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SHELLEY, Duff “Neil”

 October 7, 1938 – Kelowna, BC

September 26, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Duff (Neil Wayne) Shelley was born on October 7th, 1938 in Kelowna, BC.  Kelowna was where he was raised, attended school, partook in a few shenanigans, and where he met and married the true love of his life, Jacci, in 1960.  Duff was an entrepreneur all his life and ran many successful businesses like a water softening company, a pool company, a motorcycle dealership, and a bulk mailing business.

In Duff’s retirement years, he and his “Sweetie Pie”, spent 10 years living the Gypsy lifestyle in their motorhome  travelling all over the warmer parts of the US and northern Mexico with their beloved kitty cat.

In 2006, Duff and Jacci decided to put some roots back down and settled in Okotoks, AB, to be closer to their two daughters (JoDean and Janneane), their son-in-laws (Alan and Brad), and their 7 grandchildren (Grace, Elizabeth, Shirin, Jory, Jevin, Jaelyn, and Dave).

Duff was an incurable flirt and constant tease.  His many one-liners and jokes were the constant source of laughter.  He loved fishing, motorbikes, sports cars, animals, music, good food, liquid cheer, and friends, but most of all – he loved his family.  In fact, I think he would say his greatest achievement in life was meeting Jacci and growing their wonderful family.

For all those that had the pleasure to know him, he will be very much missed.  Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

A Celebration of Duff’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through  Those wishing to make memorial contributions in Duff’s memory please forward to Meow Foundation, Box 65024, RPO North Hill, Calgary, T2N 4T6 or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, T2N 4N2, Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

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

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  1. Dear Jackie:
    I was so sad to read in the paper of Duff’s death. My heart goes out to you as I know exactly how you feel. Ron died on Aug. 31st of a heart attack. It is not an easy journey ahead for us but we have wonderful memories. I think of the Kin parties and when we ended up at your house in the pool. Many good times in our younger days.
    Duff will be well remembered in Kelowa as a great friend to many and business associate to others.
    Take care my friend and let your families love help heal this great pain you are feeling.
    Wendy Waller

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  2. Rick and Dawn Campbell

    Jacci and Family. So very sad to read about Duff’s passing. We can only remember the incredibly good times we shared in Kelowna. Somehow, it seems like only yesterday. Our hearts go out to you. We wish you strength and send you love.
    Rick and Dawn

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  3. Jacci, I was so sorry to hear about Duff. I didn’t realize you were in Okotoks. You probably knew that Bob passed away in 96 and I am living in a condominium in Kelowna.
    Regards, Bea Parkes

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  4. Dearest Jacci Mom and I were truly saddened to hear of Duffs passing . It was only a short time ago that we were thinking of both of you and wondering where you were. It is so hard to think of the words to lessen your pain but our love and prayers go out to you and your wonderful family Love Poppy Baker Angus

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  5. Bev & Roger Jaeger

    So sorry to hear of your loss, I am sure life will be very quiet with our Duffy around. I wish I could be with you and your family on this special day, but I have a commitment to deal with in Weyburn SK on Monday.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this precious time.

    Bev & Roger

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  6. My deepest condolences to Jacci, Jodean and Janeane. I am so sorry for your loss. I have missed you at the office the past few years and saddened to know you have had to deal with the loss of Duff. Please know I am thinking of you.
    Love and blessings,

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  7. Dear Jacci and family.
    so saddened to know that you have lost a husband, father and grandfather. I have missed seeing you in Kelowna and want you to know that I am thinking of you.
    Love and blessings during this difficult time,

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  8. Richard Godwin and Randy Hansen

    Jacci and Family:

    We are so sorry for the loss. We remember the day we all met in Yuma, AZ. It seems like just yesterday. The 13 years of memories will be cherished forever. You both are like parents to us and we will forever miss our Canadian Dad. We both know that an incredible man has left us. We have lost him on earth but have gained a guardian angel to continue watching over all of us. Our condolences to all.

    Richard and Randy aka “The boys in AZ”

    Cheers Duff!

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  9. Okotoks Home Care Pharmacy

    Dear Jacci,
    We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Duff was such a lovely person and his contagious smile, delightful demeanour and positive attitude will be greatly missed around here. We would always look forward to a chat and giggle whenever he came in. He is at peace and no longer in pain.
    Mona, Michelle, Kathy, Alpa, Amina, Emad, Sam and all the Staff at the pharmacy

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    Dear Jacci and Family
    So sorry to hear of Duff’s passing. Lots of great memories have come to
    mind recently,as you know by Wendy’s condolences that Ron passed
    away so sudden and the day of his funeral I learned of Warren’s passing.
    He had a heart attack on August 23rd. His life was full for only a short
    while some years ago, Duff’s life was full always with the love of
    family and good friends. I thank you both for making me and him feel
    like part of your family during our years as partners in the motorcycle
    Jacci may the love of your family and friends help keep you strong and
    loving life as you always do.

    Love Sharon Lebsack (marshall)

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  11. Robin Trethewey

    Well this is bad news. So sorry, I always got a kick out of Duff. Thanks for those fun years at the motorcycle shop.

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