May 4, 2019
1934 – 2019. It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of “our character”, Douglas Roderick ‘Doug’ Spurrell at the Red Deer Hospice, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the age of 84 years. He was born in Montreal, Quebec on October 8, 1934. He was married to Ruth Tooke for fifty-three years, until her passing in 2006. He and Ruth moved to Calgary from Montreal in 1975, then to Olds in 1997, and lived in Red Deer since 1998. Doug was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather; full of fun and never hesitating to pull one’s leg or share sage advice. Doug loved working at Air Canada for thirty-one years of his working life, and retired in 1991. At the age of 77, Doug got a part time job in Menswear at The Bay and truly enjoyed the camaraderie of the staff and customers, until December 2014. In the thirteen years since losing Ruth, Doug embraced this new chapter in his life by indulging his love of travel, golfing and taking on the challenges of technology. Our family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for their caring support over these past few years, with special thanks to Dr. Glady. We would also like to thank the Red Deer Hospice for the gentle and loving care they provided at the end of Doug’s journey. Doug will forever live in the hearts of his son, Gary (Candace), and his grandson, Vincent (Deanna). He will also be greatly missed by Candace’s extended family, his friends and colleagues, and his relatives from both the Tooke and Spurrell families. Doug was predeceased by his wife, his mother, his father and a brother. A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm. If desired, Memorial Donations in Doug’s honour may be made directly to the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter at www.cawes.com; or to the Red Deer Hospice Society at www.reddeerhospice.com.Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.
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