June 3, 1933 – Leask, Saskatchewan
January 12, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
Doug Coates, beloved husband of the late Merle Coates, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2015 at the age of 81 years.
Doug was born on June 3, 1933 on a farm near Leask, SK. He had a lengthy career in sales spanning over forty-five years successfully retiring at 65 as Regional Sales Manager. Doug had many interests, and was community minded as an active member in the Masons, Travellers, Elks and even the infamous “Dirty Dozen”. He was an avid golfer; starting on their honeymoon Doug and Merle enjoyed golfing throughout their married life. He was an accomplished skip and enjoyed curling with his two sons. Dad’s love of poetry started with his mother and he took pride in reciting from memory many classic poems and always enjoyed a good limerick! He was well known for his sense of humor, and seemed to have a joke for every occasion. Doug loved travelling and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by sons, Byron (Maria) and Bruce (Cheryl); daughters, Sandy (Arnie) and Marni (Herm); grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Nicole, Taylor, Rachael, Derek, Courtney and Brandon. Family left to cherish his memory are sisters, Joan Bell and Eileen Olsen; and brother, Tim (Isabelle); along with many nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by Merle, his loving wife of 57 years; parents John and Hazel Coates; sisters Laura Smith and Helen Baker; and brothers, Max and Walter Coates.
A Celebration of Doug’s life will be held the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club (2502 – 6 Street N.E.) on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A Celebration will also be held at the Coates Farm in Leask, SK in May. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org or directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Doug Coates, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences