Douglas Reid

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REID, Douglas Charles Thomas September 03, 1924 March 17, 2007 Doug had a long, full and wonderfully varied life. He was born in Vancouver, B.C. and spent many years in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver and in Richmond, B.C. As a boy, Doug displayed natural talent in all areas of athletics. He went on to become a skilled equestrian, downhill skier, ice skater, and tennis, hockey, rugby, and football player. He is famous for his rugby ('rugger') and football prowess, at Kitsilano High School, and at the University of British Columbia. He was the 1944 recipient of the Howie McPhee Trophy for best rugby player. In 1944, Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy, during the 'hostilities' of the Second World War. He served aboard the ships H.M.C.S Discovery, Protector, and Algonquin between 1944 and 1946, and saw active duty in the Mediterranean. After the war, Doug continued with professional sports, and was especially proud of his football years, forming the first B.C. Lions team in 1954, and later playing for the Calgary Stampeders. He was inducted into the U.B.C. Sport Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2004, his name was entered onto the B.C. Lions' "Wall of Fame." During the post-war years, Doug trained as a teacher, and completed his B.A. at the University of British Columbia in 1949. He began working for the Vancouver School Board in 1952 and continued that work for the next 37 years. During that time, he taught Elementary school for two years, Secondary school for 13 years, and was in Administrative positions for five years, including one year as interim Head of Student Services. He completed his M.A. at Simon Fraser University in 1976. The rest of his school working years were spent as a skilled and highly respected Elementary School Area Counsellor. He especially loved his work training teachers, and was admired for his group counselling work with children. His education career ended after a number of years in Vancouver's particularly challenging east-side and inner-city schools. He retired in 1989. Doug is also well-known in B.C. Equestrian circles. He was actively involved in a wide variety of equestrian activities, from pleasure and competitive riding, to raising, breeding and showing horses. He actively supported Pony Clubs and Young Riders groups, and worked for many years as a Canadian Equestrian Federation Judge. He was especially proud of his daughter Leslie Reid, delighted in supporting her throughout his life, and thrilled to watch her develop into a highly accomplished dressage rider, keen competitor, and talented riding instructor. Doug moved to Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, 15 years ago with his wife, Joanna Neilson, and their daughter, Caitlin Reid. There he enjoyed a number of years of good health, and was actively involved in Tai Chi, horse-show judging, bicycle riding, gardening, and sailing. He also enjoyed camping, holidaying in Mexico, whale-watching, garage 'sale-ing', attending auctions and symphony concerts, drinking Spanish coffees, and doing crossword puzzles. For the past 18 years, Doug delighted in being an 'at-home dad'. He took extraordinary pleasure and pride in watching his daughter, Caitlin, grow and become an amazing, kind, gracious, intelligent and multi-talented young lady. Doug's last 10 years were marred by declining health, and the many tediums, frustrations, disappointments and limitations of deteriorating mental and physical abilities. After a courageous and tumultuous 10-year struggle with Lewy Body Syndrome, he was recently suddenly stricken with a very aggressive form of cancer. He passed away at his home with Joanna and Caitlin by his side. We know that Doug joins with us in extending our heart-felt thanks to the 'cast of hundreds' who have cared for him and supported us over the past decade. Thanks to all the medical and other professional support workers who helped Doug be as well as possible, as independent as possible, as happy as possible, and at home as long as possible. Doug will be remembered for his dry humour, his quiet, gentle, kind and generous personality, his positive attitude, his love of family, his storytelling, his love of dancing, his passion for native art and culture, and his many interests, skills, talents and life accomplishments. He is survived by his wife, Joanna, his daughters, Caitlin and Leslie, and his brother, Don, and by many extended family members. Donations in Doug's memory may be sent to the Providence Community Association Therapeutic Riding Program, or to the Cowichan Rugby Club. Flowers are gratefully declined. A celebration of Doug's amazing life will take place on Saturday, March 31st at 6636 Pemberlea Road, Duncan, (turn left off Maple Bay Road) with an informal gathering and openhouse between noon and 6 p.m. "Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville... Mighty Casey has struck out! " 351046
Published in The Times Colonist from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2007
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