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Dear Cindy and family,
How sad I am to hear of Doug's passing. The boys and I have such happy memories of those Rod Roy days, of the Roys and the Hicks, and we send our condolences. Life will be hard without him, and you are all in our thoughts with love.
Cindy, Mel, Doug and Gord - I was so sad to hear the news of Mr. Hicks' passing.
The Celebration of his life was so beautiful on Saturday - incredibly moving, joyful, fitting, nostalgic, sad and happy/funny all at the same time!
Doug clearly had an incredible impact on so many different lives and communities in such a positive way.
I know why he is so proud of all of you - what a beautiful family he has raised and enjoyed for so many years.

Larger than life, energetic, determined, positive, focused, intimidating yet how I remember him. I was surprised and proud when he selected Andy and I to lead the JAA in 1981 - and an addiction to chocolate with almonds followed.............. :) Sending you all a big hug and hoping that all your happy memories will help you through the sadness.

xo Laura Sykes
Dear Cyndy, Melodie, The Boys & all the family;
Like everyone else in the guest book, like all our LPHS cronies with whom we have been kibbitzing about Mr. Hicks, and like everyone that shall be at the celebration memorial, he was an inspiration for me. Respect, perseverance, discipline, integrity: these were all qualities he lived and tried to impart on us. As an ankle-biting grade 7 gaffer, Mr. Hicks was a mountain, a terrifying presence to us at first sight, and sound. However, once we started to "get" what he was about, what LPHS should be, what we could be, then rather than terrifying, he was inspiring. So, bantam volleyball practice he has us crab-walking backwards around the gym, after the 5-10 minute wall-volleying and before the sets of finger-tip push-ups. The catch is, he is not telling us to do it, he is doing it with us, suffering and plodding through, grinding it out. An early lesson that life is hard, and you just have to keep at it. Later, I was fortunate to serve on the JAA for a few years and got a taste of leadership up close, on many levels from Mr. Hicks. Yes, he was the driving force of the chocolate bar drive. Even better was Casino Nite (and in particular the dunk tank). I had the good fortune to be on the same intramural basketball team with him in grade 9 or 10 and we tagged him "Big D", which he clearly enjoyed, and from that time on also called me "Nels" -the only teacher ever to address me by my nickname (for the next 40 years or so). A few times I got the invitation to jog the upper circle with him, including a few laps backwards on one occasion.
Yes, indeed, he was one of the truly good guys. It was an honour and a privilege to know him.
I wish you all well.
I look forward to more stories and catching up.Be well.

Bon courage.

Mike Nelson, Class of '75, Pointe Claire
Dear Cyndy and family,
So sad to hear that Doug past away.
My sincere condolences for you and your family.
I still have fond memories from the time going every week
Skiing with the Rod Roy ski school by bus with all ladies and Doug.
Such a lovely warm sporty and friendly person.He will be dearly missed.

Marin Schoenmakers Roosendaal Netherlands
On behalf of Vanier College our sincere condolences to Melodie and the Hicks family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Dear Cyndy and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He fought a courageous and long battle.
I enjoyed the years working with him at Lindsay Place and as a staff member at Rod Roy Ski School.
Our condolences to you all.
Doug and Margaret Wilson
Dear Hicks Family

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Mr Hicks was my leaders teacher and coach at Lindsay Place in 1987, and I learned so much from him. He had a passion for life and sports that was amazing to me, and I have never forgotten him and will always think fondly of him. God bless you all in this difficult time
So sorry for your loss. When someone you love because a memory the memory become a treasure so treasure the memory Matt 5:4,5

California ~
Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Hicks and family. What a wonderful neighbour... generous, always smiling and with a kind word. He will be missed.
Renée, Richard and Mathieu
To the Hicks family,
As Jeff Naylor says above, "Mr Hicks [was] truly one of the good guys". Here is my testimony to what Mr Hicks meant to me:
... Doug Hicks changed my life. When I first met Doug in 1966 as a grade seven student at LPHS I was an awkward, overweight, bookish 12 year old from a terrible family situation. When I left LPHS six years later, I was a fit, confident, athletically involved, responsible, leadership-inclined award winning citizen-student'. Doug taught me and modeled for me the value of and the hard work involved in fitness, the mental toughness involved in athletics, and the character, confidence, skills and patience I needed to come forward and lead. He was my gym teacher, my bantam football coach, my wrestling coach (for two years) and the advisor of the Boys' Athletic Association when I was a rep, VP and President. He challenged me to be tougher the first time I came off a football field after being cleated. He challenged me, along with my panting teammates, to do laps and stairs until working at fitness seemed second nature. He challenged me to be a leader in the BAA who waited for my opportunity and took full advantage of it when it came along. He gave me all the responsibility and rope' I could handle, teaching me how to get things done working with my peers, while quietly supporting me and making me better at leading. After I left Doug's tutelage following my six years at LPHS, I worked hard to further and hone every single attribute and skill I learned from Doug. I am now late in my career, giving back by doing and teaching leadership at my alma mater, Mount Allison University. As I do so, I am still channelling Doug in pretty much everything I do to develop the potential of the wonderful young people who come here. I will always cherish my memory of Doug as the person who gave me my earliest and most important character, leadership, citizenship and fitness-for-life opportunities and awareness. He was and is a profound influence in everything I have been privileged to do and accomplish in organizations and in life. Telling Doug (and Cyndy) several times how profoundly and deeply he had impacted me was my single most important moment' and mission in returning to LPHS for the 2012 reunion. Doug's death removes a fabulous human being from this earth and all of us who were deeply touched and taught by him are testimony to how his influence lives on.
Doug Hicks changed my life...
Sandy MacIver LPHS '71

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