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John INGLIS

John Douglas (Doug) Inglis, aged 80, peacefully passed away at C.E.E. Hospital in Petrolia on August 20, 2023. Doug was a beloved husband to Shannon Inglis for 44 years and a devoted father to Colleen Elizabeth Inglis.

Doug is survived by his dear sister, Joan, and her husband Matt Janes of St. Thomas, as well as their children, Sara Janes of Thunder Bay and Andy Janes of Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Doug is survived by sister-in-law Julie London, nephew Rob London, and niece Alexis London of Chatham and Toronto. Sadly, Doug was predeceased by his father and mother-in-law Alec and Audrey Bolton of Shetland, as well as his first wife, Mary Inglis, and their stillborn son Christopher. He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law Louisa Bishop and sister-in-law Laura Walter.

Born on January 10, 1943, in St. Thomas, Doug spent his early years there and at various R.C.A.F. bases. He returned to St. Thomas in 1958 to complete high school before graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1963. Doug dedicated 34 years of his life to teaching history, geography, and law at L.C.C.V.I. in Petrolia. He was also actively involved in coaching junior football, hockey, and curling.

Doug made significant contributions to the community through his involvement in Petrolia Town Council as a Councillor from 1978 to 1982 and as the Reeve of the Town of Petrolia from 1982 to 1985. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society from 1982 to 1991. Following his retirement, Doug became a respected writer, publishing a biography of Harold Robert Nicol, founder of the Helen Kavanagh Nicol Scholarship. He also wrote regular columns for the Petrolia Topic and the Sarnia Observer, sharing his opinions and his love for curling. Furthermore, Doug volunteered for the Ontario Curling Association, dedicating over 15 years to coaching and officiating youth competitions.

Doug will be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm for rock and roll, ABBA, and dancing. He was passionate about travel, photography, and had an unwavering support for the Toronto Blue Jays.

A visitation and reception will be held at Needham-Jay Funeral Home in Wyoming on September 14, 2023, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at Hillsdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation, the Nicol Community Scholarship Fund, or a charity of choice. Memories and condolences can be shared online at http://www.NeedhamJay.com.

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