Doug Black, a lifetime resident of Chesterville, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sat., April 28, 2018 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 78.
Douglas Gary Black was born in Chesterville on Sept. 1, 1939, to his parents, Archibald and Minnie Black (nee Cameron). As a child, Doug delivered papers in the town, and he had a raft that he kept behind the school that he would take out onto the Nation River during school lunch breaks.
Doug and Marlene knew each other since grade school. They married young, Doug at age 21, Marlene was 19, and they remained happily together for what would have been 57 years as of May 13. He worked at the Nestle factory alongside his father, Archie, for more than 15 years before changing careers in 1975, when he began working for the Ministry of the Environment’s Clean Water Agency, where he remained for the next 21 years. Doug retired in 1996 at the age of 57.
Doug was a patient, approachable, and gentle man. He enjoyed going to have coffee at the Legion, having breakfast at the Gathering House with his friends, going camping, hunting, gardening, listening to country music, watching western black and white movies, and cars.
His grandchildren will miss their special times together, the camping trips, and fishing on the Nation River. Marlene will obviously miss her life-long partner and best friend.
Right up until the end, Doug’s biggest concern was for Marlene’s well being, and not his own impending mortality. Kim was always Doug’s little girl, and he has always been an extraordinarily important figure in her life. Doug was someone who took pleasure from the simple things in life.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; his daughter, Kim McCaffery (Kevin) of Ottawa; his grandsons, Kyle, Logan, and Conor; and his sister, Barb Casselman (Tom) of Napanee. He was predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Janet Lee. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Chesterville on Thurs., May 3 at 11 am with Rev. Bruce Kemp officiating. Interment of cremated remains was at Grantley United Church Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were his grandsons, Kyle and Logan McCaffery.
Donations to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com