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STOKES, Douglas George Q.C.

April 4, 1958 – January 22, 2012

Douglas Stokes beloved husband of Patricia Rowbotham and devoted father to Charlotte, Anne and Michael Stokes passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012 in Calgary.

Doug was born and raised in Saskatoon and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a B.SC. (cum laude) 1978 and an LLB 1981. He moved to Calgary to start the practice of law and was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1982. His almost 30 years of legal practice led him to several Calgary firms. He articled at MacLeod Dixon, and practised for several years at Fenerty Robertson Fraser and Hatch (now Fraser Milner Casgrain). There he met Pat and the two young lawyers started on an amazing life together with successful careers in the legal profession, but more importantly a 26 year marriage and three fantastic children. Doug’s legal journey took him to Miles Davison LLP, Rooney Prentice, back to Fraser Milner and then in 2009 back to Miles Davison, the firm with which he had the longest relationship and with whom he was associated at the time of his death. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.

Doug’s practice involved primarily the representation of other lawyers. He was the lawyer’s lawyer and was so very proud and honoured to represent and assist his fellow members of the Bar. He had a keen legal mind, good common sense and practised law to the highest ethical standards. He was a mentor to junior lawyers and a sounding board for practical and ethical problems for many lawyers at all levels of the Bar. He served on several committees of the Law Society of Alberta.

Doug had a sharp intellect, an inquiring mind and a great sense of humour. He loved history, art and Rumpole of the Bailey. He enjoyed cycling and spent many hours on the pathway systems in Calgary. He loved travel, especially Europe and his fondest memories were of family holidays there and at Boucherie Beach on Lake Okanagan. But most of all he loved his family and he whole heartedly supported the endeavours of his wife and children and was incredibly proud of their accomplishments.

In addition to his wife and children, Doug is survived by his sister Janice Stokes and her husband Kent Campbell of Regina, sisters and brothers-in-law Elizabeth Rowbotham and Thomas Funk of Littleton, Colorado and Victoria Rowbotham and Neil Berman of Lions’ Bay, BC; his mother-in-law Marie Clarke Rowbotham; nephews and nieces Kevin and Kristen Funk, Jonah and Sacha Berman and Sarah Campbell; cherished member of our family Florenda Sousa; godfather Joe Shaffer, and many relatives in the Stokes, Kist, Rowbotham and Clarke families. Doug was predeceased by his father and mother, George and Charlotte Stokes, and his father-in-law Harry Rowbotham.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calgary Legal Guidance or to the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in Doug’s memory.

In living memory of Douglas Stokes, 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. Linda McKay-Panos :

    Dear Justice (Pat) Rowbotham and family:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family at the sudden loss of your husband and father.

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  2. To the Stokes-Rowbotham families:

    Please know your many friends both inside the legal community and outside it are thinking of all of you. We will be here as best we can to support you through this very hard time.

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  3. Sincere condolences Pat for your loss and the loss to your entire family. Very best thoughts for you ,and yours ,in this time of sorrow, and the celebration of Doug’s life.

    Pat

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  4. Diane Pettie, for Association of Women Lawyers :

    Dear Justice (Pat) Rowbotham and family:
    All of us at Association of Women Lawyers send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

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  5. Margaret Farrell :

    Pat,Charlotte,Anne,and Michael,

    Dear Pat,Charlotte,Anne and Michael,
    Our deepest sympathy to all the family.
    We will be with you in our hearts and minds on Saturday.
    Love and Prayers,
    Margie and Finlay

    Our

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  6. Michelle Somers :

    I am so sorry. Although I didn’t know him well, what I did see on those few occasions was a unique, intelligent and lovely person.

    My heart goes out to you.

    Michelle

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  7. Wayne Barkauskas :

    Deepest condolences from me and my family to yours.

    Wayne

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  8. Pat, we were so deeply sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Barb and I hope that your fond memories of him will give you and your family strength in this difficult time. Our sincere sympathies are with you all.

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  9. To Justice (formerly Professor) Rowbotham and family:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.

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  10. Sandra Hamilton :

    Dear Pat and family, In this time of unfathomable grief, John and I add our heartfelt condolences to the groundswell of love, respect and support coming your way from all those who knew Doug. We wish you solace and comfort. Our hearts will be with you this weekend.

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  11. Dear Pat: I am so deeply sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and heart as I pray for love, support and guidance to surround and sustain you all.

    Toby

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  12. Julia Turnbull :

    Dear Pat,
    I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for you and your three wonderful children.

    Doug was a man of depth and character. The legal profession has lost a true gentleman. He will be missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most challenging time. I am currently out of town, but will be in touch upon my return to see if I can help in any way.

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  13. Roxanne Smith (Adams) :

    My deepest condolences to you all. We are so very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Thinking of you all and many prayers from our whole family.

    Bernie & Mary Adams
    Carrie & Trevor Foster
    Kevin & Christy Adams
    Roxanne & Derek Smith

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  14. John Mitchell :

    So very sorry to learn of Dougs passing. I went to law school with Doug. He was a great guy. You must cherish your memories of your life together. Please accept my sympathy.

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  15. Pat,

    Doug will be sincerely missed by many. He was a wonderful person and a dear friend. My prayers are for you and your family.

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  16. Jonathan Nicholson :

    Dear Pat;

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jonathan

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  17. I have the deepest sympathy for Doug’s wife and children.
    I am a court reporter and worked with Justice Rowbotham and also with Doug for almost ten years doing hearings. What a joy he was. He shared so often about his children and was so very proud of all of you. He spoke also with such a fondness about his wife.
    May the Lord give you peace and great strength to make it through the following very trying days ahead and in the future.

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  18. Debbie Stangrecki :

    Pat, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Charlotte, Anne and Michael at this time. We will always have wonderful memories of our fun times that we spent at Boucherie! Pete, Deb & Kurt

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  19. Dear Madam Justice Rowbotham and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of matters and always found his insight, common sense and good nature a true joy to work with. He will be missed!! My sincere condolences to you all.

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  20. Andy Robertson :

    I am very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. When I arrived at Macleod Dixon in 1983 he made me feel welcome, when he was almost the only one I knew at my new firm, having been opposite each other only shortly before.

    It was always a pleasure to see him. I know he will be missed.

    Andy

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  21. Dear Justice (Professor) Rowbotham, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Doug, I did not meet him in person but certainly knew of him as our paths crossed on a file or two. I know he was held in high regard by the lawyers in our firm. It is difficult to imagine what a difficult time this must be, my thoughts are with you.

    Susan Fisher (former student)

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  22. Kathleen Mahoney :

    Dear Pat,
    I am so very sorry to learn about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Kathleen

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  23. Suzanne Vickers :

    Dear Justice Rowbotham,

    I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your famiy at this sad time. We are all thinking about you.

    Suzanne

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  24. Jennifer Flynn :

    Dear Justice Rowbotham — I was so very saddened to hear of your loss. All of us at LESA sends our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  25. Shelly Lobay-Minarik :

    Dear Justice Rowbotham,

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss and inevitable sorrow. Take good care of yourself.

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  26. Pat and Family,

    Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. While I did not know Doug very well, I enjoyed our conversations the few times I was able to talk to him. You are all our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    The Kemle Family

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  27. Dear Pat and Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on your terrible loss. Douglas was a wonderful person to be around and his pleasant and humourous manner was greatly appreciated. He will be deeply missed. We are all in shock at his loss.

    Alan

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  28. Lisa Lindquist :

    Dear Justice Rowbotham,

    No words can truly express the sense of loss you and your family are feeling. May you be surrounded by people who love and support you and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

    Lisa

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  29. Susan Piercy nee Thompson :

    Dear Pat and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

    Susan Thompson (Piercy)

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  30. Colleen Beatty :

    Our sincere sympathy to Pat and the family. Doug was a colleague, friend and mentor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Colleen and Brian Beatty

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  31. Maureen McDonald :

    Dear Pat, my prayers and heart go out to
    you and the kids. Rest in Peace Doug.

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  32. Laura-Marie Berg :

    Pat,
    I was fortunate to have Doug as a mentor for many years. He was one of those rare senior lawyers who always had an open door policy. He was an extraordinary lawyer, with a crystal clear sense of ethics. I have often thought that the legal profession would be much better if everyone was able to learn the ropes from people like him. Anyone who knew him also knows that he was one of those rare people who could light up a room with his presence, and who had a very deep love for his family. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Laura-Marie

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  33. Dear Pat,
    My sympathies are with you and your family in this
    painful time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Diane Pask

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  34. Marsha Erb & Tom Haney :

    Pat

    We hope that your many wonderful memories of Doug will bring you peace at this difficult time.

    Marsha Erb & Tom Haney

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  35. Dear Madam Justice Rowbotham:

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. I only had one file with your husband. He was a joy to have on the other side. He will truly be missed by the legal community but never forgotten.

    Jane S. Lang
    Dymond McCaffery O’Brien-Kelly

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  36. Tim Platnich & Tracy Schaeffler :

    Pat,

    Please accept our most sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this trying time.

    Tracy Schaeffler & Tim Platnich

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  37. Peter and Marilyn Costigan :

    Pat and family,
    We are deeply saddened by your loss.
    Peter and Marilyn Costigan

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  38. Colin MacDonald :

    Pat:

    Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the tragic loss of Doug. He will be missed by many in the legal community and remembered by all who met him as a terrifc person and colleague.

    Colin and Irene MacDonald

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  39. Dave & Darlene Farrell :

    Dear Pat, Charlotte,Anne & Michael,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Our sincere sympathy.

    Dave, Darlene, Brianne & Grant

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  40. Marlene & Garth Stewart :

    Dear Charlotte & family:

    Please know you are all in our prayers at this difficult time.

    Marlene & Garth Stewart (Brianne Farrell’s aunt and uncle)
    Antigonish County, Nova Scotia

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  41. Orest and Janice Sorba :

    Pat and family, Our deepest symathy to you and your family.Our prayers are with you at this time of your sorrow.

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  42. Rosalia Nastasi :

    Dear Justice Rowbotham,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and my thoughts are with you and your family,

    Rosalia

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  43. Pat: I’m so sad to hear of your loss, which I just heard about. I recall having attended your father’s funeral, as you did mine, back at the end of Law School. I hope all the goodwill you have passed on to so many will return to give you and your family strength at this time. Thinking very much of you.

    Shamir

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  44. Lori O'Reilly :

    Dear Pat (Justice Rowbotham),

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your children and family. May the memories of the life that you and Doug lived, including your 3 wonderful children, be the strength to keep you going in this difficult time.

    Lori O’Reilly

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  45. My deepest sympathies to your family at this tragic loss.
    Doug was my friend in addition to being a fine lawyer with whom I worked and relied upon for many years.
    Brian Snyder

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  46. Heather Sanderson :

    Dear Justice Rowbotham, Doug and I articled the same year and connected with each other off and on for almost 30 years – we have lost a sharp but reflective, very human legal mind who epitomized civility and fairness – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children – Heather Sanderson

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  47. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Doug over the past year. A true gentleman, who displayed patience and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time and I will keep you in my thoughts in the time ahead.

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  48. Dear Pat, I am so sorry to learn that your husband Doug Stokes recently passed away. I recall some of your stories about funny family episodes when you and I worked on the Medicine and Law course many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children in this difficult time. Pamela Downey

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  49. Cliff Johnson and Gail Smith :

    Pat and Family. Gail and I were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Doug. He was a very fine man and a true professional. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

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  50. Dear Stokes family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Doug(ie). Having grown up with Doug during our younger years I always sensed he would become a great lawyer. Mostly because he was the only kid that made us sign a contract to become part of his summer time gang.
    Spending many Xmas suppers with him and his family brought great joy to our small family.
    Doug continued to stay in contact with my mom (Herta), even after the passing of his mom. The two moms where great friends for many years.
    Sorry that we where never able to get together, as Doug and my paths never seemed to cross at the right time to meet up again.
    One final thought, as kids, one xmas the family got a card from one relative and in signing off, they forgot to finish off the thought of “saying hell(o)”, Doug thought it was so funny, and we laughed sooo hard about it.
    I’m sure he is putting “the Man” to task right now, getting that final contract in order……. Rest in Piece,my friend.

    Gary Lanzer

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  51. Betty Fleming (retired from Blake, Cassels & Graydon) :

    Dear Pat,

    I was so sorry to read in the paper that Doug passed away. Although I did not know him very well, I remember him as being a lovely man who always had a smile on his face and would take the time to stop and say hello. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Betty

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  52. Dear Pat & Family,

    Please know my prayers are with you and your family. I will remember Doug with great fondness and respect, both from working with him and seeing him socially. He was a man who approached law with a great sense of ethics, much like your father. I, and many others, will grieve with you. All of our hearts go out to you, Charlotte, Anne and Michael.

    Bill Quigley

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  53. Sameera Sereda :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sameera Sereda

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  54. Cecelia Cheung :

    Dearest Family of Doug Stokes,

    I join with so many others who knew and loved Doug in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing. Doug was a wonderful mentor and teacher to all of us young associates at Miles Davison LLP. Although I only worked with him for a little over a year and a half, I had heard of him long before I met him as I articled under his student, Todd Lee. Doug proved to be every bit as brilliant, sharp and kind as Todd had described him many times to me before I even met him and I will truly cherish the times that I was able to work with him and learn from him.

    May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.

    Yours truly,
    Cecelia Cheung

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  55. Pat and Family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Doug was not only my lawyer, but a friend. I always enjoyed his company immensely. So smart. So funny. He will be missed by so many.

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  56. Douglas Hodgson :

    I am shocked to hear of Doug’s passing. I have worked on a few files with Doug, and have nothing but good things to say about his conduct and his character. Too young. My sadness is with you.

    Yours truly,

    DCH

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  57. Dear Pat and Family:

    You have lost a husband and father who was the greatest possible credit to his profession and altogether a complete gentleman. Doug’s memory will live on. My own fondest memory will be of his livelines and amazing sense of humour. Pam and I send you our deepest sympathy, and our prayers that God will confirm you in the strength that you already have for the future.

    Chris

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  58. I am sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. I worked with him on files that he handled for the ICAA and enjoyed his company very much. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

    Sincerely, Wm. Bill Storr

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  59. Dear Pat and family:
    I was very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. My deepest condolences, Pat, on this tremendous loss to you and your children. I remember with fondness way back in the Fenerty days sharing great thoughts (and not so great) with Doug and Paul G. He was truly one of the good guys, and a fine lawyer. He will be missed.

    Clint Ford

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  60. Fraser Gordon :

    Dear Pat,

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I was very grateful for his help and thought he was a wonderful lawyer.

    We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Fraser Gordon

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  61. Dear Pat,

    I was shocked by the news of Doug’s death.
    You have my sincere condolences.
    I am in California and will be back home on Monday.Don’t hesitate to call me it I can assist you in any way.

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  62. Barbara Johnson Moroney :

    Dear Pat,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for all of you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Barb Johnson Moroney

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  63. Dear Justice Rowbotham and Family,

    I was very saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I had the privilege to work with him as opposing counsel. He was a true gentleman. The legal community has lost one of its best. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  64. Phillip and Monika((Wedenig) Hnatiuk :

    It is with deepest sorrow that we hear of Doug’s passing. We went to high school with Doug as well our parents went to the same church. Please accept our sympathy in this trying time. As I read the comments I see he stayed true to who he was as a young man.

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  65. Veronica D'Souza :

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. I am thankful to have known Doug with whom I have also worked with. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    May his sould rest in peace – Amen.

    Veronica D’Souza

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  66. Dear Pat,

    I had the honor of working with Doug at Rooney Prentice. Always smiling, not a harsh word to say about anyone. Happy times when you and the youngesters would drop by the office. My thoughts are with you and the children. An all round nice guy. Doug will be sorely missed in the Calgary legal community.

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  67. Moira Purnell :

    Dear Pat,

    I had the honor of working with Doug at Rooney Prentice. Always smiling, not a harsh word to say about anyone. Happy times when you and the youngesters would drop by the office. My thoughts are with you and the children. An all round nice guy. Doug will be sorely missed in the Calgary legal community.

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  68. Dear Justice Rowbotham and family,

    I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. I articled at Miles Davison LLP but never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Stokes. I did have the pleasure of meeting you when you commenced my entrance to the Alberta Bar. Peace and love to you and your family at this difficult time.

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  69. Fr. Bill Bernard :

    I was very sorry to hear about Doug’s death, and I want to offer you, Patricia, and all your family my heartfelt condolences. I know Doug from my first stay at St. Mary’s Church in Saskatoon, from 1973-75: Doug was a member of our youth group, and a very active member at that. He was certainly a bright young man; but he was even more outstanding simply as a pleasant, companionable young person ready to make his contribution to the group without looking for a lot of fanfare. And, in addition, a young man of genuine faith.
    How could you not miss a man like that. God bless all of you in your loss, and be sure that Doug and you are in my prayers.

    Fr. Bill

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  70. Dear Pat and family:
    I was very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. My deepest condolences to you, Pat, and your family, at this sorrowful time. I fondly remember back to the Fenerty days trading deep (and not so deep) thoughts with Paul G. and Doug, and always having a few laughs. He was a fine lawyer and, truly, one of the good guys. He will be missed.

    Clint Ford

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  71. Dear Pat and family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you

    Allie Simmons

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  72. Ralph Dilworth :

    Dear Patricia and family,

    On behalf of Western Canada High School, allow me to offer my sincerest condolences over the loss of your husband and father. We were delighted to meet him at the November reception. We are shocked at this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ralph Dilworth
    Teacher-Librarian

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  73. John Sutherland :

    The legal profession has lost a skilled advocate and a fine gentleman who was always considerate of everyone he met. My deepest condolences to the family

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  74. Keeva Morgan-Feir :

    Dear Pat, Charlotte, Anne and Michael,

    Words seem like such a paltry offering, but I wanted to let you know how deeply sorry I am. Like others, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  75. Charlene Hiller :

    Pat, Charlotte, Anne and Michael,

    We are so sad to hear of Doug’s passing. As a first year lawyer at Rooney Prentice I had the distinct pleasure of being mentored by Doug and remember thinking that if everyone in the legal profession was as fun, witty, ethical and smart as he was, I was in big trouble. Doug assured me I would be fine. He was always willing to help me, an excellent lawyer to learn from and loved to stir up trouble in the best way possible. We will really miss him. We are thinking of you all and send our love and condolences.
    Charlene and Chad Hiller (and Ayla & Kaia)

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  76. Natasha Filoso-Timpson :

    Char & family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you.
    Love you,
    Natasha

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  77. Ann Pattemore :

    Dear Pat,

    Reg and I were very saddened to hear of your family’s tremendous loss.

    With kind regards and deepest sympathy,
    Ann

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  78. Tim O'Hara and Louise Campbell :

    To Pat and the kids. Our sincerest.

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  79. Beverley McNiven :

    Dear Pat
    What a terrible tragedy has hit you and your three children.
    Please know you are all in my deepest thoughts.
    My most sincere sympathy
    Bev McNiven

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  80. Dear Pat, Charlotte, Anne and Michael. Our deepest sympathies for loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dan Farrell and Diane MacIntyre

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  81. Brenda Arseneault :

    Patricia and family
    Our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

    Blessings to you and your family.
    Brenda & Peter

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  82. Joyce Stebbings :

    Dear Pat, Charlotte, Anne and Michael and Janice, Kent & Sarah, I offer you my heartfelt sympathy.The Stokes and Stebbings families were friends for many years.I have many happy memories of times Charlotte and George and Harry and I Spent together. I remember the day Doug was born and saw him grow to be the wonderful gentleman he was. I’m sure he’ll be greatly missed and remembered with much love. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Love Joyce

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  83. Dear Justice Rowbotham:

    May your memories of Doug be a source of comfort in this difficult time. The legal community shares your loss and I trust will be there for you and your family as you deal with the passing of such a caring man.

    Max Blitt

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  84. John S.D. Kong :

    To Justice Rowbotham and family: Our deepest condolences, and we offer our intercessory prayers for all of you at this most difficult time. Doug was a true gentleman, and was always willing to offer guidance and advice. Doug was also prone to laugh and share his wonderful wit and humor. For that he made difficult matters all the more manageable. He will be missed dearly, but we will be guided by his exemplary example and wise counsel.

    JSD Kong

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  85. I was saddened to learn today of Doug’s passing. My sisters and I went to high school with Doug. He was a great guy then and from what I read he continued to be a great guy. Sincerest condolences on behalf of my sisters and myself.

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  86. Diane Turnbull :

    Pat, Charlotte, Anne and Michael.
    Our hearts ache for you. May the love of God surround you on this difficult day.
    Your neighbors, Grayson and Diane

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  87. Anne J. Brown and Bob Beaty :

    Dear Pat, Charlotte, Anne and Michael,

    We are so very sad for your loss of a wonderful husband and father.

    We send you our love and pray that your memories of Doug will sustain you now and always.

    Anne and Bob

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  88. Bruce Sinclair :

    Dear Pat and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you at this difficult time.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Regards

    Bruce Sinclair and family

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  89. My condolences on your loss. Doug will be missed.

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  90. Dear Pat, Charlotte, Anne & Michael – you are in our thoughts and prayers always, and hope that you can get strength & healing by knowing that Doug is watching over you and that he is free of all pain and suffering. He will live in our hearts forever, and we will always cherish the wonderful great memories we have of our many summer vacations together in Boucherie. May God Bless your family. Love Tim, Karen & Kelly Adams

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  91. Jill Browne and family :

    Dear Pat and family,

    We’re very sorry to learn of your loss, and send our deep sympathy.

    Thinking of you,

    Jill Browne and family

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  92. Dear Justice Rowbotham and family, we are very sorry to learn of Doug’s passing. We pray for God’s comfort, love, peace and strength to be with you now and always. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings and Love from:
    Mercy, Paul and Christabel Amanoh

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  93. Marilyn Herrmann :

    I just found out about Doug today and am so sad and sorry. I will always remember the year (or so) that I spent with Doug at McLeod Lyle Smith McManus, and how his door was always open to us lowly students. He always had time and was always interested in us. I enjoyed his keen sense of humour and his intuitive sense of what was right. I believe one of your children was born while I was there (1988 to 1989) and he was ever the proud father. He was also very proud of you, Pat, and your accomplishments. For lack of originality we jokingly called him “the Stoker”. He touched my life and made it better, and from reading all of the condolences posted here, it looks like he touched the lives of many many people. He will not be forgotten. Thinking of all of his family and wishing you peace.

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  94. Pat,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. I was deeply saddened to have heard this tragic news.

    Len Edwards

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  95. ann buckingham :

    To Pat and your family – I was devastated to learn of your loss of Doug. My heart goes out to all of you.
    I will always remember Doug as good-hearted and smiling, and (as you aptly described him) as the consummate “lawyer’s lawyer.” It was my privilege to have known Doug and to have practised with him.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    Ann Buckingham

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  96. Dear Justice Rowbotham and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Michelle Lee

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  97. The Retzer and Cole Families :

    Dear Pat, Charlotte,Anne, and Michael,

    Our deepest sympathy

    Sincerely,
    The Cole and Retzer Families

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  98. Kathleen O'Connor :

    Pat and family,

    So sorry to hear of this tragic news and your loss. Doug will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Kath O’Connor

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  99. To dear Pat
    I am deeply sorry to hear such sad news. Please know that that my thoughts are with you during this very challenging time.

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  100. Allison Walker :

    Pat, I was extremely sorry to learn of Doug’s death. Please know that I will be holding you and your family in my thoughts as you navigate this difficult passage. Allison Walker, Burnaby, BC

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  101. Marguerite Boisjolie :

    Pat, my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband.

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  102. Dear Pat, Mike & family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Doug’s passing and our thoughts go out to you all at this difficult time. We have missed our chats at Basketball. The boys lost their Dad this past September so we certainly understand how you must be feeling. Doug was such a kind, gentle soul – such a loss. I, unfortunately, have lost your email but please give me a call (we are still in Aspen) if there is anything we can do to help or if you feel up to a coffee. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Thinking of you,

    Suzanne, Matt, Alex & Chris

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  103. Charlotte & the Stokes family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You’ve been, and will continue to be, in my thoughts. I’m sending all my love your way!

    -Taryn

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  104. Helen Morrison :

    Dearest Pat,
    I learned today of Doug’s passing and I am so very sorry for your great loss. It was evident to me what a special relationship you had and what a wonderful husband and father he was — a true family man. My heart goes out to you, Charlotte, Anne and Michael at this very difficult time. May you have the strength, peace and courage to face each day during this sad time of mourning. I know your faith will sustain you — I will be praying for you all.

    Much love,
    Helen

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  105. Dear Stokes Family,

    I am fortunate to have juniored a little for Doug when we were both at FMC. He was a great mentor, kind, and very funny; I always looked forward to going to his office. I am sorry for your loss, which I hope might be tempered in any measure by the knowledge of how many lawyers benefitted from Doug’s example.

    Yours truly,

    Tom Booth

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