Douglas Allan SMELTZER, on September 30th, 2021 has gone home to be with his Mother Vera Katheleen Seaker, his Father Clifford Everett Smeltzer, his Brother David Smeltzer and his great-nephew Clifford Bailey. Doug is survived by his loving wife of thirty-nine and a half years, Barbara and his two sons Kyle Smeltzer (Ashley), Michael St. Onge (Mandy). Grandchildren, Josh St. Onge, Kohen and Mackenzie Smeltzer. Doug is also survived by his brother Jim Smeltzer, sister Linda (Terry) Bailey, niece Kinzie Bailey, nephew Paul (Crystal) Bailey, great-nephews, Grayson, Fergus and Flynn Bailey. Uncle Don (Elaine) Seaker and Uncle Laurie (Marvel) Seaker, as well as numerous cousins.
Doug was born June 5, 1951, in Edmonton, AB and moved with this family to Winnipeg in 1964 where he attended Westwood Collegiate and made some very special friends. After High School Doug moved to Saskatoon where he pursued his career in the electrical field, earning the title of Electrical Quotes Specialist. On December 5th, 1981, Doug and Barb married and began to build their life together, raising their two sons and watching them and their families grow. Doug’s pride and joy were his grandchildren, they all enjoyed the summer family tradition of a water balloon fight in the backyard. Followed up with a homemade prime rib dinner. Doug and Barb’s grandchildren, Joshua St. Onge, Mackenzie and Kohen Smeltzer are the pride and joy of their happiness. As Grandparents, Doug and Barb's faces always lit up every time they saw their grandchildren.
Doug had a special attachment to Regina Beach, sharing many fond memories spent with his cousins, uncle’s and family at the beach. One of Doug's fondest memories was going to the BlueBird Cafe for fish and chips. It became a tradition for Doug and his family to make the trek to enjoy a meal together at the Blue-Bird Cafe at least once a summer.
Doug had many accolades and accomplishments over the years. Early in his Life, Doug travelled across North America and Europe playing soccer. As Doug established himself in his career he held a position on the Board of the Electrical Association. Doug’s hard work throughout his career had many rewards, one of which included a trip to Paris, France, which he and Barb took together and cherished. This led to many more trips after Doug and Barb’s retirements. One of the first memorable trips was the cruise trip with Margaret and Terry. Also, they enjoyed trips all across the country, from coast to coast and to Hawaii and Mexico, often including their children and grandchildren. Another thing on his bucket list was the Calgary Stampede which was enjoyed with Mike and Sue.
Doug had a great passion for sports, volunteering for many jobs. Doug became involved in the local community by coaching hockey, playing, refereeing and coaching soccer. As well as helping build a community outdoor hockey rink. Doug and Barb were always there for their family, attending hundreds of soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey games. Doug was always quick to volunteer on any projects his boys were involved with over the years.
Doug put his heart and soul into everything around him; Living his life to the fullest, including his family, work, gardening and cooking. After Doug’s retirement, he took on the role of Mom’s personal Chef, where there was always a very delicious meal on the table. One of Doug’s many passions was gardening. Doug loved to spend time in his yard with Mom and took great pride that they built it together over the years into the beautiful haven that it is today. Sweet LIttle Gracie, Doug and Barb’s next-door neighbour, even enjoyed the constant supply of Doug’s homegrown tomatoes. Especially the cherry tomatoes!
Kyle and Michael were blessed to have been by Doug’s side while he was in the great care of the Doctors and Nurses on the seventh floor of St. Paul’s Hospital. The compassion and comfort that they showed Doug and his family will always be remembered.
Amazing loving Husband, caring Father and Grandfather, Cousin, Uncle, Nephew and friend to many, Doug was taken from us far too soon. Our hearts ache for our loss and the family would like to extend their gratitude to everyone for all the kind words of condolences, flowers and amazing food presentations. We can't thank you enough for all the loving support.
Donations can be made in Doug’s memory to either the Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice.
As Doug’s wish during COVID, there will be no funeral service, however, the family will have a private Celebration of Doug’s Life at a later date. Cremation arrangements in care of Aimé Laventure – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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