Douglas Stanley Birks

Doug took his final road trip leaving from the Shuswap Lake General Hospital on his Journey to a better place on May 5th, 2010…… headed to the Sports Arena in the great beyond.

Doug will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend, Marilyn of 49 years, his sons, William Douglas (Gail) of Merritt and Robert Stanley (Irene) of Kamloops, his daughter Brenda of Calgary. Doug is survived by his mother Phyllis, his brother David, and sister Patricia, Nieces and Nephew. Seven beautiful grandchildren; Dane, Kai, Evan, Carter, Kute`, Nyambura, and Andre. He was predeceased by his father Bill and brother Don.

Doug was born March 8, 1942 in Sudbury Ontario. Spent several of his childhood years in Nelson, BC and then in Calgary until 1978 when he moved to Sicamous to start up B & E Refrigeration with his friend / work partner Gord Eddy.

Doug retired April 2009 from the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre where he had been Facility Manager for 22 years. The Arena was Doug’s second home from the beginning …. B & E Refrigeration was awarded the contract for the refrigeration installation. He played an integral part in getting Minor Hockey in place, as well as taking an active part in figure skating. He was a major part of sports in Sicamous from coaching hockey, refereeing, scorekeeping for baseball, playing Men’s Baseball, figure skating judging, plus numerous hours spent with the current Facility Mgr., Wayne March, to have the Sicamous Eagles Jr. team located in Sicamous. Doug was Vice President with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League for a while and then Liaison for the KIJHL referees for a time. The many road trips with the Jr. Team were true living for Doug as well as pushing the head coach’s buttons, which was all in good fun.

Doug loved children, he was always giving support and encouragement to young men and women involved in sports. He was dedicated to kids following their dream whether it be to finish there schooling while enjoying sports, play Jr. Hockey, excel at Figure Skating, competitive swimming, work towards a sports scholarship, refereeing, coaching, or the ultimate trip to going professional.

The other lifetime passion that Doug had was flying airplanes. From taking flying lessons at the International Airport in Calgary to becoming an avid radio control airplane modeler. Doug became a member of the Grindrod Air Force in the late 70’s where he enjoyed hours flying and the many chit chats with the guys at the field and at the float flys on Shuswap Lake. Always a low rumble from Doug could be heard …… “get your nose up” or dead silence and then ….”Hit Hard”.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Shuswap Lake General Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm, BC, (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.


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