John Alexander Duby

November 1, 1963February 24, 2022
Obituary of John Alexander Duby
Alex passed away suddenly of heart disease in Montana, USA while driving a long-haul truck back to his home depot in Abbotsford, BC. Although his home depot was in BC, he always called Alberta home. His mailing address was in Cochrane, AB at the home of his friend, Neil Slimm. He had spent the COVID pandemic picking up and delivering food back to Canada. Alex is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Clarende Duby and John Prance, his three nephews, Jackson, Duncan and Benjamin. He is also survived by numerous cousins and other extended family. He is predeceased by his parents, Joan Carol Duby (Luzine) and John Duby. As a youth and young man, he loved to play rugby. His first success was at St. Michaels University School, he continued to play recreationally in Calgary after graduating from High School. He took a couple of stabs at university before settling into a welding technology certificate from SAIT in 1985. Over the next several years he was self-employed building fences and fulfilling other construction contracts. In about 1991, Alex joined the Armed Forces, and obtained his Industrial Instrumentation Engineering Technology Diploma. He continued in the Armed Forces and was eventually assigned to the HMCS Calgary, as part of the commissioning crew in 1995. While on the crew of the HMCS Calgary, he began exploring scuba diving with a goal to become and underwater welder. In 1997, his ankle issues from his rugby escapades resulted in Alex being honourably released from the Canadian Forces. He continued to obtain scuba certifications. Unfortunately, by 1999 he discovered that his ears were not suited to a career under the water. He returned to SAIT to take some computer technology courses and he returned to construction. As early as 2006, he began exploring a career driving. During the final years of his life, he worked for various and sundry trucking firms including, but not limited to Manitoulin, Challenger, and Triple Eight. He was a unique character as all who knew him would attest. He will be missed by friends and family. You will not be forgotten Alex! A private family gathering will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022. If friends so desire, memorial donations in memory of Alex may be made directly to: Wolf Rescue - (In sorting through Alex’s stuff, I discovered he had a wolf fascination. If you see any wolf t-shirts at the wake on his family, know that they were his t-shirts!) Veteran’s Food Bank - (He was a veteran, and, he had used the Food Bank upon occasion.) Ukrainian Refugees - (He was interested in his heritage and had travelled to the Ukraine. Heart & Stroke Foundation -

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