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Born: Feb 28, 1927

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2021

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F.C.A., F.C.P.A.
February 28, 1927 - January 5, 2021

With love and sadness, we announce the passing of Douglas (Doug), predeceased by his "first mate" of 63 years, Patricia Wheeler.
Doug leaves to mourn his four children: Wendy Eakins (Andrew) of Calgary and grandchildren, Kyle, Alexandra and Grace; Ross Wheeler (Beth) of Winnipeg; Glen Wheeler of Victoria; and Linda Baylis (Greg) of Winnipeg and grandchildren, Kevin and Jeffrey.
Dad graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1951 with a Chartered Accountant degree and was awarded a "Fellow" in 1971. After 25 years of service, in 1985 he retired from W. G. McMahon Ltd. as Executive Vice President.
Dad was a card-carrying member of MENSA. Solving a crossword, a riddle, or any kind of puzzle was so much a part of his daily routine. He had many community interests. He was the past president of the (downtown) Rotary Club of Winnipeg, the Financial Executives Institute, Junior Achievement of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Badminton Club, and the Probus Club of Winnipeg. He was the Canadian Director of Toastmasters International, a C.A.S.E. councillor for the Business Development Bank of Canada and was a past director of Manitoba Marketing Network. Due to his love for boating, he was a past Commodore of the Redboine Boating Club and the Winnipeg Canoe Club.
Growing up in the Wheeler family, on the Red River, meant you were a part of the power boating world. Our dad built boats, piloted boats and for much of our parents' lives, they lived on a boat (Gimli). A worthy childhood memory is all six of us cruising to Victoria Beach by boat - to live onboard for a summer family vacation. For many years, Mom, Dad and other like-minded friends enjoyed winter boating excursions to the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. Doug, the captain, easily seen under the bimini, rum and diet Pepsi in hand, ice having been nicely "cascaded" and Jimmy B. playing softly in the background.

THAT, was our Dad!

Our parents enjoyed many snowbird years, first in Florida and then in Texas.
Dad's personality "filled a room", just being dad, or as his "side-gig", a stand-up comedian with "international" experience!

"Never a forgotten punchline!"

A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be held when Manitoba Public Health allows such events.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Permanent Endowment Fund, 243 - 375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I met Mr. Wheeler while I was working as a server at the Boulton. Mr. Wheeler would never leave the dining room without telling me a joke or a funny story. I shared Tuesday night bingo's with him, we would take turns calling, because he said he would need a night off every two weeks. I always looked forward to seeing him and was quite happy when my shift was serving his section. Thank you so much for always making me smile, I will truly miss you. To all of his family, I am so very sorry for your great loss. - Posted by: Susanna Weimar (Friend) on: Feb 03, 2021

  • On behalf of all Rotarians in District 5550, I would like to extend my sympathies to Doug's family and to the Rotary Club of Winnipeg for the loss of a fine man and great Rotarian. - Posted by: Gailmarie Anderson (District Governor, Rotary District 5550) on: Jan 20, 2021

  • I met The Wheeler family at the Canoe Club in the middle 60's and was impressed by Doug's competence, friendliness and his upbeat and off the wall humour. In the late 70's when I joined him at meetings of the Past Commodore's Association he was an instigator in the passing on the latest in jokes and kept us all in good spirits, often starting what appeared to be a serious comment about current events at the club only to finish the speech with his smile at having once again told a wild tale that we caught on as a joke after being absorbed for a many moments. He will be greatly missed as a family man, leader and great friend. - Posted by: David Kerr (Fellow Past Commodore of The Winnipeg Canoe Club) on: Jan 19, 2021

  • Heartfelt condolences to Doug and Pat's family and friends. I was fortunate enough to enjoy their company in the twilight boating years of Gimli. Doug was never lost for a quick one-liner or humorous story to enlighten the day. Without exception, the ships bell was rung daily at 5pm to announce Happy Hour...for those that could wait. Uno por Rio V may have lost it's captain at the helm, but with a guiding hand from above on the ship's wheel, she will continue to navigate the waters of Lake Winnipeg Rest peacefully Doug - Posted by: Scott Stephen (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Will miss them both were good friends, taught me about running and navigating on lake Winnipeg on our yacht. We also had many drinks on their boat listening to Jimmy Buffet and Pat painting another picture which we have a card which we still have and will cherish forever. He sure handled that boat like nobody else, great captain. Rest in peace Doug and Pat will miss you two Chip and Angela - Posted by: chipper hrysio (close friend) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family of Doug Wheeler....The “Red Skelton” of Magic Valley Park in Texas. When you met Doug, he always had a smile on his face, and by the time the meeting was over, you also had a smile on your face...he always had a joke or funny saying to tell you. As he always said “ if you hear a joke and want to remember it, tell somebody”! And that’s exactly what he did. We have missed Doug the last few years in Texas; his humor, his smiling eyes, and his friendly outlook. We were very fortunate to have met Doug and wife, Pat. Good memories from, Earl and Val Wickdahl. - Posted by: Earl & Val Wickdahl (Friends from Magic Valley Park) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I first met Doug when I was working with Sharp, Woodley, Scott & McLaughlin, which was the firm doing the audit work at W. G. McMahon...shortly after when I was trying to overcome my shyness and hesitancy about getting up to speak in front of people, I joined the Keystone Toastmasters where Doug was very active and a great toastmaster; the club met for dinner at the old Moore's Restaurant, which was at the corner of Donald and Portage kitty corner from Eatons. Later I served with Doug on one of the Pan Am committees that he chaired..I lost track of Doug for many years until he and Pat moved into 385 Willowlake Crescent in Southdale, where my wife and I had purchased a condo in 1998 and where we still reside...Doug at that time was playing badminton with the 55 and older group at Greendell CC and invited me to attend with him and where I still play to this day...he and I would swap jokes and stories always trying out a new one on each other...I often would say, Doug, you already told me that one!!..I saw Doug each of the past three years or so in April after I returned from Florida to do his tax return, the visit always culminated with a rum and coke on the "terrace" of his unit in the Boulton Estates...I will miss that visit when I return again this lived a long and fulfilling one....did you hear about the three Irishman who walked into a bar.....Allan Webster - Posted by: Allan Webster (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I spent many years and many laughs with Doug and Pat, cruising the Red River and Lake Winnipeg, I bought his 28 ft boat, whose name escapes me at the moment. My memories are mainly of a guy with a great sense of humor and superb boat handling skills. I often thought of them and wondering how they were doing. I'm sure he's behind the helm of a boat somewhere looking down on us. My sincerest condolences to the family. You'll be missed old friend. Brian Maguire Baroness V - Posted by: Brian Maguire (boating buddy, ) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • We are very sorry to hear of Doug's passing and offer the family our sincere condolences. Anne and I have fond memories of boating with Pat and Doug on the Red River, at Gimli and in the BVI. We would very much appreciate being notified of a "Celebration of Life" for Doug when that is possible. Rob and Anne - Posted by: Robert and Anne Gillespie (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • My family has many memories of yours! Your Dad gave the toast at my wedding to Bob in 1973. When you docked at Victoria Beach, you would all often come and spend the night at our cottage. I remember even babysitting on Uno Por Rio. Your Dad had a good long life and I hope his passing was peaceful❤️ - Posted by: Deborah Covernton (Family friends. Bill Mollison was my Dad) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • The daily visits from your father were the highlight of my days. From the first days of the ice leaving the lake to freeze up the banter started. I had so many good laughs with OLD DOUG and I know he will be sadly missed but I will always remember and cherish our friendship - Posted by: Ken Arnason (owner of Tip Top Foods - friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

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