McDONALD, (Doug) Douglas Walter Passed away peacefully after a short hospital stay on Thursday June 15th, 2006 in his 95th year. A North Bay native, Doug was born on May 13th, 1912. Loving husband of Julia, stepfather to Alice (Chuck), Cathy (Rick), and Judy (Bob); step grandfather to Seth. Sadly missed by nieces Betty, Edna, and other family members. Predeceased by his first wife Dorothy Bryant, brother Howard, and sister Annie Day. Doug was well known in North Bay. A decorated WW11 veteran, Doug served overseas as a Commanding Officer with the Algonquin Regiment, receiving the Netherland Bronze Cross in 1945. He remained an active member of the Algonquin Regiment Veterans Association as Honourary Colonel. In his capacity as eldest senior officer of the Algonquin Veterans, he represented the Canadian government at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery “Forty Years of Liberation 1984 and Fifty Years of Liberation 1994” Memorial Day Ceremonies. Prior to the war, Doug played professional hockey for the Baltimore Orioles jerseys from 1936 38 and the Atlantic City Seagulls from 1941 42. For his sports achievements for over 40 years, he was inducted into the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame in February 1981. He played hockey around the world, played baseball, tennis, fastball, curled, was an avid golfer, and skated until the age of 93. He was a fine marksman and contributed to sports as coach, official and sponsor. Just prior to and after WWII Doug owned and operated several local gas stations. Doug also taught driving lessons throughout North Bay probably to most of you reading this now! He was always open to new experiences and purchased his first computer at the age of 90. Interment to follow at Terrace Lawn Cemetery. A donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. “In sport, you derive a great deal of pleasure, so this would have to be my first love. The military started at school, 5 years in the Cadet Corp with Leo Troy where I became interested in rifle shooting and communication. When Leo joined the services I would guess a great number of the students were endowed with his patriotism and decided to follow the leader. Hockey playing and other sports were important aspects of everyday life in the services. The Algonquins had mlb jerseys from china some good hockey prospects and we molded a team that won 3 Division titles and gained Army semi finals twice. We played only when out of battle or training, a statement proven at the completion of the war by the number of personnel lost in action who also starred as hockey players.” Doug McDonald 10210506
My condolences upon Doug’s death
Although the obituary did not say so, I believe Doug also gave driving tests for the Motor Vehicles Branch in the 1950’s. He was the examiner when I obtained my driver’s licence in 1955, a second test was necessary to ensure my parallel parking was up to scratch, and I have been driving ever since, often thought of the man who made it possible, a strict but fair examiner. Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Doug.
Life Long Friend
Posted by (old family friend, student driver) On Monday, June 19, 2006
I first met Doug in 1954. My father, Bill Coghlan, worked for Doug at his White Rose Service Station on Fraser St. Doug was the North Bay driving examiner there then. He put Cadillac with a continental shelf in a parade. When I turned 16, Doug taught me to drive. When mom, Marg, needed a refresher driving lesson, Doug was there. Dorothy taught me to curl. When dad moved his service station to Trout Lake Road, Doug was just on the other side of the Granite Club. He’ll always be in my heart