ARTHUR DOUGLAS (DOUG) CRYDERMAN
Of Victoria, BC, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Victoria Hospice. Born in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan on September 25, 1931, Doug spent most of his young life living in small towns across the prairies such as Hafford, Richard, Bigger, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, Regina and Winnipeg. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he studied Engineering. He worked for the Department of Transport in Regina and Winnipeg and then went on to work as a pavement design technician with the Department of Highways in Victoria for 31 years. His interests and passions during those years were tennis, curling, golfing, and hockey. Doug met Judy in 1965 in Vancouver and they started their married life in Victoria in 1967 and raised their three sons, Darren, Kevin and Mark. Skiing, camping, and supporting the childrens involvement in scouts, soccer, baseball and hockey were the highlights during the early years. Doug retired in 1988 and pursued his passion of golfing and being a spectator at Marks marathons whenever he could. Doug was known for being able to recall golf games with incredible clarity and being a keen competitor. His love of family was indisputable, unconditional and true. His indomitable spirit was dampened in the past 5 years with many health concerns, but the unwavering light in his life during that time was being with his only grandchild, Blake. He was true blue to his friends, honest and modest. Doug was a big man with a big heart happy to share or help anyone whenever he was asked. He shall be missed by everyone who knew him. Keep swinging, Doug there are no bogies in heaven.
Survived by his spouse, Judy of 45 years, sons Darren, Kevin (Cat) and Mark (Dani), grandson Blake, and Robin Reniero who was considered another sibling. Doug was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother to sisters Kathleen (Dave) Campbell, Eileen (Gary) Puder, brother in law to Pat (Mel) Meyer and Jim (Sandra) Wowchuk and uncle to many nieces and nephews and their families: Susan and Greg, Alexandra, Jackson Tough, Jay Puder, Sandy Campbell and Dave Montgomery and Doug and Graeme, Alex Campbell, Dan and Marisa, Daniella, Eric Ogren, Kari and Ross, Declan, Kylie Baker, Jason and Mirium, Chris, Chloe Meyer, and Steven and Andrea, Avery, Reece Meyer, Anna, Vanessa and Robert Wowchuk and cousins Helen Loing and Harvey Beech. Thanks to Dr. Neil Crofton, who provided incredible support to Doug through the years, and to the dedicated staff and volunteers at Hospice.
A celebration of Life reception will be held at Uplands Golf Club on Friday, December 28th at 1:00 p.m. for family and friends to meet and share stories and memories. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation, 106-1001 Cloverdale Ave., Victoria, BC V8X 4C9, or Uplands Heart Tournament, c/o Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadbora Bay Rd, Victoria, BC. V8R 5K5, or Victoria Hospice at 1952 Bay St. Victoria, BC V8R 1J8, or the charity of your choice.