Robert William Burke "Bob" Douglas
March 31, 1940 - October 2, 2020
Bob Douglas passed away on October 2nd, 2020 at the age of 80 years.
Survived by his wife, Bertha Douglas of Pointe de Bute, NB; daughters, Roberta Douglas (Mark Baylin) of Ottawa and Rosemary MacEachen (Alan MacEachen) and grandson, Calum MacEachen of Mahone Bay; sisters, Nancy D.D. Lorimer of Montreal and Heather Douglas of Milton, NS; nieces, Sally Sotnek (Eric Sotnek) and family of Georgetown, MA; Megan Durnford (Larry Dionne) and family of Montreal and Kendra Durnford (Mark Snyder) and family of Ottawa. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Marion E. Douglas (nee Zwicker), of Oakland, NS and father William Burke Douglas of Caledonia, NS.
Bob was born in Liverpool, NS and spent his first five years living in Oakland with mother Marion and sister Nancy at the home of his maternal grandparents, Freelove and Harris Zwicker, while father Burke was overseas serving with the West Nova Scotia Regiment during WWII. His father had volunteered for service and had sailed for England in a troop ship in the fall of 1939, and returned in 1945, so Bob was five years old when he and his father met for the first time. The family returned to Milton, NS, where Bob attended Milton School, and then Liverpool Regional High School. He started his working life in Milton in his teenage years with an industrious and creative sales approach, selling everything from outhouses to appliances, and working for two summers in the Mersey wood camp near Caledonia, Queen’s County. After high school he went to work at the Bank of Montreal in Liverpool. The world of finance was of great interest to Bob - he excelled and advanced quickly and before long he was transferred to the main branch of the Bank of Montreal in the Maritimes, at Saint John, NB, where he developed life-long relationships and a foundation for future business success. During this time he was very active in the youth groups of the Baptist Church in St. John, and he eventually decided to prepare for the ministry. He studied for several years at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, NS, but then moved to Moncton, NB to work at Steeves’ Motors and Modern Construction. RWB had a passion and zeal for sales and by the time he settled in Mahone Bay in 1970 with his wife Bertha and two young daughters, his career in islands and ocean front properties had begun in earnest. Within a few years RWB was nicknamed by Time Magazine, The Financial Post Magazine and the New Yorker as “The Island King” and his international real estate career blossomed. Bob developed his career around his life-long love of the oceans, forests and farms of the world, and participated in the International Real Estate Convention (FIABCI) serving on the executive for many years and attending conferences around the globe, returning home with “wild and woolly” real-life stories and photographs that he loved to share among family and friends. He established several companies that pursued his range of interests, including RWB Douglas and Associates (real estate), Douglas Construction Limited, Douglas Forest Products and Woodex Atlantic. Over the next fifty years Bob was an active member of community government in Mahone Bay, serving on Town Council and involved in many town projects, including The Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival, the Mahone Bay Civic Marina, the Mahone Bay Centre, and the Mahone Bay Heritage Boatyard Co-Op, to name a few. He applied his practical knowledge and common-sense approach to problem solving to issues large and small, to the benefit of his local community and family members, alike. “Uncle Bob” was always ready to host woodworking afternoons with great nephews Ian, Elliott, Timothy and Hugh during summer vacations and was quick to entertain with stories and maybe a little jesting for great nieces Charlotte, Hannah and Matilda.
As with many fine things in life, Bob was an “intense flavour”, with complex undertones; respected for his vast knowledge of many things, a tenacious spirit and a leader. He will be missed by his family and friends and the many individuals he influenced throughout his life. He was a man of conviction, appreciative of the finer things and the simpler things, especially things handmade, and a fine Maritimer. He was generous with his time and tales, and truly earned a special place in all of our hearts.
In the words of Tim Linder: "It was very sad learning of my Uncle Bob's passing, but this sadness will not be how I remember him. Many fun summers were had as a young boy with my cousins Elliott and Hugh in Mahone Bay, creating keepsakes and memories in the woodshop across the street from his house. Those moments will never be forgotten."
Arrangements to be made through the Mahone Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mahone Bay Centre and the Mahone Bay Heritage Boatyard Co-Op.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 25th, at 1pm at Hillside Cemetery, Clearland, to be followed by a reception at the family home on Clairmont Street, Mahone Bay. In order to observe social distancing and respect Provincial Health restrictions, Please contact the family regarding attendance at the grave-side service and reception at the family home at [email protected]
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Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0
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