Doug was a caring partner, father, brother and friend. He passed surrounded by family on April 12, 2023, at the age of 68. Doug will be forever cherished by his partner and best friend, Teresa Debicki, and lovingly remembered by his sons: Logan (Carly), Taylor (Laurel) and stepson, Frank. Survived by his Aunt Pat, siblings: Patricia (Dave), Michael (Karen) and David (Lorrie). He was predeceased by his parents, Gord and Joan.
Doug grew up in Hamilton, graduating from McMaster University and later beginning his career at Stelco. In 1990, he and his young family moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, embracing country life. It would be difficult to find a friend of Doug’s without a fond memory of one of his legendary farm parties. A familiar face to many in Niagara’s wine industry, Doug made waves designing logos and labels for many of the area's early wineries. He was the proud owner/editor of Wine Regions of Ontario Magazine until 2007, when he retired to focus on running his B&B.
From coaching his boy’s soccer teams to being an active member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, participating in his community was one of Doug’s greatest pleasures in life, and something he missed as his MS progressed. He loved to entertain others with a colourful story, and never missed a chance to crack a joke. Doug delighted in making others smile.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-5 pm on Friday, May 12th at Pillitteri Estates Winery, 1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. We invite anyone who knew Doug to attend and remember his wonderful life. We ask attendees to dress casually. Memorial donations can be made to the MS Society of Canada. https://donate.mytributegift.org/?cid=ccc330a78b86b4f8cc6f0fc73fe5e2fc73d5ba42f6665c886ba81641e0899491&fh=FRP-308918&fp=3089186b5c6c0632d102cc0b9fbb841d8e&fbclid=IwAR2u8C3qXrkD9HoHr-GUr5exHwxlNVDyZlWCW69YCUQAWSGfc1Q72GPuBzo Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at CCBSCares.ca