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DAKIN, John

September 13, 1950– January 16, 2013

John Archibald Dakin passed away at the Agape Hospice in Calgary on January 16, 2013 at the age of 62. John was predeceased by his parents Sue Dakin and Jack Dakin and by his wife Nancy Dakin (Laflamme).

John is lovingly remembered by his brother Fred, his sister-in-law Debbie Laflamme, his mother-in-law Gloria Laflamme, daughters Morgan, Heather, Paige and Eleanor, step-children Chris and Nadia Aubé, good friend Sandy Ali and many more relatives and friends across Canada.

John was born in Montreal on September 13, 1950. He graduated from Dorval High School in 1967 and earned a B.A. from Bishop’s University and an M.B.A. from the University of Alberta. Over the years, John’s insatiable curiosity led him to explore different career paths in the rail, transportation and oil sands industries.

John was a motorcyclist, a sailor, a skier and an avid reader. John’s proudest role was father to his four wonderful daughters and he will be remembered by many for his big heart, sense of humor and generous personality.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Center for their care over the past year and to the staff of the Agapé Hospice for their attentiveness over the past month.

In lieu of a funeral service, friends and colleagues of John’s are invited to attend a gathering at the CP Railway Pavilion (201 – 9th Avenue SW) on Friday, January 25th from 4pm to 7pm to celebrate his life. Memorial donations may be made directly to Agapé Hospice (1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1B8 or online www.agapehospice.ca).

In living memory of John Dakin, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Our thoughts are with you. Your father was a great friend and we will miss him a lot. Dave, Cheryl and Sarah

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  2. Debbie Perras Battaglia :

    Hi girls, You all know how much I loved your Dad….there is a special bond among us Court kids that is undeniable…but that being said, your Dad was pretty special! If you ever need me, don’t hesitate to get in touch. With much love, Debbie, Phil, Gavin and Tara Battaglia.

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. A wonderful man and a terrific friend and mentor. He will be truly, truly missed.

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  4. I am very sorry to hear about your Dad, I just spoke to Emma Lou and Lynn who passed along the sad news. Like Debbie Perras I also have fond memories of your Dad, growing up in Gables Court. My prayers are with you.

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  5. Sincere condolences to all John’s family. I’m very grateful to have met John and to count him as a colleague, friend and mentor in life. It was a real privilege to know him and to be mentored by him. He was generous with his brilliance, quick witted and wickedly funny to work with. We will miss him more than words can say.

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  6. Our thoughts are with all of the family at this most difficult of times. John touched our lives in so many ways-we shall miss him always. Yet we feel so blessed to have become friends with him on his journey. Take care and know that we are here for you.
    Linda & Peter Szecsy & family

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  7. My heartfelt condolences to John’s family. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with him. He was one of the most intelligent and funny people I have ever met. I consider him both a friend and mentor and shall miss him greatly.

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  8. He made us think. And he made us laugh. My God did he make us laugh. He had more imagination than all of us. I cannot imagine your loss, as I can’t imagine him gone. His memory will last, and with me, and many others, that memory will bring a wide smile

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  9. John was a great friend and a gifted mentor. I met John 7 years ago and found an alomost immediate connection. He had that gift, more than anyone I’ve ever met. A brilliant mind with a razor sharp wit. From my family to yours I pass along our most sincere condolences.

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  10. Peter and Pat Valade :

    Words never can convey how sad we are to hear about John. Like others we are so happy to have met John and even more fortunate to call him our friend. If the “Dakinettes” need anything we are just a call away.
    Peter and Pat

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  11. Peggy & Bobby Mohamed :

    Sincere Condolences to John’s children, step-children and Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love Peggy & Bobby

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  12. For John’s girls – your dad was one of a kind. He had a laugh and a way of explaining his ideas that were passionate, insightful and I can still recall as clear as if it were this afternoon conversations and ideas we developed, discussed, exchanged and debated in lively, fun filled sessions. He was gifted, a person you sought out to think out and when I think of John, I think of a key Buddhist teaching John embodied ” the mind is everything. What you think, you become”. He was a lifelong learner, he never lost his quest for making people use their minds and make them and their worlds better.

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  13. A good friend is gone and I will miss him and our long intellectual discussions which we had over the last 10 years. I will keep you in my heart. Bye John.

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  14. I will always smile when I think of John. Was he a genius or totally nuts? Never understood half of what he said! But always enjoyed his friendship, kindness and generosity for almost 25 years.

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  15. Mark and Caroline Barham :

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short; because this is not effort with out error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst,if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat!”
    That was the John we knew! Sincere condolences to all.

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  16. My condolences to Sandy and the all children. I never got to meet John however I heard what a man of strong character he was. May he rest in peace.

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  17. Bob McAlinden :

    My sincerest condolences to the family and those who loved John. My memories of that portion of John’s life that he shared with me will always bring a smile. My life was enriched by the experience.

    As I live in Australia, I was not aware of his illness and the news of his passing will take a long time for me to accept.

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  18. John,

    I wish you Godspeed my friend. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    Sincerely,

    Bill McDuff

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  19. John was my neighbor for two years. His friendly face, great stories, and keen sense of humor will be missed. His intelligence was obvious and always kept me on my toes when we talked. My 3 young daughters really enjoyed his liveliness and playful teasing. I know John loved watching them grow up over those two years. My condolences to Morgan, Heather, Paige, Eleanor, and family. Rest in Peace John.
    Brian, Olga, Brianna, Chantal, & Carla

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  20. The wonder of it all. To most that would be a mantra that few would take to the next step in exploring, save for John. His passion, intelligence, love and humor are what I suspect separated John from the rest of us. Perhaps that is why so many were drawn to him and as he continued to challenge conventional wisdom and convey it with heart and enthusiasm.

    I would like to convey my most heartfelt condolences to Eleanor, Heather, Morgan, Paige and all other members of John’s family and close friends.

    I will miss you John.

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  21. Rose and Dick Ryan :

    We knew John as a young man when he would come to Blue Sea with his family. He was such fun. Our children loved going to diver’s rock with him and his girls. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

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  22. I knew John as my older brother’s friend. We enjoyed his visits to our home. His kindness in arranging a trip & accompanying my Dad, Herb & brother, Brian on a special historic train will never be forgotten. They viewed the Eastern Townships, from Megantic back to Lennoxville. John also helped my younger brother, John, forge links to a life out West. All the Dericks join me in remembering this beautiful & witty man. Our deepest sympathies to his daughters & extended family.
    Jane Derick

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  23. Jeremy Furzer :

    John is as Canadian as they come having lived in many parts Canada. John was well read and passionate and not surprisingly once wrote an email to the Prime Minister telling him what wrong decision he had made. John was its own man not seaming to align himself with any political ideology, in a lot of discussion he might he lean to the right but in others he would have a slightly more left greater good of man thought. Since his diagnosis, the conversations had taken on this “Tuesdays with Morrie” type of feel as he knew his time was near, but discussion remained deep and rich. I have never met his children, but their names are familiar because in any conversation John never failed to mention, talk about or make decisions that would be best for his family and to me that was sign of a grounded selfless person. We will miss you John.

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  24. Douglas Rebne :

    Dear Family & Friends of John,
    I’m truly saddened to learn of John’s passing whilst occupied with finding him. We were classmates in the UofA’s MBA program during the late 70’s. That program was serious Business and the light side of life was needed to provide balance. And so John did. Like me, John and Nancy lived on the south side of Edmonton, not so far from our studies. I was often invited to their place in the evening. We were good friends. John and I would go out to their garden and he would fire up his guitar. He loved to ‘cover’ Warren Zevon whom, by macabre coincidence, has recently passed away as well. I guess they’ll now be making the music together in Heaven.

    I’ve travelled a lot in life and I’ve heard no more touching words than John’s, one day in their garden–‘I’m enjoying our little friendship’, he said. And so was I. Rock on–Big Fella!

    Most Sincerely,
    Doug Rebne
    (Brussels)

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  25. “Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.”

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  26. Marcia Herbert :

    Paige, (and family) Sorry for your loss

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