Douglas Murray Witherspoon
It is with great sadness the family of Doug Witherspoon announce his passing at his residence on March 14, 2019 with his children at his side at the age of 66.
Doug was born in Fort Frances on April 9, 1952 to William (Bill) and Bernice Witherspoon. He was the youngest of four children and lived all of his life in the Devlin area.
Doug married Laurie Carlson (Lindberg) on July 22, 1972 and together they raised three children, Cheri, Kristi and William (Billy) in Devlin.
Doug was a heavy equipment operator, truck driver and heavy duty mechanic helper working for several Rainy River District contractors and businesses throughout his life. For a time, Doug partnered his brother Don and father to start Witherspoon’s Sand Gravel & Concrete. Doug operated his own backhoe service until his heath was failing. He took pride in his work and had a gift for grading and operating his backhoe.
Doug loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. Many hours were spent deer hunting and even more hours spent searching for his lost hound dogs. In his younger years Doug played men’s fast ball in the district league then later played mixed slow pitch enjoying many games at the Devlin Ball Diamond with family and friends. He also enjoyed his time playing hockey with the Burriss Raiders in the Emo men’s league. Doug had a competitive nature and enjoyed many years of stock car racing. He put his mechanical skills to the test working endless hours in the garage getting the race car ready for the next race night, both his and then later his son’s race cars. Many evenings were spent at the Emo race track grading getting that clay track ready for race days. His love of sports was a big influence for his children for baseball, hockey, ringette and racing.
Doug was very proud of his children and grandchildren and supported whatever venture they took. Even though he tried to show a tough exterior he was a soft teddy bear and would help out anyone in need.
Doug will be lovingly remembered by his children Cheri (Cory), Kristi (Kevin) and Bill (Sarah) and his grandchildren Hunter, Jillian, Kiana, Kailyn, Cooper and Racin, brother Don (Millie) and sisters June (Alfred) and Marlene (Brian) and his faithful companions Rosco (dog) and Bandit (cat) who never left his side. He will also be remembered by his brothers and sisters in-law Gene Carlson, Mary Perrier (Dave), Murray Carlson (Gail), Ed Carlson (Diane), Debbie Carlson (John), Karen Carlson and Lyal Carlson (Corinne).
Doug was predeceased by his infant son Brian, his parents Bill and Bernice Witherspoon, infant sister Patsy, infant brother Murray, sister in-law Pam Carlson and niece Jennifer Carlson.
A celebration of life will be held at the Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ontario on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a luncheon at the Devlin Hall.
Honorary Pallbearers Rob McCaig, Gerry Elliott, Gene Carlson, Alfred Benjamin, Terry Mann, Leon Swire, Dan Rea and John Bosma.
If friends or family desire, memorial donations can be made to Fort Frances Community Chest or Friends of Animals.
I am at peace, my soul at rest. No need for tears as with your love I was so blessed for all those years
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