CONNER, Douglas Arthur
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(Retired Major and WW2 Vet)
October 6, 1922 – April 17, 2014
Doug aka Pampa to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, went peacefully and suddenly to be with his wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on the morning of April 17. At 15, he joined the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment and when WW2 broke out, he enlisted in The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and served his country proudly until his retirement in 1971. Without skipping a beat, he became the Director of Transportation for the Carleton Board of Education, knowing each school bus route, including that of his four grandchildren, by the exact mileage! Just recently, he moved from Portobello Manor to the Perly Rideau and Veteran's Health Centre but never had much opportunity to share his military service stories with the other veterans. For Doug the 1980's military recruitment slogan "There's no life like it!" was true. He always thanked his Lord for the wonderful opportunities afforded to him in both of his careers and his long life. Throughout his life, Doug Conner was respected for his integrity and generosity. In his younger years, he taught Sunday School and served as an elder at The Metropolitan Bible Church. Over the years, he led many Bible studies, including one in Apopka, Florida where he and Betty wintered for 25 years and where he met and subsequently married Connie, Betty's special friend, 14 years ago. He leaves behind his precious wife Connie, his daughters Judy Little and Nancy Slusher and his stepdaughter Taya Rondeau (Luke), grandchildren: Jodi Mosley, Joffre Barlow (Ginny), Joanne Daniels (Don), Jonathan Barlow, Beth Slusher, Stephanie Heibert (Cam), Step-Grandsons Michael Clinton (Carrie) & Robert Clinton. 17 great grandchildren: Jordi, Delaney, Kristen, Erin, Jessica, Jossy, Jack, Shannon, Sheridan, T.J., Stevie, Sean-Robert, Nathaniel, Ruth, Eliana, Matthew and Tim, as well as many relatives and friends with whom he kept in touch. All of who will remember him as a Faithful and Loving Servant of God. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 1pm on May 31, 2014 at the Metropolitan Bible Church, 2176 Prince of Wales Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, Metropolitan Bible Church Mission Funds, Back to the Bible Ministry, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 26, 2014