DOUGLAS GORDON LEATHERDALE February 11, 1931 - December 24, 2012 Passed away peacefully on December 24, 2012 in the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Vancouver Island, with his wife Marg by his side. He is also survived by his son Gordon Charles Leatherdale, brother Frank James Leatherdale, step-children Tracie Hicks and David Howard and beloved grandchildren Clare and Luke. Predeceased by Marilyn Barron (nee Leatherdale) 1987. Born in Toronto, Ontario, on February 11, 1931. Doug joined Bell Canada in 1949 where he was employed in the Outside Plant Division. In the early years of his profession, he worked in Canada's High Arctic on the Distant Early Warning (DEW Line) radar project and loved to recount the adventures and difficulties they encountered living and working in the harsh environment. Later, after some time in the field, he moved to engineering responsibilities, an area where his interest and knowledge in researching and resolving technical problems suited him perfectly. For the last two years of his career he worked as a Staff Engineer on the Bell Canada contract in Saudi Arabia, where he engaged in building a completely new modern telecommunications network. A man of insatiable curiosity, after retirement from Bell in 1989, Doug set out to satisfy his urge to explore life and the world in many ways. He travelled by merchant freighter from South Africa to the United Kingdom, trekked through the outback of Australia, bungee-jumped in New Zealand and crewed on a sailboat from Toronto to Newfoundland. In 1998 he acted as co-pilot aboard a single engine plane flying from Canada to the United Kingdom. As a keen boater, Doug spent many pleasurable years sailing in the Toronto area. After moving to Vancouver Island in 1999, he enjoyed cruising the British Columbia coastline in his boat "Shukran", travelling as far as the Alaskan border. Together with Marg, he also enjoyed travelling through numerous countries in Europe and South America. Doug will be remembered as an interesting and interested man, who was always ready to provide a helping hand and present practical solutions. Also as a gracious host who warmly welcomed any and all friends and by his loyal pet, his Cairn Terrier "Skye". Donations in Doug's memory to the Alzheimer Society (http://www.alzheimertoronto.org/donate.htm) or a charity of your choice would be much appreciated. A Celebration of Doug's Life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Cathedral Bluffs Yacht Club, Bluffers Park (bottom of Brimley Avenue), Scarborough, Ontario, from 2-4 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 5, 2013