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Light, Douglas Walter
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Walter Light at the Sarcee Carewest Hospice on Sunday, June 22, 2008 after a lengthy illness at the age of 74 years.
Doug was born on October 1, 1933 in the house his father built in Battleford, Saskatchewan. His father F.G. Light, the son of an early N.W.M.P. Officer was born in the barracks at Fort Battleford. His mother was of the historic Gunn family who trace their ancestry in Western Canada back to the 1700’s through the Selkirk Settlers of Red River. Doug attended Battleford Central School, Battleford Collegiate Institute and Notre Dame College, Wilcox Saskatchewan where he formed a life long friendship with Pere Athol Murray. After leaving school, Doug worked alongside his father at the Lighthouse Service Station and Garage, later becoming partner in the business.
In his childhood, Doug developed a keen interest in the Mounted Police, Fur Traders, Indians and military history of the west. By age seventeen Doug had his own room in the Commanding Officers house at Fort Battleford displaying his historical artifacts.
In 1956 Doug was hired as a curator for the Luxton Museum in Banff. While living in Banff, Doug travelled extensively collecting historical artifacts. Doug and family moved to Calgary in 1966 and he became the curator of the Ethnology Department and later Director of Collections for Glenbow. While with Glenbow he wrote and published “Tattooing Practices of the Cree Indians”. In 1976 Doug joined Parks Canada as Western Director of Historic Sites until his retirement in 1987. During his retirement he continued to be involved with the Buffalo Nations Museum in Banff and the Military Museum in Calgary. He also wrote and published “Footprints in the Dust”, according to some the best account of the North West Rebellion of 1885, telling the story from both perspectives. He then began working on a regimental history of the 22nd Sask. Light Horse. Sadly, he did not live to see this published.
He was an active member of the Lord Selkirk Assoc of Rupert’s Land, Winnipeg, a director of the Battleford N.W. Historical Society, a director of Buffalo Nations Museum in Banff and of the Museum of the Fur Trade, Chardon, Nebraska. He was a member of the Metis Societies of both Saskatchewan and Manitoba, a member of the Military History Society of Manitoba and a member of Notre Dame College Alumni.
The knowledge he had of the RCMP, military history and the Native community is lost forever and his expertise and sense of humour will be missed by his many friends in the collecting fraternity.
Dad’s lifelong passion for hockey and baseball saw him coaching and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s games. Some of his favourite memories were of summers spent at the family cottage on Jackfish Lake with his grandchildren. Doug was a wonderful and caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Meriel, son Daryl (Linda) Light; daughters Susan McLeod, Laurie Light and Kathryn Light (Earl Caron). Doug is blessed to have nine wonderful grandchildren, Blake, Brittany, Keith, Courtney, Paul, Holly, Jordyn, Kellen and Danica. Doug is also survived by his brother F. Don Light of Battleford; nephew Fred W. Light; nieces Donna and Patricia and numerous cousins. Doug was predeceased by his parents Fred and Reta Light.
A private Funeral Service will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Fred Light Museum (Box 40, Battleford, Saskatchewan S0M 0E0) or to the Carewest Sarcee Hospice (3504 – 29th Street S.W. Calgary, Alberta T3E 4T4). The family wishes to thank the very kind and caring staff at Carewest Sarcee Hospice and Dr. Roode.