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DOCKERY, James Alfred

December 3, 1929 – Calgary, AB
October 30, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with deep sadness that we announce James (Jim) Alfred Dockery of Calgary, beloved husband of Lillian, passed away on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the age of 84 years.

Born and raised in Calgary, Jim attended St. Mary’s Boys High School, playing football and hockey (earning him the nickname Toughie for his fierce gameplay), and went on to graduate with a BSc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1951.

Consulting as a PEng. for fossil fuel companies at home and abroad, Jim earned a reputation and the respect of his colleagues and clients through his successful efforts of championing and applying production-enhancing technologies and techniques. Jim’s long and distinguished career led him to work and live in several parts of Canada and the United States, as well as exotic locations that included Iran and Libya.

Jim was an original member of Calgary’s 400 Club. He passionately pursued his interests in curling, golf, dancing, and playing bridge. He always remained an avid football and hockey fanatic.

Jim is described by family and friends as generous, romantic, mischievous, honourable, gentle, loyal, perseverant, and a man of integrity. He was known to have been a prankster and loved a good joke.

Besides his loving wife Lillian of fifty-six years, Jim will be dearly missed by his children, Kathleen (Greg), Michael (Sheila), Patricia, Maureen (Gary), and Sean (Candi); and his grandchildren, Laura (Jason), Justin, Brendan, Evan, Brooklyn, Danika, and Owen. Jim was predeceased by his parents Patrick and Elizabeth Dockery, his sister Irene Barker, and his brother William Dockery.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of James Dockery, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Angela Hamshaw :

    Again, Lloyd and I just want to offer our condolences. Hope you’re doing okay and if you need anything, please let us know.

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  2. Carrie Freeman and Family :

    Sean, Candi and family,

    Please know that you are all in our thoughts during this difficult time. Let us know if you need anything.


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  3. Maureen Petropoulos :

    Dear Maureen,

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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  4. Trish. Thank you for sharing you memories! Your dad made major contributions and his time was well spent here. I know you are proud of him.


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  5. Susan Volkmann :

    “Uncle Jim” as we affectionately referred to him, was a wonderful presence in the lives of my brother and I as young children growing up. He was a true and dear friend and neighbour to our now deceased parents and was always highly regarded by all of us. He was very social and enjoyed a good party with laughter and friendship. I will always remember him smiling and joking and always so very kind. He symbolized what it means to be a Calgarian. His community and his loved ones will truly miss him. I send my deepest condolences to Lillian (“Auntie Lil”), my dear friends Kathy, Michael and the rest of the family. May God hold Jim close with gentle care and loving forgiveness.

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  6. Carmen Hoppener Summy :

    Lillian and family,
    Sorry for your loss, I have fond memories of Jim’s scary laugh and many evenings with my parents listening to Ray Charles and Sonny James while they enjoyed a long game of Bridge.

    Carmen and Dick

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  7. Randy & Linda :

    Maureen and Gary,
    We have both lost a father and therefore, understand the loss a family feels in such a time. This tribute helps us to know that he must have been quite a special person and we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. We pray for God to give you comfort and peace in the weeks to come.
    Randy & Linda James

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  8. Hey G-pa, remember that big car you drove? Where we could sit in the middle seat and it felt special because our family car didn’t have a front middle seat. The only time in the world I recall fighting over the middle seat in my childhood. Remember that fight we had in Victoria when we were all there for Christmas? I was a stubborn teenager and overheard you call me that to g-ma while you were watching television and your kids were all out stealing street signs. I’m sorry I didn’t come visit you as often the last few years. It was really hard not having you recognize me. And I am in many ways still a stubborn teenager. I can’t wait to get to Ireland and cross another piece of my heritage off of my travel bucketlist. I hope you’re enjoying some ice cream with sliced bananas on top. xoxo LB

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  9. Although I didn’t know Jim very well I considered him a good friend. When I talked to him, he was always responsive and with a smile. Although his health has been failing the last few years he was taken way too soon. His wife Lilly and I have always had time to talk about anything and everything, she is a wonderful lady. Jim will be sadly missed by family and people who considered him a caring, understanding man. My Sincere Sympathy goes out to all the family and particular Lilly as I’ve been there and know how she must feel. The days/weeks ahead will be hard, but things do get better. Always remember the Good Times. My prayers are with all of you.
    Lois Holley (Grandma)

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  10. There is a lot in life that gets forgotten. My memories of Dad weren’t those kinds of memories.
    What I didn’t know of Jim … someone would share … every Dockery that I know has the ability to share a good story, find something to laugh about, sing about, joke about … entertainment … was always close by.
    I figure Jim was the ‘yes’ man, no matter the consequence, if it worked for Jim, the gold was already in the happening. When Dad lit up and his smile rounded the rest of his head, his eyes ready to pop out, eye brows raised, all that brilliance going on in that brain of his… one of my first thoughts of Jim after hearing he had passed… new underwear for Christmas… and seeing Dad so full of expression with the thoughts of what was to come… Jim was all over the moment.
    The wizard will live on in so many ways. Five kids, all healthy, living, with stories to share with families and friends of their own. Dads first and only wife Lil, mother to all his children… you all carry a piece of him… and you all carry it well. My love to all of you… Jims family

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  11. Jim was in our home with his wife Lillian and his young family including Kathy and Mike. They were fun and their smiles were never forgotten. Having seen Kathy with her family and Mike recently with his Dad were uplifting extensions of family in community. I’m always glad that my Dad’s friendship with Bill extended to a younger brother and your family. Today I offer my condolences to Lillian and the whole family in memory of men whose love of family connects us today.

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  12. My deepest condolences to Lillian, Kathy and all of Jim’s family. I first met Jim at UofA as we were in the same Petroleum Engineering class and spent one year in St. Joseph’s College residence when he and his brother Bill were also there. At that time we had very little money but a great amount of fun. While our paths took very different directions over the years I have very fond memories of Jim, Lillian, and their family who were very young when I knew them.
    May he rest in peace.
    Gerry Maier

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  13. While we didn’t know Jim personally, we have always enjoyed the company of his kids. We’re thinking of you all at this time and hope your many happy memories of your dad are a source of comfort.

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  14. My prayers go out to all of you. Love you..

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  15. Kathy and family, please accept my condolences in the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you.

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