Douglas Wayne MacDonald
Passed on April 11, 2022
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 pre-deceased 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 Tech-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 AM. 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.
Such a loss! His smiles and jokes always made our day. All were friends and he made everyone feel special. Our sincere condolences “Maggie” and family
Debbie and Hugh Drudge
To Margaret and Family, I will miss Doug and his bright cheery manner whenever I filled up at the Co-op. Sending my sincere condolences. Jim Lamb Your parttime cribbage partner.
My condolences to the family and friends. What a special person! Personable, always happy, funny and kind. It was hard to drive away from him feeling anything but happy.
Lisa Mazur (Co-op customer)
So sorry for you loss, he was such a special person. Not from the immediate area but always enjoyed stopping for gas and looked forward to the teasing. What a kind man, always there to help. He will truly be missed!
Dear Margaret and Family, Doug was a special person loved by you, your family, a community, and every person that met him. It was an honor to have met and joked with him over the years. "Memories of those that go before us, stay close to us, keeping our hearts company, gives us comfort, strength and courage. We hold you close in prayer and our thoughts during this difficult time. Please know you are not alone. To Douglas --A life well lived-- you have touched many people with your love, kindness, and laughter--RIP.
Leonard and Josie Lindley
Oh Dougie. You will be so missed. The laughs Henri and I used to have when filling up at the Coop. A very special human being. My deepest sympathy to your wife and families. RIP
Doug and I were friends we always bantered back and forth while laughing at each other. I will miss him very much. My condolences to Dougies family
I am saddened with the loss of Dougie. When I first moved Chatfield from B.C Doug gave me my first and only co-op number that was over 30 yrs ago in Teulon co-op gas bar. Will miss him with his friendly smile. My condolences to his family. Terry ( Co-op customer)
There is no words to say except that he was a very special man. And he was loved by all.You will be missed. My condolence to the family and friends.
We are so sorry to hear of Dougie’s passing. We would just be repeating what everyone else said about the laughs, the quips and the hugs that will be missed. Our condolences to Margaret and family. RIP Dougie. The world could use more men like Dougie. Bruce and Kathy Dwornick
Bruce and Kathy Dwornick
Our deepest condolences to Margaret and the family. So many will miss him, his humour, his smile, and his good soul. Rest in peace Dougie.
Doug Decarle and Linda Barca
Our sincerest condolences to Margret and family as well as his "Co-op family". Our community has lost a shining star!
Ken and Brenda Watson
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. I believe that after Doug, the mold was broken. He will be truly missed. With Sympathy .
Larry & Georgina Nelson
Can't believe he's gone. Words do not convey how saddened I am to hear of Dougie's passing. Condolences to Maggie and family. Rest in peace, trips to Coop will never be the same.
I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I looked forward to seeing and and argue with him. He would ask “ $60 or $80 for gas today shorty ?. I would tell him “ surprise me stretch”. We had a funny, and a sarcastic funny relationship. But he always made me smile and giggle through some rough times. And of course the odd hug when it was quiet. Will miss seeing Him there in the morning. Co-op lost a great worker and friend. Our sincerest condolences to all Dougies family. I will miss him. ♥️
Oh so sad to hear of Doug’s passing such a wonderful man condolences to the family.
Lynne and Richard Boxall
As a co-op regular fuel filler I was so saddened to hear of Doug's passing. Many contagious laughs from that man. Now pulling up to the pumps is just not the same. I feel for his co workers as I know it's a big void in thier work day as well. Sleep well Doug
Doug was a extraordinary man whom made everyone feel special. He taught all by example that whatever you do in life make sure you enjoy it. He always said he enjoyed his job immensely and being paid was a bonus. We will miss his infectious smile, his jokes and wonderful attitude. RIP Doug and condolences to family. We will all miss you!!!
Robert & Margie Marsh
My deepest condolences to the family! Doug was a pretty special friend. I always made a point of going to the Co-op any time I was in Teulon so he could make my day better. I will miss the teasing he always did with me about me being a Rider fan and the way he would try to wash the green off of my truck or camper. Big hugs to all of his family and friends! Doug will be missed by everybody! ❤️
Such a kind a wonderful gentleman. Had alot of laughs with Doug well fueling up. Was such a great way to start a day. He was so proud of his family and would sure his stories regarding them. He will truly be missed by many.
Condolences to Margaret n family . Big hugs sent !
Co-Op trips will never be the same without Doug there. I made a point to go on the days he was working to just make my day that much better. Condolences to the family. Just know he touched a lot of lives and will be missed by so many
I am so sad to hear of Doug's passing, such a lovely man who never failed to make me smile. I missed him when he left Co-op after the hip surgery, and was so happy when he came back. My favourite memory: Pulled up to the pumps with a friend in the passenger seat. It was crazy busy and I mentioned to Doug how we all show up at the same time. He explained that it had been crazy all day. I made a comment to the effect of pulling his hair out. He laughed and pulled of his cap off....and then we all laughed....a lot. I will miss his smile and whit. My condolences to those who loved him.
So very saddened to hear this. RIP Dear "Dougie". Always could count on the cheery hello and plenty of smiles and laughter when he was near. He will no doubt be very so missed by so many. What a tremendous loss to the community. Show 'em how to do it right if there's any gas stations up there, Dougie. Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Sean and Holly Cox, and boys.
There was never a dull moment working with Doug. He will be missed.
Doug will be greatly missed by all of us! A trip get gas will NEVER be the same! I looked forward to his banter. He was one of the kindest man I knew! There are no words to express how sorry I am to hear of his passing. Big hugs to you all!
I always will remember Doug's smile, and the inevitable banter. A trip to Coop was not complete without trading harmless insults with Doug, always accompanied by a smile, of course. However, I also knew he went out of his way to lend a hand to anyone who needed help. Doug was a warm, genuinely good man. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
He was such a special person and will be missed
Doug was always such great comfort to me since Brett's passing 2 years ago. He knew how much I missed his hugs so I never left Coop without a great Doug hug, words of encouragement and some laughs. You will so be missed by all the people whose lives you touched. Condolences to Margaret. Rest easy my friend. Hassle Brett for me. Jill Young
Jill Brunger Young
Doug was an amazing man! He always made us laugh, the kids adored him and would wait for him to come and chat with them. Always made sure I was putting my oil in right and we were good to go! Hugs to all of you. He will be greatly missed.❤
Nancy and Peter Louis
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