DOUGLAS

DOUGLAS, Mr. Arthur 'Gordon' Douglas of Red Deer, passed away peacefully at the Correct Care Home, Red Deer on Monday, March 27, 2006 at the age of 89 years. Born in the Red Deer Hospital, October 6, 1916, Gordon went to school at Fairland School and finished his education at the Penhold High School. He farmed with his father until 1935, when he attended Olds Agricultural College. Gordon continued to work with his father part time while working for the Department of Transportation on the construction of the Penhold Airbase. In 1943, Gordon joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving his country. Upon returning in 1946, he took over the farm and purchased his first purebred Hereford cattle from Mr. Charley Clay of Nevis, and Mr. Humphreys of Ponoka, building a fine herd with a reputation for quality cattle. On January 29, 1947, Gordon married Helen Mundie of Knee Hill Valley. Working together in partnership they ran a successful farm operation including grain farming, a feed lot and a purebred herd. Gordon showed their cattle at the Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge Bull Sales, the Toronto Royal Exposition, and the Western Stock Show at Denver. Their greatest shipments were thirty-six bulls to Montana and three to Russia. Participating in the community was very important to Gordon. He assisted in the Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Penhold, was a member of the Masonic Temple Lodge No. 12, and the Royal Canadian Legion. His great love of horned Herefords led to his being a charter member of the Central Alberta Hereford Association and in 1957, he received an Honourary Lifetime Membership for past service. In 1994, the Canadian Hereford Association presented him with a fifty year pin for his contributions and advancement of the breed and the Association. He also played a major role in the development of the Red Deer Cattlemen's Association, where he was president for ten years. He served for forty years as a volunteer at the Red Deer Fair Board and fifteen years as Chairman of the Beef Committee. Gordon was a key player in the development of the Alberta Hereford Testing Centre at Innisfail. Gordon’s greatest honor was to be chosen to receive the first award for Central Alberta Pioneer Farm Family presented by the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and the Westerner Exposition Association. In 1990, Gordon and Helen received the 100 Year Farm Family Heritage Award presented by the Government of Alberta. In retirement, Gordon and Helen spent many winters in Hawaii. Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Helen on February 17, 2000 and requested a special note of thanks and gratitude for his wife's support and encouragement be included here. Gordon is survived by their three loving daughters, Margaret Walker (Clark Prendergast), Susan Tallas (Don), both of Red Deer and Jeanne Weich (Bob) of Calgary, ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. A Public Funeral Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45th Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Monday, April 3, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the Red Deer Cemetery, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, in place of flowers, Memorial Donations in Gordon's honour may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 101, 5208-53rd Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5K2 or to the Salvation Army Church, 4837-54th Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 2G5, in appreciation for their caring of the service men on leave during the war. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Service and Interment Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820-45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222. "DOWNTOWN RED DEER"