1925 - 2018
Douglas Drinkwater passed away peacefully on the afternoon of April 8, 2018 with family at his side. He was 93 years young and lived a very full and wonderful life. Doug was born on February 9, 1925 in Kamloops. He spent much of his youth exploring the hills and ranches around Kamloops and at a young age became a noted horseman. He joined the RCAF during the second world war and served in Canada and England reaching the rank of Flight Sargent. He returned to Kamloops after the war. He met his first love Stella Szczur at his sisters wedding and they married in 1948. Doug and Stella lived in Kamloops where they raised 3 children. They also lived at Tranquille where Doug had a career as a stationary engineer. Doug lost his love Stella when she passed away in 1974. Doug was fortunate to find another wonderful women and great love with Jean Stanley. Doug and Jean were together until her death in 2012. Many of those years were spent at the farm on the South Thompson River in Pritchard.
Doug is survived by his 3 children, Bill, (Elaine), Bob and Donna, (Craig), Lieder and 4 Step children, Maureen (Stan) Swain, Sherry, (Kim), Wiest, Janice, (Lloyd), Beerling and Jim Stanley. Doug has 11 grandchildren and numerous great grand children. Doug is also survived by his 3 siblings, Gordon Drinkwater, Eileen Corea and Ron, (Nancy) Drinkwater. He also has a large extended family of nieces and nephews of which he was a favorite “Uncle Doug”.
Doug was a strong independent man and fulfilled his wish of living independently until shortly before his death. He was able to do this with the help of his excellent doctors, neighbors, family and friends. Doug was a man of the utmost integrity filled with love; he will be missed by many.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life at 1:00 pm Sunday, May 27 at the North Shore Community Center - Cottonwood Manor, 730 Cottonwood Ave. North Kamloops.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Douglas Drinkwater.
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