Douglas Murray Jarvis, passed away peacefully, at the South Grey Bruce Health Centre in Kincardine, on Saturday, July 29th, 2023, at the age of 97.
Predeceased by his two greatest loves, Betty (née Fair) and Marjorie (née Nuhn), parents Andrew (AJ) and Lulu (née Murray) Jarvis, brother Norm Jarvis, sister Lois Luescher, brothers-in-law Jack Spencer and William (Bill) Luescher, and sisters-in-law Jean Jarvis (née Thompson) and Evelyn Jarvis (née Elliott).
Fondly remembered by his brother Gerald (Jerry) Jarvis and sister June Spencer.
Doug will always be remembered for his impeccable style and friendly smile by everyone who knew him including his nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, neighbours and special friends Bruce and Nancy Malcolm.
Born on June 29th, 1926 in Listowel, Doug grew up alongside his four siblings and enjoyed playing the cornet in the Listowel band. He married Betty and they moved to Palmerston where Betty worked at the CIBC bank. After Betty’s passing, Doug’s heart was put back together when he met Marjorie who worked as a librarian and later became a teacher. They resided back in Listowel for their time together. A few years after Marjorie passed, Doug packed up his belongings and relocated to the shores of Lake Huron in Kincardine to be closer to some of his siblings.
He spent 25 years running a Bulldozer, which he would always tell you was “good money but dirty work.” For those that knew Doug in his later years, blue jeans and work boots were not exactly staples in his closet. When it was time for a career change, Doug traded in the grease stained t-shirts for a suit and tie and began his 23 year career with Midwestern Regional Centre from which he retired as the Head Driver. His love for driving played a big part in the way he took care of his vehicles. He began buying from McGee Motors in Goderich in 1966. In fact, he was their longest standing Cadillac customer. When the first ever electric Cadillac car was released, the dealership’s first call was to Doug to see if he would be interested in ordering one.
Doug was well liked by everyone he knew, from the bank tellers to the nurses at the hospital. His subtle charm made everyone around him feel at ease. The Tim Horton’s parking lot was where he and his brother Jerry solved all the problems of the world over a small cup of coffee every morning, and his big comfy chair was where he spent his afternoons listening to Mel Tillis and Patsy Cline on “Alexa.”
The funeral service to honour Doug's life will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Wallace Township (6174 Line 88, Gowanstown).
Interment at the Palmerston Cemetery at 3:00 pm.
Memorial donations to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Wallace Township or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
As Doug always said, “alright now, thanks for coming. See ya soon.”