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COOPER, Douglas R.



(January 20, 1943 – February 28, 2023)

Douglas Cooper died peacefully at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital with his beloved wife Alice (née Stevenson) and his devoted son George at his bedside. He is survived by his dear sons R. Stevenson Walker (Tracy), Todd A. Walker (Tatjana), Joshua H. Walker (Samantha), and George D. Cooper (Rubi), his 10 wonderful grandchildren, and his loving sister Pamela Bowen (Alan).

After graduating from Trinity College School and then the University of Toronto with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, Doug embarked on a working career of some 27 years, most of it in the Chemical Division of Imperial Oil in management positions. He finished his career as the Chief Operating Officer of a fertilizer company based in Calgary. What he valued most in his career was the opportunity it afforded to meet and work with people in Toronto, Montreal, London ON, Edmonton, and Calgary as well as in London UK and Cuba to market fertilizers in Canada, the US, and elsewhere around the globe.

After his retirement Doug and Alice moved from Calgary to Collingwood in 2005, where they enjoyed an ever-widening, vibrant circle of old and new friends, their summer homes on Lake of Bays and Lake Muskoka, and a winter retreat in Naples, FL. The active lifestyle typical of Collingwood suited him perfectly. Golfing, hiking, and skiing were favourite activities. But his real passion was sailing. His Shark, Petite Amie, was a regular competitor in races and took many pleasant trips on Lake of Bays and Lake Muskoka. He also delighted in sailing trips with family and friends on Canada’s west coast, the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and the Adriatic.

Doug’s calm, self-effacing leadership and his warm, welcoming personality will be missed by all who knew him. There will be a celebration of Doug’s life in the early summer. In the meantime, the family would be grateful if donations were made to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital or Hospice Georgian Triangle in lieu of flowers. Friends may visit Doug’s online Book of Memories at

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