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DUCKETT, Anthony “Tony”

May 2, 1926 – Blackburn, England
November 10, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Tony passed from this world to the next on November 10, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Tony was born in Blackburn, Lancashire on May 2, 1926. He was educated in both England and Scotland, served with the Royal Air Force in 1945 and completed his teacher training in 1946. He met Kit Reeves in Haverhill, West Suffolk, where they both taught, and they were married in 1949. In 1953 he brought his young family to Canada which he saw as “a land of opportunity”. He taught with Indian Affairs in such places as Brocket, Caughnawaga (Quebec), and Hobbema until 1960, and then moved his growing family to Lethbridge where he took up an appointment to teach Industrial Arts at St. Francis Boy’s High School. He attended summer school and obtained his Bachelor of Education in 1964 from the then University of Alberta (Calgary).

Tony progressed within the administration of the Lethbridge Catholic School system, becoming Vice Principal of St. Mary’s Junior High / Elementary School in 1966 and Principal of Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School from 1972 until 1982.

Kit and Tony spent their first eleven years of retirement on Vancouver Island where they enjoyed salmon fishing and travelling to the Far East, Britain, and various parts of Canada and the US. As Tony’s health began to deteriorate, they moved back to Alberta to be near their extended family. Tony said he was never bored. He enjoyed his hobbies (stamp collecting, reading, fishing, woodworking and playing bridge) and was always available to fix things at his children’s homes.

Tony was a quiet, kind and gentle man. His life membership in the Knights of Columbus attested to his faith and strong moral values. He always led by example and had the courage of his convictions. He was very loving and supportive of Kit and his greatest pride was in his family. Tony was well respected by all who knew him: his family, his students, his colleagues, his community acquaintances and even as he neared the end of his life, by the staff and residents of Bow Crest Care Centre where he will no doubt be remembered for his joy in participating in the singsongs!

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Katherine “Kit” Duckett; his seven children, John (Susan), Michael (Sue), Paul (Joan), Christopher, Peter (Mona), Brian (Anne) and Mary (Keith Meservia); his twenty grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and his two sisters, Mary Harrison and Bernadette (Cyril) Dandy of Lancashire, England. He was predeceased by his parents Reginald and Clare.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (541 Silvergrove Drive N.W.) on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through The family requests no flowers, but you may make a memorial donation to your favourite charity if you wish. Tony’s family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Catherine McKenna, Fr. Dan Stevenot, and the staff of Bow Crest Care Centre. Their wonderful care and attention made his final year as comfortable as it could possibly be.

In living memory of Anthony Duckett, 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. So sorry to hear about “Mr. Duckett”. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Unfortunately we will out of the country and won’t be able to attend the funeral and see all of you. We will say a prayer for you all at “The Notre Dame Cathedral” in Paris!
    Elaine and Gayle

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  2. Rudy and Bette Zmeko :

    Dear Kit and family, Bette and I are extending our sincere Sympathy on the passing of Tony.
    We would also thank the Duckett family for being great neighbors to our family, Steve and Elizabeth Zmeko for the number of years on 16th. ave.. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Rudy and Bette Zmeko.

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  3. Roly and Betty Thomas :

    Dear Kit,

    Betty and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on your loss. We knew that Tony had been ailing for some time and not seeing you at the theater in recent months we guessed his health issues had not improved.

    Bob hwyl i chi a’r teulu!

    Betty and Roly Thomas

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  4. Mary Anne Murphy :

    My sympathies and condolences in your loss of Tony. Tony graciously welcomed me to the teaching profession so many years ago at Assumption School. I have often thought of him throughout my teaching career and fondly recall his humour, his gentleness and his enthusiasm for students and their learning . As a principal, he was a fine mentor and a model of faith.
    With my prayers for Tony and for all of you at this time, may God’s peace be yours.

    Mary Anne ( Farrington) Murphy

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  5. Our sincere condolences to you,Kit and your entire family.

    Tony was instrumental in our becoming Bridge Players when we arrived in Canada.
    He was also instrumental in getting Jim becoming a member of the Knights of

    He was very interested how we were enjoying our new country and always
    asked us how our life in Canada was progressing. He made us feel welcome
    to Canada.

    We shall pray for Tony and for you Kit and your entire family.

    Rest in Peace Tony as you are welcomed by Jesus.

    May God bless you abundantly at this difficult time in your life.


    Jim & Cathie McGinty

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  6. Mr. Duckett was the best teacher I had at St. Francis and was universally loved and respected by his students. My condolences to Mrs. Duckett and the family.

    Ken Boyer
    Class of ’64

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  7. Mrs. Duckett, on behalf of my father, Alfred Lemke, please accept our condolences and sadness at the passing of your husband, Tony. Mom (Audrey) and Dad (Alfred) very much enjoyed and treasured their time with you as neighbours and friends; from regular bridge games to Friday night fish and chips at Joeys down the hill. I read Dad Tony’s tribute today and he started reminiscing about the good times he and my mother shared with the two of you.

    Unfortunately, Dad is very frail these days and will not be able to attend the funeral (he and Tony are the same age within a couple of months of one another). However, he offers his prayers and sympathy to you and your family.

    Best regards,
    Brian Lemke – on behalf of Alfred and in memory of the late Audrey Lemke

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  8. jeff and Norma Mitchell :

    We have just read the obituary which honoured Tony”s well lived life. His life was a life lived to its fullest. A happy marriage, a wonderful family, a successful, worthy career and a loving home were just some of the great things he accomplished. With so many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his legacy will certainly live on.

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  9. Dear Mike, Sue and Amy.

    Teresa and I would like to offer you our deepest sympathy on Mike’s father passing. We know that he was not well for some time but it is still a difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Please take care of each other and talk to you soon, Ken and Teresa Schubert

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  10. Keith and Syl Joevenazzo :

    John, Keith and I were sad to hear that your dad has passed on. So many shared memories of Anne and Jim with your mom and dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. We were unable to attend his funeral but we were there in spirit. Love to you and your family.

    Keith and Syl

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