September 24, 1917 – Pollockville, AB
June 3, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Douglas Rooke beloved father of Wayne and Ronald of Calgary passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the age of 95 years.
Doug was born on September 24, 1917, in the small town of Pollockville, (formerly Rooke, Alberta). After attending elementary school in Pollockville, Doug graduated from high school in Hanna. He joined the Air Force and served four years as an Air Frame Mechanic and was stationed overseas with the Moose Squadron. In 1946, he joined the U.I.C. office and in 1948 transferred to the Department of National Revenue, where he remained until his retirement on December 31, 1982.
Doug contributed countless hours to the sports of baseball, hockey, and football at the community level. In baseball, Doug coached the Sun Oil Team in 1957-58 and later Little League teams in the South West Baseball Association and Continental East Little League teams.
In the sport of hockey, Doug coached, managed, and was the trainer for minor hockey teams from Tiny Mite “BB” up to and including Juvenile “BB.” He started the 1948-50 season with the Mount Pleasant Community Midget “BB” Hockey Club before moving to the Glamorgan-Richmond Community in 1960 where he coached from Tiny Mite “BB” up to Juvenile “BB” until 1973. In 1973, Doug moved to Lake Bonavista where he coached Midget “B” and Juvenile “BB”. Doug was always available when the ice needed flooding, cleaning, or if transportation was needed to transfer the teams from one community to another.
Doug made a significant contribution to the sport of football.
Doug and Bruce Dubbin, started Flag Football in 1967 for the youngsters of our city. He was associated with the Cowley and Keith Colts Bantam Football Club in 1972 and was trainer and equipment manager for more than ten years. In 2006, Doug was elected to the Calgary Bantam Hall of Fame.
In 1987, he was named Calgary Booster Sportsman of the Year. After receiving this award he continued his involvement with the Calgary Colts Junior Football Team as their equipment manager winning back to back National Championships, 1989 and 1990.
For two decades including the 1975 Grey Cup, Rooke supervised the ushers at McMahon Stadium. From 1992 to 1996 Doug volunteered during training camp for the Stampeders for the six years following that he was the special assistant to Head Coach and General Manager Wally Buono. After the Stamps Grey Cup Victories in 1998 and 2001 he was the custodian of the championship trophy and took the Grey Cup on more than a thousand appearances. In 2006, at the age of 89 after serving for over six decades with the Stampeders, Doug retired as an exemplary ambassador for the Red and White.
Doug is survived by his sons Wayne (Elizabeth) and Ron Rooke of Calgary, AB. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley (nee Hodak) and his brother Jack Rooke.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to KidSport Canada – Alberta, Box 36107, Lakeview RPO, Calgary, AB T3E 7C6 Telephone: 1-(888) 91-4kids or (403) 217-3761, www.kidsportcanada.ca.
In living memory of Douglas Rooke, 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