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It is with much sadness that I announce the passing of our member 'geddy' who in real life was local resident Deane Doucette.

Dean was the driving force behind this forum and had encouraged me to start the forum in its present form. He wanted organization instead of the mish mash of old Live Chat forum.

He wrote many fine letters to SAP over the years and made so many other contributions from the sidelines where he was always cheering me on.

I bet he continues to do that as well from his new found peace.

He had struggled with illness for the past couple of years, but gritted his teeth and fought his way through it with courage and determination.

I will miss him terribly. His wit. His wisdom. His sage advice. His friendship.

Now gone, but never forgotten.

One of his final posts here was appropriately made in the 'Things People Love About St. Albert' forum on Christmas Eve and read:

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To all my friends of 35 years in Alberta, and particularly you here at mybirdie, in SACL, and in SATA: I wish you joy in the certain knowledge that our Redeemer is born !

We must balance that against the devil who is constantly busy. For example: a government pilot has been captured today by ISIS.

I write to say that I love that Lo-Se-Ca exists in St. Albert. I can't praise those folks highly enough. Please see their article in today's Gazette. If you have some hours to invest in volunteering, I can't think of a better use.

geddy


RIP old friend.


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I wish I'd heeded Dean's counsel.
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Wow, thank you for posting HH.  Deane has been a good friend our ours for many years and was a big supporter of the SACL as well.  His heart was always in the right place, and what he always advocated for was to keep St. Albert the great place that he had known for so many years.  You are right that he had been struggling with his health for a while, and was quite sick in the fall.  I am sad to hear of his passing, but I am glad he is no longer suffering and can rest in peace. :'(
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Deane was a special friend who lived a life of principle.  As a young man he served with the a Canadian artillery regiment and would often remind me that he considered that training to have provided him with invaluable lessons upon which he frequently relied in later life. Possibly it was his military training that gave him a precise and orderly mind which rendered any conversation with him a source of enlightenment.

 

One of his guiding lights was that public funds should be expended to produce the greatest good for the public in general and that expenditures from the public purse to serve special interest groups should be kept to a minimum. Another of his guiding lights was his unwavering compassionate for the less fortunate than himself and throughout the years of our friendship he was unstinting in his support for those who volunteered to help the poor and the distressed. His concern for the environment reflected a genuine concern that humanity be good caretakers of the planet and in his own personal life he provided an example of common sense environmentalism.

 

Deane had a deep and abiding faith in God and after months of gamely fighting health problems it seems certain that his Maker will recognize that here is a man who did the good act …. not for himself …... but for the cause of good.

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Geddy's contributions will most definitely be missed.

Godspeed Dean and thank you for your intuitiveness, encouragement and support.  
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Deane Doucette had a subtle but important impact on my life, one that began several years ago when I wrote a letter to the Gazette criticizing the people who complained about the costs of Servus Place but did not take the time to vote in the plebiscite and possibly defeat it. I remarked that citizens who complain but do not take action must accept some responsibility for the status quo. 

A few days after that, I got a call from Deane inviting me to join a meeting of the St. Albert Taxpayers Association. I agreed to do so, and I attended many of the early meetings at the St. Albert Seniors' Centre. From there, I began doing volunteer research and writing work for SATA, reviewing the voting records of City Council to determine which Councillors were the most and least fiscally responsible, contributing articles to SATA's newsletter and helping other SATA members with their written communications, and serving on SATA's Board of Directors. 

Every step of the way, Deane was there with the rest of us, providing useful insights, acting as a model of respect towards both SATA's supporters and its critics, doing his best to maintain friendly relations with Mayor Crouse and others who did not agree with what he and others in SATA promoted. From him and from others, I developed my skills as a writer and a researcher, expanded my own horizons, and learned more about the community that I am proud to call my home. 

As kellex98 noted, he was active in the community, assisting the St. Albert Community League. As theskeptic noted, Deane served his country in uniform when the time came and he knew where citizens' tax dollars could and should be most directed towards alleviating the difficulties people run into, and towards those investments that provide the greatest good to the entire community as a whole. As Ted Durham noted, Deane could cut through the BS and get straight to the point, talking straight and providing straightforward and brilliant insight. 

In all of these ways, Deane Doucette served as an inspiration to us all, the type of citizen all communities benefit from. 

Rest in peace, Deane. You will be deeply missed, and while you may be gone, you will never be forgotten.
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Jared, very well said! Deane will be missed. He was a friend, mentor and I respected his opinion. Deane was a no-nonsense kind of guy who kept SATA members on track when we kind of strayed off topic. One of his favorite comments was "Okay then, what are we going to Do?" Deane was a good man and had good intentions. One time meeting with Deane at his home, he wanted me to try some kind of "hooch" that he bought. I could not stomach it but I said I liked it, not to hurt Deane's feelings. When we had The SATA Membership Barbecue, Deane was the first one to volunteer to bring his famous home cooked beans. They were delicious! I will miss Deane. He fought a valiant battle with that horrible disease. RIP Deane.
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Deane's obit is now available:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stalbertgazette/obituary.aspx?n=graydon-deane-doucette&pid=173865437

The Celebration of Life social will be held at the St. Albert & District Community Hall, 17 Perron St. at 7:30 p.m. on January 27, 2015. 
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JUST A REMINDER

 

Friends;

 

As you know Deane Doucette passed away on January 7th after a courageous fight with cancer. Deane was an avid member of SATA; consistent contributor to “my birdie” and the St. Albert community League. We are planning a Celebration of Deane’s life on:

 

Celebration of Life 

 

Tuesday – January 27th, 2015

7:30 pm

St. Albert Community Hall on Perron

 

 

We invite you and any other person who knew Deane to attend to share memories of a friend who has given so much of his time and thoughts to the City of St. Albert.

 

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I sure hope some of the posters here that I have not had the pleasure of meeting in person drop by Deane's celebration tonight. I look forward to meeting some of you there.
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Deane was a kind, caring man. He was always worrying about others rather than himself.

I was fortunate enough have been with him a few months ago. I had gone cut weeds in his backyard and I told him to sit down. He would not listen to that, he was all over the place picking everything up that may get stuck in his trusted old lawnmower. The best part, we had a beer at the end. He felt proud of what we had achieved in his back as it looked like a jungle.

Deane cared a great deal about St. Albert. He was always on top of all the issues and looking for a solution!

Deane, I will miss you but never forget you.
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Just got back from Deane's Celebration of Life at the Community Hall. There were some wonderful stories told about Deane. I was only lucky enough to have met Deane this past year and barely got to know him, mostly through this forum. I went tonight knowing that Deane was a man of integrity with great taste in food and music.

I left the community hall feeling very ripped off. There was so much more about Deane that I did not have the opportunity to know and experience. 

Even though I only knew him for a short time, he touched my life and left a permanent mark that I will never forget.

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@HH - as relevant now is it was in January 2015.

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To all my friends of 35 years in Alberta, and particularly you here at mybirdie, in SACL, and in SATA: I wish you joy in the certain knowledge that our Redeemer is born !

We must balance that against the devil who is constantly busy. For example: a government pilot has been captured today by ISIS.

I write to say that I love that Lo-Se-Ca exists in St. Albert. I can't praise those folks highly enough. Please see their article in today's Gazette. If you have some hours to invest in volunteering, I can't think of a better use.

geddy
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