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Douglas Swanson

Douglas Swanson

Wednesday, August 2nd, 1944 Saturday, November 28th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Douglas Raymond Swanson

Doug was born in Niagara Falls and grew up in Ontario, finishing each school year in a different school from the one where he started. Doug worked as a cameraman for the CBC, climbing around on the catwalks above the ice for Hockey Night in Canada; he also did professional photography. He raced Formula 4 at Mosport and enjoyed driving an MG TD and a Ducati (and much later a Honda Crx Si).

Doug was trained as a radar technician by the Canadian Air Force, then went on to get a bachelor’s degree from Laurentian University and a master’s degree (in psychology) from Simon Fraser University.

Doug was a very patient man. He worked with handicapped children for the Vancouver-Richmond Association for Mentally Handicapped, as well as at numerous other group homes. He also worked with troubled youth at the Maples and the Salvation Army’s House of Concord. After moving to Vancouver Island Doug worked as a substitute teacher’s aide for School District 63.

Following early retirement, Doug volunteered to raise a puppy for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Arran flunked her medical, but easily qualified for Pacific Animal Therapy Society. Doug brought her for weekly visits with residents at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s extended and palliative care units for more than a decade.

Doug was predeceased by his childhood buddy Sandy (a German Sheppard), his mother Mary, his brother John, and (yellow labs) Arran and Caper; survived by partner Marian and Tulip (a blind rescued black lab mix).

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Heather Bancroft

We always enjoyed chatting with you & Doug in the neighborhood and at the park, and were saddened to hear of his passing. He always had interesting stories to tell, especially about Arron, Caper & Tulip. May happy memories help you through this difficult time- Heather, Glen & Shelby
Comment | Posted at 03:28pm via Condolence
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Sarah Powell

What a full life he had. It sounds like he had a positive impact on so many people. I always looked forward to running into both of you at the park. Think you you in these tough time.
Comment | Posted at 03:07pm via Condolence
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Rick McCarthy

Very nice. Doug sure lived an amazing life. It doesn't look like he waisted a moment. Rest in peace. Rick & Lynn McCarthy.
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Catherine Graves

What a wonderful full life Doug had. He seems to have done many things that mattered to him and I know you will be missing him for a long time. Condolences.
Gord and Catherine Rogers, and Willie
Comment | Posted at 03:41pm via Condolence
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Dianne Humphrey

Very nice tribute to Doug. He was an accomplished fellow who definitely made a difference in his life. It was a pleasure to chat while walking at Centennial Park. Dianne and Jax
Comment | Posted at 08:48pm via Condolence
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