Doug Sheridan of Clarksburg was taken far too soon, January 30, 2021 at the age of 56, as a result of a tragic accident.
Doug was born February 14, 1964, in Meaford Ontario and was raised by his parents, Aubrey Sheridan and the late Lois (Carscadden) on the family farm in Loree.
Doug married his highschool sweetheart, his equal, his best friend, his match, Barb (Yaskovitch) of Clarksburg on August 24, 1985. Doug was a true country boy and, together with his wife Barb, they started their life together on their family farm in Union. Doug and Barb have two children, Nathan Sheridan (Brittany) of Clarksburg and Whitney Carbert (Evan) of Meaford. Nathan and Whitney idolized their Dad.
Doug was an exaggeratedly proud and devoted “Papa” to Taylen and Gavin Sheridan and Cleighton and Kayley Carbert.
Doug was the dear brother to Terry Sheridan (Cheryl) of Collingwood and Rob Sheridan (Jennifer) of Clarksburg. He was a treasured brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, cousin and a surrogate Dad and Friend to all he met.
At a young age Doug had accomplished so much and was the best at everything he did. Doug was active in 4-H, Junior Farmers, athlete of the year, ski teams, quarterback of football, baseball, broomball, hockey, hunting, snowmobiling, motorcycling, ATVing, playing the guitar and member of the local Kinsmen Club.
Machine shop was where he found his passion. Doug went to trade school and became a machinist, working at Teledyne through the week and grooming at Blue Mountain Resort on weekends. Doug later chose to start up his own business “Mill Creek Machine & Welding”, starting in their small garage, it wasn’t long before a much larger shop was built. Doug’s shop became the one stop shop for all the farming community. If Doug couldn’t do it then it couldn’t be done! Doug became a pillar of his community and the shop became a social hub for both young and old. Machining and fabricating was Doug’s “thing”. Doug was so proud to have his son, Nathan, join him at Mill Creek and together they operated a flourishing business. Truly a self-made entrepreneur.
Doug, also known as “Cone” to his friends loved life and was always on the go. He worked hard, he played harder, all or nothing, it was his way or the highway. He had a way of two-stepping his way into many hearts.
Doug took pride in everything he did. When he put his mind to something there was no stopping him. If you met him, you were only a stranger once. His love for music, campfires, Friday night socials and a good caesar would bring out his infectious laugh which could be heard echoing across the Valley. If you knew him, you understood him. No challenge could defeat him, he was infallible, always a leader, as he could never follow. The king of pranks, Doug was never without a witty comment up his sleeve. If you needed him, he would be the first one there. Doug’s door was always open and everyone was welcome.
Doug was a valued and prominent member of the Rock Lake Hunt Camp and his presence will be deeply missed by the members and guests. He was proud of his accomplishments and always looked forward to every adventure he had there.
Family always came first to Doug, as was evidenced by the day of Doug’s accident, with Doug holding on until his family arrived. Skilled, brilliant, tough yet gentle when it mattered most. Doug filled every minute of his 56 years to the fullest and left his family with a hidden oasis where many more memories will be made and where his grandchildren will always be reminded of their Papa. Doug’s legacy will live on through his family and friends.
When the Covid restrictions have lifted and it is safe to gather, the family looks forward to a community celebration in memory of Doug and to share stories and memories of Doug’s life and adventures.
We should all learn from Doug and let his life be an example of how to lead yours, watch the sunrise, have a laugh, never stop learning, enjoy your friends and family, and live life “full throttle”.
Doug was admired by all he met and will be missed by everyone. Doug taught his family everything, except how to live without him. It’s hard to sum up a man who took on the world single handedly.
As Doug was awarded many prestigious awards over the years for his talents and was very much hands on, as your expression of sympathy, donations to the Bluewater District School Board (cheques only please) to assist youth who are perusing a career and /or co-op in the skilled trades, would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.
“Have a beer for me, don’t waste no tears on me.”