Douglas Melville Haddow

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Douglas Melville Haddow

June 30, 1932 - January 31, 2020

Peacefully on Friday January 31, 2020 in Cobourg, Ontario. Douglas Melville Haddow age 87. Husband of Faye Haddow. Loving father of Cameron Haddow (Jane) and Lesley Haddow-Bucci (Chris). Grandfather of Kendall and Lindsay Haddow and Dylan Rutledge. Uncle of Susan Opler. Predeceased by his sister Catharine Opler. Doug will be sadly missed by his former wife Ellen Todd. Those wishing to may make a memorial donation to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.

There will be a celebration of life announced at a later date.

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Robert McNamara - May 8, 2020

My condolences to Doug's family. I haven't seen him for over 45 years but I'd know that smile anywhere. Mr. Haddow was my geography teacher at Newtonbrook Secondary School in Willowdale about 1974. A very cool guy with a great sense of humour.

Robert McNamara - May 8, 2020

My condolences to Doug's family. I haven't seen him for over 45 years but I'd know that smile anywhere. Mr. Haddow was my geography teacher at Newtonbrook Secondary School in Willowdale about 1974. A very cool guy with a great sense of humour.

Frank Peirce - March 31, 2020

Doug taught me geography in grade 12 at Northview Heights and I will always remember his great little cartoon characters that were often made part of the lesson. Later he was a vice principal at William Lyon Mackenzie where I taught mathematics and we often talked about our time at Northview. A forever friend of mine is a member of the Coburg Art Club and I was surprised that Doug was also involved there. I always thought that I would somehow have a chance to talk with Doug again but it never happened. The description of Doug in the obituary couldn't be more accurate and I shall never forget him. I had seen Cam and Lesley a few times over the years but I doubt that they would remember me. Rest in Peace dear friend.

Barry and Dee Butwell - March 15, 2020

We remember our wonderful GeographyTeacher at Northview Heights Collehiate with great fondness.His great passion and enthusiasm for his subject instilled in us our life long appreciation of geography.He was an excellent teacher, demandingAn understanding of the subject, but treated us with respect.Was one of our favorites, for sure.8877847

Laura Holliwell (McCall) - March 14, 2020

Mr. Haddow was my favourite teacher of all time, many years ago at Northview Heights Collegiate. Have thought about him many times over the years as my children and then grandchildren navigate high school! My condolences.

Lorraine Harrison - March 14, 2020

Where do I begin? This wonderful man was responsible for so many things in my life as a result of knowing him at Northview Heights. First, he developed and encouraged a love of Geography in me that stayed with me into University studies and into my own teaching career where Geography was MY subject on our rotary system. As a result of my love of the subject that he instilled in me, many of my former students have gone on to major in the subject area and find successful related careers. Secondly, I respected him as a person and a teacher and as a result he showed me the same respect and encouraged me to work hard. I recall baby-sitting for Cameron when he was about 2 or 3 and the evening he brought Cameron to our class party for a visit. Losing touch for many years I was delighted to reconnect by email and we have had many interesting conversations and exchanged many jokes and stories. I will miss not being able to exchange words and emails with him but know that he has lived a good and productive life leaving many of us the better for his existence. My condolences to all members of his family.

Wendy - February 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

Sharon & Ed Ristan - February 8, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

Sheila Matthews - February 6, 2020

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Doug. Our thoughts are with you.Sheila and Keith

Anne Gillespie - February 5, 2020

My condolences, Faye. Thinking of you.Hugs,Anne

Ted Rafuse - February 5, 2020

Currently in the Yucatan, Mexico when I learned of Doug's passing on January 31. Doug and I last talked while we were both in attendance watching trains at the VIA station in Cobourg on the Friday preceding Christmas Day. While in Mexico I write a report of our doings here to certain friends, including Doug, who often told me that he enjoyed reading the length missives so I know he was aware of what I was up to even if absent from his physical presence.I first encountered Doug shortly after he and Faye moved to the corner of Monk Street and Armour Court. I don't now recall the exact circumstances of our meeting but it no doubt was while I was walking and he was newly arrived at the bottom of Armour Court. We quickly discerned that we held a mutual interest in trains. That cemented our relationship. I presented him with a book I had written about the rail car ferry operating out of Cobourg. As a geographer he indicated that he thought it was competently researched and written. As Doug was a superb raconteur I very much appreciated his critique. Doug's knowledge of trains was exceptional. There was no doubt he loved 'his' Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo railway. He often related to his railfan friends his knowledge of the Aberdeen Yard, the operations that departed and arrived from that rail yard, replete with assignment numbers. His fascination with the TH&B was especially vocalized with his recounting trips as a passenger along the line, especially into Toronto.As a railfan his knowledge extended into that facet. He quickly became a fixture of the Friday afternoon railfan group at the Cobourg VIA station. During temperate weather the group sat in folding chairs at the west end of the parking lot; Doug in his chair with his protective hat, noting the locomotive numbers, the train assignment numbers, and any unusual equipment that was part of the consist. During the cooler and winter months the group occupied space on the second floor of the passenger walkover where Doug continued his train observations.Whether in the parking lot or in the station enclosure, Doug always held a mischievous glint in his eyes and often emoted a unique laugh, both remembered by his coterie of rail fans. It was at such places that the story teller emerged in him came to the forefront. Whether it was a tale associated with his knowledge or trains, or of an experience while travelling in Europe, or of his early days in the flying gig, these stories were always told with verve, humour and often with an unanticipated twist of the telling. He maintained all of us in a state of wonder and amusement.I will miss my railfan buddy, Doug. I will miss the opportunity to sit with him and enjoy a glass of single malt. I will miss his presence at the Friday rail fan sessions. I will miss him as a friend. But the train must leave for its final terminal and he has boarded that train. Adios Amigo. Ted Rafuse

Gladys and David Leech - February 4, 2020

Dear Faye and the Haddow family.Please accept our sincere condolences on the sudden loss of your husband and father. Know we are thinking of you during this sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Gladys & David

Cindy Wong - February 4, 2020

Faye, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband.

J Degani - February 4, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

Alma Beston - February 3, 2020

Dear Faye, All your friends and family surround you with love and support with the passing of Doug. XO

Carole Hutson - February 3, 2020

Dear Friend,My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family on Doug's passing.Know that you are in my thoughts.Carole

Brian & Debbie Wilson-Jarvis - February 3, 2020

We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Don & Dodie Pirie - February 3, 2020

Faye and family,Our heartfelt condolences on Doug's passing. His was a presence that will be remembered by many.Dodie and Don Pirie

John and Dianne Hawryszko - February 3, 2020

So sad about Doug's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Harold Taylor - February 3, 2020

“May God bless and comfort you during this difficult period; please accept my sincere condolences.”

Courteney Ponting - February 3, 2020

Dear Faye.So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. So sad.He was a great character and a wonderful artist.My sincere condolences.Many hugsCourteneyP.S. I am down in Florida

Alison & Bob Keenan - February 3, 2020

Dear Faye,Our sincere condolences on the death of dear Doug. We remember many great conversations along Monk’s Cove with this character! Alison & Bob Keenan

Paul McKeown - February 3, 2020

To the Haddow family sorry to lose one of your and our rail friends

Siobhan - February 2, 2020

Faye,Our deepest condolences. May he Rest In Peace. Siobhan and Johnny

Jim Mumford - February 2, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Doug. I am one of Doug’s railway friends fro the Cobourg station and know he will be missed dearly there.

Myrtle and Malcolm Wardman - February 2, 2020

Faye you have our deepest sympathy on your loss of Doug. He was a great water colourist and friend. He will be missed. Myrtle and Malcolm Wardman

Bryan Reed - February 1, 2020

My deepest sympathy at this sad time to Faye. Doug was a true friend and Railfan. I will miss his jokes and lymrics. Watching trains will not be the same without him. God Bless.