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HENDERSON, Douglas

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May 21, 2024

With very heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and brother. Doug passed away on May 21 st from a severe brain injury sustained in a fall on April 16.

Many of you will know Doug through his dedicated work with the Wakefield Community Centre and patient care at the Wakefield Hospital. Doug was a passionate naturalist, photographer and shroomer sharing his mushroom knowledge around the community.

Doug was a humanitarian and loved connecting with people. He was filled with adventure and curiosity inspired by his parents, Jack and Jean Henderson. Doug was born in Hong Kong and spent his early childhood years in Nigeria. This led him to international development, spending four years in Papua New Guinea with CUSO. He returned to Canada with a passion for community engagement, working 10 years with the Southeast Ottawa Community Health Centre. He returned to international work with the International Federation of the Red Cross, continuing to travel and work in Asia and Africa.

Doug left us too soon. He will be sadly missed by his wife Linda, his children Melissa and Jesse, his brother Fred and sisters Sherri and Derin, along with all those who worked and played alongside him. We will forever remember his bright smile, shining blue eyes and kind heart.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be on July 13th at 3:00 PM at the Wakefield Community Centre.

We plan to support charities Doug loved.

Donations can be made here:

https://gofund.me/c23ad485

Please share your memories and photos of Doug here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/hEBhchAZ

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