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Photo de Donald Bruce DOUGHERTY
Fiche créée le : 2005-10-27
Donald Bruce DOUGHERTY
Père : Raymond Charles DOUGHERTY
Mère : Mary PATERSON
Décès le : 2005-10-27
Parution : 2005-10-29
Conjoint(e) : Joan Mason
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

OBITUARY DONALD BRUCE DOUGHERTY (1920 - 2005) Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 27, 2005 at age eighty-five after a brief illness. Born in Montreal, son of Raymond Charles Dougherty and Mary Paterson, he attended Guy Drummond School in Outremont, Roslyn School and Westmount High. Don interrupted his studies at McGill University to serve his country in World War II. He trained at Royal Roads officer school in Victoria, then joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, taking part in convoy and mine sweeping operations as a lieutenant on the HMCS Suderoy IV and HMCS Atholl. After his military service, Don completed his Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University, graduating in 1948. Don started his career in the merchandising office at Eaton's in Montreal. He then enjoyed a long and successful career in the bedding industry with Simmons Limited, where he became Senior Vice President of Sales for Canada and managed the company's Vancouver operations for several years. After retiring from Simmons in 1985, Don worked for several years for the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association. Don was an avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast. As a young man, he spent summers as a canoe tripping counsellor at Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Park. In high school and university he competed in football, squash, downhill and cross country skiing and ski jumping. Later on, Don served as Chairman of the Laurentian (Ski) Zone, which ran most of the major ski competitions in Canada at the time. He was also a member of the pioneering Red Birds Ski Club, raised money for the Canadian Olympic ski team and represented his country as a chef de mission at the 1952 Oslo Olympics. A keen golfer, Don was a member at Lambton Golf & Country Club in Toronto and Royal Montreal Golf Club. He also served as a committee and event volunteer at these clubs. Don loved not only the challenge of the game but the camaraderie it brought him. Later in life, Don took up curling, playing at both Lambton and the Mount Royal Curling Club. A long-time member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, the Montreal Badminton and Squash Club (Atwater Club) and Mount Royal United Church, he also enjoyed social outings in recent years with his Romeos circle of friends from the Town of Mount Royal. Don spent many memorable summer and ski vacations with his family at Cape Cod, Oyster River on Vancouver Island, Stowe (Vermont), Mont-Sainte-Anne and Corlear Bay on Lake Champlain. A modest, generous, gentle man with a playful sense of humour and famous sweet tooth, Don made a point of keeping up with his extensive network of long-time friends, acquaintances and former colleagues. He had a rich life, well lived, and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Joan (Mason), with whom he recently marked a 57th wedding anniversary, brother Pat (Judy), sister-in-law Kathryn Mason, brother-in-law Bill Mason (Kati), children Tim (Christina), Cynthia (Bob), Geoff (Susie), Stephen (Melodie) and Sarah, grandchildren Joshua (Jen), Caitlin, Sarah, Jake, Peter, Andrew, Michelle and Erin and many nephews and nieces. Thank you for the care and compassion of the VON, CLSC Cote-des-Neiges, Dr. Nicole Baird, the staff of the Montreal General Hospital and Dr. Paul Lysy. Following cremation at Mount Royal Cemetery, a service in his memory will be held at the Mount Royal United Church, 1800 Graham Boulevard, Town of Mount Royal, on Tuesday, November 1st at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation (514-934-4846) or the Fondation Charles Bruneau of Hopital Sainte-Justine. (514-256-0404). Published in the Montreal Gazette from 10/29/2005 - 10/31/2005


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