Jan 15, 2018
Douglas Ralph (Doug) Piercey of Courtenay died in Comox Valley hospital on January 15, after a long illness. Born in Hopeall Newfoundland in 1944, Doug had lived in the Valley for over 25 years.
He retired after being terribly injured in a mining accident in 1989, and was a fixture at his local Tim Hortons where he could often be found in the company of friends, putting the world to rights.
He relished an argument on virtually any topic, befriended many, asked a lot of inappropriate questions, and was a shameless flirt to the very end. His mercurial temper belied a soft and generous heart; he’d been known to empty his pockets for people in need and readily opened his home to those who were struggling. Though limited by his injuries and illness later in life, he still loved the great outdoors. He didn’t own a horse, but did own a saddle and four pairs of cowboy boots, in case he came across a horse that needed riding.
He was a loving and devoted father to Michele, and had reconnected with two adult children – Nathalie and Pierre – who’d been raised by adoptive families. They, and their children, were a tremendous source of joy and pride to him.
He also leaves behind beloved sisters Margaret, Alice, Joan and Linda, sister-in-law Jaqueline, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He has joined his brother Neil in heaven, where they are no doubt bickering about politics over coffee.
Our whole family would like to acknowledge the kindness of Vicki Westover, who redefined what it is to be a friend and neighbor. In the process of helping care for Dad, she became part of our family.
Many thanks also to the nurses and doctors of Comox Valley Hospital who treated him with such kindness and care. We know he could be a handful.
Doug did not want a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, you may consider donating to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, one of the few causes with which he had no argument.
Otherwise, please remember him by being kind and generous to each other.