WEIR, Douglas Hugh B.A., C.G.A., C.D. January 12, 1921 - August 13, 2013 Doug was born in the family farmhouse in Tilney, Saskatchewan to Hugh & Elsie Weir. Hugh was originally from Falkirk, Scotland and Elsie from Bonaventure Island, Quebec. Excelling at school, Doug was enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan (Faculty of Law) at the age of 16. The outbreak of WWII in 1939 added the C.O.T.C. (Canadian Officer Training Corps) to his university schedule. By the age of 19 he had received his B.A. (Arts/Law) and enlisted in the 76th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery which was being mobilized in Indian Head. The Battery eventually formed part of the 17th Field Regiment, 5th Canadian Armoured Division which trained at Petawawa and Aldershot, England. For six months of his time in the U.K. Doug was seconded to 5th Division Headquarters to serve as aide-de-camp to its commander General Stein. The Regiment saw active service in Italy, Belgium and Holland, distinguishing itself in battle at Otterloo in 1945. By then promoted to the rank of Major, Doug was asked to remain in Holland after the war to co-write the regimental history. During his time in England Doug met the love of his life, Patricia (an officer in the British A.T.S.), and they were married in London in 1945. Returning to Canada in 1946, Doug & Pat made their way west from Saskatchewan to Vernon, Kamloops and then Victoria in 1963. While in Kamloops he received his C.G.A. designation and worked as a provincial tax auditor. In Victoria he served as Comptroller of the Liquor Control Board and then moved, in 1974, to the Ministry of Health to be Chairman of the Medical Services Commission and the first Chairman of the newly formed Emergency Health Services Commission. Doug took early retirement in 1980 allowing him to travel the worId with Pat, golf together, spend months in Hawaii, go salmon fishing, tend his garden and generally enjoy life. He was also an accomplished and award-winning winemaker and was a long time member and two-term president of the Saanich Sommeliers. Pat died in 2007 and Doug continued to live at his beloved "Kensington" until his death. He was still in contact with old comrades of the 17th Field Regiment and enjoyed their regular luncheons. Predeceased by his brother Ian, Doug is survived by brother Ron, sister Elizabeth and by his four children - son Dave and daughters Christine (Tom) Sibbald, Val (Murray) Smith and Jean (Martin) Wood. There are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Doug was loved, respected and admired and will be missed by all who knew him. If you would like to share special memories of Doug these would be gratefully received by his family at email@example.com.
A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Friday, September 27 at which time his friends and family will raise a glass of fine wine or single malt scotch in his memory.