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SHARPE, Douglas Allan “Doug”

October 26, 1946 – Duncan, B.C.
February 17, 2014 – Calgary, AB

On Monday, February 17, 2014 at the age of 67 years, Douglas Allan Sharpe went Home to spend eternity with His Lord and Savior.

Our beloved Husband, Dad and Grandpa was born on October 26, 1946 in Duncan, British Columbia. Most of his childhood years were spent in Castor, Alberta and it was there that he met Connie Welsh. In 1967, they pledged their lives to each other in marriage. Their eldest daughter, Trina, was born in 1971 in High Prairie, Alberta. In 1976, their youngest, Tara, was born in Calgary, Alberta. Doug had a long, rewarding career with ATCO Gas and was also involved in local politics.

Before Retirement, Doug spent the remaining years of his career in the Airdrie ATCO office. A family man and treasured friend, he always had a laugh, a joke, or a story to share. He was always ready to offer a listening ear and had such a generous, kind spirit. Throughout their married lives, Connie and Doug loved to travel together. An avid photographer and motorcycle enthusiast, Doug enjoyed many road trips with Connie, family and friends. Shortly into retirement, Doug’s diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma charted a new course for him as he had at times, a very difficult battle to fight. He bravely fought, even enjoying a short remission in which he found time to become a volunteer driver for other cancer patients. In this time, he also became the very proud Grandfather of three beautiful grandchildren whom he loved so deeply.

Doug is survived by his loving wife Connie of Airdrie; daughters Trina (Steve) Dunsmoor of Kelowna and Tara (Jacob) Topping of Calgary; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Oliver and Alexis Topping. Doug is also survived by his three siblings Sheryl Jackson and family of Calgary, Wayne (Linda) Sharpe and family of Leduc, and Cindy (Marty) Miller of Spruce Grove.

Doug was predeceased by his father Eric; mother Elsie; and brother-in-law Russ Jackson.

A Memorial Service for Doug will be held at Centre Street Church (3900- 2nd Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta) on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank Dr. Bahlis, Dr. Neri and the staff of Units 57 and 46 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and FMC for their compassionate care throughout his illness. If so desired, donations in memory of Doug may be made to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Doug Sharpe, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: (403) 948 1100

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  1. Dear Connie and your Family

    I’m so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Keep the good memories close. He did always have a laugh didn’t he?

    Love Thelma

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  2. Connie, Trina, Tara & families, we have so many fond memories of Doug. He was a wonderful neighbor who would always come over after a snow fall to shovel our walk, or pop on in our garage for a visit. We remember countless times him having “conversations” with our young son, Denver – they had a lot of laughs. He was such a caring man who we will remember fondly and often. Wes, Suzy & Denver David

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  3. Connie & Family,
    I had the great pleasure of meeting Doug many time over the years when he lived on Canoe Circle in Airdrie across the street from my sister, Suzy, brother-in-law Wes, and nephew Denver. He was always so friendly and seemed to have a sincere sweet spot for Denver.. He went out of his way for him and the whole family… He will be missed… Thinking of you guys XO.

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  4. Clayton Johnson :

    Connie and Family
    Doug will be missed I often think of the great motorcycle trips we had together. I’m sad I will not be able to make the memorial to celebrity his great life.
    Clayton & Marla Johnson
    Brooks, AB

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  5. Donna and Glen Mabbott :

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We’re sorry we will not make it to his memorial service as we are still in Arizona. We were just talking about our great visit down here when Doug was in remission. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Glen and Donna Mabbott
    Calgary, Alberta

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  6. Barbara Keller :

    I was so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I remember him so well in his younger days when we met at Grandpa and Grandma Miller’s place in Castor. My deepest sympathy to all the family.

    Barbara Fawcett Keller

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  7. Sylvia Baird-Wold :

    Connie, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are far too young to face this. I truly hope your health is on an upswing, as you have enough to cope with. As you know I grew up with Doug; he was always a kind, caring, gentle and very funny man! The world has lost one of the really ‘good guys’.

    As always,

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  8. Connie, Trina, Tara & Family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences, my thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Every time I saw Doug he made me laugh, and I will always remember him with a smile on his face.

    Rosie & Grace

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  9. Patty and Charlie Dick :

    Connie,Trina,Tara and Family,

    Words can’t express our sadness at your enormous loss. We recall Doug as always being calm as water in a plate. His kind and gentle manner ever present. His wit and laughter we will always remember. Yes we have lost a dear friend….but his Dougisms will live on.

    Take Care of each other love and hugs,
    Patty & Charlie Dick and Sons

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  10. The Sharpe Family,
    I am away and unable to attend Doug’s service but wanted to extend to you my deepest condolences. We were colleagues at the “Gas Company” and I just wanted you all to know what a tremendous contributor Doug was and especially his focus on the customer. On his retirement he certainly left the Company a better place as I know he did with respect to his community and family. My thoughts are with you all during this especially difficult time.
    Doug Graham

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  11. Dear Auntie Connie, Trina, Tara and families,
    I am so sorry that I couldn’t be with you on Thursday, but I wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Uncle Doug. He was one of my favorite uncles. He was such a wonderful person with a great sense of humor and will be SO missed. He was always willing to lend a hand and was so kind and thoughtful. It was a privilege to know him. My first knowledge of Doug came when I was in grade 2 and I bought a certain black Welsh pony named Pepper. Grandpa Welsh helped with that deal and I am pretty sure that Doug owned Pepper before we bought her. I can remember thinking how cool Connie and Doug were when they stopped in at our house in Stettler to tell us they were engaged. I remember one time we babysat their cat – a kind, crazy Siamese number that hid down in our basement for part of the time and pouted at being left. Years and family reunions went by and Trina and Tara came along and we used to see your family in Calgary when we all lived there for a brief time. Then, after college, I started working at the Gas Company where Doug worked and we used to cross paths sometimes – which usually resulted in some laughs. Doug gave the bridal toast at my wedding and his help with that was much appreciated. Then, about 5 years ago, when I was taking my kids to Disneyland and needed a place to stay and a ride to the airport in Calgary, Connie and Doug graciously opened their home to us and Uncle Doug drove us back and forth to the airport. We were also privileged to have Doug and Connie visit us in Victoria not that long ago. He was so interested in Blaire and her horse back riding – that was much appreciated. He even took some pictures and sent them to us. It was so nice of Connie and Doug to take time to visit us here on the Island. Those are some cherished memories! We also got a chance to visit last summer when I drove down with mom and dad for a quick visit. I am thankful for every encounter I have had with your family over the years. Doug will never be forgotten and I am looking forward to seeing him again in Heaven someday. In the meantime, I know that heaven will be enjoying his great sense of humor, twinkling eyes and wonderful smile. I love you Uncle Doug! Take care, Auntie Connie and family. Talk to you soon… Pam Katunar (and Chad, Blaire and Fred) from Victoria, BC

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  12. Julie Birch :

    Connie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I will always remember him as a very sweet,kind man who always had a smile on his face. He was especially kind and generous with his time and friendliness towards my Dad, John Betcher when he was sick and dying. The world has lost a very special person, my heartfelt condolences go out to you.

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  13. Dear 1st family,
    I am very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was always very kind to me even when Trina and I started having problems with our marriage. Despite of what you may think, I loved Trina and I loved Doug for a father. I only found out recently from my sister that Doug had passed away. I will never forget your laugh, your patience with me and I can only hope that I will turn out to be half the father of my two children that you were to your girls. I am so sorry Trina. He was a a true Angel to this Earth and Heaven is a better place now that he has found peace. God bless you.

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