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THE HONOURABLE DOUGLAS DONALD EVERETT

Born: Aug 12, 1927

Date of Passing: Mar 27, 2018

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THE HONOURABLE DOUGLAS DONALD EVERETT August 12, 1927 - March 27, 2018 Douglas Everett was a man of uncommon imagination. His flexible and singular way of thinking informed his success in business, politics, life, and love. Appointed to the Senate at age thirty-nine by Lester B. Pearson, he was, at the time, the youngest person ever to be called to that office. Drawn to politics by a profound commitment to liberal ideals, he was guided by the principle that government exists to help those in society least able to help themselves. He believed the Senate played a crucial role in influencing social policy. A vigorous supporter of free trade, open borders, individual and women's rights, he consistently voted his conscience, leading to his decision in 1990 to sit as an Independent. In keeping with his high standards of personal integrity, he turned his Senate salary back to the Crown after stepping down as Chair of the Senate Committee on National Finance, a position he held for fourteen of his nearly thirty years service in the Upper Chamber. His life passion was the family business. An entrepreneur at heart, he transformed the car dealerships he inherited from his father into a multi-faceted private, corporation which today includes one of Canada's largest independent gasoline retailers, a real estate development and property management company, and a water purification business. Douglas Everett was a consummate merchandiser. His 'Jump to the Pump' philosophy permeated his career and was the foundation of the companies he built. One of his great gifts was the ability to surround himself with exceptional people. A tough and demanding leader, he was deeply respected by all who worked with him and many of the people he employed had careers at the company spanning thirty or forty years. He was as fiercely loyal to his employees as they were to him. Doug was attracted by bright minds and differing perspectives. He revelled in the thrust and parry of debate but was ever a true gentleman. He possessed a wry sense of humour. He was always ready to be amused by a funny story, his mouth curving up in anticipation of the laughter to come. His own laugh was contagious. Born August 12, 1927, he attended the Royal Canadian Naval College at Royal Roads and rose to the rank of sub-lieutenant. He graduated from Osgoode Hall and the University of Manitoba Law School and was a member of the bar in both Manitoba and Ontario. He was inducted into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame in 2017 and received an honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba that same year. A strong believer in giving back to the community, he quietly supported numerous causes that make Winnipeg a better place to live. He was a collector of fine art, he loved swing music, cooking, summers in Minaki, and time spent in London where lifelong friends were made. Above all, Dad adored his family. He married his first love, Patricia Gladstone, in 1952 and together they raised six children. Intuitively, Dad understood the lasting importance of making life fun, creating memories, and marking the special moments that made childhood magical. From the time we were small, multi-family, multi-generational celebrations were an important and integral part of our lives, whether it was gatherings with the Everett, Pennock, and Catlett families, Christmas parties at 514 followed by dancing, and more often than not, bacon and eggs at 2:00 a.m., or spontaneous midnight picnics with blazing bonfires and swimming under starry skies at the lake. Dad always felt he was lucky in life. We feel we are the lucky ones. Dad was one of those very few people fortunate enough to find love a second time. Like Patty, Lila made Dad's life a joy! Survived by his wife Lila (Goodspeed) Everett, his six children, twelve grandchildren and their partners: Sarah (Don Barber, Kaitlin and Christopher), Bethan (Hal Brown, Kyle, Kirsten, and Dominic Aikman), Ashleigh (Stuart Murray, Sarah (Liam Mulhall) and Hayley), Jane (Carl Hodge, Daniel and Laura Cameron), Douglas, (daughter Annie), Kate (Dave Findlay, Andrew and Zoe); his two great-grandchildren (Quinn and Huxley Mulhall); and his step-children, Melanie Derwin (David, Nathan, Kohan) and Jonathan Goodspeed (Alison, Hunter, Noah, and Bennett), he will be deeply missed. Heartfelt thanks to Joni Williams and her husband Clyde, longterm assistants to Dad both in his business and his personal life; and to all those who provided Palliative Care, especially Allan Carandang, Eric Yumul and notably, Claudia Kubel for her many years of care and friendship to our family. As Doug was a strong supporter of neurodegenerative research at St. Boniface Hospital and of the many collections at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, donations in his honour, if so desired, would be greatly appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at St. George's Anglican Church, 168 Wilton Street, Winnipeg.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 31, 2018

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Expressing my heartfelt sympathy and offering a prayer that God above will comfort you and ease the loss you bear. Wishing the entire Everett family peace to bring comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Deepest condolences. - Posted by: Sherrie Turchyn (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2019

  • My sincerest condolences on your profound loss of your father at this most difficult time. Your father was an outstanding man and the legacy he left will live on in the hearts of those he touched. Thoughts and prayers to the Everett family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. - Posted by: Nancy Hicks (Friend ) on: Apr 05, 2018

  • Dear Sarah and the Everett Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the Everett family with the passing of your Dad. I have fond memories of both your parents and you hosting me and other boarders in your home over the years. Treasure your many memories.❤ Shirley-Ann Wing Saskatoon - Posted by: Shirley-Ann Wing (Classmate BH '70) on: Apr 04, 2018

  • My heartfelt condolences to the family on the loss of your father and grandfather. - Posted by: Karen Nesbitt Peto (friend) on: Apr 03, 2018

  • Dear Lila, You are very much on my mind at this sad time. Doug was such a warm and accomplished man and supportive of your important role in the Nellie McClung Foundation. I am sending you my deepest sympathy. Marcia McClung - Posted by: Marcia McClung (friend) on: Apr 03, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of the "senator's" passing. Sad that unfortunately I am out of the country and unable to attend the celebration of life. My condolences to the entire family and the "Domo Team". Another great leader has left our midst. We will forever remember his contributions. - Posted by: Bob Martin (Business and friend) on: Apr 02, 2018

  • Dear Everett Family, It is with our deepest sympathies that we write this message of condolence. Your family's deep rooted connecting to Balmoral Hall School, through many generations, has impacted our school and so many young women. To the many BH alumnae in your family, and in particular, to those who are current members of our community, we are so very sorry to hear that your patriarch has passed. Certainly a huge loss for our city. An inspirational man indeed. On behalf of our entire BH Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joanne Kamins, Head of School Tina Alto, Executive Director Simone Penner, BH Beginnings Director Genevieve Cloutier '03, Alumnae Office - Posted by: Balmoral Hall School (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2018

  • I so remember advise that Senator Everett gave me on one of his trips to Edmonton a number of years ago when we were trying to find suitable locations for DOMO Gas Stations in Edmonton.....'be patient young man - if it is meant to happen it will and you will see long rewards'. That thought has long stayed with me as has that the tall striking wise man. - Posted by: Frank J Smith (former Consultant to DOMO GAS) on: Apr 01, 2018

  • Although there has been sadness since learning of Doug's passing away, I have also enjoyed these last days, reminiscing ,the wonderful times our families had together over the years. The occasional trip out to Minaki. The annual Christmas party at the Wellington house, or visits from the Everett's over to our place. One of my fondest memories , was when Doug and my Dad would start into one of their shticks on these fantastic evenings. Both of them, would have everyone rolling in the aisle. Two men as sharp as tacks, and quick as whips, putting Abbott & Costello to shame. A night with Everett & Mauro, was always lots of fun. We have lost another giant (albeit, a kind, gentle one)of our community. He will be dearly missed, but he leaves behind an incredible legacy. It was such an honour , and privilege to have known, both your father, and mother. Their lives will always be remembered. Wanting all the Everett family to know, that on Good Friday, a candle was lit, in memory of your father, over here in Cebu. It shone very bright, like Doug's life. Please accept my deepest sympathies, and respects, to you all, for your loss. He is at peace. - Posted by: greg mauro (friend of the family) on: Mar 31, 2018

  • Dear Lila, Thinking of you with loving support and prayers for comfort and peace. Bles to you and all your families. Sonja I’ll have you in my heart at the Art Gallery visit today with family and the great contributions you both have made there for all to enjoy. - Posted by: Sonja Lundström (Friend) on: Mar 31, 2018

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