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CARLSON, Don and Roxanne

Posted By Obits On February 20, 2014 @ 12:14 PM In Obituary | 88 Comments

Died February 15, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Happily married for 37 years, Don and Roxanne Carlson were loving parents, children, a sister and brother, an aunt and uncle, and friends to many. With three adult children, they were beginning to enjoy more vacations, recently taking a cruise to the Caribbean, visiting New York and Ottawa, and making numerous trips to Hawaii, Seattle and Banff. As a family, the Carlsons went to California, Hawaii, Mexico and Florida. They were looking forward to upcoming trips to Barbados and Quebec.

Don and Roxanne are survived by their children Graig, Laura and Danielle. Don is survived by father Eldon, brothers Kevin (Susan) and Robert (Virgie), and predeceased by mother Margaret and sister Lori Anne. Roxanne is survived by parents Ernie and Isabella Watson, brother Rick (Paula) and aunt Joyce Masciangelo.

Don was an active hockey player and coach, and in his professional life was the long-time manager of Albern Coins. He received his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Calgary and worked at Gulf Oil for many years. Involved in the Calgary sports community since his youth, Don played baseball, golf, bowling, curling and hockey. He also coached his children’s hockey and soccer teams for many years. A lifelong goalie, Don continued to play hockey weekly with the Calgary Sharks, travelling to Montreal, Las Vegas and Phoenix for tournaments in recent years. He also made annual golf trips to Whitefish with his brothers and son. In his early 20s Don was a league umpire where he met Roxanne while she was watching one of her brother’s baseball games. They were married a year later.

A psychologist with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), Roxanne enjoyed reading and sharing her love of books, especially with her book club. After teaching for many years, Roxanne returned to school and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary. During this time she was an active parent and proud “dance mom”. She loved working with kids, and was well respected and beloved by her team of coworkers at CBE. Appreciating Canadian culture, Roxanne usually had her radio tuned into the CBC, and attended many Leonard Cohen concerts.

A Memorial Service will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Don and Roxanne Carlson Memorial Fund for Youth Development. Donations to the fund can be made via:

1. Phone: (403) 802-7700
2. In person or by mail:
The Calgary Foundation (The Don and Roxanne Carlson Memorial Fund for Youth Development)
700 999-8 St. SW
T2R 1J5
Note: Cheques should be made payable to “The Calgary Foundation” with the Fund name in the memo.
3. Online: http://www.thecalgaryfoundation.org (Donate online button found on the homepage) or https://payment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/

In living memory of Don and Roxanne Carlson, two trees will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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Condolence from Donna Price on February 20th, 2014 12:43 PM

Dear Graig, Laura, and Danielle,

I worked with your mother for four years and she was a well loved member of our team. She had such an amazing heart and always had time to listen to our concerns and provide thoughtful advice and wonderful resources to enrich our understanding. She has left a huge footprint in the hearts of her CBE colleagues.

My sincere condolences,
Donna Price

Condolence from Debra Caso-Rohland on February 20th, 2014 1:23 PM


I am very sorry for your loss. I had the privilege and honour to work with Roxanne a couple of years ago and it had a significant impact on me. Her way of being with children and adults will be very much missed. I loved her quick smile and caring way, I always knew that when she was listening, she was really listening. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work with Roxanne, I learned a great deal from her and am sad that our paths won’t cross again.

Condolence from Ken and Ellen Mahon on February 20th, 2014 3:28 PM

Hello and condolences from all the people at Adera. While we did not know Don and Roxanne, we have known Kevin and Susan for the 17 months that Kevin has been with Adera as CFO. Kevin and Susan have fit into the Adera culture very well and we value them as important members of our “Adera Family” We will all say a prayer for Don and Roxanne and the family and hope that the future will bring better times for the family. God bless.

Condolence from Susan Julius on February 20th, 2014 4:22 PM

I knew your Mom over a number of years when I worked within the CBE. Although I never worked closely with her, on all meetings she was gracious and interested. She was a very gentle and loving soul and very warm-hearted. She will be missed.

Condolence from Jeff and Roberta Masciangelo on February 20th, 2014 5:01 PM

Graig, Laura and Danielle, Aunt Isabell, Uncle Ernie, Rick and family along with Juicer
Please know that you are all continuously in our hearts and prayers. Roxanne and Don were unbelievable, fun and caring people. From helping out with our family reunions to all they accomplished at work. They will forever be missed but will never be forgotten.

Condolence from Willow Brocke on February 20th, 2014 5:48 PM


I had the great honour of working with Roxanne as part of the Student Health Partnership.

She was a gentle, caring and genuine person who was a wonderful advocate for the needs of children. She had a lovely and considerate way of listening, made wise contributions when she spoke and was always quick to smile or welcome everyone into the room. Her warmth was unforgettable.

I am terribly sad about the loss of Roxanne as a colleague, and as a helper to the children she served so well.

Please know that my heart is with your family at this unspeakably difficult time.


Condolence from Nicole Luca on February 20th, 2014 6:06 PM

Graig, Laura, Dani, my Auntie Isabelle & Uncle Ernie, Mr. Carlson, Auntie Joyce, Rick, Kevin & Robert & family.
My heart felt thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Don & Roxy will be missed beyond measure but their acts of kindness & love will always be here! I will miss them dearly. But please know I am here for any of you, to chat, reminisce or if you just need a shoulder to lean upon.

All my love,
Nicole Luca

Condolence from Tom and Ada McIvor and Family on February 20th, 2014 6:35 PM

Graig, Laura,Danielle, Eldon, Isabell and Ernie, so sorry for your loss. I have known your Dad since 1971, played hockey and ball with him for years. A lot of road trips with more than one laugh or two and a lot of stories. He was a great guy and I will miss him. I also have know your Mom a long time as well. She was a beautiful lady and always had the biggest most beautiful smile. I will miss her and that smile as well. Our hearts go out to you all!


Condolence from Brian & Cindy Dawson on February 20th, 2014 7:28 PM

We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Don & Roxanne. Our thoughts are with you all.

Condolence from Wendy Paterson on February 20th, 2014 8:09 PM

Hi Roxanne’s family, Was devastated to hear of the great loss of such as dear person as Roxanne. My heart goes out to you all. May happy memories be of support for you at this devastating time. Wendy Paterson

Condolence from sharon blott on February 20th, 2014 9:02 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Roxanne many years ago as a fellow psychologist at the CBE. She was a lovely woman who spoke highly of her family. To lose your parents in such a tragic way is incomprehensible. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you as you grieve your loss.


Condolence from Patty, Len and family on February 20th, 2014 9:14 PM

We are saddened by the passing of our dear cousin Roxanne and Don.
Out thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of great sadness.

Condolence from Gillian Mason on February 21st, 2014 7:40 AM

To Laura and her family:

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of your parents. They were clearly parents and people who were much cherished. I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. Please know that all of your colleagues at ABC are thinking of you at this most difficult time.

Gillian Mason

Condolence from Jay and Carla Masciangelo on February 21st, 2014 7:52 AM

Dear Graig, Laura, Danielle, Uncle Ernie, Auntie Isabell, Rick (and family) and Auntie Joyce… We feel so very blessed to have known Roxanne and Don and will forever cherish the memories of family reunions. We will continuously pray the love of God enfolds all of you and pray for peace when reason fails. May all of you find comfort in the love and prayers that are surrounding you. Forever in our hearts…

Condolence from Denise Bob and Rebecca Jaggard on February 21st, 2014 12:01 PM

We will always have fond memories of Don and Roxanne. They we’re so gracious, kind and always made you feel special whenever we would meet. Always a warm hug and a special smile. We were so blessed to call them family. They will truly be misses by all who new them.

Condolence from Debbie Richards on February 21st, 2014 12:07 PM

Dear Aunty Isabelle, Uncle Ernie, Rick, Graig, Laura, Danielle, Mr. Carlson and Aunty Joyce.
My deepest sympathy is with you and nothing could describe the deep sorrow and emptiness in your hearts. Perhaps the words on these pages can give you some comfort knowing that Roxanne and Don were wonderful and much loved people. Roxanne brought up to me the last time we saw each other about our happy childhood memories, the Christmas’s at Grandma and Grandpa’s, summers at Auntie Annie’s and Uncle Tony’s and summer camp. They say that cousins are your first best friends and that certainly is true. They will be forever loved and deeply missed here, and we know GOD has welcomed them into his arms.
My prayers and Love to you all.

Condolence from Paul, Ann, Hayley & Nigel Huskinson on February 21st, 2014 12:08 PM

Our hearts ache for you and your dear sweet parents. We just saw, hugged and caught up with them at the Matt Anderson concert last Sunday. Your Mom was so excited to see Matt Anderson again! Our love and thoughts are with you and your family.
Love and hugs from us all.

Condolence from Sherry Goldenberg on February 21st, 2014 12:33 PM

My heartfelt sympathy on the tragic passing of Don and Roxanne. Roxanne was our psychologist at Braeside School while I was principal. We got to know each other very well. Roxanne was a soft spoken, gentle, loving soul and will be missed deeply.

Condolence from Mary Ellen Herzog on February 21st, 2014 5:43 PM

Sending sincere sympathy from relatives from the Delia area. Please know that we will be praying for your family during this time and wishing you God’s comfort and healing.

Condolence from Karen Lerner on February 21st, 2014 6:11 PM

To Roxanne’s family,
I had the honour of working closely with Roxanne the last 3 years. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed our time together. She would regularly come to my school, where we would plan presentations for staff. Her warmth and kindness came through immediately. What I loved most was the time we spent visiting. She loved her family so much! She always spoke so highly of her children. She has been a mentor for me and was instrumental in me taking graduate courses in children’s mental health. Roxanne touched so many of us! She was extraordinary in so many ways and her loss is felt deeply! My heartfelt sympathies for this tragic, tragic loss…
Karen Lerner

Condolence from Rebecca Kavanagh (Sturch) on February 21st, 2014 7:25 PM

Isabelle, Ernie and family,

We send our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of your daughter and son-in-law.

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this terrible time.

Kind regards,

Rebecca Kavanagh

Condolence from Jennifer Kapler on February 21st, 2014 7:58 PM

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Roxanne. I was a colleague of hers at the Calgary Board of Education for three years. I will always remember her as one of the kindest, most gentle, sweet people, with an amazing capacity for empathy. She will truly be missed. My heart goes out to the friends and family of Don and Roxanne in this difficult time.

Condolence from Joe and Shelly Marshall on February 21st, 2014 8:22 PM

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear cousins.
Roxanne and Don were wonderful people who made the world a better place because of their touch on it. They will forever be remembered for their kindness and gentle manor. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all their family. Graig, Laura, and Danielle our deepest sympathy is with you at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Paul and Bverly Kerber on February 21st, 2014 9:28 PM

Our deepest condolences for this great loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you go through the days and weeks to come.

Condolence from Lana Goldberg on February 22nd, 2014 12:31 AM

To Roxanne and Don’s family,

I work across the hall from the psychologists’ office and had the pleasure of meeting Roxanne. There was a day over this past winter break in which I was the only speech-language pathologist working in the office. Roxanne came across the hall and invited me to join her and the other psychologists to go out for lunch, even though she barely knew me. She was a wonderful woman who exuded warmth and kindness and was always friendly and gracious. I feel grateful for having met her. Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Sincerely, Lana Goldberg

Condolence from Nancy Arthur on February 22nd, 2014 9:32 AM

To the Carlson Family:
My deepest sympathy for the loss of Don and Roxanne. I supervised Roxanne’s graduate program in counselling psychology at the University of Calgary. As a mature student, she brought passion and curiosity to her learning and she was clearly interested in making a difference in the lives of children. I remember her carrying boxes full of resources from school to school during her practicum placement so that she could engage children. Roxanne was dedicated to learning more about play therapy and how to spark children’s inner spirit for health and well-being. Roxanne deeply cared about children and it was a pleasure to work with her. As a mother and as a colleague, I offer my condolences.

Condolence from Arlene, Terry and Marcus Potter on February 22nd, 2014 11:19 AM

Our deepest condolences to the Carlson and Watson families.

Don and Roxanne were amazing individuals who always had smiles on their faces, and we were always greeted with those smiles and a hug. They always made us feel like family.

We will miss them terribly but know that they will always be watching over their loved ones.

Condolence from Teresa, Melina, Lou and Jan Cusano on February 22nd, 2014 12:21 PM

Dearest Rick, Paula, Isabelle, Ernie and family,
We are very saddened to hear the tragic news of Roxanne and Don.
Our sincerest and deepest condolences to you all for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Lots of love and hugs to you all.

Condolence from Jane, Dave, Laura and Michael Kwas on February 22nd, 2014 12:56 PM

We are so sorry to hear the tragic news about Don and Roxanne. They were wonderful people who we got to know when Michael had Don as a hockey coach. Our thoughts are with you and we will never forget your parents.

Condolence from Pat, Rose Matsuoka and family on February 22nd, 2014 4:02 PM

To Eldon, Kevin, Rob, spouses, and to the children of Don and Roxanne,
We are so sorry to hear the tragic news of a fine couple. We have known the Carlson family for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Condolence from Salina Paschke-Urquhart on February 22nd, 2014 8:14 PM

To the family of Don and Roxanne,
I had the wonderful opportunity of working with Roxanne when I first joined the COPE team. The compassion and support that Roxanne demonstrated for students was outstanding and it saddens me that students and schools will not have the opportunity to work with her again. I will miss running into her in the hall at the office and connecting with her, I always so enjoyed my conversations with her.
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time,

Condolence from Doug and Jamie Nicol on February 22nd, 2014 8:48 PM

Don and Roxanne, your memories will live in our minds forever! Meeting at Gulf Oil, we immediately became best friends which turned into family acquaintances; your three kids along with our three kids. We then started curling together and then I finally convinced you that unorganized hockey was better than the level of hockey you were used to playing! You always told me you hate shinny hockey! Well, you came down to our level and enjoyed the comradery we all enjoyed. You and Roxanne will be dearly missed and for Graig, Laura and Danielle, we send are thoughts and prayers!

Condolence from Lou and Jan Cusano on February 22nd, 2014 10:15 PM

Dear Rick , Paula and Families:
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Roxanne and Don.
Our thoughts and heart felt prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.

Escondido, Ca.
Lou and Jan

Condolence from Ryder on February 23rd, 2014 12:05 AM

DD (Dani),
I’m so sorry to hear about your parents. Sending my love to you and your siblings. Please know my heart is with you and I send you as much healing energy as I can. Please do your best to stay strong. Love you DD. You are a great girl and it’s because you had great parents. Never forget that.


Condolence from Delia D’Altorio Stayner on February 23rd, 2014 12:34 AM

Dear Isabelle,Ernie,Rick and Joyce, words cannot describe the sadness that is in my heart at the tragic loss of Roxanne and Don. May all the memories that you have of them bring some comfort to you at this very difficult time. Know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Condolence from Dianne Comstock on February 23rd, 2014 12:36 PM

The Children of Don and Roxanne,
Our hearts goes out to you all as you say good-bye to two wonderful people. Memories of dance years come flooding back as I remember the numerous bingos and casinos worked together. When we went through our own tragedies your family was always there for support. Laura…you were a rock for Lynn. Your kindness has never been forgotten. Your parents gave you all a strong foundation on which to build. You made them proud. Stay strong, hold on to each other and remember the wonderful gift your parents were to you all and to those around them.
Sending our love and support your way.
Dianne Comstock, Lynn Dawson and Jenn (Dawson) Hannigan

Condolence from Larry and Cheryl Marshall and Family on February 23rd, 2014 2:34 PM

Ours hearts go out to all of you in your time of sorrow. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. We will miss Don and Roxanne very much. Love to you all.

Condolence from Sharon Stroick and Ramona (Stroick) Dragani on February 23rd, 2014 3:01 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Eldon, Kevin, Robert and the entire Carlson family. We have many fond memories of having you as our neighbours while growing up and always enjoyed running into Marg through the years and hearing about the kids and their families. May everyone saddened by this terrible loss find peace and healing in your memories of love, laughter, and lives well lived.

Sharon and Ramona

Condolence from Laura’s CLLN family on February 23rd, 2014 4:32 PM

Oh behalf of the Board and your staff team members, our deepest condolences to you Laura, and all your family. May you find strength in each other and strength from the knowledge that others care for you. Be strong.

“love all around”

Condolence from Jack and Jessie Heaton on February 23rd, 2014 5:39 PM

It is with great respect we knew Don and Roxanne as they were Godparents to our Granddaughter, Jessica (LaRoche). They will always be in our hearts and now God has them in his arms.
God bless you all at this difficult time.
Jack and Jessie

Condolence from Lisa Dunlop on February 23rd, 2014 6:37 PM

Though it has been well over 10 years since our paths crossed in the CBE, I will never forget how Roxanne made me feel. She always had time for a friendly hello and was such an amazing listener.

Such a tragic loss, indeed. My condolences to all who loved and were loved by her.

Lisa Dunlop

Condolence from Paul and Gaylene Barry on February 23rd, 2014 9:39 PM

My best memory of Don was on the ice. He was always there with a smile and a joke. He told me one game that he would see me again in an hour in the dressing room … as he was the goalie and I rarely was in shouting distance of his net. Our sincerest condolences.

Condolence from Wayne and Joan LaRoche on February 24th, 2014 10:18 AM

Dear Graig, Laura, Danielle, Eldon, Isabella, Ernie, Joyce and families,
I first met Don playing Midget hockey and our friendship continued to grow while playing hockey and baseball over the years. It was during this time that Joan met Don and Roxanne. We have wonderful memories of fun times together including our Hawaiian trip in 1979 and then watching as our families grew. Special to both Joan and I was when Don and Roxanne agreed to be Jessica’s Godparents. In most recent years we enjoyed occasional chats with Don at the store and looked forward to occasional visits and the annual Christmas letters. Such a loving and warm couple. We are devastated. Joan and I will never forget Don and Roxanne or the joys we shared over many years.
Please know you are all in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. May your memories help you during this difficult time and know that they will always be watching over you.
Much love to all of you.
They will always be in our hearts.
Joan, Wayne and family.

Condolence from Paul Lawson on February 24th, 2014 11:19 AM

It was with genuine shock and sadness that I first heard of this tragedy.
Although not having contact with Don for many years, he left a lasting impression with me as we often stood side by side, watching our sons play hockey together on Lake Bonavista teams through Atom and Pee Wee levels.
The lasting impression on me: a caring and supportive father, an always generous and welcoming smile, and a true fan of his son and of hockey.
My love and prayers to Graig and the rest of the family.

Condolence from Jim Melnyk & Family on February 24th, 2014 2:25 PM

Ernie, Isabella, Rick & Family…
We are all shocked and deeply saddened to learn of your losses. We are keeping your family close in thought and prayer as you go through this most difficult time.

Donna & Josh Warring
Jim Melnyk

Condolence from Donna Joehnck and Family on February 24th, 2014 4:14 PM

We are so so saddened by the loss of such an endearing couple. We hope you may find comfort in all the good memories. Ane when you think of them may you feel their presence. Graig, Laura, Dannielle, Uncle Ernie, Auntie Isabel, Rick and Paula, Aunty Joyce and Mr. Carlson and his family, our love and prayers go out to all of you.

Condolence from The Stein Family on February 24th, 2014 4:29 PM

Graig, Laura, Danielle, the Watson family, Aunt Joyce, the Carlson family;
We are so sorry for your loss. We extend our sincerest condolences to all of you. Roxanne and Don touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered. We enjoyed visiting with Roxanne and Don at all the family events. They were always so interested in what was going on in our lives and it was great to hear what they were doing for work, holidays and with family. Our hearts are with you in this time of deep sadness.
Uncle Tony, Dennis, Ann, Alexandra

Condolence from RAYMOND AND ETHEL LISELL on February 24th, 2014 4:43 PM

Words can not express the sorrow that we feel for all of you. Our daughter had Roxanne for a teacher at Holy Cross School. There will be a great big hole in this world with her gone. It was a great pleasure and privilege to have had her in our life. GOD BLESS and help you through this. RAMONA , RAYMOND AND ETHEL LISELL

Condolence from Lily Ostafychuk on February 24th, 2014 5:50 PM

May the God of comfort comfort you during this sad time and in the days ahead. I shared an office with Roxanne at Rosscarrock school and admired her compassion, cheerfulness, positive attitude and most of all, kindness. She made a positive difference to adults and children she worked with and will be missed greatly. I recall our conversation when she helped her daughter shop for a graduation dress. She shared photos with me of that happy event where everyone had smiles on their faces – one of thousands of wonderful memories you will treasure forever.
My deepest condolences to your families.

Condolence from Janice & Ed Krakowski on February 24th, 2014 10:34 PM

Danielle, We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your mom and dad. Words seem inadequate to express our sorrow. We have great memories from hockey – how caring they both were, how easy going. We just saw them both before Christmas and Ed would see your dad walking the dog while he was walking our dog.
There are no answers to comfort your grief, only lasting love and memories. We hope your memories help ease the pain for you and your family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Bruce Kvellestad on February 25th, 2014 2:00 PM

I’m very saddened to hear of the passing of your Parents. I had the pleasure of playing hockey with Donny for the past dozen years along with partaking in numerous hockey trips with him. I will miss the after game beers with him and his banter that brought smiles to all.
He was one of the Good guys and he will be missed by all. My thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Marilyn Stante on February 25th, 2014 3:00 PM

To the Watson and Carlson families: I am so saddened to hear of your loss. For some moments in life there are no words. This is one of them, as reason fails to explain the loss of Don and Roxanne. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Much love.
Marilyn Stante

Condolence from Betty and Gerry Bukowicki on February 25th, 2014 10:18 PM

Sometimes there just aren’t any answers, but what we do know is that God sees each tear and understands our need. We trust that at this time His comfort and peace will come and that you will find the strength that you need.

We are sending our love to everyone. Gerry and Betty Bukowicki and Family.

Condolence from Jessica and Jaclyn LaRoche on February 26th, 2014 10:03 AM

To the Carlson Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Don and Roxanne. They were both very special people and will be missed dearly. Our hearts go out to you all during this difficult time.
“As you comprehend this profound loss…let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.”
Love Jessica and Jaclyn

Condolence from Uncle Nick, Auntie Audrey, David, Melanie, Nolan and Talon Marshall on February 26th, 2014 12:37 PM

Graig, Laura and Danielle, Aunt Isabelle, Uncle Ernie, Rick and Family and Auntie Joyce. We were deeply saddened by the passing of Don and Roxanne. It is such a tragic loss that will forever leave a deep hole in everyone’s hearts. Our sympathies go out to you all at this time and our prayers will be with you. It is times like this that family is so special and we hope that it is reassuring to you to know that all of our families suffer with you and are there for support.

Condolence from Thelma Lattery on February 26th, 2014 1:59 PM

Dear Ernie,Isabella and Rick

With our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Don and Roxanne.
You are truly in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Marion and Thelma

Condolence from Almas Rajwani-Rawji on February 26th, 2014 3:08 PM

Please accept my heartfelt condolences upon this extremely sad loss. Roxanne had her heart for the community she worked with. She always went the extra mile for our students.
Surprisingly, I met Don at Albern Coins when I took my coin collection to them. He very kindly gave me a blue microfleece piece of cloth to put the coins in till I took them back to him in the Spring. What a great couple. And What a Loss to the whole community.
Warm wishes to their family always,

Condolence from Bob and Sharon Ogilvie on February 27th, 2014 9:12 AM

We’re very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob, Sharon, Ben and Sandy

Condolence from Megan, Jessica, Patsy and Gedd Cantwell on February 27th, 2014 9:16 AM

Laura, Danielle & Graig,

We were shocked and devastated to hear about your parents passing. We have such fond memories of them both from our childhoods, playing at your house and at the dance studio. May you seek comfort in knowing how much they loved and supported you.

The three of you are in our deepest thoughts and prayers during this immensely difficult time.

Megan, Jessica, Patsy and Gedd Cantwell

Condolence from Jane Renaud on February 27th, 2014 12:53 PM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

With love Jane & Jim, Uncle Rudi.

Condolence from Gwen Katrenicz (Harder) on February 27th, 2014 1:47 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew your mom, dad, daughter, son from the hockey days, starting before children. We had great house parties back then. When it was Don and Roxanne’s turn to host, Roxanne was famous for her ravioli. They loved their families and spoke so highly of them. Everyone that knew Don and Roxane knew what a wonderful, kind, warm couple they were and how much they were truly loved. Will be in our hearts forever.


Condolence from Doug and Kim Reid on February 27th, 2014 3:25 PM

Kim and I were so deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Don and Roxanne. What a tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Don, you will be deeply missed by the Sharks Hockey Team as we all enjoyed your friendship, humor, wit, and guidance on the ice and in the room. The core has played together for so many years. It was a pleasure for us to meet Roxanne at the various functions the team participated in over the years. Thanks for all your efforts in coaching during the games. These times will be fondly remembered.
God bless.

Condolence from Emily Pohl on February 27th, 2014 8:02 PM

My thoughts, love, and prayers go out to your entire family. I wish you all strength and hope that the love and support of friends, family, and community help you through.
My warmest thoughts are with you all,

Condolence from Jed and Betty Cochrane on February 28th, 2014 4:15 AM

Graig, Laura, Danielle (and the rest of the Carlson and Watson families)

The untimely passing of Don and Roxanne has left a huge hole in all of our lives. We spent many hours visiting with them over the years and the one theme that ran through all of them was how proud they were of you.

We hope that memories of the many happy times you shared with them will help ease the pain of their loss.

Jed and Betty Cochrane

Condolence from Mike Brown and Laura Harrigan on February 28th, 2014 8:43 AM

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of your unfathomable loss. Don and Roxanne sound like wonderful people, loved by many. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Laura and the rest of the Carlson and Watson families. You are in our thoughts often.

Much love,
Mike and Laura

Condolence from Alex Hayter on February 28th, 2014 9:43 AM

To Laura and her family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. While I never had the pleasure of meeting your family, it’s obvious they were incredible parents for raising children like yourself. Please accept my deepest condolences and know you are in my thoughts.


Condolence from Brenda & Lane Zubick on February 28th, 2014 9:47 AM

While no words of mine can ease your loss of two great parents. I just want you to know that we are grieving with you and thinking about you & your Family constantly. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Brenda, Melissa and Lane Zubick

Condolence from Susan and Samanatha Herold on February 28th, 2014 10:24 AM

Dear Carlson Family,

We have very fond memories of Don and Roxanne , from dance days. They were such great people.
Your family will be in our thoughts.

Condolence from Adriana and Wayne Boss, Mario Saraceni on February 28th, 2014 12:58 PM

Isabelle, Ernie, Rick, Graig, Laura, Danielle and families,
We are deeply saddened by your tragic loss and send our heartfelt condolences. Mario and I have fond memories of Roxanne from our younger years visiting with her at my Aunt Mary’s family gatherings. In later years, we felt a continued connection through Isabel, Ernie and Joyce’s proud accounts of Roxanne’s accomplishments as a devoted mom, daughter, care giver to Joyce and her dedicated work as a teacher and psychologist. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Adriana, Wayne and Mario

Condolence from Kevin Drake and family. on February 28th, 2014 1:02 PM

Danielle and family,

We are so saddened to hear of your parents passing. In the roles we shared as coaches and parents all through the years we were bound by the joy of all the times spent together. Your parents were wonderful and great people.

Danielle, I will cherish our little reunion last summer when we saw each other at your Dad’s work. A lot of smiles and memories while catching up with both you and your dad. He and your mom were warm and loving people.

With our deepest sympathies,

Kevin, Sarah, Chris and Alex Drake

Condolence from Brendan Croskery on February 28th, 2014 1:48 PM

To the Carlson family:

Please accept my condolences on the tragic loss of Don and Roxanne. I was privileged to know Roxanne as a highly-valued colleague at the Calgary Board of Education. She cared deeply about her work, and the impact it made on the students in her care. I will always remember her as generous in spirit, exceptionally committed to her work, and loved by all of her colleagues. My thoughts and prayesr are with all of you at this challenging time.
Brendan Croskery (Chief Superintendent: retired)

Condolence from Wilma Erasmus on February 28th, 2014 4:07 PM

To Roxanne’s family:

I am very sorry for your huge loss. Roxanne was a beloved and very dedicated psychologist, therapist and area leader for SHP and CBE.

Her sudden death makes no sense and I pray that the Heavenly Father will carry you through this very difficult time!

Roxanne and her caring ways will be missed tremendously.

God bless.

Wilma Erasmus

Condolence from James Cowling on February 28th, 2014 6:44 PM

I’m so sorry to hear the news. I got word while in Sochi covering the Olympics. I didn’t know Don and Roxanne’s family but Don was always there when I went into Albern Coin. To Kevin, Susan and Rob as well the rest of the family, my thoughts are with you at this time. James Cowling

Condolence from Michael and Debbie Behrman on February 28th, 2014 6:47 PM

We wish to give our condolences to the families of Don and Roxanne. May your families find peace to soothe you, grace to hold you and love to comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time with sympathy.

Condolence from Jeff and Chris McGinley on February 28th, 2014 7:08 PM

Carlson Family.
We are devastated by the loss of Don and Roxanne and we wish you our heart felt condolences .We had the priviledge of knowing them through our mutual involvement in hockey. They were regularly discribed as generous , caring and involved. They elevated our hockey adventures and gave graciously of their time.
We will miss them greatly and think of them fondly…often.

Jeff and Chris McGinley

Condolence from Rob Cox on February 28th, 2014 8:33 PM

This message for the family of Don and Roxanne, but particularly for Danielle. Danielle, it is coach Rob here. I was so saddened to hear of your losses and cannot imagine the grief and confusion you are feeling. Knowing you as a hockey player I know that strength will come to you from family and friends and very good memories, and also from your inner strength which I know is a trait that you have always exhibited. I offer my sincerest condolences. I did not know your mom very well but saw them out walking together very often. Your Dad was very influential to me as a coach, through his patience and calm nature and good humour. I learned the five second rule from him, where I would blow my whistle at practice and hold my hand up and the players would have 5 seconds to get to me or they would need to do 10 pushups, and if they all got there on time I would do 10 pushups. We all learned from each other. I saw him about a month ago as he was visiting his dad at the Rockyview as I was visiting my mother-in-law and we had a great chat. They will both me missed very much.

Be strong.

Rob Cox

Condolence from Bryant, Marilyn & Tara Tomimoto on February 28th, 2014 9:53 PM

Our deepest condolences to your family.
Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.

Bryant, Marilyn and Tara Tomimoto

Condolence from Kenneth J. Barabash & Patricia A. Kostouros on March 1st, 2014 7:53 AM

Carlson family, friends and colleagues,

It is with deep sadness, sympathy and disbelief that we find ourselves avowing our heartfelt condolences in saying farewell to Roxanne and Don. Roxanne always offered her most sincere and skilled best to her clients, and she always provided a breath of optimism, sensitivity and support in her interactions with friends and colleagues. Alongside her dear husband and father of their children, Roxanne’s genuine and enduring presence will be sorrowfully missed.

Ken & Pat

Condolence from Kenneth J. Barabash & Patricia A. Kostouros on March 1st, 2014 8:10 AM

Carlson family, friends and colleagues,

It is with deep sympathy, regret and disbelief that we find ourselves mourning the loss of Roxanne and Don. Roxanne always provided her skillful best in advocating and caring for her clients, and she always provided a breath of optimism and humour in providing support and sincere kindness in her interactions with friends and colleagues. Alongside her dear husband and father of their children, Roxanne’s genuine nature and enduring spirit will be sorrowfully missed.

Ken & Pat

Condolence from Kathy, Bill and Madison Duffin on March 1st, 2014 9:15 AM

Danielle and family, words seem so inadequate to say how deeply saddened we are about the loss of your wonderful parents. They represented the very best of what we should all strive to be. They will be dearly missed by all who knew them.

Kathy, Bill and Madison Duffin

Condolence from Jodi Gillespie and Lauri Los on March 1st, 2014 10:04 AM

We had the pleasure and honor of working with Roxanne at Spruce Cliff School as well as at Wildwood School. We remember Roxanne as a warm and friendly presence who never failed to provide a listening ear or an encouraging word. She talked about her own children and about how proud she was of them. She talked about how she wanted to work less so she could spend more time with family, and about the students that we all shared. Her goal was always and only to do her very best for them, to understand their strengths and help them build on their weaknesses. She spoke to parents, teachers and children alike with respect, humor, kindness and compassion. Roxanne understood how to be gentle, how to deliver difficult news with grace, and how to instill hope no matter what the circumstance. She touched many lives and we couldn’t be happier that she touched ours.

We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Jodi Gillespie and Lauri Los

Condolence from Corinne and Geoff Sandhurst on March 1st, 2014 10:56 AM

Dear Rick,
May you find strength from family and friends in the most difficult of times. May the many happy memories stay close to your heart and comfort you and your family. Our thoughts are with you. Corinne was privileged to know Roxanne through the CBE. It’s such a small world – she didn’t know Roxanne was your sister. Corinne is so glad for the fine work Roxanne accomplished at the school she works at. Roxanne left a remarkable legacy there.
The Sandhurst Family (Geoff, Corinne, Caelin and Kierra)

Condolence from Mark Reckord on March 1st, 2014 11:57 AM

To the Carlson family, my sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to you in the face of this profoundly tragic and incomprehensible loss. Over the years, Roxanne worked in different capacities and some of her roles in the CBE brought her into contact with the COPE team which I am a part of. Roxanne was just lovely; she was so very pleasant, calm, and always greeted you with a warm smile. Roxanne really understood the huge difficulties some students experience and the many complexities in their lives and the resulting impacts to their learning and school experience. In the toughest situations she would be able to offer supportive recommendations to help the student. She was a pleasure to work with and to be around, she will be truly missed. May your whole family be embraced by the love and support of each other and your friends, so you are able to get through this incredibly difficult loss. One day at a time…..
Mark Reckord

Condolence from Kevin King on March 1st, 2014 2:15 PM

To the Carlson Family,

My sincere condolences for your loss. I had the privilege of being coached by Don in hockey growing up when I played with Danielle. Roxanne’s presence around the arena was also felt when she was around (which was very often). They were both amazing people and always had a smile on their faces. They affected many people in a positive manner throughout the community and will be missed greatly.

Kevin King

Condolence from Vivian Breneol on March 2nd, 2014 1:28 PM

To Danielle, Laura and the Carlson Family:
Our sincere condolences to all of you at this time. Danielle, I remember so well the days when you were dancing with Jen at Dynamic. I always think of your smiling little face when I hear “Little Bitty Pretty One”. I was grateful to have met, worked bingos and spent time with your parents. You are all some of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. I have always held your parents in such high regard and I wanted you to know that.
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you at this difficult time.
The Breneol Family

Condolence from Sharon and Katelyn Knowles on March 2nd, 2014 9:09 PM

To Danielle and family,
We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. We have very fond memories of your parents during the hockey years. They were two wonderful, caring people who will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Sharon and Katelyn Knowles

Condolence from Brigid Hayes on March 10th, 2014 4:38 PM

Dear Laura,

I’ve just learned of this terrible tragedy and my heart aches for you at this time. I hope that you find peace among your family and friends in Calgary. My thoughts are with you,


Condolence from Delores Jones on June 30th, 2014 7:07 PM

Trevor and I offer our deepest condolences to the family. We know Rob and Virgie and had no idea that this happened in the family until watching the newscast where Rob made his statement. Totally shocking. We are so sorry for the family.

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