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JAMES DOUGLAS BALE Unexpectedly, on Thursday, August 9, 2012 Douglas passed away at home, at the age 60 years. Doug was predeceased by his father and mother, Ralph and Sylvia Bale; his dear sister, Denise Holton; his eldest niece, Meagan Holton; his favourite aunt, Eleanor Benson: and his beloved dog, Dylan. He is survived by his nephew Kyle Holton (Erin) and great-niece Sydney; his niece Aynsley Holton, great-niece Kayla and great-nephew Rhyder; and his brother-in-law Larry Holton (Linda). Doug is also remembered by his close cousin, Tannis Evers (Garry), and her daughters Lisa Evers (Stan and Nicholas Warsza), Allison Evers, and Jennifer Evers; lifelong friends David Montgomery, Milton Christiansen, and Nancy Montgomery; his best canine friend, Molly; and the cousins and their families. Doug's good friends, Albert Janvier and Ken Starkell, who were a tremendous support to him and will also miss him. Dougie , as he was often called in his early years, grew up in Selkirk, MB. He trained as a psychiatric nurse at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre and, later, as a registered nurse. Doug's career spanned some 30 years, beginning in Selkirk, then moving to the Seven Oaks Youth Centre, and finally to Child and Family Services, where he worked as a Post-Adoption Specialist. Doug retired in 2010. As a youngster, Doug took great pride in being a mischief-maker and, as an adult, he was known for his feistiness and quick wit, and as a challenger of the status quo. He loved to debate and would spar with anyone who was willing to take him on. Doug was interested in current events, American politics, and history, and he had recently registered for a university course on the American presidents. He loved all types of music: classical, folk, pop, jazz and blues, and he spent many enjoyable hours, as both a volunteer and a patron, at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Doug was a voracious reader and a movie buff, and he enjoyed travelling and cycling; he was a longtime member of the McNally Robinson Book Club and the Winnipeg Cycletouring Club. Ever a dog-lover, Dylan and Molly were his pride and joy, and he was so happy to have them in his life. Above all else, Doug valued independence of thought, and he was steadfast in his beliefs and opinions. Doug had been dealing with some health issues the past few years, which made it increasingly difficult for him to do all the things he loved, but he never gave up his walks with Molly. Flowers are graciously declined. Donations in Doug's memory can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or the Canadian Mental Health Association. Cremation has taken place and an announcement regarding a memorial service will be made at a later date. All I can do is be me, whoever that is - Bob Dylan Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 18, 2012
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