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6287-67A Street (Taylor Drive)
Red Deer, AB T4P 3V9
Phone: 403-340-4040
Fax: 403-343-3033
Douglas Spurrell

Douglas Roderick Spurrell

Monday, October 8th, 1934 - Saturday, May 4th, 2019
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1934 – 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of “our character”, Douglas Roderick ‘Doug’ Spurrell at the Red Deer Hospice on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the age of 84. He was born in Montreal on October 8, 1934. He was married to Ruth Tooke for fifty-three years, until her passing in 2006. Doug missed his lovely dancing partner so much and he was a great support to her, especially in her later years. He and Ruth moved to Calgary from Montreal in 1975, then to Olds in 1997 and lived in Red Deer since 1998. Doug was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather; full of fun and never hesitating to pull one’s leg or share sage advice. Doug loved working at Air Canada for the majority of his working life. He started on the ramp in Dorval Airport in 1959 and worked his way up to a Commissary Buyer position in Calgary. He retired in 1991, having worked for Air Canada for 31 years. At the age of 77, Doug got a part time job in menswear at the Bay and truly enjoyed the camaraderie of the staff and customers until December 2014. In the thirteen years since losing Ruth, he embraced this new chapter in his life by indulging his love of travel, golfing and taking on the challenges of technology. Doug loved life - he was outgoing, young at heart, appreciative of new experiences, great food and had a quirky sense of humour. Our family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Red Deer Regional Hospital Center, for their caring support over these past few years, with special thanks to Dr. Glady. We would also like to thank the Red Deer Hospice for the gentle and loving care they provided at the end of Doug’s journey. Doug will forever live in the hearts of his son Gary and daughter-in-law Candace, his grandson Vincent and granddaughter-in-law, Deanna. He will also be greatly missed by Candace’s extended family, his many friends and colleagues and his relatives from both the Tooke and Spurrell families. Doug was predeceased by his wife Ruth, his mother Frieda, his father John and his brother John. A Celebration of Doug’s life will be held at Parkland Funeral Home on Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 12:30 p.m. If desired, Memorial Donations in Doug’s honour may be made to the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter at or to the Red Deer Hospice Society at
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    Monday, May 13th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Monday, May 13th, 2019 12:30pm
    Parkland Funeral Home (Red Deer)
    6287 - 67A Street
    RED DEER, AB T4P 3V9
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    Parkland Funeral Home Reception Centre
    6287 - 67A Street
    RED DEER, AB T4P 3V9
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Genevieve Babineau

Posted at 02:51pm
A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, he will not be forgotten. Genevieve, Beowolf & Dave

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Walter & Gail

Posted at 01:30pm
With heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this very sad time.
Sincerely, Walter & Gail Hogarth

Linda W

Posted at 04:43pm
I was saddened by this news. One meets alot of people in life, but very few can be considered real friends. Doug was one of those rare special people that came into my life, and I can call a real friend. I consider myself lucky and blessed to have met him. We had alot of talks and alot of laughs over the years. It makes me smile now thinking of those times. I treasure those memories. He was a "character"!! Despite his health problems, he lived life to the fullest and never let it really hinder him. He is an inspiration. He was very proud of his family, and my thoughts are with all of you at this time. My deepest sympathy, Linda Webber

Bob & Annette

Posted at 09:17pm
Our sincere condolences to Gary, Candace, Vincent and Deanna. Your Dad and Grandfather enjoyed his life to the fullest while his health was better and even in ill health found the time to enjoy the family gatherings, and coffee outings at Tim's... meeting his friends for a good hearty chat. Thank goodness for the invention of motorized scooters. He also enjoyed his many travels with you to BC or California and beyond. As his family you couldn't have given him many more pleasures and memories than the ones you shared. He is now free from suffering and has joined his dear wife in their heavenly home. May God Bless each of you in this time of sorrow and may you enjoy time together as you gather with your family and friends this next week.

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