Died suddenly on Tuesday November 24th, 2020 at the General Marine Hospital, Collingwood at the age of 80. Doug of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Germaine for 59 years. Loving father of Angiline (Rob Dubien), Mark and Steven (Grace Vitali), dear grandfather to Vanessa and Brandon, cherished great grandfather to Seth, Sadey and Cohen. Son of Armando and Eva Vitali predeceased and brother of Bob, Ron, Gerry, Eddie and Doreen, all predeceased. He will be sadly missed by his sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.Doug was born and raised in Sudbury. In 1964 Doug moved to Toronto with Retail Credit. A few months later he began his career with Allstate Insurance. Doug had an incredible career and was in charge of Administrative and Real Estate Management for Allstate Insurance of Canada from August 1964 through September 2001. This is where he made so many lifetime friends. His responsibilities covered the Canada Wide Management of Building Services, Construction and Design, Equipment and Telecommunications Purchases, Food/Cafeteria Services, Negotiation of Lease Contracts and Land Sales, Fleet Acquisitions, Forms Control and Warehouse Inventory. One of his many great accomplishments was his Leadership in the Design and Construction of the Allstate Centre, the Allstate Canada Head Office, and Award Winning Landmark. Doug has a certificate in Psychology from Laurentian University. He is a Certified Facilities Manager, attended North Western University on Leadership and the Niagara Institute on Strategic Planning. After his retirement from Allstate, he became self employed and started a company called Facilities Plus. He was contracted with The Bank of Nova Scotia and acted as the Facilities Consultant for The Thornbury Village Cidery in Thornbury. After his retirement Doug Volunteered at the Town of Wasaga Beach on the Committee of Severance and Adjustment and sat on the Beachfront Management Board. Doug also volunteered as a Director of Crime Stoppers International, The St. Vincent De Paul, ushered at church, and volunteered for the FIS Race Crew for 7 years at Georgian Peaks.
Doug loved life and lived it to the fullest! His passion was skiing. He loved Wasaga Beach and beautiful Georgian Bay and its surroundings. Doug loved so many day trips...enjoying the beautiful countryside, the quaint small towns and restaurants in them, travelling along the shores of Georgian Bay and stopping to take in every amazing view. He felt so blessed to live where he did, with so much to do and enjoy! Doug’s mantra was to get over any illness because he felt his family still needed him. He believed his life was a good one because of the beautiful people he was fortunate to meet and know. He wanted to give special thanks to his family for putting up with him, especially all those “Words of Wisdom”...by the way, here’s one more…”To Reach Your Destination, You Must Know Where You Are Going...and Then Don’t Give Up Until You Reach It” ...Life is a test!I He wanted everyone to know how much he treasured the special friendships and great times he had with each of you and know that his prayers will be with you always. “So, until we meet again, be good, good luck and keep smiling... Doug”. Because of Doug’s love for food, he really wanted a reception if things had been normal, that included some of his favourites...pizza, pasta, italian bread and baked beans, to name a few! Unfortunately we won’t be able to do this. We wish to thank Dr. Brian Marshall, Dr. Michael Lisi and Dr. Hajeck (Toronto) who gave him such amazing care. There will be a private funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church because of Covid. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the food bank or St. Vincent De Paul in memory of Doug Vitali.