In memory of

Douglas Hugh English

January 19, 1935 -  November 27, 2022

Doug passed away peacefully on November 27, 2022 at 87 years of age. Cherished husband for 51 years to Joyce (nee Mann, 2009). Beloved Father to Rick and Liz English, loving Grandpa to Aaron & Paige, Lisa & Marek, Great-Grandpa to Adeline, and dearest Brother-in-Law to Bill, Harry (1989), Mary and Marie Mann. He will be sadly missed by his family and many of his close friends. Doug was a firefighter and Captain on the City of Toronto Fire Department for 36 years. He was a sports fan and an avid golfer, skier and hockey player. Doug was a member of the Balmy Beach Club for decades where he made many memories and long-lasting friendships. He was a wonderful storyteller and always lit up a room.

Doug’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the caring staff at Presentation Manor and his best friend, Donny.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:30AM at Pine Hills Cemetery Funeral Centre. Following the visitation, a memorial service will take place from 11:30AM to 12:00PM at the same location.

Donations to Movember and Parkinson Canada would be greatly appreciated.


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James H Portener (Friend)

Entered November 29, 2022 from Pickering

Very sorry to hear of Doug's passing.
He was a good friend and we shared a lot of good times together.
We played a lot of golf including a trip to Augusta.
I will miss our Thursday afternoons at the pub.

Denise and Walter Jurkiewicz 

Entered November 29, 2022

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time .

Bremen Balasubramaniam (Rum and coke buddy.)

Entered November 29, 2022 from Presentation Manor

Not knowing you longer is my only regret. Keep the big guy up in the sky busy for a bit!

Having a rum and coke tonight.

Paul Versace (Friend and coworker)

Entered November 29, 2022 from Orillia

Doug was always a gentleman and treated people respectfully at work. As a young firefighter, meeting him, we played hockey and golfed together.
He always liked to make people laugh and was there when it counted most.

Rest In Peace. Deepest condolences to the English family.

Tom & Claudette Mancini (Aunt and Uncle to Rick (Doug's son and wife, Elizabeth Perta))

Entered November 30, 2022 from Burlington

We met Doug through his son and daughter-in-law on many occasions. Doug was always animated and chatty, and we enjoyed many of his stories. Rest in Peace, Doug, and warm the bench for the rest of us!

Life Stories 

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Lisa English (Your Loving Granddaughter)

Entered November 30, 2022 from Amherstburg, Ont

On November 27, 2022, I lost a huge piece of my heart. My sweet Grandpa Doug passed away at the age of 87.

He was always the life of the party and the biggest adrenaline junkie. He grew up in the Toronto Beaches and at a young age, fell in love with sports. Over the years, he excelled at hockey and played for the Toronto Marlies in his teens alongside some future NHL players.

Realizing he could never work a desk job, someone suggested he should give firefighting a shot. After 36 years on the job, he retired as a Captain. Firefighting was the perfect gig for my grandpa…that’s what he used to say. The rush of the job, the bonding with the guys, and the sports they played together was what made it for him. There were so many stories he used to tell my brother and I as kids…if you ever met my grandpa, you probably heard one too…like being blown through brick walls and putting a hose through someone’s car window.

My grandpa loved to party and enjoyed his beer, flashy cars and gold jewellery. He was always “dressed to the nines” and looking fly no matter the occasion. He loved the ladies and chatting up a storm. He was lucky enough to be married to my beautiful grandma for over 50 years.

Skiing was his passion too; so much so that he went heli-skiing and kite skiing…where they drop you out of helicopter and kite on to a mountain. I remember him saying even that was a bit crazy for him.

All this toughness aside, my grandpa softened over the years. I was so lucky to witness his beautiful heart. He taught me how to golf and always encouraged me to play sports. He would come watch me play soccer starting with my house league years at 4 years old to my days at U of T. He was one of my biggest cheerleaders.

My grandpa treated me like his own daughter and Marek like a son. I will forever treasure our special times together.

Forever your little girl, Grandpa …♥️🕊

“One of the great truths in this life is that if we know love, we will know loss. The more we love, the more the loss will hurt. Yet, if we don’t love, what’s the point in being here? When we can courageously love with all our heart, the reward is that through that love we will know depths in our heart and being otherwise inaccessible. What a gift. Still, things will never be the same. And who or what we have loved so deeply and lost will continue to be our teacher through our grief as our heart is rearranged yet again. I think that when someone or something we love dies, we who love them are drawn to the other side. In fact, grief is how we straddle for a time between life and death, a time that can’t be measured in hours or days, a time in which the deeper truths come in like a wind through the breaks in our heart.”
~Mark Nepo

Douglas Hugh English
Jan 19, 1935-Nov 27, 2022
My Hero 👩‍🚒♥️


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