Peter Douglass

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Peter Douglass, age 100, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia passed away at the Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Hospital on July 3, 2020. Born in Dartmouth, NS, he was the son of Hamilton and Grace (McCall) Douglass. Peter was excited to reach the 100 milestone this year.

Peter was a man with many interesting, including boating, stamp collecting, ship modelling, genealogy, and especially his family’s long history with his hometown of Dartmouth. For many years he served as the Canadian Regent of Clan Douglas. Always an active community member, he was a charter member of many organizations including the Masonic Wentworth Lodge #108, being the first Master raised in that Lodge. He went on to serve as District Deputy Grand Master, was a Member of the Scottish & York Rites, Dartmouth Shrine Club, and Philae Temple. Along with his wife of 67 years, Augusta, he was an enthusiastic Fezeroo Volunteer for Shriners Hospitals for Children and could be found selling tickets in the local malls. His approach to selling made it hard for any passersby to resist buying at least one ticket.

Peter was also a proud Canadian, having served his country overseas in WWII. His unit was mobilized for service with the Canadian Army Occupation Force in Germany in 1945-46. After returning home, he continued in his family’s trade as a pattern maker and foundry owner. Prior to going overseas, he had completed his apprenticeship at the Halifax Shipyards. Later Peter, and his brother Robert, started their own successful Detroit Diesel Allison distributorship, Seaboard GM Diesel.

One of Peter’s proudest accomplishments was being a founding member and past-commodore of the Dartmouth Yacht Club. From its very humble beginnings, this club has grown to be a premier location for boating enthusiasts. Peter has thrilled to be asked to participate in the opening ceremonies of the new clubhouse in 2018.

Peter was pre-deceased by his wife Augusta (Salter) and younger brother Robert, and sister-in-law Betty. He is survived by his two daughters Rebecca Paulus (Olaf) of Calgary and Susan Smith (Jim) of Dartmouth. Peter was proud of his granddaughter Crystal Côté, (Sébastien) of Edmonton, with whom he shared a love of sailing, along with their children Cameron and Logan; and grandson and fellow Mason Stephen Smith (Leanne Shaw) and their children Landon and Oaklyn.

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