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Douglas Gordon

September 30, 1958 March 2, 2019
Douglas Gordon
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GORDON, Douglas Murray
(DJ Doug)

With profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of Douglas Murray Gordon, March 2, 2019 at age 60. Doug was born in Hamilton on September 30, 1958 and spent his formative years in the rural Flatt Road area of Burlington. He attended Woodview and Maplehurst Elementary Schools & Aldershot High School in Burlington, and McMaster University in Hamilton.
Kind and gentle, Doug was a true romantic, and the dearest gift and most devoted husband of Nancy Haigh Gordon (nee Hunt). He was the darling much-loved son of cherished mother Jean Alvina (nee Taylor) and his role-model father, the late Hugh Moore Gordon.
Doug leaves behind his dear friend and beloved son Andrew and daughter-in-law Jenn (Dunphy) Gordon; and, his beloved first-born child, daughter Laura Gordon; loved and respected older brother David and sister-in-law Peggy (Yates) Gordon; mother-in-law Olive (Macdonald) Hunt; sister-in-law Jennifer Hunt; brother-in-law Joseph Fazakas; step-daughters Melody and Laurel Haigh, and Chelsea and son-in-law Bryan Salisbury. Doug was Papa to Noah and Ethan, and Grandad to Rachel, Aiden & Mattie-Belle.
Highly skilled, Doug was an enthusiastic and integral part of many business endeavours, including successful partnerships with friends Greg Wright (MC Tech), Jan Foss Pedersen (Fun Photos), and Joe Monahan (Pharmacy Joe Deliveries). His work passions also included his long career as DJ Doug (Royal DJ) and mentoring mature students in construction skills (The Centre).
Doug met Nancy in the fall of 2009. He had been divorced for 15 years and she a widow for 19. They met when she attended a family wedding for which he was engaged as DJ. Eight whirlwind months later Doug planned a romantic proposal, complete with lovely ring, and the engagement promised a wonderful new beginning. Doug worried when he was seriously injured two weeks later that the relationship wouldn’t last, but love endured and grew while they continued making plans for their wedding. Doug and Nancy were married October 17th, 2010 amid falling autumn leaves and surrounded by family and friends. It was a mutual love that would last.
He was very proud of his family connection to Canadian hockey greats, including Syl and Gillian Apps and Dave and Ken Dryden; and, honoured to lay claim to a kinship with Canadian NASA astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield. He took time to stay connected and spend time with extended family, and played an integral part in the planning and implementation of Dryden family reunions and other Taylor and Gordon family events. He was well-known for his delicious deviled eggs.
Calm and considerate under pressure, Doug smiled through incredible physical pain, cooked like a master chef, generously offered his time and considerable talents to anyone in need, delighted in nature and wildlife, took wonderful photographs, and generally lived life with gusto.
Doug was inspired by the quotation with which he ended every email:
I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy. You can’t build on it: It’s only good for wallowing in” – Katherine Mansfield
It was the foundation on which he built every day of his life.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at KITCHING, STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. with reflections at 2 p.m.

Doug’s favourite charity is: Sleeping Children Around the World
“Your donation can transform a life!”
“SCAW is a 100% charity. Every dollar donated goes directly into the manufacturing of bedkits for children. Administrative costs are covered by the interest earned from a legacy account. SCAW have transformed the lives of over 1.5 million children in developing countries by providing bedkits for a good night’s sleep. The contents of a bedkit vary from country to country depending on local need, but each $35 donation provides a bedkit that always contains bedding and a mosquito net, clothing and school supplies. All bedkits are assembled in the country of distribution to eliminate shipping costs and to stimulate the economy.” -

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Celebration of Life




1:00 PM 3/16/2019 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/16/2019 4:00:00 PM
Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home

146 Mill Street North
Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0

Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home
146 Mill Street North Waterdown L0R 2H0 ON

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