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HALL, James Douglas "Doug"

HALL, James Douglas

The end of 2017 was also the end of Doug’s journey on the planet. While driving, Doug’s heart stopped due to complications of cardiomyopathy, his vehicle slowed and left the road; thankfully not colliding with, or injuring, anyone else.

Born 57 years before to Ken and Connie (who predeceased Doug in 2006), brother to Paddy, Doug’s childhood was a Norman Rockwell canvas with a little hellion mixed in for colour.

Doug lived outside from morning to night – he loved to explore, hike, ride his bike ~ especially off-road, water sports, and his biggest passion of all, downhill skiing. Some of his favourite memories of all time were the two winters spent as a ski instructor at Big White with Jimmy Lloyd, “Dibble” – Darryl Innis, Bob Purdy and Bob Lord among the cast of rogues.

Doug followed in his dad’s footsteps and pursued his love of working with his hands, ultimately enjoying a reputation as a renowned custom home builder.

His most cherished accomplishments are his children, Christopher and Ailia. Doug did many things well, being a dad topped the list. He adored his kids and was so proud of who they are, and the way they’re shaping their own lives.

Left to try and make sense of this untimely tragedy and somehow move forward with a dreadful void in our lives are Doug’s father, Ken, sister Paddy, son Christopher (fiancé Amelia), daughter Ailia and her mother Heather.

Forever grateful for the footprints Doug left on their hearts are Christopher’s mother Theresa Wimbles, cousins Ron Dunbar and Kim Hansen (she and Doug were like brother and sister, inseparable throughout their childhood), lifelong pals Kim Thorn and Cam McCannel, as well as long-time friend, and ‘brother’, Larry Taylor. Doug will be missed by colleagues, friends, a host of cousins and long-time family friends.

The family has had a small private service. Anyone choosing to pay tribute to Doug is welcome to contact Paddy regarding a charitable fund that has been established in Doug’s memory.

Condolence Messages
  • Jan 13, 2018
    Absolutely shocked to see this obit Paddy,, saddened by this news,, Doug will live on in his children's memories, and all who knew him.. He and 'Bob' will be sharing mountain stories by now.. so very very sorry for this loss to so many who knew and loved Dougie... Wanda, Jason and Jarret Sheath