March 31, 1934 – April 21, 2020
It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Elmer Bly of Edmonton, AB announce his peaceful passing at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene, sons Darcy (Chris), Gerald (Miyo) and granddaughter, Lena.
Elmer served as a member of the Edmonton Police Service for 32 years. After retiring, he was an instructor at the Grant MacEwan University in the Law Enforcement and Securities Studies program. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Al Shamal Temple and Edmonton Scottish Rite Bodies (33rd degree). Frequently described as a “gentle and kind soul”, Elmer will be forever missed.
The family wishes to thank everyone at the Citadel Care Centre in St. Albert, AB for their kindness, support and wonderful care they provided to Elmer during his stay there. Memorial donations in Elmer’s honour may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only a private memorial service will be held after cremation. This comment from an e-mail by Elmer’s son Darcy speaks to the tragedy of this time: “COVID-19 unfortunately prevented us from being with him at his last moments, and is Impacting us honouring his memory through a formal service, but dad would have been just as happy to have his kids and granddaughter honouring his memory through a private service.”
(NOTE: Marlene is a former Police Woman (#22) and served with the Edmonton Police Department from 1961-1965, where she met and married Elmer and then she later resigned for family reasons.)
Elmer Bly joined the Edmonton Police Department on August 27th, 1956. After his training period, he was assigned to Patrol Division where he remained for about 6 years excepting a brief stint in Traffic section. In 1963, Elmer was assigned to Identification Section. He later moved to Traffic Section then back to Patrol. In 1972, he was promoted to Acting Sergeant in Patrol Division. Over the following years, Elmer held Ssergeant roles at the Municipal Airport Unit, Patrol “B”, Crime Prevention Unit, Personnel Section and Police Staff Unit. In 1984, Elmer changed rank to Detective in Internal Affairs Section where he remained until his retirement on August 31st, 1988.
This old item from the Glenrose Hospital speaks to Elmer’s spirit:
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Elmer has filled his life with adventure. Farm hand, wrestler, painter, golfer, police officer, teacher, loving husband, father and friend. And the list goes on. After suffering a hemorrhaging stroke at the age of 78 Elmer re-learned how to speak, swallow, write, walk – literally every daily function many of us take for granted. He successfully achieved his goal of returning home to support his wife by embracing all therapies, even devising leg lift exercises to the tick of the clock and eagerly using our CAREN virtual reality treatment system. Courage comes in many forms, regardless of age.
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