Douglas DOUGANS

DOUGANS, Douglas Haig
Passed away on January 16, 2013 in Delta, British Columbia at the age of 94. Predeceased by Carolyn, his beloved wife of 43 years. He will be greatly missed by dear friend Betsy Filion, by his children Rob (Carol), Clyde (Joy) and John (Sue); grandchildren Jennifer (Jordie), Peter (Nao), Andrew (Angie), Grant, Stephen, Tara and Nancy; and great-grandchildren Carolyn, Charlotte, Peter, Remi and William as well as brother Roy (Sheila) of West Vancouver. Born and educated in Vancouver, he received a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture at UBC (1940). His experiences as an officer in the 5th Armoured Division (WWII) serving in England, Italy, and later in Northwest Europe stayed with him throughout his life. A committed family man, he, wife Carolyn and sons enjoyed many outdoor adventures and oceanfront experiences during happy summers at their cabin on Bowen Island. As the boys grew he could be found building boats, tree forts, home renovations or engaging in some rod or gun activity. As each grand and great-grandchild arrived, they too became special and dear to him. Returning from overseas in 1946, Doug commenced a long and successful business career initially as Manager of Merck & Co. on the west coast, building the business and joining numerous professional and community organizations. Doug retired from Merck after 32 years in leadership positions. He served as a Director of the Canadian Feed Manufacturers Association, was a founding member of the BC Food Technologists, and a member of the Institute of Food Technology. He was a 34-year member of the North West Commercial Travellers Association and served as President of the BC Board. A lifetime member of Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, Doug supported its community in many ways. He was a founding member and long-serving Director of the Presbyterian Senior Citizens Society, which built the Dunwood Seniors Home in New Westminster. A lifetime learner, in retirement Doug took the Power Squadron Certification and enjoyed several boats, as well as becoming an active participant in the Banff investment club. All the while pursuing his passion for gardening, special family gatherings, and time with Betsy. A memorial service and celebration of Doug's life will be held at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn on Sunday, February 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Delta Hospital Foundation or the Delta Hospice Society in Doug's name would be greatly appreciated.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 26, 2013