OPINION: Thank you Doug

It has been just a little over a week since the news of the passing of former Delta Mayor and consummate volunteer Doug Husband.

The tributes that have come into our newsroom from all walks of life in our community have been poignant and heartfelt.

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I wasn’t surprised in the slightest, however, as Doug was loved, respected and I dare say a giant in our community.

In his political life he helped shape many facets of the community and doubled down on that through his volunteer and philanthropic efforts once his political life ended.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Doug last year at his home. I met his wonderful wife Maureen and we sat in their dining room for a chat about his new book Community Comments based upon the columns he wrote for the Optimist.

It was a wonderful chat, albeit short, as Doug was already experiencing breathing problems due to his deteriorating health. We then moved outside for a photo in their lovely garden and Doug smiled wide for the camera. It was a lovely moment that I will always cherish.

Fast forward a few months later and I was honoured to be amongst the who’s who of Deltans at the annual Hats off to Excellence awards where the Delta Chamber of Commerce named Doug its Citizen of the Year – an honour so richly deserved.

I was in awe of the outpouring of love in the Tsawwassen Springs ballroom that rainy November evening. Doug’s impact in our community was on display as we all sat and listened to him thank the community and his family.

Quite frankly Doug, it is you who we should be thanking.

Doug, rest easy knowing that your heart, soul and legacy will forever be with us as we continue to shape Delta in a way we know that you will be proud of.

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