On May 23, 2019, William Dickie passed at the Calgary Sarcee Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Anne Dickie (Nan Devonshire), children, Barb, Bill (Joanne); grandchildren, Mark (Jodi), Trevor (Sonja), Tara (Graham), Jesse, Reilly (Sophie), Jeremy (Laura), great grandchildren, Luke, Kate, Jersie, Jorgia, Greyson, Kinsley, Bauer, Bowen, Caden, Hudson and Nash. Stepchildren Suzanne Devonshire Baker (Glenn Tibbles), Jim (Holly)Devonshire and their children and grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by first wife Jean F. Dickie (1979), daughter Lorraine J. Deeks(2017) and stepdaughter Judy Tilston(2012). Bill was born in Macleod, Alberta on August 13, 1925, second of three children to William and Mary Dickie, and brother to Geraldine and Cathy. After graduating from high school in 1944, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy as a sailor. After discharge from the Navy, Bill enrolled at the University of Alberta where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce Degree 1948. He went to University of B.C. to start his law degree but returned to University of Alberta to complete his Law Degree in 1951. Bill practiced law in Calgary and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1970. He was most proud to serve the City of Calgary as an Alderman followed by representing Calgary Glenmore as a Member of Alberta Legislature and Cabinet minister of Mines and Minerals (MLA 12 years). After leaving politics he was a Director for a number of companies and was involved in many small businesses. In 1988 Bill was presented with the Benemeranti Medal (“To a Well Deserving Person”) is conferred by the Pope for exceptional accomplishment and service. Bill was fortunate to find love twice. Bill and Jean built a loving and happy family. Following Jean’s death Bill was able to enjoy his retirement with Nan continuing to travel the world with friends, play bridge and enjoy their place in Rancho Mirage, CA. Bill loved to travel to see and witness many different cultures. He was proud of his accomplishments at the Calgary Golf and Country Club, in particular shooting his age a couple of times. He loved his family and friends. He will be missed for the way he would challenge you to find solutions to the many challenges in life. Bill and his family were so grateful to the many healthcare specialists that he met over the last couple of years. Special thanks goes to the caring individuals including Dr M.Geoghegan, the staff at The Manor at Garrison Woods and Sarcee Hospice. A Funeral Mass for Bill’s life will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827-24 Street S.W.) on Friday May 31, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. which he attended for many years. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Dickie family through www.evanjstrong.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Sarcee Hospice (3504 Sarcee Road SW, T3E 2L3). Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199
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