1939 - 2018
Douglas Russel Mackie was born October 27th, 1939 in Saskatoon, SK. and then in February of 1940 he became the chosen son of Mabel and Henry Chapman. Doug was a very handsome young man with blue eyes and sandy colored hair. He was a very busy fellow. He loved hockey from the start. When Foster Hewitt came on the radio on Saturday nights he would say “Hello hockey fans, welcome to hockey night in Canada”. Doug would say “hello hockey PANS”! When he got a bit bigger he carved out of a block of wood and made an Elk’s cup and painted big letters on it that said, ELK’S CUP… which was the trophy up for grabs at the end of the big games on the dugout with the neighbor boys. He was faithful to the Shellbrook Elk’s all his life, being goal judge in the later years. Dad always did evening chores after supper at 7 o’clock and Doug always helped him and then came into the house, cleaned up and walked 3 miles to town to catch the game at 8 :00 pm. I’m sure he ran most of the way there, then walked home after. He was proud to be a Shellbrook Elk’s fan and so proud and happy when the club presented him with a plaque, three separate times, that thanked him for being a goal judge. Doug worked at several jobs in his life. He started out as a farmers’ helper, he was a hard worker and loved working for the Henry brothers, they were so good to him. He also was a carpenters’ helper and worked at a lumber yard in Saskatoon for several years. Doug was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease at 60 years of age. We had to find out about his birth family and found out that his mother had the same thing and passed away at 73 years of age. At the same time we found three sisters, Carol, Connie and Beverly. Carol and Connie have passed away but Beverly lives in Edmonton. He did have some very happy visits with her and they were so happy to have met. In January 2004 Doug went into hospital and spent a couple months and then moved to the nursing home. It was hard to get use to at first but he was treated so good it wasn’t long until he settled in and got to love them all there. It’s been his home for 14 years and all the staff have been so good and kind to him. Thank you all so much. I know you made him as happy as he could be and he loved you all. Doug had some hard times in his life but you never heard him complain about life or his health problems. Now he’s at rest. We know in the resurrection he will be able to walk, talk and eat what he wants by himself, how happy he will be.
Besides his family at the Shellbrook nursing home Doug leaves to mourn his passing; his sisters, Lois (Garry) Rudolph and Beverly (David) Hanson; his nieces and nephews; Gerry and Kathy Stewart (Brandon, Lisa, Torey and Karlina), Wade and Joanne Stewart (Brad, Meloney, Jordon, Jonathon, Camryn, Channing, Justin, Andrea, Matthew, Bethany and Lucien), Lori and Daryl and Ryan Kennedy, and step family Natalie and Randy Wilkie (Darnelle, Lisa and Devon), Velvet and Kirk Rudolph (Arnie and Andy), Lori and Kevin Afflect (Cole, Angel, Roweena and Gage) and special friend Gerald Krush.
The Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 2:00 pm in Parkland Integrated Health Center-Common Area with Jim Seniuk as celebrant. In lieu of other tributes memorial donations may be made in memory of Doug to Shellbrook and Districts Health Services Foundation. Arrangement are entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home -Fred Pomrenk -Director. 306-747-2828