Douglas Hewson Christie (1919 - 2017)

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CHRISTIE, Douglas Hewson
October 19, 1919 – July 1, 2017
Dad always wanted to live to one hundred so the girls at the Royal Bank
would take him for a free lunch. He died at 97 years 8 months on July
1 so instead of 100 he made it all the way to the 150th. Amazing
to think our country was only 52 years old when Dad was born
a two pound, two month premature infant. He survived and
continued to serve his country in World War II as a tail gunner
completing 33 bombing raids over Europe. With his wife of
66 years he raised four children. He retired from the Federal
Government public service at 54 years to travel the world with
wife Norma, and later, on his own. Dad lived for 46 years in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, 49 years in Cochrane, Alberta, 3 years in
Brandon, Manitoba and 4 months in Deloraine, Manitoba, making
friends where ever he went. Everyone loved our Dad, the entertaining
gentleman; quick to open a door, pull out a chair for the ladies, and make
a witty comment to all. He was predeceased by his wife Norma, and eldest son Doug junior. He is
survived by 3 of his children; Myna Cryderman, Jane Christie, Neil Christie, daughter in law Keltie, and
grandchildren Dale Somerville, Dan Somerville, Lisa Baker, Cadeyrn Christie, Kalonica Christie, and
great grandchildren Lyric Baker, and Nolan Baker.
We wish to thank the staff who cared for Dad in his last month, especially the loving care he received
in Boissevain Hospital. They made a difficult time bearable. Dad went kicking and screaming to
Riverheights Terrace in Brandon and BrenDelWin Lodge in Deloraine but was even more upset leaving
his friends in each place he had come to consider home. We thank you all for your kindness on Dad's
long journey.
In accordance with Doug's wishes cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
Donations in memory of Doug may be made to Bren Del Win Lodge Box 527, Deloraine, Manitoba
R0M 0M0 or the Boissevain Health Centre, Box 899, Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at
Wheatland Funeral Service
Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Aug. 10, 2017
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