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Date of Passing: Jan 10, 2020

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Charles Eber Douglas died in the early morning of Friday, January 10, 2020, at the age of 92.
"Charlie" is survived by his two daughters, Lori and Terri, grandson Stewart, sister Jean Bedford, brother-in-law John Platt (Viola), several cousins, three nephews, two nieces, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Freeda Douglas, son-in-law Jack King, brother-in-law Gerald Bedford, many cousins and friends.
Charlie was born and spent his youth in the village of Mather, Manitoba, near the farm where his mother was raised and where his father, a veteran of the First World War, earned a living as a blacksmith. From an early age, Charlie was taught to fish and hunt and these remained throughout his life his favourite pastimes. Although he moved at the age of 18 to Winnipeg to attend university and to pursue a career in education, the people in the Mather district remained very important to him. He continued, often accompanied by his father and friends, to return to the area to hunt.
Charlie had a long and distinguished teaching career which began in the early 1950s at Salisbury Junior High. In September, 1959 he became the principal at Neil Campbell Elementary School where he stayed for the bulk of his career. He earned a well-respected reputation as a principal. Many of the staff members remained close friends throughout his life. Former students have told us they look back fondly on the years they spent at "Neil Campbell". In the last two years of his teaching career, Charlie was asked to return to Miles Macdonell Collegiate as principal and in this position he finalized his lengthy career.
In his youth, Charlie was a competitive baseball player playing first base for the Mather team. Throughout his adult life Charlie was a very competitive curler, participating several times in provincial play downs. The members of the teams he skipped were comprised of very close, longtime friends and family members.
In the late 1980s, while on a fishing trip in Northern Ontario, Charlie was hit by a train. It appeared that he was going to lose his left leg, but, after being flown to Winnipeg, the leg was saved. Those present in the emergency room that day knew he was going to be 'okay' when, being asked by the attending doctor if he was allergic to anything, he replied, 'yes, trains!' That sense of wry humour was a well-known characteristic of Charlie's. For the better part of the next 30 years, Charlie was able to continue to pursue the hunting and fishing trips that were a major source of pleasure in his life, including a number of trips to British Columbia to fish for salmon. His most cherished place to be was the cabin he and his father built on the shores of Rock Lake, near Mather. He was more than delighted to teach his grandson how to fish and to shoot at the cabin.
We would be remiss were we not to observe that Charlie could be opinionated at times and stubborn. In the last several years, his enjoyment of life diminished as he faced issues with his leg, injured so many years earlier and other health problems which inevitably appear with age. He missed the family and friends who had predeceased him and in his last year the home and cabin to which he could not return to or visit. He most definitely appreciated each and every visit from the family and friends who took the time in their busy lives to visit with him. How he loved to converse and reminisce! We will definitely miss him.
According to Charlie's wishes cremation has taken place and interment will follow at a later date at the Mather cemetery.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Mr. Douglas was always very understanding regarding my brother sister and I losing our father in 1962. In the mid to late 1960s my brother and I terrorized the school and invariably made many visits to his office. Mr. Douglas knew my Mom had her hands full and he cut us a lot of slack. He was very kind to our family, a true gentleman. Everyone liked and respected him. - Posted by: Chris Radons (Student) on: Feb 20, 2020

  • Lori, so sorry to hear about your dad. Just saw his obituary today as we are in Arizona for the winter My wife and I we're just talking about him as he was her principal at Neil Campbell. I spoke to him at Costco last summer. Would bump into him every once in a while. He was always interested in what was happening. My deepest condolences to you, Terri and family. - Posted by: Ken Turchen (Friend ) on: Feb 12, 2020

  • Charlie played a large role in the education of our children. - Posted by: The Wellink family (Friends) on: Feb 03, 2020

  • In June 1983 I was sent by RESD to meet Charlie at Neil Campbell School to discuss a Gr. 5 teaching position. When I walked into the school hallway I saw him bent over, wearing a suit/tie and running shoes, leading a Kindergarten student by hand to the water fountain. That 'picture' left me with a very positive, initial impression of Charlie! We met and shook hands...and then we walked to the library so he could show me his trophy fish mounted on the walls! After his stories, we eventually discussed the available position...and I certainly enjoyed working with Charlie and staff the first 2 years of my 33-year teaching career. Thanks, Charlie...and sincere condolences to his family/friends. Mr. "A." - Posted by: Wayne Antoniuk (Co-worker) on: Feb 03, 2020

  • Charlie Douglas was a good man and I always enjoyed his company. Ross Parke - Posted by: Ross Parke (Friend ) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • My brothers Dennis, Jim and I grew up on Linden Ave., a short 1/2 block walk down our back lane to Neil Campbell School. I have so many happy memories of those formative years! Jam can curling, Grade 3 play, Spring Tea, baseball games, Choir and of course, the tallest kindest Principal, Mr Douglas. He commanded respect but I do not ever recall being afraid of him. I’m sure it was because of his smile, genuine interest and hands on participation at our many events. I remember my mom Ella working tirelessly year after year, to ensure a successful Annual Spring Tea, making sure there was enough dainties and dignitaries to “pour tea”. Looking back now, it was a pretty classy affair that the school and its many Mom volunteers worked hard at along side Mr Douglas. My parents kept in touch with Mr Douglas for some years after we graduated from Neil Campbell’s halls of education and caring. They always spoke positively about their connection to him and the school. He certainly was a caring educator not only to his students, but to the parents of the area. I’m sure his memory and legacy will live on through the thousands of students that were fortunate enough to attend Neil Campbell School. - Posted by: Karen (Gowriluk) Zurba (Student of Neil Campbell) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • I owe a large portion of my teaching love and expertise to Charlie - to say nothing of the life lessons learned under his tutelage. What a wise and wonderful man! I don’t think any other person has influenced as many educators in the East Kildonan - River East - River East/Transcona School Divisions. Many are the memories. Rest In Peace Charlie! - Posted by: Hank Fast (Former staff member and friend) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the Douglas family. My family (The Vincent’s from Mather) were close to the Douglas family. My grandparents (George and Belle Vincent) were lifelong friends with Art and Freeda, and Charlie was close to my mother Elaine (nee Vincent) and to my uncle Clarence Vincent. Know I am thinking of the Douglas family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Vince Haight. - Posted by: Vince Haight (Family friend) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • Charlie was the school principal at Neil Campbell who offered me my first job. Even though he left that summer to go work at Miles Mac, he still felt good enough about my teaching skills to offer me a position at Neil Campbell. I will always be appreciative of this. Even though I did not see him often after he left NC, I always went out of my way to see him when I could and thank him for giving me my first teaching opportunity. Charlie will always hold a special place in my heart. Luc Roy - Posted by: Luc Roy (Co-worker) on: Feb 01, 2020

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