JOHN DOUGLAS HAY

The family of John Douglas Hay wish to announce that Doug had his final nap on Wed., December 11, 2002 at the age of 67 in his own bed at the Coldstream Hotel in Vernon with friends and his two children, Karen A. Hay of Vernon, and Todd (Lori) Hay of Armstrong close by. Doug is survived by his brother Kenneth (Mary) Hay of Kamloops, several nieces and nephews and Karen’s son Joshua Qually of Calgary. He is predeceased by his wife, Annetta Hay (1995), parents, J. Arthur Hay (1995) and Eva Hay (1994) and his first wife, Anne Hamilton (2002). Doug was a gentleman beyond compare. His generosity, trusting nature and his ability to be a best friend to whoever needed an ear or cheering up, will be missed by his many friends and acquaintances. His sense of humor and incredible stories will remain in conversations of those that shared his adventures for years to come. He always saw the good in people, and cared about them without reservations or judgement. And ‘By Lord Harry’ could Doug talk. Doug was born in Strathmore, Alberta and grew up around cattle, ranching and sports in Merritt, B.C. Doug played Minor League Baseball for Merritt as a left-handed pitcher and baseball continued to be a major part of his life. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and commit his life to ranching. So with his parents, he settled in Lumby and married Anne Macarenko in the late 50’s. They had 2 children and Anne’s mother Pearl moved in to help the family as everyone was needed to work the large dairy and Angus Beef ranch until 1973 when Blue Springs Ranch was sold and the family split up and moved to Vernon. Doug worked for the Liquor Control Board for many years and enjoyed an active social life, boating, softball, curling, dancing, golfing and watching sports. He met and married Annetta Epp and they shared years of companionship and struggles together. Doug’s parents were hit by a car as they were walking across the street (1985) and selflessly from then on Annetta and Doug cared for them both until their deaths. In between Doug and Annetta found work in the area as caretakers, childcare, cooking, pruning, and volunteered in many areas of the community. In 1988, Doug became deathly ill from a viral infection and was given a blood transfusion which contained the Hep. C virus. Beyond all odds he recovered only to find out that the government had made a terrible mistake and he was compensated by them in 2000. Progressively getting weaker and not expected to live much longer, Doug took his trip of a lifetime and in April 2002 he made his way by himself across Canada to Halifax. Amazingly he made it back home to Vernon, “straightened-around” all his affairs and was at peace with himself, his family and friends. As requested by Doug, there will be no funeral service, but there will be a gathering of friends and family on Friday, December 20, 2002 from 2 pm till 5 pm in the Coldstream Hotel Pub.