SHARPE, Douglas Allan "Doug"
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October 26, 1946 – Duncan, BC
February 17, 2014 – Calgary, AB
On Monday, February 17, 2014 at the age of 67 years, Douglas Allan Sharpe went Home to spend eternity with His Lord and Savior. Our beloved Husband, Dad and Grandpa was born on October 26, 1946 in Duncan, British Columbia. Most of his childhood years were spent in Castor, Alberta and it was there that he met Connie Welsh. In 1967, they pledged their lives to each other in marriage. Their eldest daughter, Trina, was born in 1971 in High Prairie, Alberta. In 1976, their youngest, Tara, was born in Calgary, Alberta. Doug had a long, rewarding career with ATCO Gas and was also involved in local politics. Before retirement, Doug spent the remaining years of his career in the Airdrie ATCO office. A family man and treasured friend, he always had a laugh, a joke, or a story to share. He was always ready to offer a listening ear and had such a generous, kind spirit. Throughout their married lives, Connie and Doug loved to travel together. An avid photographer and motorcycle enthusiast, Doug enjoyed many road trips with Connie, family and friends. Shortly into retirement, Doug's diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma charted a new course for him as he had at times, a very difficult battle to fight. He bravely fought, even enjoying a short remission in which he found time to become a volunteer driver for other cancer patients. In this time, he also became the very proud Grandfather of three beautiful grandchildren whom he loved so deeply. Doug is survived by his loving wife Connie of Airdrie; daughters Trina (Steve) Dunsmoor of Kelowna and Tara (Jacob) Topping of Calgary; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Oliver and Alexis Topping. Doug is also survived by his three siblings Sheryl Jackson and family of Calgary, Wayne (Linda) Sharpe and family of Leduc, and Cindy (Marty) Miller of Spruce Grove. Doug was predeceased by his father Eric; mother Elsie; and brother-in- law Russ Jackson. A Memorial Service for Doug will be held at Centre Street Church (3900 - 2 Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta) on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank Dr. Bahlis, Dr. Neri and the staff of Units 57 and 46 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and FMC for their compassionate care throughout his illness. If so desired, donations in memory of Doug may be made to a charity of your choice. In living memory of Doug Sharpe, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Feb. 25, 2014