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Born: Aug 24, 1947

Date of Passing: Jul 16, 2021

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It is with profound sadness that the family of Terry Dugan announce his peaceful passing on July 16, 2021.
He was born in Winnipeg, August 24, 1947, to Herb and Betty Dugan. He was the first child of four, followed by Sherry, Rod and Geoff. He went to school in Winnipeg and graduated from Westwood High School.
He attended the University of Manitoba for seven years and graduated with B.Sc. Hon, B.Ed. and MChem. It was there that he met Joyce Williamson when they both lived in residence. They were married in 1972 and both moved to The Pas to continue their teaching careers. Their first child, Britt, was born in 1975 and Sean arrived two years later in 1977.
Terry dedicated nearly 40 years to education. He started his teaching career in Westwood High School and continued to teach many subjects over the years in The Pas. He spent some time as an administrator in the school system in Holland, MB and The Pas. His favourite subject to teach was chemistry and the last decade or so of his career was spent teaching high school chemistry students how to succeed at university. He also taught chemistry at the University College of the North. He inspired many a student to embark on their post-secondary goals, many of whom would not have moved forward without his gentle guidance, or strong push.
Terry was active in his community with his work as a member of the Kinsmen Club, as a director of Trappers Festival and a member of Theatre '53. His dramatic flair, and involvement in Trappers Festival, lead him to play the role of a crazy trapper while he emceed the stage shows for many years. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge with his friends. Cards often brought out the competitive spirit in Terry, and when he had a good hand, you could count on him to start snapping his cards down in determination as he counted his tricks. His love of music manifested itself in many pursuits through his life. As a young man in high school, he played tuba in the marching band with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Growing up, Britt and Sean remember Terry spending countless hours with headphones on, planted in front of his turn table and cassette player, creating mixed tapes of artists ranging from Cindy Lauper to Cher, MJ, The Fab Four, the Doors, Aerosmith to Iron Butterfly. Those mixed tapes accompanied many family road trips.
He initiated the MBCI student travel club and spent many spring breaks with his students in Europe. He travelled widely with his wife and children, visiting five continents in his lifetime.
He enjoyed lake life at the cottage on Clearwater Lake where he fished, waterskied, and canoed with his family and friends. In his younger years Terry guided fishing trips, and as his children grew, he passed on his love for fishing to them by taking them on overnight fishing trips to neighbouring lakes where many adventures took place.
Terry also enjoyed the beautiful waters of the Caribbean where he learned to scuba dive in Cozumel. He and Joyce had fun at their home-away-from-home in Mexico sharing good times with family and friends and made many new lifelong friends there also. His passion for diving allowed him to visit the two largest barrier reefs in the world, in Australia and Mexico, and to experience diving with sharks and dolphins in the Bahamas.
Terry continued his love of travel after retirement in 2007. He attended his daughter Britt's wedding to Ra Kural that year in India with his wife and son and future daughter-in-law. He and his wife embarked on an around the world trip in 2009. He continued to travel even after his health started to decline and did a cruise of the Greek Islands and visited the Great Wall of China in a wheelchair.
His son Sean married Sarah Payne in 2008 and Terry's first grandson Bryce was born in July 2009. Ally followed in 2011. Britt and Ra's first baby Aria was born in 2018 and baby Cade arrived in 2020.
Terry enjoyed visits from his whole family after he moved to Golden West Centennial Lodge in 2017. He was well looked after by the caring folks at Golden West, and they made him comfortable in his final days.
As per his wishes, Terry was cremated and laid to rest on July 23, near his parents at Chapel Lawn in the Garden of Memories.
Memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Mr. Dugan taught me Grade 11 Chemistry in The Pas back in 1975. I specifically remember the peg boards that were supposed to keep us from cheating during tests. Mr. and Mrs. Dugan did their first student travel trip to Europe in 1975; Jesus Christ Superstar on stage in London, seasick kids on the ferry to France, stop off in Greenland and a finally a long train ride home from Winnipeg. That trip started my love of musical productions and travel. Thank you for being brave enough to take a bunch of 17 year olds travelling and for continuing to do so over the years. My condolences to the family. Isabella Ostman Class of 1976 - Posted by: Isabella Ostman (Former student) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. My memories of Terry were of a quiet, confident, personable man who was always smiling. I really enjoyed talking with him on many subjects over a beverage at the Allouete or some other venue around town. Our sincerest condolences to Joyce and the families. - Posted by: Ken & Lyn Telfer (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • Terry was a teacher of mine in high school. I remember him as a very intelligent man and a great teacher. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Jim Abram (Former student in The Pas) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • Joyce, am so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. As I look back, I have fond (and often funny) memories of Terry. Many good times at meat draws and happy hour are near and dear. Thinking of you and your family. - Posted by: Cheryl Antonio (family friend) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • Sending Condolences Joyce and Family I’m just hearing this today! From the neighbor kid next door to babysitter to student and then as an adult with my own children and community events and of course the poodles. He was I man I admired later in life and taught valuable lessons! Just mentioned him the other day as I remembering him being treasurer for the Trappers Festival. Xoxo Joyce Jill Goodridge Wilkinson - Posted by: Jill Goodridge Wilkinson (From The Pas ) on: Sep 10, 2021

  • With a sad heart I hear this news. Terry (Mr. Dugan) was my favourite teacher, not for chemistry in high school but for inspiring me in grade six as one of his chosen. He was half time our teacher and half time administration. He often called on us to do extras in the school because we were the best (oh, how many students he must have told this too). It worked wonders, we did as he asked and maintained the grades he ask for. We were extra busy before, during and after school and loved it. He told us to do our best and the best things would come to us, he was so right. He gave us drive to see things and accomplish them. I offer my condolences to his family and hole they find comfort in reading the stories of Terry’s legacy. - Posted by: Kathy Shawaga (Student) on: Sep 10, 2021

  • Terry was the first of my graduate students to complete his M.Sc. He also acted as a Teaching Assistant for my Instrumental Analysis course during that time. He was an enthusiastic student and enjoyed his time with many dedicated student chemists. His ability and interest in teaching was evident in watching his interaction with the students in the labs. My condolences to Joyce with whom unfortunately I lost touch in recent years. - Posted by: Art Chow (Former M.Sc. supervisor at U of Manitoba) on: Aug 01, 2021

  • I remember Terry fondly. When I first moved to Winnipeg, I met him through a family connection. He was living in my apartment block at the time and used to give me a ride down Portage to my office on his way to Westwood Collegiate. Such a friendly man and a great conversationalist. My condolences on his passing. - Posted by: Nancy arason (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • We were saddened to hear about Terry’s passing. He was a terrific teacher and made chemistry come alive, for many Margaret Barbour Collegiate Students. He took students and other citizens of The Pas, on many Travel Club trips, to exotic locations around the world. He was the only person I knew, who could do the New York Crossword Puzzle in pen. He was a highly intelligent, kind and thoughtful man. We would like to offer our condolences to Terry’s family and friends. Dave and Robin Newton - Posted by: Dave Newton (I worked with Terry at Margaret Barbour Collegiate for many years. ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • I am so sorry to learn of Terry's (Mr. Dugan, to me) passing. He taught me chemistry at MBCI in 1974 and 1975. He also spoke at our 10 year high-school reunion and I saw him again in 2010. He was a positive influence in my life. I know that he will be missed and my thoughts are with you, the family, at this time. Steve Vieweg (proud MBCI grad - 1975) - Posted by: Steve Vieweg (Former student) on: Jul 24, 2021

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