The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Douglas Arthur Harrington, OLS# 871
It is with extreme sadness that the family of Doug Harrington announce his death in his 98th year, on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Doug and his beloved late wife, Marg, celebrated 60 years of love and devotion to each other. Cherished father of Claire and Clare Vander Beek, Jill Harrington Fox and partner Jeff Welsh, and Neil and Roxanne Harrington. Proud grandfather of Nicole (Duff), Alan (Erin), Miranda (Mike), Sarah and James and great-grandfather of Jack and Nash. Doug is survived by his two loving sisters, Joyce Thorogood and Jean Orange and nieces in England. Doug was born in SW London and received his education in the area, graduating from Kingston Junior Technical School (later College) in 1936.
At the outbreak of WWII he was involved in the manufacture of aircraft instruments and as such not allowed to join the military. However, regulations were lifted in respect of RAF aircrew duties and he joined the RAF in 1941.
He came to Canada in 1942 as a trainee under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and qualified as an Observer (navigator /bomber/gunner). During this time he met his future wife, Margaret. Returning to England he completed a tour of operations with 53 and 517 Squadrons Coastal Command. Doug was awarded the French National Order of the Légion d'honneur for participating in D-Day operations that liberated France. Post war, he was employed by the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain in the re-mapping of bombed areas of London before immigrating to Canada in 1950.
He received his commission as an Ontario Land Surveyor in 1954, and was employed by the City of Hamilton for 34 years, the last 22 as City Surveyor. Doug was active in a number of organizations, having been President of 447 Wing RCAFA, President of Hamilton Tennis Club, and Chairman of the Hamilton and District Group of Ontario Land Surveyors. He was a life member of the RAF Association, a member of the Aircrew Association and member of Branch 163 Royal Canadian Legion and life-long fan of Fulham Football Club.
He and Margaret were founding members of St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church (now Church of the Resurrection). A lifetime tennis player, he competed for many years as a senior player at both the Provincial and National levels, capturing the National doubles' title in 1996 and the Ontario singles' title in 2000. In 1999, at the age of 78, he captained a 4-player team representing Canada at the World Senior International Tournament in Barcelona, Spain. Apart from his love of tennis, Doug really enjoyed dancing. Doug and Margaret became accomplished dancers, belonging to two dancing clubs and toured Europe four times with a Brantford group. They were also avid travelers, seeing Canada from east to west, visited every continent, and over 50 countries. Doug was a long-time resident of the west mountain, resident at Court of Rushdale and most recently at Season's Retirement Community, Stoney Creek. He is a 10-year cancer survivor, remaining active as an amputee and driving until recently. Doug's sense of humour and love of family will be deeply missed.
Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. A service will be held at Church of the Resurrection, Garth Street and 435 Mohawk Road w., 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 4th. Reception details will be announced at the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Canadian Warplane Heritage, Canadian Association for British Pensioners, Church of the Resurrection, or charity of your choice