Douglas Donald CAKE
March 14, 1928 – November 9, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Cake. He was in his 93rd year and 68th year of marriage to his constant companion, Irene Cake. He is also survived by his children: Denise (Ross) Harris and David Cake (Karen MacDowell), grandchildren: Robert Green (Kirsten Ringrose) and Kathryn (Mark) Farr, Lindsay and Eric MacDowell, and great-granddaughter: Zealah Rhodes Green.
Douglas was born in Winnipeg to Don and Hilda (Betsy) Cake. The family travelled west during the Depression and eventually settled in Trail, BC. He and Irene met when he was attending UBC in Vancouver. Their early married years were spent in the Kootenays and Prince Rupert, until they moved to Victoria in 1965. Doug taught junior high science and math for over 30 years in Kaslo, Trail, and Victoria (Colquitz and Shoreline).
Doug always said he was born too soon – that he would have liked to hang out on a beach with his guitar. Instead, he was our rock, a dependable family and handy man. While he spent his work life in a classroom, his real gift was as a naturalist, introducing his children to the wonders of a tidal pool or the splendor of a hummingbird’s plumage. Photos of Doug are rare as he was always the one behind the camera, chronicling our lives and trying to capture the beauty of his beloved nature. He made full use of vacations and retirement time for adventures in hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, exploring the backcountry, or traipsing through the desert. He was an environmentalist and recycler decades before it was cool. He was passionate about music, playing his banjo, acoustic or bass guitar with several bands, right up until a few months ago. He was always in search of a bluegrass concert, where he could be found jamming with others in the campsite. He once said that he could connect best with others through music. He and Irene danced their way through their life together, often several times a week. They were game to try any form of dance: Old Time, Ballroom, Scottish Country, Contra, Square, Round, even Clogging. They were active members of the Victoria Square and Round Dance community for over 50 years. Always curious, Doug was a life-long learner. Long before Google, encyclopedias often found their way to our kitchen table as a part of dinner table discussion. Doug rarely shared his feelings but demonstrated his love for his family through his actions, his interest, his hard work, his quiet concern. Though he could be reserved, if something tickled his funny bone, he would laugh uproariously, slapping his hand on his knee or the table. His passing leaves a hole in our lives but we hold dear our memories of this special man.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Victoria Hospice. It was the amazing support of this team that allowed Doug to remain at home surrounded by family during this time of COVID.