Douglas Garraway

April 4, 1942 - October 4, 2019

Funeral Details: Wednesday October 9, 2019 Visitation 12:30 - 2:00 Service 2:30 Burton Ave. United Church


10 APRIL, 1942 - 4 OCTOBER, 2019

Passed away peacefully at Coleman Nursing Home on Friday October 4th, 2019 in his 77th year. Beloved husband of 57 years to Lynn Garraway. Loving father of Suzan (Rich) Vellinga, Sandy Garraway, Jim (Christine) Garraway and Harv (Kate) Garraway. Dear grandfather of Stacy, Jessica, Alexandra, Scott, Colin, Samantha, Emma, Hannah, Nakeesha, Grace, Claire and Nickolas and great-grandchildren Ruby, Rowyn, Lilly, Wesley and Brooks. Also survived by his sister Elizabeth (Bill) Roberts.

Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Dorothy Garraway and brothers Brian and David.

Douglas spent the majority of his career managing Barrie's local television station and he shared his love of music as the organist and choir director at Burton Avenue United church. He was an avid sailor, a sports enthusiast and a man who loved his family and his community.

The Garraway family wishes to thank the staff at the Coleman Nursing Home for their care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held at Burton Ave. United Church, 37 Burton Ave., Barrie, ON, L4N 3J3 on Wednesday October 9th, 2019. Visitation from 12:30-2:00, service at 2:30 followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society or Burton Avenue United Church Memorial Fund.

Peaceful Transition Simcoe


11 Condolences
  • Paul Archer
    Posted on: Sunday, October 6, 2019 Reply

    I was surprised to hear of Doug’s death. I know Doug has not been well for some time but it’s sad to lose a well respected member of our community. As I worked at the television station for 40 years I had a long history with Doug and as a result I have many memories. Sorry for your loss. I will not able to attend the service as I will be out of town.

    Paul Archer

  • Brian Cathline
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Reply

    Marliene and I send our condolences and prayers to Lynn and the family. Doug and I were long term employees at CKVR TV, a rarity these days. It was a good run….thanks Doug.

  • Vivian Markovich
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Reply

    I have such wonderful memories of Doug and Lynn’s visit to Bhutan in 2006, along with many childhood memories of the whole family. My love and heartfelt sympathy to the whole family, especially Liz and Lynn.

  • Nancy Burtch
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Reply

    My sincere condolences to all the family at this very sad time. While it has been a number of years since being in touch, I can’t remember a time before Doug and Lynn and the family were not part of my circle in life. From growing up in Burton Ave United Church, to high school with Suzan and on to 15 yrs working at CKVR Television under Doug’s management. He was musically gifted and well respected in the community. Thinking of you all and sending love from PEI.

  • Mike Trainor
    Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Reply

    To Lynn and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. May he now Rest In Peace. Lots of fun and good memories working for and with Doug.

  • Brent Young
    Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Reply

    I was so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I worked with Doug for many years at CKVR. I remember many discussions with Doug about travel and trains. He was passionate about both.
    My heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this difficult time.

  • Grant Corrigan
    Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Reply

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Fond memories of the family from their first arriving in Barrie and Burton Ave. My sincerest condolences.

  • Janice Anderson nee Purdon
    Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Reply

    I was visiing my father (Ken Purdon) the other day. He has Alzheimer’s and frequently is not very talkative. I told him that Doug Garroway had died and he then talked about Doug and what a talent he was.
    I have many fond memories of Doug. As a teenager, there were many nights I lay in bed in the manse on Burton Ave and listened to the organ music as Doug practised on the church organ late into the evening.
    Condolences from the Purdons to the Garroways. You are in our thoughts and prayers

  • Ken & Kathy French
    Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2019 Reply

    It is with great sadness that we have just learned is Doug’s passing, too late to attend his memorial service in the church where he provided so many wonderful moments of musical reflection. His music will remain in our hearts forever and we send our deepest sympathy to Lynn and the family.

  • Cheryl Olynyk McNamara
    Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2019 Reply

    Doug was a great man , my father Bill Olynyk had a lot respect for him and when he worked for Barrie TV at the time my Daughter passed my dad asked Doug if he would not run the story anymore that it was very hard to watch, I really appreciated that it meant a lot to me
    So very for your loss

  • Melissa and Rob
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Reply

    We are so sorry we have JUST heard now about Doug’s passing and unable to attend anything to show our support. He was such a character and I know he’ll be missed greatly.

    Our condolences,
    Melissa Doner-Janes and Rob Janes

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