LAURIE, Douglas T. Chief Petty Officer RCN (Ret'd) March 5, 1919 - April 19, 2013 It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our beloved and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Doug was known fondly to all as "Ga". He passed 2 days short of his 70th Wedding Anniversary. Born in Blaine Lake, Sask. and raised in Swift Current he played hockey for the Swift Current Broncos and loved baseball. Doug joined the Navy in 1938 and was stationed in Esquimalt where he lived his life and raised his family. He was a founding member of the CPO's Association. He loved the Navy serving the majority of his years on the HMCS Restigouche, HMCS Ontario, HMCS Magnificient and the HMCS Athabaskan II during the Korean Conflict. In 1941 he was shipped to Greenock, Scotland and stationed in Niobe. He met his bride & married Ingar in Greenock. In 1943 he reported for duty aboard the HMCS Athabaskan, known as The Unlucky Lady. April 29, 1944 the ship was torpedoed in the English Channel. He spent 4 hours in the black waters before a German destroyer picked him & the remaining survivors up. He became a POW in Marlag, Germany for 14 months. He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife & soul mate Ingar, along with his daughters, Gloria Edwards (Reg), Gayle Buie (Bob); grandsons, Jason, Chris (Renee) and his wonderful great-grandchildren, Josie, Sophie, Mitchell, Etta and Jackson. Preceded by sisters, Mona Smith, Kay Cathrea, Joyce Harvey and brother, John. He is survived by his brother, Keith, Calgary; sister-in-law, Mary Laurie, Victoria and many nieces and nephews in Canada, UK, USA. He was a man with a gentle soul. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Lodge at Broadmead for the loving care they gave to Doug the last 14 month. No service by request.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Apr. 27, 2013