Clyde DOUGANS

DOUGANS; Clyde Douglas. Passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2013 in Chilliwack, BC at the age of 61. He was predeceased by his parents, Douglas and Carolyn. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Joy; his children Jennifer (Jordie), Peter (Nao) and Andrew (Angie); his grandchildren Carolyn, Charlotte, Peter, William and Remi and his brothers Rob (Carol) and John (Sue). Born in Vancouver, Clyde was an exceptionally hard worker from a young age. He worked paper routes, delivered prescriptions for a pharmacy on his bike and later put himself through UBC while working full-time at Safeway.

Upon graduation from UBC, he took a teaching position in Squamish before moving to Chilliwack and starting his career there as a teacher at Central Elementary. He also taught at Strathcona, McCammon, East Chilliwack, was the head teacher at Miller and CHANCE Alternate, and was later principal of Cultus Lake Elementary, Bernard Elementary and lastly, Central Elementary. Central Elementary became a community school under Clyde’s watch and became a passion dear to his heart. During his career, he earned his Masters from the University of Victoria and was honoured as one of 10 outstanding principals nationally in 2007. Clyde was a huge personality and was well-known for his charity work. He was a notable presence at the annual MCC festival for 35 years, and once auctioned a loaf of bread for $60,000 and then got a matching bid as well. He has easily come between many people and their wallets and through the years has raised hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars for local and international organizations. In retirement, Clyde did not stop learning and working. He worked through his bucket list: learning to make pottery, build a saddle, shoe a horse and was recently becoming tech savvy again as he started work on a website. He was an avid hunter and novice guitarist. He earned his motorcycle license and planned future trips with his beloved Joy. His father’s recent death became a time of reflection and he deepened his relationships with his family and friends. He discussed his faith and eternity openly. He was loved by his wife, his children and his extended family and he loved them all dearly in return. He was well respected and a friend to many. He was a cowboy at heart and his huge personality will be missed by so many now and in the future. The world was left a better place because Clyde was in it. A service celebrating his life will be held at Chilliwack Alliance Church on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to MCC or Sardis Doorway in Clyde’s name would be greatly appreciated.