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MacInnis, Donald Joseph

December 14, 1932 – Sydney, NS
June 28, 2013 – Calgary, AB

On June 28, 2013 we lost a very special man in our lives, Donald “Farmer” Joseph MacInnis, who passed away suddenly at the age of 80.

Farmer enjoyed spending time with the people he loved and he was the foundation of a very loving family. He showed us what was important through his values and morals, and created a successful template for family life that has carried on from generation to generation. With his unique sense of humor enjoyed by all, he was usually one of the first ones to laugh at his own jokes. Farmer’s favorite saying was “blessed art thou among women.”

Born in Sydney Nova Scotia in 1932, Farmer graduated from St. Francis Xavier and married Dorothy before moving out west in 1956 where he began his teaching career in Cluny, Alberta. He and Dorothy later moved to Calgary, where he began a long and successful career as a teacher and administrator before retiring in 1981 from Calgary Separate School board.

Farmer was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. He started as a teenager working at the local hockey rink in Sydney, and went on to create his own business while attending university. In 1981, he entered into commercial real estate and went on to run his own unique travel business, allowing him and Dorothy to travel the world. Never truly retiring, Farmer loved to work on his property in Priddis where he created a park-like atmosphere.

Farmer will be deeply missed by friends and family, but he will always be with us in spirit – he will be loved forever.

Farmer is survived by his best friend and loving wife of fifty-seven years, Dorothy; his four daughters Sheila (Steig), Joan (Bill), Trish (Chris), and Jackie (Pete); his grandchildren Jenny (Paul), Jessica (Matt), Kristine (Eric), Jeff and Ryleigh; and great grandchildren Dawson, Aubrey, Mia, and Eric. He is also survived by his two sisters, Kay McIntosh (Burke, deceased), as well as Kay’s nine loving children; Joan MacNeil (Steve, deceased) and the MacNeil family. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly Special Olympics Calgary, 3676 – 48th Ave. N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5C8 Telephone: (403) 735 – 1022, www.specialolympics.ab.ca or to a charity of your choice.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Donald MacInnis, 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. Dear Dorothy, I am saddened with the unexpected passing of Don who I met just last Thursday at the Bay at Southcentre with you. He was just going off to talk to your granddaughter while we visited together.
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Many blessing! Nell

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  2. Elizabeth mcintosh :

    He was the best uncle, always a laugh and a big smile. We will miss him so much. All our prayers are with you Dorthy and your girls. He was so proud of you all.
    Philip and Elizabeth (Trish to him)

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  3. Lisa MacAulay :

    Dorothy,

    I was saddened to hear about the passing of Farmer. Although I will not be able to be there on Thursday, my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. Sending you and the girls big hugs from Nova Scotia.

    Lisa and family

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  4. Dorothy and family:
    My heart is with you at this sad time for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With sympathy and love,
    Bev

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  5. Karen MacAulay :

    Dorothy, Sheila, Joan, Trish, Jackie and families.
    Sending my condolences to all of you on the loss of Farmer.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care.
    Karen

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  6. Donnie MacAulay :

    Dorothy,
    I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of your much beloved “Farmer”. My sincere sympathy is extended to you and the girls. Please pass my condolences to them and give Jackie a hug from me.
    I trust and pray that many warm and special memories will help sustain you in the days ahead.

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  7. MAXINE GULSTENE :

    HOW VERY SAD THAT “FARMER” HAS LEFT US. HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON THAT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. A VERY KIND AND LOVING MAN WHO WAS TRULY “OUT STANDING” IN HIS FIELD. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS GONE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH DOROTHY AND THEIR FAMILY.

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  8. Dear Dorothy,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  9. Neil Sutherland :

    Dorothy and family. So sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy who brought a smile to my lips before he said anything, I’ll miss our Cape Breton moments. You are in my prayers.

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  10. Dearest Dorothy,

    I am out in Ontario right now because I lost my beautiful mother…end of May. Spending time with Dad is a gift, although grief rides over us in waves. I am sending all of my love, prayers and support to you and your family as you face the coming days without wonderful fun-loving Don. Bless you all. Kath

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  11. Sharon Gould (Oleszkowicz) :

    Dear Dorothy,
    I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Don was such wonderful, kind, and generous man and you have both been such great friends to our family. I would never have believed that when we had dinner together at R.O. just a few weeks ago that would be the last time I would see Don. My heart is with you.
    Love, Sharon

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  12. Judith Miller :

    To the MacInnis family,

    My brothers, Joe and Dan spoke so often and so highly of Don (Farmer) MacInnis throughout their teaching careers in Calgary that I felt I knew Don. I met him face to face only once …. Nov. 2012. Dorothy, Don and Jackie invited Joe, his wife Elaine and me to share a meal at their home. I will never forget the welcoming sense of presence around that table.

    May Don’s family take comfort in these words from John O’Donohue‘s poem, On the Death of the Beloved:
    “We look towards each other no longer
    From the old distance of our names;
    Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
    As close to us as we are to ourselves.”

    A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed.
    My sympathy
    Judith Miller, Margaree, NS

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  13. Mary Mullane :

    Dorothy, Jackie and family; It’s with heavy hearts that we learn of Farmer’s passing. The loss of such an extraordinary man who touched us all through his devotion to his family, his very amiable personality and his strong volunteer & business sense. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless you all! Love Mary (and family), Cyril and Kathleen Mullane Calgary

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  14. Wendy Martin :

    Mrs. MacInnis

    It’s hard to know just what to say at this sad time, because your loss is so great and because your husband will be missed in so many ways. But even though no words can truly comfort you, perhaps they can, in some small way, express the depth of care and concern, that’s felt for you now.
    —————————————-
    Jackie, Joan, Trish & Sheila

    May the many memories that you hold close in your hearts, of your Dad be the reflection like that of a ripple in a waterfall. As gentle as the water may be, your tears are seen as prayers gently lifted up as God blesses you, heals you and comforts you in your time of sorrow.

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  15. Dorothy and family,

    Simply the best. As his nickname …a man outstanding in his field. I doubt I have met, nor God has made, a better human being.

    Roger Fry and family

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  16. Pat Morgan & Family :

    Dear Dorothy & Family
    Our deepest sympathy to you all on the sudden call home of your beloved Don, husband, father, grandfather,& great-grandfather. Our thoughts & prayers have been with you ever since Sheila phoned. May you sense God’s presence & peace in a deep and sustaining way during these days and in the days and months ahead. May you also experience the deepest measure of His love with the fullest portion of His grace.
    John 14:27
    Love and continued prayers

    Pat Morgan

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  17. Terry Strang :

    Dorothy, Trish, Sheila, Joan and Jackie

    My heartfelt sympathy to you all. I feel fortunate to have known him for so long and to be able to share in so many memories. I will definitely miss his humor and teasing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Love Terry, Tricia and Tyler

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  18. Bernie and Frances Gallant :

    Dear Dorothy and Family,
    We are heartbroken to hear of your loss. We have such fond memories of our times shared together with Farmer and yourself. We are unable to attend the mass but send our heartfelt sympathy your way.
    Bernie and Frances Gallant

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  19. Heinz Kroell (Germany) :

    Don, I never forget, you provided me staying at your “almost ranch” for some weeks, even while you were abroad… it was a good time… I never forget the brunch at your golf club out in the foothills …. I never forget the big pack of wolves, we saw, when you drove with me through Kananaskis valley on a late snowy fall afternoon… I never forget your kindness… my thoughts are with you and yours….

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  20. Robert and Sandra Eklund :

    Best wishes to Don’s family. Don was a wonderful friend as well as an astute business man. He was happy and joyful and you could always count on him in time of need. Don always had a new joke. He had a positive way to look at everything.

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  21. Erika David :

    Dear Dorothy. Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. You both were so kind to the patients at Millrise Place. Don will be missed there as well.
    God grant his soul peace and comfort you in your sorrow. George and Erika David

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  22. Jean & Harvey MacArthur :

    Dorothy and family. We are still reeling from the news of Farmer’s sudden death. Although we are far apart in miles we have been able to remain close over the many,. many years of friendship. Our prayers and love are with you

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  23. Gerard & Carol MAC NEIL :

    Our most sincere condolences to the family of a great man and such a warm and wonderful person. When my father Steve passed in 2009 I met Don for the first time yet felt I had known him for many years. He helped me remain strong for Joan through a difficult time and I saw those qualities that made him successful in life. Our prayers are with Dorothy and the entire MacInnis family.

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  24. Peter & Heather Brenneman :

    Dorothy and family

    We are sorry to hear of Don’s passing. His enthusiasm, passion to learn and explore combined with that great sense of humor will always be remembered.

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  25. Dan Willie MacKinnon :

    Dorothy and family, We were saddened to hear of Farmer’s passing. We have many happy memories of you and Farmer. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Dan Willie and Nancy MacKinnon

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  26. Shirley Penner & Don McLean :

    Don was a very special individual with whom we enjoyed working. He will be greatly missed! Shirl, Don & Youth Singers of Calgary.

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  27. Joe and Elaine Miller :

    To Dorthy and family:
    We are sorry to hear that Don has been taken from us but know we are all comforted by knowing he is in the arms of his heavenly father. He will be greatly missed and we are all thankful for the ways he touched our lives and made us better individuals. He will never be forgotten and will hold a special place in our hearts. Only regret we couldn’t be with you at this difficult time but you are in our prayers.

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  28. Judith Stableford (Gormley) :

    Dear Dorothy & Family
    It is with sadness to learn of Farmer’s passing.
    I remember his wonderful smile and his devotion to you, Dorothy. My how you two could dance those many years ago. I remember your girls and the loving kindness and hospitality you gave so freely. My thoughts are with you all.
    Judith Stableford (Gormley)

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  29. Butch Gormley :

    He was a good and fair guy, & had a good sense of humour. I was glad to have someone from the east to stay with and talk to when arriving from Nova Scotia. Dot, I’m sorry he is not with us anymore.
    Butch Gormley

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  30. Christine Gordon :

    Dorothy:
    I was so saddened to learn of Don’s passing. My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. I have often thought of you and the interesting times we shared on our research project and of Don, one of the most affable people I have ever met. Cherish, and let sustain you, the wonderful memories you hold of your many years together.
    Chris Gordon

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  31. Chuck & Wendy Walker :

    We are saddened at learning of Don’s passing. Our condolences to Dorothy and the MacInnis family.

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  32. Ron and Joan Myers :

    Dorothy and family, we were shocked and saddened to learn of Don’s sudden passing. We always enjoyed our little visits on the road, when Don would unfailingly stop for a brief chat. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a big smile on his face. We will miss him, and we send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. The neighborhood will be a little emptier without him.

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  33. irene kovats :

    Dear Dorothy, Joan and Family,
    I was away so sadly missed the funeral for Don. I just wanted to let you know that my prayers and thoughts are with you during this very sad time…I know Don was an important and big figure in your lives. A GREAT man! who left behind a great family to continue his legacy!
    Thinking of you!

    Irene Kovats

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  34. Mary (Mac Innis) Young :

    Dear Dorothy and family, I was so sad to read of Donnie’s passing in the paper today. My thoughts went back many years ago to the beautiful summer vacation we spent in Calgary and the great visit we had with your family. Sending prayers your way.

    Mary (Mac Innis ) Young, Frank and Katie Mac Innis daughter

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  35. Cathy Lehew :

    Dear Dorothy and Family
    I just heard of Don’s passing – he was a wonderful friend and mentor always had a smile for you .. He is a big part of who I am today – Thank you Don .. My prayers and thoughts are with you all..God Bless – Cathy, Garry & Rogers

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