October 13, 1920 – February 13, 2013
It is with deep regret that we announce the quiet passing of Douglas Halliday on February 13, 2013 at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.
Doug was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Ruby Halliday; his parents, Andrew and Elizabeth Halliday; his mother-in-law Florence Cadle and father-in-law Harry Cadle; his sisters Jean Bretz and Isabel Hinam; sister-in- law Winifred Thoresby; brothers-in-law Howard Bretz, William Sinclair, Morris Hinam and Frank Thoresby; Doug's great friend Donald DeWolfe, and the love of Doug's later days, Ingeborg Nyhuus.
Doug is survived by his daughter Dianne (John) Betton; son Gerry (Leda) Halliday; grandchildren Carla (Dana) Tadla, Allison (Kevin) MacMillen, Jonathon (Teresa) Betton, and Bronwyn (Simon) Lasair; great-grandchildren Emily, Jayne, and Aidan MacMillen, Casey and Jack Tadla, and Doug's honorary granddaughters Lesley Trask and Shelley Betton; as well as nieces and nephews throughout Canada.
Doug was born in Winnipeg and lived in Fort Rouge where he attended Lord Roberts and Kelvin Schools. Doug was an active athlete and an avid curler. In 1938 he won the Manitoba Juvenile Curling Championship, the forerunner to today's Junior Championship. Doug regularly represented Fort Rouge Curling Club and Fort Rouge Legion in bonspiels in southern Manitoba and northern Ontario.
On the Labour Day weekend in 1939, Doug met Ruby on the Moonlight Special train that travelled from Grand Beach, Manitoba to Winnipeg. Shortly thereafter, Doug, like many of his Kelvin classmates, enlisted in the RCAF and, during WW2
, served in Mountain View and Trenton, Ontario, and in Claresholm, Alberta. Mom and Dad were married on December 6, 1941.
After the War Doug worked in Winnipeg for a number of businesses before becoming an employee of Hays-Dana Corporation. Doug was in sales and management with Dana in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Thorold, Ontario before retiring in Winnipeg. He received excellent treatment from his employer and his mentor, the late Don Betz.
Doug was a long-time member of the Grand Beach community. He and Ruby bought and finished a cottage in Grand Beach that has become our family's summer home. The cottage and his neighbours brought Doug great joy. He loved the Beach. A park bench commemorating Ruby and Doug is located at the west end of 4th Avenue at Grand Beach. Visitors are invited to sit on the bench overlooking Lake Winnipeg and remember Ruby and Doug Halliday.
Doug was a loyal friend, a fixer, a problem-solver, a source of sound advice, a handyman with many skills, a story-teller, a crossword puzzle expert, a reader of mystery novels, a fan of his beloved Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets and the young-gun Edmonton Oilers, a man who grew constantly as a father, grandfather and great- grandfather. His family was the centre of his life.
We are indebted to Dad's "Winnipeg Family", Helen and Ed Toews and their extended family, who did so much for Dad in his years at The Waverley Retirement Community in Winnipeg. Ing's family brought love, adventure and a renewed sense of purpose into Doug's life after Ruby died.
We wish to thank Doctors Craig Hildahl in Winnipeg, Keith Bowering in Edmonton, and Leon Lefebvre in St. Albert for their kindness and professionalism. Stephanie Boonstra and her colleagues from South-West Home Care in Edmonton were wonderful. The medical teams in Emergency and 7 West at the Misericordia provided Dad with excellent care.
We also wish to thank the staff members, especially Dawn, at The Waverley Retirement Community in Winnipeg and, Ursula, at The Waterford in Edmonton, for all that they did for Dad. Thanks to caring staff members these retirement communities became Dad's homes.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a Memorial Service at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Winnipeg at a later date.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Lake Winnipeg Foundation Inc. (Box 450, Matlock, MB R0C2B0), or a charity of your choice.
We adored him. God reward him.
Per Ardua Per Astra
Douglas Samuel Farish Halliday
A good husband. A good father. A good citizen
We love you and miss you, Dad; we always will.