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Born: Feb 20, 1953

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2012

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DOUGLAS (DOUG) GORDON MACIVER February 20, 1953 - January 26, 2012 Doug played his last down on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Throughout his life he gained lots of yardage and seldom was offside. Anyone that played the game of life with Doug was the richer for knowing him. Whether you played with him or, heaven forbid, against him, you felt the impact. Left to mourn is his loving wife, Evelyn, of 32 years; devoted children, Douglas (Meagan), Andrew, and Alexandria; his brothers, Sandy (Terri Roese) and Ian (Wendy McLay); sisters, Laura-Leigh (Jim) Brook, Tracy (Herb) van der Ende, Kim (David) Turnley, and Jackie (Mike) Dragojevi; in-laws Sharon (Paul) Millar, Helene Robinson, Bill (Cheryl) Robinson and Pat (Gord) Naulls. He was also a very special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews too many to mention by name. Doug was truly a product of Manitoba. Alumni of Windsor Park Collegiate and the University of Manitoba, Doug double majored in philosophy and psychology (1972 to 1976). His distinguished football career began in Winnipeg with the St. Vital Mustangs and the University of Manitoba Bisons. Doug played for nine years in the CFL starting with the Toronto Argonauts (three years) and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (three years). As so often happened in his life, Doug returned to Manitoba in 1982, to play his last three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, retiring after their Grey Cup victory in November of 1984. Doug was inducted (as part of the 1984 Winnipeg Blue Bombers) into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Since the late 1970s, Doug's success in the auto industry birthed a lifelong loyalty. Beginning his career under his Dad, Jack MacIver, at Winnipeg's Midway Chrysler, Doug's ambition landed him in Toronto where he would soon purchase and manage two dealerships of his own (Willowdale Dodge and York Volkswagon), leading to great success. In the 1990s, Doug was the largest Chrysler dealer in the country (by volume). Then, in 2003, as a testament to his commitment to family, Doug moved back to Winnipeg to help oversee Midway until the sale of the company in 2007. He has since founded the Winnipeg based company Ride Time (formerly CanadaWide Vehicle Finance Ltd.), opening two locations in four years with a third location to open shortly. Daily operation of the business will be carried on by Doug's wife, Evelyn, and his two sons, Andrew and Doug Jr. In the past year Doug got to celebrate Windsor Park's 50th and three family reunions, which included an early Christmas celebration in December 2011. Doug's sparkle in his eye, smile on his face, keen sense of humour and a welcome hand extended to all, made him a larger than life presence which filled a room wherever he went. His size belied his gentle soul: 12 days prior to his passing, Douglas's speech at the wedding of nephew, Ryan Brook, concluded with, just never go to bed angry. The main theme of Doug's life was dedicationdedication to his sport, dedication to the car industry, and finally, but for him most importantly, dedication to his family. For all that knew him, they knew it was all or nothing. With all of Doug's achievements the one he was most proud of was his family. He was a world traveler and has been on every continent except the Antarctic. Doug MacIver was involved with numerous charities, including: Athletes In Action, the Winnipeg Rotary Club, the Winnipeg Police Association, and the North American/Scandinavian Exchange Program. Doug also paid forward his expertise in football, coaching amateur football for the Winnipeg Rods where he met his life long friend Mike (Bucky) Buckberrough. A service to celebrate Doug's life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2012, in the Wellington Room at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue. The service will be webcast live, and can also be viewed anytime after the service. Go to and follow the link on the main page. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either Variety: the Children's Charity of Manitoba ( or to the Boston University School of Medicine (CSTE to study the effects of brain injuries on athletes 72 East Concord St., Suite L219, Boston, MA, 02118). Condolences may be sent to NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2012

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Doug was an amazingly successful and gifted man with a big heart . He will be missed. - Posted by: Gerald o'Toole (Friend/Employee) on: Oct 26, 2012

  • Just now learned of Doug's passing. Our heartfelt sympathies go to the entire family. We have many pleasant memories of Doug and are so appreciative of knowing him in this life. Henry/Linda Savoie - Posted by: HENRY/LINDA SAVOIE (FRIENDS) on: Apr 18, 2012

  • Growing up in St.Boniface and spending time at the Red Top I was lucky to meet Doug early on. He had such a great sense of humour and always fun to be around. Had some great times with Doug... I had met someone from Dallas and since it was not football time and he was working for his dad... he phoned Midway to say he wouldn't be in for a few days and we jumped into his car and drove all the way there. Or having coffee while waiting for the Red Top to close so that we could play hearts until the wee hours with Gus and whoever happened to be around. Driving to T.O. with Wally and spending a couple of weeks with Doug ...having the time of our lives. This is such a sad time. Would like to offer my condolences to Evelyn and Family (Wally Mackenzie from Calgary also wishes to offer his condolences ). - Posted by: Len Doerksen (friend) on: Feb 01, 2012

  • On behalf of the volunteers and staff of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, our sincere condolences to Evelyn and her family on Doug's passing... inducted in 2010 with the Grey Cup Champion 1984 Bombers, Doug was proud of his team and his own key role on that squad. He will be missed. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame) on: Feb 01, 2012

  • Our sincere condolences to the MacIver family. While larger than his older brothers I always remember him as the youngster. - Posted by: Larry Bremner and Linda Lee (Windsor Park Collegiate ) on: Jan 31, 2012

  • I competed against Doug in the Automovie Business in Toronto. Our Dull Life was never the same once Doug arrived on the scene. I respected him for his ability to make something out of nothing. He tried to hire me from his biggest competitor and he informed me that he would become the biggest dealership in Canada, I laughed but I was one of the first to congratulate him when he did. I knew then never to under estimate Dougie. He was a gentleman and will be missed. My heart goes out to his wife and family. Go Blue Bombers. - Posted by: Randy Dury (Business Associate) on: Jan 31, 2012

  • I have not known Doug a long time but I can tell you that Doug was a very caring person and he cared for people. And Doug and I had a special bond with each other. I miss him very much and he will always be in my heart. Doug may you rest in peace. - Posted by: bernie feldberg (really good friend of the family) on: Jan 31, 2012

  • One day dragging myself to practice in walks Doug MacIver as our new coach. I recognized him instantly from TV was fun learning from someone who played at such a high level. I can still fondly remember his smile, and how he could make us feel better after a real bad loss. He will be missed, I am sure by everyone who had the opportunity to make his acquaintance. I only had the opportunity to know Doug for a short while, but my life is richer for it. God Bless. - Posted by: Rick Goodman (He was our coach back in the day) on: Jan 31, 2012

  • Dolly & I extend our deepest condolences to Evelyn and Doug Jr. & Meagan and Andrew and Alexandria. - Posted by: Peter and Dolores (Dolly) Friesen (Friend) on: Jan 30, 2012

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