My condolences to the family.
Doug was my home-room teacher 1965-67. I have thought of him warmly from time to time, remembering some key observations about mathematics and teaching. I was already on a path to be an engineer and scientist, but Doug significantly helped prepare me and reinforce my choices.
Our sincere condolences to the Potvin Family...I was at Catholic High & Doug was not only my teacher he was my basketball coach on the Senior " A " Team and the Football Team...I also played for him on The High-Aces Junior Basketball Team and Doug took us all the way to the Canadian Championship Final against Winnipeg back in 1953..He was My Teacher,Coach and Friend...He will be missed....Mike O'Toole & Liane Mille.....firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Carol, Allan, Steve, Angela, Anthony and Mathew,
I was really surprised and felt so sad when I heard the news of Doug's passing away the other day. Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to you all.
I wanted to attend the visitation and his service and to say good-by to him and to give you my big hugs. Sorry but I was in Tokyo.....
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With much love,
My sincere condolences to the Potvin family on the loss of their dear father and grandfather. I grew up in Riverside Park where everyone knew everyone. When I hit my Cegep years it was Doug who helped me along in my quest to get into Loyola College which was then a private Cegep. My math grades were less than stellar and he guided me along with grace and patience, and maybe even pulled a few strings to get me in! He was a kind and gentle man and reminded me of my own dear father in many ways. May he rest in peace.
I offer my sincere condolences to the Potvin family. My association with Doug began as an evening student at Loyola College and blossomed into a friendship. He was a a knowledgeable and kind man who always had time for students from all walks of life.
Dear Carol, Allan, Stephen, Matthew, Anthony and Angela,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Uncle Doug's passing. He was a wonderful Uncle and his dry humour, kindness, and thoughtfulness will always be remembered.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts during this difficult time.
You have many wonderful memories of your dad and Grampa, and I hope that these memories of love will comfort you today and always.
I wish I could be with you today to give you each a big hug and to say goodbye to Uncle Doug.
Only just heard the news. How very sad.....loved Mr Potvin (Doug).....he was such a big part of my childhood growing up in Riverside Park.....was often seated at our kitchen table with his " lovely Joan" or partying downstairs with Art, Rita and gang!
He will be missed...and I'm glad to say I had the pleasure of sharing part of his life,
Thoughts are with the family today.
Lorie Marcotte-Roberts and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May the memories of this caring and loving teacher, father and friend bring you comfort in the days and months ahead. His legacy and love of life will live on through all of you thus allowing so many more to benefit from his wisdom, wit and kindness.
With love, Lorraine and Danny La France
Dear Allan, Carol and Steve...
I am so sorry to hear of your dear Dad's passing...Your Dad was always so pleasant, kind and a real gentleman...40th Avenue has lost another wonderful neighbour/friend...
Heartfelt feelings to you and your family...
Doug was a highly respected coach, teacher and mentor to so many students and athletes - from the Hi Aces, Catholic High, Loyola and Concordia. Truly a "man for others" who inspired many a young person. Sincere condolences to his family. Brian Patterson, Sherbrooke QC, Loyola '55
Our sincerest condolences to the Potvin family,
May time and your many happy memories help to ease your loss. Doug will be missed by family and friends alike but will live on in our hearts. Sorry we will not be able to get to Montreal for the service or visitation but we will be remembering you all now and in the future.
Gordon and Jean Allan and family
At an LHS reunion (our 50th), I had the opportunity to say thanks to Doug for his many kindnesses to me. As a poor Math student and as a mediocre football player, I was blessed often with his ironic sense of humour and his wisdom. I was reminded recently about a time when missing a tackle and creating a furrow with my nose, Doug uttered the famous words: "Looking for worms, Lynch?". Later, when he was in charge of the extension program, he made it his business to eliminate barriers to higher education. A hard-won BA should have his name on it rather than mine. I hope that his family may take comfort in the gratitude we feel for Doug's dedicated life.
"Memento Domine, famulorum tuorum, qui nos precesserunt cum signo fidei et dormiunt in somno pacis".
Allan, Carol & Steve ,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May your beautiful memories keep you comforted in the days ahead.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dear Carol and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family.
Although we have not met your father before, we sure see the resemblances in your successes. We are sorry to hear of your loss and wish that we could be in Montreal to support you.
Amie & Russell
To the Potvin family. Doug was a very special mentor in my teen years. As coach of the Hi Aces,he taught us much about life as well as basketball. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
I will always remember Uncle Doug as a kind and gentle person we will miss him dearly.
Mr Potvin was my favorite teacher of all time at Loyola High School. He had a very subtle sense of homor to keep us in line especially during some of the drier subjects in the Math area. He and Mrs Potvin were also great friends of my parents Helen and Joe White. Sorry to hear of his passing
A kind and generous man with whom i spent a lot of time with on the ice and in the kitchen at the Lachine Curling Club.
Thank you Lord for a blessing named Doug.
Dear Potvin family,
I am sad to hear that Doug has left us. Having been a friend of my dad's from school days and of both my parents since before I was born, as well as a member of the Dinner of the Month club, he was a frequent and comfortable presence in our house as I was growing up. I chanced to run into him and Ellen in the Dorval Gardens parking lot this past summer and had a brief, but lovely chat. I came away from that encounter feeling lucky and happy. It will forever be a fond memory for me. I wish you comfort in the days ahead.
Doug was my park leader at Kinsman Park in Pointe Claire 58 years ago.He coached us and taught us leadership skills.He probably has no idea of the impact he had on so many young people. His example had lead me to mentor inner city kids in my adopted city of Jacksonville Florida.
Sincere condolences Allan, Carol, and Stephen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Maureen & Quinto Bachetti
Carol, our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Your "Oncology Family" is thinking about you and yours.
Dear Carol, Your dad was clearly a very special man who positively influenced many, many people. It's easy to see where you got your great mind and adventurous spirit. Wonderful to read of such a well-lived life, though his loss will be so deeply felt. Warm hugs from your team at JCC in Hamilton. Carol, Angela, Lenora, Ann, Michelle & Sue
I remember Doug from high school days, and later, as a great guy and a great basketball player and coach. He was, of course, a lot more than that. Sorry to hear of his passing.
So sorry to hear of your dad`s passing. I have fond memories of him over the years & remember especially his intelligence & gentle humour. Take care of each other.
Dan Shkuda & Cathy Morin Ottawa,On.
Dear Potvin family,
I have had the pleasure of knowning Mr Potvin for the last 22 years, every 6 months his warm smile came through the doors. Always so kind and patient with everyone.
Our deepest condolences.
He will be missed.
"Our Fathers who art in Heaven, Hallowed will Ever be Your Names...". Part father to me, I recall Grade 3 attending father & son(s) breakfast at Leroux school and tagging along (my father was often away)...having breakfast with Mr. Potvin and Al ;-) How patient he was and how mischevious we were to say the least...just abstract problems! Its caring parents like Mr.& Mrs. Potvin that get you through life when the going gets rough & tumble...and fun! Eternally, Gordon, Karen, Madison.
Carol and Family,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a fine academic, a great teacher, a man of subtle wit and a bon vivant who did Montreal proud. He lived a good life well lived. Everyone who met him was enriched by his character and spirit. He will be missed but not forgotten.
I was class of '68 - "You Birds"
Always a great leader in the classroom.
Dear Stephen and Family,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Dad. He was a greatly respected leader in education and lifelong learning. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need.
Noel Burke and Family
Our thoughts and condolences are with you all. I will always remember Uncle Dougs quick wit that left me laughing on many occasions!! Memories will last forever!!!
With Love and Remeberance
Lisa & Don
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Carol. Although I have never met him, it seems I now recognize he passed on his love of life and family, passion for his career, athleticism and zest for life to you. I know you will take comfort from your sons and other family members and friends. Take good care of yourself my friend. Jackie
I am very sad to hear of Doug Potvin passing..I have known him since 1949, my first yr. at Catholic High. which happened to be his first yr as a football coach, and my first yr. as a player. over the next five yrs Doug coached me in both sports basketball and football while trying to pound some knowledge into my brain. He was always a gentleman and a terrific dad. the list of people Doug has coached and taught since those early yrs is incredible. You will be missed Coach,but now you can start over again in heaven,
Dear Carol, Allan, and Steven. My deepest condolences to you and your families. Your father was truly an accomplished man who has left you with a lifetime of wonderful stories and memories. Thinking of you. Love, Theresa (Shkuda), Shane, and Lorna
Very very sad news .Our deepest condolences to you Carol and your brothers It was always a pleasure to run into Mr Potvin in a mall or Vichey's having lunch ,after a conversation with him you always felt better and had had a good laugh or two
A life very well lived . Our thoughts are with you.
May you be comforted by your friends and family during this time. My sincere condolences with your loss.
Dear Steve and family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Dad. He was a leader in the University for the place of continuing education in a university setting. His legacy stands in the form of the Centre for Continuing Education at Concordia.
Our sincerest condolences to the Potvin family. May your sadness be tempered by the many great and happy times shared by Doug's many friends and relatives.
George, Aly and family
Am so sorry to hear of Doug's passing; especially after reading about his new book on math for adults; a major accomplishment. He was a lovely man and very much a terrific club mate at the Lachine Curling club. Please accept my deepest condolences, he will be very much missed by all who knew him.