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NOAKES, John Alec

April 20, 1920 – Regina, Saskatchewan
April 12, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Dr. John (Jack) Alec Noakes passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 12, 2018, just a few days shy of his 98th birthday. It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our dad, grandad and great-grandad.

Born in Regina, raised in Saskatchewan (Shaunavon, Swift Current, Kerrobert), Jack was the only child of Alec and Lavina Noakes. Jack was very adventurous and he was a talented athlete, excelling at hockey, track and field, swimming, and golf. He loved to entertain with stories of his childhood travels and escapades in rural Saskatchewan.

After the University of Saskatchewan, Jack graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a medical degree specializing in urology. During World War II, he served as a captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. While at Queen’s, Jack met Peggy, the love of his life. They married June 26, 1948 and began a long and wonderful journey together. After a year in Ottawa they moved to Calgary and created a home in Elbow Park, Calgary, AB, with five children and more than a few dogs.

To those who knew Jack, he embodied a strong work ethic with willingness to help others. Although he had a very busy medical practice, Jack was extremely dedicated to his family He was always there to give a hand with projects, encourage his family to learn sports, and instill the importance of education. For almost 65 years, their Elbow Park home was the place for family and friends to gather until the flood of 2013 when they moved to Rideau Towers. When the children were young, holidays were often at the family farm near Aldersyde where he taught them to ride bareback, plant windbreaks, and create huge gardens. Jack and Peggy then found their special property at Shuswap Lake, which became their beloved home away from home; restoring the log cabin, building a house, planting an orchard, and creating beautiful gardens. Jack was happiest working outside, building and fixing things, and driving his tractor.

Jack was dedicated to advancing medicine, especially with regards to surgical urology, along with education, licensing, and ongoing evaluation of doctors. He held numerous leadership positions including President of Medical Council of Canada, President of the Council of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and Chairman of the National Committee on Medical Education, Licensure, and Continuing Education. He was a Member of the University Council of Queen’s University. He was proud to serve as President of the Medical Staff, Director of the Department of Surgery, and Director of the Division of Urology at the Calgary General Hospital. Jack thoroughly enjoyed his role as a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Urology at U of C while maintaining his private practice.

After a successful and well-respected medical career, Jack retired to spend time with his family and friends, enjoy Shuswap, and travel the world with Peggy. Jack will be dearly remembered and cherished for his dedication to family and friends, strong character, warm smile, sense of humour, and love of life.

Jack is survived by children, Anne Love, Douglas (Pat Smith), Jamie (Cathy), Jane Keyser (Eric), Mary (Hans Kumbruch), twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife, Peggy (April 5, 2017).

Funeral Services will be held at The Glencoe Club (636 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB) on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow at The Glencoe Club.Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of John Noakes, 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. My sincere condolences to Jamie, Mary and all family members.
    I enjoyed my encounters with Jack and Peggy when they visited SHUSWAP Lake.
    Jack was such a gentleman.

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  2. Donna & Stan Kwong

    With deepest sympathy to all of the extended Noakes family, please know that you are in our thoughts during this very difficult time. May you find some comfort in knowing that Jack and Peggy are now reunited, and may fond memories of happy times together help carry you through the weeks and months ahead…

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  3. Sorry for your loss Mary, Hans, & Kelly – your father/grandfather lived to a respectable old age and it sounds like he accomplished many things in his life, most importantly the time he spent with his family. Linda and Ron Cain

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  4. Dr. Murray M Fraser

    To the Noakes Family,
    Thank you for your phone call of notification of Jack’s passing. My daughter Wendelin who lives in Calgary brought me the obituary published in the Calgary Herald. I read it all and agree he had a wonderful life and would congratulate him for mixing medicine – both clinical and professional – so well and having time for his family. I will miss not being able to contact him when I travel to Calgary to spend time with my own family. Our association and friendship goes back to the 40’s when we were in Medical School together at Queen’s University, but our paths crossed many times over 75 years in our professional extra curricular medical meetings – often in Ottawa.
    Please accept my condolences,
    Dr Murray M Fraser

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  5. Benni Chisholm

    Jack and my sister, Beryl Hanbidge Lipe, were enthusiastic golf buddies. Once he came to pick her up for a game and she had just put cookies in the oven. Guess what took precedence – Jack and golf. For two days our house was perfumed with the aroma of burnt cookies.

    Though my husband Merritt and I lived for several years in Elbow Park, we missed knowing the Noakes family. We send our condolences to the family

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  6. Merline Watson

    To the Noakes Family,
    We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Noakes, your dear father, grandfather and great grandfather .
    Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Warmest regards,
    Merline, David, Michelle and Stuart Watson.

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