James Douglas (Doug)
Sept 7, 1915 – Feb 12, 2009
Passed away into the loving embrace of his Lord on February 12th, 2009.
Doug will be deeply missed by his wife Vivian, his sister Marion (Rutherford Reid), his brother Dr. Alexander Robertson (Doris), and all of his extended family and friends.
Douglas was a man of great faith and personal integrity. His charitable gifts and actions improved the lives of many while his caring ways will always be remembered by his extended family. Doug was a strong supporter of Blenheim Lodge care facility and Parkdale Manor. He also was a tremendous advocate of youth work at Anvil Island Bible Camp and Steveston Bible Chapel.
Doug’s youth on the south slope of Burnaby was spent riding his horse Friday and developing a love for the outdoors that continued all through his life. Doug had a passion for fly-fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, gold panning, and any activity that would take him into the wilderness. Doug had a special place in his heart for our feathered friends and would proudly speak of the birds that would return year after year to his garden.
Doug bravely served his country during World War Two as a signalman and radio operator on the HMCS OTTAWA (2), and other Canadian navy ships, while protecting merchant ships on the North Atlantic convoy runs.
Doug returned to civilian life to assume managing the family bakery (Robertson’s Bakery) on Boundary Road in Vancouver.
It was later in his life, while on a Hawaiian holiday, that Doug met the love of his life, Vivian. He and Vivian spent the next thirty years sharing their travel adventures.
The Robertson family would like to extend their humble thanks to the nursing staff at Whitecliff Retirement Community for their gentle and thoughtful care of our beloved Doug.