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.