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WPCA Saddened By The Passing Of Former Outrider Ernie Irving


Ernie Irving
November 27, 1915 - January 19, 2018

1939 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champions
Goettler & Hamilton (Sheep Creek) Outfit
Back Row: Driver Sam Johnson
Front Row (L-R): Outriders Sam Hamilton, Ernie Irving, Bill Haynes,
Outfit Owner Gene Goettler, Outriders Bill Hamilton, Johnnie McNabb

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by passing of former chuckwagon Outrider Ernie Irving on Friday, January 19, 2018 from natural causes at the age of 102 years.

Ernie was born in the Vulcan area and spent most of his life farming in the Davisburg district south of Calgary. He started outriding for chuckwagon driver Eben Bremner at the Calgary Stampede in 1935. Ernie outrode for Eben Bremner until he sold his outfit after the 1938 stampede to the Hamilton brothers (Sam and Bill) and Gene Goettler. Ernie went along with the horses and outrode for the Goettler & Hamilton (Sheep Creek) Outfit at the Calgary Stampede in 1939 driven by Sam Johnson. In one of the most impressive performances off all time at the Rangeland Derby, the Goettler & Hamilton (Sheep Creek) Outfit swept the Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Championship. Over the five day competition, the Sheep Creek Outfit won first place 4 times, breaking the track record twice and tying it once. They even took top time with a broken rear wheel. Ernie threw tent pegs for Sam Johnson that year, and 1939 was the last year that Ernie outrode.

Ernie was predeceased by his wife Lillian, his son in law Wayne and grandson Wesley. He is survived by son John Irving, daughter Theresa Berglund, grandson Donald (Jackie) Berglund, and great-grandchildren Tara, Amber, and Troy.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, January 25th, open house 3-5 pm at Davisburg Hall.

Arrangements in Care of Snodgrass Funeral Home Okotoks 403-938-3111.

Ernie will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Irving family.

Billy Melville


GMC 2017