Richard (Allan) Douglas


Douglas, Richard (Allan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Allan Douglas (Allan) announces his sudden passing on May 10th, 2015 at the age of 71.

Allan is remembered with love by his wife Elaine Douglas, son Warren (Janet) Douglas, nephews Emott & Everett Douglas and the Salkeld family.

Allan was a member of the Gyro Club of Edmonton, the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club and he volunteered with the Centre for Family Literacy.

A memorial service will be held on Friday May 15, 2015 at the Glenwood Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home located at 52356 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park, AB at 2:00 p.m. The cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Allan’s honour to the Centre for Family Literacy,11642 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 1V4,

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David Maher

As a professional colleague of Allan’s I called on him as a contract consultant on a couple of occasions when organizational project work was needed while he was in private practice. He was always found to be the consummate professional. Within the parameters for which he was contracted, and prior to starting any project, Allan was a stickler in requiring independence and autonomy in completing his consultancy work – to ensure there would be no interference by vested interests in skewing or contaminating his work. At the same time, he was always open for and sought a broad range of input; and his investment and the quality of his work always met the highest standards. As a proud professional social worker Allan conducted himself with the utmost integrity, offered a balanced perspective when one was needed, was a calming influence when tensions were high and possessed a keen mind that was much appreciated and valued, both before and after he retired.

He will be remembered with a good deal of fondness.

David Maher

Fred Shaughnessy

Allen and I were colleagues and friends from Alberta Social Services days. Allan was a mentor for me with his commitment, dedication, and ethical practice. He also had a great laugh and a great sense of humor. Allan you will be missed.

Fred Shaughnessy

Alejandro Quijano Murillas

Allan was my tutor with the Centre for Family Literacy. We spend together every Friday speaking about many topics and he quickly helped me not only with my English, he gave me confidence with my new life in Edmonton. Rapidly Allan not only was my tutor, he became my friend. I will be always thankful with Allan to share his time with me. Allan is and will be always my friend. He will be in my best memories.

Alejandro Quijano and Family

Barbara Dalton

A good many years ago, Pauline Peters, Leslie Gardner and myself enjoyed the privilege of working for and with Allan. Over a period of five years, we put forward our best professional efforts to develop effective social policy, all the while engaging in infectious laughter, mostly prompted by Allan’s acerbic wit.
Allan was an understated, intelligent individual, who possessed true strength of character. Through his caring and loyalty, our friendships became lifelong. We remember those days as “the best of times”.
Our hearts go out to Elaine and Warren and Janet as they deal with the loss of his authentic, dedicated presence in their lives. He will be missed.

Barbara Dalton

Hart Chapelle

I have known Allan since 1980. He was forever sensitive, kind, compassionate, intelligent, fun and most of all a man of integrity. I learned much from Allan’s example over the years. In fact, to this very day when I struggle do do the right thing, I think of my friend Allan. You will be remembered with affection and gratitude, my friend. You lived your life exceptionally well!

Hart Chapelle

Russ Dahms

Many years ago Allan joined a group of 30 or so aging golfers known as the Canadian Professional Duffers Association. Being generally average to a bit worse than average golfers, Allan fit right in. The game of golf has an interesting way of revealing one’s character , , , to his golfing friends a kind, honest and cheerful man who enjoyed life and sinking long putts.

It has been our privilege.

Russ Dahms – on behalf of “the CPDA members”

Monica Doherty

We were stunned and saddened to learn of Allan’s passing. Allan generously volunteered his time and gifts with us to improve the lives of adult literacy learners. He truly made a difference, and he will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences to your family.

Monica Doherty
Centre for Family Literacy

Marj Pepper


So sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. Arnie and I so enjoyed the time we spent with him when we were all on the condo board. Wishing you and your family all strength at this difficult time.

Marj Pepper

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