July 7, 1941 – February 3, 2021
Doug McDonald of Campbell River, BC passed away unexpectedly at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC on February 3, 2021 at the age of 79.
Doug was born in Comox, BC, July 7, 1941, to Dorothy “Dot” and Donald “Mac” McDonald.
He lived in Courtenay, BC until 1963 when he married his high school sweetheart Gaylene “Gay” Foster. They moved to Campbell River, BC where their two daughters Christina “Christi” and Susan were born.
During his teenage years Doug was a member of DeMolay and Scouts. As a Scout he was awarded the honor of Queen’s Scout, the highest youth award achievable. He also spent a lot of time as a member of the Courtenay Recreation Association (CRA) participating in swimming, gymnastics, and skiing on Forbidden Plateau. As an adult Doug was a member of the Forbidden Plateau ski patrol.
Doug started his work life at the Crown Zellerbach Mill in Campbell River in 1959 and worked there until 1977. While still working at the Mill, he and Gay opened Fennell’s Trailer Supplies (CR) Ltd, which they ran together for 37 years until retirement December 31, 2009.
Doug was an accomplished handyman, always busy building, fixing, or making “stuff” around our home and for his girls.
After a lifelong fascination with trains, Doug became an avid model railroader, a member of the North Island Model Railroaders and built a layout at home.
Doug enjoyed the many camping trips, parties, birthday celebration and more with “The Gang”.
A special thank you to Dr. Meckin and Dr. Dhansay for their years of care as well as the Cardiac Care team at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
Doug is predeceased by his parents and his brother Jack. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years Gay, daughters Christi (Greg) Cote and Susan Smith, grandsons Kaden and Doug Cote, granddaughter Kayla (Dylan) Smith along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Service to be held at a later date.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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