Douglas Brian Marquardt
April 10th, 1957 – October 21st, 2013
With great sadness we announce the passing of our son Douglas Brian Marquardt on October 21st, 2013 at Mountain Lake Seniors Community, Nelson, BC, after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. He was predeceased by his only sister Peggy in 2011 and is survived by his loving parents Philip and Lily of Nelson, BC and his siblings, Richard of Fort Saint James, BC, Randy of Mesa, Arizona, David of Maple Ridge, BC, Darrell of Calgary, Alberta, and Neil of Pitt Meadows, BC.
Douglas loved sports. He golfed, accomplishing a Hole-In-One as a teenager. He loved to ski but his greatest ambition was to play hockey. At age 16 he accompanied Ernie Gare to Mill Bay near Victoria, BC to a hockey school. Here he met Darrell Sittler and Pete Mahovalich. In 1974 he tried out with the Medicine Hat Tigers, subsequently, their farm club the Vernon Vikings, returning home to complete High School. After graduation in 1975 he went to work at the plywood plant in Nelson for a year. In 1976 he and a friend left to tour Europe. That November he remained in Salzburg, Austria as a player coach of the Junior Hockey Team. Retuning to Canada he spent a year in Regina where he worked for his brother Randy. Back in Nelson he went to work with CP Rail as a Car Control Clerk from 1979-90. He became an entrepreneur form 1990-98 in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Here he was diagnosed with MS. Returning to Nelson he was able to work at the Golf Club as Course Marshall for the next two summers. In 2005, he went on a disability pension, lived at the Kiwanis Villa and got around well in a wheel chair. He put up a valiant struggle against this insidious disease. He remained an athlete at heart and never missed a televised sporting event. He was also computer literate.
In the spring of 2008 Doug was moved to the Assisted Living Section of Mountain Lakes Senior Community in Nelson as he was no longer ambulatory. It is a beautiful facility built in 2007. He was very content with his care there.
We would like to thank all of the people at Mountain Lakes who gave our son Douglas such compassion and care throughout his last five years.
As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Mountain Lake Seniors Community, 908 Eleventh Street, Nelson, BC V1L 7A6 or Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, West Kootenay Chapter, Box 202, Balfour, BC, V0G 1C0.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.