John Douglas Stammers was born in Vancouver, BC September 16th, 1928 and died May 20th, 2011. The family resided in Pritchard, BC before relocating to Salmon Arm when Doug and his siblings reached school age. The family then moved to New Westminster when Doug was a teenager and there he met his future bride, June Marie Harris. The two were married Oct. 7th, 1950 and celebrated 60 years in 2010. After living for a time in 108 Mile House, Doug and June, and family moved to Salmon Arm in 1965 and have resided in area since.
Doug worked at the Federated Coop Mill and L & L Motors prior to opening his own business, Shuswap Radiator and Collision. The first was located where the Shuswap Theatre now resides and the 2nd, is where the local District school buses are housed in the Industrial Park. Doug loved sports and participated in many-golf, water and snow skiing, bowling, and boxing to name a few. From the age of 18-28 he was a boxer in New Westminster and fought in the feather weight division and was known as the ‘Flea’. Doug also enjoyed fishing and hunting, with both a rifle and cross bow. He raised his family on a hobby farm in the Broadview area with a variety of animals: cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and always grew a large garden.
Doug had a strong work ethic and neighbours helping neighbours, and his philosophy extended to ‘what goes around comes around’; respect and accept people for who they are; and whatever you choose to do in life do it well and to the best of your ability. We will remember Doug fondly for his love of people and generosity towards others; his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life; to never stop trying; and know that he is back out on the golf course and smiling. We love you and will miss you always.
Doug was predeceased by his parents; his sisters Rona (Don Green) and Edi (Tom Phillips); his in-laws Bruce and Nora Harris; and one niece, Brenda McBurnie. Doug leaves to mourn his passing his wife, June; their children Willie Stammers; Bruce Stammers ( John & Tyler); Joe & Gloria Stammers (Will, Tiffany and Richard); David & Conny Stammers (Tori & Michael); and their daughter Beth & Perry Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
We would like to thank the staff from Shuswap Lodge, Pioneer Lodge and especially Bastian Place for the love and care they provided to Doug. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice; or to the Parkinson’s Society. A Memorial Service was held at Fischer’s Funeral Services on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Bill Kiesman officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. EMAIL condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.