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WILLIS, David Lea

September 5, 1931 – December 12, 2011

David Willis of Calgary passed away peacefully on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the age of 80 years.

David was born in Moose Jaw, SK. After graduation with a B. Com. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955, David received his Charted Accountant designation. In 1962 he joined Imperial Oil Ltd., spending eleven years with the company in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. A subsequent twenty-two years were spent with a number of firms in the gas utility and oil industries, the last nine of which were spent as Vice Chairman of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. A dedicated volunteer, David was President of both Heritage Park Society and Alberta Theatre Projects and gave his time to several committees with The Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He is survived by his loving wife of forty-nine years, Jean Willis, his three children, Leslie (Tony), Michael (Beth) and Robert (Anna) and four grandchildren, Alex, Ben, Madeline and Oro. He is also survived by his eldest sister, Muriel (Ken) Shelstad of London, ON.

Memorial Services will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heritage Park Foundation, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 2X3 Telephone: 403-268-8524. David wanted to thank the surgeons, doctors and other medical staff who took care of him during his brief illness.

In living memory of David Willis, 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. Patten, M.Joyce :

    My sympathy to Jean and the family. Dave was a very fine man and always a gentleman in the true sense of the word. I enjoyed my volunteer time spent with Dave on the Board of Heritage Park and the many times that Jean, Dave and my husband Jim and I spent volunteering at various events at The Park. I hope that all of the family can recall and cherish the many memories and good times that you had as a family and my heart goes out to you Jean. I am sorry that we are unable to attend Dave’s funeral as we will be in Edmonton with Jim’s brother who is visiting from London On. I will be thinking of you on Mon. and over Christmas. God Bless. Joyce Patten.(We have already made a sizable donation recently, to The Park.)

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  2. I had the pleasure of working with Dave as a volunteer at VoicePrint.

    I will miss his sharp wit and charm.

    My sympathies go to all his family and friends during this difficult time.

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  3. Judy & Brian Halhead :

    To Jean, Leslie, Michael, Robert and families.
    Our sincere sympathy in the passing of your loving husband, father and grandfather. Dave was a wonderful man. He knew how to love, laugh and care about his family and friends. We know you will miss him very much. We hope your wonderful memories will help carry you through this sad time.

    We certainly have many wonderful memories of Dave over the years when he and Jean and the kids lived just across the street. We partied together and visited back and forth most often. He had such a sense of humour and was always interested in others. He had a smile that filled a room. Dave was also a very accomplished man.

    Take care Willis family and we are thinking of you at this time.

    Sincerely, Judy & Brian Halhead and family

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  4. To Jean and family,
    So sorry to learn of Dave’s passing.
    He was such a nice man and had a lovely smile. May God be with you at this sad time in your lives.

    Mary Megley

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  5. Robert Morrison :

    Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of David. I enjoyed working with David when we were in Bolivia together. His friendship was important to Beth and I.

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  6. Teresa Stewart (nee Litvinchuk) :

    I was so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. It has been years since I’ve seen him but I recall him as a man of great warmth and genuine kindness. I know what a wonderful friend he has been to my father and our family. He will be deeply missed. My sincere condolences to his entire family.

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  7. Susan Sewall (Hill) :

    Dear Jean and family,
    I was so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Although it’s been years since I last saw Dave, I remember him and your family so very fondly. He was such a kind gentle soul. There is a special spot for him up in heaven.
    Deepest sympathy,

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  8. John and Sheila McHutchison :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Please accept our sincere condolences.

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