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WATSON, John Stuart

April 10, 1924 – December 11, 2018

John Stuart Watson, beloved husband of Doris Watson (nee Lokken) of Calgary Alberta, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the age of 94 years.

John was born to David and Christine Watson on their farm near Belbeck, SK, on April 10, 1924. In the late 1940’s John moved to Calgary, AB where he and Doris were married in 1949 and raised their family.

From an early age, John loved working with his hands and discovering how things were made, which naturally led to his 30 year career with the Public Works Department at the Government of Alberta. A carpenter by training, John also gained skills in many other trades and regularly made and fixed things at home and for family and friends.

John took pleasure in volunteering all of his adult life: for his children’s activities and at their schools, in his community (Tuxedo and Banff Trail), his church (St. David’s United and Faith Lutheran), the Calgary Scandinavian Centre; and wherever else a helping hand was needed. In recognition of his volunteer service, John was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.

Throughout the years John enjoyed reading, curling, bowling, camping, and travelling throughout Canada, the U.S. and Norway. The years John and Doris spent square dancing led to their participation in 1988 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony. John served in the Canadian Armed Forces and was a proud member of the Calgary 264 Legion.

Grandpa John will always be remembered for his expertise at jigsaw puzzles, growing sweet peas and telling a great joke!

Besides Doris, his loving wife of sixty-nine years, John is survived by his children Marie Forester of Calgary, Lorne Watson of Cranbrook, BC, and Gwen Brown of Calgary; granddaughters Ruth (Brent) Smith of Okotoks, Sarah Forester of Calgary, Johanna Thompson of Calgary, Jennifer (Tyler) Mitzel of Kelowna, BC, and Maryjane Brown of Victoria, BC; honorary grandchildren Emily and Jordan Forester of Calgary; and great-grandchildren Riley Paulishyn, Quinn and Kelsey Mitzel, Brandon and Jay Thompson, and Stacia and Jocelyn Smith. He is also survived by his brother Archie Watson of Kelowna, BC, and his nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his siblings Billy, Donalda, Kay, Kelsey and their respective spouses.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB), on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:00pm, followed by a brief graveside gathering at Queen’s Park Cemetery. The reception will be held in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. A visitation will take place at 1:00pm prior to the start of services. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of John Watson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. John was a good man always helping anyway he could and vey smart as he knew how to do everything

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  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family as they mourn the loss of John. May you hold your lost cherished memories close to your hearts always!!! We are sorry that we are unable to be with you today but know that we are thinking about you!! Love Uncle Rod, Auntie Deb Toane and family

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  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with Auntie Doris and the family with the passing of Uncle John. We hope you feel peace and comfort as you reflect on a life well lived.

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  4. Pamela Rivoire and Harold Hornford

    We are so sorry to hear of Johns passing. May the memories you have of happy family times together sooth the feelings of loss and grief. Remember that John loved his family and was very proud of each and every one of you. He passed knowing he had been a good husband and father.

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  5. On behalf of Frances Fairhead, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to John’s family. Living close by for many years, John and Doris were good friends of Bill and Fran – both couples having enjoyed square dancing and participating in the 1988 Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies. Fran was sorry to hear of John’s passing.

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  6. Marie I was very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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