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COATES, Douglas (Doug) John

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 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, or directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

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.

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  1. Dear Sandy, Byron, Marni and Bruce. So very sorry for your loss

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  2. John & Colleen Green :

    Dear Byron, Bruce, Sandy, and Marni,
    We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Your dad and mom were very special to us. They opened their home to us and became a family for us at a time when we were so far away from ours. We talked to your dad several times since your mom ‘s passing and we know he missed her very much. We hope he is with her now and at peace. Please take care.

    Love, Colleen and John

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  3. My heartfelt condolences go out to Sandy, Byron, Bruce, Marni and the rest of the extended Coates family. Doug and Merle were good people and will be sorely missed.

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  4. Marie-Anne and I send our heart felt condolences to all the family. Doug was was a treat to work both for and with and our memories are many of great times and so many jokes.

    He will be fondly remembered.
    -Gary and Marie-Anne Nason

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  5. The Mckinnon Family :

    Thinking of you all…. our wonderful cousins!! We were so sad to hear of Doug’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of him and Merle coming to visit in Saltcoats. They brought our family love, laughter and happiness. Doug was a great brother in-law and a wonderful Uncle. We would joke and call him JR. Gwendi enjoyed all the barbeques at York Lake and all the funny jokes and stories he told. We will continue to share our memories together and relive the good times. Love you all…Untie Betty, Brent, Gwendi, Sheldon, Shelley, Scott, Allison, Cole, Brooke and we must not forget Tessa…. a funny story when she joined the supper table with Uncle Doug. Take care of each other….

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  6. Hacquoil Family :

    Dear Sandy, Byron, Marni and Bruce — our special nieces and nephews. We are so sorry for the loss of your dad – we have so many wonderful memories and these we must cherish. Our love to all of you at this very sad time.

    Uncle Frank , Auntie Gloria, Brad and Leah – Sheri, Rick, Dawna and Tyler

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  7. Bob & Zelma Hurd & family :

    We were saddened to hear of our long-time friend Doug’s passing. We want to send our love and condolences to Myron, Sandy, Bruce and Marnie And their families. We are sorry that we wont be able to attend the celebration of his life but hope we can come to Leask in May. See you all then. We will miss Doug very much.

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  8. I knew Doug 50 years ago and curled with him back then. We both lived on or near 99th ave SE. I believe his sons and mine hung out together. Doug was a great guy. My condolences to the family. Stan Hay

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  9. Sandy, Byron, Marnie, Bruce and families: Thinking of all of you at this time and so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I have many fabulous memories of your Dad.


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  10. Sandra Massey-Hicks :

    Doug and Merle were wonderful people! I lived next door to them in the trailer park, for four years. They always extended an invitation to me to come over and visit. Doug once gave me a beautiful large CD holder, that he sold with his company. He knew that I was a music teacher, and Merle and I often had a little sing-song. One day, as I walked over to their place, I found Merle in the car, almost asleep, still listening to a country CD, that she loved. She had been out shopping, and didn’t want to get out of the car, until the music was over. She was a great lady, and always showed me pictures of her family, and told me about her life and how she and Doug were so in love. And they were, because Doug would always say the same thing to me – that he had been so lucky to find such a wonderful gal as Merle. And their successful marriage was an example to all! They had a little bar in the back room, where she and Doug, would often share a drink, after he came home from work. They knew that I didn’t drink much, but that once in awhile I would have a drink with friends. And Merle would always chide Doug, if he tried to insist that I have too many. They both had a sense of humor and a great love for people! I never found them to be unhappy about anything. They will always be in my memory, and I feel so grateful that I had the opportunity to know them, and to share part of my life with them and vice versa.
    Sincere condolences to all of the family!

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