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BLACK, Douglas Edgar Anderson

May 27, 1935 — December 22, 2014

Doug has spent his whole life working towards this moment. Born in Saskatchewan in 1935 he studied geology at University of Saskatchewan and then dentistry at McGill University, graduating in 1963.


Predeceased by his wife of 28 years, Terry. He leaves behind sons Gordon (Sarah) and Ian, and stepchildren, Grant and Sharlene; grandchildren Cameron and Darcy; Cason, Harris and Hadley; Joel and Dallace; Andrew and Oliver. He leaves numerous cousins, and especially his dear cousin, Sylvia Szarko (Chester). Doug married Margaret Clark, and moved to Kelowna in 1964, after briefly practicing dentistry in Vancouver.


He practiced for over 40 years, nine of which were with his son, Gordon. Dougs contributions to the profession are significant. He loved the practice of restorative dentistry and crown and bridge. He was recognized by his peers as an exceptionally gifted dentist. He was a member of the K.E.Murchie Restorative Study Club, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Doug was a Chief Examiner for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, President of local and regional dental societies, a member of the Council of the BC Dental Association and chaired numerous committees of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.


Doug was equally happy on a tractor, or riding horseback through the wilderness. Together with Terry, they bred champion racehorses. He had a gift for explaining the Canadian landscape and geography, and in sharing this, he deepened our appreciation of our country. He loved to sail, and was a long time member of the Kelowna Yacht Club. Doug won many trophies for his racing efforts, and later worked on the race boat with Frank Bechard, Tony Jarrett, & Duncan Innes. He was one of the early pass-holders at Big White and spent many happy hours on the slopes and at his mountain residence, introducing many people to the sport. Doug enjoyed travelling the world, and was always planning his next great adventure.


Doug was generous and kind. He had an excellent sense of humour, and a cheerful, optimistic outlook. Doug was a loyal friend to many, and quick to help when he saw need. He was tenacious, and enjoyed solving a good problem. He ran with a tight crowd of South East Kelowna friends, especially the Browns, Kellys and Turtons. His dental partner of 35 years, Albie LaBounty was like a brother to him. He will be missed by relatives in England, New Zealand, by friends near and far, and by Lois Clarke, with whom he travelled, sailed and rediscovered joy in his last two years.


Douglas has had his last great adventure, and while we will miss him, we will keep his memory dear. Thank you to Doctors Imrie, OBedkoff, Halperin, Baker, McCauley and KGH ER doctors and nurses, and staff at Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the KGH Foundation. Arrangements have been made by Springfield Funeral Home. A private service has been held.  Celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Kelowna Yacht Club.

A private service has been held. Friday, January 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Kelowna Yacht Club

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The service for BLACK, Douglas Edgar Anderson is scheduled for A private service has been held. Friday, January 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Kelowna Yacht Club

1370 Water Street Kelowna, BC


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  • Frank/Sue de Freitas says:

    Rest in peace Doug. Give Terry a hug for us. Our condolences to Doug’s family. He was one of the best.

    • Nick and Teresa Manduca says:

      It is with great sadness we learned of Doug’s passing. We offer our sincere condolences to his family. He was a great dentist and a fine human being. He was our family dentist and we always felt we received the best of care.

  • Lisa Holmes Wyatt says:

    Gord, Ian and families,
    I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a friend of our family since the early days in Kelowna, and I have many fond memories of him, especially at Big White. He was also my dentist for many years, and always took interest in where my life adventures were taking me next. He was so proud of you two and how well you were doing. He will be missed…but what a great life he led and what a legacy he left you to celebrate. All my best,

    Lisa Holmes Wyatt

  • Susan Ellard and David Webster and family says:

    We are sorry to read of Doug’s passing, and send best wishes and hugs to Sarah, Gord, Darcy and Cameron. We hope to see you this winter at Telemark, to give you warm wishes in person, but until then, kind regards from our family to yours.

  • Norma and Ed Bakstad says:

    Gord and Ian, as you know, one of your dad’s loves was getting into the back country with his horse, Ole and pack mule, Chip. Norma and I have many fond memories of exploring the BC and Alberta mountains on horseback with your dad. A better packing partner would be hard to find. The wilder the country the more he loved it. We shall miss Doug very much. Norma and Ed Bakstad

  • Garry and Ruth Lunn says:

    To the Black family. We are sorry for your loss. The profession has lost a great dentist, mentor and contributor to the profession. I so remember Doug and his leadership and kind and gentle demeanour and how he was always willing to help with a smile. He was one of the first dentists I met when I moved to Kelowna in 1975. After moving to Vancouver in /83 I always looked forward to seeing him at the ICD breakfast at the Pacific Dental Conference. He will be missed.

  • Maureen Brown says:

    Dear Gord and Family
    Sincere condolences…I will miss your Dad’s impromptu visits at the office and his hellos at the Rocket’s games!

  • Priscilla Russell says:

    Doug will be greatly missed. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend. Ron and I had some great times with Doug and Terry.
    Do the best you can to put a smile on your faces.
    Take Care
    Priscilla Russell

  • Pia Bergqvist says:

    To the Black family,

    It was with a very heavy heart that I read of Doug’s passing. I cherish the times when I was invited out to the farm to ride on Doug’s and Terry’s horses or just to hang out and visit. Doug was a true gem – so warm and generous, always smiling. I am very fortunate to have known him. I’m sending warm hugs from California to Terry, Gord and Sarah. I really miss you guys.

    Much love,

  • Lawrence salloum says:

    Gordon I’m so sorry to learn of dougs passing I wish you all the strength and Gods mercy in dealing with this tragedy
    I’m aware of the struggle in dealing with the loss of a loved one
    I know you will prevail
    Lawrence salloum

  • Joanne and Erroll Kerluck says:

    To The Black Family!
    We are sorry for your loss. Dr Black was our dentist for many years. We really enjoyed his kindness and professionalism.
    May your beautiful memories help you through tis sad time!

  • Don Kramer says:

    My fellow classmate at the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University,I fondly remember Doug for his humour and gentle manner.A fellow Saskatchewanian and Scarlet Key at McGill,we shared a lot of laughs.A good man

  • Debbie Cooke-Reece says:

    Gordon…. Even though your father’s life chapter is complete, it never ends. It allows for love, wisdom and fond memories to be passed by you to your children. I will always remember your father’s grand sense of humour. He will be missed by all who knew him. With condolences.

  • Pamela Tovell says:

    Doug was a good friend tp me for 40 years and was also my dentist for almost as long. He will be sadly missed my me and my family. So sorry for his passing.

  • Anne Zazuliak says:

    So sad to have just read of the passing of Dr. Black. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I did not know Doug personally but from some of the messages I’ve read he was obviously equally as wonderful personally as professionally. When we moved to Kelowna in 1969,a neighbour recommended Dr. Black and I was a patient of his till his retirement. He was such a kind, gentle person and always
    friendly whether you saw him in the office or outside. I know he will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

  • Ann Heald says:

    On behalf of the BC Dental Association, condolences to Doug’s family – his volunteerism to the profession was indeed valued. On a personal level, I’m very sad. Through the Murchie study club, many years ago, I found him to be funny and flirty and very loyal to his club group – a terrific chap to have known. Farewell, my friend.

  • Janice Watson says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to Terry and family, I assisted Doug in the late “80’s” for a couple of years. I learned a lot, also laughed a lot, I remember the fun we always had at the staff parties. It was an honor to have worked for Doug…rest in peace.
    Love, Janice Watson

  • Vic & Anne Petro says:

    Our deep sympathy to the Black Family for the loss of your Father. We have known Doug since Montreal days (Dentistry 63)and always enjoyed a close friendship.
    Vic & Anne Petro

  • Dot Fuhrman says:

    Dear Black family and especially you Gordon and Sarah. Your Dad’s death came as a surprise- he was just too young to say goodbye to you all. He was an excellent dentist and a fine fellow indeed. Regards, Dot

  • Murray, Christina, Jenny & Matthew Kopp says:

    Gord, Sarah & Family

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking about you all and know that your Dad is sadly missed. Many fond memories will endure but for now, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all.

    Murray, Chris, Jenny & Matthew

  • Murray, Christina, Jenny & Matthew Kopp says:

    Gord, Sarah and Family

    We were very sorry to hear of your loss. There will be many enduring fond memories of your Dad that will undoubtably always bring you to smile. For now we are thinking about you when your hearts are heavy & our sympathy goes out to you all.

    Murray, Chris, Jenny & Matty

  • Christian Family says:

    We were very sorry to hear of Dr Black’s passing. He was our first dentist and will be fondly remembered. We hope you can reflect on the wonderful times with your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bernie & Ev Monteleone says:

    Gary, Ian & Family . . . So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Cherish your memories & all those special times your shared. Our heartfelt condolences. Bernie & Ev

  • Liz Borrett says:

    So sorry to have Doug leave his family & Friends. He leaves an amazing legacy of memories. Value the gift his gifts to you.

  • Ruth Rochlin says:

    To Sarah, Gord, Darcy and Cameron,
    I’m so sad to hear of Doug’s passing. Keep him tucked warmly in your hearts. It’s a very good time to believe in angels.
    Ruth and Jim Rochlin

  • Sandy Walls says:

    Gord and family: David,Erin and I extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father Doug. Our condolences – Sandra Walls

  • Rick Jacobs,Leisa Howell, Ashley Jacobs says:

    May you and your family find peace knowing that your dad was loved by so many, and will live forever in our hearts. He was one of the most gentle, kind and genuinely caring human beings to ever walk the planet, and he has left those qualities behind with all of you, and those he loved. There is such joy knowing that Doug and Terry are together again, riding off into the sunset.

  • Grant / Norma Oberkirsch -Saskatchewan says:

    Special condolence from Grant and Norma Oberkirsch of Gladmar, Saskatchewn. Gladmar named after his Doug’s father Gladstone and Doug’s aunt Margaret. Doug and I (Grant) were born 3 weeks apart, went to school from Grade 1 to 4 together until the Black family moved to Regina soon after I recall the telegram that came when Gladstone passed. My father, Frank, bought the Black farm in 1946, and I had the pleasure of working on that farm, still today owned by a Oberkirsch. We are life time friends, staying in touch twice annually, r birthdays and Christmas. Gladmar appreciated the donated park bench by Doug and his wife at Gladmar Park. Doug is a great friend and we mourn with his family of our loss. God Bless the Black family!

  • Michael Ross says:

    I met Doug while on a packhorse trip in the Ashnola with three friends. Doug was with Ray and Ed. Doug’s mule had been hurt in an accident. He put his dental skills to work and competently cared for the mule. Later we had happy hour together. We were running a little short on our “supplies” and Doug kindly gave us the remainder of his box of wine as he was leaving the next day.
    I am sorry for your loss. I am pleased to have made his acquaintance . Michael Ross, Penticton

  • Corine Bru says:

    Very saddened to hear about the passing of Doug Black, he is a very memorable character and soul that will not be forgotten. Sorry for your great loss.

  • Lang Family says:

    Gord and Ian and family,
    We were saddened to hear today about your dad. He has been a very important person in my life and for all of my family as well. He has always gone above and beyond. He did a great job raising two fine young men. I know he was very proud of you both!

  • L. Fletcher says:

    Doug was a tremendous man and always pleasant. Through my teens and young adult life while in Kelowna (1973 to 1990), I visited with Doug as his patient. It’s years later and I’ve moved away from Kelowna, but I’m still benefitting every day from his pride and the quality of his work. The Black family has always been such a positive addition to the Okanagan Valley and Doug will truly be missed by many. My condolences to all of you who are now missing his warmth and humour. Take care. L.

  • David Haws says:

    Back in 1987, I had the good fortune of meeting Doug and Terry through Sharlene, at Big White.
    They took me out of bounds and taught me to ski BC powder…a day I often think of.
    My condolences….

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