Earl MacDougall, 74 Earl MacDougall, 74, well-known owner/operator of Sunnidell Golf course and former owner of a liquid waste service, died suddenly at Brockville General Hospital on December 7. Born Oscar Earl MacDougall in Brockville on May 6, 1930, he was the first child of Fletcher MacDougall and the former Marion Hollister, a descendant of William Buell. He was educated in Brockville at the Horton and Victoria schools and attended Brockville Collegiate Institute before entering the work force at the age of 16. He was first employed by the Stetson hat works, followed by work at Arnold Saunders' Taylor Shop, located below the old Revere Hotel. In 1948 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and trained in Esquimalt, B.C. He later sailed to Halifax, N.S., by way of the Panama Canal. The next four and a half years were spent at sea until he transferred to HMCS Bytown in Ottawa to finish out his five-year term. On April 12, 1952 he married Barbara Yeldon and they raised two children, Dawn and Gordon. His first wife, Barbara Yeldon MacDougall, died in July 1978. After his navy service, Mr. MacDougall returned to Brockville, where he worked at Permanent Concrete driving a concrete truck while Highway 401 was being constructed. He then entered the dairy business at Ralph's Dairy, where he worked as a milk grader, tester and ice cream maker. When the dairy changed hands to Joe Dye Dairy in 1960, he left and started O.E. MacDougall Liquid Waste Service. He built this company into a very lucrative business, which at the time of sale some 30 years later, in the early 1990s, employed about 30 people. The company handled hazardous waste from Montreal to Niagara and operated the only waste transfer station between Montreal and Toronto. After selling this waste service to a Toronto firm, Mr. MacDougall fulfilled a dream and began building a par 3 golf course in order to fill a void in golf in the area. The course was named after the famous ice cream at W.L. Ralph's Dairy known as Sunnidell Ice Cream. Very involved in his community, he participated in and donated to many charities and organizations, most recently the Brockville General Hospital's Million-Dollar Hole in One Shootout. He was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, which he joined in 1953, and was a Mason and a Shriner since 1967. An avid curler, he served as president of the original curling club on Garden Street. He was also a director for 20 years and after its amalgamation with the Brockville Country Club served as the BCC president in 1979. It was during this time that he met Brenda Fair and they were married in 1984. He was a man of many interests and hobbies, including watercolour painting, wood carving of caricatures and, of course, golf and curling. Mr. MacDougall is survived by his wife, Brenda Fair MacDougall, daughter Dawn MacDougall and partner Allan Foster of Brockville, and son Gordon MacDougall and partner Betsy Hotchkiss of Kingston, as well as four grandchildren, Suzanne Metcalfe and partner Jamie Henderson, Cristopher Metcalfe and wife Tamara, Barbara MacDougall and Cameron MacDougall, and three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Connor and Nicholas. Also surviving are his brother Allan MacDougall and wife Faye, sister Gail Jenkinson and husband David, all of Brockville, and sister Joan Countryman and husband Raymond of Bobcaygeon, as well as many nieces and nephews. Many friends attended the funeral held in the chapel of the Barclay Funeral Home, Brockville, on December 11. Don Moore delivered the eulogy, and son Gordon MacDougall gave words of remembrance. Granddaughter Barbara MacDougall sang "Amazing Grace" and members of the Shriners formed an honour guard. The honorary pallbearers were George Boyd, Jody Carr, David Cotie, John Creighton, Craig Earle, Duane Earl, Jim Kaddatz, Cameron MacDougall, Christopher Metcalfe, Gus Mylks, Larry Sherman and Jon Tennant. Burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations were directed to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation and the Shriners' Hospital. Published in Section b, page 7 in the Thursday, January 6, 2005 edition of the Brockville Recorder & Times. Posted 4:38:23 PM Thursday, January 6, 2005.