It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Doug Bush, son of the late Rosemary and Douglas McPherson of St. Catharines, Ontario. Survived by his wife Anita (Green), his daughter Leslie (Paul) Beaton, son David (Tina), stepchildren Shelley Robarts, Scott (Mary) Robarts and Sheryl (Joe) Sledge, sister Joyce (John) Klassen, grandchildren Ashlee (Jamie) MacKenzie, Erin and Emily Sledge, Gareth Robarts and great-grandchildren Ava, Parker and Cohen. Predeceased by his daughter Wendy and her husband Arnie Moews, his granddaughter Katelyn Robarts, as well as siblings Diane Halliwell, Patricia Hodgins, Robert Bush and David McPherson.
At the age of 18, Doug joined the Canadian Navy dedicating 28 years his life of service to his country. Those years saw him travelling the seas for NATO peace keeping. After his retirement from the Navy, Doug joined Saint John Shipbuilding and took on the role of Marine Engineer during the building of the ‘new’ frigates. Upon completion of the frigates, he tried to retire again, however his travels did not cease. He and Anita travelled throughout Canada and the US pulling their 5th wheel behind them seeing amazing sights, having lots of laughs and visiting family along the way.
In 1990, Doug’s life was to change again with the birth of his granddaughter Ashlee who taught him how to be an awesome grandfather. He was the happiest when he was camping, swimming, water-skiing and biking with them. There were many a night, he sat around a bonfire, roasting ‘spider dogs’ with a big smile on his face, and a rum and coke in his hand just enjoying life.
The last 18 months, saw Doug move from his beloved home on Bradley Lake to the Ridgewood Veteran Hospital. At Ridgewood, he became part of their family. He loved the nursing staff and especially his ‘girls’ who looked after him. They often commented on his quick wit and his jest for life.
The family want to thank all the staff at Ridgewood for their support and great care of Doug right up until the end. We could not have asked for more and will be internally grateful.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424), on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from 4-8 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion will hold their Tribute of a Veteran Service on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held from the Fundy Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Interment will take place at St Andrew’s Cemetery, Golden Grove. Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the IWK Hospital, Halifax, NS or the Leukemia Cancer Society.