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DOUGLAS CHARLES KLIPPEL (DOUG)
Born: Dec 12, 1937
Date of Passing: Apr 11, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DOUGLAS CHARLES KLIPPEL
December 12, 1937 - April 11, 2022
Our gentle and thoughtful soul, Douglas Charles, left us for heaven on April 11, 2022.
He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine; his children and granddaughters, daughter Brenda (Brent) and granddaughters, Kendra (Josh) and Ashley; son Glen and granddaughters, Ellie and Carlee (and their mother Michelle); and son David (Claudette). Doug and Lorraine had a large extended family and numerous friends with whom they enjoyed many special occasions and countless fun adventures.
Douglas was a Transcona boy and continued to reside there with Lorraine after marriage until their move to St. Vital in retirement. He contributed to the management of their condo development by serving for 15 years as President on the Board of Directors. Doug worked for Manitoba Telephone System for 38 years, starting in the Exchange Office and finishing as an Eastern Region Network Provisioning Manager. An impressive accomplishment was his daily bicycle commute from Transcona to Polo Park! This was followed by a brief career with Siemens Ltd., as a Regional Sales Manager. A highlight of Doug's career with MTS was a secondment to Aramco in Saudi Arabia with one of his best friends.
Doug liked nothing more than spending time with his wife and family. Together with Lorraine, they were fortunate to travel extensively across much of Canada and the USA. Doug and Lorraine cherished special trips taken with Kendra and Ashley, and always looked forward to road trips for a visit with Ellie and Carlee. Douglas took great pleasure in entertaining relatives, friends, and neighbours; he always did the prep work and washed the dishes afterwards!
Around home, Doug could often be found in his signature overalls as he was the ultimate handyman and would no doubt have been fierce competition for any home reno TV celebrity! He was an electrician by trade but was also remarkably skilled at auto mechanics, bicycle repair, gardening, construction, plumbing, painting, home decorating, and everything in between. Of note, he also wallpapered - A LOT! Our family enjoyed the many fruits of his labour including homemade travel trailers, recreational properties and a treasured snowbird home in Arizona. Doug appreciated every opportunity to share ideas, materials, and (especially!!) power tools for projects with each of Brent, Glen, and David.
When it came to sports, Douglas was first and foremost a football player. He was proud of an invitation to attend the Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp after winning the 1963 Canadian Senior Football Championship with his St. James Rams teammates (the first time a Western team ever won in the East!), as well as the team's subsequent induction into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Throughout his life Doug golfed, hiked, cycled, skied (Lake Tahoe was a favourite destination), and took in Bomber and Jets games as often as possible. He often had lively sports discussions with Brenda and their father-daughter wagers on Grey Cup and Super Bowl games were always fun. Both Doug and Lorraine especially enjoyed spending many summer evenings and winter weekends cheering on granddaughters Kendra and Ashley in softball, rugby, ringette, and hockey.
We are grateful that our husband, father, and grandfather led a life full of enthusiasm and adventure.
There will be no formal service at this time; a celebration of Doug's life will be held at a later date.
Your special memories of Douglas can be left at www.alternacremation.ca
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 23, 2022
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Sad to hear that the Rams have lost another teammate... A special group of guys and they'll miss Doug. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: May 12, 2022
We have known Doug, essentially all our lives. School with Bryan, working with Doug, and raising our families as neighbours and extended family in Transcona. All these avenues developed life long friendships that will be cherished forever and passed on intergenerationally We enjoyed many vacations , winters in Arizona Christmas’s and family celebrations. Doug always enjoyed a good meal and we had a tradition of going to country restaurants in every small town in Manitoba. He was also famous for cutting a whole “Lorraine’s lazy Daisy cake”(which he loved) Into 4 pieces and then would eat the entire cake in a sitting. Doug was a huge Blue Bomber fan and our families enjoyed sitting in the end zone watching the game. We also spent lots of time at a variety of lake properties and always loved being taken out on the water for boat rides. Many hours were spent laughing and chasing kids and many lifelong memories made. There was something about water as Uncle Doug had a knack of pulling kids out.. Brad and Glen with their rubber boots still attached in the mud and Heather who thought she could swim independently at 2 years of age in a pool. Doug loved Lorraine, his family and all his friends. His kindness, smile and gentle spirit will be missed dearly, but the memories we have will live on in both families for years to come. We will miss you Doug Ps Elaine says you can have a third helping whenever you want now!!💕💕 - Posted by: Bryan and Elaine (Friend ) on: May 08, 2022
Doug and I both worked for the Manitoba Telephone System. I met Doug through his wife Lorraine, whom I met when I applied to work at MTS. At that time Lorraine worked in the MTS training division office. Over the years the years our families got together many times, mainly on trailer camping trips. Doug had convinced me to buy a trailer and we never looked back. Doug and I both enjoyed casual golf and enjoyed in-numeral games over the years. Anyone who golfed with Doug would have noticed that he only took half swings, I often tried to convince him to try a full swing but was politely ignored. The scores were of little consequence, more important was the fresh air and a relaxing enjoyable outing. One thing that we did take seriously was riding our bicycles to work in the Polo Park office, it was a “twenty mile round trip from and to Transcona”, about one third of it each way down Portage Ave. We always rode full tilt, as hard as we could pedal in the curb lane. I often thought that if someone in a parked car ever opened their door at the wrong time we would of both have been “toast” as we tended to tailgate each other. Doug and I enjoyed a lot of good years, which I will surely miss. Remembering the good times Carole and Ken Young - Posted by: Carole and Ken Young (Friends) on: May 02, 2022
Doug was a great neighbour always greeted you with a big smile and always willing to help if you needed it many a good time was had just sitting on each other’s driveway having a beer and joking around he always had a story to tell us about what job Lorraine wanted him to do next. Doug was also president of our condo association and did a fantastic job we will miss his good morning greetings. Rest In Peace - Posted by: Claudette (Neighbour and friend) on: May 01, 2022
Dear Lorraine and family, We are very sorry to hear of Douglas' passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you and the family. We were cottage neighbors for many years and remember the great times we spent together. Douglas was such a gentleman, a hard worker and so very kind and gentle. Maura and Ernest - Posted by: Ernest & Maura Dias (Friends) on: Apr 25, 2022
Our deepest condolences are extended to Lorraine and the entire Klippel family. Uncle Doug was larger than life. He was such a kind, caring and welcoming man and we will miss him dearly. I remember fondly many Klippel/Kramble holidays and adventures together. We all knew that Glen and Brad would end up crying after Uncle Doug tried to set them straight, an impossible task! My sister, Heather and I were so cared for by Uncle Doug when we visted in Mesa. He was our transporter and cook and we had so many side splitting laughs over our many happy family memories togther. Kurtiss always enjoyed his time with Uncle Doug, through their connections at MTS as well as marrying into this constellation of family. Life is precious and I am so fortunate to have been a part of Uncle Doug's journey. Big hugs! Love Arlene & Kurtiss Krasnesky - Posted by: Arlene Kramble-Krasnesky (neice) on: Apr 25, 2022
At this difficult time, I send heartfelt condolences to Lorraine and each of your family members. I am grateful for the many years of service and friendship with Doug. Our lively discussions were always interesting as he was such a knowledgeable and caring person. Thank you for writing this beautiful memorium in which you have highlighted so many more details of this wonderful man. I will dearly miss my visits with him and cherish those times. Judy - Posted by: Judy Starink (friend) on: Apr 24, 2022
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