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Thompson, Douglas Robert

May 18, 1926 – February 7, 2013

With great sadness, the family of Doug Thompson announce his passing on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the age of 86 years.

Doug was born and raised in Lethbridge, those early years on the prairie forming his character as a self-made man and independent thinker who passionately loved the province of Alberta and took great pride in being a western Canadian. After obtaining a diploma from Mount Royal College, he spent the early years of his adult life surveying from Athabasca to Medicine Hat and beyond. He met his wife Betty at Mount Royal. She introduced him to the joy of classical music; he introduced her to a life of adventure, fun and laughter. Their five children and close circle of friends spent summers at Sylvan Lake, winters on the ski slopes and later, under the sun of Arizona. When not surveying he was fishing and hunting, both lifelong passions he shared and passed on to his sons. He founded Upland Birds of Alberta, which was devoted to raising pheasants to replenish depleting stock and habitat for Alberta’s pheasant population. An early member of the Glencoe Club, Doug spent many years on the badminton and squash courts and eventually served as the President of the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1979. He took pride in being the oldest living President of the club. When later pursuits took him into real estate development in downtown Calgary, Doug partnered to erect many office buildings on 11th and 12th Avenue, in the Beltline. Doug was an avid golfer and long time member of Earl Grey Golf and Country Club and the Glencoe Golf and Country Club. At various points in his life, he was a Shriner, Boy Scout leader and a Rotarian. Doug was an avid gardener and grew hundreds of trees on the various properties he owned throughout his life. The trees today are tall and thriving including the “Bette and Bloss” palm trees in Scottsdale Arizona.

Doug is survived by his children Barbara and Michael Mitchell, Susan and Ken Piercy, John and Joni Thompson, Rodger and Susan Thompson, Bob and Gretchen Thompson; grandchildren John, Cameron, Grace, Lauren (Greg), Robyn (Brady), Allison, Shelby, Jordan, Kyle, Madeline, Angela, Katie, Alexandra and Stephanie; great-grandchildren Myles and Brett; sister Audrie Graham; sister-in-law Helen Grimson. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty in 2006 and his beloved grandson Paddon, who passed away on the same date as his Papa in 2012.

At Doug’s wish, his family will hold a private Ceremony, laying him to rest next to Betty in the Foothills Cemetery, high on a bluff looking west over the countryside he loved so much.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Glencoe Club, 636 – 29 Ave S.W. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Pheasants Forever Calgary, 403-995-9960, P.O. Box 1659, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1B5.Deepest thanks from the family to Dr. Britt Simmons and Dr.Brian Stewart and the staff on Unit 56 at the Rockyview Hospital with special thanks to Jenn, Colleen and Susan. Your professionalism and compassion, your determination to honor his wishes and to make his death peaceful. We are forever grateful.

In living memory of Doug Thompson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Christine Cook :

    There are few men that came into my life through my parents that have remained very dear to me. Mr. Thompson was one of the great ones. There are so many fond memories of him that will keep him close to your hearts forever. It is a great loss to your family and to all who knew and loved him.
    Chris Cook

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  2. Christine Cook :

    Thinking of Doug means remembering countless dinner parties, trips to Sylvan Lake and piano lessons with Bette. The memories are endless as our families spent time together over many, many years. Our hearts go out to the family. Barb Cook & Abby Cook

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  3. Barb, Sus, John, Rodger and Bobby: To me, your Dad was always larger than life. I know his loss will be felt very keenly in the Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  4. Barry and Gloria Black :

    We have many wonderful memories and had so many laughs with your Dad. I can’t imagine the memories you guys will have to remember. He was a great guy and so much fun. Hope you are all holding up.. Thinking of you

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  5. As a fellow Rotarian and upland game hunter I’ve come to appreciate all that Doug has done for his community and province. While he will be sorely missed by family and friends, his legacy will live on to benefit future generations.

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  6. Alisdair Leeson :

    Roger and Family

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad, he was a remarkable man. You can take comfort that his legacy will endure. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  7. On behalf of my Dad, Ken Moore and myself, we were deeply sorry to learn about the passing of your father.

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  8. Oh, Uncle Doug, the world will never be the same for me without you. We had so much fun building the raft at Sylvan Lake, fishing the Ram, and chasing geese at Buffalo. I am so thankful for you in my life as a second father ( in so many ways ). Bette, Bloss, and Gunner will be waiting for you at the pearly gates!

    Barb, Sue, John, Rodg, and Bob – the end of an era for the Thompson and Gunn families – let’s rejoice for the love our parents shared for each other and for all of us!

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  9. You have my sincere condolences.

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  10. The Mahon Family :

    Your Dad was something of a legend in our house as was your mother, Betty.

    Best Regards from the six Mahon ‘kids’
    Elizabeth, John, Charlie, Tricia, Jeff, and Mary

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  11. Andrea Fennessey :

    Barbara, Susan John Rodger Bob and families! This has saddened all of us to hear of your dads passing. The Fennessey’s and the Thompson’s were intertwined over the years and the good memories will always be with us. Sadly we are traveling the day of the get together at the Glencoe but know you all are in our thoughts and hearts.
    Randy Andrea and family

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  12. Dear John and Joni and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss coming at this especially difficult time for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Joan and Geoffrey Simmins

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  13. Henrietta Clarke :

    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a positive influence in my life when I was working at the Glencoe Club. He was truly a great man!
    My condolences to all, Henri

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  14. Mike and Sandy O'Connor :

    Barb, Susan, John, Roger and Bob,

    We were so sad to hear of the passing of your dad. I recently ran into him at the Okotoks Safeway and had a wonderful visit. We caught up on everything from Elbow Park, high school days in Okotoks to the present. Needless to say, shopping took a lot longer that day. Unfortunately, I did not hear the news until Feb.18 and as a result I missed the celebration of his life last Thursday. I would not have missed that for the world and will regret not being there for Doug and you all, for a very long time. I will also regret not going to his place for a visit, as I promised I would do at Safeways, but hunting season came along and that distracted me from getting over to see him. That being said, I think he would have understood under those circumstances.
    I have so many fond memories of your mom and dad, either teaching piano or scouting and hunting. We were all so lucky to have been able to spend so much of our lives with them.
    I know I will get to share a few stories with some of you, as some I see more often than others, but know that your dad will always be in my thoughts.
    Our condolences to the whole family,
    Mike and Sandy O’Connor

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  15. Joan And Tally Abougoush :

    Dear Barb, Susan, John, Roger, Bob and families,
    We were so sorry to hear that Doug passed away so unexpectedly. Growing up just a few doors down from the Thompson Family in Elbow Park was a huge experience for me. Patty and I were so lucky to be included in many adventures to Sylvan Lake, and ski trips to the mountains……I guess if you have five children, why not bring along two more! Your Dad was always bigger than life to us. He will be missed and fondly remembered by many. I am sorry we were not able to attend his Celebration of Life at the Glencoe Club but we did send our love and prayers in spirit from the Dominican Republic to all of you. We are so very sorry for your loss. Big hugs to all of you,
    Joan and Tally Abougoush

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