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SAUNDERS, Douglas Ward

June 17, 1949 – February 18, 2014

Douglas Saunders, beloved husband of Lylian Klimek of Calgary passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the age of 64.

Doug had a full and active life before he passed away much too soon. He had a 30 year career in the telecommunications industry after graduating from SAIT with an electronics degree. Prior to the decision to develop his amazing abilities in the area of electronics and sound he was enrolled in the political science program at the University of Calgary for a year. Also, prior to his long career at Telus, Doug was actively involved in the sound industry. He was instrumental in developing Blue Heron, the first recording studio in Calgary and gained accreditation as a sound engineer.

He was a member of the Audio Engineering Society for many years. Although offered various positions in the recording industry in Canada and the USA, he opted to stay in Calgary and avoid the nomadic life of the music industry. He was active in the music industry closer to home working as a sound man and also stage manager for several major arena concerts and music venues. Music was a life long passion.

Doug was also involved in several political campaigns for an admired politician. After retirement in 2001 he became involved in the local community and served on the board of the Bankview Community Association and also served as president for two years. He was a serious hiker in his earlier life. He was an avid long distance cyclist doing long cycle tours in the USA, Europe and Canada.

Doug was much admired by his wife, his family, and friends for his knowledge , enthusiasm, and accomplishments in his chosen fields. Doug loved his family and friends. He was there for all of us always willing to help when any of us needed it. He was much loved and admired for his strong sense of social justice and desire to contribute to the community. Doug was a good man whose life ended much too early. His passing is a huge loss and he will be greatly missed by his loving and admiring wife Lylian Klimek, his father Bruce Saunders, his sister Victoria Steele, his brother Keith Saunders and sister-in-law Nancy Saunders, his nephews Ryan Steele and Joshua Saunders and his nieces Kelly Steele, Lindsey Deimuth, and Rachael Broomfield. Doug was predeceased by his mother Bernice Saunders.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Those who wish to make a donation in honor of Doug are asked to contribute to the Cancer Society and CKUA radio.

In living memory of Doug Saunders, 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. To Doug’s family,
    Please accept my sincere sympathy for your great loss. I always admired Doug and considered him a good friend. He will be greatly missed.

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  2. To all Doug’s family. We offer our deepest sympathies in the loss of Doug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Kerr family – Marg, Rob, Frankie, Jennifer and Elizabeth.

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  3. Sarabeth Carnat :

    So sorry for your loss Lilyan & family.

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  4. Doug and I met at the tender age of six. He was a neighbour when we moved in with my grandmother in 1955; we quickly became friends and he helped me discover the area. Through the two years before his family’s move to Calgary we shared an electronics hobby, encouraged by his dad Bruce, which morphed into a career for both of us.
    We kept in touch over the years, seeing each other face-to-face when possible. During a family visit to Toronto a couple of years ago, I found out Bruce had grown up in the neighbourhood and attended the same high school as I did…and that we had some of the same teachers 30 years apart!
    Unaware that Doug was experiencing any medical problems, I was shocked to learn of his passing. On behalf of my wife Lucia and myself I offer sincerest condolences to Bruce, Lylian, Keith and Victoria and their families. Doug will be sorely missed.

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  5. Terry MacKenzie & Ken Peach :

    We met Doug during his work with the Bankview community; we appreciated his interest in the community and his great willingness to help and contribute. Doug was a particular fan and supporter of Bankview’s involvement in the Century Homes Celebration of recent years; he shared his pleasure in looking after his century home. In so many ways he was a fine contributor to the spirit of this unique community.
    While we did not know Doug and his family well, we share the huge sense of loss when someone with such interests and activities and connections leaves us all too soon. May the emptiness be filled with good memories.

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  6. Trent Prestie :

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a good friend and travel companion. He and I shared a vast array of great times traveling and skiing and I will cherish the memories we share.
    Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. He will be remembered and missed by so many.

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  7. James Faulkner & Dean Burton :

    Lylian, we just learned of Doug’s passing and would like to send our condolences to you and the rest of his family. Such a shock to hear. I hope you all take good care!

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  8. Sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. So many good memories of good times past.

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