In Memory of



Obituary for Doug Dixon

Douglas James Dixon January 10, 1929 to June 1, 2019 Doug died very peacefully in his sleep at Hilltop House in Squamish. The care he received there was exemplary in every respect and was underscored by love, respect and compassion. He is predeceased by his mother Mildred Dixon (nee Smith), his father Dr. Harold Dixon and his brother Bill Dixon. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Sheila Dixon (nee Charters), his daughters Tracy Dixon, Cathy Dixon (Paul Flanagan), Kim Dixon (Fraser Ray), and his beloved grandchildren Robbie Dixon (Carleigh Hofman) and Eamon Flanagan. Doug had two long and successful careers, the first as a sales manager with a leading paper manufacturer and the second as a ski instructor at Blackcomb Whistler. Doug loved the skiing life and retired from teaching skiing at 80 years old and 30 years of service. Earning a Blackcomb Whistler Lifetime Pass was an important goal for Doug and he was very proud of that achievement. Doug began his working life as a roughneck in the oil fields of Texas. He was then rescued by his parents as he was on the verge of being drafted for the Korean War. Upon return to Canada he earned an Institutional Management diploma at Ryerson University in Toronto. After graduation, he went to work at the Chateau Lake Louise where he met the love of his life, Sheila. At the end of their summer employment Doug followed Sheila to Vancouver and there followed marriage, and children in short order. First and foremost, Doug was a family man. He was a devoted father and husband to his “bevy of girls” as he liked to call them. But more than anything he was devoted to Sheila. They had a wonderful life of travel and adventure including hiking, biking and of course skiing. Doug’s devotion to Sheila was only matched by Sheila’s devotion to Doug. Doug was diagnosed with dementia in 2012. His decline was precipitous in the beginning but with Sheila at his side, every day, providing unbounded love and advocacy he made a recovery of sorts that saw joy and contentedness for over 7 years including weekends at home with Sheila watching the activities on Howe Sound. Doug has been cremated and a celebration of life will follow at a later date. Doug’s memory can be honoured by doing what you love with your family and friends and sending a thought his way. As a founding director of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation donations in his honour would also be gratefully accepted.