McDougall, Donald 'Don' Hubert

Don McDougall, longtime resident of Meaford, Ontario, retired secondary school teacher and farmer, passed away in Meaford on Thursday September 12, 2019 at the age of 78.

 

Born in Egremont Township near Holstein, Ontario on June 1, 1941, Don was the youngest son of the late Hubert and Margaret (nee Watson) McDougall.

Don was a multi-faceted man who loved not only the outdoors and farming, but also teaching and sharing with others, particularly young people. In his adolescence, he was a member of the local 4H club in Mount Forest and exhibited a keen interest in animal husbandry, a passion he maintained throughout his entire life. After graduating high school in Mount Forest in 1960, he pursued a degree in general science at the University of Toronto (Ontario Agricultural College), earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1964.

After receiving his teaching certificate from Althouse College, Don taught first at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock until 1967.  He spent the remainder of his teaching career at Georgian Bay Secondary School in Meaford, as a member of the teaching staff and head of the science department, until his retirement in 1997.

Don was very active in his community, working with the Bighead River Foodgrains Project, serving as a director of the Meaford and St. Vincent Agricultural Society, the executive of the Meaford Curling Club, Meaford Adult Skating Club, and a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. He was an avid fan of curling, football, baseball, and hockey, all of which he played as a youth. He coached curling in high school and, in his spare time, enjoyed a good game of bridge or euchre (he had the uncanny ability of keeping track of every single card played in a hand).

Beyond his involvement in the community, Don enjoyed his vegetable garden, tractor rides, hiking along the river, annual “Fishing Trips” with university friends, and spending time with his children and grandchildren making hay mazes and playing cards and crokinole. He also travelled extensively during his retirement years exploring many parts of the world with Eleanor. Don’s primary focus was always his family, to whom he was devoted.

Don was the beloved husband of the former Eleanor Holliday and the much loved father and grandfather of son Nevin McDougall and his wife Nicole Kushner of London, Ontario and their children Kierra, Graeme and Heather, son Ron McDougall and his wife Suzanne Halliday of Fall River, Nova Scotia and their children Fraya and Kendra, and daughter Laurie, husband Adam Donald and their children Callum and Avery residing in Bucharest, Romania.

Don is remembered by his sister Marilyn McGuffin of London, Ontario and sister in-law Lee Hines of Beaver Valley, Ontario. He is also remembered by Eleanor’s family; Ron and Isobel Oakley, Glenna Barton, Bill and Wilda Wilson, and Terry McFarlane.

He is predeceased by his brother Dr. Allan McDougall of Beaver Valley, Ontario, and sisters in-law Thelma McDougall of Chatsworth, Ontario, Lorraine Irwin of Scarborough, Ontario, and Elma McFarlane of Mount Forest, Ontario and brother in-law Bruce Barton of Mount Forest, Ontario.

Cremation has taken place and the family will receive friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E. in Meaford on Monday from 5 until 8 p.m.  A memorial service will be conducted at Knox Presbyterian Church, 591 St. Vincent St. in Meaford on Tuesday September 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.  A service of committal and interment of Don’s cremated remains will take place at a later date.  If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to the Bighead River Foodgrains Project or Knox Presbyterian Church (cheques only please) would be appreciated.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

 

Details

Monday, September 16, 2019
Visitation at Ferguson Funeral Home from 5 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:00 PM
Memorial Service: Knox Presbyterian Church, Meaford

Donations: Bighead River Foodgrains Project or Knox Presbyterian Church (cheques only please)
Make a donation in memory of Donald 'Don' Hubert McDougall


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Barbara Seupersaud
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Eleanor. I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have many pleasant memories of playing bridge with you and Don and Bill. I always had a lot of respect for Don – he was a good role model. Barbara (Rowles) Seupersaud.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      I appreciate your kind thoughts. Many great memories!

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  2. Merv and Ellie Smith
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Eleanor and family. Our sincere condolences to all of you. Don was such a quiet gentle man who always had a greeting and a smile which remained through out this past year. Even as his memory was failing the friendliness he showed to everyone was very evident. He will be missed.
    Ellie & Merv

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  3. Megan Childerhose Marchand
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Laurie
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

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  4. Michael and Geraldine Doran
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Laurie we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing .Our thoughts are with you Adam Callium and Avery

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  5. Norm & Marion Knisley
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Our sincere condolences to you, Eleanor and your families. Don was a fine man who will be missed by many especially you Eleanor, your children and the many friends that have developed over the years.

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  6. Dawn Leslie
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Dear Eleanor & Family
    Our deepest sympathy to you Eleanor on the passing of your beloved Don. Joyce & I have such wonderful, funny & happy memories of Don on our trip to Ireland in 2010 & your visit to our little island state of Tasmania in 2014 which we both thoroughly enjoyed your visit (not long enough).
    Those precious memories of Don will last forever with us both. May the Lord give you strength & be with you Eleanor as your “beloved ” Don starts another journey to be with his Lord. Love to you at this sad time.
    Joyce & Dawn, Tasmania

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  7. Jennifer Dempsey
    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Dear Laurie and family, We are thinking of you and send our condolences and prayers to your family. Xo
    The Dempsey Family

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  8. Linda vantwuiver
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Here I am travelling in Vancouver Island, when I was shocked to here about Don. I so enjoyed his cheerful smile and attitude he had at our movement dance classes. I won’t be back in time to attend his service, but my thoughts are with you Eleanor and family at this time. Take care. Linda Vantwuiver

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  9. sandra mcmeekin
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    So sorry for your loss Eleanor and family/

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  10. Deb Chapman
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    My sympathy to you all.
    Don was one of my favorite teachers at GBSS.
    I also enjoyed curling with him.
    He was such a sweet, gentleman and I always enjoyed seeing him through the years.
    My thoughts are with you Eleanor and your family
    Sincerely
    Deb Chapman (Keenan)

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  11. Doreen Isaac
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Sincere condolences, Eleanor and family on the passing of a lovely man. I only knew him during these more recent sad years, but even then I recognised him as a gentleman and a kind soul. Thoghts are with you.

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  12. Alana Louise Warwick
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Mr. McDougall was a great help in advising and mentoring our daughter, Nancy Poole, in her science courses. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Science and has a career as an epidemiologist, thanks to his generous help. Thank you so much. (I’m sure Nancy was not the only student he guided over the years.)

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  13. Stan & Carolyn Lytle
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Our sincere sympathy to you Eleanor and your immediate and extended family.

    Stan & Carolyn Lytle

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  14. Audrey Lamrock
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    I’m so glad I got to know him for a short while.He was such a gentle man

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  15. Sandy Barker
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Lovely, lovely man. John and I sympathize with Eleanor and the family. I’m sorry that I’ll miss the visitation and the service but I’ll be away. I’m reminded of being with Valerie Broderick, taking my seat on a plane to Beijing and hearing someone from behind saying my name! It was Don and Eleanor, another small word Meaford story. We got together for brunch with Julie Freeborn and her husband. He will be missed

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  16. Ross and Mary Dudgeon
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Our sincere sympathy Eleanor. Don was a great friend.

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  17. Lorna and Lynn Collins
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Dear Eleanor and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Don’s passing.We have known for awhile that he was
    having some challenges but did not that his condition was that serious.
    We’ll all have wonderful memories of him that will carry us through these trying times.
    We’ll hope and pray that you will all be given the strength to go forward without him.

    Lynn and Lorna Collins

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  18. Keith and Irene Priest
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Dear Eleanor and Family,
    Keith and Irene Priest are in Vancouver to visit Irene’s ailing sister.They apologize for not being able to
    attend Don’s wake or funeral but will be in touch as soon as they return home.
    They still extend their sincere sympathy for your loss of such a wonderful husband,father,grandfather and friend and are thinking of and praying for you all.

    On behalf of Keith and Irene Priest
    ( Lynn Collins )

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  19. Justine R Maw-Farrar
    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Deepest Sympathy to You and your family Eleanor. What a wonderful, grateful, gentleman. We truly enjoyed our time with him. My Sincere Sympathy. Justine

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  20. Jack and Linda Morgan
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Linda and I send our sincere condolences to Eleanor, Nevin, Ron, Laurie and families. Don was a very fine man, and a generous, supportive Science teacher and teaching colleague. We join with you in mourning his passing.
    Jack Morgan

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  21. Allison Stephens (OReilly)
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Mr McDougall was one of the most influential teachers in my life. Making Physics fun. I actually had an explosion in his back lab and he laughed! Those were the days.
    Sorry to hear of his passing. The world lost a good one.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you, Allison.

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  22. Wayne & Elizabeth Park
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Eleanor, Nevin, Ron, Laurie and your families. Don was a lovely man and a caring, knowledgeable teacher. It was always a pleasure to meet him in any venue. In his quiet, dependable way, he contributed a great deal to the life of this community and he will not be forgotten.

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  23. Mary Lou Wiles (Helwig)
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Mr. McDougall was one of the most patient and gracious teachers I had at GBSS. I became a teacher, in part, because of him. He taught me the importance of seeing the whole student and the tremendous potential within each one. I will never forget the impact he had on my life.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you Mary Lou.

      Reply
  24. Rachael Chapman
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Earth has lost a beautiful soul. Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I’m forever thankful for the kindness shown to me and my son during my time renting the little house. He will be missed I’m sure but not just myself but by many who were lucky to cross paths with such an amazing human. So much love and prayers sent to you Eleanor and family.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you, Rachel.

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  25. Heather Epstein (Dobie)
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    So sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He was one of my favourite teachers and I am privileged to have known him. Such a smart, kind and patient man.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you, Heather.

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  26. Joanne Wilson
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    In deepest sympathy, wishing the McDougall family peace and love at this difficult time.

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  27. Sandy Kettlewell
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Deepest sympathy and prayers to Eleanor and family . Sorry I can’t be with you but I will be praying for you all. Many fond memories of Don from our years in Meaford. He was a gentle kind man and loved and respected by all who knew him. Love and Prayers Sandy Rob and Tim Kettlewell and family

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  28. John Pedlar
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Don was an excellent teacher and a reliable, hardworking, and kind man. Many good memories of haying with Don and family.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you, John.

      Reply
  29. Christine Codrington
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    To Eleanor and family, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Don. Your many travels and family experiences will always be in your memories, and your scrapbooks. Knowing Don was a pleasure and we very much enjoyed our little chats while at Knox in the library.

    Chris Codrington and David Port

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  30. Marlyen and Arthur Torrie
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Dear Eleanor and Family and Mcdougall Family we send our love and prayers to each of you.We know how much Donald’s earthly presence will be missed by each of you.We remember that we sorrow not as a people without hope for we have that promise that we will see our dear family member again and never to be parted.We pray that all the loving memories you have will fill your hearts and thoughts and may the God of all comfort our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ bring peace and comfort to your hearts today and in the days to come .much love Marlyen and Arthur Torrie

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  31. Marion Badger
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Sending sympathy and love to Eleanor and family on Don’s passing. Our thoughts are with you today.

    Marion& Bert Badger

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  32. Kent and Lori Charlton
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Dear Eleanor, Marilyn, and family,
    We extend to all of you our sincere condolences on the passing of Donald.

    Yours truly,
    Kent, Lori, Nathaniel, and Nolan Charlton

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  33. Ria Bardeau
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss, I was away and just saw this news, so sorry to miss the service. I will miss Don and his gentle ways at church. My sincere sympathy to you Eleanor and your family.

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  34. Bonnie Hammond
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Eleanor – I was so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He was a wonderful teacher & an extraordinary man – he will be missed. I enjoyed being on the GBSS Staff with him. All of your wonderful memories will help you as you go through this difficult time. I am sorry that I couldn’t attend his funeral but I was thinking of you!
    Take Care & God Bless!
    Bonnie Hammond

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  35. Colleen Mills
    Friday, September 20, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

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  36. Ingrid Kielstra
    Monday, September 23, 2019

    Dear Eleanor, Nevin, Ron, Laurie and families,
    I was saddened to hear the news of Don’s passing.
    His love and skill for teaching was inspirational. I remember him agonizing over situations that required him to confront students and how best to do so. His focus was always an end result that was an improvement from the current situation, not just a calling out.
    I appreciated the trust he put in my skills and the subsequent opportunities afforded. His assistance in my first year of teaching was greatly appreciated.
    The connections through my grandmother’s farm, through my parents’ curling and finally through my mother’s Day Away program allowed form continued intersections between our lives. All of those moments I considered privileges. He was as others have said a gentleman of grace and encouragement.
    May God comfort you all as you travel this road from emotional missing to treasured memories.
    Ingrid Kielstra (Dykstra)

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you so very much for your kind remembrances of Don. He will be missed by all of us but we are comforted by great memories.

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  37. Teresa Robertson Dantas
    Monday, September 23, 2019

    My sincere sympathies on the passing of Mr. McDougall. May it comfort you to know that he will never be forgotten as a wonderful and dedicated teacher at GBSS. I feel proud and privileged to have been one of his students and I know many of us are better people for having experienced his patience, kindness, and understanding.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time,
    Teresa Robertson Dantas

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thank you Teresa.

      Reply
  38. Laura Higgins
    Monday, September 30, 2019

    I just heard the sad news. I’m a friend of Ron’s from university. I fondly remember meeting Mr. McDougall on visits to the farm on reading week and for summer camping. I’m so sad to hear this news. My mother has Alzheimer’s so I know something about how hard it is to see your loved one suffer with dementia – we lose them a little along the way and then there is the finality of loss when they pass away. My sincere condolences. You will all be in my thoughts. Sending love to all the family.

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    1. Eleanor
      Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Thanks Laura for your kind words about Don. It was very thoughtful of you to reach out to us.

      Reply

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