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Date of Passing: Aug 18, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn (nee Stenberg); sons, Brad (Louise), Jamie (Cheryl) and Derek (Erin); daughter-in-law Kristine; grandchildren, Brodie, Madison, Michael, Jed, Molly, Misty, Connor, Mckenzie, Taylor, Maggie and Grace; brother Fred (Lois); sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Bev and Cisca; brother-in-law Doug (Kathy), along with many nieces and nephews.
Doug was predeceased by son Tim; parents, Ted and Hazel Erb, fathers-in-law, Mervin Stenberg and John Johnson, mother-in-law Alice Johnson; brother Gary and brothers-in-law, Randy Johnson and Don Fossay.
Dad lived his entire life in the Oak Bluff area. He grew up on the family farm and after marriage on August 29, 1961, Doug began farming with his father and brother Gary. As his boys grew up and started their own careers he later farmed with three of his sons before semi-retiring in his late 60s.
Dad was a good athlete and as a young man particularly enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. It was at a baseball tournament that he met Mom. Sports were a lifetime passion for Dad, he gave of his time freely coaching both hockey and baseball for many years, he was a mentor to his four sons as well as many youth in the community, Dad was proud to be a part of the community members that built and ran the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre.
In retirement Mom and Dad spent many years in Brownsville, Texas. It was in Texas that he rekindled a passion for fishing. Many friendships were formed in Texas and Dad's skill in carpentry shined as he became known as the park contractor. He was forever lending a helping hand. Summers were spent around the farm yard mainly in his beloved garden.
As the family grew and grandchildren arrived they formed an inseparable bond. He spent countless hours with his grandchildren enjoying each other's company. He loved doing small tasks with them and telling stories from times long since passed. They were his pride and joy. He would light up a room when speaking of their accomplishments.
Thanks to Dr. Hayward and Dr. Tan for their long term care, Southern Health, many family and friends who provided support and a special thanks to Daphne Goodridge for her love and compassion for Dad near the end.
A private family service will be held for Dad. An interment will take place at Oak Bluff Cemetery on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 12:00 noon. Friends are welcome to join the family. No reception due to Covid-19.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oak Bluff Cemetery C/O RM of Macdonald or CancerCare Manitoba.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 21, 2021
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Doug. I have always admired my Erb cousins of Oak Bluff. Doug has left an amazing legacy to his cherished family and his community. In life, one is a success if you touch the life of a child! My condolences to Marilyn and your family. He is missed. - Posted by: Marilyn Erb (cousin) on: Aug 30, 2021
Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I remember many good times with Doug and the family at the rink and at their home. My condolences to all of the family. - Posted by: Tim Bestland (Friend of family) on: Aug 25, 2021
Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Condolences to you and your family Marilyn. - Posted by: Les and Edie Moroz (Friend and neighbor) on: Aug 25, 2021
We were very saddened to hear of Doug's passing. Our condolences to you and your family, Marilyn. Jim remembers all the good times he had working with Doug, memories that will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Jim and Diane Moroz - Posted by: Jim and Diane Moroz (Friends and neighbors) on: Aug 24, 2021
Marilyn, we offer our sincere sympathy to you & your family; Doug coached for a young Oak Bluff Hockey team, my son Mark played on with your sons Brad, Jamie & Derek. Doug inspired these young to play great hockey & enjoy the game. I have fond memories of these games. Forever in our hearts; Bob & Mark De Meyer - Posted by: Bob & Mark De Meyer (friend & neighbor) on: Aug 23, 2021
Dear Erb family, extending our deepest & heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Doug Erb. Thinking of you at this very sad and difficult time. Sorry for your loss. Lynda Ruban staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Aug 23, 2021
We are saddened to hear about Doug's passing this morning. Russ was at the gas station in Brunkild having coffee when he heard the news. I always liked his laugh when I said something stupid. Our condolences to Marilyn and the family. - Posted by: Russell & Michelle Grabowski (friend) on: Aug 23, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Doug is fondly remembered for his commitment to the Oak Bluff Community and Recreation Centre. His years of service to the Oak Bluff Rec Board gave many children in the community and RM a place to enjoy sports. He is fondly remembered. - Posted by: Joanne & Keith Rempel (Community friends ) on: Aug 22, 2021
Dear Marilyn, Brad, Jamie, Derek and families, My condolences to you and your families during this difficult time. Doug was a good man and very involved in the Oak Bluff community throughout his whole life. His involvement in the Rec Centre and in various sports programs will not be forgotten. This legacy has been carried on by his children. My deepest sympathies, Joyce Dusik - Posted by: Joyce Dusik (Neighbor) on: Aug 22, 2021
We shared many good times at the rink in Oak Bluff. Wayne and Lena send our sincerest condolences to Doug's family. - Posted by: Wayne and Lena McAlinden (Friend and hockey teammate) on: Aug 21, 2021
Doug & Marilyn were very good friends that we met and became close with through 4 Seasons RV Park in Brownsville, Texas. Paul & Doug were great fishing buddies and Donna & Marilyn golfed together for years. We had many good times together and we will always remember our trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Doug always had a good laugh at our experiences in the romantic zone. He will be missed by us and all who knew him. - Posted by: Paul & Donna Couse (Friends ) on: Aug 21, 2021
Doug has always been kind and generous to all. My first recognition of this was Doug as the kind guy in the older kids who would tape the hockey sticks of any younger kids. His life continued to demonstrate that kind of kindness and inclusion. Soon he will hear "Well done my son". My condolences to Marilyn and her family. - Posted by: Bill Fisher (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2021
My condolences to the whole family. Mr Erb was a great man and you will all treasure your memories forever. He will be missed. - Posted by: Kelly Scott (Family friend ) on: Aug 21, 2021
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