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STONEHOUSE, Jesse (Jess) Thomas

August 18, 1930 – Keswick, Ontario

October 15, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Jess Stonehouse, beloved husband of Vivian Stonehouse of Calgary, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the age of 84 years.

Jess was born in Ontario and moved to Calgary as an infant. He developed his love of woodworking in high school and continued throughout his career as a carpenter. Jess was the 153rd employee hired at the Foothills Medical Centre, where he worked as a carpenter and eventually became the supervisor in the architectural department. He retired in 1993 after twenty-seven years of service. Jess loved the outdoors, golfing, fishing and skiing. He spent over thirty-five years camping in the Columbia Valley, BC. Jess enjoyed square dancing with the Dots & Dashers club. He also spent many hours in his greenhouse where he supplied family and friends with the flowers he grew from seed. In retirement, he discovered Intarsia, a new woodworking hobby.

Besides his loving wife of sixty-two years, Jess is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Gerry Raby, and Jamie and Greg Skow; and five granddaughters, Tanya Raby, Sabrina (Joel) Moore, Brittney Skow (Chris Stevenson), Courtney Skow, and Caileigh Skow. He is also survived by his sister Gwen Grobe and her family. He was predeceased by his son Jerald (1996); his parents Squire and Lucy Stonehouse; and by his brother-in-law Elwyn Grobe.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Chinook Care Centre.

In living memory of Jess Stonehouse, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Aunt Viv, Jody, Jamie and families.
    We may have drifted apart over the years but I was saddened to hear of Uncle Jess’ passing. I have such fond memories of Christmas’s at your home. A Christmas dinner table that stretched the length of the basement and watching the fire scene for what seemed like hours! Uncle Jess inspired me to get into woodwork as a hobby and I love it to this day. I can only hope to become half the craftsman that he was.
    Love to you all and I hope we can connect sometime soon.

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  2. It was with a sense of loss that I learned that my friend and work colleague of many years had died. I worked with Jess for 23 years and was continuously impressed by his dedication to craftsmanship. His wood work was always of a high quality as was his relations with all of those with whom he worked. When I would find my office troublesome, I would wander down to the carpentry shop, talk to Jess and watch the work being done. It was my form of valium on stressful day. I will miss Jess as will many, many other Calgarians. I offer my prayers to the family and my regrets.

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