On February 18th before the birds began their song, Doug “slipped the surly bonds of earth” as no anchor was able to hold him here anymore. He set sail on a voyage in December 1978 - cast adrift with course unknown - when he was diagnosed with melanoma. Doug had a quiet trust in God that he would find his way and for 40 years he did with the help of significant anchors along the way: his doctors David Hogg, Michael Fehlings, Arjun Sahgal, David Goldstein, Ahmed Al-Awamer, Philip Doiron, Craig Fielding, Husan Al-Qadir, Mary Ann McKenzie and many others over four decades, the unwavering love and support of his family and friends, and in his final days being surrounded by the great love of the doctors, staff and volunteers at Kensington Hospice. Doug spent 30 years teaching English and Dramatic Arts at York Memorial Collegiate and after retirement spent some of his happiest days working as a bicycle mechanic at Chain Reaction.
We are blessed, we are broken. We have lost our hero - our strong thread - but we have the rich fabric of his life to wrap around us as we deal with this irreplaceable loss. Husband to Sharon Hollywood, father to Erik Norris and his wife Samantha, “Bompa” to their sons Ronyn and Griffyn and Pops to daughter Allyn. Brother to Mark and Liz Norris, Lorna and Jim Garrow, Rupert Campbell, Mark and Linda Hollywood. Predeceased by siblings Hugh Norris and Beth Campbell. Greatly loved and respected uncle, great uncle, nephew and cousin.
We are gathering together on May 4th to celebrate Doug’s life through photographs. His ashes will be scattered come spring at the family cottage on Georgian Bay, his favourite place on earth.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Doug, please consider the Georgian Bay Land Trust. www.gblt.org