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Douglas Lane Smith
Celebration of Life

Dalewood Golf Club
7465 Dale Road, Cobourg

Sunday, June 5, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 PM

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Douglas Lane Smith

June 6, 1946 - March 4, 2022

Thank you to all who prayed and supported Doug through his illness. A special thanks to the staff of the Cancer Care Center at the Northumberland Hills Hospital who treated him with great care and kindness. Our entire family received a huge amount of love along the way from the Acute Myeloid Leukemia diagnosis in August. Doug passed at home in peace beside his loving wife of 55 years, Donna, his high school sweetheart. His two sons Phil and Dean were so blessed to have had such an amazing Dad! He also adored his daughter-in laws, Lisa and Jane and was a fantastic grandfather to Erik, Alicia, Alanna and Breann. He will be greatly missed by his sister Brenda, brothers Brian, Ron and Larry. He joins his mother Margaret, father Norman (Keith) and brothers Donald and Bob. So many other family, friends, colleagues, fellow competitors, athletes and other patients/clients will miss him and have also sent their condolences and fond stories to the delight of our family!

Dr. Douglas Lane Smith accomplished so much. He received his business degree before changing paths to a Master's degree in Psychology. He pioneered research in addictions with caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. He went on to his doctorate and clinical specialty in Psychology. Doug was a lifelong learner and wrote copious notes that would fill an encyclopedia on how to achieve the professional mind. He taught at universities, directed a Children’s Mental Health Centre, was a school board psychologist and trustee, had a large clinical practice in marriage, stress and counselled business executives and professional and Olympic athletes. He was the “ProMind”. He relished (rejoiced) helping his family and so many others be their best. He was very proud of his family’s accomplishments and those he helped as amateurs to reach the professional and Olympic level. Doug competed in pro golf mini tour events. He was skilled at so many sports- he played Junior hockey, golf, all racket sports, downhill and cross-country skiing and more.

He loved competition and how it could bring out the best in a person. Doug loved family time and travel. He and Donna took the boys on countless trips all over North America, the UK and Europe. He took his wife cruising to see much of the rest of the world including a 78 day voyage. Doug loved adventure.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the Dalewood Golf 7465 Dale Road Cobourg, Ontario K9A 4J7 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Donations can be made to Fair Share Food Bank and the Cancer Care Unit at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg with that designation specified.

Don’t worry Dad, we will look after Mom for you! Love you always! Rest in Peace.

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MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE / DONATIONS

Carolyn Westington - April 27, 2022

Dear Donna and Family, Our deepest sympathies Doug was always a pleasure to chat with when he was in golfing. Sincerely, The Management and Staff of Baxter Creek Golf Club

Donna Smith and Family - April 26, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Donna Smith and Family - April 26, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit

Roland & Maureen Sirois - April 16, 2022

Sending my deepest condolences to you Donna and the rest of your family. What an amazing and caring man! He was instrumental in guiding and mentoring us to handle some of life situations. He was a gift to humanity. Our prayers and love are with you Donna and your sons during this sad time. Doug would be saying to live your life to the fullest and he will be your angel from above guiding you. He will be missed by all the lives he touched. Rest In Peace Doug.

Mary - April 4, 2022

Donna and family: My sincere condolences go out to you. Doug was such a gentle soul who always had a smile on his face. I would always ask him how you were doing Donna and he would always reply, "She would say she is fine, that's what I'm supposed to say!" with a twinkle in his eye. He lived life to the fullest and was always in a hurry to get to the next sporting event. He talked about his sons with much love and pride. Rest in peace Doug.

Denise and Nick Befanis - April 4, 2022

Our deepest condolences to Donna and the entire family.

Parker Research Center - Katie and Chris - March 31, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit

Marg and Bob Vezina - March 28, 2022

Our sincere condolences to Donna and family. Doug loved his family. We shared some great times and lots of laughs. Donna and I will continue to share great memories of you. You were such a great and humble man and will be missed by so many people. Love and miss you Doug. Hugs.

veronica hotchkiss....Lane - March 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit

Patrick Toomey - March 23, 2022

Sending my deepest condolences to you Donna and the rest of your family. I met Dr Smith over 2 years ago, at a low point in my life. His knowledge, experience and attitude towards making me a better performer and a better human was truly a blessing. I am beyond thankful for the bond and relationship we built up, not only with me but with my whole family. Dr Doug will be sadly missed but forever remembered in my mind.

Joan(Lane)Ducharme and Paul - March 23, 2022

Donna, Phil, Dean, Lisa &Jane and family, so sorry to hear of Douglas death, our deepest compassion and prayers are with you in this loss.

SHARON WALLER - March 23, 2022

Sending are condolences from the Waller family hugs to you Gail and family xoxoxo

Gillian Leigh - March 22, 2022

I have known Doug and Donna for many decades since our University years; I send Donna and all her family my sincere love and affection, for I am sure she will be missing her loving and vibrant partner. I pray for the continued health of Donna and her family, for I know that Doug's spirit will continue to be present among them all. Their many friends will be grateful for how much Doug achieved, and will remember him with affection and gratitude for all that he has shared.

Elaine Porter - March 21, 2022

Donna and Family, I’m very sorry for the loss of Doug. He was a great guy and will be missed by so many people. Prayers and sympathy to all of you.

David and Gayle Hobson - March 21, 2022

Dear Donna, Phil, Lisa, Dean, Jane and Grandchildren, Our hearts reach out to you and your family as you navigate this heavy loss of Doug. As I reflect on the years I'm reminded of the many wonderful memories I have spending time with my cousins as the most memorable and unforgettable. One such memory is frozen in time for me. It was a summer day and I went to join our Smith cousins in Grandpa Lane's barn just knowing this was going to be fun. We swung on ropes like Tarzan from one side of the barn to the other high in there air. Brian, Doug and Bob, fearless and fun loving encouraged me to go higher and higher to shrieks of laughter and squeals of excitement. We had the time of our lives! When I think of Doug, I will picture him flying high up in the rafters free and happy. David and I are thinking of the wonderful moments that we shared with Doug and will celebrate the incredible life he lived and the difference he made to us. Love,David and Gayle xo

Gayle and David Hobson - March 20, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Stephanie Slack - March 19, 2022

I was so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I am thinking of you all and remembering happy times spent with your family. Sending my love to you all. Xxxooo

Margaret and Christina Cicci - March 17, 2022

Christina and I are saddened at hearing of Dr. Smith’s passing. It has been many years since Dr. Smith helped guide us through a very difficult time in our family. We will always be grateful for his kindness. Our condolences to his family.

Danielle - March 16, 2022

I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, Donna. He was such a humble and gentle soul. His love for you was so evident whenever we spoke. You and your family will continue to be in our prayers.

Anne Tesluk - March 16, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Thomas Gilbert - March 16, 2022

I feel extremely privileged to have had Dr. Doug's support as my Sports Psychologist over the last six months. His wisdom, experience, and counseling were a huge help to me in finding new ways to think about my performance both good and bad. Implementing his ideas has helped me to up my game very noticeably. I will be forever grateful for the guidance and the friendship that Dr. Doug extended to me.

Miriam and Herb Terry - March 16, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Miriam Terry - March 16, 2022

What a lovely tribute! Herb and I are saddened by Doug's passing but we are pleased that the struggle is over. We wish Donna and the family peace as they navigate through life without him.

Jan and Steve Fluke - March 16, 2022

Dear Donna and family, there are no words to soften your loss. We didn't know Doug well but enjoyed chatting with him whenever we would meet in the neighbourhood. No finer testament to a life well lived is leaving this world a vastly better place for having been here. Doug accomplished that.

Kim Tan - March 16, 2022

I met Doug and his family at The Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. I am saddened at the passing of Doug, a loving husband and father to Donna, Phil and Dean.

William & Lois Grant - March 16, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit

Cathy and Wes Witlox - March 16, 2022

We didn't know Doug well, but we saw him often on our walks, and he always was friendly and kind and genuinely interested in how things were with us. We are very sad to hear of his passing as he seemed so young still and vibrant. Our condolences to his family.

Pat and BJ Bowen - March 16, 2022

Our heart felt sorrow to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with during this time. Doug was a great guy and he will be missed by all who knew him. Many great times at the Grafton Inn. ❤️

Brill family - March 16, 2022

Sorry for your loss Donna and family. Dr. Doug enriched many peoples lives. The advice he gave us still to this day rings often in our daily lives and inspires us to stay true and strong. Rest In Peace Dr. Doug.

Terri MacKinnon - March 15, 2022

Donna and family: I'm saddened to hear of your loss. Your beautiful memorial message paints a loving portrait of an exceptional man who lead an extraordinarily accomplished life. I hope that you can take some solace in knowing the profound, positive impact that Doug has had so many lives. You are in my thoughts as you grieve this loss. May peace be with you.

Patrick Deady - March 15, 2022

We all are grateful m for the life and love of Doug, I give my most heartfelt empathy and familial love to all the family and friends in whom Doug will live on though.

Phyllis Lusader - March 15, 2022

Peter and I met Doug on a cruise to Australia in the gym. Then we got to meet you Donna. You both were so much fun to be with. Never will forget our Hawaii experience when we almost missed the ship. Loved getting to cruise with you both. So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Phyllis Lusader

Ms. Candace Morrison - March 15, 2022

My deepest condolences to Phil, Lisa and your family, especially your Mother. I so just so sorry for your loss. You are in my heart, my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

rhonda cantle - March 15, 2022

My deepest condolences to Donna, Phil and Dean at the loss of their beautiful husband/father. He will live on through all of your memories, all of your love.

Judy Cyr - March 15, 2022

We are so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Donna and family we cannot say how much Douglas Lane Smith helped our family learn, grow, and love through great times and troubling times. Without Doug's professional guidance our lives would be much different than we are today. One session we laugh about even today, along with our tears. Benny & I had decided to take a trip to Hawaii and to take along our oldest grandson Carson who was about 10 years old at the time. Nathan is Carson's younger brother who was about 7 at the time and we felt he was too young to be that far away without Mom & Dad. He also had the vocabulary and persuasion tactics of a seasoned politician. We couldn't make him understand why he was being left behind. We decided to take Nathan to a family session to ask Doug's assistance to help us deliver our decision to Nathan. Well, Nathan had an answer for all of Doug's logic and questions and at the end of the session, Doug said 'I guess he goes to Hawaii'. And he did. Nathan is now 18 years old and still has very strong debate abilities that always reminds us of this session with Doug. Our family will always remember Doug with great fondness, and appreciation for all he has done for our family professionally and as a friend. Sincere Condolences Donna & Family. Benny & Judy Cyr & family

Brenda Turnpenney - March 15, 2022

I was so saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I first met him when he was our school psychologist back in the eighties in Scarborough.It was so interesting to meet up again in Grafton many years later. He certainly lived a full and satisfying life. He will be missed.Thinking of you Donna and your family at this most difficult time. Sincere condolences, Brenda and Colin Turnpenney.

Barry Wood - March 15, 2022

So sorry to hear the passing of Doug! We had many chats when he visited the Toyota dealership always grinding a deal! Donna and family my family and I are thinking of you all at this difficult time! ❤️

Janette Johnston - March 15, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Steven Medley - March 15, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit

Steven Medley - March 15, 2022

My deepest condolences to the Smith family. Doug was an impressively intelligent person, caring and knowledgeable. We met at the Oshawa Golf Club, and I think one of the first rounds Doug ever played there was with me. He was a very good player but his interests extended far beyond golf. I worked on his campaign when he ran for the provincial parliament in the 1980s. I knew both Phil and Dean when they were boys. Although we saw less of each other after Doug and Donna moved away from Oshawa, I would run into him occasionally at the club. My thoughts are with Donna, Phil and Dean and their families at this time of mourning. Truly a great loss.

Donald & Linda Gorence - March 15, 2022

Our heartfelt condolences to you Donna, your children and family. Doug was a good man, a great golfer and a kind soul. May he RIP. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Don & Linda Gorence

Dan Hostick - March 15, 2022

Doug. So many great memories. We laughed, shared thoughts and challenged each other. Thanks for sharing so much with me and all who were lucky enough to know you. You will be missed by all. Dan

Kate McDowell - March 15, 2022

My sincere condolences to Donna, Phil, Dean and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Margaret and John Wright - March 15, 2022

Our deepest condolences.

Lesley Cyr - March 15, 2022

My condolences to you and your amazing family. Doug was a wonderful man and adored his family and especially you. He would mention your bravery and strength in a lot of our sessions. It was a pleasure to meet him and was an honour to have him in our family wellness. He has helped so many people including myself. I can't understand what you must be feeling but know there are a lot of people including myself here for you. Prayers and strength are sent your way. All the best Lesley & family xo

Arthur Galley - March 15, 2022

Dr. Doug: a fine man whom I liked very much. My sympathy to his family.

Arthur Galley - March 15, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit

Kay & Tink Beckman - March 15, 2022

Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the beloved family of Doug...a gentlemen and a gentle man. We feel very blessed to have crossed paths with Doug a couple decades ago, and had the opportunity to have met him, spent quality, fun, relaxing, down time away from his professional life...but, only a phone call away from those that needed his expertise and guidance long distance. Doug was a dedicated individual to all he loved, knew and met...Rest in Peace...until all are together again!

Patricia Doktor - March 15, 2022

I’m sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts are with you and your family. Your fond memories will bring you comfort. Patricia

Randy Stark - March 15, 2022

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Doug thru golf at Baxter Creek. During our rounds he was focused but patient and engaging. Was a fine round of golf and a fine man. R.I.P. Dr. Doug

John and Barbara Plantz - March 15, 2022

We met Doug and Donna during our retirement years …actually Doug never retired…in New Smyrna Beach Florida. And, we all just clicked! They became super good friends. We always looked forward to the winter months to share fun times with them. Doug was just so good at everything he did…and, he was so willing to help others. If it weren’t for Doug I would probably still be in the sand trap at Sarabande golf course in Leesburg, FL.! Doug enjoyed life, he enjoyed his work, his family, friends, and most of all spending quality time with his lovely Donna. Doug will always be in our thoughts. He had a wry sense of humor and we loved to see that little boy smile he had. His entire family have our condolences. We love you, Doug. Till we meet again. ❤️🙏🏼

Lisa and Ian Hrycak - March 15, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to you Donna and family. We got the pleasure to meet Doug and was a very kind, passionate person. He will be greatly missed. Hrycak family

Don and Julie Ralph - March 15, 2022

We share in this time of grief, but also share in the love and memories of Dr. Doug Smith. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. We will always cherish the beautiful memories we shared. He was an incredible friend who always looked out for us and I will always keep our times and memories spent on the golf course close to my heart.

Jane Chamberlin - March 15, 2022

Doug was such a wonderful person who loved life ,his wife & family.I will miss him very much . My condolences to his wife Donna & family..I hope he is with Lance . Love, Jane Chamberlin

Mike Moyer - March 15, 2022

Doug was a great golfer I played with him many times at Baxter Creek golf course . Wouldn't say much as he was right into his game but a pleasure to play with . Rest in peace Doug enjoy your new golf courses. Mike

Ron & Edna Johnson - March 15, 2022

Our sincerest sympathies to the family. R. & E Johnson

Todd Cyr - March 15, 2022

My sincere condolences to Donna, Doug’s sons and family. Doug changed my life for the better. I m forever great full Doug came into my life. I think of his positivity and you can do anything you set your mind to every morning I get up. A great friend, mentor , someone I looked up too. Gone way to soon. I’m glad we chatted recently Doug. May you Rest In Peace.

Jennifer and Ken Litton - March 14, 2022

Ken and I were so very sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you, Donna and family. We had some great times in Grafton on the Lakeshore at your home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Laurie Lane-Suiker - March 14, 2022

Such sad news. My deepest sympathies. Laurie Lane-Suiker (daughter of Lou and Dorothy Lane)

Sean O'Brien - March 14, 2022

My sincere condolences to Donna, Phil, Dean, Lisa, Jane and everyone in the Smith family. Doug was not only a colleague, but a trusted friend and an amazing mentor to me. I still cannot believe that he is gone, as I continue to hear his voice speaking to me in that humorous, supportive, and spirited manner that I still cherish. We had long conversations about psychology, life, legacy, and family. I can assure you that he spoke to me at length about his love for you all. He was taken from us far too early, but I will always remember him as a warm and supportive friend and I will be forever thankful that he was a part of my life.

Roger Hardy - March 14, 2022

I was lucky to meet Doug! He had my respect. He invited me to play a game of golf one day and l believe he let me beat him by one stroke. I wish Donna and the whole family my sincere condolences.

Eurico Da Silva - March 14, 2022

My sincerest condolences to Donna and the entire family. Dr. Smith was an amazing person and I am so grateful for all the guidance he gave me.

Susan Frank - March 14, 2022

My deepest condolences to Donna and the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Doug on just a few occasions, and he left the impression of a true gentleman and kind soul. May his memories live forever in your hearts. Sincerely Susan-jane Frank

Charlotte Greer - March 14, 2022

Tony and I have you and your family in our hearts and we send our deepest condolences to you all at this sad time.

Laura & Rene Roberge - March 14, 2022

Donna & Family We are so saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a kind & compassionate person who was always interested in hearing about others. You are all in our thoughts. RIP

Mike Currie - March 14, 2022

Rest in peace. To the family of Dr Doug I wish you peace and prayers during this time. Dr Doug was an excellent golfer, a friend and a class act.

Larry and Marilyn - March 14, 2022

Dear Donna and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time . You have so many wonderful of Doug , carry them close to your heart and your loved one will always be with you. Love , Marilyn and Larry

Larry and Marilyn - March 14, 2022

Dear Donna and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time . You have so many wonderful of Doug , carry them close to your heart and your loved one will always be with you. Love , Marilyn and Larry

Christopher Toomey - March 14, 2022

During this difficult time, Smith family, please take comfort that Dr Doug has changed many lives for the better. He was a wise fighter and champion for us to trigger our potential. His inspiration in us will live on forever.

Brenda Rice - March 14, 2022

Donna, Phil, Lisa Dean, Jane and all the grandchildren my heart goes out to all of you and your loss is also my loss as Doug’s sister. He will be forever missed. There is a bright extra star shining up above with your name on it Douglas Lane Smith