William (Bill) Douglas

William (Bill) Edward Douglas

Saturday, August 31st, 1940 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Bill passed away peacefully at St. Lawrence Lodge on 30 September 2019. He was predeceased by his loving wife Elva (Sheffield) in January 2019, and his mother Ethel Douglas (nee Hill). He is survived by his sister-in-law Wanda Munro (Tom), brother-in-law Doug Charland (Rhena, predeceased 2008), his nephews Shawn, Brent, Kim (Sandra and their children Kate and Grace), and Scott, and cousins.

Bill's love of sports started young; he played basketball at Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI), and was a lifelong fan of television coverage of numerous sports, especially basketball and baseball. After a year studying engineering at Queens University, Bill opted for a job at Automatic Electric where he worked for many years as an Engineering Technician in the Industrial Engineering department, then the Manufacturing Engineering department. Bill was known to book vacation time to watch the World Series. For many years he met with work friends including Fred Airhart for breakfast and coffee. When not following sports or engaging in philosophical discussions with friends and relatives, Bill enjoyed gardening with his wife, Elva, who was the centre of his life, and enjoyed impromptu dinners and back yard visits with their friends and neighbours including Merv and Anne Hodgson, Paul and Karen Greatrix, and Anne Rice at their home on McDougall Rd. For several years Bill and Elva sold their vegetable garden fresh produce at local campgrounds, and made many friends there. Bill also enjoyed attending local fairs with Elva where she participated in driving competitions with her horses, and between times assisted in the twice-daily care of her horses. His nephews cherish the attention and love lavished on them by Bill and Elva, and especially Bill's unique ability to connect with young children by magical stories, "turkey rubs" after bath time, and trips for ice cream that were both steady and frequent. The special attention and assistance Bill received from staff at the St. Lawrence Lodge in his last months is gratefully acknowledged, made possible by the special love, comfort and care provided by Margaret Sadlon and Peter Reimer, and most especially his nephew Kim.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. To honour Bill’s memory, we ask that you do something you love with someone you love; maybe open a couple of beers and turn on the ball game.

A private interment will be held at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.
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    Roselawn Memorial Gardens
    2451 County Road 15
    Maitland, ON K0E 1P0
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    A private family graveside service will be taking place at a later date.


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Cindy Needham

Posted at 03:44pm
I fondly remember uncle Bill And aunt Elva, so many wonderful dinners, hockey matches and trips to the cottage. As I grew up aunt Elva would share her clothes with me or have games and crafts for my brother and I when dad and uncle Bill would watch the hockey game. Their gardens were a source of pride and they were beautifully maintained. I have many warm childhood memories of them and I’m thankful for that.


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