On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, (John) Douglas Reid of Sioux Narrows, Ontario, passed away after a brief struggle with cancer with his family by his side.
A tremendous loss is felt by his wife of 50 years, Janice, and his sons and their families, Tom and Katie with Adam and Rosie, Peter and Allison with Norah-Grace and Marsden, and Mike and Jessica with June and Stella. Also bereft are his brothers-and-sisters-in-law, Arlene, Jim and Lynne, Tony and Shirley, George and Sophie, and Grace Anne and Leonard. He was predeceased by his parents, Evelyn and Clifford, and brother, Jim, as well as Janice’s parents, George and Grace Austin. He is missed by his many dear friends, well-known from living for 47 years in Sioux Narrows. After being an OPP Constable in the Niagara area, he returned to school in Lindsay, Ontario, to become a Resource Technician graduating with top marks in his class.
Following employment with the Abitibi Paper Company, he worked for 25 years as a Conservation Officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources….. two years at Jeanette’s Creek near Tilbury and the remainder in Sioux Narrows where he became highly skilled at navigating the waters of Lake of the Woods with its many islands and reefs at any time, day or night, before GPS was available. After retirement in 1997, he continued to keep busy - helping seasonal residents with their cabins, guiding, trapping leeches, measuring snow levels for the M.N.R., and working a trap line. Doug was an avid and successful fisherman and hunter.
He was always eager to lend a helping hand and was generous with his time. He also had a great sense of humour, ready with a clever comment or funny story. Visiting his sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren gave him much pleasure, and not being able to continue to be part of their lives was a great disappointment to him. He loved them dearly. And now, as we believe, he is free to be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
We are so thankful for the compassionate, kind, and gentle care Doug received in hospital at the Health Sciences Centre on Ward GH4 Internal Medicine in Winnipeg. Also, the prompt and caring response of the MAID team to his request was so appreciated. The following are songs that have special meaning for the family if you would like to listen to them: I’ll Fly Away by Joey and Rory; When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton; The Voyage by Christy Moore; Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Van Morrison; Ready to Fly by FFH; You Raise Me Up by Selah; On Eagle’s Wings by Kitty Cleveland.
Doug’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. They also encourage the sharing of photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the charity of your choice in Doug’s name.
Locally, the Kenora Fellowship Centre, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, and Lake of the Woods General Hospital would be suggestions.
“Grief never ends…. but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith….. It is the price of love.”
ETHICAL DEATH CARE
Cremation & Life Celebrations
530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg
JOHN DOUGLAS REID
July 31, 1944 - August 19, 2020
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