July 27, 1956 - April 24, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Doug, who died very peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife Margaret. Surrounded by his family and friends, Doug was never alone during his long illness and the complications resulting from leukemia. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret, children Michelle, Charlie, Ben and Willa, mother Maggie (the late Bud Jones), brothers Mike (the late Susan), Stew (Monika), sister Anne (David), brother-in-law Robert (Vicki) and all of his nieces and nephews.
Doug was a man of many passions and his enthusiasm was contagious. Lover of life and family, gregarious, wicked sense of humor, the consummate “guys’ guy” and “ladies man”. Dare we also say, the ultimate attention seeker? Friends meant everything to Doug and he derived energy from spending time with them. Of course competition and bravado were an integral part of the interaction. Who didn’t look forward to spending time with Doug?
At his treasured cottage in McGregor Bay, Killarney, Doug was in absolute heaven. He adored sailing. Whether racing a simple dinghy or a 38 foot keel boat, somehow Doug managed to frequently cross the finish line ahead of the fleet. He loved old wooden boats that didn’t float and has a fleet of them to prove it.
Lithography was in Doug’s blood. He joined the family business with his father Buddy at H.J Jones and spent his entire career in the world of lithography as a focused, energetic innovator.
Most of all Doug loved his family and family life. His four children were the center of his life and he was so very proud of each of them. Doug’s summer weekends growing up were spent at the cottage in Grand Bend and in the winter at the family chalet at Beaver Valley. As an adult he continued the tradition with his own children.
And let’s not forget, both of Doug’s parents deserved gold medals for surviving his adolescence. After all, what kind of eight year old boy stops on his way home from cubs to sneak in a butt break? Some would claim that Doug never really grew up. Perhaps that is why we loved him so dearly.
Profound thanks to the special caregivers and the wonderful and compassionate stem cell transplant team at Victoria Hospital.
Visitation on Friday from 6-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The memorial service will be conducted at Dundas Street Centre United Church, 482 Dundas St., on Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, Doug would encourage you to donate blood or platelets with Canadian Blood Services.
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