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CSCOP-Alex Cameron Obit.  
Obituary from Calgary Hearald

Alexander "Sandy" Rankin Cameron of
Calgary, passed away in his sleep on
September 11, 2000, at the age of 73 years,
following a courageous battle with cancer.
Alex was born in Toronto, January 24, 1927,
and moved to his grandfather's farm in
Creignish, Cape Breton in 1931. He graduated
from St. Francis Xavier University in 1952
with a BSc. in geology. He went on to graduate
studies at Pennsylvania State University, where
he earned an MSc. in 1954 and a Ph.D. in 1961
in coal petrography. During the summer of
1954, Alex met "a fine broth of a colleen from
the town of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Her name
was Catherine McDonnell." They were wed on
September 3, 1955. Dr. Cameron spent most of
his professional career working for the
Geological Survey of Canada. Starting with the
Survey in Ottawa in 1960, then moving to
Calgary in 1973 and retiring in 1992. His
unfailing dedication to his science and his list
of accomplishments in Canadian coal geology
will serve as a benchmark for future coal
geologists to strive for. As a visiting professor
at Pennsylvania State University, Southern
Illinois University, and the University of
Newcastle he was able to pass on his
knowledge and experience. After retiring, he
was able to spend more time doing what he
loved - being a doting grandparent. Never one
to miss a soccer game or softball game, he was
the first one with a pat on the back for the
participants. As the quiet leader of the family,
Alex always demonstrated the values of family
and friends. Alex, beloved husband and best
friend to Catherine; loving father to John
(Veronica), Frank (Seija), Beth, Hugh
(Heather), Paul (Lena), and Kelly; and caring
grandfather to Bailey, Caitlin, Linda, Tom,
Sonja, David, Franklin, Jacqueline, Alexander,
Nicole and Ryan. Relatives and friends are
invited to Prayers at McINNIS &
HOLLOWAY'S "Chapel of the Bells" (2720
Centre Street North), on Sunday, September
17, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be
celebrated at St. Luke's Catholic Church
(corner of Northmount Drive and Northland
Drive N.W.), on Monday, September 18, 2000
at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Kazimierz Olesky
SDS, Celebrant. To e-mail expressions of
subject heading: Alexander Cameron. If
friends so desire, memorial tributes may be
made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society,
215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G
1A2 (Telephone 403-205-3966) or to Servants
Anonymous Society of Calgary, 1008 - 14
Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3K3. The family
would also like to thank the dedicated staff of
Unit 62 at the Foothills Hospital for their
professionalism and hard work in making the
last three weeks comfortable for our husband,
father, grandfather and friend. In living
memory of Alexander Cameron, a tree will be
planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by
"Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET
NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296. 
Publication Date: 2000-09-15