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March 10,1938 –Yorkshire, England
May 3, 2014– Calgary, Alberta

Denys Nelson passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the age of 76 years.

Denys was born and grew up in Yorkshire, England, attending Barnard Castle boarding school. Upon graduation, he moved to Canada, settling in Toronto for a number of years where he raised his first family. He started in the insurance industry in Toronto and was transferred to Vancouver as a field representative with the Aetna Insurance Company. In 1974, he had the opportunity to move to Calgary and run a sub-office of the Zurich Insurance Company and lived here until his death.

Denys is survived by his children Sally Nelson and Heather (Mike) McGuire and their children Amanda, Alex and Ariana, all of the United States; Glen Nelson of Vancouver, BC; Kimberley Nelson of Calgary and Geoffrey (Venus Cornell) Nelson and children Tino and Mason, of Surrey, BC; a sister Rosalie Hindmarch and her sons Nigel (Hazel) Kilvington and daughter Rachel, and James (Kasia) Kilvington, all of England. He was predeceased by his parents George and Ethel Nelson and grandson Wyatt. He will be greatly missed as well by many friends. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

In living memory of Denys Nelson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Amber Bellingham :

    I had the pleasure of working with Denys at Church Eaton Insurance for 3 years. His smile always brightened my day and I looked forward to his daily jokes. Denys will be greatly missed.

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  2. Lynne Fawcett :

    My sincere condolences. Denys was a great mentor to so many people! His personality was one in a million.

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  3. Chris Best :

    My condolences to the Family. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Denys for ten years. He was such a mentor to so many myself included. I will forever remember the many conversations we had sharing a couple Kokanee Golds. During the upcoming World Cup he will be surely on my mind. Cheers to one of the good guys!

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  4. Denys was a friend with a smile… He and I were seat buddies at the Stampeders’ football games where I always found him upbeat and a pleasure to be around. I will miss his good humour and good advice on my insurance needs. God speed, Denys.

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  5. Jean and John McMaster :

    We were so sorry to hear of Denys’ passing. He was a really nice man. John spent many years working with Denys in Zurich Insurance and he visited us since we moved to Ontario.
    We also met up with him again 2 years ago when we were out in Calgary and had a great visit. Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

    Jean and John McMaster

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