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ROOKE, Douglas

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.

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  1. Donna & Bryan Polak :

    Wayne & Ron,
    We were so saddened to hear about your dad’s passing, we have precious memories of him. He reminded me a lot of my own grandfather and used to make me smile every day we worked together, he will be truly missed. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
    Donna & Bryan Polak

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  2. Ev Altenhof :

    Wayne and Ron….I was so sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and he was a father figure to me. He helped me out in so many ways and I will never forget that.

    Just a great guy and a life well lived.

    All the best.

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  3. Rooke family….

    Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.
    He was truly a gentleman, dedicated
    community worker and sportsman, and a
    pleasure to visit with.

    Russ Peake

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  4. Very sad to hear about Doug’s passing. When I started working at McMahon back in 1988, Doug was one of the first gentlemen I met and he was one of the classiest men I have ever known. My condolences to Ron and Wayne. Your Dad was well respected

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  5. Chris Savels :

    Wayne, sorry to hear your dad has passed.

    My memories of him include him bringing the Cup to your home and how friendly he was, and when we met at Wendy’s to talk about girls. I haven’t forgotten his advice.

    Best wishes in this difficult time.

    Sheena & Chris Savels

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  6. Cheryl, Mark and Richard, Joanne and family :

    Ron, Wayne and Beth – Uncle Doug touched many people in his amazing lifetime. He will be missed but he has left a legacy that we can all look up to, remember and be proud of. He has and deserves the best seat in the house now! Sorry we can’t be there in support. With much love and deepest sympathy from us all, Bear and family.

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  7. JANE & DWAYNE PEVERETT :

    Ron & Wayne…

    So very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.

    We have such fond memories of your father with all his work with “youth”.

    Our sons, Mark & Dean so respected your father and learnt such valuable lessons of life thru their contact with him.

    We send our condolences to you & the family.

    Sincerely,
    Jane & Dwayne Peverett

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  8. Dear Wayne and Ron, My family and I send you our deepest sympathy in your loss. Your dad was a very special person and his friendship meant a lot to us. It’s been over fifty years since we first met in Glamorgan and it was so nice to meet him again in his latter years.
    Take care, Irene Lecky

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  9. Debbie Elicksen :

    I just wrote a blog piece in Dougie’s honor: http://publishingdashboard.blogspot.ca/2013/06/a-pause-for-friend.html

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  10. Jack MacDonald :

    Ron, Wayne and family,

    Condolences on the loss of your wonderful Dad and sorry I couldn’t attend the service. Your Dad became a favorite when I was with the Booster Club…enjoyed talking with him at many functions. He was truly a special man.

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  11. Susan Dosco :

    It was with great sadness to hear of Doug’s passing. He was always close in my heart. He mentored me with my career and was a great friend. Although we lost contact over the years I thought of him often.
    My condolences to you Wayne and Ron and I hope you are well, and life is good. You can be so honored to have had such a wonderful Dad, and his memories will be treasured.

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  12. ernie mccullough :

    Sue and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss and have all of you in our prayers. He was a great gift to all who knew him.

    Sorry that my own health made it impossible to attend the funeral.

    Sue and Ernie McCullough

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  13. Ian Murdoch :

    Ron & Wayne,
    Your Dad and my Dad both worked for the Income Tax Dept. and were good friends as well. I’m sorry I missed your Dad’s service. He was a wonderful gentleman and friend to my Dad. A great sportsman for the city of Calgary, he will be missed. You are blessed to have had him with you for so long.

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