THOMPSON, Douglas Robert
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May 18, 1926 - February 7, 2013
With great sadness, the family of Doug Thompson announce his passing on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the age of 86 years. Doug was born and raised in Lethbridge, those early years on the prairie forming his character as a self-made man and independent thinker who passionately loved the province of Alberta and took great pride in being a western Canadian. After obtaining a diploma from Mount Royal College, he spent the early years of his adult life surveying from Athabasca to Medicine Hat and beyond. He met his wife Betty at Mount Royal. She introduced him to the joy of classical music; he introduced her to a life of adventure, fun and laughter. Their five children and close circle of friends spent summers at Sylvan Lake, winters on the ski slopes and later, under the sun of Arizona. When not surveying he was fishing and hunting, both lifelong passions he shared and passed on to his sons. He founded Upland Birds of Alberta, which was devoted to raising pheasants to replenish depleting stock and habitat for Alberta's pheasant population. An early member of the Glencoe Club, Doug spent many years on the badminton and squash courts and eventually served as the President of the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1979. He took pride in being the oldest living President of the club. When later pursuits took him into real estate development in downtown Calgary, Doug partnered to erect many office buildings on 11 and 12 Avenue, in the Beltline. Doug was an avid golfer and long-time member of Earl Grey Golf and Country Club and the Glencoe Golf and Country Club. At various points in his life, he was a Shriner, Boy Scout leader and a Rotarian. Doug was an avid gardener and grew hundreds of trees on the various properties he owned throughout his life. The trees today are tall and thriving including the "Bette and Bloss" palm trees in Scottsdale, Arizona. Doug is survived by his children Barbara and Michael Mitchell, Susan and Ken Piercy, John and Joni Thompson, Rodger and Susan Thompson, Bob and Gretchen Thompson; grandchildren John, Cameron, Grace, Lauren (Greg), Robyn (Brady), Allison, Shelby, Jordan, Kyle, Madeline, Angela, Katie, Alexandra and Stephanie; great- grandchildren Myles and Brett; sister Audrie Graham; sister-in-law Helen Grimson. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty in 2006 and his beloved grandson Paddon, who passed away on the same date as his Papa in 2012. At Doug's wish, his family will hold a private Ceremony, laying him to rest next to Betty in the Foothills Cemetery, high on a bluff looking west over the countryside he loved so much. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Glencoe Club, 636 - 29 Avenue S.W., tomorrow, February 14, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Pheasants Forever Calgary (Telephone 403-995-9960), P.O. Box 1659, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1B5. Deepest thanks from the family to Dr. Britt Simmons and Dr. Brian Stewart and the staff on Unit 56 at the Rockyview Hospital with special thanks to Jenn, Colleen and Susan. Your professionalism and compassion, your determination to honor his wishes and to make his death peaceful. We are forever grateful. In living memory of Doug Thompson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13, 2013