March 25, 1955 – April 13, 2020
Doug Pickwick died Monday, April 13th, 2020 at the Campbell River Hospital after an extended illness.
During Doug’s life, he was active in the logging industry, harvesting cedar shake bolts used in the cedar shake and housing industry. Doug was a gifted shoe and boot cobbler, rejuvenating many an old set of logger’s cork boots anew, or putting the finishing touches on a fine set of dress shoes or heels. In later years he was a truck driver, travelling extensively throughout BC and Alberta.
Many did not know that Doug was an accomplished artist as well. From an early age he had the knack to put pencil to paper, carve a wildlife relief in a tree burl or do woodburning on a surplus piece of leather from his own shoe repair shop. His favorite subjects were the wildlife he encountered in his travels. These fine works of art now grace many a home. Doug had a generous soul, repairing boots or shoes at no cost for those who needed it, volunteering extensively with the Salvation Army, and attending church at the various communities in his travels. He may have had wanderlust in his veins, as he moved about extensively throughout the years.
Doug would like to send a heart felt thank you and sincere appreciation to his many friends and acquaintances at the Campbell River Hospital, especially the medical staff and related support personnel who cared for him during this past year. Each one of you played an important role and are fondly remembered, thank you.
Doug is pre-deceased by his parents Ferdinand (Bud) / Martha Pickwick and older brother Barry (Brenda) Pickwick. He is survived by his sister Diana Pickwick and brothers Brian (Laurie) Pickwick and Richard (Kathy) Pickwick. Also, numerous nieces and nephews: Cheryl Pickwick, Robert (Kirsti) Pickwick, Michael (Deb) Pickwick, Kevin (Terra) Pickwick, Lisa (Steve) Clout, Leah (Lar) Whelan, Regan (Len) Wells and his uncle, Bill Jesse.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the John Howard Society of North Island.
Doug’s ashes will be spread amongst a grove of old growth cedar trees on the north end of the island later this year. Perhaps his old friends the bear, cougar or wolf will come by to pay him a visit.
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