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DOUGLAS GERROND DAVIDSON 1919 - 2011 After living a full life of 92 years, Douglas Gerrond Davidson peacefully passed away, with devoted Shirley and family members at his side on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in the Palliative Care Centre of the St. Boniface Hospital. Douglas was born in Neepawa, MB, February 11, 1919, and spent his early years on the Heritage family farm. Doug is survived by his soul mate Shirley, who after 64 years of marriage sadly said her goodbyes. Shirley provided extra special care to assist Doug in his later years. They were married right after the war and have been the best of friends ever since. Besides his wife Shirley, Doug is survived by his sister, Phyllis Mitchell (Calgary); son Brian Harold (Melita) and granddaughter Kimberly and great-granddaughter Maggie (Salt Spring Island); daughter Wenda Gail and Grant Johnson (West Hawk Lake) and daughter Lindsay Lillian and James Forsyth and two great-grandchildren, Oliver Douglas and Russell Michael (Phuket Thailand); son Campbell Gerrond and Elizabeth (West Hawk Lake) and sons, Shane Paul and Stephanie and great-grandson Jonah (Vancouver); Mackinley Gerrond and Roberta Berry (Winnipeg), and Michael Douglas Eric and Wendy (Ottawa); and son J. Michael and Jeri Wagner (Winnipeg). Doug was predeceased by his mother (Jean McNabb) and father (Bert Davidson) (Neepawa), sisters Evelyn (Eee) Wintonik (Victoria) and Margaret Bruce (Carmen) and brother Robert Davidson (Neepawa). After his early years on Springbank Farm near Neepawa Doug entered the University of Manitoba to study Agriculture. His university years were split with the Second World War and he graduated in 1946 with his BSA. Doug enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force with the Air-borne Radar Unit, Squadron 221, and served in a variety of theatres during the war: England, Scotland, Malta, Gibraltar, Palestine (Jerusalem), North Africa, Italy, and Greece. After graduation Doug joined the Prudential Insurance Company of America Canada providing farm loans and mortgages to producers across the Prairies. Doug completed his career with Prudential as the General Manager for Western Canada, retiring with over 35 years of service in 1982. Doug was an avid boater and cottage goer, buying a cabin at West Hawk Lake in the early 1960s. Their cabin near MacDougall's Landing was and remains a hub of activity for the entire family. Doug was an outdoorsman and loved to fish and to hunt waterfowl. He enjoyed many trips with his sons and friends always resulting in wonderful tales. Doug was also a skilled wood worker and built many pieces of furniture that adorned the family home as well as making various other items for his children and grandchildren. In retirement Doug and Shirley travelled, spending time in the UK, Portugal and Spain, the Caribbean and Hawaii as well as motor trips to the southern USA often wintering in Palm Springs. Always a man of few words, Doug didn't need to speak the obvious or brag about his own good fortune or accomplishments, but he had a very large presence in our lives. He will be missed. According to Doug's wishes, a private family service will take place in Neepawa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 09, 2011