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NELSON, Keith Douglas

August 11, 1940 – September 22, 2012

It is with deep sadness that Keith’s loving wife Doreen, his daughter Jamie (Cam, Mitchell, Jacob) and son Jody (Wendy, Cade) announce the passing of their amazing and beloved husband and father on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the age of 72 after his courageous battle with cancer.

Keith was born in Brooks, Alberta August 11, 1940 and moved several times within Alberta in the early years due to his father Ted’s work and finally settled in Leduc, AB. Keith met and married his beautiful wife Doreen, of 48 years, in Leduc Alberta. After the birth of their two children Jamie and Jody, Keith moved his family to Calgary Alberta where he worked in the crane and construction industry until he retired in 2009. Keith’s passion and skill for construction allowed him to continually build and add to an already welcoming and loving home that he and Doreen created over the years. Keith’s other passions include camping in his motor home (“The Bus”), boating with his children and grandchildren, Sunday dinners with his family and salmon fishing with Doreen. Keith’s overwhelming love and support for his grandsons Jacob and Mitchell was continually displayed by his persistent attendance at most every sporting and school events. Keith’s incredible strong will, determination and love for his family allowed him to endure the battle far beyond all expectations.

Keith is also survived by his brothers Roy (Mickey) and Leonard (Marion); his brother-in-law Bob Gehlert; and sister-in-law Debby Gehlert.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Please forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Center (1331 – 29th Street N.W. Calgary, AB T2N 4N2).

In living memory of Keith Nelson, 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. Marnie Sanderson :

    Keith will be sadly and deeply missed – my deepest condolences to Doreen and his family. I will miss Keith as a great neighbor. He was always pleasant and more than willing to lend a hand when I needed it (from replacing lawnmover blades to coming to my aid with my rusted on license plates). Together with Doreen, they were my ‘snow angel’ team, no matter how cold it was or how heavy the snow. Keith was well liked and respected by his neighbors – there will certainly be a void in the neighborhood and we will miss him dearly.

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  2. Sharmaine Prince :

    So sorry to hear about your dad Jamie and Jody and your husband Mrs. Nelson.

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  3. Doreen and family, please accept our heart felt best wishes at this very difficult time. I remember Keith both from acadia and in the crane business. I remember Glen Bosch always saying to me, I wish we had more parents like the Nelsons, when Jody played for the blackhawks in minor bantam hockey. I told Glen at that time, all you have to do is look at the makeup of Jody and you knew what great parents he had. It was an absolute pleasure for Glen and myself to coach Jody.
    Take care Nelson family and RIP KEITH.

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    We spent many hours hanging out at rinks watching our boys play hockey.
    John, Eileen, Jamie, Leigh & Bonny

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  5. To Doreen and family
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Kieth, but they have Cranes in Heaven and I just know that Kieth will be operating one or organizing them.
    I first met Kieth in 1969 when i was working for Hulburd’s Crane on Center and Barlow and Atlas was above them on the hill. He would drive by Hulburd’s in his new American 40 ton with a big smile on his face.
    I think he was kinda gloating because most of us were Operating older junk LOL. Over the years I worked for him many times and when I worked for the Union I had many spirited conversation’s with him LOL.
    He was a man that sometimes came across a lil crabby BUT he always did the right thing. He was always straight and too the point and cared very much for his employee’s.
    If you drive around Calgary, I will challenge any one to find a street that Kieth Nelson had not been down. He made his Mark in Calgary and Alberta in the Crane Industry. The term is ICON.
    Kieth Nelson was a man of Family, Company Dedication, Honor, and a man of great character. He will not be forgotten. These words are the highest compliment I can pay to any man.

    With the Greatest of Condolences

    Mike King

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  6. Harold & Nancy Stein :

    Dear Doreen, Jamie & Jody,

    We would like to share the following with you:

    The Plan of the Master Weaver

    Our lives are but fine weavings
    That God and we prepare,
    Each life becomes a fabric planned
    And fashioned in His care.
    We may not always see just how
    The weavings intertwine,
    But we must trust the Master’s hand
    And follow His design,
    For He can view the pattern
    Upon the upper side,
    While we must look from underneath
    And trust in Him to guide…

    Sometimes a strand of sorrow
    Is added to His plan
    And though it’s difficult for us,
    We still must understand
    That it’s He who fills the shuttle,
    It’s He who knows what’s best,
    So we must weave in patience
    And leave to Him the rest…

    Not till the loom is silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly
    Shall God unroll the canvas
    And explain the reason why—
    The dark threads are as needed
    In the Weaver’s skillful hand
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned.

    With Deepest Sympathy

    Harold & Nancy

    We are unable to attend the funeral, but we will be praying for you. God Bless.

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  7. Shellan Kinvig :

    My deepest thoughts are with you Doreen and your family. I thought so much of Keith and enjoyed my sessions with him a great deal. His strength and courage amazed me everytime I saw him. The first time I met Keith, I thought, what a happy, smiling man. I did not realize that he was hard of hearing and just smiled and chuckled at whatever I said. From that day on I learned to adjust my voice to “loud”. Still, he smiled and chuckled at everything I said! What a dear sweet man who spoke of his wife and children and grandchildren at every visit. He loved you all so much. I will miss Keith but to know that he is with the best healer, father, friend and teacher gives great peace. I offer you all my deepest sympathies.
    Warmest regards
    Shellan Kinvig
    Keith’s Natural Therapist

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