Douglas Irwin Sawyer

October 9, 2016
Douglas Irwin Sawyer

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Douglas “Doug” Irwin Sawyer of Paisley, Ontario passed away surrounded by his family at Suncoast Hospice, Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday October 9th, 2016.

In his final days, Doug was surrounded by his beloved wife Jennifer (Zeller) and children Jamie, Hayleigh, Allyssa, and Tristan.  Loving father in law of Jennifer (Orava) and grandfather of cherished granddaughters Clara, Grace, and Haydyn.   Doug is also survived by his dear sisters Linda McLaren of Paisley, RuthAnn and John McClinton of Southampton, Darlene and Dennis Neilly of Paisley, June and Doug Catto of Paisley.  Doug will further be missed by his mother in law Dolly Zeller, brothers/sisters in law Kim Zeller, Becky and Kevin Baldwin, Zach Zeller, Marlene Sawyer, Helen Sawyer, Sandi Sawyer, Lauralee Sawyer, Jack Riley, and treasured nieces and nephews.

Doug was predeceased by his parents Alma (Stade) and Gordon Sawyer, brothers Tom, Larry, Ken, Jim, and Bruce, as well as sisters Karen Matheson and Dorothy Riley.

Friends will be received at the Knox United Church, 399 Goldie Street, Paisley, Ontario on Friday, October 14th, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.  The Paisley Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295 will be holding a legion memorial service at 6:45pm.  A funeral service will be held at Knox United Church, Paisley, on Saturday at 11:00am with Rev. Jason Postma officiating.  Interment Purdy Cemetery.  The family wishes to invite everyone for a celebration of Doug’s life following the funeral service and interment at the Paisley Legion, 338 Goldie Street.

Memorial donations will be sincerely appreciated as expressions of sympathy and can be made to either The Royal Canadian Legion, Paisley Branch #295 (Canada), or Suncoast Hospice at (United States).


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  • October 11, 2016
    Clayton Abraham says:
    Sincere condolences to the Sawyer family. It was a pleasure working with Doug up here in Saskatchewan.

  • October 14, 2016
    Kimberley Zeller and Kiernan Claflin says:
    There are no words! I am blessed to have been a part of Doug's life for the past 21 years! We have so many special memories of great family times spent with Doug that Kiernan and I will treasure, always! Doug was a wonderful brother in law and an amazing uncle! We love him dearly and will miss him greatly! Hugs to my sister Jen and to my nieces and nephews Hayleigh, Allyssa, Tristan, Jamie, and Jen and to Doug's 3 beautiful granddaughters! Love you all! Rest in peace, Doug!

  • October 14, 2016
    Jennifer says:
    Doug was so much to so many. He left a vast imprint during his life's journey. From Paisley to Burlington to Oshawa to Toronto to Tel Aviv to Vancouver to The Northwest Territories to Utah to Saskatchewan to New Mexico to Florida to Paisley. His journey has completed a full circle. FAMILY was the essence of his being. (He was the 11th of 12 children). The love he shared with each of his 6 sisters and 5 brothers was immeasurable. The bond between them is unbreakable. His 4 children and 3 granddaughters were his pride and joy and his life's greatest gifts. He was one of a kind. He had a genuinely kind, caring, unselfish heart. His heart was full of pride: Everyone that knew Doug knew how proud he was of each one of his children. He was well respected, possessed a dedicated work ethic and career which navigated his journey in different directions. He established friendships throughout Canada and the United States. Doug had colleagues from all over North can't go anywhere without meeting someone who's worked with Doug or knows someone who did. He never turned down a card game and had great timing when it came to a pun. He shared his love of country music and hockey with his kids and instilled the importance of family in them. He was strong, fair, generous and always there for you. He will be missed by so many and lives on in his beautiful children and granddaughters...... I was blessed to share part of his journey with him ❤️

  • October 13, 2016
    Earl McAloney says:
    My sincere condolences to the Sawyer family. I will always remember the long nights sitting at K+S with Doug as he discussed his family. I will always have these fond memories of our time working together.

  • October 13, 2016
    Amy & Grant says:
    Special thought & heartfelt prayers are with you & your family during this time of sorrow.

  • October 12, 2016
    Dave McTeer says:
    Jennifer & Family So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Dave McTeer and Doreen Prues, Paisley, Ontario

  • October 12, 2016
    Russ Kerr says:
    So sorry about Doug we had many good times a lifetime ago..RIP pal

  • October 12, 2016
    Kim, Jon, Chelsea & Zach Harrison says:
    Our love, thoughts and prayers Jenn to you and the entire family. Although our families have only known each other for a short time through hockey, it has been an honor to call you and Doug friends. Doug could always make us laugh and there was never a more upfront and honest person. God bless.

  • October 12, 2016
    Doris Gjoka says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss Hayleigh, as well as your family. I love you and I'm here if you need absolutely anything. So proud to be your sister #TLAM!

  • October 11, 2016
    Edmond Syrenne says:
    My sincerest condolences to his family. I really enjoyed working with Doug on the Lanigan project. He always used common sense and was fair to deal with.

  • October 11, 2016
    Adam Seber says:
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Doug's family and friends. Doug had numerous colleagues from all over North can't go anywhere without meeting someone who's worked with Doug or know someone who did. I was lucky to work with him in Saskatchewan and not only learn about work, but learn about Doug as a person. He was so proud of his family, had great timing when it came to a pun, and he was always there for you. I'll miss you, Doug.

  • October 11, 2016
    Dave Reycroft says:
    Weekends watching our boys play the game we love. Hockey. He was always so proud of Tristan, loved talking olde tyme hockey with Doug. God has a winger now. Godbless.

  • October 11, 2016
    Terri and Dean Knaus says:
    Thinking about you all during this difficult time. May you all find peace in your wonderful memories.

  • October 11, 2016
    Gloria Parker says:
    Deepest Sympathy Jennifer and family.

  • October 11, 2016
    Melissa Kanmacher says:
    My sincere sympathies to Jennifer and her children.

  • October 11, 2016
    Tony Digjammo says:
    So many hockey weekends spent together. We all will miss his smile and laugh. Prayers to all of you and know you will see him again one day.

  • October 11, 2016
    Brian Cuzner says:
    My deepest sympathy to the Sawyer family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • October 11, 2016
    Barry and Beth Howe says:
    Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time, Doug will be missed by many...

  • October 11, 2016
    Brennon McNabb says:
    My deepest sympathies to those closest to Doug. He was a great mentor and friend who is dearly missed.

  • October 11, 2016
    Donna Bonderud says:
    Our deepest sympathy to you Jennifer and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • October 11, 2016
    Paula Brookbank says:
    Our sincere sympathy for the passing of Doug. May you find strength in the knowledge that he will be missed by so many.

  • October 11, 2016
    Taylor says:
    Doug was amazing, hilarious and smart! He loved his kids very much and I'm so happy to have met them through him. Sending so much love to his beautiful wife and children.