With broken hearts, we are sad to announce the sudden passing of Douglas ‘Doug’ John Chapman on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after a brief illness.
Born on April 22, 1946 in Toronto, Ont., Doug was the son of the late Albert and Joan (Mansbridge) Chapman.
Everyone who met Doug was instantly drawn to his warm and caring personality and witty sense of humour. He was a quiet and caring man who always put the needs of others before his own. Even during his illness, he never complained about the enormous pain he was in and would put on a brave face when family and friends would visit, even still making them laugh.
Doug spent most of his working life in the gaming/casino industry and it was a job at Casino Nova Scotia Sydney that lured him to Cape Breton over 20 years ago. He loved his job, the people he worked with and the patrons he met. There was no employee more committed and dedicated than Doug. He also had many years of service in the jewelry and floral industries in Calgary, AB.
Doug enjoyed the simple things in life. His favourite pastimes were feeding the ducks and walking in Wentworth Park and his weekly walks and coffee trips with his stepdaughter, Nicole. He loved to travel and camp and was an avid reader. It was his love of reading that made him amazingly worldly and full of knowledge.
Doug is survived by his loving and caring wife, Nancy Aboud, who took enormous care of him at home during his final weeks; step-children, Nicole and Crystal Aboud; grandchildren, Xavier and Lena Ellis; niece, Kristina Miethner and grandnephew, Dean, both from Toronto, Ont. He is also survived by his furry best friend, Whiskers, who gave Doug so much joy and laughter; as well as many sisters, brother-in-laws and close friends.
As per Doug’s wishes there will be no visitation and cremation has taken place. There will be a private family interment at a later date to fulfill Doug’s request.
In lieu of flowers, Doug asked that donations be made to the SPCA or to a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Doug will be deeply and greatly missed by his family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Doug, your pain is now gone and you are at rest in peace. Till we see you again.
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So very sorry to hear of Doug's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
From: Barb & Andy Pittman
So sorry for your great loss. Prayers for the family and Doug.He will always be there in your minds and heart
From: Sharon and Greg 6
High Nancy: Allow me to offer our heartfelt condolencs on the occasion of Dougie's passing. I knew that he wasn't feeling well but I was surprised by his death. As you have said "He didn't complain' in fact he was always cheerful and happy. It was always a pleasure to meet him in the building. He will be sorely missed by us all John and Kate Currie
From: John Currie
Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was always so friendly and pleasant whenever he took my Avon orders. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
From: Diane Kendall
Nancy, So very sorry to hear of Doug's passing. We both hope that all the wonderful memories you have will help you through this difficult time. Hugs to you and the girls. You are in our thoughts.
From: Kathy & Albert Hill
Nancy, so sorry to hear the news on Doug. I worked with Doug at EDS and we had a lot of fun. My thoughts and prayers go out to you
From: Marlene Miles
My deepest condolences to Nancy, her & Doug's family & friends. Doug was a great man, great guy to work with.
From: Rachel Ferguson