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CAMERON, Gordon Wallace (Scotty)

May 26, 1931 – Mankota, SK
June 18, 2013 – Calgary, AB


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Scotty Cameron after a long battle with acute arthritis and related complications. He showed us all courage and determination under difficult circumstances.

Scotty was born in the small prairie town of Mankota, Saskatchewan, the youngest child of Wallace and Mildred Cameron, and was known as “The Man from Mankota”. Scotty attended the University of Saskatchewan where he met his loving wife of 58 years, Joan (nee Schnell), obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1955, and made many lifelong friends.

Together Scotty and Joan built a rich life, raising their three children, Maggie, Catherine and Gordie. Joan and Scotty had strong bonds with a large, loving and caring extended family. They built deep and long lasting friendships, enjoyed extensive travel and led a life of service to others.

Scotty had a distinguished career marked by accomplishments in business and community service, and received recognition of these accomplishments, which this once poor prairie boy could not have envisioned. Scotty was Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce for the Government of Saskatchewan (1964 – 1970) and General Manager of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada (IPAC) (1970 – 1974). He is most well known as President and CEO of PanAlberta Gas (1974 – 1994) ably assisted during those years by continuing friends, Leslie Marvill and Catherine Van Gaalen, and supported by loyal and valued employees. During this time he served as President of the Canada Energy Council, President of the World Energy Council, President of the Calgary Petroleum Club and the Chairman of the Oilmen’s Golf Tournament. After his retirement he remained involved in the oil patch as an investor and director, including a special association with Jeff Tonken starting with service to the Calgary Stampeders Football Club as a director in the 1990’s, and continuing through the remainder of his life, most recently as a director of Birchcliff Energy Ltd. Scotty was inducted into the Saskatchewan Petroleum Industry Hall of Fame on June 11, 1997.

His community work was extensive, and included chairing campaigns for the Calgary United Way, Easter Seals, Light Up a Child’s Life, the Cancer Society and the University of Saskatchewan. He was a director or trustee of numerous charitable and educational organizations including serving on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary. Of particular interest to Scotty was supporting the military. He was Honorary Colonel (Retired) of the Calgary Highlanders Regiment, and a director of the Calgary Military Museum and the Calgary Centre for Military Strategic Studies. He was proud to have tea with Queen Elizabeth and report to her on the status of her Regiment on three occasions. Scotty was a proud Canadian and son of Saskatchewan and Alberta. For his service to community he was awarded the Order of Canada in 1995, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Confederation Medals of both Saskatchewan and Alberta. His hobbies of coin and stamp collecting brought him great pleasure and relaxation. Through this he connected with many other accomplished collectors around the world.

Scotty is survived by his wife Joan Cameron; his daughters Maggie (Bill) Pringle and Catherine (Bruce) Gerus; his grandchildren Laura Pringle, Heather Pringle, Brydon Gerus, Calvin Gerus, Scott Pringle and Kendal Gerus; his sister Beulah Stinson; his brother Bill (Christine) Cameron; his brother-in-law Buzz (Jenny) Schnell and sister-in-law Ann McCaig as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and many good friends. He was predeceased by his son Gordie in 1976, a special child who was and is part of the soul of Scotty and Joan’s family.

A Celebration of Scotty’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Condolences may be forwarded through If you so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Scotty’s memory may be made directly to the Calgary Highlanders: Mewata Armoury (801 – 11th Street S. W., Calgary, AB, T2P 2C4) Make cheques payable to: The Calgary Highlanders.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Thornton and the team of caregivers and staff at Southwood and The Beverly Glenmore. Scotty appreciated and was grateful for all the wonderful people who helped him. Scotty’s legacy as a loving husband, kind and generous father and grandfather, loyal friend and service to his community will live on within the hearts of all those who knew him.

In living memory of Scotty Cameron, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Hector McFadyen :

    Dear Joan … Gail and I are very sorry to learn of Scotty’s passing. The memories are many … from my business involvements with him (and specifically those around Pan Alberta) to the social activities we enjoyed with the two of you at the Oilmen’s, at the Lakes and elsewhere. He was a wonderful person and a true friend who left a positive mark on so many initiatives and people. We are sorry for your loss and our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace and his memories live through all of us. May God be with you and guide you.

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  2. Carl and Roxanne Girard, Victoria BC :

    Sending our condolences to you during this very difficult time in your lives. Time will heal your broken hearts, the love you have for each other will keep you strong and the memories you have made together will help you to move forward. So sorry for the your loss of your husband, father and grand-father.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers…
    Carl, Roxanne, Nicholas and Aiden Girard
    Victoria, BC Canada

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  3. Tony and Darlene Melusi :

    Scotty was a prince of a man and was so special to one and all. He was a joy to work with at Pan-Alberta Gas and we shall always remember him as a special person in our lives.

    Our heartfelt sympathy is sent to you Joan and the family. May your happy memories carry you through the dark days ahead.

    Tony & Darlene Melusi.

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  4. Frank & Maureen Ottenbreit :

    Our sincere sympathy to you Joan and family and to Beulah and Bill and your families on the death of Scotty. He was a very special person who contributed so much to the community and to his family. He will be missed.

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  5. Jerry & Beryl Tell :

    Loving Thoughts,Prayers, Sympathy for Joan and Family.
    We will have wonderful memories of a very special man. I know you all will have your special memories to help you through this most difficult time.
    Thinking of all of you at this time.

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  6. Dougla & Margaret Cuddington :

    The life story of the Man from Mankota is truly impressive – his business achievements and his many charitable involvements. Our sincere condolences to Joan and family. Also to our longtime friend Beulah and her family and to Bill and Christine.
    Doug and Marg Cuddington

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  7. Please accept my sincere condolences with the passing of Scotty. He was a tremendous person and our country is the poorer for his passing.

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  8. Rogers & Joann Lehew :

    We have lost a dear friend who has been very dear to us and will miss him. To you, Joan, our love to you. Sorry we will miss the service today but cannot be there. We have so many memories that we will remember and thankful for the opportunity to know both of you. The Oilmen’s has & will remain high in our thoughts of Scotty. Joann and Rogers Lehew

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  9. Away and very sorry I will miss the Celebration of Scottie’s busy life of contribution to our community. As a classmate,we enjoyed several fun years at the U of S College of Commerce,and later at Silver Springs G.C. and United Way. He is a Calgarian that will be truly missed and remembered oh so very well.I’m sure our friend is still smiling as always up there.
    My deep sympathies to you Joan & Family at this very difficult time.
    Ted Oliver

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  10. Larry and Dawn Graburn :

    Dear Joan and Family , So sorry to hear of Scotty’s passing . As you know he was a very caring and compassionate man both in social and business settings . Socially , he made everyone feel important and comfortable and in our many company negotiations his desire was to obtain a win-win outcome . He truly was a man of great stature. We were honoured to have known Scotty. We pray that through this time of bereavement you and your family will receive strength and peace from our Lord . Blessings Larry and Dawn

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  11. Dear Joan…a mutial friend informed me, and I hasten to send my sympathy to you and family….I cannot recount the number of times that I have described and lauded Scottie’s work in the change of government and his wise counsel during our time together….and his friendship…..his following successes were no surprise to me….indeed were expected……I am left with many happy memories… very best to you……Herb Pinder

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  12. Ken Stephenson and Yvonne Kendrick :

    Joan, this is to convey our heartfelt sympathy and to send our caring thoughts to you and your family at this trying time. Scotty excelled in all aspects of his life. You can indeed be proud to have shared it with him, as we are sure he was with you. Let all the fond memories give you strength. God bless you with the blessings you need to carry you through.

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  13. Glen and Arlene Jensen Johnston :

    Joan, Sincere sympathy in your loss of Scotty. He was so respected in the communities where you lived and he contributed so much throughout his life and career. Joan,you will have great memories of your lives together and may that give you comfort at this sad time.

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  14. Gerry and Anna Maier :

    We extend our most sincere condolences to Joan and the Cameron family. Our friendship with Scotty and Joan goes back many years with many fond memories of fun, laughter and deep respect.

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  15. Jack & Wilma Maloney :

    Wilma and I were very sorry to hear of Scotty’s passing. We have many happy memories of “the big guy”, in business, Stampeders, charity work and fun times at Silver Springs. I enjoyed Scotty’s friendship immensely; his insight and positive outlook on life was infectious. I always enjoyed our chance meetings, his genuine smile despite his suffering; he fought through it as just part of life. The last time we saw Scotty was with you Joan, in Dillon, Montana, where we had a chance to share a few stories and the next morning you waved at us as you sped down the highway south to the desert! What a guy!
    We know that your memories will keep you strong as you deal with your loss. Our loving thoughts go out to your entire family.

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  16. Don & Jackie Dean :

    Jackie and I so sorry that due to the flood we couldn’t join you and the family in celebrating Scotty’s time with all of us. He was a very special person and we’ll miss him dearly.
    All the good times in Saskatoon and later here, leave us with great memories of our friendship with you two, the kids, and the rest of the gang.
    Our condolences and sympathy to you and all in the family.

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  17. Dear Joan and Family
    My sincere sympathy in the passing of Scotty, a man who held such respect in so many walks of life.

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  18. George and Sheila Watson :

    Dear Joan and Family
    George and I would like to convey our sympathy to you. We are sorry we were unable to attend his memorial service. We remember Scotty as a true gentleman with always a ready smile. George fondly remembers working with him in the industry for thirty years. He will be missed.

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  19. John and Arlene Young :

    We just heard of Scotty’s passing and we are very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed getting to know each other better over the last few years and our dinners together. He will be missed.

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  20. News of Scotty’s passing has just reached us on Vancouver Island. He will be remembered by me both for his role as President of PAG and for being a true gentleman. Heather and I send our deepest sympathy to you, Joan and your family.

    Ron and Heather Youell

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