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DODDS, Donald (Don) Bruce

August 10, 1953 – May 12, 2012

Don Dodds, beloved husband of Darlene, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the age of 58 years.

Don was born in Redvers, SK and moved to Calgary at the age of three. He graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Calgary with the majority of his working career at Nexen Inc. Don loved fixing up vintage cars, carpentry and running with friends.

Besides his loving wife of twenty-eight years, Don is survived by his two children, Scott and Ally; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, John and Brenda, Mike and Fran and Jim; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Barry Fetherston and Valerie and Rick Kozmanuik and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Gib and Anne and his sister Bonnie Jones.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire in lieu of flowers and koden, memorial tributes may be made directly to United Way of Calgary and Area, #600, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 231-6265, www.calgaryunitedway.org.

In living memory of Don Dodds, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Teresa Sameshima :

    Darlene, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband. I have never met him but I have heard good things about him.

    Our sincere condolences,

    Teresa, Martin & family

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  2. JoAnn Obayashi :

    Dear Darlene and family…So sorry to hear about Don. He was too young to go. Thinking of you. Heartfelt condolences, JoAnn, Harry & family

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  3. Masu Sameshima :

    Darlene and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Don’s passing.. My thoughts and prays go out to your family ..

    With Deepest Sympathy
    Masu & Justin

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  4. Mohamed Assem :

    Darlene
    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I worked with Don for the last five years and he was a wonderful, honest friend. My thoughts are with you, and you are in our prayers.
    Our sincere condolences.
    M. Assem & family

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  5. Kate Winterbottom :

    Dear Darlene, Scott and Ally.
    My sincere and heartfelt condolences. Don was a great friend and a very very kind and gentle man. He continued to be uplifting through his illness. He will be very badly missed.

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  6. Bob MacDonald :

    Darlene and family: I am devastated by the news of Don’s passing, He was a wonderful man, a great geologist and a good and kind friend. I know it is a devastaing loss but hope it is of some consolation to know how highly Don was regarded by all his Nexen colleagues and how sorely he will be missed by all of us. Our deepest sympathy to you all,
    Bob (and Eileen) MacDonald

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  7. Margaret Tang :

    Darlene,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if you need anything at all.

    Thinking of you.

    Take care,
    Margaret & family

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  8. Hans and Denise Berkhout :

    We have such pleasant memories of Mr. and Mrs. Dodds, our neighbours for a few years. Wonderful people. Our sincere condolences to the family with Donald’s too early departure.

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  9. Mike Melnick :

    I feel so low right now, Dar, I can only imagine that it pales compared to how you’re feeling. He was a fantastic person and I truly enjoyed his friendship. He inspired me to be a better person and I will always remember him as a positive and supportive guy! Take care of yourself and your family and if there’s anything I can do to help out, please ask. *HUGS!*

    Mike

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  10. Rick Jensen :

    Darlene
    Sincere condolences, Don was a very valued member of our Masila team here in Calgary, always contributed as the professional he was, and was a real pleasure to work with and to know,
    Do wish the best during a very difficult time for you, your kids, and your family
    Rick

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  11. Darlene;
    My most sincere condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    I talked to Donnie just a couple of weeks ago, and we were going to get out for lunch, with you. I was just shocked this morning to see his obituary.

    Don was such a great friend. I will really miss this funny and unique guy.

    Love,
    Brad

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  12. Kent Wilkinson :

    Darlene,
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Don was a wonderful person to work with. I very much enjoyed my time that Don and I worked together at Nexen. He was a excellent geologist and a pleasure to be around.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Kent and Sue Wilkinson

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  13. Dave Dearborn :

    Darlene

    My sincere condolences to you and family. I enjoyed my early morning conversations with Don while working with him in the Masila Group. Don encouraged me when I started my fitness and running program, I’ll always remember his smile and good cheer at the finish line for my first half marathon.

    Dave

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  14. Darren Hinks :

    Darlene, Scott and Ally,
    My heartfelt condolences. Don was a great friend, teammate and mentor. I respect him very highly and truly enjoyed his company and friendship. He was always positive and looking forward and he influenced me greatly into becoming a better person. Don always extended a helping hand for which our family will be forever grateful. If there is anything in our capacity to do to help, please ask.
    Darren, Kasia and family

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  15. Shane Clancy :

    Darlene,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I enjoyed knowing him and running together often while we worked at Nexen. He will be truly missed.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Shane

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  16. Kelvin White :

    Darlene,
    I hope the memories you made together with Don will provide you with solace, courage, and strength. If there is anything you ever need. Anything. Anytime. Please don’t hesitate.
    Kelvin

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  17. Char Kolesnik :

    Darlene,

    I was so saddened to learn about Don’s passing! My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Keep the sunshine in your heart.

    Huggles,
    Char

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  18. Kimmy Bates :

    Ally and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I know this time is hard for you and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May your dad rest in peace.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Kimmy

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  19. Hugh Baranieski :

    Darlene,

    I was in shock when I read the news from Darren Hicks. The world has lost a wonderful human being. During our many runs Don and I shared stories about old vehicles, work, Yemen and many other topics. A great friend. So sad for your loss.

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  20. Jodi Pearson :

    Darlene and Family.
    Hold the fond memories close to your heart because that is one thing this terrible disease can’t take away.
    Darlene, You are an amazing spirit, please keep smiling as your guardian angel is (and always will) be with you. xxoo Jodi

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  21. Michael and Daniyel Mohammed :

    Darlene and family,

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Don’s passing. I know how dear he was to you and the kids. I’m so sad I’m not able to attend the services but I know in your heart you know how deep my sympathy is for you and the family. Take comfort in the great life you all shared together.

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  22. Joe and Charlene Beckie :

    Darlene and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He will be sorely missed by Joe and myself. We are within arms’ reach if you ever need anything.

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  23. Dear Darlene and Family.

    It was with great sadness that I learned of Don’s passing. He was one of those really good guys. We worked together at ATS and had coffee as he continued his career at Nexen.

    He will be missed by many people. My thoughts are with you at this time. Unfortunatley due to travelling out of the country I won’t be able to attend the service but you all will be in my thoughts.

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  24. Jnaet Lavallee :

    Dear Darlene and Family
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Time heals all wounds and with time this feeling of sadness shall to pass. I know that it is an old saying but it truly does work. So sorry that we cannot be there but will be with you in spirit.
    Larry and Janet Lavallee

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  25. Geoff Zakaib and Martha Nystrom :

    Darlene and family,
    We were saddened to hear about Don. Our sincere sympathy is extended to you and your family at this difficult time. Take care and know that you are surrounded by friends and neighbours. Peace be with you,
    Geoff and Martha

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  26. Mary-Ellen Harrison :

    Darlene,
    Thoughts are with you and your family. I know you will find peace and comfort in the time you spend together. May love and friendship help you and your family through this sorrowful time.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Mary-Ellen Harrison

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  27. Heidi Weiss :

    Dear family,
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We both used to be in early at the office and race each other to see who could turn on the coffee machine first. He talked so lovingly about all of you, his cars and was always looking forward to his next vacation. He’ll be deeply missed.

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  28. Jan Clarson :

    I was so sad to learn of Don’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Don & I had many conversations about running and he gave me great advice when he said “in this life, always run your own race – that’s what i’m going to do” when speaking of his marathon training. I think that was also probably a metaphor for how he lived his life, with quiet determination and a passion for excellence. I will miss him.

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  29. Mary Cameron :

    Darlene I am sad to hear of Don’s passing. Sending you and your family love and prayers.

    Love Mary

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  30. My deepest sympathies. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

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  31. Michelle Saquet :

    Darlene, Scott and Ally,
    I was shocked and so sad to hear about Don. I’m so sorry for your loss. Don was my mentor for the first year I worked in the Yemen team and he was wonderful to work with. He taught me so much and was always willing to share his knowledge and take the time to help. I will miss him.

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  32. Alex Hewison and Melanie Satyro :

    Dear Dodds Family,
    Words cannot express to you how sorry Alex and I are for your loss. We are both incredibly saddened to know that somebody who was an incredible inspiration, source of comfort, and who was so unbelievably good in spirit has departed from our lives.
    Life is finite, but the impact of one’s life is infinite. The incredible vastitude of the positive impact which Mr. Dodds shared with the world is permanent–we are blessed to have known him and will forever carry those times with us in our hearts.
    Darlene, Scott, and Ally, we love you very much and we are here for you for whatever you may need. Please know how much we care for all of you and do not ever hesitate to ask.

    With our deepest condolences and all of our love,

    Alex and Mel

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  33. Arash Boustani :

    I am deeply sorry for the untimely loss of Don. I met Don at Nexen many years ago. He was a fantastic colleague and a true gentleman. I will greatly miss him.

    Wishing the family patience and strength during these difficult moments.

    Arash Boustani
    London – UK

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  34. The Sardinha Family :

    We were very saddened to hear about the loss of Don. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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  35. Linda Martin :

    Darlene and family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss; my thoughts are with you during this time of sadness.

    Sincerely,
    Linda Martin

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  36. Darlene,
    Although I didn’t know Don, I know he was a fine man. During this time, be comforted in knowing that those who share in your sadness do so because you’ve touched our lives. Don will live in the hearts of many.

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  37. Jan Johnstone :

    Hello Darlene and family,
    I was doing a search of family on the internet and came across an obit for Donald Dodds who is my first cousin. My maiden name was Jan McIntyre. The only memory I have of my Saskatchewan family is at my grandparent’s home. Donald and I took our grandfather’s car for a ride at age 4. It had an automatic starter and one of us steered the car and other (I believe Donald) operated the gears and clutch. We ended up driving it into the bog. I am so sorry for your loss and Donald looks like he was a well respected man with lots of friends.
    All my very best, Jan Johnstone

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  38. Darlene, I was heartbroken to hear this news! The world has lost a great soul and I cannot believe this has happened. My deepest condolences and hugs to you and your family. Love, Anar

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