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WASSON, John William

January 17, 1943 – Calgary, Alberta
September 7, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

John William Wasson passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the age of 71 years.

John grew up in the Ghost River area west of Cochrane, AB. After graduating from high school at Cochrane High, he went on to complete a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, entered the oil and gas industry in Calgary and specialized in Reservoir Engineering. The highly sought after expertise that he developed over his time in the petroleum industry brought him many career opportunities both locally and around the world. John loved outdoor pursuits, hiking, rock climbing, hunting, and fishing. While he was both an enthusiastic spectator and participant in many sports, golf held a very special place in his heart.

John is survived by his wife Donna Wasson; son Michael Wasson; sister and brother-in-law Anne Wasson and Vic Norman; three nieces, Jennifer Snelgrove, Michelle Norman and Kendra Norman; aunt Donna Butters; and three cousins, Richard Wigmore, Erik Butters, and Lamont Butters. He was predeceased by his mother Evelyn in 1990, and his father Bill in 2004.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (10 River Heights Dr, Cochrane AB) on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 11:00 am. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of John Wasson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Lark and Gerald Sullivan :

    Donna and Mike
    It is with deep sadness and shock that we just heard of John’s ( your dad’s) passing today.
    Riley is in Toronto and Gerald is in Jakarta. I just talked with Riley who informed me and we both felt deeply for your loss.
    Thinking of you both as you grieve the loss of an incredible husband and father.
    We have fond memories of John..
    I will attend John’s service on Thursday .

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  2. Pat and Dale Christensen :

    Dear Donna – we are so sorry to hear of John’s passing – how unexpectedly sad for both you and Michael. We will offer prayers for you both during this sorrowful time. May the memories you have in your heart bring you some comfort.

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  3. Dear Donna and Mike,
    Words are really insufficient, but we are thinking of you both as you mourn the loss of John. It was so unexpected, and he will be missed though he will stay in our memories.

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  4. Rita Neville (DeLuca) :

    Dear Donna – sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. He may not be with you in person but he will remain forever in your heart.

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  5. The Leslie Clan: Ann, Laura, Brian, Bruce and Family :

    Dear Donna and Mike
    Please know that our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you both at this time. We grieve with you at the unexpected loss of John.
    Donna, I am sure they play golf in heaven and that an amazing “twosome” is hitting the course. – Laura

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  6. Donna and Michael

    It is difficult to put into words how saddened I was to hear of John’s passing. He was and always will be remembered as a mentor, a friend and a warrior in the board room. John always put his family first and worked hard to assure their happiness. I am honored to have been John’s friend and business associate. He will be missed.

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  7. I was sad to hear that John had passed away from a friend in Jakarta. I enjoyed working with John on projects. I found John likeable and always optimistic.

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