Douglas Wolfe

Douglas Wolfe

(May 7, 1955 – July 29, 2022) 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Doug passed away July 29, 2022 peacefully at his home in Port Lambton, surrounded by his family at the age of 67 following a short but hard fought battle with cancer. 

Doug was a husband, father, papa, brother, cousin, uncle and friend.  Doug was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Reta Wolfe of Wallaceburg.  He was a loving husband of 29 years to Liz Wolfe.  An amazing father to Jenn Tremblay (Shawn), Judy Wolfe, Craig Hazen, Lindsey Hazen (Andrew).  Adoring Papa to Brayden, Dylan, Elyana, Reed, Parker and Grayson.  Beloved brother to Bob Wolfe, Pat Simpson (Brad), and Susan Lawrence.  Dear brother in law to Nellie Barton (Barry), Wayne Van Opstal (Lynn), Adrian Van Opstal, Harry Van Opstal (Bonnie), and Jim Van Opstal (Darlene).  Doug will also be fondly remembered often as the ‘favourite’ uncle by many loving nieces and nephews. 

While he was taken from us too soon, Doug lived his life to the absolute fullest.  Doug had many passions, first and foremost was his love for his family, which was his pride and joy.  And for those that knew Doug’s friendship knew they were family too.  

Doug had a passion for the game of baseball, and was honoured many times at the Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame.  He also shared his love for the game coaching his daughters growing up, as well as the Port Lambton Pirates; “those guys are crazy” he would say through tears of laughter.  His grandsons followed in his footsteps with their love of sports and Doug couldn’t have been a more proud Papa at the arena and ball diamond.  

Doug could tell hunting and fishing stories for hours from over the years.  While Doug could remember every moose or fish, it was the love and laughter that he shared with his closest friends and family during those times that shined through in his stories the most.  

Doug loved to spend his winters traveling with friends and family, and his summers on the water.  Behind the wheel of his boat was his favourite place to be.  Any day on the water was a great day for Doug and he was able to spend his last few days at home on the canal.  

There will be no service as per Doug’s request, however a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Instead, the family asks you to raise a cold one in his honour and true Doug fashion.  Cheers! 


28 Comments on “Douglas Wolfe”

  1. Wow … haven’t seen him for years but such a nice guy with great personality ! Do hope things go as well as they can for his family !
    Deepest condolences ! Chris and Cathy Poole

  2. Our thoughts are with Doug’s family. As a friend and neighbour, one thing that became obvious to us very quickly was the love Doug had for his Wife, children, and Grandchildren! Doug was quick to befriend everyone he met, and where Doug was, there was sure to be lots of laughter (and cold drinks :)). Doug taught all of those around him the importance of family and friendship, something we can all carry forward in the days ahead to honour him. We were blessed to have known you, Doug. Until we meet again ❤️

  3. Omg I’m so sad to hear this. Nicest guy ever. Our condolences to Liz and all the family ❤️ Nic and Steve

  4. So very sorry for your loss

    Scott enjoyed working with Doug very much – and became friends through work.
    He was always smiling and enjoyed our golf games together

    His larger than life presence will be missed

    Our Condolences to Liz and Family

    Scott &Jocelyn Moberly

  5. There’s a heavy heart writing this…Liz and family…our deepest sympathies.
    It was many years ago when Ron and I met you guys at a bar…ohhh reallly?….while on vacation in St.Martin. Something huge clicked and we got to be besties in a hurry. Over the years we had so many awesome times together whether it was St. Martin, Costa Rica, Freelton, Port Lambton, Jimmy Buffett concerts, and many parts in between. When I think of Doug I have to smile, I can hear his ‘signature’ laugh and man did we hear it a lot.
    Doug taught me how to fish. The first time out, he did the worm thing for me and I got my line in the water and after about 5 minutes I said this is too heavy, I can’t hold this all day….Doug said ‘ Aud, you caught a fish’….yup had a big ass bass on my hook!!! Doug was so happy being captain on his boat…he loved cruising around finding some out of the way bar cause yup we always needed another beer and/or mudslide!!
    To us Doug was a best friend but we know he was also a best husband, father, grampy, uncle and chef! Who made a better prime rib, fillet mignon or perch fry!
    Liz and family….we all miss him already…I hope that soon all these happy memories will turn our tears to smiles.
    Luv you all….Ron and Audrey

  6. My sympathies in the passing of Doug – certainly taken too early.
    I will always remember his support at the hockey rink – always smiling and supportive of the kids…..and even let us know if we sucked 🙂

    I hope fond memories get you thru difficult days ahead.

    – The Stewart Family

  7. Liz… Our hearts go out to you and the entire family… being neighbours for years… We know how much you guys enjoyed being on the water… always entertaning and enjoying the beauty of living on the water… and for sure we will miss his smile and wave from the deck or side yard as we are coming and going out of the canal… May you Rest In Peace Doug… and we will see out on the river or the lake!!!❤️

  8. Our deepest condolences to you Liz and your family!! We have only lived in the neighborhood for one year. Doug was one of the first persons we met on our morning walk. As my husband is struggling with the battle of cancer one of the last things Doug said to me one day I was having a ruff day was if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask!! He seemed like a very kind man We liked him from the first time we met him!! So sorry again for your loss !!

  9. I had the pleasure of playing ball with Wolfy growing up as kids then as his coach on our Wallaceburg Warrior provincial championship teams. There were very few lefty’s in the province who could match Doug’s control and variety of pitches. More than that, beating within in his chest was the heart of a champion. He was unflappable even in the tensest situation but what I remember most fondly was his laugh which was full, deep and genuine. Donna and I are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was always the read deal, thoughtful and kind whenever I bumped into him over the years.

  10. Liz and family, we are so very sad to hear that the world has lost another bright light.
    Doug was such a positive, generous person. May he rest in peace.

    Cathy and Greg Langis

  11. Liz, to you and your family we extend our condolences and are saddened to hear of Doug passing. Take Care!

  12. Liz and family, Jack and I send our sincere sympathies upon hearing of Doug’s death. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jack and Anne Kurt

  13. Liz and family you have our deepest sympathy. Doug was a good friend and all the years I knew him he always had a smile on his face. He will always be remembered and we will certainly tip a cocktail in him memory. Deb & Jim

  14. I grew up with Doug and Bob and his family living directly behind my house (Dundas St). We spent hours on end playing outside (rain or shine) until my dad would whistle for us to come home for supper or bed. Those were the best days and I am so pleased that Doug was part of my youth. My condolences to Doug’s family.

  15. Liz and family,my deepest codolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Doug was a great friend and colleague. He will certainly be missed but never forgotten.

  16. Dear Liz and family, Dale and I are sorry for your loss. We remember Doug’s great smile and wonderful laugh. May your many happy memories help you at this difficult time.
    Jan and Dale Kurt

  17. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Liz and family, Doug was a very long friend, colleague and employee. He truely loved his family, and friends, always enjoyed running into you guys on a Sunday afternoon at the Salt Docks, back when it was an easy a regular outing. I will miss him as will many, but I will never forget him. RIP buddy and Cheers

  18. Liz and family – please accept our deepest sympathy – So sad – sometimes life makes no sense – someone so vibrant, generous, warm and full of life should not have been taken. You are all in our thoughts – offering support at this time as you deal with this loss. We will miss seeing him in the neighbourhood enjoying his yard, boat, friends and family – sincere condolences.

  19. We are so sorry to hear about Doug. Our thoughts are with all of you at this most difficult time.

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