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Born: Aug 05, 1931

Date of Passing: Aug 25, 2016

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DOUGLAS RAMSAY MCELREA It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Doug McElrea ("Big D"), on August 25, 2016, at the Grace Hospital with his children by his side. Dad will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by those he most cherished, his children - Kevin (Miriam), Kathy (Gerry), Susan (Glen), and Karen (Alan) as well as his grandchildren Daniel, Adriane, Riley and Cole and step-grandchildren Matt, Blake, Kevin and Reiss. Also left to mourn are his nieces and nephews, friends and neighbours. Doug was born in Winnipeg on August 5, 1931, and grew up in the West End with brothers Bill, Jack, Bob and sister Shirley. Too young to enlist with his brothers for the war, he proudly served in the Army Reserves. For the rest of his life Dad lived in St. James where he and our mom, Anita McElrea, raised the family. For nearly 40 years Doug had a rewarding career with the Manitoba Telephone System until he retired as Sales Manager of Government Accounts. In the early years Dad enjoyed our tree farm and "caboose" at Birds Hill Park including horses, target practice and campfires with family. In 1973 Dad and Mom bought the War Eagle Lake property and built the cabin which we have enjoyed as a family for over 40 years our slice of heaven on earth. Dad was his happiest there when surrounded by family and friends. He took great pleasure enjoying a cigar and martini on the deck, fishing and holding court with his many stories, magic tricks and other antics. Dad was a proud member of the Khartum Shrine where he made many life-long friends. He particularly revelled in the Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps. where he managed his way in playing the glockenspiel. He enjoyed traveling to various cities to perform - Dad loved a parade! He was well known for his sense of humour, his ability to work a crowd and was a great Master of Ceremonies. After retirement Dad swam regularly, traveled and golfed but, by far, his greatest pleasure was simply spending time with his family of whom he was so proud and loved dearly. Thank you Dad for gifting us with so many special memories as a loving father. "Rest in peace Dad - we will hold you in our hearts forever." In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Doug's Life will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, at 10:00 a.m. A private family interment will follow. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 30, 2016

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences to your family from the Murrays. Doug was so funny and he would always stop on our dock and say hello and make us laugh. He will be missed by many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Murray family (Neighbors at the cottage) on: Sep 02, 2016

  • I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to all of you, Kevin, Kathy, Karen and Susan and all the grandchildren, on the passing of such a great man. Mr. McElrea was truly one of the best. Remembering all the jokes, interesting stories and card tricks he shared bring back so many wonderful memories of the times we spent together. I hope the cherished memories of this loving man bring you some comfort during this difficult time. Rest in peace Mr. McElrea. You will be missed. God bless you all. - Posted by: Jill Stefanyshyn (Family friend) on: Sep 02, 2016

  • Hi Kathy and Family, Just small note to let you know that we have been thinking of you. In reading the obit, and knowing Kathy, it is not hard to imagine where her sense of humour came from. Knowing it is difficult to lose a father, there is comfort in a life well lived with family at the center. Love, Brett and Andrea - Posted by: Brett Turner and Andrea Jepsen (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2016

  • Condolences to the family. I know how difficult a time this is. I remember fondly all my time spent with your family as a kid. Your mom and dad always welcoming. I hope you soon have the happy memories of love take over the sadness. Love to all. - Posted by: Monique (Lovallo) Light (Family friend ) on: Aug 31, 2016

  • All of us at the St. James Civic Centre loved Doug. He would come in to the pool, wait for us all to realize that he had arrived and then cannonball into the pool splashing as many of the people as he could, especially older women who came to water jog and not get their hair wet! He had many interesting stories and seemed to relish stories of his children! We will miss him whether he came to the pool to swim or just have a shower! A very nice man! - Posted by: Penny Flock (swim buddy) on: Aug 30, 2016

  • We would like to pass along our deepest condolences and send our thoughts and prayers to the McElrea family during this difficult time. Your father was a wonderful man. RIP "Big D". - Posted by: Jill and Nancy Douglas (Friends ) on: Aug 30, 2016

  • I enjoyed meeting Doug he was a nice man and has a great family. Our Condolences to the McElrea's and extended family. - Posted by: Bonnie Squires-VanNiekerk (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2016

  • Our thoughts are with you Kathy Kevin Susan Karen your Dad has a lot to be proud of living such a full and rewarding life. Peace be with you all at this sad sad time as you say farewell .. may the pain in your hearts be balanced with the Love you have - Posted by: Paul and Pamela Ritchie () on: Aug 30, 2016

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