DARRAH, Douglas W. F.


In the stillness of the night, early on Christmas Eve, the gates of heaven burst open and ushered in this beautiful soul. Loving husband of over 60 years, role-model father, adoring grandfather and great-grandfather, Doug succumbed to complications of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 80 in South Shore Regional Hospital with his devoted wife Dolly at his side. He lived a full and happy life, marrying his one and only love at age 20, raising four children, building three houses, moving around eastern Canada while serving 20 years in RCAF as an electronics technician. The family moved to Bridgewater in 1980 where Doug then worked as a technician at Michelin until his retirement in 1995. Winters in Florida, summers in NS, camping with Bluegrass and church friends, and helping all of us build or renovate kept Dad busy. All of our homes or cottages show his carpentry skills and handiwork, and we are grateful for the DIY and life-lessons he taught us. Known as a quiet spirit, dedicated Christian and member of Bridgewater Open Bible Church, witty, warm, and funny to the end, he will be missed by so many family and friends. Doug is survived by his wife Seneath (Dolly), Bridgewater, daughter Cindy (Jeff) Wonnick, Edmonton, daughter Heather (Chris) McLaughlin, Halifax, son Shawn (Rachael) Darrah, Maine, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His youngest daughter Darla Nault (Gilles) predeceased him in 2017. Cremation has taken place and due to the current pandemic, there will be no service, but a celebration of life will take place in June when family and friends can gather and remember Doug/ Grampy/ Papa. Sincere thanks to the nurses of the 4th floor medical ward and Dr. Heather Robertson for Doug’s outstanding, compassionate end of life care.

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