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Born: Jun 27, 1935

Date of Passing: Jun 06, 2019

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June 27, 1935 - June 6, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Charles McIlraith, our beloved husband, father and grandpa, on June 6, 2019 at the age of 83, after a short battle with esophageal cancer.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Bea, son David (Audrey), daughters, Christina, Cathy (Stu) and Janet (Phil), granddaughters, Hélène and Gabi (the apples of his eye), brothers-in-law, Bob Lamond and Bob Hausegger, and nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Helena McIlraith, and sister Lois Richardson.
Doug was born in St. Jean, Quebec on June 27, 1935 but spent much of his childhood in southeastern Ontario. He was active in service clubs, student council groups, high school drama (awarded the Best Actor of the Year trophy in 1952), and extra-curricular activities, including vocals in a quartet and playing piano. Doug finished high school in 1953 and believed he had "learned a little about a lot of things". Doug had a passion and ability to entertain people. His knack in describing and explaining things to others was his true calling and there was no better career for Doug than broadcasting.
In high school, Doug started at Radio CJBQ in Belleville. After moving to Vancouver to be closer to his sister Lois, he worked at CFUN and CJOR, and then CKOV in Kelowna. He "heeded the siren call" in 1961 and joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Edmonton working in both television and radio, but his true passion was radio.
Doug married Beatrice Lamond, a Winnipeg girl also working for CBC in Edmonton, and transferred to Winnipeg in 1967 to raise their family. Doug travelled the country covering major events, including the 1967 Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant and the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His last posting was as co-host of CBC InformationRadio in Winnipeg, retiring in 1990.
Doug led a very active volunteer life as a convenor, coach and board member of hockey, soccer, ringette, and track & field. He officiated at numerous international-level track & field competitions. In recognition of his years of volunteering and multiple sport involvement, he was named a CKY Sportstar of the Week and Volunteer of the Year by Manitoba Sports Federation in the 1980s.
An avid sports enthusiast, Doug often listened to television, radio and internet broadcasts simultaneously to follow his beloved baseball and hockey teams, and his favourite broadcasters. He began running marathons at the age of 44, with a best time of 3:28. He enjoyed a very long, active and happy retirement, gardening and hosting family gatherings. His daily walk to Timmies, where he would meet his daughters and friends, also brought him much joy.
Special thanks to Dr. Tim Hiebert and the staff on 3 South at Grace Hospital for their compassionate care.
According to Doug's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

"Nice to see you." "Nice to be seen."
Rest in peace.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Bea and family. Our sincere sympathy. Doug did so much for the community. He will be missed by many. Russ & Gwen Lanoway - Posted by: Russ & Gwen Lanoway (Community Club) on: Jun 17, 2019

  • We were so saddened to hear of Uncle Doug's passing. I remember his laid back sense of humor and his laugh. We were always amazed at his ability to have all the sports broadcasts on simultaneously and be able to tell you exactly what was going on with each. We enjoyed learning new card games from him, competitive as he was. Lol. We send our love and continued prayers for healing, comfort and God's grace for all of you. - Posted by: Val Timmons (Niece) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • A fine broadcaster at a time when one needed to get over a very high "broadcasting bar". A wry sense of humour and an "iron man". First the canoe "trip" across half the country and then running marathons starting as an old codger of 44. I still remember Doug quietly pointing our a miss pronounciation of mine that I had committed on the air. Of course he was right and I learned to be more careful with words I was pretty sure I knew how to pronounce. Fond memories of a great guy. - Posted by: Murray Parker (Collegue and friend) on: Jun 15, 2019

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