Arthur Dennis DAVIS
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DAVIS, Arthur Dennis
May 19, 1920 – Calgary, Alberta
March 19, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Dennis Davis on Saturday morning, March 19, 2016 at the age of 95. He was forever young.
Arthur was a highly respected contributor to the Calgary community. Competitive sports, sports promotion, business leadership and initiatives, and government embodied his life. He thrived on challenges for the betterment and encouragement of many people. Most of all he was a guiding, generous and protective father.
He lived a full life. From Premiers to Mayors and Statesman to Prime Ministers, Art would offer his opinion and expertise to all. His generation, a part of the history of a young growing province, had a lasting mark on the "Alberta Advantage". Peter Lougheed, Don Getty, Ralph Klein and many others would welcome Art at the table as they reminisced about the people and province they were devoted to. Arthur's real journey started when he met Margaret Webster. They married in Calgary in 1942 and raised four children. He leaves behind Diane (David) Hutton, twins Gail and Brian (Lya) Davis, Dorothy (Mark) Woolstencroft; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; as well as many dear friends. We are forever grateful to Diana Shaw who offered support and assistance as he negotiated life's many obstacles. "Staywell Manor" was the welcome respite Arthur needed in his last years. They were simply superb! Caring, kind, and empathetic. How lucky we were to find them. Thank you is not enough.
As a hotel keeper in Alberta and British Columbia, Arthur became active in the Alberta Hotel Association serving as its president from 1959 to 1962 and also vice president of the Canadian Hotel Association.
His passion for sports continued throughout his life. Alberta Junior Tennis Champion in the early 1930s to hockey, baseball and soccer before turning his attention to golf. In recognition of his commitment to sports, he was named Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the year in 1958. In 1994 after being president of the Canadian Seniors' Golf Association, he was made a honorary life member of the British Seniors' Golf Association. Arthur's involvement with the Alberta Cancer Board was his greatest achievement. Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Board from 1988 to 1993. Later he went on to help found the Calgary Prostate Cancer Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors until the present.
Arthur's community and business-related interests led to his appointment on many varied clubs and boards: Ranchmen's Club, Calgary Olympic Coliseum Society, Saddledome Foundation, and the Parks Foundation. In 1989, Arthur was a recipient of an Alberta Achievement Award as well as the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 1997. In March 2011, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Arthur's memory, his courage and fighting spirit to never give up on yourself, your family and your community, will live on through those who knew him and within the foundation blocks that are part of this province.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Doctors and the medical staff at the Rockyview General Hospital Unit 74.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Prostate Cancer Centre, 6500 - 7007 14 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 1P9, telephone: 403-943-8888,, or to Christ Church, 3602 – 8th Street S.W.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through
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Published in Calgary Herald from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2016.
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July 12, 2016
Diane and family. Only recently did we learn of Mr. Davis's passing, he was a wonderful man. I was very fortunate to work for Mr. Davis as a secretary in the late 70's . I can lovingly say that his encouragement and confidence in me was the most influential point of my life. He offered myself and my husband opportunities that never had us look back with regret, only gratitude. He will always be remembered as Father Christmas to me. Lynn & Bill Calvert
Lynn & Bill Calvert
March 29, 2016
Dear Diane,
How lucky you were to have had your father in your life for so many yeas indeed - A fun man for sure and I remember him from the days on 14th Avenue - we are all getting old.

Jayne Border
March 29, 2016
Art was an amazing, compassionate man. I enjoyed his company and advice on a regular basis. He was a critical part of the Prostate Cancer Centre's success. Art knew the cancer world very well and gave both money and time generously. The Prostate Cancer Centre is proud to be associated with Art. My condolences to all the family. He will be missed. Pam Heard
March 27, 2016
Rest With the Angels !
Tony Way
March 27, 2016
It was an Honour to be at Service to Art over the Years ! May He Rest in Peace with the Angels !
Tony ( Mr. T. ) Way ; Cascade Limousine Service.
Tony Way
March 27, 2016
Dorothy & family,
I met Mr. Davis during my stint as Pippa's alternate dog walker. I remember Mr. Davis as "one of a kind" a gentle man of the old school kind & considerate.
I was proud to have known him.
Terry Briand
March 27, 2016
I am lucky that my Dad was in my life for such a long time (and I am almost his age!!!)
March 25, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Art's passing. I always loved talking with "Mr Davis" growing up in Eagle Ridge, and especially hearing about his cars and motorbikes. My thoughts are with all of the Davis family at this difficult time
Jim Sparrow
March 25, 2016
Dorothy & Family -
Oh the memories my Dad and Mom would have of being with your Mom & Dad in Calgary, Edmonton & Pauma Valley. But so much more in the way Art conducted himself; everyone felt they were important in his eyes. He had a skill for listening to people and then gently offering advice. We of the Hobbs/Noble/Copot family offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad; a true original!! We will honour Art with a donation to Calgary Minor Hockey which we know was a love of his. It is somewhat ironic that we find ourselves in Pauma Valley and unable to attend the service. We will have our own private celebration of his life down here. All the best to you all. Hobbs/Copot/Noble family.
Harry Hobbs
March 24, 2016
Gail & Family. Our deepest condolences to you & your family on the passing of your father, Art Davis.
He will be truly missed. We enjoyed our special times with him & will always have fond memories.
Ray & Shirley
March 24, 2016
Dear Dorithy & Family
Mr Davis was one of the kindest man / he & Margie were such
Special people & Jim & I loved them both dearly
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your very Dear Father & Grandfather
Shelley & Jim
Shelley Jempson
March 24, 2016
I'm so so sorry for your loss I was an employee at the cg&cc for twenty years mr Davis was so kind and a very awesome man he will be missed
Big hugs to his family
Sylvia Cavanagh
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