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Col Robert Gordon Douglas
1930 - 2021
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COL ROBERT GORDON DOUGLAS KStJ CD May 13, 1930 - 26 February 26, 2021 Robert (Bob) Douglas, age 90 passed away peacefully on February 26, 2021. Bob married Anne (nee Booth) in 1957 and had 61 beautiful and loving years together until her passing in 2019. Bob is survived by his three children, Cameron (Debra Meilleur), Katherine and Robert Gray (Ellen O'Doherty); grandchildren, Jessica (Richard Cunha), Kasandra (Daniel Ellsmere) and Jillian; as well as four great-grandchildren, Anthony, Caleb, Cole and Franklin. Bob grew up during the Depression Years on Brookdale Avenue in North Toronto. Both loving parents, Robert Trobe Douglas and Dorothy May Worrall, were immigrants from the UK. Bob was predeceased by his older brother Edward (Deanna) of Prince Edward County and a younger sister Isabel and is survived by his sister Dorothy (Ken Wright) of California. Bob was very proud of his father's service in both world wars, where while serving with a Signals Regt in France, he was wounded. Bob's interest in the military started early, and he served as the CO of the Cadet Corps at Lawrence Park Collegiate in Toronto and as a Master Cadet was chosen to attend the first Special Cadet Camp in Banff, Alberta. This led to his joining the reserves as a Sapper in the 2nd Field Engineer Regiment in Toronto, where he rose to the rank of Sgt. Bob then joined The Royal Regiment of Canada, and completed a six-month course at Camp Borden, qualifying as a Lieutenant. Bob then headed off to join the British Army on a special two-year contract. He travelled directly from Canada to Hong Kong to join The King's (Liverpool) at the Bamboo Curtain, in the New Territories. After completing a Selection Course in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, and a Parachute Course in Changi, Singapore, he joined the SAS HQ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. The SAS were involved in deep jungle patrols against Chin Peng and his Communist Terrorists. Bob later qualified as an SAS Demolition Specialist on a course held at The Far East Engineering School, in Johor Bahru, which culminated with a night parachute drop on a mission to destroy a large enemy bridge. On returning to Canada, Bob rejoined to The Royal Regiment of Canada, and after various regimental postings rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to command the Regiment. When his firm moved him to Montreal, he became G1 (Training) in the newly formed Sector L'Est HQ. Over the years following, Bob had the privilege of serving as both the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel of The Royal Regt. of Canada, as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, and as Honorary Colonel of the Grey & Simcoe Foresters. His final assignment with the military was Chairman, Executive Committee of The Council of Honorary Colonels of the Canadian Army, reporting to The Army Commander. Bob was very involved in Community activities: AdeC to Lieutenant Governors' Keiller MacKay and Earle Roe Chairman, Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief (Canada), reporting directly to Wing Commander Sir Leonard Cheshire VC OM DSO & Two Bars, DFC in the UK. Toronto Commander, The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Vice Chair, Veterans Advisory Committee of the Board "Sunnybrook Hospital" Governor, Commissionaires (Great lakes) Director, The World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPA Canada) President, St. John Ambulance (Ontario) President, Fort York Branch 165, Royal Canadian Legion Member, International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association Honours and Awards: Knight, The Most Venerable Order of St. John (KStJ) Knight Commander, Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus (KCSL) British Army, General Service Medal (Malaya bar) Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) three bars Canadian Centennial Medal Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal Canadian 125th Commemorative Medal Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal Volunteer Combatant Cross (France) Gold Cross of Merit (Poland) Bob had an interest in Hiking and Mountains: Hiked across UK "Sea to Sea" and raised $20,000 for St. John Ambulance Climbed Kilimanjaro, Africa Hiked with Tenzing Norgay in Sikkim, India Hiked to Base Camp Mount Everest. Nepal Climbed many times in the Matterhorn area, Switzerland Loved his view in New Hampshire at the family cottage looking at Mt. Washington. Former Clubs: Royal Canadian Military Institute Granite Club Toronto Club Barrie Country Club After 23 enjoyable and fulfilling years with NCR (National Cash Register), Bob became an Investment Advisor, with a career spanning 30 years through many mergers, including Merrill Lynch which he considered the most interesting. During this span, Bob attained the highest credential in the industry, becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). In May 2015 at age 85, Bob chose to retire from his position as Vice President of RBC DS. Bob and Anne spent their last years residing in Horseshoe Valley, on their country estate "Grenadierwoods", where he enjoyed tinkering with old jeeps and chain sawing trails through the 80 acres of mature trees which he enjoyed walking through with his friends and family. There will be a service once the Covid-19 circumstances allow. It was Bob's wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to St. John Ambulance, 15 Toronto St. Suite 800, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Mar. 6 to Mar. 10, 2021.
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March 21, 2021
Bob Douglas was a good friend and colleague of my father, John Waterman, who passed away last September. My father greatly respected his friendship and excellence and our family appreciated the wonderful memory that Bob posted on my Dad's obituary. A great loss to us all.
Jane Waterman
Acquaintance
March 13, 2021
My dad served with Bob in 2FER. Bob was a great mentor and friend, who I knew well through the RCMI. I served with Cameron, who I extend my deepest condolences to, as well as the rest of Bob's progeny from here in the antipodes.
Capt Lionel Boxer, RAE, late of 2FER
Served In Military Together
March 13, 2021
Capt Lionel Boxer, late of 2FER
Served In Military Together
March 13, 2021
On Behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canada Association we would like to express our sympathy and condolences to the Douglas family and friends.

WO Glen Moore (Ret’d) CD Vice President
The Royal Regiment of Canada Association
Glen Moore
Served In Military Together
March 13, 2021
“You see, what I wanted to start was a way so that a soldier in the Grey and Simcoe Foresters, if he saw another soldier, he could, instead of saying ‘hello’ or ‘hey you’, he could call out ‘Tenacious’. Then, the other soldier would know they are being called out by another Forester, respond with ‘Versatile’ and know that they’ve been called to by a friend.”
- HCol Bob Douglas KStJ CD
Maj Mike Lacroix CD
Served In Military Together
March 10, 2021
Debby and I are deeply saddened at Bob's now having passed away. We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all the family at their loss.
Bob was to us a great friend and advisor; a great and distinguished man in every respect. It was an enormous honour to serve with him in the Royal Regiment of Canada. May his soul be reunited with his beloved Anne in everlasting peace and light.
Gregory Benton
Friend
March 8, 2021
Our family (Ashworth) send their sincerest condolences to the entire Douglas family. We go back a long way with the Douglas clan and the Booths as well. Both Bob and Anne were very dear friends with my father David (2013) and my mom Shirley. Anne's parents were "weekend friends" with my grandparents Ruben and Ethel Bolstad sharing a glass or two together in the King area during the summers. I remember 'uncle' Bob as a generous, humourous and compassionate man and I know he will be missed by all of you.
Ann (Ashworth) MacLean
Friend
March 7, 2021
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Douglas. His military accomplishments are noteworthy, but he was known through shared years at NCR and became a good family friend to my parents Larry and Rena Boucher. Sincere sympathies to the family.
Linda Diane Wilson
Coworker
March 6, 2021
Bob and Anne were dear friends for many years. This photo was taken New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2001, at the RCMI. We shared the same wedding anniversary, and celebrated together for a number of years. We also shared many impromptu dinners at their home on Teddington. Fond memories of times together, shared laughter.
Jan Taylor-Cameron
Friend
March 6, 2021
Jan Taylor-Cameron
Friend
March 6, 2021
I am sending my condolences on behalf of myself and my parents, Colonel Gordon (Ted) Taylor and Mrs. Sylvia Taylor. My father is currently residing in Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre and my mother is living in a retirement residence.
My father and Col Douglas were life-long friends who attended the same high school and both served as Commander of the Royal Regiment of Canada. I know my father valued his friendship with Col Douglas as they shared similar values including a dedication to family and to country. They were both proud strong, proud men, who valued physical fitness and self-discipline.
My parents have fond memories of attending military functions with Bob and Anne back in the day, including the Garrison Ball.

I'm sharing an old picture of the Royal Regiment Officers from 1961 which includes my father and Col Douglas. (They were such handsome young men.) It also includes Toronto Mayor Nathan Phillips and Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker.

We are sincerely sorry for your loss.

Julie Kish (Nee Taylor)
Julie Kish
Friend
March 6, 2021
Bob was the greatest of men — men that this great country were built upon — generous, kind, caring and giving - and a man with great principles and pride. Bob will be missed in his community. Canada lost a great man.
Todd
Acquaintance
March 6, 2021
Bob is a legend as a respectful integral gentlemen of class
Bob was a strong eloquent NCR District Manager coaching us to many CPC's in the late 70's selling Century 100's and NCR 8200's mini computers. We celebrated one big sale with Lieutenant Colonel Robert Douglas at the Granite Club, along with many other times we treasure as memories forever. A true friend for over 45 years. Sincere condolences to the Douglas family.
Mel Lee
Coworker
March 6, 2021
I considered Bob and Anne as friends for over sixty years. I worked with Bob over his 23 years with NCR where he enjoyed a successful career in many management capacities. Bob was a fun guy to be around with a great sense of humour which was always present even under the most stressful work situations. I always admired his military achievements which were never boasted but humbly enjoyed.
He was a loyal and dear friend and I will miss him. My sincere condolences to his family.
RIP Bob.
Tally Hoe!!!
Joe McGlynn
Friend
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