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DOUGLAS SHEFFIELD HURST (published on April 17, 2010)



DOUGLAS SHEFFIELD HURST March 5, 1919 - April 11, 2010 On Sunday, April 11, 2010 Douglas Sheffield Hurst died at Grace Hospital, quietly and with the tenacity of spirit and inner strength that carried him through his 91 years. Left to cherish Doug's memory are his much loved brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Mary Hurst, daughter Susan (David) Kitteridge, White Rock, BC, son Gordon (Karen) Hurst and treasured grandchildren, Mitchell and Holly Hurst. Douglas is also survived by several nieces and nephews who were all important to him. He is predeceased by his wife Shirley in 2007, his sister Elizabeth Campbell and his parents, Victor and Hilda Hurst. Douglas spent an enviable childhood and youth, growing up on Victoria Crescent, taking family trips to Toronto and Bala, Muskoka, attending St. John's College School, working summers at Minaki and Jasper, and fishing and hunting with his dad and brother Ken. Working with his dad on many projects, taught Doug to fix or build almost anything and he, in turn, passed those skills on to his son Gordon. The Second World War defined the rest of Doug's life in so many ways. As a pilot officer, with R.C.A.F. Squadron 403, his spitfire was shot down off the coast of France on June 2, 1942. After being picked up in the English Channel and recovering from burns in the hospital, Douglas spent the next three years as a prisoner of war in Germany, finally participating in the long march out at the end of the war. As his children, we have always been so proud of Dad's contribution to the privileged lives we all lead as Canadians. Doug worked in the fire insurance industry at Canadian Underwriters' Association (IAO), until his retirement in 1983. He has been fortunate to have had many years since to enjoy the cottage at Lake of the Woods, do some travelling with Mom (often visiting with Susan and David), and live life on his own terms right up to the last few weeks. Dad and Mom were blessed with countless good friends, from neighbourhoods like Norwood, Niakwa Park, Fort Richmond and Southwood Green, associations like Wartime Pilots, and many other facets of their lives. We are grateful for the care Dad received at Grace Hospital, especially from the nurses and healthcare aides on the third floor. Also, we cannot thank Doug's brother Ken and all of his family enough for their support, not only at this time but always. At Doug's request, there will not be a formal service. Cremation has taken place and a family celebration is planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, a wonderful tribute to Douglas would be a donation to the Salvation Army or The Red Cross, both favourites of his since his time as a P.O.W.


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