Douglas Kilpatrick
Douglas Kilpatrick

Obituary of Douglas Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick, Douglas Menzies

January 13, 1930 - June 24, 2017

Peacefully at the age of 87 years in the Smiths Falls District Hospital.

Deeply beloved husband for 60 years of the late M. Ann Kilpatrick (Mainse).

Cherished father of James Kilpatrick (Amy), Michael Kilpatrick (Robin) and Peggy Travis (Stephen). Proud grandfather of Brian Travis, Michael Travis and Matthew Travis. Son of Jessie and Fred Kilpatrick. Brother of the late Donald Kilpatrick, survived by sister Mary Scheufler.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Doug spent his youth perfecting his swimming stroke at the high school pool, and learning leadership, and how to march, with the local army cadets.

Queen's University was his alma mater, and where he met Ann.

Ann Mainse and Douglas Kilpatrick were married in 1956 in Kingston, Ontario, in an evening ceremony.

Doug's early career in the Royal Canadian Artillery was cut short after suffering an injury which led to an early discharge.

The skills learned in the military led him to teaching, and he enjoyed a long career of correcting math exams, and patrolling the halls of various high schools, finally leading students and staff, as the principal of Almonte and Carleton Place High Schools.

Summers were spent at the family cottage where he loved to cut and stack firewood in "the woods" and where he taught every kid that came along to water ski, and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Retirement years were spent volunteering with many local community groups.

He was named Smiths Falls Citizen of the Year in 2008.

He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

He greatly enjoyed working with the "Lest We Forget Project Foundation", which provided support to students and charitable organizations who studied and honoured the service of the fallen Canadians from the World Wars, to preserve their memories.

One of his greatest honours, for many years, was the reading of "In Flanders Fields" at the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in Smiths Falls.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Douglas Menzies Kilpatrick will be held Saturday July 22nd, 2017 gathering at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Smiths Falls United Church, Market Street at Russell Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario. In memoriam donations may be made to the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation sfchfoundation.com Trinity Smiths Falls United Church Memorial Fund www.trinityunitedsf.ca Canadian Red Cross www.redcross.ca. Online condolences may be made at www.lannin.ca