Doug Barnett

A photo of Doug Barnett

Barnett, Douglas Alexander MacAuley

It is with heavy hearts that we tell the world of the death of Doug Barnett on May 18, 2021, 90 years after his birth in Toronto on Feb 18, 1931.  Doug was the husband of Nan, nee James; son of Tom and Sadie Barnett; last surviving sibling of Tom, Doreen, Barney (Henry), Victor, Ruth and Mary; the father of David (Susan) and Ross (Rosanne); grandfather of Aiden (Chris) Hogorvorst, Colin (Cynthia) and Nathanya (Frankie): great grandfather of Emmerson, Reese, and Theo Hogorvorst; brother-in-law of Barbara (Victor) Barnett, David and Sharon James and Anna James; uncle of numerous nieces and nephews

Doug, a graduate of U of T’s Class of ‘49, had a career of teaching English and other subjects at several Secondary Schools in Eastern Ontario; 2 schools in England; 2 private schools in Ontario and Loyalist Community College, Belleville.  During these years, he helped with school drama clubs and soccer teams. In addition, he sang with several church choirs.

Upon retirement, Doug and Nan moved to Blenheim.  This is where Doug became actively involved with his political party and enjoyed working in the local MP’s office, wherein he helped resolve issues for constituents.  Retirement allowed time to go birding; become involved with Rotary: the Historical Society of Blenheim and District and the Friends of Rondeau.  When not involved with these activities he took great pleasure in reading while listening to his favourite records, CDs and tapes.

We will all miss his thoughtfulness, interesting conversations, problem solving skills, caring nature and his brand of humour as we, his family and friends, move on with our lives.

In honour of Doug, Nan has suggested that you buy yourself a carnation, his favourite, and make a donation to the Historical Society of Blenheim and District, your local food bank or your preferred charity.

Interment will be a family only event due to our dear friend COVID 19’s restrictions.

A gathering with family and friends is being planned for later in the year.

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Nan, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I just learned of Doug's passing. I remember well our years working together in Jerry Pickard's MP office and how much I appreciated all of Doug's assistance and expertise. It was a pleasure to know him, and I am so sorry for your loss. The world was a better - and nicer place - because Doug was part of it.

Sorry for your loss Nan , Doug will certainly be missed

Sandra and John offer our deep condolences to the entire Barnett clan. You are in our thoughts at this sad time.

Dear Nan and Family - Our sincere condolences on the passing of Doug. We always enjoyed our conversations with him throughout the years.

Nan and family. So sorry for your loss.

Nan & Anna I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I'm thinking of you and that I hope we can get together soon at the Heritage House.

I am glad to have met Doug during his retirement years and send my condolences to Nan and Anna and the rest of Doug's family. He was very knowledgeable about many topics and I enjoyed the few chances that I had to chat with him.

So very sorry for your loss Nan. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

Nan and family - Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Doug, I had the privilege of working with Doug during the time he was a consultant with Investors Group. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. May the memories of love shared comfort you both now and in the days to come.

Nan and family, David, Sharon and family and Anna, please accept our sympathies in the passing of Doug. Blessings and prayers....Don and Anne Gammage

Nan sorry to learn of Doug's passing, It was my pleasure to meet Doug threw Rotary, where he joined us in many projects in our community. He truly had a love for Blenheim your home and his adopted home. Don & Nancy

Nan and family===Sorry ro hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Nan, thinking of you and your family! Remembering Friday lunches at the Eau-Buoy. Kathy and Jeanne

My condolences to the family on the passing of Doug... Doug was my first headmaster at Rosseau... and he will continue to live in my memory as I am sure he will in the memories of many others. May he Rest In Peace,

Sincere condolences.🙏