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WATSON, Dwight Jan

March 14, 1951 – Leamington, Ontario
March 20, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Dwight Jan Watson passed away on the morning of March 20, 2019 with family by his side at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, AB. He was 68.

Dwight was born on March 14, 1951 in Leamington, ON, the third child of his parents, Grant and Janke (Jenny) Watson. He grew up on a dairy farm in Wheatley, ON with his five siblings: George, Howard, Harold, Sonya and Roger. A strong work ethic was imprinted at a young age and later reflected in Dwight’s academic achievements, having graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science (1974), Master of Science (1983), and PhD (1991) in the field of Zoology, and from Durham University with an MBA (1997). His career spanned more than thirty-five years in international consulting, focused on coastal resource management in developing countries. Dwight’s pursuit of knowledge and the joy of sharing what he’d learned inspired him to author a book on natural resource planning in 2008, donating all proceeds to environment conservation.

Dwight’s early research studies took him abroad to Sarawak, Malaysia where he met Mary. They were married in 1979 and shared over thirty-nine years of wonderful experiences which included: living in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and The Gambia; travels to numerous countries on five continents; two children; and a multitude of friendships made around the world. Dwight lived a humble life. He enjoyed gardening with Mary in the spring and summer, hobbies like carpentry and wine making, debating current and historical events, and sharing laughs with family and friends. The thought of retiring was not a comfortable one for Dwight – dabbling in the idea twice – but he knew that when the time came, he would do so near his family, with many having settled in Calgary. The only thing Dwight cared for more than his work was his family. While it was not said often, he ensured his final words to them were, “I love you all very much.”

Dwight is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Nori; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Tammy; his brothers, Howard, Harold and Roger; and his sister, Sonya. He will be remembered for his compassion, generosity, and humour. Dwight, we miss and love you.

A Family Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. or directly to Calgary Health Trust – Foothills Medical Centre, Suite 800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, The family would like to give thanks to the doctors and nursing teams at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Foothills Medical Centre’s pulmonary unit who cared tirelessly for Dwight.

In living memory of Dwight Watson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. My deepest condolence Mary n family.

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  2. So much respect for you Dwight! I hope you’ll fulfill all of your projects up there. You’re an inspiration. We’ll be thinking of you

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  3. Judy and Ken McBean

    Ken and I are so very sorry for your loss, and out thoughts are with you always,

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  4. My friend
    ‘Tis a loss so many of us feel
    To your calm passion and even keeled friendship for which I appreciated
    With much love and blessings as you move on with your journey
    A friend of both yours and Mary’s for always

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  5. Mike and Eng Lim

    We feel your pain and your sorrow and we pray for peace and comfort from our Lord to the Watson Family.

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  6. My deepest condolences Mary, Nori, Ryan. Dwight was a colleague and friend. It seemed that I was always following his footsteps from one project to another beginning with SRDP in Bau-Bau, then to the CPMS-II Project and the CEPI Project. Dwight even attended my wedding in Kendari. Needless to say, Dwight had a profound influence on my life. I will remember his leadership and miss his friendship. He is in my prayers.

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  7. Our condolences to Mary and family. Although I never met Dwight ,I am sure he was a great guy and will dearly missed by his love ones. Rest in peace Dwight.

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  8. Ryan and the entire Watson family, Although I never met Dwight, through working with Ryan over the years, I’ve indirectly experienced the deep care and love for family and friends that Dwight brought to this world. My sincerest condolences to all of you at this time.

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  9. Steve Yeo and Family

    Dear Mary, Nori, Ryan and Tammy,

    Our deepest condolences to you all and we are definitely sadden by Dr. Watson’s departure but rest assured that that now he is at a better place.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Take good care and do let us know if there are anything we can be of help.

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