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MORISON, Doug

August 25, 1922 – Vermilion, Alberta
January 17, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of John Douglas Morison at the age of 96 on Jan 17, 2019 at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Care, Lancaster Unit.

Doug was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Yvonne (Arnason) in 2009; brothers, Al and Bill Morison; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Bill) Morison, Babe Arnason, Phyllis Thomas; and brothers-in-law, Bill Thomas and Jack Saunders.

Doug is survived by children, Glenn (Mary-Jean Henderson), Gaybrielle (Rick Brown), and Gord (Joanne). Papa will be sorely missed by grandchildren, Siobhan and Janna, Zoe (Michael McDonald-Beraskow) and Zach, and Jacquey Valadka (AJ), Genieve, and Giselle; his great-grandchildren Edie, Arlo and Eliot; his sister Doris Saunders; his brother and sister-in-law Bob and Laurie Morison and sister-in-law Mim (Al) Morison. Doug is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Doug was born in Vermilion to Doris and John Morison and raised in Ponoka. During WWII Doug joined the Airforce where he served with the RCAF as a Halifax Bomber Pilot with RAF 77 Squadron. He completed 39 missions and was awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross). In later life Doug made many trips to Cold Lake as a guest of his cherished F18-flier friends and in Calgary he was a keen member of the Air Crew Association.

Following the war, Doug married the love of his life, Yvonne and studied engineering at the UofA and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UBC in 1949. They made homes in Edmonton, Houston, Woodward OK, and Calgary. He worked 40 years in the oil patch with Perforating Guns and Dresser where he retired as a VP. During this time he was a partner in both Premier and Ronaco metal building companies. In retirement Doug became VP of Noise Solutions, a NASA contractor, and was NASA’s guest several times including for the final shuttle launch. Doug worked into his 90’s achieving great success in business at various positions of executive management.

From an early age Doug loved to ski, curl, and play golf. His expertise and passion for golf led him to be one of the founders and the first president of the Derrick Golf and Winter Club in Edmonton from 1957-59.

Doug was a gentle, kind, sincere person who was loved by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the wonderful staff of the Colonel Belcher Veterans Care, Lancaster Unit.

In living memory of Doug Morison, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Deepest condolences to the Morison family ~ the passing of a wonderful man !

    From all of us at Ronaco Industries

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  2. A fine gentleman and treasured friend!

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  3. Holly Henderson

    Doug was such a kind and gentle soul. In his later years he accompanied Glenn and MJ to many of our family summer dinners and was always a welcome addition. We always appreciated the warm way that he and Yvonne welcomed us into the Morison family activities. He was a pretty special man. Condolences to all of your clan from ours.
    Holly, Tessa and Dan and Whitney.

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  4. Doug was my first home neighbor,a frequent golfing player in Hawaii and Edmonton for whom I had the highest regard and as a war hero. I won’t be able to attend the service but I give my sympathies to all of his family

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  5. As a young man Mr. Morrison welcomed me into my oilfield career with PGOC. From that moment forward JD was a trusted business associate and a great friend. Over the many years that followed it was always a special day if we met and had a few minutes to catch up. He always had time for folks. My world has been a better place having known JD. Memories that will always be cherished.

    Sincerely, Fred Martin (Edmonton)

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