Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with heart disease. Doug is loving remembered by his wife of 65 years, Louise. Doug will be fondly remembered by his children and their families; son, Bruce (Diane) and grandchildren, Courtenay and Cameron; daughter, Joan and grandchildren, Kathryn (Nic), Calum and great-grandson Lachlan; son, Colin (Brigitte) and his youngest son Christopher (Marlene).
Predeceased by his daughter, Catherine in 1975, and his parents Ira and Vera.
Doug was born and raised in Brock, Saskatchewan, a true prairie boy. He had a long and distinguished career in the RCMP. In 1951 he completed his training in Rockcliffe, Ontario. His first postings were in the Edmonton, Alberta area. He arrived in Yellowknife, NWT in 1953 where he met Louise, the love of his life. With Louise's support and encouragement he resigned from the RCMP and followed his dream and greatest passion, flying. He flew many exciting, dangerous and maiden voyages as a Bush Pilot in the North. One great opportunity was piloting for Max and Doug Ward.
In 1959 he moved his young family to Edmonton, Alberta to continue his career and obtained his helicopter pilots license. Some history of his time in the air included Associated Helicopters and Klondike Helicopters.
In 1966, Doug would go on to move his now rather large family to his hometown of Brock, Saskatchewan, where he and Louise and the help of his mother, Vera would become "Inn Keepers", owing and operating the Brock Hotel. During that time Doug was still flying throughout western Canada and the NWT's. Doug spent any free time he had hunting and trapping which also provided for his family. The hotel was the headquarters every fall for Goose hunting season. Hunters came from the USA and Alberta for Doug expertise and outstanding upland game Labrador Retrievers.
In 1972, his services were requested by the RCMP . He re-enlisted and went to Texas to train with Bell Helicopter. He completed his orientation on the Bell 212 and became the first helicopter pilot for the RCMP.
Moving the family once again, this time to St.John's NFLD. Travelling by car and exploring Eastern Canada on the journey, stopping on PEI for an extended family reunion with the MacKay clan, his father's family.
The three years in St. John's was non stop flying with many excellent adventures, inclement weather and an exciting rescue. There were many great fishing trips to Flat Rock for Atlantic cod.
In 1975, Doug was transferred to Sidney, BC to pilot the brand new Bell 206 Jet Ranger. Doug's time flying on the Island was again very exciting and rewarding. He really enjoyed Island life, fishing, curling and being an active member of the local Rotary Club.
In 1981, the final transfer was Ottawa, Ontario. Doug slowed down a little, doing administrative duties, relieving and checking out other pilots. To clarify, "Checking out" means he verified that the pilots were capable of flying said machine.
In 1988, Doug and Louise returned to Vancouver Island to retire. They spent 33 more years together, gardening, fishing, curling, travelling and loving their family. Doug always told the best flying stories. And even bigger fishing stories. He lead a very full and illustrious life. He was loved and will be missed.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Published in The Times Colonist from Jul. 4 to Jul. 6, 2021.