Douglas Loring Dawson was born on the family farm outside Neville, Sk. on April 21, 1933 and passed away suddenly, yet peacefully on March 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Doug was the fourth child of Cy and Lil Dawson’s six children.
He went into the workforce at a very young age and worked on farms all over Saskatchewan and then went to Ontario with his oldest brother, Keith in the 1950’s to work in his brother’s gas station. He had some interesting tales to tell of those days.
In September, 1962 he was working in the Rocanville, Sk. area and met a fellow by the name of Bob Gould. They were having a visit one day when Bob’s daughter came out of the house to tell her Dad supper was ready.
Doug took one look and knew he had just found the gal who would become the one and only true love of his life, Shirley. It was love at first sight and the two married four months later.
Doug and Shirley lived in the southeast part of Saskatchewan for a short while before making their home in Neville, Sk. for a number of years. Doug was so proud of his beautiful, young bride and treated her like a princess. Into their union, they brought Terry Douglas on Nov. 3, 1963, Darrell Roy on March 20, 1965 and Barbara Lynn on April 23, 1968.
The years in Neville were wonderful ones and Doug always got a chuckle out of the antics of his two little boys and daughter; he was never one to play the part of the disciplinarian very well, he was just too kind.
The small family moved out to British Columbia where they resided for a few years before moving to Coronation where they remained until Doug’s passing.
There were always lots of fun adventures in the Dawson family. Doug always had some activity planned for Shirley and the kids, whether it was clearing off a pond to have skating parties with other families in BC, taking the kids fishing or teaching them how to play ball.
One of Barb’s fondest memories is her Dad patiently trying to teach Shirley how to drive a car and the three kids screaming in the backseat in fear of their Mom’s habit of becoming hypnotized by the lines in the middle of the road.
Doug’s passion in life was country music. He was an accomplished guitar player and even a better singer. Doug had a band, Doug Dawson and his Frontier Rhythm Pals and they toured throughout Saskatchewan playing at dances. Doug had much success as a musician and had the most beautiful voice.
Childhood memories of Terry, Darrell and Barb are winter evenings sitting around their Dad while he played the guitar and sang. Their Mom would always look at Doug with love and pride as he was the most handsome entertainer she had ever seen.
At family functions and get-togethers with friends, Doug was always asked to perform and people were in awe at his talent.
Doug and Shirley shared a love together that can only be described as the “greatest love story that one could ever know”; their shared love taught caring, love, respect and compassion to all who ever knew them.
They always wanted to spend all their time together because they were true soulmates who shared everything together.
When Shirley passed, Doug said they were like the never ending song of love. Doug was devastated when he lost his Shirley in 2009.
The most exciting time in Doug and Shirley’s lives began in October, 1986 when their first grandchild, Sean was born. Adam joined in 1988, followed by Cody in 1988, Andy in 1991, Brant in 1996 and Reilly in 2002.
Doug loved to talk about the kids to anyone who would lend an ear. He loved his grandchildren more than anything and was thrilled when, even as adults, they would stop in for a visit and always had a huge hug for him.
Doug always had a twinkle in his eye and loved a good joke, liked to be silly at times and enjoyed a good visit with anyone. He loved to tell stories of his days of working and travelling in Saskatchewan. He was the friendliest, kindest soul one could ever meet.
In his later years, he was always referred to as being, “so darn cute”. Oddly, it was a comment he relished, he loved being known as that adorable little old man. He will be sadly missed by his family, his friends and his entire community.
Doug was predeceased by the love of his life, Shirley, his parents, Cy and Lil Dawson, his in-laws, Bob and Sandra, brother Keith and nephew, Mark.
Doug is survived by his three children and grandchildren, Terry, Sean (Rima)and Cody (Ashleigh); Darrell, Connie, Adam, Andy, Trent, Stephanie and Anthony; Barb, Neil, Brant and Reilly.
Doug is also survived by his siblings, Gerry, Audrey, Mac, Roy and families and Shirley’s siblings, Lloyd, Trevor, Wendy, David and families.
Card of Thanks
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Coronation Hospital, the EMT’s , doctor and nurses at the Stettler Hospital and the community of Coronation for all their love and care they have shown us throughout this difficult time.