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.Print This Obituary & Condolences