MacMillan, Douglas Ronald

January 12, 1930 – July 11, 2019
at the age of 89 years

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 17, 2019 at the Elk’s Hall, Salmon Arm from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Doug passed away on July 11, 2019 at Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 89 years.  He was born in Calgary, AB where he lived until 1992.  He moved to Shuswap Lake in 1997 – first to Blind Bay until 2006 and then to Salmon Arm.

He is survived by his loving wife Lynn, daughters Kristine (Greg)  & Janice, granddaughters Lindsay (Jamie), Kari (Cody), Kate & Samantha (Pella), three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents Bert and Keitha, sister Dorothy, brothers
Gordon & Norman, first wife Betty Ann and two nephews.
Doug attended school in Calgary graduating from Crescent Height High in 1948.  He then went on to graduate from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (electronics).  He also took an Extension Course a U of C and Mount Royal College (Human Relations, Business Administration, Sales & Marketing).  Doug’s careers included TV and Electronics for five years, the Oil patch-seismic for 7 years, Xerox Canada for ten years, Business owner for 20 years, Forestry for five years and self-employment for 20 years.
Doug was active with various church and community organizations including Uncles At Large, Charter Member Calgary Winter Club – Board of Directors, Junior Chamber of commerce for many years and was named Senator in 1979, model Aeronautics Association of Canada – Zone Director for BC & Yukon, member of Board of Directors & Executive Committee Leader Member Hall of Fame and the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce – Director.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation to raise funds to get a PET/CT scanner for the Kelowna region.
Thank you to Dr. Louw – who traveled every step with us on this journey – his hand was always there and his words of comfort helped comfort and put at ease the fear of the unknown and also the nursing team from palliative care – you do go above and beyond – he looked forward to your visits.
Dougie was the love of my life and I will still travel the bends in the road with him – Lynnie


  1. Oh Lynnie, I am so sorry for your loss. ‘Mac’ was a lovely, kind man. My heart goes out to you, my prayers for the family. Love cousin Shelley

  2. Dear Lynn
    John and I send our deepest condolences . We are so sorry to loose such a fine good natured man, we will miss him .
    Thinking of you
    John and Catherine Koopmans

  3. What a great loss. Such a kind, intelligent, and caring man. Until we read his obituary, we didn’t even realize the extent of his experiences in life. All the best to you, Lynn. From Hans and Hazel

  4. I had the privilege and joy of working with Doug for a short time in Vancouver. He was my experienced voice-of-reason colleague in some frantic & frustrating times. A true gentleman. No waterbomber will go past without me thinking of his Martin Mars model. I will miss him. My thoughts go out to Lynn, Jan & the family.

  5. Lynn, Sharon and I are deeply saddened by Doug’s passing. The love and respect that you have had for each other has been so absolutely precious and an inspiration to those of us that have known you both. Doug has been a friend, team member and cherished mentor to me over many years. He possessed that unique combination in a man of humility, kindness and intelligence with a relentless quest to acquire new knowledge and skills. There have been so many positive shifts in my life as a result of Doug’s influence.

  6. Lynn and family, I was sad to learn of Doug’s passing. I remember meeting the two of you when you came out to do a tasting evening at Shuswap Theatre and I remember thinking ‘what a great team those two make!’ He was a kind and caring man and you two certainly did have the adventures. I hope that you get some comfort in the words and memories being shared. And yes, you could see his love for you in his eyes. He’s always with you, in your heart. Sending you love.

  7. Dear Lynn, Kristine and families,
    I’m sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We really enjoyed his company and stories when he visited us in Sicamous. Doug was very kind to us when Ron was ill. I like to think they are together now, sharing more stories.

  8. Dear Lynn, Janice and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. It comes as shocking news because we always thought of him as this strong spirited, super joyous, endlessly creative and greatly loving man that would always be there for family and friends. Karin and I will miss his friendship greatly.

    Doug was a tremendously supportive force in my professional work and was, hands down, the best Office Manager I ever had the priviledge to work with. I can unequivocally say that I am now a better person for having known him.

    Karin and I will always cherish the heart warming hospitality that he and Lynn so kindly gave us in their beautiful Shuswap Lake home whenever we had a chance to visit. Breaking bread with them over a good bottle of wine and some fine conversation was always an honour and a delight to have. We will always be grateful for both your big and generous hearts.

    So long Doug as I hold fast to the big hope that one day not too far I will to see you again in the company of our good Lord Jesus Christ.

  9. Douglas; Our Good Friend, and Lynn’s most adoring Husband who knew no depth of Love for his Lynne; his soulmate and best Friend.
    We were so ’privileged’ to call you our dearest Friend.

    The wine we shared together over the many years will always be treasured and will do so once again when the Clouds part to let another Pilot join you on the Runway.

  10. So sorry for your loss Lynn. The love the two of you shared was obvious to all that knew you. He will be missed by many.

  11. So sorry to see this news of Doug.. May you have peace and lots of love around you..
    Hugs to you Lynn.

  12. Dear Lynn and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by all who knew him.
    Our deepest sympathies are with you all.
    Gary and Margot Bonish.

  13. I always called him Mr. MacMillian when Janice and I chummed around all those years ago in North Haven. I remember always feeling welcome at their place and he was always very nice to me. When Janice would take me to the Winter Club he always made sure we had some money to get a treat. My condolences to Janice, Kris and the family.

  14. Dear Lynn and family; we were very sorry to read about Doug’s passing, please accept our condolences. Doug was always so personable, kind and a good friend to the Buckner family. We hope your many wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

  15. Oh my. Lynnn and family, our hearts go out to you. Doug was an amazing man. Generous with his time and wisdom, and a pleasure to be around. He will be greatly missed.

  16. Doug was a very charming, kind generous man! Doug and Lynn have been great and wonderful friends to my Mother Mary Stewart. He will be greatly missed by all the lives that Doug had graced during his lifetime! Though we may feel like crying. His life was one to Celebrate Doug was one of the good guys!

    Lynn though the abyss may feel somewhat daunting right down. While you continue your journey without your soulmate by your side. Remember he is and will continue to be present in your heart and soul. Doug will continue to love and direct from Spiritually from afar!! You’re not alone.

    Please feel free to call, email or text anytime.

  17. Lynn and family, so sorry about Doug’s passing. My deepest condolences. He was a special person, kind, warm, generous, honourable, a humble soul who would do anything for anyone that he could. My late husband always said “Doug was every man’s gentleman” and that he was. Lynn, Doug loved you so very much and may that love be the strength and guidance to carry you in this difficult time.

    Love Mare

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