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BALL, Douglas “Doug” John

April 15, 1952 – Nelson, British Columbia
July 23, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Doug Ball, beloved husband of Cheryl, beloved father of Jenelle Hayes and father-in-law of Glen Hayes, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, after his courageous battle with cancer.

Doug was very devoted to his family and friends, his community at large and he would always be there for those he loved. Doug loved life and fought every day to survive with such dignity. We were all so very lucky to have Doug in our lives – he made every day richer.

Doug is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Marilyn, Murry and Charlene, and Rick and Brenda; mother-in-law Jeanette Watson; and sister-in-law Annie Watson (Pam). Doug is also survived by his nieces, Lindsay (Matt), Candice (Steve Lynes), Stephanie (Matt Cox), Kristen (Shawn Benoit), and Danielle (Scott); his nephew Jesse; his great-nieces, London and Adley Cox; and his great-nephew Daxon Benoit.

Doug was predeceased by his parents Jim and Muriel Ball; his father-in-law Charles Watson; as well as many family members who loved him dearly.

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. or to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Dr. Joseph Dort & Dr. Don Morris and their medical teams, Dr. Branden Reid, Foothills Hospital staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Center, Alberta Health Services Home Care, and the Agape Hospice staff. A special thank you to Ian and Val MacIntosh and all of Doug’s friends and support group friends.

In living memory of Douglas Ball, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Elaine Bell :

    Sincere condolences to Doug’s family and many friends. I was lucky enough to reconnect with Doug on Facebook over 40 years after high school, and consider the time that we re-friended as a blessing. He was an inspiration, maintaining positivity and humor in the face of pain and a diagnosis that would have broken a lesser man. We were all so lucky to have known him, and he will be sorely missed.

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  2. Lynn L’Hirondelle :

    Doug, you will be missed more than words can say. You were loved. Please let Mike know I am OK. God Bless, Lynn

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  3. Mauren Simpson :

    Doug was such an inspiration to all of us with his courage and bravery battling this nasty disease. I’ve known Doug and Cheryl since I was a teenager so say 35 years and was blessed to reconnect with him on Faceboook in the last few years. His ability to bring a smile and or out right belly laugh to all of us even when he was not feeling very good was amazing to me. I will miss our conversations about the cosmos the most. You will be dearly missed Doug but peace is given in the known fact that you are no longer in pain and rockin it out in heaven to Golden Earring. ❤

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  4. Randy Hauer :

    Cheryl, Jen, Glen, (Charlene, Murray, Anne Marie, Jeanette),
    Very sad to receive word that Doug was taken from you all. I was fortunate to have visited him at Agape and when I called in on Friday they let me know. What a treat to see him and visit after many years away. What came shining through was his dignity, courage and fabulous sense of humour. Those qualities were with him his whole life and never left him. When we visited he took me around the pictures on the wall and all he wanted to talk about was family. Agape is a beautiful place to visit with him and he said a raft of all his Buddies had been in. Thank you so much for letting us all have opportunity to see him, a true favour to all who called him friend.

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  5. Darlene Gushulak :

    Doug – you have been an inspiration to everyone who knew you. Throughout this courageous battle you portrayed such a positive attitude and maintained your sense of humour. You will be missed and remembered by everyone who knew you. Love you Julian and Darlene

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  6. Janice Erickson Cathcart :

    A man of dignity and humor. You put up a good fight and now the pain for you has ended and lives on with your loved ones. My sincerest condolences. I will miss the Halloween countdown.

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  7. Herb & Corrinne Hammermeister :

    Everyone felt “special” in his presence. He was interested in everyone and everything.
    He could accent the positive and eliminate the negative as the song goes. It was always a pleasure to be in his company.
    Thoughts and prayers to his dear wife Cheryl and his adored daughter Jenelle and son-in-law Glen, brothers and their families and all he found “special”.

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  8. Carolyn Hunter :

    Cheryl & Janelle and family. You are in out thoughts during this very difficult time. Our sincerest condolences. Doug will be fondly remembered for his wit and good humour.
    Brian and Carolyn Hunter

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  9. andrew ward :

    Very sad to hear that Doug passed away. I worked with Doug for a number of years and have known him for over 25 years. He always had a smile on his face and had a great sense of humor. I often ask him gardening questions as he was an expert in that field. My only regret was that I did not see him prior to his passing. My condolences to his entire family. Doug Ball will be missed by all who knew him.

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  10. Dear Cheryl,
    I’m sorry for your loss. May you feel peace and love through this difficult time.

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  11. Philip and Catrien Schachtner :

    Dear Cheryl and family.
    It is with great sadness that we morn the loss of a dear neighbour who always brought a smile and good cheer to everyone passing by.
    He will be dearly missed and we wish you comfort and peace in this time of grief.
    May God bless you dearly and be with you all.

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  12. Julie Hovelkamp :

    It saddens my heart to hear of our good friend Doug’s passing. I will remember his wonderful and contagious smile and the many good times we had together with family and friends. My thoughts are with Cheryl, Jenelle, the Ball and Watson families at this time of sorrow. May you find peace in the memory and honour of knowing this great man as son, husband, father, brother, uncle. Doug you will be greatly missed.

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  13. Donna LaPlante :

    Cheryl, Janelle and Families,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ken, myself and our 3 boys all were so fond of Doug.

    Donna and Ken LaPlante and Families

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  14. At a time when Doug had a lot on his plate with his own struggles, he reached out to a friend of mine here in Australia facing their own C battle. Doug offered support, shared what he had learned and gave encouragement to my friend and his partner through their ordeal. He didn’t know them, didn’t need to. He was there to help.

    That says a lot about Doug, but those who know him know that was who he was. I’m sorry for your loss Cheryl.

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