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Douglas "Doug" Olie

Olie, Douglas "Doug" William, 89, of Windsor and Spryfield, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in the Dykeland Lodge, Windsor. Builder, entrepreneur, gardener, genealogist and historian; much-loved brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Doug was born in Spryfield NS, and went to school there, and served in Civil Defense and the Navy Cadets during World War II. He also saw service in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Reserve) postwar. After working with his grandfather, Arthur Kidston, he briefly moved to Oshawa, Ontario, where he was employed by General Motors, before returning to his beloved home province. From 1954 – 1961 he worked for his father in Olie Construction Ltd., which built the first St. Paul’s United Church, Elizabeth Sutherland School and Leiblin Park Subdivision in Spryfield as well as several other projects. In 1959 he met and married his wife, Joyce Elizabeth (Nickerson). They lived in a house on Linden Lane in the subdivision until 1988, where they raised a daughter and three sons. During these years Doug and his father owned and operated Birchlee Court Mobile Home Park in Harrietsfield. In 1973, Doug and Joyce bought a parcel of land in Bramber, Hants Co., and put in a mobile home as a cottage, which is where Doug often said he spent his happiest years. After the sale of Birchlee Court, the couple relocated to Windsor, where Doug, working with his sons, lovingly renovated a century home which he and Joyce then operated as Meander Inn Bed & Breakfast for nearly ten years in a multi-generational household. Doug was a master at reinventing himself and enjoyed many careers after most would have retired. He worked clearing brush under power lines and installing community mailboxes with his great friend and brother in law, Sandy Saulnier. He went back to school at age 65 and got his commercial truck driving certificate and drove for a company that moved medical waste. After a time, he worked for Atlantic Gardens with his daughter, delivering plants all over the Maritimes. Doug went on to work as the maintenance supervisor for Windsor United Church while he and Joyce lived nearby on King Street. Doug finally accepted retirement at age 74 and cared for Joyce during her illness. After Joyce passed in 2004, Doug moved back to live at Bramber, where he stayed for the next eight years in the summers, until he required regular personal care. Doug returned to Halifax for several years to live with his daughter, and then resided at Parkland, in Clayton Park, before settling in at Dykeland Lodge, back in his second hometown, Windsor. He is survived by his children, David, Lisa, Bruce, and Jason (Andrea Clarke,) granddaughters Jessica McDonald (Leighton Gingrich), Taylor, Rebekah and their mother Cathy Longaphy, great-grandsons Garrett and William McDonald, sister in law Marilyn Saulnier (Sandy), nephew Peter Benson and niece Dawn Petitpas. Doug was predeceased by his father, William (“Bill”) Olie, his mother Elizabeth (“Pearl”) (Kidston), two sisters, Joan, and Judy (Benson), and his wife, Joyce. Throughout his life, he was a member of the United Church of Canada, the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, and the Imperial Order of Oddfellows. The family offers very special thanks to the staff of Dykeland Lodge for their loving care of our Dad over these past few years. Sincere thanks as well to Dr. Ernest Johnson, Dr. David MacDonald, and Dr. Iona Wile. The family will hold two celebrations of Doug’s life this summer, in Windsor and Spryfield. Details to follow. Arrangements are under the care of the Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0.Donations in memory can be made to Myeloma Canada:

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