Douglas Lloyd Gee
July 23, 1937 – March 22, 2013
The world has lost a great friend of the people. After a long and courageously fought battle with cancer, our irascible Doug passed peacefully at home held in the arms of his daughters, Susan Worthy (Berryhill), Katherine Gee and Marnie (Gee) Orr.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Doug moved with his family to Vernon BC in 1949. After Graduation from Polson Park High School, Doug served as an Air Force Radar Operator from 1954 – 1961 in Trenton, Ontario. He returned to Vancouver and worked at General Motors from 1961 – 1963 during which time he met and married Carol Anthony, a recent nursing graduate of St. Paul’s Hospital. Doug and Carol settled in Vernon where Doug worked with his father Murray Gee and brother, Harvey at the family owned Chevrolet car dealership, Vernon Motor Products (VMP).
Doug left VMP in 1985 and in 1986, guided by his enterprising spirit, opened the Squires Four Pub with partners Rick Reichelt (manager), Dick File, Jim McGillvray. The Provincial Pub association named him Publican Of The Year in 1992. After a successful run of the business Doug sold the pub in 1997 and in 1999 he and Rick Reichelt built the Blue Heron Pub. It closed sadly in 2011 due to the economic downturn. Doug moved to Saanichton in 1994 and lived there until he passed.
He was an avid boats man and spent many happy hours on his boat, Artseaus, cruising the waters of the Salish Sea happily enjoying the tunes of Abba and Frank Sinatra.
Bon-vivant and charismatic Doug also spent several years at Birch Bay where he frequented the local Karaoke bar entertaining the crowd with his fabulous renditions of Frank Sinatra’s My Way or New York, New York.
Generous and charming, irreverent and driven, kind and compassionate; Doug was above all else an optimist – tomorrow is a new day, new opportunities, better times.
Throughout his illness there was never a complaint or self-pity but only days full of grace, courage, humour and indomitable hope.
Doug is survived by his ex-wife, Carol Anthony (Victoria), his three daughters, Susan Worthy (Pitt Meadows), Katherine Gee (Victoria) and Marnie Orr (Tsawwassen), six grandchildren, his brother, Harvey Gee (Betty) and extended family, nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank the following people for the care of Doug. Dr. Vanessa Bernstein for her careful guidance of Doug’s chemo treatments, Dr. Paul Keith for his friendship and thoughtful care, all the wonderful nurses at the chemo unit and last, but not least, the amazing and so wonderfully skilled and compassionate Victoria Hospice Team whose knowledge, expertise and support made Doug’s journey and ours doable.
Doug was, and always will remain in his passing, a big presence in all of our lives – we will miss him terribly. Doug, we give you the last word: Hoo-ah!
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at a later date in Vernon, B.C. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Doug’s name be made to the Victoria Hospice Society to ensure their wonderful work can continue.