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HAWKES, V.L. (Doug)

May 17, 1916 – February 2, 2012

Doug died peacefully on February 2, 2012 at the age of 95 years.

Doug was a proud Calgarian, born in Calgary and grew up swimming and skating on the Elbow River. He went to Rideau Park School and Western Canada High School. During the Depression years, he travelled throughout B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan as a salesman selling yeast. Doug joined the Air Force in 1941 and after his initial training service he volunteered to go overseas for active duty. He was assigned to the 419 Moose Squadron and his final trip with his crew was in the Battle of Berlin, when he was shot down. He and two of his crew survived and became prisoners of war, in Stalag IVB Germany. After liberation, Doug returned to Calgary on the last day of the Stampede! Shortly after enjoying some months of real freedom, Doug met and soon married his sister’s close friend, Dorothy Gish in 1947. Doug became and enjoyed his years as a realtor. He was president of the Real Estate Board and received a sixty years of service award in 2010. He was also an active member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and was always very community minded. Doug helped form the Glendale Kiwanis Club and eventually served as lieutenant governor for Southern Alberta. Doug worked with colleagues to host an international POW reunion in 1985 that helped inspire the formation of an Air Crew Association in Calgary. With the help of like-minded colleagues, Doug established the Memorial for the British Commonwealth Training Plan at the Aerospace Museum in 1995. It was in 1955, that the Calgary Foundation was founded by visionary community leaders like Doug and he vowed to return the favour of the generosity of the Red Cross during his years as a POW during WWII. Doug was recognized as an honorary life director of the Calgary Foundation in 1996, and was also given a lifetime membership to the Talisman Centre, and claimed to be the oldest aqua-size participant.

He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of sixty-five years; his five sons, Gerry (Glenys), David (Shelagh), John (Vonnie), Robert (Patricia), and Peter (Heather); fifteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and an older brother Murray in Vancouver. Doug was predeceased by his brother Paul and sister Hazel.

A Celebration of Doug’s life will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Valentines Day is appropriate as Doug’s favourite colour was red! Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in memory of Doug to the Calgary Foundation, Aerospace Museum Association of Calgary Fund, #700, 999- 8th St. SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 1J5, or to a charity of personal choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Debra Sasges and the staff on Unit 83 at the Rockyview Hospital for all of their care and support.

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

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  1. Doug, you taught me the importance of family history through your geneology work, in fact every time I open up my account I think of you. Your laughter and jovial nature will be missed and never forgotten. God Speed!

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  2. Nancy and Allan Dee and family :

    We will remember Doug with a smile and
    will miss him very much.

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  3. Richard Kiser :

    I extend my deepest sympathy to you and all your family on the passing of your husband. Although Doug’s service to his country in the RCAF preceded mine by several years, I felt a kindred spirit to him and feel honoured to have known him.
    He will be remembered.

    Dick Kiser.

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  4. Ambrose & Gwen Gross :

    One only needs to have met Doug’s sons to understand the positive, loving and caring manner that he bestowed upon his sons.
    We only had the chance to meet Doug once, and the above was confirmed.
    Our deepest and heart felt condolences.

    Gwen & Ambrose

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  5. Midge & Murray Ross :

    Dear Dorothy, We were so sorry to read about Doug’s passing. He was such a great human being and will be missed by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Even though I won’t be there in person my heart and thoughts will be with you on the 14th. Please take care of yourself! A big hug from both of us.

    Murray & Midge

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  6. Shelagh and Fran :

    Dear Dorothy,
    I’m just sitting here with Francie talking about the good times that you shared. She wants to let you know that she is thinking about you at this time and knows what a huge loss it is that he is gone.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Shelagh Fleming and Francie Blackwood

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  7. Bill and June Campbell :

    Dear Dorothy and family:
    We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Doug. We have very fond memories of many years of warm friendship in our church communities and more recently in the Air Crew Association.What a great Canadian! You have been blest to have journey life’s road together. Our prayers are with you in these challenging days. God bless you.

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  8. Dear Dorothy and family,
    Sincere condolences on your loss. I so appreciate all the work Doug did on the Hawkes family tree, as well as the few e-mails we shared following the loss of Uncle Bob Hawkes in Parksville last summer. I hope the Hawkes family will continue to update the website Doug created with the help of Peggy Gish on
    Dorothy, keep your good humour… sending you all love and hugs from Toronto,
    Terri Hawkes and family

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  9. nigel cross :

    Rip Doug
    just another terrorist of 1v B

    my dad has just passed and in his collection of old photos was one of doug with that written on the back. Dad was a pow in stalag luft 1Vb as well. doug has his pow number round his neck 131972 if a member of the family emails me I can send you a copy of he photos. it also has an address on the back of avenue west Calgary

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