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DOUGLAS ORVAL MCGIFFIN (DOUG)
Born: Aug 18, 1952
Date of Passing: Apr 27, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
DOUGLAS ORVAL MCGIFFIN
August 18, 1952 - April 27, 2022
Douglas (Doug) McGiffin, 69, peacefully passed away from cancer, surrounded by his loving family on April 27 in the comfort of Riverview Health Centre.
Growing up in Winnipeg he met the love of his life, Joanne at a young age. He joined the Air Force for five years and they moved to Barrie and Dartmouth. In his passion for life of service, he became a firefighter in the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1975. After retiring as a Captain in 2006, they enjoyed RVing, winters in Arizona, watching Lake Manitoba sunsets at home in St. Laurent. His priorities were family, community and Metis Heritage. Over 45 years of marriage, in a non-traditional family, they parented all kids and grandkids with unconditional love and acceptance. Sadly, lost Joanne to cancer in 2015. Spent his final years with partner Nicki travelling and at the lake.
Always a practical joker, a heart of gold, he loved helping people. A big kid at heart, all kids adored him. Best Papa ever! He loved entertaining and being everybody's tour guide. Courageous in any challenge.
Douglas will be sadly missed by his mom Clara Marie; his brother Ralph (Joy); his children: Christopher, Jeri-Anne (Lance), Michael (Emily), Heather (Gregory); his grandchildren: Nicholas, Chelsea, Jaxon, Trevor, Derek, Jacob, Maxwell, Aria, Hayley, Trevor, Timothy; his great-grandchildren: Octavia, TJ; Joanne's family; his partner Nicki (her son Drake, and granddaughters, Jaedace and Zaelynn); many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Douglas was predeceased by his beloved wife Joanne; father Orval; sisters, Linda and Patricia; stepdad Sam; in-laws, Helgi and Kay, Maureen, Frank; and Nicki's daughter Kristin.
Special thanks to the health care professionals at CancerCare and Riverview.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Fire Fighters Burn Fund, CancerCare, or the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre would be appreciated.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Laurent Roman Catholic Parish, St. Laurent, Manitoba. Fr. Paul Tinguely and Chaplain Mark Young officiating. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery.
ALWAYS EVERYONE'S HERO!
MacKenzie Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 30, 2022
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
You are missed so very much. I think of you daily and want to pick up the phone to send you a text. You made the world a better place. We all love you and miss you very much. Tammy, Bruce, and Madison - Posted by: Tammy McGiffin (Niece ) on: Dec 24, 2022
My condolences to Doug’s family. I worked with Doug for years on One Platoon. Doug was a person who was always there for you and always had your back. He will be remembered as a kind and considerate person. - Posted by: Shane Ferguson (Retired Firefighter) on: May 05, 2022
Very sad to hear of my friend and former Captain (12 Station) passing. Doug will be remembered as a friendly, supportive and extremely generous soul. He never raised his voice, was always engaged in every conversation we had and never strayed from his core values. So many great memories of our time at 12 Station, many laughs and situations that Doug made unique and at times a little goofy. The passion and love he had for Joanne and family was very easy to acknowledge by his many stories of his family. His family should be proud of how he lived his life, I will forever miss my brother and friend, Rest In Peace Doug, love yah! - Posted by: Prakash Gowdar (Friend & colleague) on: May 03, 2022
Doug and Joanne were always great neighbors and friends. We did get a chance to visit in Arizona and was a trip we will never forget. His hospitality was second to none! We will and have missed both of them and know they are together again ❤ - Posted by: Larry Gilchuk (Friend ) on: May 03, 2022
My sincere condolences to Doug’s family. I worked with Doug at the Victoria Community Club and was a board member with him on the Fort Garry School Board. We didn’t always agree on issues but always had important discussions! I still have the kind letter Doug wrote to me when I retired! His thoughtfulness will be missed by many! - Posted by: Kathy McKibbin (Friend and fellow former Board Member) on: Apr 30, 2022
Doug was a good firefighter, a good officer and a good guy. He did a lot of good for the citizens he servers and for his fellow firefighter through years of service to the union. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Collegue) on: Apr 30, 2022
Doug, you are missed by Barb and I as well as the rest of us Westcoast McGiffins - Posted by: michael o. mcgiffin (Cousin) on: Apr 30, 2022
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