, his honesty and desire to improve are just a few of his great qualities that he displayed every day. Everyone that new him admired and respected him.

    Margo you and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Terri Wilkins-Mappin:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 02:26 PM

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Dawn. May the memories of your Dad stay near and dear to your heart.

  14. Sharon Cota Cranston:
    Nov 01, 2023 at 01:53 PM

    My condolences to Eric's family. I knew him as a man who enjoyed the outdoors and family pursuits while living at the Reesor Ranch. I'm sure he has found his peace of heaven to his liking.

  15. Bryce Burnett:
    Dec 16, 2023 at 11:37 PM

    My condolences go out to the Reesor family. I was fortunate to get to know Eric and the Reesor family because of involvement with the Tarentaise cattle with their introduction to North America in the 1970's . I have many great memories of showing, promoting and working Tarentaise with Eric. Always enjoyed the odd visit with him and catching up in the later years. To the family remember the good memories and cherish them - may you all find peace - he was a great man.

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