Douglas Richard McLauchlin
May 18, 1918 – October 21, 2011
Doug or Mac as he was known to family and friends, passed away at Vernon, BC. at the age of 93 years.
Doug grew up in the Kootenay’s and upon returning home from the army after six years overseas, he married Barbara Burge; a local girl from Grey Creek. Together, they farmed with Doug working at times in the mines or logging, while Barb drove the local school bus. Doug and Barb decided they wanted to eventually retire in the Okanagan, so they moved first to Enderby and bought a little dairy farm in the early 70’s before settling in Lumby.
Doug was well known in the community of Lumby where he and his wife Barb lived on their acreage on Mabel Lake road for over thirty years. They both enjoyed having friends and neighbours drop in for a visit. Neighbours could count on Doug to plow their driveways in the winter and rototill their gardens in the spring. It was a common site around Lumby to see him riding his farm tractor down the road, no matter what the weather conditions! Sharing a story, joke, or telling a little riddle to make the ladies blush, made his day! Doug enjoyed gardening, fishing, feeding the birds and the company of their last little dog, Heidi. He also enjoyed playing darts, arm twisting competitions and the “odd” pint with his friends. The twinkle in his eye and his sense of humour will be greatly missed!
Doug moved to Vernon four years ago when Barb needed more care, but his old friends and neighbours got to see him on a regular basis when he was “buzzing” around town in his little car, checking on his community.
Doug was predeceased by Barb in January, 2010 and two sisters; Francis (Fran) Aldridge and Jean Hewitt. Doug is survived by several nieces, nephews and good friends.
A service of remembrance and celebration of life for both Doug and Barb will be held on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Lumby, BC at 2:00pm. A tea will follow after the service.