On Monday, July 22, 2019, Doug went to be with the Lord at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gayle, and their 3 children Shane, Ann, and Benjamin. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Owen, and Kai who were the delight of his life; as well as his sister Deryl Simpson and brother Dennis Thomas. He was predeceased by his brother David and his granddaughter Bronwen, both of whom he loved dearly.
Doug was born on small homestead farm in Berwyn, Alberta. The youngest of 4 children: David, Dennis, Derly and Doug, or the 4 D’s as they were affectionately called. A bit of a wanderer in his younger years, Doug’s travels took him many places; including, Whitehorse where he met Gayle, the woman that would be his wife and co-parent for many years. Together they made their way on many different adventures and after moving to Victoria and across the country they returned to British Columbia and settled in Peachland to finish raising their three children.
Doug was a man of many passions: Cadets, Hunting, Cars, Racing, Sailing, Fishing… and then some more fishing. But the greatest of Doug’s passions was his family. If you spoke with Doug it was a rare occasion when he did not share his pride and love of Gayle, Shane, Benjamin, Ann or his beloved grandchildren, Bronwen, Owen or Kai.
Doug was also a man that valued community and connection. His faith and church community were an important place where he was able to provide support and in turn receive return the love and support of his spiritual family.
The family would like to extend their wholehearted thanks to staff and Chaplin at the Village at Smith Creek for the love and care that they undertook while Doug was a resident there. Although Doug will be missed, he remains in our hearts and the infinite ways he has touched our lives during his journey on earth.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society British Columbia, www.parkinson.bc.ca.
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The service for THOMAS, Doug is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.