JENKINS, Douglas Clayton

April 16, 1933 - May 23, 2023

It is with extremely heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Douglas Jenkins. Peacefully with his sons by his side, at Guelph General Hospital in his 91st year. Loving, caring and devoted husband to (Dolcey) Marie (nee McMullen), married in Toronto on a very hot June 4th in 1955.  Loving and wonderful father of Russ (Nancy), Gail (Terry) Lamorea, Debbie (Lyle) Strickland and Ken (Ruth). Very proud grandfather of Anthony (Audra), Liane (Chris), Jennifer (Matt), Bryan (Meaghan), Aaron (Brianna) and Jacob (Caitlin). Great-Grandfather of 11. Predeceased by his parents Elmer Russell Jenkins and Evelyn Pearl (nee Robbins), and his 5 brothers Cecil “Sharkey”, Elmer, Harry, William “Bill” and Gerald “Jerry”. Doug enjoyed a long retirement after 22 years with the Wellington County Board of Education and 17 years as a guard at the Ontario Reformatory. He enjoyed all of his jobs but took the most pride in having the cleanest schools while being a head custodian with the school board at both Waverley Drive and finally Brant Avenue until he retired in 1996. He loved to sing and play guitar and entertained at many of the Guelph and area retirement homes, he was always up for a good game of cards and enjoyed lunches and dinners at many local churches. Doug had many fond memories of his younger years playing hardball with his brothers and would share a story with anyone who would listen. The family has many fond memories of road trips with a trailer travelling much of Ontario and the Eastern provinces until the trailer was parked at Driftwood Beach and many years were enjoyed and more memories were made there. Doug worked hard and made sure he instilled this attitude in his children – “if anything is worth doing; it is worth doing it right”. Dad’s best advice given was “don’t take any wooden nickels” and “always eat dessert first”. Special thanks to the 7th floor staff, and his favourite nurse Mark, for the wonderful care Doug received keeping him comfortable in his last days and Dr. Harvey for respecting his wishes to the end. As it was his desire, a celebration of Doug’s life will be held at a later date.Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel 519-822-0051 / In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stroke, Guelph General Hospital or Arkell United Church if desired. When leaving Dad always said “If I don’t see you through the week, I will see you through the window”. A tree will be planted in memory of Douglas C. Jenkins in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.

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