Received: December 26, 1945 to George and Bella Bruyere of Couchiching First Nation.
Returned: August 8, 2020 after his short struggle with Cancer.
Doug was blessed with many siblings who always remained friends:
Sibling to Marvin, Arnold, Lyle, Larry, Rudy, Sid, Sterling, Shirley, Karen, Lila and baby brother Frank.
Doug spent his early years on Rice Bay where he will forever call home. His school years would be spent attending Saint Margaret’s Residential school until he graduated and moved away to Fort Erie. He met his first wife Margaret (Maggie) through his brother while in Montreal. They were blessed with the birth of their first daughter Venus Lee Ann, not long later Doug would be blessed with his first son Robert Colman–Sadd in Newfoundland. Maggie and Doug were doubly blessed with twins Allen and his baby girl Arlene in Fort Erie. Doug welcomed Maggie’s first children Peggy and Ronnie Mac Donald into his life. Daddy extended his family and enjoyed assisting in raising Milton, Peter and Geraldine.
Daddy has many life lessons to leave and more than enough life quotes!
“Never go to bed mad,” “At the end of the day all you have is family” and “Never wear clothes bigger than you; you will just grow into them.” Doug had a quote for every occasion.
Daddy would be quick to spoil his children and baby grands when he could. He had an amazing way to leave you with some life lessons, whether you liked it or not. Somewhere down the road you will always find yourself quoting him.
Daddy’s greatest life lesson was to always have a place for the living to visit our departed family. “Stuff was just stuff but how we treat our deceased family speaks to who we are as humans”. He made sure there was always a place for family to visit those who left before us. Therefore daddy will be cremated and placed with mommy with a pedestal and bench to ensure that his greatest life teaching is held to its highest account.
Daddy will forever be missed and loved by his surviving siblings, his children, his baby grands and his close friend Tammy (his lifelong forever friend).
Dad worked many places in his lifetime, from his childhood of cutting ice on Rice Bay to Horton Steel in Nova Scotia, including the Bruyere brother’s construction company in Fort Frances. Doug worked with many First Nations in the North from Poplar Hill to Fort Severn. He travelled for work and pleasure. He ventured across U.S and Canada. He would always return home to Couchiching and visit like no time had passed. He was a jack of all trades. From building our first family home to proposals that brought much needed services to our remote First Nations. Dad was a handy and creative person from building a home to painting to his last handy works of crafts with his unique items from the “old ladies” up North.
He was a politician till the end and would debate with friends and later to his grand children. He always had something to add to any debate and life lessons to boot!
Our favourite will be how he humorously taught his children right from wrong. Education is solely on us, “no one can put the information in our heads, so it up to you to get it there”; to how to hang a jacket on the wall hook and not the floor, “Men are babies but never forget they still have arms,” “Never be the bearer of bad news!” and “take care of each other!”
Daddy will be missed by his surviving siblings Larry (Iline) of Fort Erie, Shirley Sollen (Charles) of Fort Erie Karen and Lila of Sarnia.
He will forever be missed by his children Venus (aka Mark) (Randy) of Couchiching First Nation (Arlene aka, flub-abub, Sam, and Boogie)(Todd) of Fort Frances, Allen (aka big Al) (Debbie) of Ottawa and Robert (Evangeline) Nova Scotia, Peggy of Beamsville, Ontario, Milton, Peter and Geraldine of Dryden.
His legacy are: Magoo (Danah), Alex (Dana), Ashley, Matthew, Tiffany (Chris), Dylan (Katlynn), Kelsey, Kaara, Mike (Cheyenne), Katie, Jessica (Devan), Haley (Paul), and twins Braden and Kyle.
His baby grands are: Zakk, Zoey, Zander, Zara, Zayda, Chase, Chael, Scarlett, Mason, Karsyn, Sawyer, Leni, Harmony, Harlow, Blythe, Violet, Bella, Hunter, Easton, Koby, Olive, Theo, Charlee, Eli, Paisley, Sharli-Ann and Tara.
Daddy‘s life circle is complete and he is resting now and guiding us from above.
We will love you forever and ever and ever and miss you even more!
A visitation will be a Green Funeral Home on August 13, 2020 at 5-6:30 pm and 7-8:30 pm. We will be following all COVID 19 Requirements including asking everyone to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing requirements.
Cremation and final resting will be held at a later date on Couchiching First Nation.
Family and Friends may gather at Couchiching First Nation on Friday, August 14 at 3:00 p.m. before family must travel back home. Doug would want us to visit, laugh, and share together, because at the end of the day all we have is family! Please check family Facebook for location, which will be determined by weather.
The honourary pallbearers will be Magoo Bruyere, Alex Bruyere, Dylan Mainville, Micheal Mainville, Zakk Bruyere and Milton Strang.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.