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HAWKES, V.L. (Doug)
May 17, 1916 - February 2, 2012
Doug died peacefully on February 2, 2012 at the age of 95 years. Doug was a proud Calgarian, born in Calgary and grew up swimming and skating on the Elbow River. He went to Rideau Park School and Western Canada High School. During the Depression years, he travelled throughout B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan as a salesman selling yeast. Doug joined the Air Force in 1941 and after his initial training service he volunteered to go overseas for active duty. He was assigned to the 419 Moose Squadron and his final trip with his crew was in the Battle of Berlin, when he was shot down. He and two of his crew survived and became prisoners of war, in Stalag IVB Germany. After liberation, Doug returned to Calgary on the last day of the Stampede! Shortly after enjoying some months of real freedom, Doug met and soon married his sister's close friend, Dorothy Gish in 1947. Doug became and enjoyed his years as a realtor. He was president of the Real Estate Board and received a sixty years of service award in 2010. He was also an active member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and was always very community minded. Doug helped form the Glendale Kiwanis Club and eventually served as Lieutenant Governor for Southern Alberta. Doug worked with colleagues to host an international POW reunion in 1985 that helped inspire the formation of an Air Crew Association in Calgary. With the help of like-minded colleagues, Doug established the Memorial for the British Commonwealth Training Plan at the Aerospace Museum in 1995. It was in 1955, that the Calgary Foundation was founded by visionary community leaders like Doug and he vowed to return the favour of the generosity of the Red Cross during his years as a POW during WWII. Doug was recognized as an honorary life director of the Calgary Foundation in 1996, and was also given a lifetime membership to the Talisman Centre, and claimed to be the oldest aqua-size participant. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of sixty-five years; his five sons, Gerry (Glenys), David (Shelagh), John (Vonnie), Robert (Patricia), and Peter (Heather); fifteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and an older brother Murray in Vancouver. Doug was predeceased by his brother Paul and sister Hazel. A Celebration of Doug's life will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Valentine's Day is appropriate as Doug's favourite colour was red! Forward condolences through . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in memory of Doug to the Calgary Foundation, Aerospace Museum Association of Calgary Fund, No. 700, 999 - 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 ( ) or to a charity of personal choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Debra Sasges and the staff on Unit 83 at the Rockyview Hospital for all of their care and support. In living memory of Doug Hawkes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2012.
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February 20, 2012
I grew up going to the POW meetings and loved to hear Doug's stories. He always had this amazing sense of humour and could see the light in any situation. Growing up in a society of item-driven people, it was honouring to see how grateful Doug was for just soup and sandwiches. It helped me remember how easy I have it and that it was people like Doug that make my life possible. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and love goes to Dorothy and his family.

Megan Davidson
Megan Davidson
February 17, 2012
My mother, Evelyn Bohannon, lived down the street from the Hawke's family and spent lots of time together growing up. Doug got in touch with my mother prior to her death in 2007 and came to our family farm for a cup of tea and to remember stories from their growing up years. It was like having two history books in my kitchen listening to them talk. I was glad that I was able to meet Doug. Doug will be greatly missed. My condolences to Dorothy and his family.

Anne Bohannon
Anne Bohannon
February 14, 2012
Doug was an amazing man and he will be truly missed by his family and friends. My thoughts are with the Hawkes family on this very sad day.
Sharon Barr
February 11, 2012
Doug grew up next door to my husband Bus McCalla, I was fortunate to meet Doug and Dorothy in 1975, they became very good friends to me.My deepest sympathy goes to Dorothy and all the family. With my love Bobby McCalla
February 10, 2012
I only met Mr. Hawkes once or twice, but I do know John and Vonnie, and wish to express my condolences to you both and all your family at the loss of your father. Sincerely, Leslie Holmes (formerly Allan)
Leslie Holmes
February 10, 2012
I have not seen Doug or family for many years. I wish to express me condolances to the family. Doug had a very interesting life and was appreciated by many people
Reg Hawkes
February 9, 2012
Lost a link to our past on February 2nd. I've always considered him to be my own 'Papa' Doug. Will miss him. Thinking of ALL the Hawkes right now.
Heather Williams
February 9, 2012
Our family will always remember Doug with fondness and love. He will truly be missed. Doug was a gentleman in every sense of the word. His kindness and sense of humour always made you feel great. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Dorothy and the family.
Sincerely from the families of
Sharon Reid, Sandra Read & Wayne Cassidy
Sharon Reid
February 9, 2012
The Hawkes family and the McCalla family share so much history and life together. Doug remembered my father, Bus, being brought home as a new baby to the house on Talon Avenue in Calgary. Doug and my Uncle Pete were lifetime friends until Uncle Pete passed away. Doug regaled us with stories of our families and nurtured the bond that continues to this day.
We miss him ......
Susan McCalla
February 9, 2012
We will miss Doug's sense of humour at CREB's Past President's dinners every year. He always made us smile and reminded us to be thankful for our Veterans.
Becky Walters
February 9, 2012
What a great father. So long buddy. Regards DGH
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