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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences