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WATSON, David Alexander

April 16, 1938 – September 2, 2011

On Friday, September 2, 2011, Dave passed away peacefully with his immediate family at his side.

Dave was born and raised in Lethbridge, AB and moved to Calgary in 1958. He retired in 1993 after a thirty-five year career with Canadian Utilities. Between work, community and sports, Dave made many meaningful, lifelong friendships. Always the story teller, he will be remembered for his sense of humour as he was never stuck for a great joke or witty phrase. He also loved sports like hockey and golf and outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. Another joy of Dave’s was fishing and spending his summer holidays at Lake Mary Ronan, MT where he returned every year for the last thirty-five years. Dave especially treasured time spent with his family and he will always be in their hearts.

Dave is survived by his wife of fifty-years, Marge and their children, Dave (Lori), Linda, and Dan (Lisa), his five grandchildren, Janelle, Brett, Andrea, Ben, and John. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy (Jack); brother-in-law Jack (Maude); several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his step-grandson Brandon Bushey.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2, www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or charity of your choice.

In living memory of Dave Watson, 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. Dave was a storyteller extraordinaire and I will remember him for his sense of humor, winning smile, positive outlook and encouragement. Dave was one of the good guys and it was my privilege to work with him early in my ATCO Career. Under his tutelage I had many opportunities and have always been appreciative of his support and direction.

    Jan Klein

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  2. Dear Marge and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, the world is a much sadder place without Dave.
    I’ll always remember working with Dave and the fun we had at work. His kindness towards me, I will always cherish.
    See you on Friday, and take good care.

    Regards,
    Holger and family

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  3. Colleen Cawthorpe :

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will remember our family fishing trips with fond memories.
    Colleen Cawthorpe

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  4. Bill and Olive Soppit :

    We are very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We have fond memories of Dave and your family. He will live in your hearts each and every day. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  5. Chuck & Ann Beckerleg :

    We wish to express our sincere sympathy on the passing of Dave. Our condolences to you Marge and your family. Dave always brightened up everyone’s day, making them laugh wth his great sense of humour. May his memories live on in your hearts amd with his friends.

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  6. Ken and Florence Morgan :

    Marge and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    I (Ken) knew Dave for 40 plus years and liked him immediately for his quick wit, humorous stories and positive attitude. That quality remained throughout our friendship and will certainly be missed.
    In retirement we shared more fun times getting to know you both, bowling with Dave, our golf outings with Dave and yourself and Dave and our fun bus trips to Nevada and Medicine Hat.
    We will all miss Dave but feel blessed to have known him.
    Our Love and Deepest Sympathy.
    Ken & Florence Morgan

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  7. My condolences to the family of Dave. I remember him as a 19 year old who played goal for me when I ran the Allisters (later Lethbridge\Maple Leafs). When he moved to Calgary he played for the Okotoks Oilers who were our biggest competition. I liked Dave’s cheery nature way back then and it seems he carried that throughout his life.

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  8. Ken & Jan Roberts :

    Dear Marge & Family, Jan and I would like to express our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Dave. We have so many fond memories from working with Dave in our early years at CWNG, camping, fishing and then golfing with both of you in the past several years. We have always enjoyed his humour, wit and especially his positive attitude. We will miss him. Ken & Jan

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  9. Ed & Elfrieda Cwynar :

    Marge and Family,
    Words alone cannot express the sentiment that we hold for you. Dave was a true character with his wit, smile and twinkle in his eye. Even though Dave has left this earth, he can still be seen. On a clear night look up into the heavens. The star that is twinkling the most is Dave smiling on us and saying “I miss you all but I like it here and I am going to teach St. Peter a thing or two about fishing.”
    Ed & Elfrieda

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  10. Brenda Korzun (Proud) :

    Dave’s smiling face was one of the faces I looked forward to seeing every year at Camp Tuffit. His smile always made me smile and his hugs always made me feel like one of his own. I shall miss him greatly. My thoughts, my heart, and my prayers are with you all. Love you and miss you.
    Brenda

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  11. bill holmes (now of Phoenix, az) :

    Marge and Family

    I fell on this obit. totally by accident! (My best friend in Calgary died in Feb. so was looking at his)

    When I was 16 (1961) (student summer job) I worked for Canadian Western Natural Gas in the (what we called then) Computer /Data Processing Dept. That whole room we had then would fit into 1/2 a 2 gig MP3 player now!

    Anyway I am sure this is the Dave I knew and when I read all the things said about him, I am sure it is the same friend. I went on to College in the US and never returned much to see my friends at CWNG after.

    I have thought about him lots over the years and what a fun guy he was and the center of a party or a coffee break or a conversation and what that meant to a kid in his first real job!

    He taught me lots back then to do with data processing and work but also our conversations were always about life and fun and people. His outgoing positive happy outlook will always be part of my state of consciousness and has been passed on by me to my kids and the world in general. Just wanted you to know I recognized him and have thought of him many times through my life.
    Please confirm I got it right?

    My condolences in your loss but wanted to share how little things people do mean so much to others and we don’t even realize it!!!! Dave was a great Guy!!!

    Sincerely W J (Bill) Holmes Phoenix, Az.

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  12. Barbara Coe (Neil :

    Marge and family…I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and all of your family.

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  13. Marge, Please know we are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    I will wait for your call and visit
    Len & Kay

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  14. Harvey & Eileen Roemmich :

    Dear Marge & Family

    Eileen and I are so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was always one of my favorite people to visit with at Camp Tuffit. Hope you will be able to come back to Camp next summer.

    Harvey

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  15. Susan Green (Oliver) :

    Marge,

    I’m so sad to hear of Dave’s passing -he and Dad loved to trade jokes and stories, and it seems like only yesterday we were all laughing on the golf course.
    My thoughts are with you and your family,

    Susan

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