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Born: Sep 26, 1947

Date of Passing: Apr 11, 2022

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Douglas Wayne MacDonald suffered a stroke at home on the evening of Monday, April 11, 2022 at 74 years of age.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret, (Maggie to him); sons, Shawn (Char), David (Aaron) and Trevor (Angela) and grandchildren, Matthew, Katlyn (Maddy), Julie (Scott), Alyssa, Nathan, Kaleigh (Quinton) and Reese; sisters, Edie (Richard) and Tracey (Bill); as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by parents, Blair and Josephine; stepmother Lois; sister Jean and brother Ron; in-laws, Bill and Mae Zelisko and brother-in-law Marcel.
Doug was born on September 26, 1947, in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. He was the second of four children born to Blair and Josephine MacDonald, although another sibling would join the family many years later, when his father remarried. Doug was often serious and reserved while growing up, but those who knew him well, knew that he did not stay that way. He was a hard worker and always had a job and a little money in his pocket, which he often shared with his younger siblings.
Doug graduated from Tec-Voc High School in 1966. Within several years, he met his sweetheart and soul mate Margaret Zelisko. They married on October 28, 1972, about a month after his 25th birthday, as he was determined not to settle down before turning 25. They decided to settle in the Interlake region of Manitoba to raise their family of three boys. Doug was so proud of his boys, daughters-in-laws and grandchildren, loving them unconditionally and wholeheartedly supporting their life choices and career paths.
Doug worked for several years at Plastic Films in Winnipeg before accepting a position at the Varta Battery Plant in 1975, where he stayed until their eventual shutdown in 1990. Later, he found meaningful work at the Co-op Gas Bar in Teulon and was still working there right up to the day of his passing. Known for his easy charm and quick wit, he loved to "hassle" his regulars at the pumps, dispensing his own special brand of banter. The sort of banter where you could get a dirty joke and a wink one minute and a warm hug the next.
A funeral will be held at the Teulon Rockwood Community Center on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 11 a.m. The family invites all who would like to attend to join them in celebrating Doug's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Oh my goodness, just heard about Doug passing and we are so sorry to hear this. It was a real treat going to the co-op and having Doug greet us at the pump. Always a smile and cracking jokes we always looked forward to seeing his happy smiling face. Sincere condolences to family and friends. The Co-op won’t be the same without you Doug. I’m sure he’ll be cracking jokes in heaven and making people smile up there too. Rest In Peace! - Posted by: El & June Evans (Friends) on: May 09, 2022

  • My great condolences to Aunty Margaret and family. I remember when Uncle Doug cut the head of a chicken and it chased me. I seen everyone laughing. Not sure what happened after that. But hanging around your place I felt the love you both had. I respected you and even though we are not blood. You both are remembered as my Auntie and uncle. Love you always and forever. ♥️ - Posted by: Gail Roberta Ford (Niece) on: May 07, 2022

  • Dear Margaret and family, Your friendship and neighbourly ways have brought so much joy to Auntie Merle and Uncle Lorne and family over the years that I wanted to offer my condolences for your loss. I will be thinking of Doug with a grateful heart for the happiness he spread, while you celebrate his life. Kind wishes, Noreen Willis and Connor Borkowsky - Posted by: Noreen Willis (Friend) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • The world is a sadder place without Doug. We all loved the conversation, jokes and banter when visiting Co-Op to get gas. Doug was an amazing people person - we will all miss you greatly. - Posted by: Laurie Anderson (Friend) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • Doug was certainly “one friendly dude”! My work brought me to the beautiful town of Teulon for about a year and on my first day there I went to fill up our company van and who do I meet - Doug! Right from that first “fill” I got way more than just a tank of gas! Every trip was also full of kibitzing, laughter and even hugs! I was so happy when either of our vehicles needed a fill up! Doug was a jokester and had a heart of gold! If Doug had such an effect on this old red neck who I really barely got to know - I cannot imagine how many hearts are breaking with the news of Dougs passing! My sincere condolences to Dougs family both at home and at the CoOp! Sincerely “VANna White”….my nick name while out in Teulon. - Posted by: Joanne (CoOp customer ) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. It was always a pleasure to be served by Doug at the Co-op Gas station. Always a cheery smile and some witty remark to make your day more pleasant. Shall miss all of this. My condolences to his family. Shirley Jahns Mulvey - Posted by: Shirley Jahns Mulvey (acquaintance ) on: Apr 23, 2022

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