We Remember

FOOKS, Douglas James

July 16, 1952 — December 14, 2019

It is with the heaviest of hearts we must share the news of the passing of our beloved Douglas James Fooks. On Saturday, December 14, 2019 after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer that lasted approximately 15 months from diagnosis, Doug passed surrounded by his loving family. Doug was 67 years young.  He was an amazing man, an incredible loving husband, very proud father and grandfather, terrific brother and uncle, and an incredible friend to so very many.

Doug was born July 16, 1952 in Vegreville, Alberta.  He is survived by his loving wife, Donna, five beautiful children, and four grandchildren: Audra (Jeff) and grandchildren Jackson, Brady and Ryann; Erin (Curt) and grandson Parker; Alexis (Kyle), which are his daughters with his first wife Terry; Amanda and Alex (Jaydee) with his current wife Donna. Doug is also survived by his brothers Don (Jan), Gord (Elaine), and Rob (Sylvia); and nephews, Ben, Peter, Jordan, Brian, Alan, Steven and his niece Lynn and each of their families. Doug is predeceased by his father Jim, his mother Grace, his brother Jimmy and his nephew Jonathan.

Doug loved spending time with his family and friends, telling stories while sharing a fine bottle of wine and steak dinner or just a cold beer in the pool or hot tub.  He was a very social gentleman and loved by so many. He would light up a room simply by walking in and would make any person feel welcome with his charming smile and charismatic demeanor.  Doug was also a great athlete with a competitive nature.  He loved sports, both playing as well as coaching.  Following his greatest love of his family, his next two great loves were skiing on Big White and boating on Okanagan Lake.  And of course, no one will forget that all these activities also included one other great love of his, and that was his love of sunglasses.  Last, but certainly not least, like his father before him, Doug became a Powerline Technician/Lineman at a young age following University. He loved teaching and sharing his experiences with fellow linemen and apprentices so much so that he worked in that field in one way or another until his final days.

We his family would like to thank Doug’s wonderful doctors, particularly Dr. McCloskey and Dr. Clarke as well as his teams of nurses at BCCA and Hospice Palliative Care who made this journey more bearable; along with all of our incredible friends and family members that went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of all along the way.

A funeral service will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road in Kelowna, BC on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doug’s name to Operation Smile Canada, operationsmile.ca and/or Pancreatic Cancer Canada, donate.pancreaticcancercanada.ca/goto/Dougfooks.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for FOOKS, Douglas James is scheduled for Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Brian LeRose says:

    I am so fortunate to have had Doug as my best friend. He was there for the good times and the hard times, listening and caring. Always a gentleman, I will miss our conversations about our family and friends, the dinners and parties and his love. I
    love and miss you big buddy.

  • Vic and Joy Nykiforuk says:

    Oh may gosh. We are shocked and feel so bad. Donna we are so sorry for your loss. We offer our deepest prayers and condolences.
    “The Life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a Life well spent is eternal”
    🙏😇 RIP Doug

  • Nancy Newby (nee Ince) says:

    Our deepest condolences to Doug’s family from the Inces. Good memories from the Stettler days.

  • Greg and Christie Arneson says:

    Our Condolence to Erin, Curt, and the entire Fooks family.

  • Patricia Saunders says:

    Dear Donna and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing, and wishing I could be of comfort to you as you were for me when Ray passed. IF i can help in any way please let me know. Love Pat

  • Glen and Claudette Wynnychuk says:

    Our sincere condolences to Donna and the entire family. We hope that you will find solace in the beautiful and loving memories you have with Doug.

  • Garry & Grace Fix says:

    Grace and I send our heart-felt condolences to Doug’s family members. He was a great guy who didn’t know the meaning of the word “quit”.

  • Kitrina Jackson & Kim Powell says:

    We are greatly saddened by the news of Doug’s passing. He will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Fooks family.

  • Blake Chapman says:

    From sports to life, you were the Man! An inspiration for so many. Shall be greatly missed!

  • Janice Nybo says:

    Condolences to the entire Fooks. We so enjoyed meeting Doug at Lexie and Kyle’s wedding and especially at Audra’s pre-wedding party. And for welcoming Kyle into his family. .We wish we could have spent time with him again. RIP Doug

  • Janice Nybo says:

    Our condolences to the entire Fooks family. We enjoyed meeting Doug at Lexie and Kyle’s wedding and especially at Audra’s pre-wedding party. And for welcoming Kyle into his family and giving us such a wonderful daughter-in-law. We wish we could have spent time with him again. Our hearts go out to you all! Love Janice and Wayne Nybbo

  • Rod and Nadine Mumby says:

    Doug you will be missed by all that have known you!

  • Ken and Bim Luknowsky says:

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers go to Doug’s family. I played hockey with him many years ago and he will always be the greatest gentle giant to all. Sorry for your loss Sincerely Ken and Bim Luknowsky

  • Ken and Gundie Volk says:

    Terry, Audra, Erin, Alexis and all of yours and Doug’s family and friends. We are extremely saddened to hear of Doug’s passing and send you heartfelt condolences. We will always remember him fondly – and are remembering some of the good times we shared: watching him coach the girls ball, on houseboat vacations, skiing, boating, dancing, New Years celebrations, hot tubbing and just hanging out talking, planning and laughing often to wee hours. Recently when our paths crossed there was always a huge hug, excitement of the chance meeting and some quick family updates. Our hearts mourn for his loss with you.

  • Karen Copp says:

    Dear Audra, Erin, Alexis and all of your families,
    I was very saddened to read of Doug’s passing. I hope all of your great memories will help you deal with your loss.

  • Kenny Orchuk says:

    Donna my deepest condolences to you and your family. Doug was a great friend and larger than life most of the time. Always there to lend an hand. I have so many good memories of doug out on the lake boating. He will truly be missed.

  • Rod Mumby says:

    Picture of Doug from our high school days

  • Elanna and Steve Dmytry says:

    Donna, we send you and your family our deepest condolences on Doug’s passing. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Janice Douville says:

    Our Hearts go out to Alex, Jaydee ( My niece) , and family. Such a tragedy to loose someone at such an early age. Blessings in the upcoming days ahead .

  • Rick and Val Marshinew says:

    May the wonderful memories you’ve shared together become a part of you – memories that will fasten themselves into your heart and bring you calm and comfort knowing Doug is not gone but lives on in your heart – always. Wishing you all strength and peace in the difficult days to come.

  • Chris poullos says:

    My deepest condolences to you all. I have many fond memories both at work and play with the big fellow. His big smile will be sadly missed. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  • Glenn and Anthea says:

    Anthea and I wish we could be there today to remember our Fallen Friend with others but we cannot. We just need to say that we are far richer for having known Doug, a great pal and we will miss him. His strength over the last 18 months has been amazing and an inspiration to us. We wish the best to Donna and all the Fooks.

  • Mike Flynn says:

    So many road trips, so many great memories of you, Brian, Mark and the WKP crew over the years. You’ll never be forgotten my friend. R.I.P. Doug. To you and the family Donna my heart felt condolences.

  • Guy Ferrari says:

    Donna & the Fooks family: Deepest condolences on the passing of Doug. He was the gentlest of giants, and the dearest friend one could ever ask for. I will always cherish my memories of time with Doug. RIP Big Doug, until we meet again!

  • Dave Jorgensen says:

    My deepest condolences to all. I had the pleasure of working with and knowing Doug for a number of years. He was a great human being and a great lineman. Could always look forward to good conversation, tasty wine and great steaks. He will be missed.

  • Fred Hogman says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. Doug was a friend and colleague whom I respected and learned from during the years I had the honor of working with him. He will be missed by all in the line trade. RIP Doug.

  • Lynette Claassens says:

    Donna it’s been years since I have seen you & Doug but I always remember our fun times together while I lived in Kelowna. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you & your family.

  • ida says:

    my condolences to you and your family Donna..hugs🙏

  • Larry Poxon says:

    I met Doug in Grande Cache building a line to Grande Prairie. We hit it off right away. We worked hard and played hard. He was my best man at my wedding. He was a great friend and I’ll miss him. My condolences to Donna and all his family.

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