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NESBITT, John Duane

November 25, 1939
May 26, 2019

Duane Nesbitt of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the age of 79 years.

Duane grew up in Taylorton and Bienfait, SK. After graduating from Teachers College in Moose Jaw, SK in 1959, he taught elementary school for five years in North Battleford. Duane graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He taught high school English in Esterhazy until 1967, then moved to Calgary to teach English at James Fowler High School. Duane transferred to William Aberhart High School where he taught English until his retirement in 1995. Duane enjoyed teaching Shakespeare to both his students and his children and could sometimes be heard in the backyard telling “Shakespeare stories” to his young children and their neighbourhood friends. Duane was also the king of Trivial Pursuit and other trivia games. He took great pleasure in beating everyone that he played. Duane was a huge sports fan. He enjoyed watching and playing all kinds of sports and especially loved watching his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders. Duane took his mother, Vera, an ardent baseball fan, to Toronto to see the Blue Jays play. It was a highlight for both of them. Duane was an avid golfer and tennis player. In his retirement, he golfed during the summer at the Bearspaw Country Club and played tennis during the winter at Venture Out Resort in Mesa Arizona. He had many golfing and tennis buddies that helped make his retirement years active and happy. Duane also liked to travel and took many memorable trips with his friend, Mavis Mckay, to exotic locales such as Peru, Europe, Britain and Hawaii.

He is survived by his daughter Nadine Nesbitt (Paul Percival); his sister, Lynne Krecklau; and nieces Sheila and Maureen and nephew Blair. He is predeceased by his mother, Vera; his father, Jack; his brother Barry; and son Scott.

Condolences may be forwarded through Duane’s family would like to thank the staff and homecare at Staywell Manor in Garrison Woods for their support and assistance during the last year.

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

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  1. Nadine, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He and I enjoyed so many wonderful trips together, as well as our time spent in Mesa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Mavis and Family

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  2. Valerie Zajac

    I had the privilege of having Mr Nesbitt as my High School English teacher (1985). He was a tough marker at the time but really cared about us, the students. I went on to get an English BA and MLIS degree. I am sorry to hear of his passing and send my prayers and condolances to the family.

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  3. Dearest Nadine,
    We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Much love from us all.
    Lana, Dwayne and family

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  4. Nadine and Paul,
    We are so so sorry for your loss. I have many childhood memories of your dad and can still hear the sound of his voice. If there is anything at all we can do please let us know.
    Love, Julie, Ross, Bradon and Reid

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  5. Nadine, as we read your Dad’s obituary it is fun to remember the good times in our neighbourhood when your generation was growing up – Dads and Moms seeking their kids from friends homes, watching everyone play. We knew Duane as quiet Dad and I do remember him enjoying sports. Thinking of you. The Millers

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