and contributions came years later with an induction into the Riders'
Plaza of Honour and a place in the Regina Sports Hall of Fame
appreciated this recognition but what really counted to him were the
good memories, the positive impact he had on young athletes as a
coach and, most importantly, the many lifelong friendships he made.
It was not all play though as he also had to work. He spent 40 years
as a Customs Broker, the majority of the time managing a brokerage
firm in the City.
a tight ship but was fair, a man of his word and, he treated everyone
with the same level of respect regardless of their position or
status. For as many friends and acquaintances that he made through
sports, he had as many or more through his numerous contacts at work.
It was not unusual for him to make trips out to the airport at all
hours, in order to help whomever clear a widget through customs.
Whether at work, at play or amongst family and friends, Doug's sense
of humour was something else. He dead-panned, fired one-liners, he
relentlessly teased, he playfully cajoled, he injected sarcasm, he'd
break up a room. His timing was impeccable and his dryness
remarkable. Despite his illness during the last few years, Doug never
lost this uncanny ability to elicit laughter. As much as Doug could
be counted on to provide laughs, anyone who knew him also knew that
if there was anyone you needed to turn to when the chips were down,
someone to lend an ear when you really needed to talk, someone that
you could ask for help, he was that person. His support in these
situations was solid as a rock, unwavering and unconditional. This
was especially true during his 47 years in A.A. with the many people
he sponsored and supported.
family wishes to thank the very special people who provide care at
Santa Maria for their patience and support over the past 2 1/2 years.
Thanks also to Dr. John Morris for his special attention to Doug. A
heartfelt thank you to Doug's special friend John Pentz for his
support, loyalty and friendship and thanks as well to those of the
"Old Rams" for their friendship right to the last days. A
private memorial service will be held at a later date while a
Celebration of Doug's Life will take place on Saturday, January, 15,
2011 at the Conexus Arts Center.
Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery – Indoorcol – Section 2