Douglas Gow, a lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area, passed away at his son’s home in Morrisburg on Fri., Feb. 27, 2009, following a lengthy battle with bladder cancer. He was 89.
He was born in Williamsburg Township on Oct. 14, 1919 to his parents James and Lillie Gow (nee Black). When he was born, Doug weighed less than a pound and was not given much chance of surviving, but he proved to be a survivor, and eventually lived a long and productive life.
On Oct. 26, 1939, he married Muriel Gow and together they had two children Glenna and Dalton. When they were first married, he worked on the farm, and then he got a job working for the Township of Williamsburg. In April of 1956, he got a job at the Canadian Tire store in Williamsburg where he worked for more than 28 years until his retirement in October of 1984.
Following his retirement he became the cook and housekeeper because Muriel was still working. He was an avid euchre player, He loved to go out for Chinese dinners and he enjoyed dancing. His favourite TV show was The Price is Right. He will be fondly remembered as a quiet man who was extremely dedicated to his wife and family.
Doug is survived by his loving wife of almost 70 years, Muriel Gow (nee Wells) and his children Glenna (Ray) Eldridge of St. Catharines and Dalton (Nelda) Gow of Morrisburg. He was a loving poppie to Debbie (John) Maheu, Cathy (Kevin) McCabe, Darryl (Sharon) Gow, Denzil (Inga) Gow and great-grandpa to Tasha and Tanya Maheu, Douglas and Julia McCabe, Steven and Samantha Gow, and Erika and Rowan Gow. He was predeceased by sisters Maud McMillan, Blanch Gallinger, Gladys Gow, brothers James, William, George, Mahlon, Stanley, Duane, and an infant sister. He is survived by his brother-in-law Donnie (Ellyn) Wells of RR#1 Williamsburg, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., March 2 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, and Tues., March 3 from 10 am until time of service held at the funeral home with Rev. Elaine Beattie officiating, followed by cremation. The pallbearers were Douglas McCabe, Julia McCabe, Tasha Maheu, Tanya Maheu, Steven Gow, Samantha Gow, Denzil Gow, and Darryl Gow. The honourary pallbearers were Ed Hanson, Keith Shaver, and Carl Robinson.
Donations to Williamsburg United Church, Dundas County Hospice or New Union Cemetery would be appreciated by the family.