Obituary of Doug Fleming
FLEMING, John Douglas "Dougie" passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the QEII Hospital in Halifax surrounded by family following a brief illness. He was 93. Born in Bedford on Oct. 2, 1928,
Doug was the son of the late John L. (Ike) Fleming (deceased 1933) and Katherine Gertrude (Ennis) Fleming MacNeil (Deceased 1977).
He was educated in the Bedford Central school system and during the Second World War served as an air raid warden and as a member of the Bedford Air Cadets Squadron 342. A special memory included a senior cadet NCO course at the Summerside Air Force Base in 1944, which involved his first-ever flight, this one in a two-engine training plane.
Doug was employed at the Bedford Naval Magazine when an ammunition barge at a jetty blew up and triggered a series of explosions on July 18-19, 1945.When he went to retrieve his raincoat at the Magazine the next day it fell to the floor in hundreds of tiny pieces.
He also worked at the CN Express, Bedford Theatre, Bedford Highway maintenance crew and the local fish hatchery before embarking on a 40-year career in the electric utility business, initially as a line man and working his way up to be come senior vice president of health and safety with the Nova Scotia Power Corporation (NSPC).
Among the many roles he served with the NSPC, Doug was a past chairman and member of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and a past chairman of the engineering and operations division of the Canadian Electrical Association.
Doug resided in Grand Lake, Halifax Co., since the late 1940s and was very involved in local activities, serving as past-president of the community society, helping with the formation of a volunteer fire department, serving as board of trustees past chairman for the Grand Lake and Oldfield Consolidated schools and a trustee at Georges P. Vanier Junior High in Fall River.
Doug played numerous sports in his younger years, but his primary interest was hockey where he was skilled enough to play defence with the Bedford Barons of the then popular Halifax Suburban Hockey League.
In the late 1950s, he took up golf and was a member of the Oakfield Country Club for more than 50 years, beginning in 1964 (when it was a nine-hole course) and playing his last game at the age of 90.
Family was his pride and joy, however, and Doug’s children, grandchildren and their families were always greeted with open arms at the home he cherished on the lake when ever they visited, which was often.
For those who knew him well, Doug will be remembered as a real gentle man, snappy dresser, softspoken with a quick wit, a do-it-your self type, and always generous with his time and support.
Doug is survived by his wife, Helen and eight children – John (Yolanda), Kelowna, B.C; Jane (Bernie), East Uniacke; Paul (Laura Mae), Wellington; Carl (Valerie), Albert Bridge, Cape Breton; Carolyn (Steven), Oakfield; Mark, Grand Lake; stepson Trent (Gina), Elmsdale; and stepson Todd (Michelle), Halifax. He is also survived by 19 grand children and several great-grand children.
Doug was also predeceased by his second wife, Pearl, sisters Helen and Gene, brother Alan MacNeil and stepfather Frank B. Mac Neil.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Ettinger Funeral Home in Shubenacadie and Elmsdale. A service will be held 11 am Friday April 1, 2022 in St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, Enfield, Father Michael Walsh officiating. Private interment will be held in the spring when all family members can be home.
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