May 27, 1935 – December 22, 2014

Doug has spent his whole life working towards this moment. Born in Saskatchewan in 1935 he studied geology at University of Saskatchewan and then dentistry at McGill University, graduating in 1963.

Predeceased by his wife of 28 years, Terry. He leaves behind sons Gordon (Sarah) and Ian, and stepchildren, Grant and Sharlene; grandchildren Cameron and Darcy; Cason, Harris and Hadley; Joel and Dallace; Andrew and Oliver. He leaves numerous cousins, and especially his dear cousin, Sylvia Szarko(Chester). Doug married Margaret Clark, and moved to Kelowna in 1964,after briefly practicing dentistry in Vancouver.

He practiced for over 40 years, nine of which were with his son, Gordon. Doug’s contributions to the profession are

significant. He loved the practice of restorative dentistry and crown and bridge. He was recognized by his peers as an exceptionally gifted dentist. He was a member of the K.E.Murchie Restorative Study Club, the Academy of

Operative Dentistry, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Doug was a Chief Examiner for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, President of local and regional dental societies, a member of the Council of the BC Dental Association and chaired numerous committees of the

College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

Doug was equally happy on a tractor, or riding horseback through the wilderness. Together with Terry, they bred champion racehorses. He had a gift for explaining the Canadian landscape and geography, and in sharing this, he deepened our appreciation of our country. He loved to sail, and was a long time member of the Kelowna Yacht Club. Doug won many trophies for his racing efforts, and later worked on the race boat with Frank Bechard, Tony Jarrett, & Duncan Innes. He was one of the early pass-holders at Big White and spent many happy hours on the slopes and at his mountain residence, introducing many people to the sport. Doug enjoyed travelling the world, and was always planning his next great adventure.

Doug was generous and kind. He had an excellent sense of humour, and a cheerful, optimistic outlook. Doug was a loyal friend to many, and quick to help when he saw need. He was tenacious, and enjoyed solving a good problem. He ran with a tight crowd of South East Kelowna friends, especially the Browns, Kellys and Turtons. His dental partner of 35 years, Albie LaBounty was like a brother to him. He will be missed by relatives in England, New Zealand, by friends near and far, and by Lois Clarke, with whom he travelled, sailed and rediscovered joy in his last two years.

Douglas has had his last great adventure, and while we will miss him, we will keep his memory dear. Thank you to Doctors Imrie, O’Bedkoff, Halperin, Baker, McCauley and KGH ER doctors and nurses, and staff at Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the KGH Foundation.

Arrangements have been made by Springfield Funeral Home. A private service has been held.  Celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Kelowna Yacht Club.

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