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OAKES, John Joseph

March 3, 1934 – Hamilton, Ontario
April 20, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

John Oakes beloved husband of Patricia Oakes (nee Speers) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

After graduating from Royal Military College with his class in 1958, John attended the University of Toronto where he obtained a Civil Engineering degree. John joined the Chevron Group in 1961. Over the next seventeen years, he completed various operational and technical management assignments in Vancouver, BC; Tahiti, French Polynesia; San Francisco, California and London, England. He was also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and served for a time as the Chairman of the American Society of Lubrication Engineers in Vancouver, BC. He moved to Turbo Resources Ltd. in 1978 to work as a Senior Technical Specialist (Fuels and Lubricants) in Vancouver and Calgary. In 1993, John formed Oakes Petro-Chem Services Inc. The company offered consulting services in petroleum chemistry. He later worked for many years as a consultant in Calgary for Boss Lubricants as Technical Director.

Besides his loving wife, Patricia, John is survived by his daughter Janet Fisher; daughter and son-in-law, Karen Oakes and Kevin Kisiloski; four grandchildren, Austin, Adam, Aaron and Katie. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Clint Magill; brother David Oakes; as well as his niece and her spouse, Anne and Danny O’Brien and their children. John was predeceased by his parents, Bertha and Lloyd Oakes and his sister Susan Oakes. After his mother’s death, he was also very close to his step-mother Isabelle Oakes (nee Houston) who raised him from the age of five.

There will be a get together with friends and family at a later date where we will all share the happy times we had with John. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of John Oakes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Dear Pat
    So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have fond memories of him as a lovely neighbor. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
    Marian and Bob Kidd ( green belt neighbors)

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  2. Rabin Ramanjooloo

    Karen, Janet and Mrs Oakes, in this difficult time please accept our sincere condolences. From family we draw our strength. But when strength falters under the weight of sorrow, know that friends are close by, should ever you need us.

    Mallory, Auden, Laura & Rabin Ramanjooloo

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  3. Please accept our sincere condolences love cliff and bev

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  4. Dear Pat,
    Sincere condolences. We are thinking of you.
    Dennis and Bunnie McCrackin

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  5. Helen Hexspoor

    Pat and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Boss Lubricants for over 10 years. I will miss his great sense of humour, and quick wit. John always had a great story and we shared much laughter. May your memories of John hold him close to your heart. It was such a joy to come to work everyday when John was there.

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  6. Pat and Family, I am very sorry to hear about John’s passing. I worked with John for many years at Turbo and I know this news has made it around to many of the alumni that worked with John over the years. John had unique capabilities, for a man with his technical knowledge he had the ability to take the knowledge and break it down so the non technical person could understand it and his sense of humour always helped in the sales pitch. My best regards to everyone during this difficult time.

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  7. David Carter

    I had the pleasure to work with John (Oaksie) over the years when he was at Turbo. John was always a great guy to be around, with his sense of humour, and of course his technical knowledge of how things work, and what lubricant was the best to keep it going. It seems like a short time ago that we were all at Turbo, having fun and working hard. John will be missed on this earth, and from my family to yours our thoughts are with you as you remember and also celebrate his life.

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