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NESBITT, John McFall

September 10, 1923 – August 30, 2011

John Nesbitt, beloved husband of Wendy Nesbitt of Calgary, died on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at the age of 87 years.

John was born in Gull Lake, SK. He was educated in Paris, ON, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a business degree. John spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry as a Petroleum Landman, at Great Plains Oil Company and later Norcen Oil. He was an early member of the Landman’s Association, the Glencoe Club where he enjoyed curling and a long time member of Knox United Church. He volunteered with the Girl Guides Association and the Post Polio Society. John was known as a resource for borrowed tools and always fixing flat tires when he resided in the community of Elbow Park. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Besides his loving wife of fifty-eight years, John is survived by three daughters, Janet Nesbitt, Margot Nesbitt both of Calgary and Liz Nesbitt of Rossland, BC; four grandchildren, John and Shannon Nesbitt and Mitch and Cara Lizzi. He is also survived by his brother Robert Nesbitt of Kelowna, BC; two nieces Cathy Nesbitt and her husband Richard Romolok of Kelowna, and Carol Holland and her husband Ted of Longvalley, NJ; great-niece and great-nephew, Gwendolyn and Graydon Holland; a nephew Doug Turnbull (Maureen MacPherson) of Coquitlam, BC; and sister-in-law Jean Dell of Vancouver, BC and brother-in-law David Turnbull and his wife Nancy of Toronto, ON. He was predeceased by his parents Hugh and Dr. Mary Nesbitt of Berwick, NS and his sister Margaret Arnott of Barrie, ON.

At John’s request a private family gathering will be held. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, family would like to thank Dr. D. Reuther and Kate Butler at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Dr. Robert Cole, and the staff at the Foothills Country Hospice.

In living memory of John Nesbitt, a tree 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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  1. Mike and Jean Geldert

    Wendy and Family,
    Our condolences to you and your family. John was a wonderful man. I remember the first time we met, it was the evening I was accepted as a member of CAPL (1974). John came up to me after the meeting and introduced himself as a relative…and thus began a friendship of a lifetime. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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  2. Vern & Dora (Goller) Meek

    Our condolences to you and yours. Though I do not remember the children of Hugh and our Dr. Nesbitt, the name caught my eye. And it was the same Nesbitt we knew from Tompkins, Saskatchewan back in the 40’s and 50’s. We 6 children of Francis & Grace Gollers had our Immunization shots from Johns Mother. .
    Sincerely Vern & Dora (Goller) Meek

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  3. Sue (Steele) Browning

    Dear Wendy, Margot and family.
    I was so very sad to read of John’s passing, and although he obviously lead a full and rewarding life, saying good-bye is so very hard.
    My sincere condolences for your loss.
    Sue Browning

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  4. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Nesbitt, Janet, Margot, Liz and your families. I will always have plenty of fond memories of your husband and father, as I grew up next door. I am sure John had a few not so fond memories of those times, but he was always there if needed. It was always nice to see a familiar face as I patroled through the old nieghborhood on my partner Monty.
    He will be missed by many.

    Mike O’Connor

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  5. Janet, Shannon and John, My sincere condolences to you. Janet you are a wonderful and loving daughter. My thoughts are with you. Lark

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  6. Leonard &isabelle

    The old keeps getting smaller. Wishing you strength and peace in your time of need.

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  7. Dear Wendy and family,
    I was saddened to read in the Herald that John had passed away. We haven’t been in touch in the last several years, but I have always remembered the fun times we had when the four of us were newly married and living on 19th Street.
    He was a wonderful family man and you will miss him so very much, but I am sure you will find solace in the many happy memories that are yours to treasure.
    Barbara Deyell

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  8. Dearest Liz and Family,

    So sad to read that your dad passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Diane Pearsall

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  9. You have my sincere condolences.
    He was a prince among men.

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