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Douglas Hale

March 24, 1930 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Douglas Hale Obituary

HALE, Douglas Gregory

Doug was born on 24 March 1930 in Dundas, Ontario. He passed away in his sleep on 27 November 2023 at the age of 93. Doug was predeceased by his son Jeffery (24 October 2017) and his wife Leila (16 June 2021).

After attending Belleville Collegiate Institute, Doug trained as an apprentice autobody mechanic in 1949 at Trudeau Motors, receiving his licence in 1954. He worked at several shops in the Belleville and Trenton area, until opening his own shop in 1971. Doug spent more than six decades in the trade. It was a source of quiet pride that he provided for his large family through earnings from his knowledge and hard work. Doug was recognised as a man of his word through many repeat clients, a testament to his reputation. All great things come to an end and in 2013 Doug put down his tools…at the tender age of 83.

The biggest and best part of Doug’s life was his family. He met Leila Lowery – the love of his life – on a blind date in 1952. On September 4, 1954 they were married. Brian arrived the next year, followed by Steven, Jeffery, Lori, Lisa, Lynda, Laraine, Lesley, and “adopted son” Paul. In due course their children were joined by spouses (Jayne, Cathy, Robin, Steve, Joe and Karen), grandchildren (Benjamin, Christian and Jacqueline; Chelsea, Bradley and Bryana; Nicholas and Calvin; Chiara and Bianca; Samuel and Luc; Etabez and Deneke; Tyghe; Jacob and Andrew; Michael and Alex) and great-grandchildren (Ethan and Lucas).

Doug often remarked that he had a wonderful, good and full life. His travels and adventures far surpassed anything he could imagine, taking him and Leila across Canada, to Europe, Asia and Australia. He made enduring friendships. He knew great love and great joy. And now he is at peace.

Doug’s family wish to offer their sincere thanks to the staff at Extendicare Lakefield for their kindness and exemplary care. 

A funeral service will be held at the HIGHLAND PARK FUNERAL CENTRE 2510 Bensfort Rd Peterborough on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 10:30 AM.  Reception to follow.  Doug will once again join Leila at the interment at Little Lake Cemetery.  A celebration of Doug’s Life will be announced at a later date. 

Donations can be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation or Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation.

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Funeral Service
December 1, 2023

10:30 AM
Highland Park Funeral Centre, Bensfort Rd, Peterborough)

December 1, 2023

Highland Park Funeral Centre, Bensfort Rd, Peterborough)


Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
2300 Young Street Suite 1200 Box 2414, Toronto ON M4P 1E4
Tel: 1-888-473-4636

PRHC Foundation
1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough ON K9J 7C6
Tel: 1-705-876-5000


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