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March 4, 2021

Douglas “Doug” John Storrey of Kincardine died March 4, 2021, at the age of 74. Fred Rogers (of “Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood” fame) said you should think regularly of people who have helped you, people who wanted you to succeed in your ambitions and did whatever was required without complaint or concessions. If you were lucky enough to spend time with Doug, he would be one of those people to you. Anyone who was within earshot of him while the Toronto Maple Leafs were losing, will know that we are not comparing him to Mr. Rogers. However, if you want an example of how to enjoy life completely and leave a legacy of laughter and kindness, there is none better than Doug. Throughout his life, Doug served on countless committees; most recently, the Walker House, Kincardine Cruise Night, and Silver Lake Camp. On every committee, he would offer support for whatever project was being taken on. He gave whatever he could without hesitation: tools, money, but most importantly, his time. He found hours in a day to make things happen. If you asked Doug to do something, you had to be sure it’s what you wanted because there was no opportunity to change your mind - he would already have it done. Doug was a partner at Miller Insurance for 43 years. He was admired and respected at the company, as well in the insurance industry. He served as a mentor and teacher for the team there and it is hard to imagine the office without him in it. His clients were fiercely loyal - as much as he enjoyed seeing them, they enjoyed seeing him. His laugh was huge, without reservation, and gave you a warm happy feeling. One person checking into a resort in Cuba heard a laugh and said to his spouse that it could be only one person. Sure enough, behind a pillar was Doug. Doug was a terrible golfer! He could lose a dozen balls in a round (but find two dozen in the long grass) but his joy of being there made it a complete pleasure for those on the golf course with him. He was also quite a hockey player. He often played defence and if you got around him, you should expect some part of his stick to catch you. This would bring out a shout from the bench of Stooorreyy (instead of sorry). His laughter and wit in the change room, with stories, jokes or poking fun at teammates, always lifted the room. Doug loved his family. When Stacey married and brought a new family into theirs, he bought in fully and without reservation. He excelled at being a grandpa. Those three young children, Sarah, Jana-Leigh and Robby, were soon joined by Slayde, and later, Steve’s children, Charlotte and Olivia. When Slayde was about five years old, she came into a room where Doug was having some business discussions. It was like everyone disappeared and all he saw or heard was his granddaughter. That was the grandfather he was - the world revolved around them. In the past few years, his title was elevated to Big Poppa, Big Grandpa, or Great-Grandpa when Belle, Hayden, Mason, Kaleb and Emmet joined the growing Storrey brood. Steven and Stacey are shining lights for Doug and everything they did brought joy to him. He loved to chat about what they were up to and was very proud of their accomplishments. He was very happy for his kids and the adults they became. His love of musical theatre, hockey and a good argument carries on in both of them. Joan was the love of his life. When asked about the farm, he was always quick to point out it was Joan’s farm, but the happiness they created together on that farm was a result of their partnership. Simply put, Doug loved his life on the farm with Joan. It was perfect. He loved life and it loved him back. If you want to honour Doug, take the time to make other people feel special. Give them your undivided attention. Help them in whatever way you can, expecting nothing in return. Be someone’s Doug. Everyone needs a Doug. A Celebration of Life will follow in warmer weather when all his friends and family can safely raise a glass together. Memorial donations can be made to the Walker House, Silver Lake Camp, or the Canadian Cancer Society as expressions of sympathy and can be made by sending a cheque to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home (cheques made payable to the charity), at 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 1Z5. As a legacy to his little ones, we ask that if you have stories, memories, or photos to share, please forward via E-mail to