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Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2023

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Douglas Dillon on January 12, 2023. He was 77 years old, just one day shy of his 78th birthday.
Doug was predeceased by his parents, Clement Dillon and Dorothy Dillon (nee Johnston), brother Gary and sister Nancy. He is survived by his loving family which includes his wife Carol, and their blended family of six children, Sean Dillon (Meredith), Brent Dillon (Laura), Jennifer LaPierre (nee Dillon) (Coran), Deanne Fulawka (nee Buchannon) (Dave), Darren Buchannon (Kim), Jamie Buchannon (Nikki) and 13 beautiful grandchildren, Julian, Zach, Samantha, Jake, Emma, Tommy, Troy, Brian, Kara, James, Ella, Casey and foster grandchild Lilli. Doug is also survived by his loving sister Carol and many nieces and nephews.
Doug grew up and lived his entire life in Winnipeg. He worked on the railway from 1965 to 2021 (56 years). He started first with CN then Via Rail, CEMR and finally finishing his railroad career at the Prairie Dog Central.
Doug loved and adored being around friends, family and especially his grandchildren. Whether it was family get-togethers or meeting up with his lifelong railroad friends for coffee, he had time for everyone. His charm, witty sense of humour, ability to relate to people, empathy and compassion for others were always on full display. He had that magic combination.
Since 1983, he spent his summers out at Red Rock Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. It was there where he made a lot of his lifelong friends. Florida and Mexico were his favourite winter vacation spots. He just loved the sun and the heat and could be seen down by the pool or on the beach from sun up to sun down.
Doug's last three weeks of his life, were spent at a condo in Florida overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. He saw sunsets, day after day, and was so happy. He was feeling the love from his family that were there, and the family and friends who were back in Winnipeg and British Columbia. He knew he was loved.

Doug, we are all so terribly sad at your passing, but the memories of you, will be kept alive in our hearts forever.
May God rest your soul.

The family would like to thank the Holloway Funeral Home in Florida for taking care of Doug and showing compassion during the difficult time of his passing.
A celebration of Doug's life will be held at Eastview Community Church, 315 Maxwell King Dr., East St. Paul, MB R2E 0P4 at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Eastview Community Church ( or by check to the church at above address. Whether at home or at the lake Doug watched these services weekly while having his coffee and breakfast with Carol by his side.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathies to Carol and the family. It was always a good time with lots of laughs whenever we could gather. He will be greatly missed. All our love, Leo & Ruth - Posted by: Leo O'Rourke (Family Friend) on: Feb 24, 2023

  • I worked with Doug for 15 years at the Prairie Dog Central Railway. He was a good friend and a great mentor. We worked closely together for many years and I miss him terribly. He was one of a kind. - Posted by: Jeff Livingstone (Co-worker/Friend) on: Feb 22, 2023

  • Carol, Brent Sean and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Dougs passing. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of your family. Doug was the best employee / employer a friend could ever have. We had a lot of good times and will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Don and Patti Paterson (Co-worker and Friend) on: Feb 16, 2023

  • Sorry to hear about your dads passing. i always enjoyed popping in and talking to him at the PDC atco trailer or from one truck to another. Whether it was WinNtrak or PDC business it always turned into a longer friendly conversation. I will truly miss him. Just won't be the same. Always had a laugh with him. - Posted by: Felix Lesiuk (Freind from WinNtrak) on: Feb 11, 2023

  • So sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. I just wish I lived closer to you. I send love to you from everyone here. - Posted by: Ruth Allen (Aunt) on: Feb 11, 2023

  • I worked with Doug at CN and kept in contact with him after moving to BC. A couple of years ago I was in Winnipeg visiting family and called Doug to see if I could bring my grandkids down to the Prairie Dog and of course Doug said yes. The kids had a great time and I had a great time with Doug.He will truly be missed. - Posted by: Gary Werschler (Work friend) on: Feb 10, 2023

  • I'm absolutely shocked to hear of the Passing of my former friend and employer (Boss) from Central Manitoba Railway. I first met Doug back in 1999 when Cando contracting first bought a railway off the Canadian National RAILWAYS (CNR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba and needed a team to run it. Along WITH Doug, I Became a major part of that team. As time moved quickly, Doug became my General Manager and from there we became we became good friends. Around 2008 Doug moved on from Cemr and tho we still maintained our friendship, we didn't see a lot of each other but we still we kept in touch. Upon hearing the recent news, my mind is filled with all the adventures and experiences we shared, Life is so short. Rest well my friend!!!! You are already missed but never forgotten. Ger - Posted by: Gerry Blowatt (Co-worker and Friend) on: Feb 07, 2023

  • Dear Brent & family, I am very sorry to hear the passing of your father. I had the privilege of meeting Doug during my visit to Winnipeg. Remembering his laughter and jokes during dinner and just having a great time Our heartfelt, sincere condolences to you and your family - Posted by: Elizabeth (friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • I knew Doug for many years starting back at CN when I worked with him as brakeman. I worked with Doug at the Prairie Dog Central until his retirement. Doug was always a huge supporter of the vintage train. He is missed by all of us. - Posted by: Paul Newsome (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • Sending our prayers and love to you and your family. Thinking of you, Yvonne & Chris 🙏🏻 - Posted by: Yvonne & Chris (Friends) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • Wayne and I were very saddened by Doug's sudden passing...our prayers are with you Carol, and his family at this difficult time...much sympathy for all. Wayne and Judie Oldfield - Posted by: Judie and Wayne Oldfield (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • I am very sorry to hear of Doug's passing, we had lots of laughs at the lake. He will be missed. My sympathies to Carol and family. Don - Posted by: DON DESJARDINE (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • I had the privilege of working with both Doug (at VIA Rail) & Carol (at Uniglobe Travel). I am so very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He always had a smile for everyone! My heartfelt condolences! - Posted by: Christine Ward (Co-worker) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • I had the privilege of working with both Doug (at VIA Rail) & Carol (at Uniglobe Travel). I am so very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He always had a smile for everyone! My heartfelt condolences! - Posted by: Christine Ward (Co-worker) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • I had the privilege of working with both Doug (at VIA Rail) & Carol (at Uniglobe Travel). I am so very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He always had a smile for everyone! My heartfelt condolences! - Posted by: Christine Ward (Co-worker) on: Feb 04, 2023

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