Douglas William MacFarlane passed away peacefully on May 19, 2023 at the age of 91 with his beloved wife, Irene at his side. Doug was predeceased by his cherished daughter, Bonnie Jean.
Doug grew up in several small towns in Alberta and settled in the Crowsnest Pass where he and Irene (Née: Bubniak) were married. Doug briefly worked as a coal miner, then joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed primarily in the Mediterranean. After the war he graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in pharmacology where he had a very short career. He returned to the University of Alberta where he earned a degree in geology. Doug spent many years working as a geologist and consultant, finishing his career teaching geology at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Doug and Irene spent many years as residents of Edmonton and Calgary before returning to the Crowsnest Pass where they resided at Peaks to Pines Lodge. Doug was an avid nature photographer and some of his work is on display at Peaks to Pines.
Doug was a voracious reader, supporter of the environment and nature, and was renowned for his ability as a storyteller. He entertained family and friends until his final days sharing stories about his service, his times in remote areas during his geology career and other endeavours.
Besides the love of his life Irene, Doug is survived by many loving family and as anyone who knew him would expect, a plethora of friends.
Doug’s family would like to thank to doctors and nurses at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre, especially Dr. Penner, as well as all the staff at Peaks To Pines Lodge and Alberta Home Care Services, especially Rachael for their compassionate care. Thank you also to their nieces and to their neighbour, Brett for making sure that Irene could get to the hospital to visit Doug as often as she wished.
At Doug’s request there will be no service. Should you wish to donate in Doug’s name, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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