CULBERT, Douglas Elwood
January 20, 1932 – January 14, 2022
Passed peacefully at home, just shy of this 90th birthday. Doug is reunited with Sandy, his wife and soul mate, who he has missed tremendously for nearly 12 years. He is survived by his children Sherry (Rod), Danny (Tracy), Niki (Steve) and Merri-Lee (Jamie), his grandchildren Rebecca, Leah, Brittany, Dakota, Reillee, Codi and Zak, and great-grandchildren Abigail, Kylie, Chloe, Logan, Samuel, Ryner, Cypress, Easton and Theodore. Doug is predeceased by his siblings, Ron and Gail, his granddaughter Stephanie, and best friends Pete, Bud and Lolly, and his best little fur buddy, Fritzie.
Doug was born and raised in Burk’s Falls, Ontario where he spent most of his life as a businessman and entrepreneur. He owned and operated a Texaco gas station, D.E. Culbert Fuels, and delivered fuel to customers all over the area for several decades. He also owned a Ski-Doo dealership, and then The Country Bumpkin Restaurant on Highway 11 together with Sandy. They became avid campers when they retired in 1988 and spent many years ‘trailering’ with friends and family in their Fifth Wheel. Doug and Sandy travelled all over Canada and to Alaska before moving to Fort Erie in 2002, making that their new home. Doug was an avid Senators fan, loved bagpipes, campfires and hugs, earning himself the nickname, Huggie Dougie.
The family extends special thanks to his PSW Christine, his home nurses Elizabeth and Shelley, and to his doctors Dr. Che, Dr. Lagrotteria, Dr. Tatzel and Dr.Scher for the care and compassion they gave Doug. Our heartfelt thanks as well for the incredible care provided at every level, from paramedics to the nursing staff at Welland Hospital who continue to work under the most difficult of circumstances…your efforts are truly appreciated.
We invite you to join us on Monday June 20th at Opatovsky Funeral Home in Burk’s Falls as we celebrate the life of our father, grandfather and great grandfather who died while gathering restrictions were in place. But NOW, we can come together to share memories, tears and hugs and honour our patriarch. Visitation begins at 1 pm and the service is at 2 pm. You can wear black if you want to, but Senators colours are welcome. A reception will follow at the Burk’s Falls Legion, where we will raise a toast to a life well lived and a man well loved. A private family interment for both Doug and Sandy will take place the following day.