Douglas Harry Deprez
Passed on March 6, 2022
July 12, 1951 – March 6, 2022 After a life well lived, although far too short, Douglas Harry Deprez left us suddenly with his family by his side on Sunday, March 6, 2022. He will be warmly welcomed by those that went before him but tragically missed by those he leaves behind.
Doug was larger than life, not just in stature but in personality. Everyone that has stopped in over the last week, and those have been many, has had some great stories about his generosity, kindness, and sense of humor.
Doug was born on July 12, 1951, in Winnipeg to Maurice (Big D) and Germaine (Ma) Deprez. He was the second in what would be a line of five boys followed by two girls that they loved to terrorize and protect at the same time. The Deprez house was a busy place filled with love…always on the go with farming, hockey, baseball and general (fairly good natured) shenanigans. If the shenanigans got too out of hand, they could always repent at church on Sunday!! They all loved growing up in Stony Mountain and all remain there to this day!! Doug told Vicky recently that he was so proud that none had ever had a major falling out…family was everything.
On a trip to Hawaii in February of 1975 he met his future wife Vicky at Shipwreck Kelly’s. As it turned out they only lived twenty miles apart back home and, after a whirlwind courtship, they were married on October 25th that same year.
Doug was a born salesman who loved to help his clients/friends whether it was selling trucks at Stern Trucks for 21 years or as a very well regarded and skilled Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with Investors Group for 28 years. Doug officially retired from Investors Group on September 30, 2021 but enjoyed the last 11 winters at their winter home in Florida.
Even more than his dedication to career Doug was dedicated to and defined by his family. The close bond he has with both of his children Ryan and Jenna will last forever. When the kids were younger, he would take the family on wonderful vacations to Hawaii, Mexico, Disney World and many road trips throughout Canada and the USA. Ryan and Jenna both looked up to their dad as their mentor. He was a fountain of information for his children.
His grandchildren loved their Papa, and they were the reason for his very existence since their birth!! He spent his free time with his grandchildren cutting grass, cleaning the yard and endless summer days by the pool. Over the last couple of winters, the kids opened their “business” called The Winter Club just for their Papa which included shovelling the driveway, hauling and stacking wood and a crisp $5.00 bill for each of them.
Doug was predeceased by his parents, Maurice and Germaine Deprez; his mother-in-law Nancy and father-in-law George Harrowen; sister-in-law Marsha Giles, brother-in-law Lyle Giles and brother-in-law Gerry McEachern. Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Vicky; son Ryan, daughter-in-law Lisa; daughter Jenna (Jared). Grandchildren; Natasha, Trent, Jase, Linnea, Brayden and Mikenna. Brothers Rod (Sheryle); Don (Laurie); Laurie (Arlene); David (Debbie); sisters Leanne (Doug) Sinclair and Lindy McEachern. Sister-in-law Donna Harrowen; numerous nieces and nephews.
It is not if you win or lose but how you play the game.
Doug played it well.
Funeral Service is planned for Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 11:00 am at the Stony Mountain Community Centre, in Stony Mountain. Interment will follow at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stony Mountain.
Our deepest condolences to you, Vicky, Ryan, Jenna, and all of your family. Every single time we met Doug in Stony over the years he was all smiles and so friendly. ❤️ Clayton and Joanne Dowsett
Clayton and Joanne Dowsett
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Such a nice man, my heart hurts for you. Ang Grogan & family
Our deepest condolences to the entire Deprez family as we have know Doug for many years and cherish his friendship and awesome sense of humour. He will be missed and always in our hearts. We have been blessed to have had a Doug Deprez in our life RIP friend
Ernie & Lori Chaves
We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vickie and her family. Also our sympathies to the extended Deprez family.
Richard and Joan stolar
Condolences to Vicky and family. My memory of Doug is that…when he met one on the street, the rec centre, post office or store , he always greeted that person by using their full name. When I mentioned that to him, his reply was …if you say a person’s name in a greeting, you will always remember them. I used his method when I started working in the insurance business. Blessings and hugs to you.
Please accept our condolences with the loss of Doug. We were very surprised to hear about your loss and likr would extend our deepest condolences. Our deepest sympathies with you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers to you and all your family at this time.
Michiel & Maria Devooght-Vancaeyzeele
I’m so sorry to hear that Doug has passed away Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time Hugs Claudette Griffin
We were so shocked to hear this news. Doug was a great man, always stopping to chat with us in town. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vicky and his children, grandchildren and extended family. Rest In Peace Doug.
Nora and Carl Duguid
We are very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He took our son Jordan under his wing and we hope he knew how much that meant to us but especially to Jordan. He will be missed. Thinking of you all!
Dave & Trish Sinclair
We are so sad to hear about Doug we have been friends for 50 years . We will miss your visits to Florida
Gloria and Bryan Wiebe
I can't believe it . Vicky we think too you, we have very good memoiries of Doug
So sorry to hear the sad news. Our prayers and thoughts are with you . May all the beautiful memories help to ease your sadness. Sincerely Ken and Bev De Smet and Familt
Bev De Smet
We were shocked to hear of Dougs passing. Our hearts go out to Vicky and family at this sad time. We have so many fond memories of time spent with Doug. So many great memories from camping days. He will be missed.
Russ & Lynn Linklater & Family
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