Douglas Arthur DuFeu

December 11, 1939 – May 18, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doug at the age of 81. He passed away peacefully on May 18 at the Nanaimo General Hospital Palliative Care unit after succumbing to many ailments. Doug is survived by his wife Jo-Ann (married nearly 55 years), and his two sons, Justin and Daniel.
Born to Aileen and Snowdon DuFeu in Montreal on Dec 11, 1939, Doug had an infectious smile, was incredibly easy going and loved to help others. He wasn’t happy until you were happy! He always brightened the mood with a joke or a one-liner from one of his favorite movies. He was the life of the party and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Doug spent his younger life in the Air Force Reserve. After 17 years of service he was honourably discharged at the rank of Major. He had a successful career with Bell Canada, where he met his future wife Jo-Ann. They both loved travelling, and it was quite handy when Jo-Ann got a job (and employee perks) with British Airways!
Without children for 8 years, they travelled the world and the seven seas. Soon after the arrival of their two sons, Justin and Daniel, Doug and Jo-Ann embarked on a unique travel opportunity when Doug accepted a job transfer to Saudi Arabia. The family stayed in the Bell Canada compound in Riyadh for 8 years, where they made many lifelong friends.
After returning to Canada, they settled in Ottawa. Doug accepted a position with the Federal government working for the CRTC. Life in Ottawa was great with many friends and family in the area. Doug and Jo-Ann (and family) continued to enjoy travelling, embarking on many trips and cruises with the friends they made in Saudi.
After the arrival of two grandchildren, Thomas and Morgan, Doug and Jo-Ann moved to Nanaimo in 2012, where they enjoyed the retirement community of Deerwood park and the great weather in Nanaimo!
Doug had a good formula for a successful life. When not travelling, he loved to putter around the house in the sunshine. He also stuck with his favorites: A Costco hotdog and ice cream sandwich made for a day in heaven. To keep his mind occupied, he had a quirky love for new gadgets and bits of technology, especially if there was a timer to program.
In addition to his immediate family, Doug will be especially missed by his brother David and sister-in-law Diane, and his various nieces and nephews including Valerie and Marianne who were very close to Doug. There are really too many close friends to name. You all know who you are.
Doug, we all love you. May you rest in peace.
In-lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Nanaimo General Hospital, where Doug received his care.
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