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, www.prostatecancercentre.ca
, 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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com
In living memory of Arthur Davis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.