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February-22-14
Uncle Doug, or Gramps as we came to call him later in life, will be missed by us all. As young kids living in the small prairie city of Lethbridge, Alberta, my sister, brother and I used to just wait for word to get out that a family trip to Vancouver was being planned. It was right up there with Disneyland! A trip to the coast meant being able to spend time with our older and wiser (not to mention handsome) cousin Doug, with our sweet loving Aunt Eleanor and with our hilarious, larger than life Uncle Doug. Those trips were few and with many years in between but they were cherished. We were treated like royalty whenever we spent time with the Vincents. There were trips to Queen Elizabeth Park, to the PNE, to Stanley Park, to the Aquarium, the beaches, the downtown and most importantly to the yacht club to set sail on the Nip ‘n' Tuck II. The boat trips were made especially magical for us with our Uncle Doug sitting atop the vessel wearing his captain's hat and letting us all have a turn wearing the hat while steering the boat. The sea faring excitement grew further as stories were told about the pirates and wildlife at large. Being one of the “chubbier” ones on board, I was always very careful when leaving the boat for fear of being especially attractive to the cougars.
As my siblings and I grew up and had families, of our own, the lure of Vancouver continued and whenever we made our way there, Uncle Doug, now known as Gramps, was still a major part of the scheduled events. If time permitted there was always a boat trip. But, boat trip or not, we loved sitting and listening to his entertaining tales and we loved that he enjoyed catching up on all that we were doing. He truly cared. When my daughter Megan was graciously invited to live with Doug and Barb while attending school in Vancouver, she looked forward to the family suppers when Gramps would come over. He never failed to come up with a good story and she will always remember his nighttime driving goggles when he offered to give her a ride to the downtown.
Uncle Doug's memory will always bring a smile to all of our faces. He was quite the story-teller, quite the character but most importantly he was quite the gentleman. Thank you Gramps for being such a great uncle!!

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