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SHAVER – Douglas Lloyd (Duke)

May 27, 1925 – January 2, 2011

Douglas Shaver (Duke) passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the age of 85 surrounded by his loving family.

Duke was a native Calgarian and went to Connaught and Western Canada High School. He joined the Navy and was based in Halifax, on his return he attended S.A.I.T. and began his working career at the City of Calgary Engineering Department, where he met his future wife. Duke later joined Union Tractor and then on to Sun Life as an insurance agent. He worked into his 80’s as an independent insurance broker. Duke was an ardent sports lover; golf being his favourite. He caddied at the Country Club at age 11 and later was a member of the Inglewood Golf Club for many years. Between 1949 and 1955 Duke was a trainer for the Calgary Stampeders and was a member of the Stampeders Alumni.

Duke will be dearly missed by his devoted wife of sixty years, Inez, and their children Pam (Al) and son Mark, grandsons Matthew (Marta) and Brett (Bronwyn). He was predeceased by his brothers Mel, Jim and Gordon. In following Duke’s wishes, there will be no Services. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre (Renal Unit) 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (888) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. The family would like to thank the staff of the Dialysis Unit at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their excellent care, and a special thank you to Jennifer Pinches and family for their continued support.

In living memory of Duke Shaver, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Jeanette McClelland :

    Dear Inez and family :
    My sincerest sympathies in the passing of Duke. You both were such close friends of Bill and Vickie. I so appreciate your keeping in touch with me, and for your gifts of friendship.
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you .
    Much Caring and Love
    Jeanette

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  2. leon Driscoll :

    Inez… It is with great sadness and sympathy that I read Duke’s obit this AM. I have tremendous memories of that classy gentleman. I don’t think I ever observed him to lose his temper or to have harsh words…even towards “head office” type people. It’s too bad we lose touch with people we spent so many years working with. Duke will be fondly remembered by A LOT of people.
    I know there will be a big hole in your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss.
    Leon

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  3. Father Douglas Skoyles SSC :

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of Duke. He will be long remembered by me for his possibly life-saving help when my SLE was so terrible a year ago. I think of him each time I need “hardtack”. All blessings be upon you at this time.

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  4. Sad to lose a veteran of our great life insurance industry. Duke was an inspiration to me in my early years with Sun Life. Duke was on our minds three days ago when Marci and I were chatting about the good old Sun Life days…friends, conferences, parties. Our warmest wishes to the family. We share in your loss.
    Don and Marci Edey

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  5. Peter Vanderlinden :

    Dear Inez and family,
    Glenna and I are very saddened by Duke’s passing. I have known him since 1965 when I tried to start a career in life insurance and received a lot of encouragement from Duke and the gang including Joe, Cliff, Barney, Bill, Milt and others. Duke also looked after my business affairs and suggested I meet Tony Davies, for which I am also very greatful. He was a classy, upright guy, always pleasant and helpful. What a loss to the family, industry and friends – we shall never forget him. Our thoughts are with you, Pam, Mark and families and we wish you strength to cope with this. Sincerely,
    Peter Vanderlinden.

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  6. My deepest sympathies on the loss of Duke, I knew him thru Hub Financial. Duke was a great Gentleman and a great man to work with. May his soul rest in peace and my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

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  7. Ernie Osadchuk :

    To Inez and family,
    I first met Duke in April 1950 at the City of Calgary Engineering Dept.. Years later Duke sold me a Life Insurance Policy, and kept in touch through the years with Financial /Insurance advice. It was wonderful to join in on his 80th birthday party. We reminisced through some very happy times. He was a great guy and he will be missed.
    Sincerely, Ernie (Oz)

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  8. TO: Mark & Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your Father.

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  9. Tilly Schipper :

    Dear Inez and family,

    I am so very sorry to read about the passing of your husband and father so suddenly.

    I hope your memories will help you to carry on.

    Inez, please remember that your friends at the Guild will always be there for you.

    You will be in our thoughts and prayers and wish you strengh to carry on.

    Sincerely,

    Tilly Schipper

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  10. Sharon. Stewart :

    Dear Inez and Family;
    It was with great sadness that Mom and I only recently heard of Duke’s passing. We know he will be greatly missed by you and so many others. We will always remember his broad smile and cheerful nature, and all the good times we had with you on Tecumseh Road. On receiving your Christmas card, we had hoped to visit with you in your new home.

    Our most sincere sympathies and thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Agnes and Sharon Stewart

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  11. Dear Inez,

    I just received your letter today and was so very sorry to hear of Duke’s death. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor all those years ago when our family lived across the back lane from you. Grant and I were so happy to be able to visit with you last summer and talk with you and Duke about those happy times.

    My sincere condolences on your loss and best wishes to you, Pam, Mark and families,

    Love,

    Sue

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  12. Dear Inez,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Just got the note from Sue. I’m really happy that we were able to have such a pleasant visit with you in Tecumseh last summer. Many great memories of you and our parents enjoying life together.
    My sympathy to Pam and Mark as well.
    Duke was a great guy.
    Grant

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