Doug passed away peacefully in his sleep after spending an evening chatting with his wife and son Philip. He was born and raised on the Channel Island of Guernsey until evacuated to Scotland as a young teenager prior to Nazi occupation in 1940. His father passed away during the war, news that took a year to reach him. Doug returned to Guernsey after the war and joined the British Merchant Navy sailing much of the world, including several trips to Canada’s north transporting equipment for NATO’s distant early warning system (DEW line). On October 5, 1959, he married Patricia and three years later they left his island home to raise a family in Calgary. A talented mechanic and machinist Doug was never without work in a growing Calgary embracing its culture and climate whole heartedly. Studying at night with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Doug became a certified engineering technologist and later a council member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET). After a move to Edmonton, he also immersed himself in Church and charitable work. Doug and Pat retired to the east shore of Kootenay Lake in 1991 where they lived for over 20 years before moving to Piccadilly Terrace Seniors Residence in Salmon Arm. Doug is survived by his wife Pat, sons Philip (Kathy) and Andrew (Renee), and grandchildren Keanan, Benjamin, Jacob and Kaitlin. A funeral mass for Doug was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm, BC on September 9th. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Doug can be made to your local shelter or food bank.
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