BURNS, Douglas: July 13, 1929 - Jan 10, 2017. Doug passed away peacefully on January 10th in Kelowna B.C. Doug was born is Liverpool England on July 13, 1928. He served in the British Army in the 1st batalion Manchester Regiment \ The Queens own Cameron Highlanders from July 1950- Aug 1952. Doug was stationed in Berlin guarding Spandau prison and then fought communist insurgents while stationed in Malaya. He moved with his wife Joan and baby son Alan to Calgary in 1954. He had $50 dollars in his pocket when they arrived by train in Calgary and he started work the day after he arrived. Doug was a painter by trade and worked as a Forman supervising the painting of innumerable landmarks in Calgary including Paliser Hotel, Mount Royal College, Jack Singer Center for Performing Arts, and many of Calgary's iconic towers including the Petro Canada building. Doug and Joan bought a cabin on Chestermere lake in 1962 for $450 and were the first permanent resident living on the lake when they built a home there in 1976. Doug loved everything about being by the water including swimming and boating. Doug and Joan moved to west Kelowna in 1995 where Doug continued to spend his time on and around the lake from their home on Gallately Bay. Doug is predecessed by his brother George who emmigrated to Australia, he is survived by his wife Joan, sons Alan and Gary, their wives Pat and Donna and grandchildren Jessica, Robyn, Jack and Henry as well as by his last surviving brother Charlie and his niece Michelle Ryan in Sidney. Friends and family are invited to a gather to share memories of Doug at their home in West Kelowna on Saturday January 14 from 2:00 - 4 pm.
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