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SOUTHGATE, Russell Dean James

May 4, 1962 – December 13, 2012

  It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Russ Southgate of Calgary, Alberta.  Russ died suddenly in Calibishie, Dominica, West Indies on December 13, 2012 while on vacation with his love, Farhana Janmohamed.

He is survived by his beloved daughter Ciara Southgate, Calgary, AB; mother, Jo-Anne (Syd) Birch, St. Andrews by the Lake, Kaleden, BC; father, James (Merlyn) Johnston, St Catharines, ON; sisters, Cori (Christian) Noel, Calgary, AB; Jayme (James) Friedt, St. Andrews by the Lake, Kaleden, BC; Christine Webber (Aaron Searle), Okanagan Falls, BC; nephews, Keenan Noel & Gradon Friedt; niece, Annika Friedt; step brothers, Brian (Siobhain) & Derek (Erica) Birch, many aunts, uncles, cousins, his life long friend Anthony Friedt, and his faithful companion “Bug”.

 Russ attended DeVry Institute of Technology and worked for Gemini Positioning Systems for over 20 years.  His work allowed him to travel and see the world. Russ had a great love of music, flying, cooking the finest food, playing golf and baseball, watching his favourite team – the Stampeders, and all things technical. Although we are deeply saddened by this loss, we are comforted in knowing that he was in one of his favourite places.  Casual Dress… No Ties please

  We love you Russ and will miss you.

 Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

 In living memory of Russ Southgate, 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. Although Russ and I didn’t have regular contact over the years, I always maintained affection and respect for him. His dedication as a father to Ciara has always been apparent. The close bond shared by your family speaks to the deep love that exists. I’m so sad that Russ has left us so young. My heart goes out to everyone who will miss, especially to Ciara. I have a lot of faith in Ciara’s ability to rise to any challenge, to face life head on and make decisions that will keep her moving forward. But this just really, really sucks. Sorry to be less than eloquent in how I expressed that, but it’s the truth. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family who have lost a dad, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend…God Bless,
    Lou

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  2. John & Bernadette Smithers :

    We are shocked and saddened to learn of Russ’s untimely passing. We offer sincere condolences to the Southgate family as you come to terms with this enormous loss; especially to Ciara – Grandma & Grandpa are keeping you close in thought and prayer as you mourn the loss of your dad.

    May you find comfort in your memories of Russ, and may he rest in peace.

    Fondly,
    John & Bernadette

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  3. I offer my deepest condolences to Russ’s family on the sudden passing of your son, brother and dad. Ciara, I hope your special memories will sustain you in the difficult days ahead as you prepare to bid farewell to your dad.

    May he rest in peace, and may he live on forever in your memories.

    God’s speed on your journey home Russ,
    Ann

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  4. Bernadette, Greg, Evan and Cian Resnik :

    Our deepest condolences to Ciara and family on the loss of Russ. Russ was always a good guy and a great father. Ciara, if there is anything we can do please let us know. We know also how very well cared for you are and the great Southgate family you are a part of. Take care,
    The Resnik’s

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  5. Andrew Porohowski :

    My condolences to Russ’s friends and family.

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  6. Despite knowing Russ for a short period of time I am deeply saddened by his sudden passing.
    My condolences go out to his family, may he rest in peace.

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  7. Janet Downie ( Southgate) :

    Joanne, Cori, Jaymie, Christine and your families,
    I am sorry for your loss of Russ in such a sudden way. I can only imagine the sadness that you are feeling. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Janet

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  8. Jim & Eleanor McLellan :

    Our deepest condolences go out to your family. I will miss working with Russ.

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  9. Brett & Michelle Johnson :

    Our condolences to Russ’s family and especially to Ciara. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Michelle (Kinnell) & Brett Johnson

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  10. You’re gone but I know there’s music where you are, and I will always listen with you.

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  11. Cori & Christian Noel :

    We are so sad Russ. You were the best brother and an awesome Dad. We miss you terribly and we love you.

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  12. Dear Jo and family, was on my way out this morning and went through the paper quickly only to be reading the horrible sad news about Russ. Jo I am so sorry. He was such a great lovable son and I know how you must be hurting right now. My heart and my love to you my dear friend, Gail

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  13. Your little sister Christie :

    To my big brother, you have left an indelible mark on my life and heart. I will miss you. Forever in my heart. Christie

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  14. Bernd Luz B.E.K. Metal Products Ltd :

    Our deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of Russ. We were able to get to know Russ in the last 20 years working together with him and we feel privileged to have known him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, and may God help you in this hard time and give you peace and understanding
    B.E.K. Metal Products Ltd.- Bernie, Heidi and Eric Luz and all staff

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  15. Wayne Pakenham :

    Dear Jo and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Russ.
    Wayne & Mary-Ellen

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  16. I only met Russ once but I’m glad to have had the privilege to meet someone so loved by his family. My heartfelt condolences to Farhana, Ciara, and family. You are all in my thoughts.

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  17. Jack and Leslie Birch, Kerry, Liz and Cam. :

    We are all so sorry to hear of the loss of a much loved father, brother, son and partner.

    We are with you all in spirit through this very sad time.

    Much love, Leslie, Jack and kids.

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  18. Mike and Jo (Bullock) :

    We are thinking of you today, and have been for the past several days, ever since learning the sad news about Russ. Few other circumstances than those of this Christmas Season would keep us from being with you all. To Jo-Anne, Syd and Ciera and all of you, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With our love, Mike and Jo

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  19. Sarah & Paul Keeley & Family :

    We are so sorry for your loss. We pray you are given extra strength during a very difficult time and especially during the Christmas season when it is about family and love which we know is so much a part of your lives. Sending hugs and love Sarah, Paul, Josh and Alex Keeley

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  20. Russ was many things to many people. To those lucky enough to call him a teammate, he was our first baseman; the man given the unfortunate task of having to corral every curveball, and spitter thrown his way. A job he performed with little complaint, and a big smile. How he loved ball! He was also a bold strategist, and a powerful motivator, and when the breaks were beating the boys, he would inspire us with one of his favorite quotes from one of his favourite movies, Bull Durham. It goes as follows, “Baseball is a simple game, you throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains” If only life were as simple. Rest easy bro.

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  21. Sorry to hear the news about the passing of Russ at such a young age. Has been many years since I’ve seen him but it sounds like he had a fun an interesting life. Sincere condolences to all family members especially his daughter.

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