September 25, 1935 – Vancouver, BC
July 5, 2014 – Okotoks, AB
Douglas Schiller beloved husband of Fay of Calgary, passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 78 years.
Doug was born in Vancouver, BC on September 25, 1935. At three years of age, he was sent to Saskatchewan and until he was nineteen, was lovingly raised by his grandparents. There, he became involved in Scouts Canada and received the Queen’s Scout Award and remained active until his seventies. Doug moved to Vancouver and started working at Woodward’s Department Stores in the drug area as a stock boy. His advancements continued, and he opened up the Children’s Wear and Lingerie Divisions in Edmonton and then to Calgary to open divisions in Market Mall. Doug ended his career with Woodward’s as a zone manager of the Calgary area in 1989, after thirty-five years of service. He moved on and became a corporate travel manager at a large firm for five years. In this time frame, he and Fay also became actively involved with Amway and with much success in their business, Summit Ent., Doug was able to retire early. He was very involved with Scouts, from cub leader to service scouter for South Calgary High River Black Diamond area, then regional camp director and honours and awards committee for the Calgary region. In 1981, Doug served at the Canadian Jamboree and maintained five stores that fed 12,000 plus people. In 1983, the World Jamboree was in Kananaskis, and he was the assistant quartermaster for over 14,000 people. During the Jamboree, this area was the fourth largest city per capita in Alberta because of all the visitors and scouts from around the world. His faith was of great importance to him, and he became a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus and worked in various areas until his passing. He was also a Hospitality and Eucharistic minister at his local church of residence and sang in the choir at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church as well as nursing homes in the area. As far as recreation went, the mountains were beckoning. Camping and climbing throughout the Rockies and area with his sons and wife were his joy. Doug also enjoyed travelling the world, golf, going to sports events and social gatherings with family and many friends, and playing guitar, accordion and harmonica. His family was everything to him, and his greatest love was his wife, best friend and soul mate Fay, his sons, and their families. Many a night he would reminisce about the camping trips, climbing expeditions and close calls had on a few of them. Having friends and family over for a meal, cards, a party, sing-a-longs or just to talk was invaluable to him. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Besides his loving wife Fay of fifty years, Douglas leaves behind three sons, James Douglas (Jan Roger) of Spain, Kenneth Richard (Melody) of Calgary and Roy Patrick (Jordan) of Kelowna, BC; one grandson Cameron of Kelowna, BC; and two step-grandchildren Daine and Dalten of Calgary, AB. He was predeceased by his mother Betty Ostertag, step-father Jack Ostertag, and step-sister Louise Meldrum.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the wonderful facility that so lovingly cared for Doug’s physical and spiritual well-being for over seven weeks, the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org.
In living memory of Douglas Schiller, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences