Douglas Gordon HICKS

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HICKS, Douglas Gordon
1935 - 2018
"An ordinary man that had an extraordinary impact on many"
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Doug Hicks announces his passing after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Devoted husband to Cyndy for 57 years, and loving father to Melodie (Ian), Doug (Erin) and Gord (Linda), grandfather to Mattson, Erin, Andrew, Katie, Mitchell, Jaxon, Madison, and Hudson, and brother to Charles Hicks and Ethel Brushett. Predeceased by his mother, Beatrice E. Gilmore; father, Charles E. Hicks; brother, Russell Hicks and grandson, Cameron Hicks.
Doug graduated from McGill University in 1957, where he met the love of his life, Cynthia Dunlop. They were married in October 1960 and settled in Dorval, Quebec. Doug was a well-known figure in the West Island of Montreal, having spent 10 summers managing Westpark Country Club in Dollard des Ormeaux, and over 30 years at Lindsay Place High School, where he coached and taught his students the merits of leadership and physical fitness, and most importantly the values of integrity, teamwork, and respect.
Doug combined his love of working with young people and skiing, in his Partnership with Rod Roy Ski Schools and Ski Tours, where he was actively involved for over 25 years, starting in the early 70's. He and Cyndy continued their ski exploits at Mont Tremblant as members of the JB's Ski Club, where they developed special friendships and the fondest of memories.
Calabogie was the summer haven where he and his family gathered with his many relatives and close friends for almost 50 years.
The Hicks family would like to acknowledge Dr. Batist from the Jewish General Hospital for his unwavering commitment in assisting Doug through his illness, and for always instilling hope for recovery. Also, we would like to thank the Lakeshore General Hospital Oncology Department and the West Island Palliative Care Residence for their great support and tremendous care.
Dad was a great leader and he had mastered the art of situational leadership, in particular his skill of delegation. He would do anything for his family, and his final request to us was to take care of Mom. We will all miss you, Dad….we will have a warm place for you in our hearts forever.
A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 4:00 p.m. at the Sarto Desnoyers Community Center, 1335 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval QC, H9S 2E5.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted on Doug's behalf to the Cam Hicks' Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit Corporation established in memory of his grandson in 2015, to support young people struggling with anxiety. Cheques can be mailed to Cam's Kids, 679 Wagg Rd, Uxbridge ON, L9P 1R4, or donations can be made online at www.camskids.com.

Published in National Post from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2018
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