OGILVIE, John Wayne
It is with incredible sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Wayne Ogilvie, 76, of Calgary, on May 30, 2020. He was a devoted husband to Lynne, as well as a beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Born January 9, 1944 in Moncton, NB, John was the son of the late John and Donna Ogilvie. Some of John’s favorite childhood years were spent in Germany, where his father was stationed after the Second World War.
After studying Commercial Art, John started off designing window displays for a large retailer in Moncton before moving on to camera operating and art design in television. Inspired by his grandfather, he began working in construction on the side, which eventually became his full-time career. In 1981 John moved to Calgary for new opportunities. He married Lynne in 1982. As a father of two children, Sherry and Michael from a previous marriage, he also welcomed Lynne’s boys, Damian, Adam and Greg, as his own. John and Lynne were inseparable and loving partners, together building a successful business, raising their family and traveling the world. John worked as a Supervisor for Nu-West Homes, before starting his company Creations in Wood Inc., which earned a reputation for building high-end residential and commercial buildings and custom cabinetry. Many of his clients became lifelong friends.
John was a kind, genuine, gentle man with an easy laugh, great sense of humor and an endearing gift for storytelling. He would talk with anyone, making them feel as if they had been friends for years. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of all who loved him. John had many passions including hockey (outstanding player and coach), travel, photography, museums, cars and motor racing, collecting antique toys, reading history and watching movies from his ever-growing collection. Most of all he adored his family, especially Friday date night with his “Lynnee”, and time together at their cabin with their children, grandchildren, and precious cat Molly.
John is survived by his wife Lynne; his sisters Patricia Miller and Sharon (Peter) Grainger of Moncton, NB; his children Sherry (former partner Blair), Michael (former partner Susan), Damian (Jen-predeceased), Adam (Kelly), Greg (Miranda); his grandchildren Mark, Megan, Destinee, Conner, Parker, Kaia, Jada and Asha.
In keeping with John’s wishes, a private family gathering will be held at a later date. For those wishing to make memorial donations, please consider a donation to your local animal shelter or favorite charity in memory of John.