January 22, 1950 – August 14, 2018
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Doug’s sudden passing after a heart attack on August 14, 2018. Doug was predeceased by his parents Marjorie and Gerald, who loved their eldest son dearly. He was the loving and devoted father of daughter Breanne (Ben) and granddaughter Winnie; son Darcy (Jessica) and granddaughter Waverly; sister Susan of Collingwood; brother Jim (Gay) of Edmonton and their daughters Cydney and Sarah, and Jim’s son Tyler. He is survived by his first wife Kathy (Ricardo) and his second wife Carmen and was father to her son Jose.
Doug was born in Montreal and grew up in the West Island suburb of Dorval where he attended Dorval High School and enthusiastically played hockey and football. He attended the University of Prince Edward Island on a football scholarship and upon graduation moved across the country to Port Alberni, BC where he resided and thrived. Doug always lived life to the fullest and never met a challenge he didn’t want to tackle… He was an entrepreneur from the get-go. After moving to Parksville, he started his career as a DJ on CHPQ radio and subsequently became the station manager. In 1986 he bravely held the first Spring Home Show in Parksville which marked the beginning of Local Marketing, a very successful business and the company he founded, Evergreen Exhibitions, became British Columbia’s No.1 producer of consumer trade shows.
Doug was a loyal friend who was always quick to lend a helping hand or provide any assistance required. He was not shy about sharing his opinions and many lively discussions ensued. His favourite pastimes were sharing a meal, a drink and some laughter with his friends and family, travelling and playing golf and hockey. Over the years Doug always had a collection of motorcycles and especially loved the old Nortons which he built and rode often. He enjoyed many bike trips around Western Canada and the USA. Recently topping his riding career with a six week trip from Cape Town, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and a 3 week tour of South America.
Doug’s playful spirit and generous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family invite you to his Celebration of Life from 2PM-6PM on Saturday, September 8 at Nanoose Place in Nanoose Bay, BC. Come, share stories and laughter, some favourite songs and raise a glass to the Big Dog.
In lieu of flowers etc. please make a donation on Doug’s behalf to a local minor sports program.