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DOUGLAS FREDRICK MADSEN
Born: Feb 11, 1942
Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
DOUGLAS FREDRICK MADSEN
February 11, 1942 January 5, 2020
Doug passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, at St. Boniface Hospital surrounded by loving family.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 53 years, Christine; children, Michael (Kristin), Jodi (Rick), Nichole, Randy (Jennifer); grandchildren, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Daria, Emily, Hannah, Tilia and, the latest addition, Ella. Doug had a very special and unique connection with his granddaughter Tilia.
Doug is also survived by brothers, Les (Cleta), Wally (Margaret); as well as numerous nieces and nephews including his nephew Ken with whom he had a special connection.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Cecilia; brother John; aunt Laura; uncle Ben; and daughter, in infancy, Krystal.
Doug was born in Port Arthur, ON. The family moved many times during his childhood, including homes in Beardmore, SK, Virden, MB, Weekes, SK, Langenburg, SK, Winnipeg, MB, Sperling, MB and finally back to Winnipeg in 1964 where he lived until his passing last week.
After leaving school, prior to completing grade 10, he worked several jobs as a young adult including in farming, time at Canadian Footwear and runway work at the airport. After meeting John Sheppard, he began his electrical apprenticeship working with John, Winnipeg Supply and ABCO Supply. His work ethic and attention to detail led him to the decision to start Madsen Electric in 1975.
It was during his early years as an electrician that he met the love of his life, Christine Kirkpatrick, from Flin Flon. After a whirlwind romance, they married in 1966. A memorable honeymoon to Expo 67 the next year started a lifelong love of travel and outdoor adventure. It was not long before their four children were born, starting with Michael in 1969, followed by Jodi in 1972, Nichole in 1976 and Randy in 1978.
In the years that followed, Doug and Christine were kept busy with an expanding family, growing the business and purchasing the cottage. Weekends year round were spent at the Nutimik Lake cottage, always outdoors, either in the boat, snowmobiling or working on the never ending list of improvements cottage life required.
Through hard work and dedicated employees, such as Rene Lacroix, Madsen Electric grew into a successful family business. The list of projects completed was enormous and Doug took pride in pointing these out anytime he would pass by them with friends or family.
In retirement Doug and Christine loved to travel as a couple. Some of their memorable destinations included China, Denmark, Spain, Russia, Alaska, Nascar road trips and many winter trips to Palm Springs.
He became an avid golfer and also enjoyed snowmobiling, especially with good friend Jack McCallum.
Doug was a member of the North Kildonan AA group and it's Fellowship changed the trajectory of his life. He was extremely proud of his 27 years of sobriety, as were we all.
Doug was a friend and mentor to many. He enjoyed nothing more than a good spirited conversation. He was an amazing father and grandfather. He loved being surrounded by his family and we loved being with him. He will be profoundly missed.
The family would like to thank St. Boniface Hospital including the ER staff, Dr. Bhangoo and the teams on 5E.
Memorial service will be held on Wednesday January 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres Funeral Home, Hwy. #1 East at Navin Road, Winnipeg, MB.
In acknowledgement of Doug's love of animals, donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to any animal related charity of your choosing.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 11, 2020
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
Sorry to read about Doug's passing. Doug was my supervisor at ABCO. Doug played a big part in ABCO'S success looking over several projects and 50 electricians at that time. Madsen Electric's success was a given, he was smart and naturally worked hard. Others could learn from him. - Posted by: Pat Lennox (co worker) on: Feb 10, 2020
Loved the fishing trips together with our sons...many great memories of great hospitality and generosity! May happy memories carry you through this difficult time. with our deepest sympathy to the whole Madsen family, Sig and Angie Banmann - Posted by: Sig and Angie Banmann (friends) on: Jan 23, 2020
We are truly sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Our condolences to the entire family. We will miss seeing him out for his walks down the block road. - Posted by: Don & Joanne Burnside (Neighbor at Nutimik Lake ) on: Jan 15, 2020
We want to offer our condolences in your loss of DOUG and express sympathy for your deep sadness. He certainly had an amazingly full life and we’re sorry he couldn’t continue that with you. We will miss him and our conversations at Nutimik Lake. The years flew by and it won’t be the same without him next door. Sincerely Holly and Barry Kraft - Posted by: Holly and Barry Kraft (Neighbour) on: Jan 15, 2020
My love and sympathies to all of the Madsen family. Holding you in my heart and in my thoughts as you go through this loss. ❤️😘🤗Auntie Rita - Posted by: Rita Buisson (Family Mike, Kristin, Sarah and Kaitlyn ) on: Jan 14, 2020
Deepest condolences to all of the Madsen family. So very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. So many great memories from the lake. He will be missed. I will always remember Doug and Christine waving on there way by as they went out for their evening boat ride together. My heart is with you all at such a difficult time. - Posted by: Linda Bonner (Neighbor at Nutimik ) on: Jan 14, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Christine and family. I first met Doug in October 1996 and he had a great affect on the way my life would change. I have always had great respect for Doug and he will truly be missed. Rest in Peace Doug. - Posted by: Ken Martin (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2020
It was with great sadness to hear of Doug’s passing. Doug was a man I greatly admired who taught me much about the electrical business. I first met Doug in the early eighties. I was a rookie Square D salesman visiting the ‘feared’ Doug Madsen. He never made it easy on me! We became great business associates and enjoyed much success working together. I fondly recall spending many an afternoon and evening ‘working’ up in the mezzanine boardroom. I’d like to extend my sincerest condolences to Mike’s family and friends. RIP! - Posted by: Bill Hogan (Colleague, friend, mentee...) on: Jan 13, 2020
Sending our sincere thoughts at this most difficult time. Be strong. Kind regards, Marge and Harry Hallewell - Posted by: doug madsen (cousin) on: Jan 13, 2020
So sorry to hear of Doug's passing, my sincere condolences to all of your family. Doug has achieved many goals in his lifetime, definitely a life well lived. Over the years, many of us went our separate ways and lost touch. I often wondered where the Madsen family were. - Posted by: Betty (Sessions) Lannoo (Sperling friend) on: Jan 13, 2020
Condolences from Cathie and myself to Christine and Doug’s family. We will miss your dry sense of humour and your jokes at our golf buddies luncheons. Steve Maric - Posted by: Steve Maric (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2020
Condolences to the family. I knew Doug thru business for over 25 years and he was a great person. Always paid his bills and the work his firm did was second to none. He also struck up good conversations!!! He lived life his way. God Bless, MM - Posted by: Michael Mark (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Michael and Kristin and to Mrs. Madsen and to the the entire Madsen family. - Posted by: Angie Caners (Aunt to Kristin and Michael Madsen) on: Jan 11, 2020
I remember Doug fondly and am sadden to hear of his passing. My heartfelt condolences to Christine and family. May be rest in peace. - Posted by: Susan McCaine (Cousin) on: Jan 11, 2020
I have fond memories of Doug from high school days in Sperling, many long years ago ~~ just fooling around with the local gang; I often recall those good ol' days. I think we only met once in the years since. Such an impressive story of a life well lived. I am sure his family are left with wonderful happy memories. My sympathy to all, especially to Wally. - Posted by: Carole (Peckover) Anderson (Sperling friend) on: Jan 11, 2020
Christine, and family, so sorry to hear of Doug's passing, our prayers go out to your family at this time. The Kullman Family - Posted by: Jo-Anne & Ron Kullman Kullman (Old neighbour on McIvor Ave) on: Jan 11, 2020
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