Douglas George Woods of Nanaimo passed from this life on August 20th, in his 87th year.
He was born in Trowbridge on Kent, England on December 28th 1928, and emigrated to Canada in the early 1950’s, arriving with only a suitcase and $45 to his name.
Dad, or the “Old Man” as he often called himself, led an interesting and fulfilling life almost to the very end. He could often be seen around the neighbourhood walking his little buddy “Chaulky”, a poodle cross that he loved dearly. Every day prior to his illness Chaulky and Dad trekked 4 miles, exploring every nook and cranny of the wooded trails around his house.
Dad spent almost all his career in the aviation field; he began by working on Spitfire engines as WW2 was ending and finishing up working on sophisticated jet engines for the airline industry before he retired.
He was the type of person that seemed to be good at whatever he set his mind to, from building intricate models to beautiful, elaborate stained glass items.
He was predeceased by his parents Harry Oliver Woods & Gladys Ivy (Miller) Woods, and also by a sister Jean.
And, he is survived by his beloved wife May Woods, two children Stephen (Ester) Woods in Cape Breton Nova Scotia and Karen Jean Woods ( Anthony Torok) in Ile Bizard, Quebec, two step-children Wade Moran (Parksville, Nanaimo) and Steve Buchan (Jay McDowell) in Vancouver. Also, two grandchildren; Douglas (Alyson) Woods, Guelph Ontario and Nicholas (Melissa Gray) Woods, Halifax Nova Scotia, and two great-grandchildren, Connor & Kaylin Woods both of Guelph.
And, last but certainly not least, his bud Chaulky .
Fare thee well Old Man, you’ve left this world a better place than when you found it. And, when you think about it, what more could be asked of anybody?
We will miss you very much, and you will live on in our memories and our hearts.